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OL recruiting hopes rise
Ohio State had about as good a weekend as it could have hoped for on the recruiting front as the Buckeyes chase some much-needed offensive linemen. The Buckeyes reportedly did a great job with Kahuku (Hawaii) High School 4-star offensive tackle Enokk Vimahi, whose official visit was his first time in Columbus. USC will be tough to beat, but the Buckeyes might have put this one into play. Doug Nester went through with his Penn State visit, which was obviously not what the Ohio State staff wanted, but the Nittany Lions didn’t get the instant flip they were coveting.
And while those two players would be valuable additions for down the road, more immediate help has also entered the picture. Rutgers graduate transfer offensive tackle Jonah Jackson picked up an Ohio State offer and plans to visit, according to Bobby Deren of 247Sports.
Justin Fields timeline
The Monday question of the day inquired into the ongoing transfer waiver battle regarding quarterback Justin Fields, who is trying to gain immediate eligibility after transferring from Georgia. Here’s some of what senior writer Austin Ward had to say:
So, where does that leave Fields right now? He’s already enrolled, already free to participate in offseason conditioning workouts with the program and will be an active participant in spring practice no matter when the NCAA rules on his status for this season. The anticipation given what seems on the surface to be an open-and-shut case is that Fields will hear a verdict well before the Buckeyes put the pads back on in March, but nothing about that is guaranteed. The most recent high-profile comparison would be Michigan’s appeal to get Shea Patterson eligible last year which dragged into April — and while it shouldn’t take that long with Fields, that timeframe really wouldn’t change anything for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State hoops set to face Michigan
Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann and select players met with the media Monday ahead of the Buckeyes trip to take on No. 5 Michigan. The interviews can be seen right here.
- Ohio State hoops at Michigan: Today
- National Signing Day: 8 days
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