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How much will Garrett Wilson play in 2019?
Garrett Wilson didn’t take long to introduce himself at Ohio State. But when it comes to turning an impressive spring into actual playing time, Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward pointed out that Wilson will have to deal with a veteran group at that position:
“Austin Mack is returning from injury and playing at perhaps the highest level of his career,” Ward wrote. “Binjimen Victor seems to have flipped a switch dating back to the middle of last season and is looking like a game-breaking target. K.J. Hill remains the most reliable, versatile option for the Buckeyes at the position. Chris Olave continues to build on his late-season momentum and is going to be a major factor, C.J. Saunders has become one of Hartline’s favorite pupils in the meeting room and the practice field and Jaelen Gill is on the brink of a breakout at H-back.
“So, who does Wilson leap over like a defensive back on a deep ball? For all of the justified hype about him that has only ramped up now, a starting job in Year One probably isn’t going to happen. But with Hartline looking to play at least six guys at wide receiver, it’s already clear that he can make plans to count on the young weapon one way or another.”
Ohio State target Geirean Hatchett joins Birminology
When Geirean Hatchett first visited Ohio State in the summer of 2018, he did so believing that Urban Meyer, the centerpiece of that late July visit, would be the guy recruiting him for the long haul.
“Getting to sit and talk with Coach Meyer for the first time was really cool,” Hatchett said last July. “Just getting to hear everything he had to say to me was awesome. We definitely built a good relationship with him while I was here.”
Just days later, Meyer was on administrative leave and his future was up in the air. But Ohio State never stopped chasing the country’s 10th-ranked offensive guard. Now, with Ohio State in his final five schools, Hatchett is continuing to work on his relationships with the staff members that are still in Columbus.
How has Ryan Day helped bridge the gap? What else is important to Hatchett? Find out the answer to those questions and more in the latest episode of Birminology on Lettermen Row.
Yanni Karlaftis makes first visit
The 4-star linebacker, ranked as Indiana’s best 2021 prospect, was in Columbus on Saturday for the Ohio State spring football game.
“It was really fun,” Karlaftis said. “I got to meet a lot of people and see an amazing spring game. They did well showing me the culture. I expected a lot [from the visit], and I got a lot.”
It’s early in the recruitment of Karlaftis, but Ohio State is in a good spot moving forward.
“We hope to visit again soon,” he said. “But we haven’t planned anything. Ohio State is at the top of my list along with a couple of other schools.”
For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Monday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Larry Johnson to attend NFL Draft
Nick Bosa will have his position coach in his corner at the NFL Draft.
Draft notes released by the NFL indicate that Ohio State defensive line coach will be one of 10 college coaches to attend the NFL Draft. Barring any trades, Bosa is widely expected to be the No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
Johnson is the only assistant among the 10 coaches. The other coaches attending are David Cutcliffe (Duke), Nick Saban (Alabama) Dabo Swinney (Clemson), Willie Taggart (Florida State), Mark Stoops (Kentucky), Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma), Ed Orgeron (LSU), Joe Moorhead (Mississippi State), and Matt Luke (Ole Miss).
- NFL Draft: 9 days
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