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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes in play for major playmakers in 2021 class

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Brian Hartline and Ohio State are looking to add more playmakers to an already loaded room. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes in play for major playmakers in 2021 class

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Buckeyes in play for major playmakers in 2021 class

After missing on some major running back targets and landing some of the best wide receivers in the country in the 2020 class, the Buckeyes shifted their full attention to adding playmakers in the class of 2021. Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm laid out all the options at running back in the 2021 class on Tuesday. It can be found here. Check that out, because it is an in-depth look at all the top prospects being targeted to eventually carry the ball for Ohio State in the future.

Birm continued his breakdown Wednesday, diving into the already loaded wide receiver room to provide a comprehensive guide about who exactly the Buckeyes are targeting at wide out.

Part of it can be found below:

Because the 2020 class was filled so thoroughly and so early, Brian Hartline and Ohio State found time to get ahead in the Class of 2021. The Buckeyes have made good on those opportunities reeling in a commitment from two high-priority early targets. Massillon Washington 4-star Jayden Ballard is among the country’s most under-recruited athletes, and he was an absolute must-get in the state of Ohio for the Buckeyes.

Ballard put Ohio State into a bit of a recruiting pickle. There were a number of high-ceiling prospects interested in joining the program, and eventually the Buckeyes settled on Marvin Harrison as the second piece of the 2021 receiver haul, a decision that effectively ended the chances for Ohio State with Beaux Collins. The California 4-star committed to Clemson last month after making three visits to Ohio in the last calendar year, but he wasn’t ready to pull the trigger when Harrison did.

Who else could Ohio State look to for a commitment at wide receiver in the class? Check out the breakdown here.

Buckeyes survive late Rutgers comeback for Big Ten win

After putting on an offensive outburst in the first half and building a lead that reached 20 midway through the second half, the Buckeyes let Rutgers crawl back into a game that never should have gotten back to a single-digit lead.

But after a tense final few minutes, questionable passing decisions when Rutgers decided to run a full-court press and plenty of free throws to put the game on ice Wednesday night, Ohio State survived with a 72-66 win inside the Schottenstein Center.

The win over the Scarlet Knights (17-8, 8-6 Big Ten) is a big one for the Buckeyes (16-8, 6-7 Big Ten). After a disappointing loss at Wisconsin, Ohio State found a way to earn a key Big Ten win and improve its standing in the insane conference that nobody can seem to find footing in. There isn’t a true upper and lower class of the league, making every game needed, especially home games.

Lettermen Row broke down the win with Three Points. Check it out here.

Buckeyes dismiss Amir Riep, Jahsen Wint following arrests

Ohio State has dismissed defensive backs Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint after their criminal rape and kidnapping charges.

“I have dismissed Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint from our football program,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said in a university-released statement. “I am not making any statement on the criminal charges, but it is clear they did not live up to our standards and my expectations. The athletics department will make sure they both continue to have access to the health and well-being resources available to students and student-athletes. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, I will not be commenting further.”

Both Riep and Wint were charged with first-degree felony rape and first-degree felony kidnapping by the Franklin County Municipal Court. The two were booked Wednesday and will appear before the Franklin County Municipal Court on Thursday.

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Kaden saunders could be recruited as punt and ko return man.

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first 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.

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