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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes ready to start 20-hour workweeks, walkthroughs

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Ohio State is beginning a new phase of workouts. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes ready to start 20-hour workweeks, walkthroughs

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Buckeyes ready to start 20-hour workweeks, walkthroughs

Ohio State is ready for the next step in the Return to Play blueprint.

The Buckeyes haven’t exactly barreled nonstop through the previous phases, at one point shutting down workouts for a week after having positive tests pop up on the roster earlier this month. But they have remained on track to start ramping up in the hopes of being ready for a season that still doesn’t have a definitive start date yet.

But whether the schedule slides up to the first week of September or the Big Ten delays the opening kickoff, the Buckeyes are clearly doing everything they can to provide an opportunity for arguably the most talented team in the country to show what it can do.

With the whole team expected to take part in the next phase of workouts, the program put out a list of what the Buckeyes will be able to do during this next phase.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward has that list and more about the workouts here.

Jordan Fuller breaks down Marcus Hooker

Marcus Hooker will never be able to escape his last name. He’ll always be compared to his older brother, former Ohio State star and current Indianapolis Colts safety Malik.

He has to battle those comparisons, and on top of that, he has to compete in a loaded Ohio State defensive backs room that includes Shaun Wade and Josh Proctor.

Hooker is ready to leave his own mark on the Ohio State secondary.

What can Marcus Hooker bring to Ohio State in the secondary? How can the safety live up to the high standards of the Buckeyes and his famous older brother? Where does Hooker need to improve to take the next step for the program? Former Ohio State captain and Los Angeles Rams draft pick Jordan Fuller broke down some film and answered those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

Buckeyes make five-star tackle’s top-five list

Ohio State is in contention to add to its already loaded 2021 recruiting class.

The Buckeyes have everything they need in the top-ranked class, but now, they’re looking to add even more talent. And one of the top tackle prospects in America has Ohio State in the running for his commitment.

Five-star tackle Tristan Leigh from Virginia has the Buckeyes in his top-five list, which was released Thursday. Leigh has visited Ohio State once. But he has been taking his time in his recruitment and trying to be patient as the NCAA dead periods continue. Virginia has cancelled fall football for high school athletes, so there’s plenty of time and opportunity for Leigh to get back to college campuses if things get reopened. There’s been a big push by the Buckeyes in the last two-plus months to get themselves into the front of Leigh’s mind.

LSU has been considered the favorite for a while now, according to Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm, but Ohio State and Oklahoma have been surging.

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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.