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Dead period end could be in sight, linebacker targets with similar options

It's been a long time since a recruit saw Brutus run out of the tunnel at Ohio Stadium. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Dead period end could be in sight, linebacker targets with similar options

COLUMBUS — Whenever the NCAA-mandated dead period ends it will be more than a year since the last time Ohio State had a recruit walking through its facilities.

The time for getting back to some semblance of normalcy has long passed for the young men being recruited by the Buckeyes and Wednesday brought the first glimmer of hope that campuses could get reopened for trips in the near future. Near, of course, being relative and also not set in stone.

The NCAA has begun discussions about a recruiting quiet period starting on April 16 — meaning the currently-imposed dead period would remain until April 15 — and end on June 30, providing a window for players around the country to make college visits for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began last March.

“I guess we’re closing in on a year since we’ve had recruits on campus,” Ryan Day said last week. “Which is amazing.”

It is amazing, but also makes it even clearer how amazing the Buckeyes 2021 recruiting class has been, all things considered. 247Sports.com updated their player rankings on Wednesday and four of the top ten prospects in the country have already signed with Ohio State and the Buckeyes remain a top contender to sign the No.1 overall player, defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau, as well.

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There’s an emerging timeline for a visit to Ohio State if J.T. Tuimoloau wants to hold off on a college decision until the spring. (All-American Bowl/Courtesy)

Now that there’s the potential of spring visits on the table, there’s at least some hope from the Ohio State side of things that Tuimoloau will be able to finalize some kind of timeline for his own visits and ultimately his college choice. There’s no doubt the Buckeyes will have a spot available for him, but beyond that, there are questions about exactly how much more roster management they’re interested in doing this spring.

And that’s why the continued pursuit of linebacker Raesjon Davis and recent Tennessee transfer Henry To’oto’o is worth paying attention to. There’s clearly at least some interest in adding another linebacker to the roster and with the prep standout and SEC transfer each considering Ohio State, USC and Oregon, there seems to be a good chance the decisions, whenever they’re made, could impact one another.

Lettermen Row recruiting analyst Jeremy Birmingham and co-host Spencer Holbrook address those topics and more in the latest edition of Talking Stuff, the Ohio State recruiting podcast.

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Birm

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.