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Scarlet Sunrise: Lesser-known Buckeyes ready to break out this season

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Marcus Hooker has a a chance to become a contributor for Ohio State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Scarlet Sunrise

Scarlet Sunrise: Lesser-known Buckeyes ready to break out this season

Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise. Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Lesser-known Buckeyes ready to break out this season

Ohio State had one of the best seasons in program history last year, and it came with the help of some young players.

Now as the younger Buckeyes enter another year in the program, they may be expected to take on expanded roles. Ohio State will have inexperienced players all over the field, but there won’t be a shortage of talent. Former four- and five-star players are waiting for their chance to prove they belong on the field for one of the top programs in the country.

Lettermen Row made sure to break down some of those potential breakout candidates in the last few days, including Dawand Jones, Marcus Hooker, Antwuan Jackson and Enokk Vimahi.

Make sure not to miss them:

Did Buckeyes accomplish May recruiting goals?

Ohio State now knows it can’t host visitors in June, thanks to the newly-extended dead period caused by the coronavirus outbreak. But there was still plenty for the Buckeyes to accomplish on the recruiting trail in the last month. At the beginning of May, Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm made a list of goals for Ohio State. Now that the month is nearly over, Birm is revisiting that list to find out if Ohio State accomplished those goals.

Part of the story is here:

The truth is that right now there aren’t many top-of-the-board targets out there still for the Buckeyes so the pool of potential losses is pretty small. Still, 4-star linebacker Barrett Carter, who was the highest priority at the position, committed to Clemson without ever being able to get back to Columbus. There’s also been a loss of recruiting momentum with offensive lineman Jager Burton and receiver Troy Stellato and an increase in uncertainty around the recruitments of 5-star prospects Emeka Egbuka, J.T. Tuimoloau and J.C. Latham.

For the full list of goals and whether Ohio State accomplished them, click here.

ICYMI: Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

Lettermen Live was back at Roosters this week for a fun, casual conversation.

Former Ohio State players Cardale Jones and Justin Zwick joined the show to discuss the Buckeyes and the return-to-play model that will have players back in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on June 8. With two quarterbacks in attendance, the guys discussed the importance of summer workouts for Justin Fields.

Then, Lettermen Row’s Austin Ward and Jeremy Birmingham and former Ohio State linebacker Anthony Schlegel broke down what the Buckeyes will do for voluntary workouts when the Woody Hayes Athletic Center opens back up soon.

It’s all part of Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters.

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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.