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Are Ryan Day, Buckeyes adjusting running back recruiting?

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E.J. Smith has been to campus at Ohio State multiple times and expects to return this fall. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Are Ryan Day, Buckeyes adjusting running back recruiting?

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. Today’s question is about whether or not the Buckeyes priorities at running back have changed at all in the Class of 2020.

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It’s been a pretty interesting few months for Ohio State on the recruiting trail all around, but the most intriguing position has been the running back spot. We’ve talked about the desire to bring in two running backs in the 2020 class for a while now, and everything seemed situated back in July before kids changed their minds and committed to Texas and Florida State instead.

We’re not going to talk about those kids here. They moved on, and the Buckeyes have to as well.

Or do they? They don’t, necessarily, if Ryan Day is taken at his word. During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Day suggested that the situation at running back isn’t nearly as desperate as it has seemed.

“We’re full right now at running back,” Day said. “You have Steele [Chambers], you have Marcus [Crowley], Demario [McCall], Master [Teague] and then you have J.K. [Dobbins]. So, we don’t have room for another guy.”

Of course, the Buckeyes have been recruiting running backs regardless of that fact.

It doesn’t mean Day isn’t telling the truth, because he is. It’s just seasoned with a little bit of coach speak.

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Michael Drennen remains a possibility for Ohio State in 2020. (Michael Drennen/Twitter)

There is nuance in recruiting, and it’s reasonable to expect that Dobbins heads off to the NFL following this season. As good as guys like Teague, Crowley and Chambers can be, teams need to recruit the running back position every year because of all of the attrition that is commonplace in college football these days.

So, while the need for another running back is obvious, Day and Ohio State is making clear what Lettermen Row has said a few times since the July Incidents happened: There’s no reason for the Buckeyes to panic.

There are plenty of really good running backs around the country who are interested in Ohio State and the chance to play in Columbus. The Buckeyes are one of the country’s premier programs and have incredible talent evaluators on staff finding certified stars like Tre Bradford, Henry Parrish and others who they’ve begun to evaluate in the last month.

Bradford and Parrish are just two of the new names. But we’ve discussed players like E.J. Smith, Michael Drennen and others for months, and they all bear watching moving forward. The question is really whether or not a need for two tailbacks in the Class of 2020 remains — or if the Buckeyes have enough confidence in the young group of current players to move forward signing only one.

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You’re the best source on OSU recruiting Birm. Thanks.

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I think it will be just one. Must save room at another position of greater need: QB.

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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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