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Scarlet Sunrise: Davon Hamilton impacting Ohio State defensive line

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Ohio State defensive tackle Davon Hamilton has been thriving for the Buckeyes. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Davon Hamilton impacting Ohio State defensive line

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Davon Hamilton impacting Ohio State defensive line

As Chase Young finds himself climbing Heisman polls, the rest of the defensive line is proving it can be dominant at all four spots.

Davon Hamilton is just one example of that, and the senior defensive tackle is finding a nice role in the defensive line rotation. Oh, and he’s blowing up offensive lines in the middle of a stout run defense. All his production has been noticed since winter and summer workouts.

“I thought he had one of the best off-seasons of anybody in the program,” coach Ryan Day said. “He really took a step in this off-season in the weight room with Coach Jay, just in general, and you could see him coming. Again, he started to get a voice. He’s been in front of the team. And that’s not easy for Davon. But I’m really proud of the way he’s playing.”

If the interior defensive linemen can keep producing while Chase Young grabs attention, Ohio State’s defensive front will be among the best in the country. And it starts in the middle with Davon Hamilton and Robert Landers, among others.

Latest BuckIQ breaks down Jashon Cornell

Make no mistake, Chase Young deserves all the attention he gets. But the rest of the defensive line is good, and there isn’t a spot on the field defensive line coach Larry Johnson loves more than the three-technique spot. Jashon Cornell is quietly thriving in that role, and he’s having a huge impact on the Ohio State defensive line.

What has allowed Cornell to close his career at such a high level? Where can the versatile defensive tackle still find more ways to contribute down the stretch? Why does Ohio State love the three-technique position so much? Former Buckeyes defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle was back in the Lettermen Row film lab with senior writer Austin Ward breaking down Cornell’s play so far and trying to answer those questions on the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

The latest BuckIQ can be found here.

Marvin Harrison Jr. commits to Ohio State

Ohio State picked up a huge commitment Thursday, as 2021 four-star wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. chose the Buckeyes over a number of other big-time programs. Harrison’s pledge gives the Buckeyes six for the 2021 class; he is the second wide receiver to commit to Ohio State.

Need to know more about Harrison’s commitment to the Buckeyes?

Lettermen Row recruiting guru Birm has all the angles covered:

New episode of Beanie and The Boom

This week on the Beanie and the Boom Podcast, the guys broke down the latest Ohio State blowout over Wisconsin last week. As the Buckeyes are currently making their way through the off week, the guys talked about Chase Young’s Heisman Trophy chances, J.K. Dobbins’ domination of Wisconsin’s defense and a look-ahead at the final stretch of the Ohio State season. Later, the guys gave their picks for the college football weekend and had a conversation about the latest news around the NFL.

The latest episode can be found 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.