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Scarlet Sunrise: Kerry Coombs begins first recruiting test for Buckeyes

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Ohio State is doing everything it can to keep Cameron Martinez in the class of 2020. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Kerry Coombs begins first recruiting test for Buckeyes

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Kerry Coombs begins first recruiting test for Buckeyes

Kerry Coombs doesn’t need to prove much for Ohio State. Ryan Day and the Buckeyes know what they have in Coombs already. He’s a fantastic position coach and an ace recruiter of elite talent.

So, for his first test back on the recruiting trail for the Buckeyes, Coombs is tasked with building a relationship with Cameron Martinez and keeping him in the fold until signing day in February.

A standout from Muskegon, Michigan, Martinez is currently being contacted by Notre Dame and others hoping to poach the dynamic athlete from the Buckeyes elite 2020 recruiting class.

Coombs spent most of the day Wednesday in Muskegon, visiting with the Martinez family and others who are close with the family and friends. Lettermen Row recruiting guru Birm has all the angles from the in-school and in-home visit between Coombs and Martinez:

As far as the first meeting between a coach and a prospect, things went as well as could be expected between Ohio State and Cam Martinez.

But Martinez has been prudent and pragmatic since deciding to hold off on signing his Letter of Intent in December — and that remains the case now. One four-hour meeting with Coombs isn’t going to completely put to rest any of his concerns and worries. Quite simply, he’s got three weeks left of the recruiting cycle to make sure there are no regrets as he looks back on this process.

Still, Wednesday was a big step. It was also just the first step.

The full breakdown, including quotes and reaction from the Martinez family, can be found here.

Early enrollee wide receivers impressing already

Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson are going to be relied upon to be the leaders at wide receiver for Ohio State next season. But behind those guys, the fight for playing time begins now. And some of the early-enrollee wide receivers have already started pushing for time as true freshmen in the fall.

There is an opportunity for Julian Fleming, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Gee Scott and Mookie Cooper to all play a role in the Ohio State offense next season. And Mickey Marotti is already starting to see the flashes of potential from the quartet of talented wide outs.

“The wideouts, you’ve got those four guys, and obviously they’re all different, they’ve been great,” Marotti said. “I love their work ethic, I love their focus so far. I think they can be as good as they want to be.”

What else did Lettermen Row learn from Mickey Marotti’s media session on Wednesday? Check it out here.

Ohio State basketball drops another B1G game

Ohio State hasn’t quite hit rock bottom yet, but the Buckeyes are officially entering dangerous territory in regards to their NCAA Tournament chances.

The Buckeyes, now losers of six of their last seven, played well to open the game but couldn’t hold the lead down the stretch against Minnesota, ultimately losing 62-59. The loss is yet another hit to the Buckeyes once-fantastic NCAA Tournament resume that includes wins over blue bloods such as Kentucky, North Carolina and Villanova. But those wins won’t matter if the Buckeyes can’t figure things out quickly and string together wins — both at home and on the road — in Big Ten play.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward was in the Schottenstein Center for the latest loss for Chris Holtmann’s team. Check it out here.

Join Lettermen Row at Land Grant Brewing Company

Join Lettermen Row staff and contributors, along with our friends from Schoedinger Funeral & Cremation Service and Land-Grant Brewing Company, to pay final respects to the 2019 football season and share fond memories or frustrations.

From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, come out to Land-Grant Brewing Company at 424 W. Town St. to have a cold one and celebrate the life of the 2019 football season.

In an effort to help fans get closure on the season, the Schoedinger Capstone Memory Maker will be on-site and patrons are encouraged to record a video message describing their favorite memory from the past year. Land-Grant will be pouring everyone’s favorite beer, including 7-0 Ale, Stiff Arm IPA, Skull Session Lager and much more. Lettermen Row staff will also be shooting a video and podcast to appear on various channels recapping highlights of the 2019 season. Join us and raise a glass to 2019.

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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.