Scarlet Sunrise: NIL rules kick in, Buckeyes set to profit

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Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave is a difference-maker for the Buckeyes. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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NIL rules kick in, Buckeyes set to profit

July 1 is here, and Ohio State players can officially profit off their name, image and likeness.

On Monday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine took control of a rigorous and hotly debated bill and signed an executive order allowing all student-athletes in the state of Ohio to profit of their own Name, Image and Likeness. That came days before multiple states, including Alabama and Florida, were set to have NIL laws enacted.

Now that date is here. The Buckeyes are ready to attack the new world of student-athletes benefiting on their NIL that starts Thursday. They have introduced a program named The Platform, which allows Ohio State student-athletes to take advantage of NIL education programming via Opendorse Ready + Darlow Rules.

Now that NIL is law in Ohio, the Buckeyes can equip it as a recruiting tool as they build championship-winning rosters. The new world of college football is officially here.

Zach Boren breaks down Zach Harrison

All the great Rushmen have gone through a transition in the defensive line room, and the general consensus is that it takes two years working with Larry Johnson before that entire package comes together. It didn’t do Zach Harrison any favors that last season was so disjointed, and it’s worth a reminder that he’s only played 21 games — with 9.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks already to show for it.

Maybe the projection for those numbers was higher when he arrived. But Harrison’s impact is already clear in the grade book, and a huge jump on the stats sheet can’t be far behind.

What makes Zach Harrison such a promising defender for Ohio State? How can the junior get better heading into Year Three with the Buckeyes? What kind of numbers can he post this season at defensive end? Former Ohio State captain Zach Boren was back in the film lab with Austin Ward to answer those questions and more in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

WATCH: Zach Harrison right on track to deliver monster Ohio State season

Four-star cornerback commits to Ohio State

Just about two weeks after landing a scholarship offer from Ohio State, 2022 cornerback Terrance Brooks has committed to the Buckeyes.

The Little Elm (Texas) 4-star defensive back took his official visit just one week after landing that scholarship offer. Now he’s quickly ended his recruitment with a verbal pledge to Kerry Coombs on Wednesday. He told Lettermen Row when he was offered that he’d give Ohio State a legitimate look despite what seemed at the time to be a late offer from the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes now have five defensive backs committed in the Class of 2022. Four of them are being recruited at corner. That sounds like a lot, but the current roster will turn over quite a bit after this upcoming season. Plus, at a place like Ohio State, there’s never going to be a shortage of big-time defensive back talent.

Ohio State now has 15 commitments in the Class of 2022 and remains the nation’s top-ranked class. It’s a group that isn’t likely to grow beyond 21 or 22 total, so that may hurt the Buckeyes from the perspective of trying to win a recruiting championship. Still, only Boston College, Baylor and Notre Dame have more pledges at this point. The Ohio State per-player average is also the highest in the country right now.

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