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Ohio State football: Buckeyes reach into Texas again for 4-star prospect

Published: Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 6:55 PM

He is looking to replace four starters from last season.

Ohio State added a recruit to its 2021 class for the second day in a row Wednesday with the verbal commitment of Donovan Jackson. 

The four-star offensive lineman from Bellaire, Texas, also had offers from Texas A&M, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan and Notre Dame, among others, according to

He is the No. 57 player in the country and eighth-best guard while ranking No. 4 in his home state

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Jackson is the ninth player to join the Ohio State recruiting class, which ranks No. 1 in the country and added Cincinnati La Salle defensive back Jaylen Johnson on Tuesday. 

He is the second offensive lineman in the class, joining Ben Christman of Richfield (Ohio) Revere. 

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Recruiting Texas used to be rare for Ohio State, but it has become common over the past decade-plus. 

The past four classes have all included at least one player from the Longhorn State, including three in the class of 2020 that began signing in December. 

Ohio State has signed 16 players from Texas since 2008, a run that started with J.B. Shugarts of Klein. 

That group includes record-breaking quarterback J.T. Barrett of Wichita Falls, All-American cornerback Jeffrey Okudah of Grand Prairie and All-Big Ten running back J.K. Dobbins of La Grange. 

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From 1988-2007, Ohio State signed seven players from the state, the most notable being receiver David Boston of Humble.