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Scarlet Sunrise: Pair of Buckeyes make latest preseason All-American list

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Wyatt Davis can be an All-American for the Buckeyes. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Pair of Buckeyes make latest preseason All-American list

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Pair of Buckeyes make latest preseason All-American list

Ohio State is one of the most talented teams in the country entering this season. So it comes as no surprise to see some of the Buckeyes showing up on preseason All-America lists. That happens every season.

Two Ohio State stars are part of the latest preseason All-American lists, this one released by Bill Bender of The Sporting News. Ohio State guard Wyatt Davis, who was a consensus first-team selection last year, and cornerback Shaun Wade both made the list.

Those were the only two first-team Buckeyes, but superstar quarterback Justin Fields was named to the second-team All-America list by The Sporting News, behind Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who is the first-team quarterback.

Reid Fragel breaks down Paris Johnson

Paris Johnson loves to destroy his opponents. And it was rather easy for him to do that at the high school level. But the competition at Ohio State and in the Big Ten is tougher than high school ball in Cincinnati.

Even with the steep learning curve, Johnson is battling Nicholas Petit-Frere for the starting right tackle job. Both former five-star prospects are doing whatever they can to get ahead. Can Johnson make up for the lack of his first spring camp for the Buckeyes? He has plenty of potential with Ohio State, but he might not be able to show it right away as a freshman.

What made Paris Johnson the top-ranked tackle in the country? How much can Ohio State reasonably expect from the freshman in his first year with the program? Where will Johnson have to get better to help the Buckeyes as early as possible? Former Ohio State and NFL offensive tackle Reid Fragel broke down the high-school highlight reel to answer those questions for Lettermen Row in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

Bold predictions for Buckeyes dominant offensive line

Ohio State came close to winning the ultimate offensive line prize, the Joe Moore Award, last season. But with three of the best offensive linemen in the Big Ten — and America — returning to head up the unit, the Buckeyes have a good chance to be in the conversation for that award again.

Combine that with a loaded group of skill weapons, arguably the best quarterback in the country and a cutting-edge coaching staff, and it’s not hard to imagine the Buckeyes up front paving the way for a truly terrifying scoring attack.

All-American guard Wyatt Davis joins Josh Myers and Thayer Munford as the returners. And the two other new offensive linemen should be former five-star prospects. So, what will Ohio State get out of those big men up front? Lettermen Row is winding down Offensive Line Week like usual with Five Bold Predictions from our staff.

READ: Bold predictions for Buckeyes dominant offensive line

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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.

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