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Ryan Day talks spring game, more
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day met with the media on Wednesday, just three days before the 2019 Ohio State spring game. The first-year head coach touched on a number of topics during the interview, including the following:
- There won’t be full tackling in the spring game
- Whatever happens between the quarterbacks on Saturday won’t be what settles the starting competition. That’s a big body of work thing, not a decision made on a one-day sample size
- Why Dwayne Haskins ended up not attending the NFL Draft in person
- The improvement of Nicholas Petit-Frere
- Spring game roster selection, which will entail No. 1 offense vs. No. 1 defense and No. 2 offense vs. No. 2 defense.
- The recruiting impact of the spring game
Be sure to check out Day’s full press conference, which can be found here.
Evan Pryor forced to reschedule Buckeyes visit
We first introduced North Carolina 2021 running back Evan Pryor to Lettermen Row readers back in February when he became the second running back in the class offered by Ohio State.
This weekend, Pryor had planned to make his first trip to Columbus to see the Buckeyes in person. But he will now be unable to make the visit. The country’s sixth-ranked 2021 running back, Pryor spent last weekend at Clemson and was looking forward to the visit at Ohio State. His primary recruiter and potential position coach Tony Alford was anticipating the trip as well.
“We were able to set up a date right away about when I can get down there and also when he will be down to see me,” Pryor said. “I’m going to their camp in June and he said he’d come to see me in early May.”
For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Wednesday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Chimdi Chekwa on Shaun Wade
Ohio State defensive back Shaun Wade has already proven that he can provide a boost for the Buckeyes, emerging last season from something of a complementary role to lead the team in interceptions with three. Certainly that total is relatively modest given the high standards in the Ohio State secondary, but Wade’s knack for finding the football obviously stood out when he had a chance to contribute — and sets the stage for perhaps an even more productive season in a revamped scheme under Hafley.
Where does Wade fit best for the Buckeyes? What helps him stand out as a candidate for more playing time at Ohio State? How can he take the next step? Former Buckeyes cornerback Chimdi Chekwa popped into the Lettermen Row film lab to break down Shaun Wade and his play in the secondary in his first episode of BuckIQ.
Kaleb Wesson enters NBA Draft process
Ohio State sophomore center Kaleb Wesson has entered the NBA Draft, Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann announced Wednesday.
Wesson has not decided if he will hire an agent or not, but this year that decision is immaterial to his ability to return to Ohio State. Because of a new rule, players will be allowed to enter the NBA Draft with an agent and still maintain NCAA eligibility. Undrafted players will be given a chance to return to school after the draft if they cut ties with with the agent they hired during the process.
Holtmann said he supports Wesson making this decision. The expectation is that Wesson will be back, but putting his name in the pool of draft applicants allows Wesson to see the process and gives him a chance to work out with NBA teams if any teams want to bring him in for a look.
“The feedback is always good [to get],” Holtmann said. “I think Kaleb is bright, and his family has a good and reasonable understanding of what this process is and where he currently is. I think all of that is really helpful. I don’t know what I would put odds on, but we’re every day kind of getting feedback that gives us and him an idea of where he currently stands. NBA organizations have to determine from here if they want him to be a part of their workouts. Kaleb really made significant strides from one year to the next. For him, he understands that that’s gotta continue to happen. I support him going through this process, and the feedback that he’s gonna get, and we’ll see what that looks like for him.”
- Oho State spring game: 2 days
- NFL Draft: 14 days
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