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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes have second most NFL Combine invites

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Chase Young is one of 11 Buckeyes invited to the NFL Combine. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes have second most NFL Combine invites

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Buckeyes have second most NFL Combine invites

Ohio State just keeps producing NFL talent.

The NFL Combine invite list was announced Friday, and 11 Buckeyes made the cut to work out in front of and be interviewed by NFL scouts and general managers. Ohio State tied with Michigan, who also had 11 invitees to the combine. LSU led all schools. The Tigers had 16 players invited to attend the combine.

The full list of Buckeyes who were invited to the Combine: Chase Young, Jeff Okudah, Damon Arnette, J.K. Dobbins, Jordan Fuller, DaVon Hamilton, Malik Harrison, Austin Mack, K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor and Jonah Jackson.

The NFL Combine starts on Feb. 24 in Indianapolis and will run through March 1.

Can Ryan Watts find playing time in first season?

Ryan Watts was recruited by Jeff Hafley, signed with the Buckeyes after he left and now will be coached by new defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs.

Now that Watts knows who his coach will be, he is focused on improving every day in the weight room with Mickey Marotti and becoming up to speed with the college football lifestyle. As an early enrollee, Watts has extra months to make sure he’s ready to try having an impact on the Buckeyes roster as early as September. Lettermen Row dove into whether Watts can do that this fall:

No matter where Watts is getting his advice at Ohio State, he’s already showing he can work hard and become a key member of the secondary, whether that happens in seven months when the Buckeyes open with Bowling Green or three seasons from now when they open with Notre Dame.

The blueprint is there for Watts, a long cornerback cut in the mold of what Coombs likes.

“I’m just gonna come in and compete, work my hardest,” he said. “Anywhere possible I can get on the field and help the team win, I’m gonna do that – whether that’s on special teams or being on defense getting a chance to play. I’ll do anything to help my team.”

The full story can be found here.

Latest BuckIQ features Tommy Togiai

The strength has always been there for Tommy Togiai at Ohio State. Now, he’s out to prove that he can be a difference-maker with his speed and agility, too. The soon-to-be-junior from Idaho has all the tools — although he’s only known as a strength guy. It’s a crucial offseason for Togiai to take the next leap and improve to become a dominant force on the interior of the Buckeyes defensive line.

What is it about Tommy Togiai that generates so much buzz? Where is ceiling for a defensive tackle with his physical skills? How can he take the next step for Ohio State? Former teammate Robert Landers was in the Lettermen Row film lab to break down a few clips of Togiai and answer those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

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If coombs is offered job @cinn it will be agood thing because morning5 reported when asked he said no way Recruits will see this and realize how loyal he is they already know he is the best DC in college football.I believe if this works out this way it will ahuge advantage for us.

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.

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