With 2018 national signing day in the rearview, Ohio State has turned its attention to the 2019 class. That focus paid dividends Thursday when the Buckeyes landed their second commitment in the class from four-star offensive tackle Ryan Jacoby.
Jacoby announced his pledge to the program on Twitter, joining fellow four-star offensive tackle Doug Nester, the first commitment of the Buckeyes’ 2019 class.
— Ryan Jacoby (@Ryan_Jacoby) March 1, 2018
Jacoby is ranked the 353rd-best prospect in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He slots in as the No. 39 offensive tackle and is ranked lower than Nester, the 57th-best player in the country and the No. 10 offensive tackle.
A Mentor, Ohio, native, Jacoby is the 10th-best player in Ohio, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Several highly ranked Ohioans — including fellow Mentor product Noah Potter, a four-star defensive end — are sought-after Ohio State targets. Just five players in the Buckeyes’ 26-person 2018 class played high school football in Ohio.
Jacoby’s and Nester’s commitments are important because Ohio State has struggled to maintain offensive tackle depth. A majority of its offensive linemen play on the interior. Even in the 2018 recruiting cycle, the Buckeyes landed just two offensive tackles — five-star Nicholas Petit-Frere and four-star Max Wray. However, Wray might eventually slide inside and play guard.
Ohio State’s two-person class ranks 29th in the country and fifth in the Big Ten.