After a battle with Auburn coaches, Antwuan Jackson will finally end up where he wanted.
The former Auburn defensive lineman who transferred to Blinn College for the 2017 season committed to Ohio State on Tuesday.
Jackson announced his transfer from Auburn back in May, which resulted in a struggle between Jackson and the Tigers coaching staff about where he could transfer. Auburn prevented Jackson from transferring to the entire Southeastern Conference and four other programs: Clemson, Ohio State, Mercer and Georgia Southern.
After announcing his move to Blinn College, Jackson — formerly the nation’s No. 51 prospect in the 2016 class — received offers from Alabama, Ohio State, South Carolina and others. But Jackson was steadfast in his decision to choose Ohio State, which explains his attempt to persuade Auburn coaches to take the Buckeyes of the no-transfer list.
“My question was: Why are they blocking Ohio State for no reason?” Jackson told The State in June. “They just put Ohio State on there for no reason. My question to them is why are they blocking me from a Big Ten school when they don’t have anything to do with Big Ten schools?”
Now he has committed to the Buckeyes, furthering an already stellar 2018 recruiting class.
Jackson’s decision only extends Ohio State’s lead on the pack as the No. 1 recruiting class this cycle. Despite Jackson’s high profile, he ranks toward the bottom of the Buckeyes’ class, a testament to the group Urban Meyer is building in the Class of 2018. Of Ohio State’s 18 commitments, only three — Sevyn Banks, Master Teague and Marcus Hooker — are ranked below the 4-star Jackson.
Ohio State is building something special, and the Buckeyes just received a nice junior-college gift from Auburn.