Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes unveil numbers for freshmen, summer arrivals

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Ohio State revealed jersey numbers for its summer enrollees. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes unveil numbers for freshmen, summer arrivals

The Ohio State roster is officially updated and set for training camp. Summer enrollees are on campus and ready to get started.

The roster was updated to include new freshmen enrollees Monday, including J.T. Tuimoloau, the five-star defensive end, and five-star offensive guard Donovan Jackson. It also includes six other scholarship players who were added in the class or 2021 or through the transfer portal.

All eight scholarship players added to the roster will have a chance to play early for Ohio State, especially Tuimoloau, Jackson and the quartet of defensive backs who enrolled last month.

The summer enrollees jersey numbers:

  • No. 13 — CB Jordan Hancock
  • No. 25 — S Jaylen Johnson
  • No. 32 — CB Jakailin Johnson
  • No. 34 — DB Andre Turrentine
  • No. 44 — DE J.T. Tuimoloau
  • No. 51 — DT Mike Hall
  • No. 72 — OL Donovan Jackson
  • No. 95 — K Noah Ruggles

Other walk-on players and new enrollees also received their jersey numbers. The Ohio State roster is officially set with newcomers, including two five-star linemen.

New Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

When Ohio State was at Big Ten Media Days last week in Indianapolis, the rest of the college football world had its attention on the next round of conference realignment. Oklahoma and Texas have made their intentions known that they plan to leave the Big 12 Conference for the SEC.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward is joined by Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham, former Ohio State quarterback Justin Zwick and former Ohio State quarterback Gunnar Hoak to talk about what moves the Big Ten could make as the college football landscape shifts and more from the world of Buckeyes athletics, especially conference realignment.

That’s not all the crew talked about, though. Justin and Gunnar broke down upcoming starting quarterback job. C.J. Stroud, Kyle McCord and Jack Miller are each still contending spot and the quarterback position will be under the spotlight when Ohio State begins training camp on Aug 3. Stroud showed in the spring game that he has the arm strength and skills to lead the Buckeyes when they open the season on Sept. 2 at Minnesota.

What is an August quarterback competition like? How long will Ryan Day hold off on announcing his starting quarterback?

All that and more on this loaded episode hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

Ohio State lands elite hoops commit

Ohio State has added depth to the future of its frontcourt.

Four-star center Felix Okpara committed to the Buckeyes on Monday on Instagram. With a 6-foot-11, 210-pound frame, Okpara took an official visit to Columbus on June 15 and has now committed to Ohio State just over a month later. The Buckeyes edged out Ole Miss, Florida and Tennessee among others. A top-50 player in the class of 2022, he is ranked as the nation’s ninth-ranked center.

Out of Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee, his addition will help the Buckeyes frontcourt in the near future. E.J. Liddell chose to return for another season, opting out of the NBA Draft. But the All-Big Ten first-team selection last season probably won’t be around after this season.

The addition of Okpara also makes Ohio State the No. 1 class in the nation. The Buckeyes now have four commitments with Okpara, four-star point guard Bruce Thornton, four-star shooting guard Roddy Gayle Jr. and three-star shooting guard Bowen Hardman. The No. 1 ranking is evidence of the rise since Chris Holtmann took over in Columbus in 2017.

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