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Scarlet Sunrise: Braxton Miller anoints Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins

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Dwayne Haskins received some high praise from Braxton Miller. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Braxton Miller anoints Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins

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Dwayne Haskins for Heisman?

Dwayne Haskins has a tough act to follow, as the sophomore quarterback will replace the quarterback who rewrote Ohio State’s record book. But that hasn’t stopped Buckeye fans or players from believing that Haskins will take Ohio State’s passing game to even greater heights.

The latest person to heap praise on Haskins is certainly someone who would know — former Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, who produced no shortage of highlights during his three seasons as the Buckeyes’ starting signal caller.

“I told him that one day he’s going to win the Heisman,” Miller told Lettermen Row. “I’ve known Dwayne for two years now. Man, he’s dope, he’s nice.

“I haven’t thrown with him since last year. But every since he came in, whenever I needed somebody to throw with when J.T. [Barrett] wasn’t there or available, he was always available and always willing to work. He reminds me of myself in a way. He just wanted to go get it.”

Ohio State gets it done in the classroom

Ohio State had 21 athletes finish the 2017-18 academic year with a perfect 4.0 GPA, including athletic standouts like All-American wrestler Nate Tomasello, women’s basketball player Stephanie Mavunga and men’s volleyball All-American Nicholas Szerszen. Here’s the full list of perfect Buckeyes:

  • Joshua Black, rifle
  • Kate Deaton, women’s track & field
  • Kat Duvall, women’s soccer
  • Rachel Engle, rowing
  • Anjali Fernandes, rowing
  • Cole Gorski, men’s track & field
  • Hanna Gottschalk, rowing
  • Erin Gyurke, women’s cross country
  • Justin Hopkins, men’s swimming & diving
  • Aleksandra Kolmykova, fencing
  • Gabriella Leccese, fencing
  • Stephanie Mavunga, women’s basketball
  • Reed McGraw, men’s swimming & diving
  • Cheyenne Meek, women’s swimming & diving
  • Kelsey Nolan, field hockey
  • Spencer Sansom, women’s soccer
  • Olivia Smith, women’s cross country
  • Lauren Spring, women’s ice hockey
  • Nicolas Szerszen, men’s volleyball
  • Nathan Tomasello, wrestling
  • Selina Vickey, women’s soccer

Furthermore, Ohio State led the Big Ten and set a school record with 129 Distinguished Scholars who earned a 3.70 or higher GPA during 2017-18. Four members of the football team contributed to that total — safety Jordan Fuller, long snapper Liam McCullough, walk-on linebacker Hayden Jester and walk-on punter Bryan Kristan.

What’s up with the 2019 class?

Ohio State’s Class of 2019 would be great by most schools’ standards, but it looks a little underwhelming when compared to the historically great classes of 2017 and 2018 (pound-for-pound the best in the history of recruiting rankings) as well as 2020, which is off to a torrid start.

Can Ohio State get things going and deliver another top-three class in 2019? That’s not certain, but Birm delivered his breakdown of what’s going on with some of the top remaining targets other than Zach Harrison, who he predicted Ohio State will land. Here’s the group from the top 100 overall recruits:

  • No. 5  OL •  Darnell Wright • Steady, but they’ve never been the team to beat.
  • No. 45  WR • Kyle Ford • Steady, should visit this fall.
  • No. 57 DB • Nick Cross • Down, pretty much out.
  • No. 62 WR • Marcus Washington • Steady, and that’s good, because the Buckeyes are the team to beat.
  • No. 72 DB • Kaiir Elam • Steady. Buckeyes will get another visit, and Urban Meyer is personally recruiting.

Be sure to check out his full analysis on the Buckeyes’ remaining targets and how the class could finish.

Urban Meyer goes full dad

What to get as a birthday present for your favorite 54-year-old who makes $7 million a year? If that person is Urban Meyer, the answer is apparently a pressure washer. College football coaches — they’re just like us!

Counting down

  • Big Ten media days: 12 days
  • Ohio State season opener: 52 days
  • The Game: 136 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.