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Jack Miller makes Elite 11 Finals
After losing almost half of his junior year at Chaparral High School in Arizona due to a torn MCL, Ohio State 2020 commitment Jack Miller is back to 100 percent — and back on the field.
Miller took part in two competitive events. First, a 7-on-7 tournament on Saturday — then on Sunday he was getting in work at the Elite 11/The Opening Regional at Long Beach City College, the first regional event this year for college football’s premier recruiting combine.
“I threw it good,” Miller said. “Even though it was raining and super windy.”
He threw it better than good: Miller was named the quarterback MVP at The Opening and locked in his spot at the Elite 11 Finals, which will happen in June in Los Angeles.
For more Ohio State recruiting news, check out Monday’s edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Gene Smith CFP departure helps Ohio State
Really enjoyed this column from Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward, who wrote about Gene Smith stepping down from the College Football Playoff committee. As Ward notes, Smith wasn’t able to advocate for Ohio State because of the committee’s recusal policy, but there’s at least a chance a different Big Ten voice would speak up for the Buckeyes. Smith was replaced by Iowa athletic director Gary Barta. Here’s part of what Ward had to say:
There’s also no value in relitigating the controversial decisions the committee made over the last two seasons when the Big Ten champion Buckeyes were left out of the field both times despite the conference’s claim as perhaps the strongest in the country. Would anything have changed if there was somebody else in the room to speak up for the value of running that gauntlet in the East Division? Maybe, maybe not.
But it’s certainly less than ideal for a committee that already gives too much power to too few people to have athletic directors who annually have a team in the discussion recused when it matters most. And even if that wasn’t Smith’s primary motivation, he has solved that problem anyway — and he continues to be a supporter of the College Football Playoff overall.
Questions for new assistants
Ohio State has quite a few new assistant coaches, each of whom met with the media on National Signing Day. Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward put together a list of the top question each assistant faces as they look to improve some struggling position groups.
Kevin Woidke put on scholarship
Ohio State added another scholarship player on Tuesday, as walk-on offensive lineman Kevin Woidke was awarded a scholarship. Though Ohio State hasn’t officially announced the news, it was posted to Twitter by members of his family as well as director of on-campus recruiting Tori Magers.
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