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Ohio State hoping it won’t need much at linebacker in 2021

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Reid Carrico is the centerpiece of the 2021 Ohio State linebacker recruiting class. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Recruiting Question of the Day

Ohio State hoping it won’t need much at linebacker in 2021

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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

As seniors Tuf Borland and Pete Werner return for their third seasons as starters at Ohio State and with Baron Browning set to fill the role vacated by Malik Harrison, it’s worth noting that the Buckeyes have a trio of really good junior linebackers waiting in the wings in Dallas Gant, Teradja Mitchell and K’Vaughan Pope.

Oh yeah, there’s also a trio of super-talented 2020 freshmen who just joined the program.

That’s why the Buckeyes are comfortable looking ahead at the 2021 recruiting class knowing they won’t need to sign more than two or maybe three linebackers in that group.

The good news? Reid Carrico is already committed, and the Ironton (Ohio) 4-star linebacker is the nation’s No. 4-ranked inside linebacker. That’s a good start for the Buckeyes and linebackers coach Al Washington.

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Al Washington has the Ohio State linebackers in good shape. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

There are not many players on the list of must-get prospects behind Carrico either, at least not yet. At the top of the list to complement Carrico is North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) High School 4-star Barrett Carter. Carter has emerged as a major priority for Ohio State. And in what could be a two-man linebacker class in 2021, landing Carrico and Carter would be the ideal duo for the Buckeyes.

While roster turnover is impossible to predict, Ohio State believes it is in a good position at linebacker in 2021 as long as the current group sticks together and no wholesale changes are necessary.

If it can close out the pursuit of Barrett Carter as the main man to run alongside Reid Carrico, Ohio State could be all set at the position.

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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 and and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.

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