Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes make key plays in Senior Bowl win

Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes make key plays in Senior Bowl win

Spencer Holbrook9 months
Tuf Borland 2 By Birm-Lettermen Row
Tuf Borland was a starter in the Senior Bowl. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes make key plays in Senior Bowl win

Four former Ohio State stars competed at the Senior Bowl last week, and in the game at the end of the week, all four of them were impressive.

Linebackers Justin Hilliard and Tuf Borland and defensive end Jonathon Cooper all three started for the National Team in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. Linebacker Baron Browning came off the bench to make impressive plays, as well, as the National Team defeated the American Team 27-24.

Browning had two tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage. Hilliard had a tackle for loss. Borland had a tackle for loss and broke up a pass. Cooper was the second-highest rated defensive player in the game, according to ProFootball Focus. He had 1.5 sacks and numerous quarterback pressures.

All four former Ohio State standouts were good all week at the Senior Bowl practices. And that translated onto the field, where they seemed to dominate on defense for most of the afternoon.

Ohio State hoops caps off impressive January run with win

Chris Holtmann and the Ohio State basketball team seem to be rolling as they head into February. The Buckeyes have won six of their last seven games and finished January with a 6-2 record after beating Michigan State on Sunday afternoon.

No. 13 Ohio State led for the final 36 minutes and ended up blowing out its Big Ten rival Spartans 79-62 inside the Schottenstein Center. It’s the first Buckeyes win over the Spartans since 2018.

E.J. Liddell had 20 points and eight rebounds to carry the Buckeyes, while Justice Sueing had 17 points and seven rebounds. The Buckeyes are playing their best basketball at a great time, as they’ll play three games against top-10 opponents over the course of the next three weeks.

Ohio State will hope to continue playing well as it opens its February slate Thursday with a tough road trip at No. 7 Iowa . Find that game at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Buckeyes already beginning 2023 recruiting cycle

Ohio State is working hard to cap off its 2021 recruiting class in grand fashion and move onto signing another top class in 2022. But the Buckeyes are already looking toward the future, including reaching out to some of the best players in the class of 2023, rising juniors.

Coach Ryan Day and the Buckeyes have been in contact with one of the top running backs in that 2023 class already, and they’re getting a head-start on his recruitment. Lettermen Row recruiting ace Birm has more:

One player that Alford hasn’t talked with much is California star Raleek Brown, a 5-star prospect from Mater Dei (Santa Ana) High School ranked as the nation’s No. 3 tailback. While Alford hasn’t yet been involved with the 5-f00t-8, 185-pound Brown, someone else with the Buckeyes has been.

“[Ryan] Day texts me all the time,” Brown told Lettermen Row. “I like him and the staff there. It’s a great program with a lot of history and a lot of great players out of there.”

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