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Ohio State visit up first for Kendall Milton
There is a slight change of plans for the country’s third-ranked running back. Kendall Milton, a 5-star tailback from Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan, had been planning to take his first official visit to LSU over the weekend of June 7. He’ll visit Ohio State first now.
There are certainly a few ways to look at this change, and it could be viewed as either positive or negative for Ohio State. On one side, a program would usually prefer to have the last official visit because it doesn’t want to have a player get too far removed from a visit when he’s closing in on a decision.
On the flip side, getting the first official visit means having an opportunity to show a player and his family why they don’t even need to visit anywhere else and that everything they’re searching for is right in front of them. Getting the first official visit means having a chance to set the tone for the remaining visits and allows a player like Milton to make sure he feels he’s the guy in a recruiting class if he wants to be.
For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Tuesday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Zach Boren on Jonathon Cooper
There have been more than a few glimpses at how productive Jonathon Cooper can be for the Buckeyes already in his career, although not enough to truly catapult him into the kind of stardom that was projected during his recruitment. But if Cooper can start consistently tapping into his considerable upside, there’s still time for that as a senior.
What could push Cooper over the top on the Ohio State defensive line? How many sacks might be reasonably expected heading into his senior season? Where is there still room to grow? Former Ohio State captain Zach Boren was back in the Lettermen Row film lab breaking down all the details with the veteran defensive end in the latest episode of BuckIQ.
Tough choice for nation’s top kicker
Cincinnati La Salle product Jake Seibert, the No. 1 kicker in the Class of 2020, has picked up an offer from Ohio State — a grayshirt offer. Now he’ll have to sit and decide whether or not his lifelong dream, which would require him to delay going on scholarship in Columbus, is worth passing up an additional semester of paid college at places like Michigan State, UCLA or others.
“I’ve got a really tough decision to make,” Seibert told Lettermen Row. “I’m going to reach out to [Ohio State punter] Drue Chrisman and talk to him about grayshirting, because I know he did that too. That way I can get more of a feel for how that all works.”
Expect Seibert to visit Ohio State in the next few weeks to get a closer look at what life with the Buckeyes would be like before making any sort of decision.
- Big Ten Media Days: 58 days
- Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 102 days
- Ohio State at Michigan: 193 days
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