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Big night for Ohio State football
If Ryan Day wants to get his message across to recruits on Thursday night, all he needs to do is text them to turn on ESPN. Putting players on the fast track to the NFL has been a big emphasis of the program’s messaging in recent years — as seen by the frequent use of the phrase “Developed Here” — and Thursday night should be a great advertisement in that regard.
Ohio State will have two players drafted in the first round, and both of those players (defensive end Nick Bosa and quarterback Dwayne Haskins) left Ohio State after the minimum three seasons. With how wide open this draft class is, projections indicate there’s also a chance that a fifth-year guy like Parris Campbell or Terry McLaurin goes in the first round.
With the draft somehow becoming more of a spectacle each year — and increasingly commented on by recruits on Twitter — Ohio State picked a great time to start consistently churning out first-round picks.
Buckeyes looking to extend streak
Speaking of which, here’s a fun tidbit from Dane Brugler of The Athletic:
Over the last three NFL Drafts, Alabama and Ohio State are the only collegiate programs that produced at least five selections in the top 100 of each draft. Alabama will likely extend that streak to four straight, but will the Buckeyes?
The modern-day record for consecutive drafts with five or more top-100 picks? Miami, which did it six straight years (2001-06) and produced 32 top-100 draft picks over that span.
That’s… pretty good. Can the Buckeyes make it four in a row? It’s looking likely. Bosa and Haskins should get Ohio State off to a great start. From there, Campbell, McLaurin and Dre’Mont Jones feel quite likely to be picked in the first three rounds. As insurance, there’s also guys like offensive lineman Michael Jordan or cornerback Kendall Sheffield, who have outside shots to be drafted in the first 100 picks.
Ohio State offers Muhsin Muhammad III
The Buckeyes have two of the country’s top receivers already committed in the Class of 2020, but the goal is to add at least two more players to complement Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Gee Scott. This week, Ohio State offered a young receiver they’ve been getting to know for a while: Myers Park (Charlotte) 4-star prospect Muhsin Muhammad III.
The question now is whether or not it’s too late for the Buckeyes to make a splash in his recruitment while he adds them to a list of 30 total offers to consider.
“No, it’s not too late,” he said. “I haven’t come out with a top-schools list yet. That should be soon.”
While it may not be too late, it’s still sort of late for the Buckeyes here. Muhammad, a Michigan State legacy, has spent his last six months getting to know college coaches and building relationships with them. For the most part, communication with Ohio State has been sparse. If the Buckeyes intend to get serious here, it will take some real effort by Hartline to show the young receiver that he’s not just a fallback option, but a priority moving forward.
For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Wednesday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Five Questions as Buckeyes hit summer
The work never seems to stop at Ohio State, and summer will be anything but a vacation for the program.
The coaches are already recruiting. The roster is already being tweaked now that another quarterback is in the transfer portal, which means another will need to be plucked out of it by the Buckeyes. And the players themselves are gearing up for conditioning drills, occasional workouts with the staff and throwing sessions on their own time.
It’s never to early to look ahead to that point, though. With that in mind, here are five questions we have as the Buckeyes head into summer workouts.
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