Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes guard Meechie Johnson limited with minor injury

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Meechie Johnson is out with an injury. (Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

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Buckeyes guard Meechie Johnson limited with minor injury

Meechie Johnson gained valuable experience as part of the Ohio State rotation last season.

Now with the Buckeyes on the practice floor preparing for this season, Johnson is expected to have a larger role. But he recently suffered a setback.

The Ohio State basketball Twitter account tweeted out photos of a practice session, and it showed Johnson in a walking boot. After plenty of replies asking why he was wearing it, the Buckeyes responded.

“Meechie is all good y’all it’s just a precautionary thing after a tweak,” the basketball team tweeted from its account.

Johnson could be a key guard for Ohio State this winter. After averaging just 1.2 points per game in 17 games as a freshman, Johnson has a chance to break out and be a contributor for the Buckeyes. But that’ll have to wait. He’s limited with a minor injury right now.

Priority linebacker target joins Birminology

There was one goal for Park City (Utah) linebacker Carson Tabaracci when he made an unofficial visit to Ohio State last month.

That was to leave Columbus with an offer from the Buckeyes, a sign that his recruitment could go national. He did that, impressing linebackers coach Al Washington with his size and athleticism, ripping off a 40-yard-dash under 4.6 seconds at just under 230 pounds.

The interest in Ohio State, and the chase for a Buckeyes offer, was new for the country’s No. 47-ranked athlete. The relationship he has with Tony Alford, thanks his the close friendship his nephews have with the linebacker prospect, isn’t.

With just under 25 scholarship offers, Tabaracci is getting used to having big opportunities. Still, few are bigger than Ohio State and he knows that. The Buckeyes were one of a handful of Midwest programs he visited in June, and he’s likely to return to Columbus this fall for an official visit.

What is this interesting prospect focused on as he heads into his senior season? How has the relationship with Tony Alford affected Carson Tabaracci? What did he think of the way Al Washington coached him up? The 3-star linebacker prospect joined Birminology with Jeremy Birmingham on Lettermen Row to talk about those things and more.

Four-star offensive lineman lists Buckeyes in top three

Ohio State has had Addison Nichols near the top of its offensive line board for months.

The Buckeyes are officially near the top of Nichols’ own board. The four-star lineman trimmed his list of potential destinations to three. Ohio State is joined by North Carolina and Tennessee for the Greater Atlanta Christian School rising senior.

With two offensive linemen — Tegra Tshabola and George Fitzpatrick — already committed in the class in 2022, the Buckeyes are still looking for another piece to add onto their top-ranked class. Nichols fits that bill, and Ohio State fits what Nichols is looking for as his recruitment winds down.

Nichols visited Ohio State in June, after the dead period was lifted. He and the Buckeyes both were impressed during that visit, and the bond between he and Studrawa has continued to grow since then.

Ohio State has kept Nichols near the top of its board throughout the recruiting process, and now Nichols has Ohio State in his top three choices.

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