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Scarlet Sunrise: Explaining Ohio State’s in-state recruiting strategy under Ryan Day

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Ryan Day has been aggressive with Ohio recruits. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Explaining Ohio State’s in-state recruiting strategy under Ryan Day

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How Ohio State recruits Ohio

Urban Meyer occasionally slow-played Ohio recruits, which displeased some fans.

Ryan Day has been more aggressive, even with 3-star prospects, which has also displeased some fans. (Suprise, surprise!)

So what gives? Lettermen Row recruiting czar Birm tackled that topic in the Tuesday recruiting question of the day.

Recruiting isn’t what it was 20 years ago. Kids aren’t sitting on their hands waiting to hear from the Buckeyes, and there’s no good reason for them to wait before offering players like Jakob James and Trey Leroux if the coaching staff believes they’d be circling back on them eight months from now. There are too many good schools offering these players early in the recruiting process for the Buckeyes to risk losing out on the relationship-building that has proven critical in recent cycles.

Though it may be difficult to project, it does make sense that if Ohio State thinks it will offer a player later in the process it would be prudent to do so earlier. That obviously comes with a risk because Ohio recruits won’t get nudged out of the program the way another misevaluated recruit might, but being a head coach at one of the top three programs in the country means having to make those decisions.

What’s next for Ohio State OL?

With a few guys already in the fold for 2020, where does Ohio State turn to next in its offensive line recruiting efforts? Allow Birm to inform you:

I think Ohio State’s preference would be two tackle bodies versatile enough to move inside if necessary.

Looking for realistic names to join the fray, it’s kind of a who’s who of national prospects from here. The Buckeyes are going to host Turner Corcoran for their spring game in mid-April, and I continue to believe that Ohio State is a bigger threat in that battle than people are giving them credit for. The same is true with Ferndale (Wash.) 4-star guard Geirean Hatchett, who is one of just a few true guards being recruited still by the Buckeyes. Players like John Young, Justin Rogers, Chris MorrisBryn TuckerAkinola OgunbiyiMarlon MartinezTosh BakerTate RutledgeMarcus DumervilMichael CarmodyIssiah WalkerRoger RosengartenZak ZinterOlu Fashanu, and Penn State commit Grant Toutant all remain in play outside of Ohio’s borders.

For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Tuesday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

Bradley Roby signs with Texans

Bradley Roby’s second NFL contract is short but certainly sweet. Roby agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the Houston Texans on Tuesday. Free agency officially begins Wednesday, but teams and players are allowed to agree to deals during the legal tampering period in the days leading up to the time when deals can actually be signed.

Roby spent the previous five seasons with the Denver Broncos. In addition to winning a Super Bowl, he played in 79 of 80 regular-season games and intercepted seven passes.

Chris Holtmann previews Big Ten Tournament

Ahead of the trip to Chicago for the Big Ten Tournament, Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann and members of the Buckeyes met with the media to discuss their opening round matchup with Indiana on Thursday. The Scarlet and Gray are looking to win their second game this season against the Hoosiers and advance to the quarterfinals against Michigan State.

WATCH: Chris Holtmann previews Big Ten Tournament opener

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops vs. Indiana: 1 day
  • Oho State spring game: 31 days

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Nick M

Having Tarblooders at the ready in the secondary hasn’t not worked yet.


Meyers recruiting was the best in OSU history. Day will never be able to recruit like Urban and that’s ok. I just hope Day can be a great head coach, it’s an unproven commodity


I’m more concerned wit the lack of defensive ’20’ recruits than where they are from.

Rick Malone
Rick Malone

Although I think the 2020 class will end up being in the top 5 and be a great class but what worries me is us going after not rated at there position very low ranking 3* player’s I mean aren’t there higher ranked O-line men in Ohio we can sign ?

Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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