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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State comes up short with five-star cornerback

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Tony Grimes has committed to North Carolina. (Tony Grimes/Courtesy)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State comes up short with five-star cornerback

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Ohio State comes up short with five-star cornerback

Ohio State has a reputation for acquiring and developing five-star talent at cornerback. But the Buckeyes sales pitch wasn’t enough to reel in the No. 1 cornerback in the class of 2021.

Five-star cornerback Tony Grimes had Ohio State as a finalist, but instead chose North Carolina on Tuesday evening. The No. 7 overall player in the class of 2021, Grimes chose the Tar Heels over Ohio State, Georgia, Texas A&M and others.

Ohio State already has plenty of defensive backs in its class, but the Buckeyes would have loved to accept Grimes into the class. The Buckeyes are at 18 commitments in the Class of 2021, and they are still looking to supplement a defensive back haul that now includes 4-star cornerback Jakailin Johnson, 4-star safety Andre Turrentine, 4-star athlete Denzel Burke and 3-star athlete Jaylen Johnson.

The Buckeyes are also still atop the national recruiting scene, as they are still the No. 1 class in the country.

Evan Spencer helping hospital patients impacted by Covid-19

Former Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer has always been willing to lend a helping hand. Now is no different.

Spencer is teaming up with, a website that allows fans to upload pictures to be signed by athletes and celebrities, and to raise money for patients who are in the hospital battling COVID-19. When the patients are admitted to the hospital with the virus, they often don’t have their phone charger with them. In quarantine, they can’t have a family member bring a phone charger to them. That’s where Spencer is teaming up with ChargePower to provide phone chargers for those who need one in the hospital.

To donate to and help Evan Spencer raise money for the non-profit, click here.

Spencer will be hosting an event next Wednesday on to help raise money, so stay tuned for details on that as they come in.

Jake Stoneburner breaks down Luke Farrell

Luke Farrell probably deserves more credit for what he can do in the Ohio State offense.

Of course, he can catch passes over the middle and convert first downs to keep drives alive. But his blocking is also the best of any tight end on the Ohio State roster. And his ability to bowl defenders over, even with the ball in his hands, is impressive. Oh, and he can make insane one-handed catches in traffic for touchdowns like he did last season against Rutgers.

He’s the complete package at tight end for the Ohio State offense. The only problem is the Buckeyes have so many playmakers that it’s tough for Farrell to see many catches.

How could Luke Farrell help expand the Ohio State offense as a passing-game target? What is the key for the Buckeyes tight end as he tries to find more ways to contribute beyond as a blocker? When will he come off NFL Draft boards next year? Former Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner was back in the film lab at Lettermen Row breaking down the highlights and answering those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

Urban Meyer joins Tim May Podcast

The Tim May Podcast is back, and so is another conversation with Urban Meyer.

The three-time national title-winning coach joined Tim May to break down how he helped revolutionize offense, why he chose to become a spread-offense guru and who influenced him.The duo talk about why spread offense is so effective and how it can be stopped or slowed down.

Then, Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward broke down what made Meyer so successful, as well as the latest happenings on the Ohio State football front as football season is still in an uncertain state.

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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.