Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes working to land running back prospects

Spencer Holbrookover 1 year
Ryan Day 2 by Birm-Lettermen Row
Ryan Day and the Buckeyes are working to land an elite running back. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Donovan Edwards, Buckeyes complete ‘great’ visit

Ohio State’s need for a dominant, game-changing running back in the class of 2021 is going to be discussed until National Signing Day. So, as the Buckeyes hosted elite West Bloomfield (Mich.) 4-star tailback Donovan Edwards, there was plenty of intrigue. Edwards seemingly has narrowed his school list down to a few select programs, and the Buckeyes made the cut. Now, they’re hoping to eventually secure a pledge from one of the country’s top ball-carriers.

Birm has some details that came out of that visit between Ohio State and Donovan Edwards. Part of that is here:

The thing is, there’s almost no circumstance where a player of Edwards caliber has a “bad” time during a campus visit, so it’s unsurprising that one Ohio State source told Lettermen Row that the Friday visit “went great.” He’s been to Columbus for a half-dozen visits over the last few years, and the relationship between Edwards and the Ohio State staff remains his strongest anywhere, primarily with running backs coach Tony Alford. But Ryan Day’s involvement has only made things better between the two sides. It’s a comprehensive approach by the Buckeyes — one free of any pressure about committing — with one goal: make sure Edwards and his family have no doubt he will be developed on and off the field at Ohio State and that the risk of leaving his home-state school behind for its bitter rival is worth the reward.

The Buckeyes desperately need an elite running back in the 2021 class. They aren’t just recruiting Edwards. They’re also in a great position with North Carolina 4-star back Evan Pryor and others. As everything unfolds, Birm will have comprehensive coverage. For the latest Dotting The ‘Eyes, which has more details about Edwards, click here.

Ohio State hoops falls at Michigan State

Even as the Buckeyes hit the road riding a four-game win streak, No. 16 Michigan State is never easy to beat at home. The Buckeyes were unable to overcome the Spartans in an 80-69 defeat to close out the regular season.

The Buckeyes twice tied the game in the second half, but they were unable to take the lead at any point in the final 35 minutes Sunday afternoon. And while they were just trying to catch up and find a way to take the lead, the Spartans expanded it to put the game out of reach for the final minutes of the regular season.

Ohio State finishes the regular season 21-10 and 11-9 in the Big Ten, which is a good finish considering where the Buckeyes were in a little more than a month ago — 2-6 in conference play and 12-7 overall. Now the attention turns to the postseason, where the Buckeyes will have a chance to play their way to a Big Ten Tournament title and a decent seeding in the NCAA Tournament.

The Buckeyes are officially locked into the No. 7 seed of the Big Ten tournament and will face Purdue in the second round Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Lettermen Row broke down the Buckeyes loss to the Spartans with Three Points here.

Which Buckeyes impressed in first week of spring practice?

Ohio State is just beginning its prep for the upcoming football season. Now with a spring break to have some time off, the Buckeyes can evaluate their first three practices. It’s a good week to look at who has gotten bigger, faster and stronger.

The Buckeyes have plenty of talent across the board, but some players are showing that they have taken the next step toward being a star or contributor this season. That’s why Lettermen Row broke down five Buckeyes who have impressed through the first week of spring practice.

Check out the list from our very own Austin Ward right here.

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