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The Buckeyes made their final pitch to Akron Archbishop Hoban 4-star standout DeaMonte Trayanum this week. Now they’ll wait and see if it was enough to keep Ohio’s fifth-ranked prospect from heading out of the state for college.
With his official visit complete, the 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back will take a day off and then head to State College for his official trip to Penn State. Then, within a week or two, it will be decision time.
There’s a comfort with the people at Ohio State, but for much of the last few months, there’s been one underlying concern for those close to Trayanum: Whether or not he will actually stay at running back if he were to choose the Buckeyes. He’s been to Ohio State so many times that there’s nothing new he’s going to see on any visit, even an official one, so the entire focus on the trip was simply to get closer to the coaches and how he feels about their plans to deploy him on the football field.
For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Wednesday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
The Bullet position has Ohio State in an odd place at linebacker. When Brendan White, the presumed starter at the new hybrid position, is on the field, the Buckeyes will only have two true linebackers playing. That’s not a bad thing, especially since the Buckeyes had a historically bad defense last year, so they decided to change schemes.
But Ohio State still has championship-caliber linebackers who want to play, and when there’s only room for two of them on the field at times, the decision on who is playing can be tough. New linebackers coach Al Washington and the defensive staff will have to make some tough calls.
As part of Linebacker Week at Lettermen Row, here’s our best guess for the linebacker depth chart, breaking down who is a lock for playing time, who may find time on the field and who can expect to watch from the sidelines.
Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins and NCAA indoor track and field national champion Sade Olatoye were named Ohio State’s 2019 Male and Female Athletes of the Year, the school announced Wednesday. Both Haskins and Olatoye will now have a chance to be named Big Ten Male or Female Athlete of the Year.
Haskins is the first football player to win Ohio State athlete of the year since Troy Smith did so in 2007. Smith’s honor capped a run of four football players in five years to be named Ohio State’s Male Athlete of the Year, as he followed A.J. Hawk, Mike Nugent and Craig Krenzel.
Wrestler Kyle Snyder won Ohio State Athlete of the Year in both 2017 and 2018, and Snyder also won Big Ten Athlete of the Year both times. The last OSU football player to win Big Ten Athlete of the Year was Eddie George in 1996.
Jalin Marshall is attempting to return to the NFL, but he isn’t doing himself any favors along the way. According to ESPN reporter Field Yates, Marshall has been suspended for the first four weeks of the 2019 NFL season. The violation was not specified, but the suspension likely explains why Marshall lasted just two days with the Oakland Raiders before being cut. He has since pursued a spot in the CFL.
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