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5-star WR set for Ohio State visit
Ohio State recruiting fans got some good news recently, as an already packed recruiting weekend got even more star power. Former Ohio State commit Lejond Cavazos, who will be back in Columbus this weekend, posted on Twitter that 5-star wide receiver Julian Fleming will also be there.
Fleming recently visited Clemson, and Lettermen Row recruiting czar Birm reported in the Monday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes that Fleming and his whole family will be in Columbus from Friday through Sunday for the visit. Penn State remains the 247Sports crystal ball leader for Fleming, but there’s a real sense that his recruitment involves Ohio State and Clemson more than the Nittany Lions at this point. There’s no other way to say it: This weekend visit is huge for the Buckeyes.
Birm talks with Jaxon Smith-Njigba
A rising star in one of the country’s most-talent rich states, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Jaxon Smith-Njigba sees a future in Columbus that’s been laid out due to the work of players like Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell, players who lead not with their mouths but by their actions. That’s the new breed of Buckeyes receiver and why Brian Hartline and Ohio State wasted no time with the talented target while an in-state school like Texas opted to wait him out.
This week, Smith-Njigba joined Lettermen Row’s Birminology and talked about that new breed of Buckeyes receiver, his connection with the Ohio State coaching staff and his next trip to his future home.
Lettermen Row Bracket Challenge
Join your favorite Lettermen Row staff and contributors and compete in our FREE March Madness bracket challenge. Compete against Austin Ward, Jeremy Birmingham, Beanie Wells, Zach Boren, Terence Dials and many more.
To sweeten the deal, we are giving away a pair of Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones ($349.95) to the winner and some Lettermen Row swag to anyone who finishes in the top 10.
1st Place: A pair of Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones
Places 2-10: Lettermen Row T-Shirt
Lettermen preview NCAA Tournament
Former Ohio State basketball stars Terence Dials and James “J.J.” Sullinger stopped by Lettermen Row headquarters to preview the Buckeyes’ chances in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Ohio State is an 11 seed and faces Iowa State on Friday in Tulsa.
Corey Smith arrested
Per a Facebook post from Columbus Police, former Ohio State wide receiver Corey Smith was arrested for firing shots and also having multiple warrants out, including one for aggravated robbery.
“Officers researched the address and found there were several runs at that location where SWAT and the US Marshals had been at the house looking for a felon,” the police wrote. “Officers learned that 26-year-old Corey D. Smith Jr. of Barberton, Ohio had several warrants including aggravated robbery out of Akron. They pulled up a photo of Smith and reviewed body camera video and confirmed it was Corey Smith they had spoken with.
“Officers conducted surveillance on the house. Once SWAT arrived Smith was spotted leaving the house and there was a short foot chase before he was arrested.”
Ohio State women NIT bound
In the first year after Kelsey Mitchell’s eligibility ran out, the Ohio State women’s basketball team ended back where it was the season before she arrived — out of the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes weren’t selected for the 2019 NCAA Tournament, but they did receive an NIT bid. Ohio State will open at home against Morehead State and then will face the winner of the game between Miami (Ohio) and Western Kentucky.
- Ohio State hoops vs. Iowa State: 3 days
- Oho State spring game: 25 days
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