Scarlet Sunrise: Lathan Ransom loses black stripe, helps Buckeyes depth

Spencer Holbrook12 months
Lathan Ransom by Birm
Lathan Ransom lost his black stripe over the weekend. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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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.

“I think we have a great group of freshmen,” Buckeyes defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs said. “They’re talented. They don’t know what they don’t know yet, so we’re working on that. They’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, you’re going to have to depend on inexperienced players to step in and fill roles. So we’re working really hard on coaching our depth.”

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 State 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 Floyd’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, Indiana’s No. 3-ranked prospect according to, actually committed to the Buckeyes coaching staff last Sunday night following his 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 is 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 haven’t played, and they won’t until Oct. 24. That doesn’t mean they can’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 – Clemson

No. 2 – Alabama

No. 3 – Georgia

No. 4 – Florida

No. 5 – Notre Dame

No. 6 – Ohio State

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