Ohio State Buckeyes Football Feature: Transfer Safety Caleb Downs gives back defense another shutdown player (Part 1)

Caleb Downs OSU Safety, met the Buckeyes’ media contingent for the first time in late January (megasportsnews.com photo)

Caleb Downs OSU Safety Winter Practices January 2024 Alabama transfer.mp3




Early life and high school

Downs attended Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, Georgia. Downs was the named the All-American Bowl Player of the Year as a senior. He was ranked as one of the top players in the 2023 college football recruiting class and considered the nation’s No. 1 safety prospect. He was ranked No. 9 nationally by Rivals.com, No. 11 by ESPN and No. 8 by 247Sports. In July 2023, he was named Defensive Football Player of the Year by USA Today.


College career

Downs committed to Alabama on July 27, 2022. He chose Alabama over Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame and Ohio State. In his debut, he led the team in tackles with eight.


Personal life

Downs’ father, Gary, played college football for NC State and is now an assistant coach. His uncle, Dré Bly, played for the North Carolina Tar Heels and 11 years in the NFL. His brother Josh also played with the Tar Heels, and is now with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL.


Career highlights and awards