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Jonathon Cooper signs rookie deal with Broncos
Jonathon Cooper was a leader and playmaker at Ohio State for five years.
Now he has a chance to make plays at the next level with the Denver Broncos. Cooper, a seventh-round pick in the NFL draft back in May, signed his rookie contract with the Broncos on Tuesday, becoming the latest former Buckeyes star to sign a rookie deal.
Cooper played defensive end for his five years at Ohio State. He is listed as an outside linebacker for the Broncos, and he should be able to contribute on special teams this fall for a rising talented roster in the AFC West.
Cooper made plays for the Buckeyes for half of a decade. Now he officially is signed with the Denver Broncos.
Ohio State offers five-star Texas defensive end
By showing up and working out for Larry Johnson, he earned his offer. The country’s No. 8-ranked 2023 defensive lineman also gained insight into the premier defensive line coach in America.
“He breaks down every little thing that you do,” Hicks said following the Ohio State recruiting camp. “Everybody says ‘you’re a great player’ this that and the other thing. Larry Johnson breaks down everything you do. [Ohio State] was a different type of feeling. Larry Johnson is one of the best in the game. Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa — look it up. He has the best. It’s just the coaches that are different.”
Hicks — listed at 6-foot-4, 250-pounds on his internet recruiting profiles — knew he wanted to get to Ohio State, one way or another. The chance to be seen by Johnson is something he didn’t want to pass up.
Another Buckeyes standout, Chase Young, is one of the players that Hicks says he models his game after. He’d been hearing about Ohio State for months ahead of his visit, not from the Buckeyes coaching staff but from freshman offensive lineman Donovan Jackson.
Chris Spielman joins The Tim May Podcast
One of the great Ohio State legends is a guest on the Tim May Podcast this week.
Tim welcomes Chris Spielman, who played for the Buckeyes from 1985 to 1987, on the podcast to talk about his current job with the Detroit Lions and more. Spielman was a two-time All-American linebacker during his time in Columbus, intercepting 11 career passes and winning the Lombardi Award as a senior in 1987.
Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Wards hops on to chat with Tim about last week’s College Football Playoff news. A new, 12-team model that includes on-campus games has been recommended by the playoff’s working group. Tim and Austin talk about what the change would mean for Ohio State and the college football landscape. How does that impact Ohio State and the rest of the Big Ten? And will in bring parity to the sport or continue to cause a separation of powers from the elite and the rest of the sport? The Lettermen Row guys dive in and try to answer those questions.
The conversation makes this episode of the Tim May Podcast a must-listen for any Ohio State or college football fan.
It’s all in the latest Tim May Podcast.
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