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Barring surprise, Buckeyes done at linebacker in Class of 2020

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Ohio State first-year linebackers coach Al Washington appears to have his group set in the Class of 2020. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Recruiting Question of the Day

Barring surprise, Buckeyes done at linebacker in Class of 2020

Have a question about Ohio State recruiting? This is the place for you, five days a week. Submit your questions on Twitter or on the Lettermen Row forums. Check-in daily to see what’s on the mind of Buckeyes fans all over the country. Thursday’s question asks about the country’s top-ranked inside linebacker, Noah Sewell, and if Ohio State will get him on campus this fall. 

Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

Right now, Ohio State has three players committed who will likely be listed as a linebacker on next year’s roster: Mitchell Melton, Cody Simon and Kourt Williams.

Those are three really good prospects who will provide flexibility and an infusion of athleticism in an already full linebacker room that has just two seniors, Malik Harrison and Justin Hilliard.

The reason I bring up those names is because, barring something crazy happening, it’s very unlikely that the Buckeyes are going to seriously look at adding another linebacker, even if it’s one as good as Utah 5-star Noah Sewell.

Sewell is the country’s second-ranked inside linebacker prospect according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings, and he is absolutely a player Ohio State would’ve been happy to land at numerous points in this cycle. There were real conversations had with the hope that Sewell would find a way to arrange a trip to Columbus this summer, but it was not something that the family was able to make happen.

He was able, however, to get to Alabama and see Nick Saban’s program and to Tennessee to see the Volunteers. And despite the inclusion of the Buckeyes on his most recent list of top schools, it’s very difficult to see a scenario where Ohio State gets into this recruiting battle even if he makes an official visit as has been discussed.

Sewell is a player who is too good to consider passing up if he did decide that he wanted to play for the Buckeyes. But any real optimism about that happening right now seems unfounded.

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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 elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.