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Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord is stepping into a position battle. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State signee named nation’s top high school player

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Ohio State signee named nation’s top high school player

Kyle McCord is already on campus at Ohio State, getting set to begin competing for the starting quarterback job for the Buckeyes in spring practice.

But the early-enrollee signal-caller is still racking up high school awards while at Ohio State. McCord was recently named the High School Football America/National High School Coaches Association Player of the Year, one of the highest honors in high school football.

McCord, a three-time state champion, threw for nearly 7,000 yards and 88 touchdowns during his high school career. He drew the attention from the top programs from around the country early in his time in high school and committed to the Buckeyes when he was just a sophomore. Now he’s already at Ohio State, and he’s going to compete for the starting quarterback job alongside C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller.

The prep accolades keep coming for Kyle McCord, even after he finished high school.

Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

Another week of the offseason, another edition of Lettermen Live at Roosters with plenty of discuss.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward is joined by Nicole Cox from Roosters, former Buckeyes linebacker Bobby Carpenter, former Buckeyes quarterback Justin Zwick and former Buckeyes defensive lineman Michael Bennett to break down the latest news around the Ohio State program, both with football and basketball program.

The crew dives into the Chris Holtmann and Ryan Day era at Ohio State and how it compares to Thad Matta and Urban Meyer, the great food at Roosters, leadership in the locker room as the Buckeyes prepare for spring practice and plenty more.

As always, Lettermen Live is hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

Buckeyes secondary coach joins Birminology

Since arriving at Ohio State prior to the 2019 season, Matt Barnes has remained relatively low-key despite a few pretty hilarious early Twitter appearances that really showed his personality.

It’s an approach that mirrors his coaching style. He’s not interested in making things about him, preferring the conversation to focus on the game he eats, sleeps and breathes. Barnes listens more than he talks, but when he talks it’s almost always about football.

Who has shaped Matt Barnes as a football coach? What was the biggest adjustment he had to make coming to Ohio State? Why doesn’t he take more credit for his success? Does he ever tell recruits what the Draddy Award is? The young Buckeyes coach joins Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham on the latest edition of Birminology to talk about those things and more.

Buckeyes remain in top-five despite loss

Ohio State had its seven-game winning streak snapped Sunday with a loss to Michigan.

But that top-five clash proved both teams are worthy of their high rankings. Despite the loss, Ohio State retained its status among the elite in the sport.

The voters watched Sunday and, despite the loss, determined Ohio State deserves to stay near the top of the polls, keeping the Buckeyes at No. 4 in the latest AP Top 25, which was released Monday afternoon. Gonzaga and Baylor, the two undefeated teams in major college basketball, retained the top two spots. Michigan stayed at No. 3 ahead of Ohio State after beating the Buckeyes. A third Big Ten team, Illinois, rounded out the top five again.

The Buckeyes have plenty to improve on after the loss to Michigan, but it was clear again this week: they are still one of the top teams in the country.

AP Poll (Feb. 22)

No. 1 Gonzaga (22-0)

No. 2 Baylor (17-0)

No. 3 Michigan (16-1)

No. 4 Ohio State (18-5)

No. 5 Illinois (16-5)

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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.