“Multiple sources reached out soon after it published and disclosed the offseason plans of Haskins. Barring injury or a massive drop-off in play down the stretch, the plan is for Haskins to leave for the NFL draft after this season.”
If you blinked, you may have missed the news earlier this week that Dwayne Haskins was expected to return to Ohio State according to a school source and reported by Matt Miller. Just a few days later however, Miller has rebuked his original claim in a new draft notebook, saying that multiple sources now indicate that Haskins will leave Ohio State as previously expected.
Why Miller reported something that one school source told him is beyond me, especially seeing how something like that could seriously damage Dwayne’s NFL stock (if teams don’t think he’s declaring, why would they study his game), but this new report isn’t at all surprising. It’s been the general feeling around Ohio State that Haskins would be gone after this season, barring any kind of injury. He’s an NFL caliber quarterback, and in a weak quarterback class, there’s no real reason for him to not go get his money.
Miller has Haskins at 30th on his most recent big board. That would likely mean Haskins would get the chance to sit for a year or two behind an older elite quarterback, like Drew Brees or Tom Brady, which feels like the ideal situation for him.
“The Ohio State men’s basketball team’s game against Cleveland State in St. John Arena is sold out, the Ohio State ticket office announced Friday.”
Folks, Ohio State basketball is back, and let me tell you, it’s good as hell. The Buckeyes are 3-0 to start the season, and have arguably the best resume in the country right now, with two quality road wins over Cincinnati last week and their come-from-behind win last night over Creighton. Chris Holtmann has his young team operating at a high level.
You can tell that Columbus is more than ready for elite basketball to come back to Ohio State, because today, Ohio State announced that next Friday’s matchup with Cleveland State, being played in the legendary St. John Arena, is sold out.
Obviously, there’s a ton of excitement to see the Buckeyes play in what is objectively a better arena for basketball than The Schottenstein Center, but to see Columbus rallying around the team and getting out to support them is just so great. This is an extremely likable team to watch, and if you have the means, you should definitely try to catch a Buckeye game in person this year.
This sell out comes on the heels of a season where the Buckeyes saw just one sell out--against Iowa in February. While SJA holds about 5,000 fewer people than The Schott, I’d be willing to bet that if Ohio State added seats and did some renovation, they’d see quite a few more sellouts than they do in The Schott.
“The five-member class includes five-star recruits Kierstan Bell, Kaelynn Satterfield, Jacy Sheldon and Ricki Harris as well as Aixa Wone who is one of the top international recruits from Pamplona, Spain.”
In case the excitement around the men’s basketball team isn’t enough for you, Kevin McGuff is not-so-quietly building an elite women’s basketball program, as today he signed an excellent five-member recruiting class.
This class, ranked No. 3 in the country, contains an incredible four five-stars, and an excellent international forward in Aixa Wone. This class comes on the heels of a smaller 2018 class, but one that should still provide a lot of talent down the road as Janai Crooms and Aaliyah Patty continue to improve.
Ohio State may not be done in this class either, as they’re still recruiting five-star guard Aliyah Boston. The Buckeyes were included in her final four, along with UConn, Notre Dame and South Carolina, but she hasn’t declared a timetable for her announcement yet; she has until Nov. 21 to sign during the early signing period.
Buckeyes in the NFL
It was another somewhat quiet night for Buckeyes in the NFL last night, as only two former players got involved during the Seahawks 27-24 victory over the Packers. Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett had one catch for 17 yards, while Corey Linsley had a solid day at center for the Packers, as he usually does.
Former Buckeyes game of the week: Philadelphia at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX. New Oreleans is the official NFL team of Ohio State with a whopping six Buckeyes, and Philly’s two (Malcolm Jenkins and Cam Johnston) just makes this even more obviously the pick.