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Scarlet Sunrise: Former Buckeyes guard Jonah Jackson signs rookie deal

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Jonah Jackson signed his rookie deal Wednesday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Former Buckeyes guard Jonah Jackson signs rookie deal

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Former Buckeyes guard Jonah Jackson signs rookie deal

Jonah Jackson was a dominant offensive lineman for Ohio State last season, helping the Buckeyes reach the College Football Playoff with one of the best rushing attacks in program history.

Now, he’s an NFL guard, and he officially signed his contract with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday. After being selected in the third round of April’s draft, Jackson’s contract is official.

The Lions traded up in the draft to take him, and now, Jackson is the leader to take over a starting right guard spot for Detroit this fall during his rookie season, where he’ll play on the same roster as fellow Buckeyes Jeff Okudah, Jashon Cornell and Taylor Decker, who anchors the left side of the Lions offensive line.

Jackson led the Buckeyes in knockdowns last season, toppling defenders in every game on his way to first-team all-Big Ten honors. Now, he’s officially on board to begin doing more of the same in the NFL.

ICYMI: Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

Lettermen Live is back this week for another episode filled with intrigue.

Former Ohio State offensive lineman and current Green Bay Packers star Corey Linsley joined this week’s episode hosted by Roosters. Former Buckeyes Anthony Schlegel and Justin Zwick joined Linsley and host Austin Ward for a lot of laughs, a conversation about offseason workouts and stories from the early days of the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State.

As part of Offensive Line Week at Lettermen Row, the guys talk about the state of the offensive line and how the unit can be better this year than it was last season.

 

Greg Studrawa playing big role on recruiting trail

Greg Studrawa faced a huge challenge when Ohio State hired Ryan Day as its head coach. Studrawa, the Buckeyes offensive line coach, is known for his development on the field and in the meeting room. But he needed to improve on the recruiting trail to help the depth of the Ohio State offensive line. He has answered the call and done just that.

Studrawa was been instrumental for the Buckeyes in the last two cycles. Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham broke it all down. Part of that can be found here:

Following the 2019 cycle and with the help of Day, Wilson and assistant line coach Kennedy Cook, Studrawa has picked up the pace on the recruiting trail. In that group, it was Day and Wilson that get the majority of the credit for signing Harry Miller, Enokk Vimahi and Dawand Jones. But without Studrawa’s reputation as a talent developer, those battles may have ended different.

Regardless, Studrawa had to get better as a recruiter for Ohio State. Ryan Day knew that, and Studrawa knew it, too.

Though ultimately it was Day who had to earn the commitment of Paris Johnson in 2020, it was the relationship with Studrawa who helped steady the boat when the waters were rockiest.

For the full story, click 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.

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