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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes land fourth commitment in last three days

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Ohio State is on a recruiting hot streak after its fourth commitment in three days. (Spencer Holbrook/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes land fourth commitment in last three days

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Andre Turrentine commits to Ohio State

For the fourth time in the last three days, Ohio State is celebrating a 2021 commitment. This time it’s Nashville’s Andre Turrentine, a 4-star defensive back prospect from Ensworth High School.

Turrentine has been an under-the-radar defensive back on the Buckeyes recruiting scene, but he has been a regular target for Ohio State coaching staff in the last handful of months, dating back to Tony Alford extending him a scholarship offer before the start of last season. Since then, Alford, along with assistant coach Matt Barnes, led the efforts in his recruitment, remaining as constant voices as the Buckeyes made the switch from Jeff Hafley to Kerry Coombs as defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator

But no matter who was recruiting him for Ohio State, it was clear to the 6-foot, 185-pound Turrentine that he knew what school he wanted to call home, even though he’d made just one visit to Columbus.

Turrentine’s commitment gives the Buckeyes an even larger lead at the top of the 2021 recruiting class rankings, according to 247sports.com. Ohio State currently has 14 commitments in the class, and the Buckeyes are on a recruiting roll in the last few days, landing four commitments in the last 72 hours.

Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham caught up with Turrentine to discuss his decision to commit to Ohio State, what his next steps will be and much more. Miss the chat? Find it here:

Ryan Shazier placed on Reserve/Retired list

The Steelers have kept Ryan Shazier on their roster since his life-changing injury in 2017. Now, they’re placing him on the Reserve/Retired list.

“Ryan’s placement on the Reserve/Retired List serves as a matter of protocol to ensure his continued inclusion within our organization moving forward in his professional career,” Steelers General Manager and Vice President Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the organization.

Shazier had spent the last two seasons on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list after his spinal injury in Dec. 2017. A former first round pick and Pro Bowler, the former Buckeye had a great NFL career before it was cut short by the devastating injury. Shazier had 299 career tackles, 24 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and seven forced fumbles in his career.

New Tim May Podcast breaks down new offseason plans

On the latest episode of The Tim May Podcast, Tim and Austin Ward went in-depth on how Ohio State is managing without face-to-face contact amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The guys broke down the transfer portal options, the nuances that will be missed during the spring without football and more.

Tim also welcomed Dennis Dodd from CBS Sports onto the show to talk about the decline in college football attendance, as well as what that means for the sport moving forward.

The Tim May Podcast is also available on iTunesGoogle PlaySpotify and Stitcher.

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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.