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Andre Turrentine on Buckeyes commitment, negative recruiting tactics

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Andre Turrentine has been waiting patiently to get back to campus at Ohio State. (Andre Turrentine/Courtesy)

Ohio State Football Recruiting

Andre Turrentine on Buckeyes commitment, negative recruiting tactics

Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country maneuver their way to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help navigate the tumultuous roads by getting to the heart of the matter with the young football players and Ohio State coaches and staff members themselves. This week’s guest is Andre Turrentine, one of six defensive backs committed to Ohio State in the Class of 2021.

The summer didn’t go as expected for Andre Turrentine or any other 2021 Buckeyes verbal, but that’s OK.

Gone are the chances to spend a weekend in Columbus gathered together and building rapport amongst the recruiting class. Group chats have to suffice as the Covid-19 pandemic forces changes to travel plans and pretty much everything else. When Turrentine committed to Ohio State in March, just days after the pandemic began, he didn’t think it’d last this long and neither did most people.

That’s why Andre Turrentine is grateful he took the recruiting visits that he did last November and December and into January rather than holding off and waiting to make spring time trips. It allowed him the chance to sort through his 25-or-so offers and make an informed decision on where he would have his best future.

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Andre Turrentine during a late 2019 visit to Ohio State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

So what has Turrentine been doing since committing and since the world has shut down? The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back says he’s been working on his game, his relationships with the Buckeyes and within his recruiting class. The country’s No. 4-ranked safety lays pretty low on social media and because of that has been sometimes — almost — a forgotten man in the country’s top-ranked class.

Does Turrentine feel like he’s not getting enough love from Ohio State fans? Does he care? How are schools around the country still recruiting him? The Buckeyes verbal opens up on those items and more in the latest episode of Birminology on Lettermen Row.


Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for and and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.