Buckeyes beat Michigan, Notre Dame and others for pledge from in-state 4-star DB
Ohio State’s 2023 recruiting class received a major boost on Wednesday afternoon.
The Buckeyes received a commitment from 4-star, in-state defensive back Malik Hartford. He had also been considering Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Cincinnati and West Virginia.
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Hartford made his announcement on Wednesday. He becomes the sixth player in the 2023 recruiting cycle to commit to Ohio State. He also becomes the fourth in-state pledge for Ryan Day and Co.
Four-star 2023 Ohio safety Malik Hartford has committed to Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/qZfyzgWfmY
— Garrick Hodge (@Garrick_Hodge) April 6, 2022
According to 247Sports, Hartford ranks as the No. 154 overall player in the 2023 class and is listed as the No. 11 safety. He’s also considered a Top 5 prospect out of Ohio.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound safety was a start at Lakota West High School during the 2021 season, helping leading his team to a regional final. He ended the year with 58 tackles, 6 blocked kicks, 2 interceptions and a sack.
Stands out with his measurables from a height standpoint with a frame to add mass. Encouraged by his growth potential once he gets into a college strength and conditioning program and how his overall physical make-up will evolve. Can add bulk to his upper body that should enable him to stay durable and to sustain and play at a high level. Possesses good as a linear playmaker at the back end.
Ohio State continues to add one of the top recruiting classes in the B1G for the 2023 cycle.