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Tate Martell headed for The U
In case you missed it late Tuesday night, Tate Martell announced his decision to transfer to Miami (Fla.) and is expected to have to sit out the 2019 season in order to be eligible for 2020. The choice brings a final stop to the now-former Ohio State quarterback’s career with the program and adds another wrinkle to his long and complicated path to and from Columbus.
After Martell reiterated multiple times at Rose Bowl media day that he wasn’t going anywhere, things quickly took a turn for the Las Vegas-native after Justin Fields officially entered the program just five days later — setting up quite the spring competition. Then last week Martell entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, and five days later he decided to take his talents to South Beach.
Matthew Baldwin’s time is coming
The race for the next quarterback at Ohio State is already down to two, and one of those options is still waiting for the NCAA to approve his appeal for eligibility this season at Ohio State. And as of this exact moment, there is nobody more important at quarterback for the Buckeyes than Matthew Baldwin.
The handpicked recruit of Ryan Day with a big arm is now heading into his second season with knowledge of the playbook and now a healthy knee after spending last season recovering from surgery. With some time left before spring practice begins, Fields will likely be the favorite to win the quarterback spot but Baldwin said he’s completely ready for the competition and doesn’t just plan on rolling over.
“It’s going to take a lot to [win the job],” Baldwin said. “The work is cut out for me. Dwayne has set the standard so high. … But I’m very confident. Coach [Ryan] Day didn’t recruit me to sit down and watch other guys. That’s just my mindset.
Austin Mack ready to attack again for the Buckeyes
While he was ready for the torch to be passed his way from the three captains about to leave his unit, things haven’t been easy for Austin Mack since suffering a foot injury in October.
He missed The Game, Big Ten and Rose Bowl titles and playing the final game under Urban Meyer. The rising senior, however, isn’t looking back at the past but rather aiming to become a leading figure within the program. And heading into spring ball, Ohio State is going to have a wideout with plenty to prove after the season where he was expected to emerge as the offense’s best all-around target instead became more notable for key dropped passes and an injury.
“I mean, it’s been a grind. I’m just really trying to get back healthy, get my mind on the future. That’s the No. 1 thing, I was just trying to be in a supporting role for my guys, do whatever I can to be a good teammate. And that’s always going to continue into next season.”
Mistakes in the 2019 recruiting cycle?
Ohio State is likely to finish with the Big Ten’s third-best recruiting class in the 2019 cycle. So, for the first time since Urban Meyer’s arrival, the Buckeyes won’t sign the league’s best recruiting class.
The cycle had a number of big moments that will ultimately define it, like the addition of Zach Harrison, but its hard to look back on this class and ignore the things that shaped the group even before the chaos began in late summer. Birm takes a look at four ways in which the 2019 class went awry for the Buckeyes and why.
Jack Sawyer happy where things stand with Ohio State
Birm spoke briefly with Pickerington North 2021 5-star defensive end Jack Sawyer last week as Ohio State announced the hiring of a handful of new defensive coaches. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound sophomore shared a little bit about his initial impression of Al Washington.
“Coach Washington was the first coach to ever recruit back when he was at Cincinnati,” Sawyer told Lettermen Row.
Over the weekend, Sawyer spoke with Zach Fleer and 270Hoops.com. A basketball standout as well as the country’s third-ranked 2021 football prospect, Sawyer shared a bit more about the changes at Ohio State and how they’ve affected his recruitment to this point. Specifically, Sawyer praised Ryan Day for the effort he made soon after being named Urban Meyer’s replacement.
“Me and Coach Day, early on, when he first took the job, he made one of his first stops to come to see me,” Sawyer told Fleer. “It means a lot to me that he’d come and see me early on when he has a bunch of 2019 recruits that he has to keep locked up.”
To get a full recruiting update, check out Wednesday evening’s Dotting the ‘Eyes.
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