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Scarlet Sunrise: Where does Ohio State stand in defensive line recruiting for its 2020 class?

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Darrion Henry is a top Ohio State target on the defensive line. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Where does Ohio State stand in defensive line recruiting for its 2020 class?

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Ohio State defensive line recruiting

Ohio State signed only three defensive linemen in the Class of 2019 and because of that, the expectation was that the Buckeyes would be looking to bring in a much bigger haul in 2020. That doesn’t appear to be the case — at least not yet — as Larry Johnson once again seems focused on bringing in a relatively small group of future Rushmen. No matter what the target number, Ohio State currently has zero defensive linemen committed as we prepare to enter the pivotal June camp season in Columbus.

There are a few big names courted by Ohio State that have already committed elsewhere, including the country’s top-ranked prospect Bryan Bresee, who is now committed to Clemson after two years of being recruited by the Buckeyes. Another player that has been recruited aggressively for the last year, Port Huron (Mich.) 4-star defensive end Braiden McGregor, will make his college decision on Friday night and is expected to pick his home-state Wolverines with Notre Dame remaining the biggest challenger to Michigan.

So who remains on the ever-growing board? Lettermen Row recruiting czar Birm took a look at which prospects might end up at Ohio State.

What’s up with Antwuan Jackson?

The Friday question of the day asked about Antwuan Jackson and his fight for playing time. I’ll certainly admit that his path to playing time has been rockier than I perhaps expected. Lettermen Row recruiting writer Austin Ward weighed in on what’s next for Jackson:

Jackson has all the physical tools required to eventually blossom into an NFL-caliber lineman. But the Buckeyes have another half-dozen of those guys around already, and that’s not going to make it easy for Jackson to carve out a regular role even with the Rushmen continuing to rotate bodies up front.

There is obviously still time for him to get his feet under him, get comfortable with the responsibilities up front and gain some traction to become a contributor this season after appearing in just three games last year. But even if it doesn’t happen quite the way Jackson might have envisioned in Year Two with the Buckeyes, he’ll still have another crack at it as a fifth-year senior — which is at least one silver lining in recognizing Auburn wasn’t the right fit for him and leaving the program quickly.

Looking back at Ohio State’s 2016 NFL Draft

Ohio State had an incredible showing at the 2016 NFL Draft, with five Buckeyes taken in the first 20 picks — including Joey Bosa at No. 3 and Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4. In total, 12 players were drafted and that accomplishment was made even more remarkable by the fact that all 12 selections came in the first four rounds.

Dane Brugler of The Athletic did a re-grade of the 2016 draft, and his story included several Ohio State players featured as the best or worst selection made by their team.

Dallas Cowboys best player: Ezekiel Elliott
Detroit Lions best player: Taylor Decker
Houston Texans biggest miss: Braxton Miller
Los Angeles Chargers best player: Joey Bosa
New Orleans Saints best player: Michael Thomas
New Orleans Saints best value: Michael Thomas
New York Giants biggest miss: Eli Apple

Counting down

  • Big Ten Media Days: 55 days
  • Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 99 days
  • Ohio State at Michigan: 190 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.

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