Scarlet Sunrise: Thayer Munford listed as nation’s top returning tackle

Scarlet Sunrise: Thayer Munford listed as nation’s top returning tackle

Spencer Holbrook8 months
Thayer Munford 3 By Birm-Lettermen Row
Ohio State left tackle Thayer Munford is the top returning tackle in the country. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Thayer Munford listed as nation’s top returning tackle

Thayer Munford has been one of the most underrated Ohio State offensive linemen during his time as a starter.

He won’t be underrated next season. The left tackle who has played in 46 games during his four-year Ohio State career is the second-ranked offensive lineman returning next season and the top-ranked offensive tackle for college football next season, according to the folks at ProFootball Focus. The only returning offensive lineman ranked ahead of Munford is Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum.

Munford, who has started 34 games for the Buckeyes and appeared in three College Football Playoff games, is among the most experienced offensive linemen in America entering next season. With all that experience, Munford is the top-ranked tackle returning for next season in the country.

With another impressive season next year, he’ll likely come off the board early in the 2022 NFL draft.

Buckeyes linebacker commits remained locked in

Ohio State has plenty of uncertainty right now, as linebackers coach Al Washington has been linked to the vacant Tennessee defensive coordinator position. Washington hasn’t made a decision yet, but regardless of his choice for his coaching career, the three linebackers committed to the Buckeyes program are locked in and not going anywhere. They are all three leading the Ohio State class and still recruiting for the Buckeyes.

Lettermen Row’s Birm has more on the three-man linebacker class:

McCullough has shared a similar viewpoint, and Hicks — who has been dubbed Captain Buckeye — going anywhere else would be a major, major upset. The nucleus of the Buckeyes 2022 linebacker haul isn’t expected to change. What could be impacted by Washington if he were to leave is the rest of the class, because a new linebackers coach would be tasked with establishing a connection not only with the three verbals but also standouts like Jalon Walker, Shawn Murphy, Jihaad Campbell and Justin Medlock. Washington leaving for Tennessee could also really dampen the pursuit of a transfer option like Henry To’o To’o as well.

For the full breakdown, click here.

Doran Grant joins the Tim May Podcast

Ohio State is in a busy time of the offseason and gearing up for spring practice, and the Tim May Podcast is here with a special episode to break it all down with a huge guest.

Tim welcomes Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham on the show to talk about the Buckeyes recruiting efforts in 2021 and beyond, and how the 2021 class ranks among other Buckeyes classes. They also break down some of the newest members of the roster and who could contribute early.

Tim also welcomes on former Buckeyes defensive back Doran Grant on the show to talk about his pro football career, his time at Ohio State, his desire to join the coaching world in either the pro or college game and plenty more.

Don’t miss the latest edition.

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