Four-star TE Ty Lockwood decommits from Ohio State, picks Alabama

Four-star tight end Ty Lockwood, Ohio State’s first commit of the 2023 class, announced Tuesday that he is decommitting from the Buckeyes and is heading to Alabama.Lockwood, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior at Independence High School in Thompson’s Station, Tenn., is the ninth-rated tight end in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He committed to Ohio State last summer and received Alabama’s offer on Friday.Ohio State now has the No. 3-ranked class in the nation, with Notre Dame No. 1 and Alabama No. 2, per 247Sports.Alabama and coach Nick Saban have received commitments recently from five-star safety Caleb Downs and four-star offensive tackle Olaus Alinen, both of whom had Ohio State as finalists.Lockwood had 43 receptions for 606 yards and three touchdowns last season.