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Nicholas Petit-Frere shows off physical transformation with Buckeyes
Ohio State right tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere was a five-star prospect and is now one of the nation’s top returning offensive linemen.
But he had to work to get to his status he maintains now, even as a five-star entering the Buckeyes football program. Petit-Frere had to change his body, including adding nearly 50 pounds to his frame in order to become elite.
Petit-Frere posted a transformation picture highlighting his 48-pound weight gain and plenty of muscle gain between June 2018 and July 2020. His transformation is among the most impressive on the roster under strength coach Micky Marotti and his staff.
And that’s why Petit-Frere is among the best tackles in America. He was able to fix his body to become an elite tackle.
Quinn Ewers dominating at Elite 11 Finals
Ohio State quarterback commit Quinn Ewers is the No. 1 overall player in the country for the class of 2022 for a reason.
And he is busy in Southern California this week at the Elite 11 proving that ranking. Lettermen Row has boots-on-the-ground coverage of Ewers performance so far in California. Recruiting expert Birm has more:
On Wednesday night, the first competitive outing of the latest iteration of theÂ Elite 11, he was easily one of the top performers. He delivered pass after pass on time, in perfect rhythm and inÂ the perfect place. It was the type of show those whoâ€™ve seen Ewers in person have come to expect.
And thatâ€™s why it could be the final throw of the night from Ewers, his only errant delivery, that was the best thing for him. It was a reminder that the 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterbackÂ isnâ€™tÂ perfect, even if his recruit rating is. It was also a reminder that his process is important. In the eveningâ€™s final drill â€” and first real competition â€” Ewers was focused on the wrong things. It led to a ball delivered late, knocking him out of the competition after one round.
ICYMI: New Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters
Ohio State has seen four products win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year over the last five years. 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 Stateâ€™s defensive line room.
The Buckeyes are not done trying to add defensive line talent to this yearâ€™s roster. The top remaining prospect in the 2021 class, defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau, is expected to make a decision at any moment. TheÂ No. 1-ranked prospect in the country according toÂ 247Sports.com,Â is now down to four schools: Ohio State, Washington, USC and Oregon.
That wasnâ€™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.
Donâ€™t miss this loaded episode, and donâ€™t forget to grab the $2 appetizers from Roosters every Tuesday at all Roosters locations.
As always, Lettermen Live is hosted byÂ RoostersÂ on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.
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