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Ohio State flips Grant Toutant
Grant Toutant decommitted from Penn State and has decided to play his college football at Ohio State.
After months of back and forth between his home in Warren (Mich.) and to visits with the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions, the 6-foot-7, 320-pound tackle initially committed last November. Toutant was the first commitment for Penn State in the Class of 2020 and has been active recruiter for James Franklin’s group, helping secure the addition of five other offensive linemen since.
He never really wanted to consider another program, but a January offer from the Buckeyes drew his attention in a way he didn’t expect. After making multiple, unreported trips to Ohio State throughout the spring months, Toutant and his family were in Columbus last weekend and spent two nights getting to know the players, the coaches and program in a better way than he had before. It wasn’t just one thing that drew him to Ohio State, it was everything.
“I don’t have one specific reason I am making the switch,” Toutant told Lettermen Row. “It’s more a combination of things that are a better fit for me and my future. The mechanical engineering program and the ties they have with the automotive industry are one of the main reasons, but also the football program has always been at an elite level.
“Their attention to detail with training, nutrition, recovery, injury prevention and mentorship is something I have never seen before. I also felt a chemistry between the players and a culture that they live by which is very familiar to me. It’s something my high school team has that makes us champions. Each player works for the guy next to him, not just for themselves.”
Grant Toutant impact
The addition of Grant Toutant means that Ohio State is one step closer to completing its goal of adding six offensive linemen in the Class of 2020. The program is also one step closer to adding upwards of four bodies that can rep at tackle for the Buckeyes.
Toutant will pair with Paris Johnson, Luke Wypler, Trey Leroux and Jakob James on the offensive line. And the Buckeyes will continue to pursue another player or even two, with Pennsylvania’s Michael Carmody and Indiana’s Josh Fryar both slated to make official visits to Ohio State on the weekend of June 21.
The 4-star lineman was an active recruiter for Penn State, and though it may take him a little time to adjust as a Buckeyes verbal, expect him to take an active role in trying to help finish out the Ohio State 2020 class.
Joe Royer beats out Luke Lachey
After a camp showdown between the two best in-state tight ends, Joe Royer appears to be the winner over Luke Lachey. Royer received a scholarship offer from Ohio State, while Lachey has not.
“They just said that I did great blocking,” Royer told Lettermen Row. “My route running was really good and fast. They also said I caught every ball and had a good day overall at everything. This offer is a big one for me and I’m super excited. Coach [Kevin] Wilson texted me and said to call him, and that’s when he said I had a scholarship there.”
What Ohio State should expect is for the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Royer to be back on campus over the June 21 weekend in Columbus if he’s anywhere near a decision in his recruitment. One of the major keys from here will be getting to know the other guys being recruited heavily by Ohio State and seeing how he fits in among them.
Ohio State is looking for a pair of tight ends in 2020, and with an offer out to Royer now, the waiting game for a decision from out-of-state players like Cam Large and Jalin Conyers becomes important for Lachey’s chances of earning that offer a little later in the process.
For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Sunday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Zach Boren on Bryson Shaw
As the Buckeyes start revamping their defense after the struggles last season, Bryson Shaw is exactly the kind of talent the program is looking for in the secondary. Like most freshmen, he’s going to have a hard time cracking the lineup this fall thanks to all the depth and experience returning — but he could easily carve out a role on special teams and establish the foundation for his future right away.
What makes Shaw a valuable addition for Ohio State? How high is the ceiling for his future with the Buckeyes? Can another former lacrosse player become a star for the program? Former Ohio State linebacker Zach Boren put on the highlights from Shaw’s last year in high school to get a feel for what he brings to the Silver Bullets in the latest episode of BuckIQ.
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