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Ohio State adds Presbyterian transfer wide receiver Shawn Lodge as preferred walk-on

IMG_7408by:Andy Backstrom05/10/24


COLUMBUS — Ohio State has added Presbyterian transfer wide receiver Shawn Lodge to its 2024 roster. The Akron, Ohio, native and St. Vincent St. Mary product announced his commitment to the Buckeyes Friday.

He will join the team as a preferred walk-on after spending the first two seasons of his career at Presbyterian College, an FCS school in Clinton, South Carolina.

Lodge appeared in all 11 of Presbyterian’s games last season at both wide receiver and kick/punt returner. In the process, he piled up 260 all-purpose yards. He caught nine passes for 120 yards, including a long of 28 yards at Butler last September.

The 6-foot wideout also made an impact as a returner. He ran back a team-high 13 punts, averaging 3.15 yards per return while ripping off a long of 39 yards against Virginia-Lynchburg in the home opener. Lodge ranked second on the team in kickoff returns with nine — he averaged just 11 yards per kick return and logged a long of 22 yards.

The year before that, he notched his longest kickoff return against Valparaiso, good for 31 yards. As a true freshman, he finished with 598 all-purpose yards, clocking out third in that category among all Blue Hose players in 2022. He got off to a blistering start as a receiver, hauling in seven passes over a two-game span against Austin Peay and Virginia-Lynchburg to start the year. That included a five-reception, 55-receiving-yard performance against Virginia-Lynchburg.

Lodge rounded out his first year at Presbyterian with 11 catches for 124 yards, averaging 11.3 yards per reception.

Now he’ll join a talented Ohio State wide receiver room piloted by co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Brian Hartline.

Lodge will compete with fellow Buckeyes walk-on wideouts David Adolph, Reis Stocksdale and Brennen Schramm among others.

Ohio State’s wide receiver corps, otherwise known as “Zone 6,” is headlined by senior Emeka Egbuka, sophomores Carnell Tate and Brandon Inniss as well as phenom true freshman Jeremiah Smith.

The Buckeyes have had four wideouts selected in the first round of the NFL Draft over the last three years.

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