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Ohio State Buckeyes miss out on 2026 elite cornerback commitment

The Ohio State Buckeyes lost a 2025 commitment from cornerback Blake Woodby on Thursday, but were looking to make up for it with a potential big deal for 2026.

However, the Alabama Crimson Tide and their new head coach Kalen DeBoer dashed those hopes on Sunday.

March 21, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer gives instructions during practice at the University of Alabama on Thursday.

March 21, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer gives instructions during practice at the University of Alabama on Thursday. / Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News / USA

Per On3's Hayes Fawcett, 2026 four-star cornerback Dorian Barney has chosen Alabama as he chose the Tide over Ohio State, USC and Florida State. The Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, GA) product would have given the Buckeyes their second commitment in the 26 recruiting class, which is currently highlighted by five-star Mater Dei receiver Chris Henry Jr.

Instead, Barney now wants to “play for the best” in Tuscaloosa.

“I want to be the best, so I will play for the best,” he said, according to On3.

Following Woodby's decision, the Buckeyes now have 12 commitments for 2025. Ohio State's class still includes five-star cornerbacks Devin Sanchez and Na'eem Offord and three-star safeties DeShawn Stewart and Cody Haddad. Sanchez and Offord are currently listed as the top two overall CBs in the entire 2025 recruiting class.

For Ohio State coach Ryan Day and his staff, the recruiting season is never over, and it's a safe bet they'll add more big names later this offseason, even if they missed out on some key high school targets.

Anna Harden

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