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Ohio State watching, evaluating legacy receiver Drew Donley

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Drew Donley is one of the country's fastest sophomore sprinters and is on the Ohio State radar. (Drew Donley/Twitter)

Recruiting Question of the Day

Ohio State watching, evaluating legacy receiver Drew Donley

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 a Buckeyes legacy, receiver Drew Donley, and his relationship with Ohio State.

Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

Drew Donley, for the uninitiated, is the son of former Ohio State receiver Doug Donley, a two-time All-Big Ten selection who played for Woody Hayes. Doug was known as “White Lightning” and was one of the fastest players on the Ohio State roster from the day he stepped on campus in Columbus.

Donley left Ohio State as the school’s all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns, though most of those records were quickly surpassed in the years that immediately followed as the game of football began to resemble more of its modern, pass-happy iteration. He played in 43 NFL games after becoming a second-round pick in the 1981 draft by the Cowboys.

His son Drew is a 6-foot-2, 170-pound receiver at Lebanon Trail High School in Frisco, Texas. He’s also very fast, running the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds and posting a blistering-fast 10.53 personal best in the 100-meter dash.

And yes, the Buckeyes are aware of him. Drew actually camped at Ohio State last summer and Brian Hartline checked in on him during the spring evaluation period in Texas.

“Coach Hartline has just been checking in with me,” Donley told Lettermen Row. “He called my coach and we talked on the phone several months ago. Now I call him about once a week.”

At this point, Donley has just one football scholarship offer, that coming from Youngstown State. But knows this summer is a big one for him.

“People don’t really know about me yet, and my school is brand new so colleges don’t really know our school,” he said. “I’m working hard. I’m coming to the June 15 [camp] at Ohio State.

“[Ohio State] means a lot to me. My dad used to play there, so I obviously have Buckeyes blood in me. I’ve always dreamed of playing for the Buckeyes and being a Buckeye. I would love to be able to follow in my dad’s footsteps. Ohio State runs in the family.”

And it’s a family that runs very, very fast. For the Buckeyes to offer Donley, he’ll need to show an ability to be a complete receiver capable of competing against big-time national names like Jayden Ballard, Emeka Egbuka, Beaux Collins, Marvin Harrison, Jr. and Lorenzo Styles for one of a limited number of Ohio State spots in the Class of 2021.

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Could be a diamond in the rough. He’s got good genes.


Needs to add a lot of muscle. I remember seeing white lightning with Art Schlichter and Earl Bruce at Scioto Downs before learning of Art’s gambling addiction.


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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