Ohio State lands four-star safety Jayden Bonsu

Jayden Bonsu put a ton of thought and time into making her decision to go to college. In fact, he was supposed to announce his pick a few weeks ago, but instead waited a little longer to go over a few other things.

When safety at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, NJ sat down and went over their checklist, it was Ohio State that provided the best fit.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Bonsu announced his engagement to 247Sports on Sunday. His other finalists were Miami and Michigan State, but the way the coach Ryan Day and safety coach Perry Eliano recruited him won.

“Most of the time it’s the relationships I’ve had,” said Bonsu, a four-star prospect and the No. 22 safety in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. “Coach Eliano and Coach Day made me feel at home. From a defensive scheme standpoint, that’s fine with me. My high school runs some of the same things as Ohio State, so that has from the point of view of the schema.”

It wasn’t just about the football program and the campus.

“Off the field, Columbus is a great place,” he said. “While I was there on my official visit, in my head I was like, ‘Yeah, this is the place for me. I saw myself in this city. So overall it was just a good fit.”

Eliano, who helped develop a Gardner Sauce and Coby Bryant in Cincinnati, established a solid relationship with Bonsu in the spring.

While Bonsu spoke to coaches from other schools, one thing about Eliano’s approach stood above the rest.

“His passion,” Bonsu said. “He never settles. He can do so many great things. He’ll praise you, but it’s always the next step? It’s always next, and that’s one thing I love about Coach Eliano. He’s never going to settle. He’s always going to coach you to be great.

“He always refers to Sauce Gardner and Coby Bryant, and the things he made them do to be great. It made sense. Me and coach Eliano got along well because we get along a lot. We just connect.”

Buckeyes linebacker Cody Simon played a St. Peter’s Prep. Although his time with the Marauders predated Bonsu’s coming to power from North Jersey, the two know each other and have spoken about playing at Ohio State.

“Cody was more like, ‘Just follow your heart,'” Bonsu said. “He wasn’t too over me about the recruiting process.”

Another part of Ohio State’s program that Bonsu has found appealing is its level of success on the field.

“It means an Ohio state is already solidified (as a power),” he said. “Ohio State is a place where if you want to compete for national championships or playoffs, that’s where you go. That’s where you can go to compete at the highest level.

“I believe they have the most, or second, most DB-wise draft picks, on offense, all around. They have a lot of draft picks, and that makes sense.”

Bonsu is the 20th entry into the 2023 class at Ohio State, which is ranked first in the Big Ten and fourth nationally.

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