What Dasan McCullough’s decommitment means for Ohio State football: Buckeyes Recruiting

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dasan McCullough has been one of the leaders of the Ohio State football team’s 2022 recruiting class, and now he’s no longer a member of it after flipping to Indiana.

He’s leaving the class for the same reason cornerback Devonta Smith eventually flipped to Alabama in the 2021 class: family.

Smith’s was because of a connection to former Alabama running back and NFL MVP Shaun Alexander. McCullough’s is because the Hoosiers have his father Deland on the coaching staff; his older brother Deland II as an incoming defensive back; and his little brother Daeh committed in 2023.

OSU can’t compete with those factors. No school can.

The good thing for the Buckeyes is that, just like with Smith last year, this decision comes with six months until Signing Day and gives them plenty of time to identify other options, even if those options might be limited.

It’s long been an expectation that Ohio State could add a fourth linebacker in 2022 with McCullough, C.J. Hicks and Gabe Powers already locked in. Doing so allowed linebackers coach Al Washington to be picky about that final person if he wanted to add another.

Only eight linebackers in the class have OSU offers, and there are only three still undecided, the most important of which is Shawn Murphy, the No. 61 player and No. 2 inside linebacker in the country.

Murphy’s had a strong relationship with guys like Hicks for months, and though he hasn’t scheduled any official visits yet, the expectation is that Columbus will be one of them. Adding him would once again give the class three top-100 linebackers, each serving a different purpose for the defense. Murphy projects out as a MIKE linebacker, Powers a WILL linebacker and Hicks as a bullet.

Justin Medlock is the other linebacker who has any level of OSU momentum right now. His crystal balls are split between the Buckeyes and Oklahoma. He is a lower-rated prospect as the No. 441 player and No. 13 inside linebacker.

Losing McCullough hurts Ohio State in the chase for the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. It’s already been knocked out of the top spot after Georiga’s recent run of success.

This decommitment also pushes LSU ahead, as the Tigers have managed to stick around by cleaning up in their state. Then there’s Alabama, which heads into May with six commits and the No. 12 class in the country. Eventually, the Crimson Tide will have its annual wave of commits that puts them in the heat of the race.

In a fight like that, every five-star and top-100 commit matters, putting heavy emphasis on the Buckeyes striking gold following the Buckeye Bash 2.0 on June 4 and even the following weeks when plenty of others are scheduled to visit.

Ohio State’s loss in 2022 puts the class at 10 commits for 221.84 points and an average star rating of 95.51.

Here’s a look at Ohio State’s 2022 recruiting clas:

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