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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State in good position overall after NFL Draft deadline

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K.J. Hill's return is huge for Ohio State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State in good position overall after NFL Draft deadline

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Kendall Sheffield off to NFL

Kendall Sheffield is headed to the NFL, and he’s starting his journey in the most Kendall Sheffield way possible. Sheffield, who doesn’t have a Twitter account and has outright refused to do interviews for most of his Ohio State career, did not make an announcement of any kind before the deadline passed. Instead, the organization where he’ll train for the draft  announced it for him simply by posting an instagram with a graphic listing the names of the players doing pre-draft training with them.

For Ohio State, it could have been worse

OK, here’s the damage:

  • QB Dwayne Haskins
  • RB Mike Weber
  • OL Michael Jordan
  • DE Nick Bosa
  • DT Dre’Mont Jones
  • CB Kendall Sheffield

That’s… a lot of talent. But there have been some wins along the way, too. Consider, for example, the players that chose to return for another season in Columbus:

  • WR K.J. Hill
  • WR Binjimen Victor
  • LB Malik Harrison
  • CB Damon Arnette
  • SAF Jordan Fuller

That’s a good bit of talent to hold onto, especially since it feels like most players who flirt with the process are probably inclined to leave. Furthermore, Bosa was already gone and the same was expected for Haskins, who put together the best passing season in Ohio State history, and Jones, whose success this season now means he can end all claims about his production not matching his potential.

Impact on Ohio State’s recruiting numbers

The surprising news that Buckeyes redshirt junior Damon Arnette was returning to Ohio State for his fifth year may change some things on the recruiting trail.The Buckeyes have been recruiting Aliquippa (Pa.) cornerback MJ Devonshire for months, but there’s always been an invisible asterisk.

The numbers matter.

With Arnette’s announcement, there is now no guarantee that the Buckeyes have the space to bring in another 2019 defensive back. And because of that, the planned official visit for Devonshire to Ohio State over the Jan. 19 weekend may not happen. Devonshire is hoping to talk with the Buckeyes about the scheduled visit on Monday evening, according to his father.

Where in the world is Tate Martell?

One day after visiting West Virginia, Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell hopped on a plane down to South Florida to take a visit to Miami (Fla.).

Is it time to cut Tate Martell loose?

Speaking of Martell, his visits combined with the concept of the transfer portal have combined to create a weird reality. While Martell is taking visits to a number of different schools, he is technically still a member of the Ohio State program and could return if he so chooses. Well, if he so chooses and the coaching staff allows it. Once a player enters the transfer portal, it’s within the rights of the school to choose to cancel that player’s scholarship at the end of the current semester even if he wants to come back.

Ohio State would probably be best served right now by a clean break just to get on with it. Martell isn’t coming back to Ohio State, and forcing players and coaches to potentially have to answer questions about him until he decides. Of course, Martell gains nothing by announcing his departure before finding a new home, and it might not be great from a perception standpoint if Ryan Day cuts him loose by announcing his scholarship won’t be renewed at the end of the semester. That could be seen as an adult putting undue stress on a college student making a life-altering decision.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward weighed in on the dilemma and how to handle it in the Monday question of the day, so be sure to check that out.

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops vs. Maryland: 3 days
  • National Signing Day: 22 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.