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Lathan Ransom loses black stripe, helps Buckeyes depth
Lathan Ransom didn’t even enroll early. He just arrived at Ohio State in June to begin working on making an impact as a freshman.
He seems to be well on his way to doing just that. Ransom lost his black stripe Saturday morning at the Buckeyes practice inside the Horseshoe, a sign that he’s officially part of the program and that he’s making huge strides early in his career in the secondary.
Ohio State will need all the depth it can find in the secondary and across the entire roster during a season as uncertain as this one. The Buckeyes have the young talent to add depth when and where it’s needed.
â€œI think we have a great group of freshmen,â€ Buckeyes defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs said. â€œTheyâ€™re talented. They donâ€™t know what they donâ€™t know yet, so weâ€™re working on that. Theyâ€™re learning about the toughness about Ohio State and the culture. I think those kids are going to contribute. This season more than any other, youâ€™re going to have to depend on inexperienced players to step in and fill roles. So weâ€™re working really hard on coaching our depth.â€
With his black stripe removed, Lathan Ransom could be a big part of that depth in the back end this season.
Buckeyes pick up key 2021 commit
From the moment that Ohio StateÂ offered him a scholarship in early September, it seemed like only a matter of time before Zen Michalski would join the Buckeyes. That time was Saturday night.
Michalski, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive tackle from Floydâ€™s Knobs (Ind.) Floyd Central High School, decommitted from Louisville just a week ago and is officially an Ohio State commitment. Though it took a few days to be ready to announce publicly, Indianaâ€™s No. 3-ranked prospect according to 247Sports.com, actually committed to the Buckeyes coaching staff last Sunday night following hisÂ first trip to Columbus, a visit he made with his father. That visit included a handful of stops around the Ohio State campus and though he was unable to visit with Buckeyes coaches, Michalski said he and his family knew it was the place for them before they hit the road back home.
Michalski breaks down his decision to commit to the Buckeyes and more in the latest installment of Birminology.
Buckeyes stay put in latest polls
Ohio State isÂ back in pads, and with fewer than three weeks until the Buckeyes open the season, they are working their way back up the polls.
The Buckeyes still havenâ€™t played, and they wonâ€™t until Oct. 24. That doesnâ€™t mean they canâ€™t move around in the latest polls.
Ohio State is No. 6 in both the Amway Coaches Poll and Associated Press Poll, which were released Sunday afternoon following a wild college football Saturday. Clemson retained the top spot in the Coaches Poll and AP Poll, followed by Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Notre Dame. Ohio State received two first-place votes in the coaches poll and two in the AP Poll despite being ranked so low.
Some coaches and voters in the AP Poll continue to only rank teams that have played a game this fall, so some keep the Buckeyes and other Big Ten teams off their ballots, skewing the results and rankings in the polls.
Coaches Poll and AP Poll (Oct. 4)
No. 1 â€“ Clemson
No. 2 â€“ Alabama
No. 3 â€“ Georgia
No. 4 â€“ Florida
No. 5 â€“ Notre Dame
No. 6 â€“ Ohio State
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