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Nick Starkel interested in Ohio State
A new quarterback is interested in the possibility of transferring to Ohio State, which would give the Buckeyes some much-needed depth at that position group. And, as an added bonus, there’s a Tate Martell connection! (More on that in a minute.)
According to a report from Travis Brown of the Bryan Eagle, Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel will be moving on to a new program. Starkel was a 3-star recruit in the Class of 2016 according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Having just completed his third season (one of which was a redshirt year), he intends to pursue a graduate transfer that would make him immediately eligible for the next two seasons.
Texas A&M QB Nick Starkel will hit the transfer portal any minute now & will not participate in spring practice, he said. Will complete 120 hours before July & should be on new campus July 1. Said he's looking at Duke, Ohio State, SMU & Arizona (former HC Kevin Sumlin).
— 𝕋𝕣𝕒𝕧𝕚𝕤 𝕃. 𝔹𝕣𝕠𝕨𝕟 (@Travis_L_Brown) January 23, 2019
Currently, Ohio State only has three scholarship quarterbacks on its roster — fifth-year senior Chris Chugunov, recent transfer Justin Fields and redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin. The Buckeyes haven’t signed a quarterback in the Class of 2019 after longtime commit Dwan Mathis flipped to Georgia during the early signing period.
In limited playing time as a redshirt sophomore in 2018, Starkel completed 15 of 22 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown. With the job appearing to belong to Kellen Mond going forward, Starkel didn’t have much of a path forward. Still, he’d be a valuable addition to the Buckeyes both in terms of depth and experience. A three-quarterback room is a precarious situation, and adding a fourth player to that mix would add security and bolster competition.
If you’re wondering why the name sounds familiar to you … there’s a good reason why. Starkel was the quarterback Tate Martell disparaged in a direct message on Twitter back when Martell was a Texas A&M commit in the class below Starkel’s. Martell sent a message to someone referring to Starkel’s quarterback abilities as “ass.” In a now-deleted tweet, Starkel posted the exchange that had been sent to him when Martell announced he was decommitting from Texas A&M.
Now there’s a chance that Starkel will fill a slot opened by Martell, who transferred from Ohio State to Miami (Fla.) when the Buckeyes signed Georgia transfer Justin Fields. Recruiting!
Ryan Day checks in on Geirean Hatchett
Ohio State coach Ryan Day was in the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday to visit Ferndale (Wa.) High School offensive guard Geirean Hatchett, a 4-star prospect in the Class of 2020.
Hatchett has taken two unofficial visits to Ohio State in the last six months, and the Buckeyes are one of his top suitors. He would be a welcome addition to a program that desperately needs offensive line depth and could take five or six offensive linemen in the next recruiting cycle.
“Coach Day told [my coaches] that they are serious about recruiting me and that they think I’m the right fit for the type of offensive lineman they are trying to get,” Hatchett told Lettermen Row.
Ohio State already has three offensive linemen committed in the Class of 2020: 5-star offensive tackle Paris Johnson, 4-star center Luke Wypler and 3-star offensive tackle Jakob James. The addition of James, who projects to move to offensive guard in college, has not impacted Ohio State’s continued quest to upgrade the interior of its offensive line. Hatchett said he’s still feeling like a priority for the Buckeyes.
“They are still recruiting me and reiterated that they want me there,” Hatchell said. “That’s always good to hear.”
Hatchett added that he’s considering using his official visits during the spring visit period and would like to make a decision before his senior season if everything works out.
Ohio State offers 2021 athlete
It’s never too early to get involved with out-of-state prospects, and Ohio State extended an offer to Class of 2021 athlete Tysheem Johnson on Tuesday night.
— CINCO5️⃣ (@tysheemjohnson5) January 23, 2019
The Class of 2021 does not yet have rankings on the 247Sports composite rankings, but Johnson, who plays for Philadelphia Neumann Goretti, is already being heavily recruited. He has offers from Baylor, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
Paris Johnson honored as MaxPreps All-American
Ohio State commit Paris Johnson still has another year of high school football left, but he’s already racking up honors. The 5-star offensive tackle from Cincinnati St. Xavier was named a MaxPreps All-American and received his certificate for the accomplishment on Wednesday.
— Paris Johnson Jr. (@ParisJohnsonJr) January 23, 2019
McDonald’s All-American selections Thursday
Will Ohio State basketball have its first McDonald’s All-American since D’Angelo Russell in 2014? The Buckeyes will find out soon enough. All three signees — D.J. Carton, Alonzo Gaffney and E.J. Liddell — are nominated for the prestigious honor.
The selections for the 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN’s The Jump and at 6 p.m. ET on SportsCenter. Additionally, the official Twitter account for the game will also be releasing information.
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