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Buckeyes hosting Black History Month roundtable
Ohio State has promoted student-athletes voices before, and Monday, the program will do that once again.
The program will host a Black History Month roundtable on Monday evening on Clubhouse, an audio social media platform. The goal is to have a dialogue between Buckeyes players, and it will include defensive end Zach Harrison, wide receiver Kamryn Babb, linebackers Teradja Mitchell and Trayvon Wilburn, defensive back Marcus Williamson and defensive tackle Taron Vincent.
The program has always made an effort to help the players become more than just football players and future NFL draft picks. With the Real Life Wednesday program and other factors, Ohio State makes sure to prepare the players for life after football. But the program also lifts the voices of its athletes. It will once again do that Monday night with a Black History Month Roundtable.
Buckeyes fall to Michigan in top-five showdown
The latest installment of the Ohio State rivalry with Michigan lived up to the build-up.
Both teams proved they belong in the national championship conversation this late in February, playing a Final-Four caliber game Sunday afternoon. But the Buckeyes were outlasted in the second half and fell to the rival Wolverines 92-87 inside the Schottenstein Center.
No. 4 Ohio State matched No. 3 Michigan shot-for-shot throughout the game and pushed the Wolverines, but ultimately fell short and was outlasted in one of the best Big Ten basketball games of the season. The loss snaps a seven-game win streak for Ohio State (18-5, 12-5 Big Ten), and it’s the first Buckeyes loss to Michigan in Columbus in the last six games.
Ohio State target learning about program from former Buckeyes star
Ohio State still cannot host recruits on campus for unofficial or official visits; the NCAA has extended the dead period to the end of May. But that hasn’t stopped Arizona four-star wide receiver Kyion Grayes, a priority Ohio State target, from getting to know the Buckeyes.
Lettermen Row’s Jeremy Birmingham has more on how Grayes is learning about the program from former Buckeyes wide receiver Johnnie Dixon:
Since that first meeting in May, Grayes has seen his recruitment take some unexpected turns. He committed to Arizona and then head coach Kevin Sumlin in August, but opted to re-open his recruitment when Sumlin was let go and about six weeks after Brian Hartline extended an offer from Ohio State in October. He’s become as big a priority for Ohio State in the 2022 class as Dixon was in the Class of 2014 when he came to the Buckeyes from South Florida. He’s able to see how he’d fit into the program at Ohio State a little bit better because he knows better what kind of people have come through it.
For the full story about Dixon and Grayes, and their friendship, click here.
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