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Scarlet Sunrise: Another Ohio State recruiting target set to announce soon

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Brian Hartline could be landing another big talent this week. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Another Ohio State recruiting target set to announce soon

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Ohio State target Mookie Cooper set to decide

Ohio State could be on the verge of adding another key piece of its offensive puzzle in the next few days. St. Louis 4-star athlete Mookie Cooper is announcing his commitment sometime this week.

Though the Buckeyes have already put together one of the country’s best receiver groups in 2020 with Julian Fleming, Gee Scott, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and potentially Cameron Martinez, the possibility of adding another dynamic playmaker like Cooper is enticing. For Ryan Day and wide receivers coach Brian Hartline, the addition of Cooper would provide Ohio State with the kind of true slot receiver prospect it hasn’t had in a few recruiting cycles.

When the decision from Cooper is made remains up in the air, but which schools are still involved has not been a secret. Aside from Ohio State, the battle for Cooper’s services comes down to Illinois, USC, Texas and Miami.

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

Jeremy Ruckert benefitting from experience

Could this be the year Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert makes the leap to stardom?

For those wondering why the 5-star tight end wasn’t more productive as a true freshman, it’s important to remember that Ruckert was playing tight end for the first time in his life last season.

“Last year was huge for me,” Ruckert said. “Getting my feet wet in between the tackles and getting my head in there. It was good for me. I used to play all receiver in high school. My first day playing tight end was last summer camp. It was a really good transition last year, seeing and playing in games.”

With a year of learning how to play tight end at a high level behind him, Ruckert can now focus on becoming a better player at that position. Ruckert may still be relatively new to the position, but he’s already starting to turn heads.

“I feel like he’s elevated really fast for his age,” Rashod Berry said.

Get to know Ohio State commit Cameron Martinez

The Lettermen Row crew made the trip up to Muskegon to see new Ohio State commit Cameron Martinez, and senior writer Austin Ward delivered a must-read feature story that also includes photos from Birm.

“Last year I taught him how to cut the grass with our riding lawn mower, and we had a deal where he would do it every week,” Keith Guy said. “They played their first game last year against De La Salle and he [ran for five touchdowns], so I didn’t think he would do it. Next morning, he was up early cutting it. He made it his business every Saturday to cut the lawn.

“First of all, it’s his personality and how he treats people. He loves people, and he does not look down on people. He will give anybody the time of day, and he’s a really nice guy. On the athletic side, he’s a hard worker, extremely competitive and I think he enjoys challenges. He enjoys when people write him off or doubt him. I think that makes him compete harder. His drive is second to none.”

It’s a good look into Martinez’s personality both on and off the field, so be sure to check it out.

Counting down

  • Big Ten Media Days: 11 days
  • Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 55 days
  • Ohio State at Michigan: 146 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 He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.