Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes have top-rated tackle tandem in country

Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes have top-rated tackle tandem in country

Nicholas Petit-Frere by Birm -- Lettermen Row
Nicholas Petit-Frere is one of the top tackles in the country. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes have top-rated tackle tandem in country

Ohio State faced questions when it decided to move Thayer Munford to guard despite him being one of the best tackles in the country last season.

The rise of Dawand Jones pushed Munford in to play guard. Nicholas Petit-Frere became the left tackle, and Jones was given the nod at right tackle. That preseason move has paid off through four games.

Petit-Frere and Jones now make up the top-rated tackle duo in the country, according to the folks at ProFootball Focus. Petit-Frere hasn’t given up a sack dating back to 2019 and Jones has been a mauler up front who is exceptional in run-blocking and pass-protection.

Both tackles — and Munford — have proven they are elite on the edge of the Ohio State offensive line. And the numbers back it up.

Five-star in-state safety lists Buckeyes in top five

Sonny Styles has been the top target on the recruiting list for Ohio State for more than a year.

The Buckeyes are still on the list for Styles, too.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound athlete from Pickerington (Ohio) Central, narrowed his recruiting focus on Thursday to five schools. It’s a big step forward in one of the most impactful recruitments in the Class of 2023.

“I think I’m getting close to a decision,” Styles told Lettermen Row‘s Jeremy Birmingham. “And those are the schools I best see myself at right now. That could change as other schools may join my recruitment.”

The country’s No. 3-ranked athlete talked to Lettermen Row about those schools and why they’re still on his mind as he moves toward a college choice.

Styles listed Ohio State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Florida in his top five, and he’s getting close to making a college decision soon.

READ: Sonny Styles narrowing focus to five schools

ICYMI: Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

Ohio State finally seemed to get its confidence back in a 59-7 beatdown of Akron on Saturday.

The all-star Lettermen Row crew is back at Roosters to break it all down on the latest episode of Lettermen Live.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward quarterbacks a team of former Buckeyes linebacker Bobby Carpenter, Nicole Cox of Roosters and Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham to analyze the Buckeyes performance and where they can go from here.

Day’s offense exploded for more than 600 yards of offense behind quarterback Kyle McCord and an efficient rushing attack. Did McCord prove that he can challenge C.J. Stroud as the Buckeyes starter even if Stroud is healthy?

Of course, the crew had to hit on the K’Vaughan Pope news as well.

You won’t want to miss all that and more Buckeyes news that is featured in the latest episode of Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters.

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