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Ohio State stays hot on recruiting trail over weekend
Ohio State has struck on the recruiting trail once again.
TreVeyon Henderson, the country’s second-ranked running back prospect according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings, thought he’d be taking a couple of visits around the nation before making a college choice a few months down the road. But the plan changed, and the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Henderson had to reset his own feelings and thoughts. That’s when he chose the Buckeyes over Oklahoma, Michigan and Virginia, among others.
The Buckeyes seem to have everything Henderson wants. And Henderson was ready to pull the trigger and become commit No. 15 for the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class. Ohio State is 40-points clear of Clemson for the top spot right now.
For the full breakdown of what Henderson’s commitment means for the Buckeyes, check out Birm’s latest here.
The Buckeyes are far from done in the 2021 class. There are still plenty of huge pieces for Ryan Day and Ohio State to land between now and the December signing period. And while there is currently no face-to-face recruiting allowed due to the global pandemic, the Buckeyes are staying active on the recruiting trail with everything they can do to stay in contact with the country’s top players.
For the latest news and notes about the Buckeyes recruiting efforts, click here.
Buckeyes leaning on culture during shutdown
As the coronavirus continues to shut events down, the college football world has been put on hold. The Buckeyes were forced to cancel most of their spring practices and send their athletes home, and now, each player is tasked with holding themselves accountable, working out on their own and staying in shape.
Ohio State has a strong culture, and as emeritus Tim May writes, that’s what will get the Buckeyes through the pandemic, even though they are spread out around the country at their own homes.
Part of the story is here:
The admonition to staff and players was to self-quarantine, and depending on their personal circumstances, keep up their training, nutrition and academic disciplines to the best of their abilities. In the case of Ohio State players, Day expects the culture developed in the program, to which Washington alluded, to sustain them through it. That means older players checking on younger ones, for example, to try to maintain some sense of momentum.
The culture of All for one, One for all will be put to the test.
For the full story about the strong Ohio State culture, click here.
Cardale Jones, Tyvis Powell break down Sugar Bowl win over Alabama
In case you missed it, Cardale Jones and Tyvis Powell joined Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward for a special Lettermen Rewind last week.
Both former Buckeyes stars made huge plays in leading the Buckeyes to the 2014 College Football Playoff National Championship. Now years later, they looked back on the historic Sugar Bowl win over Alabama and broke it down from play to play.
Jones had numerous throws and timely runs to extend drives and score touchdowns. Powell had the interception on Alabama’s desperation heave as time expired. Both played a huge role for Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes as they beat the Crimson Tide and went on to win the title.
From pregame confidence and useful media fuel, to mistakes that worked out perfectly for the Buckeyes and what it was like to be on a field loaded with NFL talent, Jones and Powell recounted the whole Sugar Bowl experience with their blend of knowledge and humor.
Roll the tape!
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