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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State trying to close strong as National Signing Day approaches

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Ohio State coach Ryan Day is finishing up his first signing class. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State trying to close strong as National Signing Day approaches

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One week until National Signing Day

Down the stretch they come! There’s officially one week left until National Signing Day. For Ohio State, that means taking care of business on the offensive line as the Buckeyes look to improve their depth in the trenches. While almost all of the hay is in the barn at this point, especially with this being a smaller class for the Buckeyes, it will still be interesting to see what level of success new head coach Ryan Day has when it comes to being able to close out a recruiting class.

Ohio State set for Dawand Jones in-home

A day after returning from Penn State, Indianapolis 3-star offensive tackle Dawand Jones will have Buckeyes coach Ryan Day at his home for a big final visit. Jones, the country’s 85th-ranked offensive tackle, will make his college decision on Feb. 6. Day, along with Greg Studrawa and Kevin Wilson, will spend some quality time in Indianapolis trying to make sure that this past weekend’s trip to Penn State doesn’t spoil their plans of adding him to the 2019 recruiting class for the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes are working overtime to sign three more offensive linemen in this class. Jones remains the only viable tackle option for Ohio State, making him a serious priority for the coaching staff as it tries to replenish Studrawa’s position group. Penn State is the biggest threat to flip Doug Nester away from the Buckeyes as well.

For a full recruiting recap, check out Tuesday night’s edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.

Keandre Jones to Maryland

Ohio State linebacker Keandre Jones is headed back home. According to a report by Jeff Ermann, Jones is headed back to his home state and will enroll at Maryland. The Terrapins once had a commitment from Jones while he was in high school, and whenever he becomes eligible, he’ll actually have a season to compete against the Buckeyes in the rugged Big Ten East Division.

Once one of the most coveted players in the country, his Ohio State career never quite lived up to the billing for Jones despite how respected he was in the locker room, his willingness to play a variety of roles and athleticism that was unmistakable. A crowded depth chart at linebacker, though, made it increasingly unlikely that he was going to ever earn a prominent defensive role with the Buckeyes before his eligibility expired.

Buckeyes fall to Michigan

Ohio State basketball couldn’t do much of anything right on Tuesday night, losing 65-49 to Michigan in Ann Arbor. Lettermen Row contributor John Brice broke down what went wrong for the Buckeyes in his Three Points post.

Counting down

  • Ohio State hoops vs. Rutgers: 3 days
  • National Signing Day: 7 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.

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