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Doug Nester is gone
The first commitment in Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class, Huntington (W.Va.) Spring Valley 4-star offensive lineman Doug Nester, will sign his National Letter of Intent with Virginia Tech, bringing an end to a long — and often confusing — recruitment. The news was officially reported by Grant Taylor of the Herald-Dispatch.com, the paper of record in Nester’s hometown of Huntington.
“Ohio State is always the best of the best and they continue to get great talent and great guys,” Nester told Taylor. “But it’s a big city and I don’t know if I would fit in well there.”
Nester’s destination was bad news for Ohio State, but the tiny consolation is that Virginia Tech unexpectedly beat out Penn State. Instead of facing Ohio State on a yearly basis and helping a division rival, Nester and the Buckeyes will likely never meet during his college career.
What about the others?
Ohio State has two other targets to watch on National Signing Day — 3-star offensive tackle Dawand Jones and 4-star offensive Guard Enokk Vimahi.
Remarkably, the Buckeyes are in good shape to potentially end up with both of them, though there will probably be some sweating along the way. Jones has been favored to land in Columbus for some time now but recently took an official visit to Penn State that impressed him. Vamahi is the opposite, as the Buckeyes are the ones looking to poach him from longtime suitor USC. Vihami’s visit to Ohio State apparently could not have gone better, and combined with USC’s turmoil the Buckeyes have a legitimate chance to land a player from Hawaii who only popped up on Ohio State’s radar a few weeks ago.
Jack Sawyer talks with Birm
Lettermen Row recruiting czar Birm had a pretty impressive guest on the first-ever episode of Birminology, a show that will host in-depth interviews with key figures in the world of Ohio State recruiting. In the first episode, Jack Sawyer talked about the timing of his decision, Ryan Day’s influence, his recruiting targets and more, including his thoughts on who would win in a game of one-on-one between he and Ohio State 2019 signee Cade Stover.
Check out the video as Jack Sawyer joins Lettermen Row for the debut episode of Birminology.
Kyle McCord loves Ohio State visit
The Buckeyes are still looking for a fourth quarterback for this season — or maybe a second in the 2020 class. But they’ve not forgotten to make a push for a prospect at that position in 2021. One of Ohio State’s top prospects at the position is recently offered Philadelphia star Kyle McCord. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound sophomore made his first visit to Columbus over the weekend along with two teammates at St. Joseph’s.
“I didn’t really have any expectations set for Saturday, but obviously I knew about the great history at Ohio State,” McCord told Lettermen Row. “I was blown away with the visit. The most impressive thing out of everything was just the people — the coaches and players.
“I loved talking to Coach [Ryan] Day and [quarterbacks] Coach [Mike] Yurcich and also getting to hear some of the current players talk. That really jumped out to me. Just how genuine the coaches were. While I was talking to them I could just tell they really cared about me. That was huge.”
For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out Tuesday night’s edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Cardale on Beanie and the Boom
On this week’s episode of the Beanie and the Boom podcast, the guys welcome former Ohio State quarterback and national champion Cardale Jones in-studio for a great hour of conversation. The trio touches on Jones’ recruitment to the Buckeyes, the 2014 quarterback room with Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett and of course, they had to touch on the famous tweet.
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