Can Ohio State Football flip 5-star Alabama safety player Caleb Downs? Buckeyes Recruitment

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football puts itself in prime position to turn around Alabama’s Caleb Downs.

The Buckeyes have continued to engage with the nation’s No. 11 player and top security, pressing for a chance to bring him back to campus for the first time since his official visit in June. Head coach Ryan Day and safety coach Perry Eliano visited the five-star team during the weeks off in hopes that he would eventually come for a game-day visit. That became a reality when he showed up for the Michigan game instead of traveling to Tuscaloosa for the Alabama-Auburn game.

OSU has always felt Downs was a better cultural fit for them, despite being an elite talent living in the heart of SEC country. It just needed the product on the field to match, as his defense hasn’t been up to par in three of the last four seasons.

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That changed in 2022 when Jim Knowles introduced a safe defense that ranks among the best in the nation, led by a group of high-level safeties.

Downs has spent the past year building a strong relationship with Eliano, who never faltered even after a decision was made. On Saturday, he got to see what Ohio State had promised in action as it took on his rival. It played its part in pulling off the most impressive recruiting job of the Day era. Now we have to wait and see if it was all worth it.

Successfully flipping downs would make him the highest-rated player in OSU’s league as he would join wide receiver Brandon Inniss as a five-star player. The class would also rise from sixth to third in the recruit rankings while significantly losing Alabama’s lead as the top class.

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