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Buckeyes current running backs have changed recruiting priorities

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Master Teague is running hard and allowing Ohio State to change its focus in 2020 recruiting. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes current running backs have changed recruiting priorities

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Going back through the pages of Lettermen Row over the last year, there is a common thread when it came to discussions about the Class of 2020 and the running back situation.

The plan has been to take a pair of running backs, period. In fact, the Buckeyes thought they had their pair in June and July but wound up on the short side of the stick for Bijan Robinson and Jaylan Knighton, who had each privately committed to Ohio State before changing their minds.

Since then, it’s been Ohio State that has changed its mind, it appears. The Buckeyes have continued to evaluate and court new running backs, but they’ve not done so with the fervor that they had previously. Instead, Tony Alford and the rest of the Ohio State coaching staff have slowed down the process and been able to focus on finding the right fit for the program.

The plan has changed — and the focus has been able to change — because after months of uncertainty around the current crop of running backs, the Buckeyes have found a solid, talented young group capable of carrying the load in 2020 and beyond.

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Ohio State running back Marcus Crowley scored a touchdown against Miami. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Master Teague has emerged as a budding star for Ohio State. Marcus Crowley and Steele Chambers, both true freshmen, have bought in and proven to the coaches that not only are they physical, aggressive ballcarriers but also team-first guys who are building blocks for the future.

So what does that mean for running back recruiting in 2020?

Like the quarterback position, there’s always a need to sign at least one running back per recruiting cycle. That’s not going to change this time around. There will be a tailback in the Buckeyes class, but it seems unlikely now that there will be two. However, the push now can be much more calculated. If there’s any concern that a player isn’t going to be a fit culture-wise, then the Buckeyes will move on until they find the 2020 prospect that fits on the field and off.

Ohio State has a redshirt freshman and two true freshman tailbacks on its current roster. The Buckeyes will likely add just one more before next season, and there are still a number of talented options out there for them to evaluate.

But because of the work done by Teague, Crowley and Chambers, there’s no need for Ohio State to panic about a running back on the recruiting trail.

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MT3 is going to be the bell cow next year. It’ll be a great thunder and lightning combo between him and Crowley.

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I see Chambers as the clear cut most talented rb of the lot.

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If you see that, you have an amazing eye, if he is. Osu doesn’t see it, if you go by freshmen redshirts.
I didn’t see it, in mop up duty.

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I’ve thought all along that if jk was within one year of setting the osu rushing record, he may well come back. Or is 2nd place, good enough? Was it he, who said he’d like to be the best rb ever at osu? I’m sure he realizes that next year the split would be closer to 50/50. Just like taylor at wisc. would he come back to set the ncaa record if he doesn’t get it this year? There’s no reason for them to come back, but…
Maybe that’s why osu has since decided they only need one rb.

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What is a major team contribution by minor players who ‘won’t see the field’ this year?

Ans: Crowley, Chambers… ‘players to be Named’ NOW… for ‘later’… which may come… anytime.

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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.

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