The Huskers missed out on one of their top defensive targets today when 4-star outside linebacker Javontae Jean-Baptiste selected the Buckeyes over the Huskers and several other top schools. Torn between his list of schools, Jean-Baptiste supposedly flipped flopped on his decision several times over the last 24 hours.
After his official visit to Lincoln, the Cornhusker staff felt confident that they had done enough to hold off Ohio State when he didn’t commit after his visit to Columbus a week later. Unfortunately for the Big Red, the Buckeyes continue a tradition of stocking up on top talent thus keeping it away from other teams.
The decision is in. It’ll be Ohio State for Bergen Catholic 4-Star DE Javontae Jean-Baptiste, choosing the Buckeyes over Texas A&M, Nebraska and Virginia Tech. Story to follow. #NSD18 pic.twitter.com/AQnq19g42C
— JJ Conrad (@JJ_Conrad) February 7, 2018
Originally, Ohio State went all in on Cincinnati outside linebacker Christopher Oats who would trend away from the in-state Buckeyes for Kentucky in the 11th hour and cause them to heavily re-engage with Jean Baptiste over the last week. Urban Meyer and his staff applied full-court pressure on Javontae and were able to sell him on their ability to develop and prepare players for the NFL that they’ve built since Meyer took over at head coach.
The Huskers are likely done recruiting outside linebackers this class as they landed 4-star outside linebacker Caleb Tannor this morning. The Huskers will invest heavily in 2019 at outside linebacker in order to keep the talent flowing under new defensive coordinator Erik Chinander.