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Scarlet Sunrise: Anthony Gonzalez analyzes virus impact on life, football

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Former Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez is now a member of the US House of Representatives.

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Scarlet Sunrise: Anthony Gonzalez analyzes virus impact on life, football

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Anthony Gonzalez analyzes virus impact on life, football

As the coronavirus continues to rock the country, the future of the football season has come into question in recent weeks. And at least one member of congress would love to see the Buckeyes back on the football field in the fall.

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a former Ohio State star wide receiver and current representative in the United States House of Representatives, made a special guest-appearance on the latest Lettermen Live presented by Roosters.

Gonzalez spent some time with Lettermen Row, talking about the coronavirus, what he has heard from Capitol Hill regarding how the virus might continue to impact life and football season and much more. He is currently working to have a plan in place for the end of summer and fall, when medical professionals are projecting a potential second wave of the virus. That could impact when kids can go back to school, when parents can go back to work, and of course, when the Buckeyes can get back on the football field.

“If we don’t have those things, I think it’s going to be a very challenging fall,” Gonzalez said. “So that’s what I’m working on right now.”

For the full interview with Gonzalez and more, check out the latest Lettermen Live presented by Roosters here:

Top OL prospect joins Birminology

Jager Burton expected to be on the road for most of the spring, taking visits to schools and figuring out his future.

But that calendar was canceled, and the 4-star offensive linemen from Kentucky can’t do any traveling this spring. Instead, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound interior lineman, who the Buckeyes consider a top target for the 2021 class, has been spending time at his family’s lake house and evaluating his future decisions remotely. He’s also building relationships with some of the Ohio State commitments, Donovan Jackson and Ben Christman.

Why are those relationships with his peers important? What is the feeling at home for Jager Burton as Kentucky continues to improve as a program? How much has the coronavirus pandemic affected his recruitment? What would Burton like fans and media to know about the recruiting process from a recruit’s perspective? Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham sat down with Burton to discuss those things in the latest Birminology.

Check that out:

Ohio State hoops lands transfer guard

Ohio State has seen plenty of roster turnover already this offseason.

Chris Holtmann’s program has lost four underclassmen and senior Andre Wesson, and it’s only April. But the Buckeyes gained a transfer Monday, as Bucknell guard Jimmy Sotos announced his intention to transfer to the Buckeyes on his Twitter account. Sotos chose the Buckeyes over a handful of other big programs.

Sotos won’t be eligible to play for the Buckeyes next season; he’ll have to sit one year before playing one season for Ohio State.

Sotos averaged 8.1 points per game in three seasons with Bucknell.

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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.