Hello everyone, and welcome to a new year! 2017 ended with the Ohio State Buckeyes taking home the Cotton Bowl Classic—and flattening the USC Trojans, a team that has beaten the Buckeyes 7 straight times prior to Friday night.
The win got the attention of social media, as some future Buckeyes made their remarks about the game.
️— Dallas Gant (@dallas_gant) December 30, 2017
Dallas Gant appeared to make his tweet sometime in the second quarter. There was quite a bit of action in the first half, most notably Damon Webb’s pick-6 of USC quarterback Sam Darnold.
After the game, the feedback began to pour in.
USC just simply aint have enough ♂️— tyreke johnson (@Im_showtime_) December 30, 2017
USC may have outgained Ohio State in yardage, but their four turnovers proved to be costly. Tyreke Johnson chimed in by saying the Trojans didn’t “have enough” to beat the Buckeyes. (He wasn’t wrong.)
This my last time watching tOSU on TV for a while , next time I’ll be suited up out there with em .. crazy— 7ERADJA (@WhosThatNumber7) December 30, 2017
Reflecting while also looking forward, Teradja Mitchell witnessed his last game before he gets the opportunity to put on the Scarlet and Gray.
Our D Line is something different..— Ruck (@Jeremy_Ruckert1) December 30, 2017
Jeremy Ruckert may be one of the best tight ends in the country, but he also recognizes the best, too. His tweet about the defensive line was on point, as Darnold spent a fair bit of time pulling himself off the turf. Ohio State recorded eight sacks in the Cotton Bowl. Buckeye defensive lineman Sam Hubbard tied his single-game high of 2.5 sacks in Friday’s bowl game.
Ohio State’s D Line and O Line completely dominated them Jesus— T H E J I A N T (@Jackthejiant) December 30, 2017
Even though he flipped away from Ohio State and USC, Jackson Carman, who signed his letter of intent with the Clemson Tigers, even admitted that the Bucks dominated the Pac-12 champions.
Can the 6th get here?
With the 2017 season now in the rearview mirror, it’s time to shift the focus to 2018. And already on the first day, we’ll get a glimpse of what some of the new members of the Scarlet and Gray will bring to the table. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl takes place on Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.
Ohio State’s graphic design team pulled off another stunner with this nifty breakdown of where the nine selectees of the bowl come from.
Good luck to these Buckeyes in San Antonio at the @ArmyAllAmerican game! ⭕️ @kamm_o@dallas_gant@jaelengill21@Im_showtime_@Jproctor_2018@Jeremy_Ruckert1@Big_Tom71@t_lova23@maxwray10#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/FyXw2OrIav— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) December 31, 2017
As you can tell: they are from all over the country.
Wide receiver Kamryn Babb, linebacker Dallas Gant, running back Jaelen Gill, safety Tyreke Johnson, safety Josh Proctor, tight end Jeremy Ruckert, defensive tackle Tommy Togiai, offensive tackle Max Wray, and defensive tackle Taron Vincent make up the field of future Buckeyes.
According to a tweet by Ruckert, it appears that he’s already in the Lone Star State in preparation for the game.
Little delay during the layover but finally just landed in San Antonio!! Can’t wait to see what this bowl is all about!! #ArmyBowl— Ruck (@Jeremy_Ruckert1) December 31, 2017
Another marquee event that showcases talent is the Under Armour All-American Game. (And again, the creative minds at Ohio State put together a graphic for this game.) So far, four members of the Buckeyes’ future will be in the game. Cornerback Sevyn Banks, offensive lineman Matthew Jones, linebacker Teradja Mitchell, and running back Brian Snead make up OSU’s representation down in Orlando.
If you want to catch the Under Armour All-American Game, you can tune into ESPN2 on Jan. 4. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. ET.