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Ohio State coach Ryan Day and the Buckeyes had mat drills Friday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes take big step toward spring practice

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Buckeyes take big step toward spring practice

Ohio State is one step closer to opening spring practice. The Buckeyes were in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Friday morning, bright and early for a session of mat drills, one of the toughest and most rigorous aspects of the offseason.

While the Buckeyes still aren’t over the national title loss to Alabama, mat drills are a huge step toward getting away from last season and into a new year, with new leaders, a fresh face at quarterback and plenty of replaced pieces on both sides of the ball.

The program posted pictures of some of the new early-enrollee freshmen, who went through mat drills for the first time in their Ohio State careers. They’re certainly already being introduced to the program after a long recruitment process.

The Buckeyes are one step closer to spring practice, as they hit the mats for mat drills on Friday morning. And spring practice is quickly approaching.

C.J. Saunders breaks down Garrett Wilson

Garrett Wilson is a proven dangerous weapon for the Ohio State offense. The rising junior flashed as a freshman and took games over as a sophomore.

The junior has certainly established at this point that the five-star billing that swirled around his recruitment was well deserved, and his six-touchdown campaign in the pandemic-shortened season a year was on a pace to potentially threaten some school records. But Wilson still isn’t done tapping into his immense potential, which must be a terrifying thought for any defensive coordinators trying to figure out how to slow him down in the fall — particularly since Chris Olave is returning for the Buckeyes as well.

What makes Garrett Wilson such a dangerous weapon for the Ohio State passing attack? How did he change the game for the Buckeyes in the slot last season? Where is there still room for the former five-star recruit to grow? Former Ohio State captain and player-coach C.J. Saunders popped in some highlights and answered those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

Caden Curry makes list of must-get Ohio State targets

The battle for Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove defensive lineman Caden Curry is shaping up to be a big one down the stretch for Ryan Day, Larry Johnson and the rest of the Buckeyes coaching staff. Ohio State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Alabama are all very heavily in the mix for the second-ranked player in Indiana, but he’s been unable to make any visits to that group of schools and it’s forced his recruitment into an unexpected and unfortunate standstill.

So whenever the NCAA allows him to, there’s going to be an all-out blitz for Curry, a player who can play inside or out on the defensive line, and for Ohio State there’s no doubt that his eventual decision is one that will shape the entirety of the Buckeyes 2022 recruiting class.

What is about Caden Curry that puts on the The List? Jeremy Birmingham and Spencer Holbrook break down his recruitment and why it’s so important for Ryan Day and Ohio State.

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