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Paris Johnson is trying to lure some basketball talent to Columbus. (@ParisJohnsonJr on Twitter)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State football recruits helping out basketball recruiting

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Ohio State football recruits helping out basketball

Ohio State’s Class of 2020 is already off to a roaring start, and it appears those players are willing to help out the basketball team when not building an elite recruiting class in their own sport.

“We’re going to be elite,” 5-star 2020 offensive tackle Paris Johnson said to Lettermen Row on Saturday following the news that 5-star 2019 point guard DJ Carton had committed to the Buckeyes. “On the football field and the basketball court.”

It’s unusual for a football prospect or a group of them to be that concerned about the hardwood. For Johnson, though, it just makes sense to try and help out the future of the entire athletic department at Ohio State.

“I talked with Carton the day before he committed,” Johnson said. “I just told him that Ohio State was the best move. We’re going to build a dynasty. Yes, we’re focusing on our class first, but we can have both sports be at the top.”

Mike Kudla dies at age 34

Mike Kudla, a former All-Big Ten defensive end who was the defensive MVP of Ohio State’s 2005 team, unexpectedly passed away at age 34 on Sunday according to a release from his former school district.

He won a national championship in 2002 and emerged as a star later in his career, making 9.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in 2005.

Ohio State names Big Ten Media Days attendees

Big Ten Media Days begins on July 23, with Ohio State set to take part in the second and final day on July 24. On Monday, the Big Ten announced which three players would be joining Urban Meyer in Chicago: H-back Parris Campbell, offensive tackle Isaiah Prince and defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones.

Those are three very good players and likely captains. Campbell and Prince are seniors, and Jones is a fourth-year junior who almost certainly won’t be back in 2019. With that being said, it’s still a little disappointing that players like Dwayne Haskins, Nick Bosa, Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins won’t be taking part. There’s nothing wrong with an unspoken policy that honors seniors or fourth-year juniors, but at a school where many players leave after three seasons, it seems worth reconsidering — especially since all four of the aforementioned players are also good kids who would represent the program well.

Devin Smith cut by New York Jets

Coming off an amazing end to his college career in 2014, wide receiver Devin Smith looked set for success when the New York Jets drafted him in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, his career has been stymied by two ACL tears. The Jets cut Smith on Monday, bringing to an end what looked it could be a promising partnership.

He’s thus far played in 10 NFL games over three seasons, making 10 catches and scoring one touchdown.

Counting down

  • Big Ten media days: 6 days
  • Ohio State season opener: 46 days
  • The Game: 130 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.

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