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Scarlet Sunrise: Where does Ohio State stand with remaining recruiting targets?

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Greg Studrawa needs to win some recruiting battles to improve talent and depth. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Where does Ohio State stand with remaining recruiting targets?

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Not great news on Doug Nester

The latest update on Ohio State’s quest to sign Doug Nester brings bad news with a small silver lining. Ohio State has been up against it ever since Nester decided not to sign during the early signing period, and it appears those fears were well-founded. Birm wrote in Monday’s Dotting the ‘Eyes that Nester is is expected to flip from Ohio State on Wednesday. The tiny bit of good news in an otherwise disastrous loss? The destination appears to be Virginia Tech, a visit most recruiting analysts questioned whether Nester would ever take, and not Penn State. Here’s what Birm had to say:

Unexpectedly, it’s the Hokies who have emerged as the landing spot for the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Nester. And if there is a scarlet-and-gray lining, that’s somewhat good news because for weeks the buzz was primarily that Penn State would be the team most likely to flip him away from Ohio State.

There’s been no public announcement from Nester and one is not expected. There’s time to try to change his mind, of course, but very reliable sources close to the program feel this won’t land in Ohio State’s favor.

Ultimately, I don’t think there’s a single thing Ohio State could’ve done different over the last two months to keep Nester in the fold. There were signs months ago that he was questioning his choice, and the Buckeyes worked their tails off to appease him and his concerns. One recruit will never make or break a recruiting class, but if this ends the way it appears it will, there’s no skirting the importance of the loss.

The Buckeyes wanted to sign five or six different offensive linemen in the Class of 2019 and now risk finishing up the cycle with just two, barring the outcome of this week’s decisions by Enokk Vimahi and Dawand Jones.

For the latest Ohio State recruiting updates, check out Monday night’s edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

Jonah Jackson is a must-get

With that news, it makes it all the more important that Ohio State land Rutgers graduate transfer Jonah Jackson. Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward broke down what Jackson would bring to the Buckeyes if they win the battle for his transfer.

For all of the struggles Rutgers has endured in the East Division since joining the conference, the offensive line has actually held up reasonably well at times — most notably in terms of pass protection. Jackson has played a pivotal role in that area, first as a center and then as an honorable mention All-Big Ten performer last year at guard. That versatility to play any of the roles on the interior, his familiarity in some respects with the way the program operates thanks to his time playing for former Ohio State assistant Chris Ash and his maturity makes Jackson one of the most coveted options in the transfer database right now.

Big start for Day

Ohio State landed Jack Sawyer, the No. 3 recruit in the Class of 2021. I wrote about what that means for Ryan Day going forward and how big of a deal it is that his first class with no Urban Meyer commitments will begin with a 5-star who wants to be a leader for the class.

Tuf Borland breakthrough?

There is plenty of evidence proving how valuable Tuf Borland can be when he’s at full strength, and the Buckeyes were again seeing glimpses of it after he recovered from his injury as he finished the campaign with 67 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles overall.

Borland has fought his way to the top before, and Zach Boren doesn’t see any reason to count him out moving forward as he returns to the film lab at Lettermen Row for another episode of BuckIQ. What encouraging signs did Boren see in the hard-nosed, aggressive tackler down the stretch?

WATCH: Zach Boren analyzes Tuf Borland

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops vs. Penn State: 2 days
  • National Signing Day: 1 day

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I shake my head when I see comments that fans think they know more than coaches. The longer Borland progressed from injury the better he got. At times he got the blame for the mistakes of others. He had gap responsibility and when a RB would cut to another gap left by others Borland was blamed for that gap also. I think it was quite evident that the coach over them failed in some areas. Tuf will be the starter.


Please, no more Borland. Prefer Mitchell and Browning or anyone else who can run the 40 in under 6 days….

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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