Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes, Clemson face off on recruiting trail

Spencer Holbrookover 1 year
Ryan Day and Dabo Swinney by Birm/Lettermen Row
Ohio State coach Ryan Day and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney are facing off on the recruiting trail. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Ohio State battling Clemson on recruiting trail

Ohio State is again on the recruiting trail following the dead month of February. The Buckeyes have plenty of incoming visitors, including some of the best players in the country, who happen to also be considering Clemson as an option for their college careers. The Buckeyes and Tigers are certainly no strangers; they have played three times in bowl games since 2013. And they have been squaring off on the recruiting trail for a few years now.

But the 2021 recruiting cycle seems to be a huge battle between the two college football heavyweights. And the schools are vying for some of the same top talent from around the country. Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm has a great pulse for the Buckeyes recruiting efforts, and he has the story on the battles between the Buckeyes and the Tigers.

Part of it is here:

So, there’s reason to be on guard at Ohio State as it chases for upper-crust targets like TreVeyon Henderson, Troy Stellato, Emeka Egbuka, Tristan Leigh, Barrett Carter, Jordan Hancock, Jakailin Johnson, Tony Grimes and Derrick Davis.

Would any of those guys, individually, make or break the Ohio State class of 2021? Certainly not. But with 10 commitments already and the Buckeyes on their way to a potentially historic group, the last thing they want to do is surrender any more momentum to what Clemson has already done in the last few recruiting cycles. This group, if even five of them were to end up committing to Ohio State, could go a long way toward cementing the program’s place as the country’s best class when next February rolls around.

But that’s a long way down the road. What’s right in front of Ohio State is the need to survive the next few days without losing any of those players to the Tigers. Dabo Swinney hosted Stellato, Carter, Hancock and Johnson last weekend.

For the full story about how the Buckeyes are recruiting against Clemson, click here.

Tim May, Austin Ward break down Buckeyes spring practice

On the latest episode of The Tim May Podcast, Tim was joined by Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward to break down the latest Ohio State football news and notes, including Master Teague’s injury and what it means for the Buckeyes running game and offense moving forward. They also discussed the new contracts for Ohio State assistant coaches and what the new million-dollar deals mean for some of the coaches on Ryan Day’s staff.

Tim also presented a check to Ryan Day, which will benefit the Ryan and Christina Day Fund for children dealing with mental health issues.

Buckeyes name most improved players from winter workouts

Ohio State wrapped up winter workouts at the beginning of the month, and now, the Buckeyes are handing out some awards from that portion of the offseason.

The program announced the list of Most Improved Players by head strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti on Tuesday. There were plenty of worthy candidates, but eight players earned the recognition from Ohio State.

Quarterbacks J.P. Andrade and Jagger LaRoe, offensive lineman Ryan Jacoby, defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste, linebacker Cade Kacherski, wide receivers Kamryn Babb and Chris Booker and kicker Jack Deneher were all recognized by Marotti and the strength staff.

Ohio State didn’t waste much time after the end of last season. The Buckeyes were quickly back to work, and those eight Buckeyes earned some recognition for their work in the winter.

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