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Would Ohio State make run at former 5-star WR Justin Shorter?

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Brian Hartline has recruited at a remarkable clip since taking over as the full-time receivers coach for Ohio State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Recruiting Question of the Day

Would Ohio State make run at former 5-star WR Justin Shorter?

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. On Wednesday, we’re examining whether or not Ohio State should — or would — make a run at Justin Shorter, a Penn State receiver who recently entered the transfer portal.

Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

Justin Shorter is apparently desirous of a change.

The No. 1-ranked receiver in the Class of 2018 chose Penn State early in his recruitment and never wavered. In fact, according to the recruiting timeline for the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Shorter, he never visited any other school from the moment he saw Penn State in August of 2016 through the time he signed with the Nittany Lions in December of 2017.

Yet, after two seasons in State College, Shorter is in the transfer portal. And because of the proficiency with which Brian Hartline has recruited the receiver position in the last two years, it’s natural that people will wonder if there’s a potential fit at Ohio State.

Whether or not there could be, I feel very comfortable in saying it’s not something that the Buckeyes are going to explore. The reason? Very simple: The group of incoming 2020 commitments and the names that could follow in the Class of 2021 are just too good, too simpatico to risk throwing off the chemistry.

With a recent update to the 247Sports rankings, Ohio State has three of the country’s top-5 wide receivers in the Class of 2020 rankings — and four of the top 26. With Julian Fleming (No. 1), Jaxon Smith-Njigba (No. 3) and Gee Scott (No. 5) leading the way — and with Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson and Jameson Williams returning to the Buckeyes next season, there’s just no need to take a flier on another player, even one with a ceiling as high as Shorter has.

It’s 2019 and the big-time programs like Ohio State will be regular winners in the Transfer Portal Lottery. But in most cases, the Buckeyes will defer to the young men who have been recruited and developed inside of their own program rather than chasing untapped potential in the transfer portal.

Finding a one-year rental at a key position of need like Jonah Jackson this year is considerably different than bringing in a player with three years left to play, knowing full well his addition would force attrition within the Buckeyes program.

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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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