Cleveland Heights four-star wide receiver Jaylen Harris, a longtime Ohio State target, committed to the Buckeyes on Friday morning via a video posted on Cleveland.com.
Harris, who is rated the No. 14 receiver and No. 108 overall player in the 2017 class, picked Ohio State out of a final five of Alabama, Michigan State, Tennessee, Penn State and the Buckeyes.
Harris' commitment comes at a time when receiver is a big need for Urban Meyer's program. Ohio State has seen its top two pass catchers – H-back Curtis Samuel and receiver Noah Brown – each elect to leave early for the NFL. In addition to that, Harris' commitment came just days after four-star Las Vegas Bishop Gorman wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey decommitted from the Buckeyes, leaving a hole at the position in the 2017 class. It's likely, though, that Harris would have been a Buckeye regardless of Lindsey's decision.
Ohio State now has 19 commits for the 2017 class, including two receivers. The other is five-star Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas prospect Trevon Grimes.