Ohio State running back situation approaching successful resolution

Jeremy Birminghamover 1 year
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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

Could Ohio State take three running backs in the Class of 2021? Yes.

Would Ohio State take three running backs its class of 2021? Yes, I think so, because I just don’t see any possible scenario where the Buckeyes would say no to either Donovan Edwards or TreVeyon Henderson if each of those two standout tailbacks decided to commit in the near future to position coach Tony Alford and Ohio State.

But it’s also very unlikely that both Edwards and Henderson would commit to the Buckeyes. So, the question above — one I’ve been asked approximately 423,121 times after the surge in Ohio State-tinted momentum on the TreVeyon Henderson front earlier this week — is not exactly a realistic outcome.

There’s a growing sense of optimism that not only are the Buckeyes leading for Henderson, as the running back and his coach have stated, but that the country’s top-ranked tailback is considering making his college decision far sooner than anyone would’ve expected — without ever stepping foot on campus at Ohio State. While the lack of a visit suggests that the Buckeyes are fighting uphill, everything else indicates they’re the team to beat. A potential decision looms large not just for Alford, Ohio State and Henderson, but also for the Edwards.

For more than two years, Donovan Edwards has been the unquestioned, top-of-the-recruiting-board priority for Alford. He remains a a major priority for Ohio State, though Henderson has joined him in that space. Both players were made aware ahead of Evan Pryor’s commitment that the plan has been to take two running backs in this class, but if either Edwards or Henderson felt ready to commit before Pryor, then there could be a scenario where only one back was enough. That didn’t happen, and now that the No. 5-ranked running back is committed, Ohio State finds itself in a position where saying yes to either Edwards or Henderson likely eliminates the other. They’d sure as shooting look for any way squeeze in both of them if they could.

Got it? In life, and in recruiting, timing is everything. And for this running back duo, the decision to join the class in Columbus may be about who is ready first.

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