Scarlet Sunrise: Canceled spring game means missed chances for Buckeyes

Spencer Holbrookover 1 year
Ohio State spring game entrance by Joseph Maiorana
Ohio State canceled its spring game. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Canceled spring game means missed chances for Buckeyes

While the country still battles the ongoing pandemic, college football has been put on hold, including the Buckeyes annual spring scrimmage inside Ohio Stadium. Originally scheduled for Saturday, the scrimmage was canceled, meaning the Buckeyes — and fans — are missing out.

Ohio State doesn’t get to throw into its young secondary and see how the corners and safeties are in live action. The fans don’t get a glimpse of those future stars. The early-enrollees will have to wait until at least the fall to get their first taste of suiting up and playing in the Horseshoe.

And, of course, thousands of fans who can’t afford to attend regular season games but can come out for the spring game are missing the chance to see their favorite Ohio State players in action, even if that means only for a few plays before the backups play a majority of the game.

The spring scrimmage is a great tradition that attracts fans to watch their Buckeyes for the first time in the new year. And since it simply can’t happen this year, everyone — players, coaches and fans — is missing out.

Bold Predictions if Buckeyes would’ve played spring game

Ohio State doesn’t get the chance to suit up and play in front of thousands to close out the spring this year. The spring game was scheduled for Saturday, but like nearly all public events, it was canceled by the spread of the coronavirus across the country. The spring game is a great chance for younger Buckeyes to play in the Horseshoe and splash onto the scene before summer.

There’s plenty of fun that’s being missed due to the cancelation of the spring game, too. But for now, Lettermen Row is going to just pretend like everything is normal and that the spring game was going on as scheduled on Saturday. So, our staff still took this as a chance to lay out five Bold Predictions for what would have happened in the scrimmage.

To find those, click here.

Ohio State using video evaluation in recruiting

Ohio State, along with every school in the country, is missing out on a huge time in recruiting due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As the Buckeyes round out their 2021 class and turn their attention to 2022, they must evaluate film more than in-person recruiting camps, which simply can’t happen right now.

Summer camps are already being canceled, meaning tapes from last football season are all the Buckeyes have to go off of. Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm has more on how difficult it can be to only evaluate tape:

Some of that time being spent watching film is focused on the Class of 2021. Ohio State has the country’s No. 1-ranked class and have been able to work ahead on that group to this point, but the final pieces need a closer look. The loss of the April evaluation period and the potential loss of camp season puts a serious damper on the Buckeyes opportunities to put final checks in proverbial boxes on top remaining targets.

For the full story, click here.

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