Ohio State '20 AZ S (SR) - Latham Ransom ('22 Honorable Mention All-BIG)

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    Lathan Ransom happy to see Ohio State return to form
    Almost as soon as he committed to Ohio State in July, the rumors about how solid Lathan Ransom’s verbal pledge would be started. Those rumors got louder when his teammate at Salpointe Catholic (Tuscon, Ariz.), Bijan Robinson, spurned the Buckeyes for Texas, one of the programs Ransom himself visited officially and was seriously considering.

    As his senior season started, and thanks to his commitment, Ransom’s recruitment has quieted down. The 4-star safety was very clear about his intentions from here.

    “All the schools that were interested in me still are,” Ransom told Lettermen Row. “But I don’t respond anymore. I’m completely committed to Ohio State. [Buckeyes defensive coordinator] Jeff Hafley and [secondary coach] Matt Barnes contact me every day.”

    Hafley’s relationship with Ransom drove his recruitment and has carried over into his time as a commitment. That relationship was built on a trust that the first-year Ohio State assistant would change the Buckeyes defensive culture after a disappointing season a year ago. So far, Hafley has clearly done that.

    “I believed in Coach Hafley — he’s the biggest reason I chose Ohio State,” Ransom said. “To see how much he changed the whole culture of the defense is crazy, but they’ve been balling.”
     
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    Salpointe Catholic defeated Tucson (Ariz.) High Magnet School 62-0 to remain undefeated. Ransom had two touchdowns in the win.
     
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    Lathan Ransom and his family were contacted on Friday night, and sources close to the Buckeyes felt confident that despite the shock of Hafley’s decision, things with Ransom would work out. The Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.) 4-star defensive back told Lettermen Row on Saturday that he “is good” following his discussions with Ohio State. Being “good” falls short of removing any possibility that a change of heart could occur, but it does provide some confidence for the Buckeyes that Ransom will sign on Wednesday along with Martinez, Watts and Cavazos.
     
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    Ryan Day: “Lathan Ransom is going to be as good a safety as we've had here in a long time.”
     
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