Sonny Styles is officially an Ohio State Buckeye. The freshman safety shed his black stripe on Tuesday.

Styles is the ninth OSU freshman to lose their black strip. He was on track to be entering his senior season of high school in 2022.

The Pickerington Central (Ohio) standout instead opted to reclassify to the class of 2022 and start his Ohio State career this season. Styles enrolled at OSU in June.

Earlier this month, Ryan Day praised Styles when speaking to reporters:

“For somebody’s that supposed to be in high school right now he’s doing darn good…he’s got a great look in his eye and he’s off to a great start.”

On the 247Sports composite rankings, Styles was the No. 1 safety and No. 12 prospect overall nationally in the class of 2022. He picked up scholarship offers from 24 schools.

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