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Jihaad Campbell is visiting Ohio State.

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes hosting elite defensive end for official visit

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Buckeyes hosting elite defensive end for official visit

Ohio State has a bevy of elite prospects on campus for a massive official-visit weekend.

One of the most important visitors this weekend: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) four-star edge defender Jihaad Campbell. The No. 144 overall player in the country, Campbell has offers from nearly every major program and wasn’t slated to visit the Buckeyes until recently.

But the conversation with Ohio State has picked up again recently, and now Campbell is in Columbus for a huge visit.

When Ohio State had three linebackers committed, it was harder to show the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Campbell where he’d fit into the Buckeyes defense. He and Dasan McCullough could be played in similar roles and now that McCullough is out of the class, the need to replace him with a big-time edge rusher and linebacker like Campbell is paramount for Ohio State.

He’s been at the top of the list for the Buckeyes, and now they can prove it. He is in town for a pivotal official visit.

ICYMI: Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

Ohio State has one of the most talented running back room in the nation. As part of Running Backs Week at Lettermen Row, the crew is back at Roosters to break down the talented unit and plenty more, especially from the recruiting trail.

Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham is joined by Lettermen Row staff writer Spencer Holbrook, former Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jone and former Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter to talk about the Ohio State running backs room and plenty more from the world of Buckeyes athletics.

How can the Buckeyes continue to dominate the recruiting trail in June? Who will be the next prospect to commit after the big recruiting weekend? And which Ohio State running back will emerge as the top ball-carrier this fall? The Lettermen Live crew is back at Roosters to break it all down.

Don’t miss this loaded episode, and don’t forget to grab the $2 appetizers from Roosters every Tuesday at all Roosters locations.

As always, Lettermen Live is hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

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Top target of Quinn Ewers visiting Ohio State this weekend

Ohio State has already secured a commitment in the class of 2022 from five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers, the No. 1 player in the class. Could his top target and teammate Landon Samson join Ewers as part of the Ohio State recruiting class?

Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm has the details of Samson visiting this weekend. Part of that can be found here:

There will be a number of important visitors this weekend but perhaps no visit is more important to the prospect themselves than the visit of Southlake (Texas) Carroll 2022 receiver Landon Samson. When Lettermen Row was in Texas in early May, Samson told us he was coming to Ohio State this week and there’s one reason for that: to show Brian Hartline and the Buckeyes that he’s worth a scholarship offer. …

But he wants an Ohio State offer. He’s showing up to earn one and will get that chance during a one-hour workout with Brian Hartline on Saturday. Samson is a special athlete and no one has any questions about that. The question is whether or not he can show Brian Hartline that he has the ability to play the receiver position at a high level.

Samson will arrive in Columbus with teammate and close friend Quinn Ewers rooting him on.

For the full story and more previewing the weekend of recruiting for Ohio State, click here.

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