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Ryan Day and his coaches could have some roster management issues ahead. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Recruiting Question of the Day

Buckeyes don’t expect major roster shifts with eligibility unknowns

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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

There are a number of variables that remain unknown when it comes to exactly how the NCAA will proceed after this season, but there aren’t many changes expected for Ohio State.

“It’s very confusing metrics that, boy, it took me about three hours to sit down with Mark Pantoni and figure it all out,” Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said. “It’s kind of a plus-one based on seniors and years of eligibility. It’s confusing. It’s not easy. But I don’t see us being over 85, even next fall as I project it all out.

“With guys leaving to go to the NFL, guys graduating and different things. I still project it at 85 for us. But we’ll see. It’s going to have to be something we continually talk about and work through.”

So what are the Buckeyes being told by the NCAA right now? No one is really sure, but it sounds complicated. But quite frankly, it’s not something that is likely to affect Ohio State in the way it might other, less-established programs.

Even if the Buckeyes wanted to convince a handful of their potential departees to stick around for another season, there’s no guarantee they could or would anyway. Kids don’t matriculate to Ohio State to stay five or six years in the program, generally speaking. And the Buckeyes aren’t really interested in telling the Class of 2021, full of potential future stars, that they’re going to be effectively put on hold next season while they rehash the current roster’s holdovers.

That may sound a bit harsh, but it’s not intended that way. Programs like Ohio State are built moving and looking forward. The current state of college football transfers is concerning enough, but the soon-to-be-reality of one free transfer for all means there’s a risk if the next wave is put on the back-burner because of the Covid-19 roster adjustments.

The Buckeyes have enough talent waiting in the wings on the current roster and future recruiting classes that they don’t need to take advantage of the waiting roster loopholes just because they can.


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