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Weather doesn’t delay key Buckeye official visitors
The Buckeyes canceled most of their expected visitors this weekend due to concerns around the winter storm that hit Columbus on Saturday night but the most important group arrived safe and sound thanks to some travel flexibility.
A majority of Ohio State’s 2019 class was on campus together, working on their relationships, meeting the Buckeyes new coaches and doing their best to convince Doug Nester to stick with Ohio State and Dawand Jones to pick the school.
In fact, Ohio State’s signees seemed they were trying to convince every recruit in the country to pick the Buckeyes.
For more on the busy weekend, check out Sunday’s Dotting the ‘Eyes.
How the did the Rushmen flip Tyreke Smith to Ohio State?
Ohio State went from trailing to signing Ohio’s best defensive line prospect in each of the last two years after defensive line coach Larry Johnson’s group dominated in big games against each player’s recruiting leader. In October of 2017, that group helped rally the Buckeyes to a stunning come-from-behind win against Penn State — which led to come-from-behind recruiting victory against the Nittany Lions a little more than a month later.
“That [game] was the difference,” Ohio State freshman Tyreke Smith said after the Rose Bowl. “I was actually committed to Penn State when I was at the game. I thought they were going to win. I noticed in the fourth quarter how the defensive line didn’t drop off. Penn State, you could tell they got tired. But Coach Johnson’s defensive line, nothing stopped, if anything, they got better as the game went on.
“That day got me thinking like: ‘This dude really makes dudes better.’ With the talent I have — I was a natural player, I hadn’t played a lot of football — I felt it was the best decision for me. He could teach me and hone my skills the best.”
Check out Lettermen Live featuring Zach Boren
It’s been a busy off-season for the Ohio State football team with the departure of Tate Martell, the addition of Justin Fields and new coaches. Austin Ward, Jeremy Birmingham and Zach Boren break it all down on the latest installment of Lettermen Live.
Three Buckeyes heading to the Super Bowl
After Sunday’s overtime championship games, three former Buckeyes punched their tickets to the Super Bowl in Atlanta. New England’s Nate Ebner will be making his fourth appearance in the game with a shot at winning his third title, while Patriots’ John Simon and Rams’ Jake McQuaide will both be making their first Super Bowl appearances.
- Ohio State hoops vs. Purdue: 2 days
- National Signing Day: 16 days
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