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Scarlet Sunrise: How good can Ohio State defensive end Tyreke Smith be in 2019?

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Tyreke Smith could have a big year in 2019. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: How good can Ohio State defensive end Tyreke Smith be in 2019?

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Tyreke Smith alert

Ohio State has had a ton of second-year players take a star turn in recent years, especially on the defensive line. Defensive end Tyreke Smith has a strong case to be one of the next such players to explode onto the scene as a sophomore.

“He can be real good,” junior Chase Young said. “Every great year that defensive ends had their sophomore year, Tyreke Smith can have that year. I say to watch out for Tyreke Smith. Some people may not know about him, I know a lot of people in Ohio know what he can do and we know what he can do. But just wait for him to show the world what he can do.

“Last spring, I was a dog — hungry. And that’s just how Tyreke is, and that’s what I expect. I tell him: After Nick [Bosa], after me, then it’s you. It’s a train, our defensive line is always good and there’s a great pass rusher in every class. Tyreke Smith is that next big thing.”

Ohio State target Cam Martinez joins Birminology

Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country maneuver their way to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help you navigate the tumultuous roads by getting to the heart of the matter with the young football players themselves. Birminology shows who the young men being recruited by Ohio State truly are — by talking to them. Today’s guest: 4-star athlete Cameron Martinez, one of the top athletes in the country.

He may have started at a small school. But now with almost 25 scholarship offers from places like Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, Martinez is being seen nationally the same way he’s been regarded locally. How has that change in attention changed his approach to recruiting? Why does a kid from Michigan like the Buckeyes as much as he does? What’s going to happen from here? Find out the answers to those questions and more in the latest episode of Birminology on Lettermen Row.

WATCH: Cam Martinez joins the latest episode of Birminology

Nick Bosa only Buckeye to attend NFL Draft

Ohio State has two NFL Draft prospects who could be selected within the first 10 choices, but only one of them will be headed to the draft to see it in person. Defensive end Nick Bosa is one of 23 players who will attend the 2019 NFL Draft, while quarterback Dwayne Haskins will remain at home. Barring a trade in which a team moves up to select a quarterback behind the top-picking Cardinals, Bosa is viewed as the consensus choice to be the No. 2 overall pick behind Kyler Murray.

Haskins has most frequently been projected to the New York Giants at No. 6, but his stock — and that of quarterbacks generally — is more volatile and more likely to experience a drop that could make for an awkward wait after high expectations. (That’s not to say that it will happen, just that it could happen. Nobody loves anything more than the trainwreck of a falling quarterback.)

Great expectations

The end of the 2018-19 college basketball season means one thing: It’s time to look forward to next year! A slew of way-too-early rankings have been released in the wake of Virginia’s championship victory, and the Buckeyes’ chances for next season were generally viewed in a pretty favorable light.

Sports Illustrated: No. 9 Ohio State

The Buckeyes graduate their starting backcourt of CJ Jackson and Keyshawn Woods, but have a host of young players ready to step up, and most importantly, should bring back standout center Kaleb Wesson, who will be one of the top players in the conference. A trio of incoming freshmen—point guard DJ Carton and forwards Alonzo Gaffney and EJ Liddell—should all help in some capacity. Noting the continuity and the job Chris Holtmann has been doing, the Buckeyes are looking good going into the summer.

ESPN: No. 10 Ohio State

The Buckeyes have overachieved in back-to-back years, going to the second round in each of Chris Holtmann’s two seasons in Columbus. Next year, though, they will enter the season with some expectations. Ohio State loses CJ Jackson (31 starts) and Keyshawn Woods (15 starts) but replaces them with five-star point guard DJ Carton and four-star forwards Alonzo Gaffney and EJ Liddell. Kaleb Wesson is an anchor inside, and starters Andre Wesson and Luther Muhammad are also back.

The Athletic: No. 24 Ohio State

The Buckeyes did well to make the NCAA Tournament this season with a retooled roster. Now, with Chris Holtmann bringing in three top-50 recruits, they are ready to be a top-tier Big Ten team. Kaleb Wesson improved dramatically from his freshman to his sophomore season, and with another offseason to work on his body and improve his skills, he should be a Big Ten player of the year candidate. Washington did not get a lot of minutes, but he is a smooth scorer with tons of upside who should break out as a sophomore.

Counting down

  • Oho State spring game: 3 days
  • NFL Draft: 15 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 He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.