Defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau, who is ranked first in 247Sports' national class of 2021 rankings, has chosen to attend Ohio State.
Tuimoloau made the announcement on CBS Sports HQ on Sunday. He had four finalists: Ohio State, Oregon, USC and Washington.
The 6'4½", 277-pound Tuimoloau, who plays for Eastside Catholic in Sammamish, Washington, is part of a stacked defensive lineman class where four of the top five prospects play that position.
He's a two-time Washington 3A state champion who had 64 tackles (15 for a loss) and 11 sacks during his junior year, which saw the Crusaders finish 12-2 overall and avenge a regular-season loss to O'Dea in the state title game.
Eastside Catholic's 2020 season was moved to the winter and spring of 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team went 4-2 over a truncated schedule.
Tuimoloau has garnered much interest from around the country, receiving 24 offers.
OSU was expected to be the pick, though, as six 247Sports analysts unanimously pegged Tuimoloau going to the Buckeyes.