J.T. Tuimoloau crystal ball, NIL officially arrives for Buckeyes

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Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has overseen plenty of success. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State has seen four products win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year over the last five years. Three have come out of Larry Johnson’s defensive line room. The legendary coach has reloaded the talent on the line again, with Zach Harrison and Haskell Garrett ready to lead the Rushmen. As part of Defensive Line Week at Lettermen Row, the crew is back at Roosters to break down the talent of the unit and plenty more, especially from the recruiting trail.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward is joined by Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham, former Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones and former Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter to talk about the elite talent in Ohio State’s defensive line room and plenty more from the world of Buckeyes athletics.

The Buckeyes are not done trying to add defensive line talent to this year’s roster. The top remaining prospect in the 2021 class, defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau, is expected to make a decision at any moment. The No. 1-ranked prospect in the country according to 247Sports.com, he shocked the college football world last week when he decided to not take his official visit to Alabama and enter decision mode. Tuimoloau is now down to four schools: Ohio State, Washington, USC and Oregon. Birm broke down how he thinks the defensive lineman’s decision will go down.

That wasn’t even the best part of the conversation, though. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order Monday afternoon allowing allowing all student-athletes in the state of Ohio to profit of their own Name, Image and Likeness. This comes days before multiple states, including Alabama and Florida, are set to have NIL laws enacted. Cardale and Bobby talk about how NIL will impact the college football landscape.

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