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Buckeyes continue gaining preseason All-American steam
Ohio State will once again have one of the best teams in the country, and the Buckeyes certainly have national title aspirations.
The roster is littered with top talent, and that has shown in preseason All-American teams so far this summer.
Another preseason list, another group of top Buckeyes named. The Sporting News’ Bill Bender named superstar wide receiver Chris Olave and defensive tackle Haskell Garrett to the preseason first-team All-American team. He named wide receiver Garrett Wilson and tackle Thayer Munford to the second-team preseason All-American list, giving the Buckeyes four players on the team.
Alabama is the only other team with four players named in the first- and second-team list, proving once again the Buckeyes will be among the most talented rosters in the country this fall.
Buckeyes still have needs in top-ranked recruiting class
Ohio State had an incredible June on the recruiting trail, after the dead period was finally lifted. The Buckeyes have the country’s No. 1 class, but there are still plenty of holes left in the class.
What are those holes? Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm has more:
The Buckeyes wrapped up wide receivers recruiting in the Class of 2022 on Monday whenÂ Kojo Antwi picked Ohio StateÂ over Texas A&M, Georgia, USC and Alabama. Antwi is the fourth receiver to pick the Buckeyes in this yearâ€™s class, and that allows Brian Hartline to lend some of his recruiting chops to help reel in other top targets â€” if necessary.
Wide receiver isnâ€™t the only position wrapped up already in 2022, though. Barring any changes to theÂ current list of commitments, itâ€™s safe to assume the Buckeyes are all set at quarterback, running back and tight end. Doing the math, that leaves four positions left to work at from here until December.
Which positions of need are still out there for the Buckeyes?
ICYMI: Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters
Ohio State rang in the Fourth of July with a boom of its own. The Buckeyes celebrated the holiday weekend by landing J.T. Tuimoloau, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the country according toÂ 247Sports.comÂ in the class of 2021 on Sunday.Â His commitmentÂ makes him the highest-ranked defensive recruit to ever commit to Ohio State, taking the title away from his new teammate, Jack Sawyer.
Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward is joined by Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham, Nicole Cox from RoostersÂ and former Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter to talk about the elite talent Ohio State just gained on the defensive line and more from the world of Buckeyes athletics.
As part of Linebackers Week at Lettermen Row, the crew broke down the depth of the Silver Bullets. The Buckeyes have to replace three-time captain Tuf Borland, three-year starter Pete Werner, sixth-year warrior Justin Hilliard and dynamic Baron Browning. Now Al Washington is forced to reload all at once, and Dallas Gant and Teradja Mitchell will have to rise into leadership roles.
As always, Lettermen Live is hosted byÂ RoostersÂ on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.
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