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Ohio State checking out J.P. Andrade
For whatever reason, La Verne (Calif.) Bonita 3-star quarterback J.P. Andrade has not yet committed to or signed with any program despite being in the class of 2019. That’s a decision that could pay off quite well for him now that Ohio State finds itself in a very rough situation (from a depth point of view) at quarterback.
Andrade visited for the Ohio State spring game, which was actually his second recent visit to see the Buckeyes.
“I also took a visit two weeks ago,” Andrade told Lettermen Row. “I enjoyed every minute of that visit as well. Then the coaching staff invited me out to the spring game, and of course I had to come to check it out. It was great.”
So what’s up with Andrade and the Buckeyes? Nothing, at least not yet. He’s waiting for a scholarship offer that hasn’t yet come, but he should know soon either way.
“[There were] different situations that didn’t fit for me at the other schools,” Andrade said. “I have to do what’s best for me, and waiting was the best option. Ohio State is interested in me, but they haven’t offered as of right now. The coaches told me I should know by the middle of May, and I’m excited for any opportunity coming my way. I’m just praying and working hard and hoping for the best because I hope to make my decision soon.”
For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Friday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Tracy Sprinkle on Robert Landers
Ohio State needs defensive tackle Robert Landers back at his full-speed, offensive line-wrecking best, which it didn’t get to see quite as much as it hoped for a year ago. Landers only officially missed one game and never complained about needing to fight through pain when the Buckeyes needed him as he battled his way to five tackles for loss and a sack among his 25 total tackles. And he certainly never allowed it to impact his personality, his hair color choices or a new persona as Ohio State’s resident cowboy.
But a healthy Robert Landers is a game-changer for the Buckeyes, and it’s clear to see why on film. Former Ohio State defensive tackle and HowSheGoneEat co-founder Tracy Sprinkle was in the lab at Lettermen Row breaking down what makes Landers so successful in his first episode of BuckIQ.
Ibrahima Diallo officially signs
Less than a week after announcing he’d chosen Ohio State, 3-star center Ibrahima Diallo officially signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Buckeyes.
“Ibrahima is a terrific young man and young big with upside and potential,” Buckeyes head coach Chris Holtmann said. “He has been coached well and has played against quality competition. His measurables speak for themselves but we were also really struck by his maturity in the recruiting process. As with most freshmen, especially bigs, we understand there will be a process to his development. Having said that, we are really excited about what his future holds.”
The addition of Diallo gives the Buckeyes some much-needed depth in the frontcourt behind star Kaleb Wesson.
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