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Hey, Stephen: It’s nice to see gamers from Washington state turn into Buckeyes. The place did this “push” come from, to recruit alongside the west coast? Clearly, California is loaded with expertise, in order that is sensible, however recruiting within the PNW? Acquired somewhat expertise right here as properly, however nothing in comparison with Cali. In any case, I like it. — Mitchell in Seattle
Hey, Mitchell, it’s Stephen: Good query. The “push” in Washington is fairly new. So new that earlier than Gee Scott Jr. signed in 2020, Ohio State had by no means landed anybody from there. Now it may land three guys throughout two lessons in Scott, Emeka Egbuka and J.T. Tuimoloau. I’d assume that is extra of a short-term factor primarily based on an uptick in expertise. Nobody from there has a suggestion in 2022 or 2023 but.
In Ryan Day’s three cycles as a head coach — 2020, 2021 and 2022 — Washington’s had 5 gamers rated as 5-stars and Scott ranked within the prime 70. Exterior of the still-undecided Tuimoloau, all both picked Columbus or stayed house to play for the Huskies. That might ultimately embrace 2022 offensive sort out Josh Conerly who’s been favored to the Huskies since February.
The earlier 4 lessons had two 5-stars and just one different participant within the prime 150. So you may perceive why the Buckeyes didn’t supply anybody from 2016-19 however have provided seven guys within the final three years. That features three guys from the identical highschool in Scott, Tuimoloau and operating again Sam Adams II. The one a kind of seven to not select OSU or Washington was tight finish DJ Roger, who selected Cal.
So long as there are gamers like Scott, Egbuka and Tuimoloau in Washington, the Buckeyes can have a presence there.
Hey, Stephen: Arch Manning not too long ago commented on six to seven faculties and talked about talking with Dabo/Saban. OSU was not within the dialogue. Figuring out his recruitment has been extra hands-off/old-school than most, the place does that put the Buckeyes at this level? — Paul B. in Carmel, Ind.
Hey, Paul B., it’s Stephen: Clearly, Ohio State goes to do its half to recruit Manning, however given what the QB room is correct now I wouldn’t put my cash on him committing. Whenever you recruit like this ultimately somebody goes to wish to go someplace with much less resistance.
Manning won’t be the reply in 2023 however some guys have already emerged and most attended the first Day Camp. Names to observe are Eli Holstein, Nicholaus Iamaleava — accompanied by Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagaleiei’s father — Kenny Minchey, Daunte Moore, Chris Parson and Malachi Singleton. Iamaleava and Holstein earned affords on June 2.
Hey, Stephen: What are the chances Quinn Ewers’ mullet makes it to Ohio — and the chances it makes it by way of the top of camp? — Dave in Bristol, Conn.
Hey, Dave, it’s Stephen: I hope he by no means cuts it. Trevor Lawrence had his lengthy California sunshine hair and Ewers ought to have his mullet. That bleached blonde factor is superior. But in addition within the title of Identify, Picture and Likeness, it’s the right instance of one thing he may capitalize on. Having that hair flowing out the again of his helmet whereas he throws 70 yarders to Caleb Burton is a business ready to occur.
He gained’t be the one participant on Ohio State’s roster with loopy hair so it’s not like somebody goes to make him reduce it. Justin Fields had a fairly recognizable coiffure and CJ Stroud’s hair is equally in every single place. Plus, should you’ve ever seen an image of among the walk-on quarterbacks, then you recognize Ewers will match proper in.
If Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson can have signature hairstyles within the NFL, the faculty quarterbacks ought to have the option to take action on the faculty degree whereas profitable Heisman and nationwide titles.
Fields’ Bears jersey: Ohio State soccer followers should purchase Justin Fields’ new Chicago Bears jersey right here. It’s accessible in white, blue and orange – and in males’s, ladies’s and youth sizes. There’s additionally a less expensive T-shirt possibility.
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