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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State set to host big official visitor as National Signing Day nears

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Ryan Day will get a chance to prove he can close as a recruiter. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State set to host big official visitor as National Signing Day nears

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Enokk Vimahi visiting Ohio State

Kahuku (Hawaii) High School 4-star offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi is heading to Columbus for an official visit this weekend — and he could be the final official visitor for the Buckeyes in the Class of 2019.

Ohio State’s search for more offensive linemen has taken it to the western reaches of the country, and this weekend will be a major opportunity to try to steal the nation’s seventh-ranked offensive guard away from West Coast-favorite USC and Oklahoma, which has been surging in recent weeks.

The Buckeyes will hope that a glaring need for offensive linemen and the fact that Ryan Day has been personally handling Vimahi’s recruitment will be enough to offset the concerns of moving 4,500 miles away from home.

This is expected to the final visit for Vimahi as he prepares for a Feb. 6 decision.

For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Thursday night edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

Terry McLaurin talks teammates

While the Senior Bowl is ostensibly a showcase for the players invited, it’s also an opportunity for players to meet with NFL teams — who sometimes have other interests on their mind. That’s been especially true for Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who happened to play with two high-profile teammates. Take, for example, this anecdote from Tom Rock of Newsday.

McLaurin said he was asked in a meeting with the Cardinals this week if he would take Nick Bosa with the first overall pick. You know, the one the Cardinals currently hold.

There has been a lot of that this week for McLaurin. While he is here at the Senior Bowl, two of his Ohio State teammates who figure to go very early in the upcoming draft are not. Teams therefore are using this opportunity to not only evaluate McLaurin as a wide receiver prospect but pick his brain on players such as Bosa, the pass rusher who is recovering from surgery to repair a core muscle injury, and quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

“I’ve gotten questions about everything,” McLaurin said. “I have no problem deferring and talking about my teammates. Those are my guys. They work really, really hard. I work hard too, but if I have the chance to pump them up, I’m going to take that opportunity.”

McLaurin’s had a great week himself, though, so there should be plenty of interest in his own play going forward.

Beanie Wells on Steele Chambers

Will the Ohio State offense or defense win the coin flip when it comes to Steele Chambers’ position? An answer might take awhile, and that’s fine since there isn’t a pressing need at either position right now for the Buckeyes with J.K. Dobbins and Master Teague returning at tailback and a loaded two-deep at linebacker.

But eventually Steele Chambers and the Buckeyes are going to have to pick a side and stick with it to allow him to maximize that undeniable athleticism. Former Ohio State running back Beanie Wells was back in the Lettermen Row film lab to pop in the high-school highlights and try to get a feel for which position might best suit the standout prospect ahead of his freshman season in his latest episode of BuckIQ.

WATCH: Beanie Wells analyzes Steele Chambers

Beanie and The Boom

This week on the Beanie and the Boom Podcast former Ohio State strength coach Eric Lichter joins Beanie Wells and Boom Herron. Lichter served under Jim Tressel and was responsible for training athletes like Ted Ginn, Troy Smith, Bobby Carpenter, Marcus Freeman, LeBron James and many more. You don’t want to miss this wide-ranging conversation.

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops at Nebraska: 1 day
  • National Signing Day: 12 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 Landof10.com. He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.