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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State won’t name its QB until Monday, but it’s already over

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Justin Fields is the obvious choice for starting quarterback. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State won’t name its QB until Monday, but it’s already over

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Ohio State QB battle has no mystery

Ryan Day still didn’t make it official, but his conversations about the quarterback position might as well have come with a flashing neon sign pointing at Justin Fields. By the time the Buckeyes are done with this second full week of camp, Day is prepared to make his pick, and it’s going to be the guy who was expected to win it right from the start.

“I think probably what we’re going to do is get through the weekend and then on Monday probably make a final decision,” Day said. “But the guys are competing really, really well. I think, you know, Justin is practicing at a high level now and had a nice couple really good days here.

“So, we’ll get through the weekend. We’ve got to name captains here in the next couple days, as well and we’ll get back here on Monday and probably have an update for you. But like to make the decision and make the announcement on Monday.”

Day would later detail the strides that Fields has made when it comes to protecting the football, leading the offense and delivering his passes on time. There was never much uncertainty in the first place, but that should all be officially erased at this point.

Be sure to check out what we learned about Ohio State on Wednesday.

Watch Ryan Day, Greg Mattison press conferences

After the Buckeyes’ practice Wednesday morning, Ohio State coach Ryan Day met with media to discuss Ohio State and the remaining days of training camp. Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison also met with the media to assess Ohio State’s defense.

The full press conference video can be found here.

Darrion Henry motivated by rankings drop

In February, Darrion Henry was a top 40-national prospect according to 247Sports.com composite rankings and considered a sure-fire, can’t-miss defensive line prospect. Somehow, despite no games being played and while he recovered from offseason surgery, Henry saw his ranking tumble — including a near 500-spot drop in 247Sports.com’s own rankings.

It’s not something he understands. But it is something that he will use as fuel in what he hopes will be a comeback season to remember.

“I’ve just got to make them feel me,” Henry told Lettermen Row at Princeton’s Media Day. “I know what I am capable of, and if you put on the tape, it speaks for itself. I don’t know how someone can think there are 500-plus players better than me, but it really doesn’t matter.”

It doesn’t matter because Henry is committed to the school he wants to play for. It doesn’t matter because Henry will get to play for the coach, Larry Johnson, who he believes will build him into one of the country’s best college linemen. His ranking no longer matters to anyone but fans and recruitniks — but it’s clear it motivates Henry.

“I’m not one of the guys that’s all about the rankings,” Henry said. “But I’m like, ‘You know I had surgery?’ I wasn’t really tripping that much, and I laughed it off a little bit. But it was one of those moments where I’ve got to show them how I got there in the first place. It really humbled me more than anything, really.

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

Looming Ohio State questions

How are the remaining position battles going to be resolved in the coming days? What positions remain up for grabs for Ohio State? How high is the ceiling for the back-to-back Big Ten champs? With roughly half of training camp complete, here are five looming questions Lettermen Row still has for the Buckeyes.

New episode of Lettermen Live

This week on Lettermen Live presented by Byers Auto, senior writer Austin Ward was joined by Lettermen Row contributors Tim May and Birm to discuss what they saw from the Buckeyes on the practice field Wednesday. They also chatted about the press conference with Ryan Day and Greg Mattison.

Counting down

  • Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 16 days
  • Ohio State at Michigan: 107 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 Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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