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Scarlet Sunrise: Weekend visit could help clarify Ohio State’s RB recruiting

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A good visit from Bijan Robinson could have Ohio State fans celebrating. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Weekend visit could help clarify Ohio State’s RB recruiting

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Bijan Robinson visiting Ohio State

Kendall Milton. Bijan Robinson.

Bijan Robinson. Kendall Milton.

Welcome to the top of the recruiting board for Ohio State. Yes, it’s Kendall Milton and Bijan Robinson as it has been for months. And there’s no reason to expect that to change until one or both of these 5-star talents makes a college decision, either saying yes to the Buckeyes or forcing them to look at other options.

Milton, the country’s third-ranked running back, took his official visit to Ohio State early in June. Robinson, the fourth-ranked tailback, visits this weekend. Ohio State is up against LSU, Georgia and Alabama for Milton and fighting against Texas, UCLA, Arizona, USC and others for Robinson.

There’s a decision expected from Milton by the middle of July. But there is no timeline for Robinson, who has handled his recruitment as privately as anyone in the 2020 class has. Each player continues to consider Ohio State very seriously and will be at the top of the board as target No. 1A and 1B — in no particular order — until they’re off it.

Demario McCall’s playing time battle

The Friday Ohio State question of the day raised one of the favorite topics of discussion among players and writers alike: How much is Demario McCall going to play this year?

Here’s part of what Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward said about the question:

If Jaelen Gill continues emerging as a multipurpose threat capable of lining up in the backfield, taking handoffs on jet sweeps or catching passes in the slot, that’s another potential hurdle for McCall to clear to get into the rotation. If Master Teague keeps flashing pull-away speed while also bringing a more physical presence at tailback, the Buckeyes might not need to work in multiple guys behind J.K. Dobbins at the position. And when it comes to lining up as a slot receiver, Ohio State already has K.J. Hill and C.J. Saunders bringing more experience and consistency there, which again puts the onus on McCall to build a clear-cut case that he should be involved.

None of this is meant to suggest that McCall can’t make a move and finally have the kind of long-awaited breakthrough that Ohio State expected when he arrived on campus. And it’s certainly not his fault that the injury bug won’t leave him alone, continually biting him at inopportune times. There’s also no question that somebody with McCall’s infectious personality, willingness to do anything for the program and the ability to perform at a championship level deserves to be rewarded at some point.

But the path to a regular role at Ohio State has never been smooth, and Demario McCall still has plenty of work ahead of him heading into what could be a make-or-break training camp in August.

Tyler Durbin back in action

Former Ohio State kicker Tyler Durbin will be kicking in Columbus once again, albeit on a limited basis. The local arena football team, the Columbus Destroyers, don’t have their kicker available this weekend and so Durbin was brought in for the emergency duties.

Counting down

  • Big Ten Media Days: 34 days
  • Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 78 days
  • Ohio State at Michigan: 169 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 He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.