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Ohio State can afford to be selective at running back in 2022

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TreVeyon Henderson has the ability to be a star at Ohio State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Recruiting Question of the Day

Ohio State can afford to be selective at running back in 2022

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 asks about the Buckeyes running back situation in the Class of 2022.

Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

At the risk of this being the shortest Recruiting Question of the Day response ever, I’ll begin with the simplest answer to this question.

A lot.

It will take a lot for Ohio State to need two running backs in the Class of 2022.

Things have changed in the last few months as the Covid-19 pandemic stretches out, and the impact it will have on football rosters is truly unknown right now. But there’s no doubt that this bonus year of eligibility provides some flexibility for players and coaches around the country.

A quick look at the current Buckeyes roster shows Trey Sermon as the only running back that was absolutely going to be departing following this season — and heck, now even he doesn’t have to, though he probably will anyway. Even if — when — Sermon heads off to the NFL, the Ohio State running back room will still consist of Master Teague, Marcus Crowley, Steele Chambers, Miyan Williams, TreVeyon Henderson and Evan Pryor in 2021. If we assume, which is always dangerous, that there’s some form of attrition from that group heading into 2022, there will still be three to four really talented tailbacks on the roster when the class of 2022 arrives.

Because of that, the Buckeyes can afford to be pretty selective in that cycle.

That’s good news for Tony Alford, Ryan Day and company as they are forced to be slower than normal on the evaluation front. The running back position is one of the easier ones to evaluate, but the Ohio State staff really wants to get in-person time with players before diving too far into the recruiting pool if they can.

There are a few young guys who’ve made a good impression on the Buckeyes so far, players like Nick Singleton, Kaytron Allen, Dallan Hayden, Damari Alston and Gi’Bran Payne to name a few. But barring something unexpected happening to the roster between now and then, it would make sense for the Class of 2022 to be focused on adding just one running back.


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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.