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5-star RB visits Ohio State
The country’s second-ranked 2020 running back made his way from California to Columbus on Wednesday night, hopping on a red-eye flight and arriving on Thursday morning. He stayed until Saturday night and gave his visit positive reviews when asked to reflect on what he thought about it.
“It was a great visit,” Milton told Lettermen Row. “I was able to have great conversations with the coaches. It exceeded my expectations.
“I just came in with open thoughts and the visit was just all-around amazing. They took me in as family, and J.K. Dobbins let me know that when he leaves there’ll be a great opportunity at the running back position.”
For more Ohio State recruiting news, be sure to check out Sunday’s edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Get to know Harry Miller
As a part of our efforts to help readers get to know members of the Class of 2019, Lettermen Row contributor John Brice spoke with Appling, the high school coach of 5-star offensive lineman Harry Miller. Be sure to check out the article, which includes some incredibly high praise like the following quote.
“We’ve had nine or 10 kids every year go to the FBS level,” Appling said. “We always get kids who are great athletes, can run, catch, have special talents, and Harry is a special talent as well. His intelligence, work ethic and leadership are three things that set him apart from most of those guys.
“He’s definitely top 5 percent of those guys we’ve had come through here. Harry, honestly, might the hardest working kid we’ve ever had come through to go play at that level. Harry’s going to fit in great at Ohio State for four years.”
Big week looms for Dwayne Haskins
As the NFL Draft looms, Dwayne Haskins has a chance this week to potentially help make himself some money — especially if teams checking him out are willing to trade up for the chance to select him.
“Important week for Ohio State QB prospect Dwayne Haskins,” NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport posted on Twitter. “Source said he’s got visits to the facilities of the #Redskins and #Broncos this week… two teams doing homework on all the top passers.”
Be patient about Paris Johnson
For my Sunday morning column, I wrote about why Ohio State is correctly handling 5-star offensive tackle commit Paris Johnson’s many recent visits to southern schools. Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that the Buckeyes don’t have much leverage and the optics of losing Johnson would be rough.
He’s clearly not ready to shut down his recruitment, and an ultimatum along those lines could very well push him away from the program for good. Imagine the optics of it. Seriously, just imagine. A first-year head coach losing out on an in-state prospect who’s the No. 4 overall recruit in the country because of a failed gamble. It’s easy to dream of a world where Ohio State can tell Johnson to knock it off because of the leverage it holds. That world does not currently exist. Johnson has the power in this one.
- Oho State spring game: 5 days
- NFL Draft: 17 days
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