Ohio State safety commit says he’s done with recruiting, another could follow

Safety prospect Jaiden Woodbey has solidified his commitment to Ohio State, as Woodbey announced on his personal Twitter account Wednesday that he is shutting down his recruitment.

After a March visit to Columbus, Woodbey — a 247Sports 4-star prospect from Fontana, Calif. who was struggling with his commitment and had friends, coaches and teachers trying to sway him to stay closer to home — believed he was solid in his pledge and done with recruiting.

“Once I got back here,” Woodbey said in March, “all of that doubt went away. There is no other school that can compete with Ohio State and I don’t care what anyone says. My dad visited with me this time as well and he loved it as much as I did.”

Woodbey was back on campus three weeks later for the Ohio State spring game and played host to safety prospect Josh Proctor, who committed to the Buckeyes that day. The pair spent the weekend together and began to form a valuable bond as future teammates in the secondary. However, as April turned to May turned to June, more and more doubts crept into Woodbey’s mind, and other schools were capitalizing on that. With speculation about other visits swirling again, he took a much-needed trip to Columbus for Friday Night Lights last week.

Woodbey arrived in Columbus on Thursday, and is still in town, staying until this Thursday. As of Tuesday, consider the doubts gone … again.

“This visit has helped with everything,” Woodbey said. “Ohio State has broken everything down for me. It’s been incredible.”

So what about the other safety?

Proctor’s vacillations haven’t been as publicly proclamated (I’m aware that may not be an actual word, but suck it up, Buttercup), but that doesn’t mean they’ve been absent. While at Nike’s world headquarters for The Opening Finals in early July, Proctor told Land of 10 he’s been hearing regularly from Oklahoma and that he was intending to take official visits to other schools.

Now back home in Owasso, just 136 miles from the Sooners’ campus, Proctor says he’s close to bringing his recruitment to a complete halt.

“I’m shutting down my recruitment soon,” he told Land of 10 on Tuesday. “I’m 110-percent committed to The Ohio State.”

Making his fourth visit to campus in a year at Friday Night Lights, Proctor said the Buckeyes didn’t need to sell him on anything or present him with anything special. They just have to keep being themselves.

“They didn’t have to do anything to impress me [on this trip],” Proctor added. “It’s just a special place and I feel that’s the best school for me.”


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