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Ryan Day visits Hawaii
The final push for offensive linemen in the Class of 2019 is nearing its end. Earlier this week, Ryan Day and Greg Studrawa — along with Kevin Wilson — visited Dawand Jones and Doug Nester for the final time, using their in-home visit with the two offensive line targets. Today, Day is heading out of the frigid Midwest and is Hawai’i bound to see 4-star offensive guard Enokk Vimahi, who made an official visit to Ohio State last weekend.
The Buckeyes rarely recruit Hawai’i and the distance between Columbus and Kahuku is one reason: it’s about a 12-hour trip each way, to visit a player and his family for a couple of hours. If you need evidence of how important the country’s seventh-ranked offensive guard is to Ohio State at this point, that may be it. Ohio State may be heading toward a commitment from Vimahi, especially as rumors that Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley will not be able to make his own trip to Hawai’i, and if that’s true then it could be a two-team race between the Buckeyes and the USC Trojans for him. Whichever school ends up securing a signature from Vimahi next Wednesday will get just one year of playing time before he takes a two-year religious mission, however.
For more Ohio State recruiting coverage, check out the Thursday night edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Big battles looming
The Thursday Ohio State question of the day was an interesting one, as Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward was asked about which were the top three position battles heading into spring.
Here’s what Austin’s list looked like, which you can read about here:
- Right tackle
- Middle linebacker
I’m inclined to agree, though we’ll see if quarterback is actually allowed to be a battle (assuming Justin Fields is immediately eligible, of course). And while it’s not been a very prominent position at Ohio State in recent years, I’m intrigued to see if Jeremy Ruckert will make a big enough push to start at tight end.
Lettermen Live: Ohio State off-season workouts, Doug Nester prediction
This week on Lettermen Live presented by Byers Auto, Zach Boren was in studio to talk about Ohio State’s off-season conditioning program led by head strength coach Mickey Marotti. Birm joined to discuss the recruitment of Doug Nester and what happens if Ohio State doesn’t land the coveted offensive lineman.
Be sure to check it out!
CFB’s best come to Columbus
The 64th Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards Ceremony will honor college football’s best, as they will hold their annual awards presentation on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Express Live! in the Arena District. Somewhat similar to the normal College Football Awards, the TDC looks to name the top player at each position like the nation’s top quarterback, running back and linebacker. Over 50 current and former athletes, ranging from high school to athletically retired, will be in attendance at the event.
The list of guests features a number of college football’s top players, and of course there can’t be a big event in Columbus without featuring a few Buckeyes. Five players from Ryan Day’s squad will also be in attendance while a handful of them have already been there before either in high school or being honored previously, as well as possible alumni.
Tickets for the event can be purchased right here through Lettermen Row and allow the holder to attend the dinner and awards show. Doors open at 5:30 with hospitality and a huge silent auction of sports memorabilia. Dinner will begin at 7, with the awards presentation beginning shortly after at 7:45 p.m.
- Ohio State hoops vs. Rutgers: 1 day
- National Signing Day: 5 days
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