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Scarlet Sunrise: NFL draft decisions have been favorable for Ohio State this year

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Damon Arnette is returning for his senior season. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: NFL draft decisions have been favorable for Ohio State this year

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Damon Arnette staying another season

Redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette announced his decision to come back to the program for his final season of eligibility, setting the table for him to add a third year in the starting lineup to his resumé and potentially boost his stock with a new coaching staff. His departure certainly wouldn’t have come as a surprise to the program, but leading up to the Rose Bowl it started to appear like there was an outside shot of getting Arnette to return for one more run with what is shaping up to be a defense loaded with experience.

Although the Ohio State secondary was plagued by a variety of issues in 2018, losing that experience and depth would have made things even more difficult.

Doug Nester gets another Ohio State visit

Ohio State got some good news when the NCAA decided to allow Doug Nester to take another official visit even though he visited in December after Urban Meyer’s announced retirement, the reason being that Meyer’s tenure hadn’t technically ended until Jan. 1 at that point the coaching change allowed for the second official visit rule to apply.

At any rate, here’s what Birm had to say about this all in Friday’s Dotting the ‘Eyes:

But the biggest news is that Nester will take a second official visit to Ohio State before any of that happens. The Big Ten approved for Nester to take another official visit, giving the long-time verbal a chance to see up close and personal what Ryan Day is doing with the Buckeyes. That trip will occur the weekend of Jan. 18, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Harry Miller will head north to visit Ohio State that weekend or that Cade Stover will also be in town for the Buckeyes.

Those two signees are closer to Nester than anyone else in the class of 2019, and the Buckeyes are hoping to get Nester back in the mix and maybe change his mind about any other visits.

Ohio State hoops looks to get back on track

After an unsightly loss to Rutgers, Ohio State basketball will try to get back in the win column when it travels to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes. Tipoff is at 2:30 p.m. ET and the game will be televised by BTN.

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops at Iowa: Today
  • National Signing Day: 25 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.