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Buckeyes in good spot with recruitment of Marvin Harrison Jr.

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Marvin Harrison Jr. looked very at home during the Ohio State spring game in April. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Recruiting Question of the Day

Buckeyes in good spot with recruitment of Marvin Harrison Jr.

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 2021 wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. and where his recruitment stands.

Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

We’ve discussed here at Lettermen Row a few times already about just how good the 2021 receivers haul could be if Brian Hartline and Ohio State stay on the path they’re currently on, and Marvin Harrison Jr. still seems to be a part of that plan.

Harrison, the country’s eighth-ranked 2021 receiver, has visited Ohio State twice. Following his visit for the Buckeyes spring game in April, he pulled no punches about his feelings toward the program and — especially his thoughts on Hartline.

“Coach Hartline is not only a great coach but a great person, as is everyone at Ohio State. They’re such great people to be around, it’s really amazing,” Harrison said. “But Coach Hartline is special … it’s something that I don’t think I’ll get anywhere else.”

That sort of praise sure makes it sounds like a decision, whenever it’s made by Harrison, could be good for the Buckeyes. But, as the question above says, there’s always a concern when it comes to Clemson. And that concern is doubled or tripled when it comes to wide receivers, because the Tigers are the only program in the country that are on even footing at that position with the Buckeyes.

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Marvin Harrison has not hidden the fact that the Buckeyes are his top choice. (Marvin Harrison/Courtesy)

Either way, that desired trip to Clemson did happen for Harrison this summer. And at this point, it doesn’t appear to have changed much in the scope of his recruitment.

Dabo Swinney’s program still hasn’t offered the 6-foot-4, 185-pound junior, and barring that happening in the very near future, I don’t personally believe it will matter when it comes to Harrison’s final decision. If the Buckeyes want Harrison — and I’ve got every reason to believe they do — it’s hard to see him ending up anywhere else at this point. That’s an opinion shared by analysts around the country if you believe the 247Sports.com crystal ball, which currently has 100 percent of the predictions in the Buckeyes favor.

The question then becomes a matter of when Harrison ends his recruitment, and that is obviously up in the air. He’s one of the country’s best 2021 prospects, and next week is a big one for that crop of players as the contact regulations that keep them from talking to schools as often as they want lets up. So, some new schools will emerge for him, but his relationship with Ohio State should also ratchet up a few notches as a result.

If Marvin Harrison returns to Columbus for a game this fall as he plans to, I think there’s a good shot he will join teammate Kyle McCord as a Buckeyes commitment soon thereafter.

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You always want to be careful with a program that is paying better than
SEC wages. The only school that I can remember having its first “National Championship” rescinded by the NCAA for recruiting violations.

From what it appears they are still not playing by the rules.

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.

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