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Jonah Jackson (73) gives Ohio State's offensive line some needed depth. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Jonah Jackson gives Ohio State OL lineup flexibility

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Ohio State lands Jonah Jackson

The Buckeyes addressed one of the most pressing concerns on the roster Monday by again turning to the transfer database, this time landing Rutgers grad transfer Jonah Jackson as a guard who will have immediate eligibility once he arrives on campus.

The honorable mention All-Big Ten performer and a respected captain for the Scarlet Knights confirmed the move to Lettermen Row, and Jackson will go directly into a position battle among interior linemen and could potentially emerge as a starter for a revamped unit that must replace four full-time starters from last season.

Jonah Jackson gives Buckeyes options

Aside from gaining a starter-caliber player on an offensive line that lost four starters, the addition of Jonah Jackson should also make it easier for Ohio State to put its best five linemen on the field. Jackson’s positional flexibility makes him even more valuable for the Buckeyes since he can potentially play center if need be, which offensive line coach Greg Studrawa should have a handle on by the end of spring camp as Josh Myers looks to take over that crucial spot. Ohio State was already planning on Myers entering March as the starter even if Michael Jordan returned for another year, so there is plenty of confidence at this point that Jackson should be able to stick at guard at this point.

And a first-team unit with Thayer Munford at left tackle, Jackson, Meyer and Wyatt Davis on the interior and either Joshua Alabi, Branden Bowen or Nicholas Petit-Frere fighting for the right tackle job should be stout.

Lathan Ransom impressed by visit

Ohio State is trying hard to make itself at home recruiting in Arizona, and it got its first chance to impress one of that state’s best players on Sunday. Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic 4-star safety Lathan Ransom visited on Sunday and spent a full day at Ohio State.

“I got great vibes,” he said. “Everything stood out. From the culture that [coach Ryan] Day is creating and what [defensive coordinator Jeff] Hafley is bringing from the NFL to their interest in me and how they not only take football seriously but also academics.

“The campus was beautiful. I loved how close it was to the city and how it surrounded the stadium. It’s not too big at all.”

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

Darrion Henry appears on Birminology

Class of 2020 4-star prospect Darrion Henry has been all over the place in recent months taking visits, and he joined Birminology this week to talk a little bit about those trips and some future ones — including his plans to return to Ohio State. The country’s No. 42-ranked player knows what the Buckeyes have to offer, and he spoke to Birm about a number of different topics in this week’s episode of Birminology.

WATCH: Birm talks with Darrion Henry

Big game for basketball Bucks

Ohio State hosts Iowa in a crucial matchup as the Buckeyes try to chase down the win that will make their NCAA Tournament watch party a lot less stressful. Assuming Ohio State manages to beat Northwestern in its penultimate game, it may take as little as one win in the three remaining games against ranked opponents for the Buckeyes to feel good about their postseason odds.

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops vs. Iowa: Today
  • Oho State spring game: 46 days

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