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.

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.

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.

From 247Sports’ Chris Singletary:

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.

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