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Scarlet Sunrise: Damon Arnette bet on himself, signs multimillion dollar deal

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Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette was a first-round draft pick. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Damon Arnette bet on himself, signs multimillion dollar deal

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Damon Arnette bet on himself, signs multimillion dollar deal

Damon Arnette had one foot out the door after the 2018 season, ready to leave Ohio State and move onto the NFL. But he eventually chose to return to the Buckeyes, and it certainly paid off. Literally.

Arnette was a first-round selection to the Las Vegas Raiders in April’s NFL draft, and Saturday, he signed his rookie contract. The details of the contract, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, are four years for $13.4 million and a roughly $7.3 million signing bonus.

Arnette returned to Ohio State to prove he could play cornerback at an elite level and earn a selection in the first round of the draft. He bet on himself by returning to the Buckeyes for one more season. And Saturday, the bet officially paid off. Arnette is the latest Ohio State cornerback to sign a lucrative deal. It likely won’t be his only multimillion dollar deal.

Buckeyes looking to reload in secondary

Kerry Coombs has a lot of work to do in his first season back at Ohio State. The secondary is loaded with potential stars, but potential only goes so far. Coombs has a job to help the Buckeyes replace Jeff Okudah, Damon Arnette and Jordan Fuller.

Okudah and Arnette were first-round picks, while Fuller was a captain for the Buckeyes. Replacing them won’t be easy, but Coombs has a proven talented leader in Shaun Wade and plenty of young talent to work with.

But all of the talented players in the room can’t play at once — or at all. Defensive Backs Week at Lettermen Row is complete, but we made sure to break down who is a lock for time in the secondary, who may be in the mix to contribute and who can expect to either redshirt or be found on the bench.

Find that depth chart projection here.

Buckeyes continue battling for nation’s top wide receiver

The Buckeyes have made sure to prioritize 5-star wide receiver Emeka Egbuka since the Steilacoom (Wash.) High School two-sport standout first visited campus in March of 2019. That trip firmly made Ohio State the leader in his recruitment, and since then it’s been a slow burn between the Buckeyes and the country’s No. 1-ranked receiver. He visited Columbus for a second time last October and had both a spring visit and summer visit scheduled for this year, including an official visit in June.

Those trips didn’t happen, obviously. That has turned out to be unfortunate for Ohio State because the widespread belief has been that if Egbuka made those trips, he’d likely be committed to the program by now. But instead, it seems the real intriguing part of his recruitment is still ahead of us.

Now, Oklahoma is looking to make a push to land Egbuka. And the Sooners aren’t making this recruitment easy on the Buckeyes. What’s the latest between Egbuka and Ohio State? Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm has more here.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second 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.