Ryan Day and his staff must’ve had the right words for four-star offensive lineman Grant Toutant.
Sunday night, Toutant, who was previously committed to Penn State, announced via Twitter that he was decommitting from the Nittany Lions and gave his verbal pledge to the Buckeyes. It’s a huge swing on the recruiting front, as Toutant is rated as one of the top offensive tackles in the 2020 class.
Toutant made the announcement via Twitter, along with a statement.
“I would like to thank Coach Franklin, Coach Limegrover, Coach Dupuis and all the Penn State staff for supporting and first believing in me throughout this recruitment process,” Toutant wrote. “However, I have made the decision to formally announce my decommitment from Penn State Universtiy to pursue an opportunity that is the best fit for me and my future.
“With much thought and prayer, I would like to announce my decision to pursue an academic and athletic career at THE Ohio State University.”
Please respect my decision, no interviews pic.twitter.com/01UKIEyrQU
— Grant Toutant (@toutant_grant) June 10, 2019
Toutant was one of the top commitments in Penn State’s class but will now pursue a football career in Columbus.
According to 247Sports, Toutant is one of the top 10 players out of the state of Michigan and is the No. 27 offensive tackle in the 2020 recruiting class. Overall, Toutant is ranked as one of the top 325 players in the cycle.
With Toutant’s commitment, Ohio State climbs to No. 8 in the national recruiting rankings for the 2020 class and still sits in the top spot in the B1G. The Buckeyes now have 11 commitments.
Penn State drops two spots in the national rankings to No. 15 but still owns the second-best class in the conference. The Nittany Lions also have 11 commits.