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Ryan Day’s quarterback gamble
Former Ohio State quarterback target J.J. McCarthy committed to Michigan on Saturday. Why is that news? Because the Buckeyes could have had McCarthy if they wanted, but they ultimately landed Philadelphia quarterback Kyle McCord instead.
The decision to bring in Kyle McCord, knowing full well it would likely send McCarthy in the direction of the Wolverines, could shape the future of the greatest rivalry in sports for the foreseeable future. Day and the Buckeyes had the first pick and first shot for McCarthy and went in a different direction.
How that turns out on the field in 2021 and beyond will be a story worth watching for years to come.
For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Tuesday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Keon Johnson puts Ohio State hoops in top 3
Keon Johnson, a 4-star guard, has Ohio State in his top three schools along with Tennessee and Virginia. The bad news for the Buckeyes is that Johnson happens to be from Bell Buckle, Tenn., so Chris Holtmann has his work cut out for him.
Chimdi Chekwa on Damon Arnette
Despite some inconsistencies, Ohio State is better with Arnette than without him, and his decision to return for another season instead of entering the NFL Draft was a major offseason victory. If the fifth-year senior hasn’t yet reached his true potential, there’s no reason he still can’t do it with one last year in the program and a new coach with a proven track record of developing cornerbacks.
At his best, Arnette can be a true asset for the Buckeyes. What is it going to take for him to take that next step and become an elite cornerback? What are realistic expectations for him heading into his final season with Ohio State? How often might he get his hands on the football? Former Ohio State and NFL defensive back Chimdi Chekwa was back in the Lettermen Row film lab breaking down the film to find some answers in the latest episode of BuckIQ.
What’s up with the Ohio State LBs?
The Tuesday question of the day raised an interesting issue: Will the starting linebacker jobs at Ohio State go to the experienced players by default? Here’s part of what Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward had to say:
It’s true that Malik Harrison and Pete Werner were given the first opportunities to hold on to their jobs as the starting outside linebackers. Returning captain Tuf Borland was still playing a prominent role for the Buckeyes when his health allowed it. And despite the impressive camps turned in by guys like Dallas Gant, Baron Browning or Teradja Mitchell, the younger guys still haven’t necessarily done enough to force Ohio State to shake up the pecking order.
That doesn’t mean anybody is just going to inherit their previous roles or that there is no room for movement if somebody like Mitchell makes it clear that he must be on the field in the middle. But there is absolutely value in having previous Big Ten experience, multiple years of strength development in the program — and previous glimpses at the upside all of those returning starters could bring to the Buckeyes when put in better position to succeed.
- Big Ten Media Days: 65 days
- Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 109 days
- Ohio State at Michigan: 200 days
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