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4-star running back makes visit to Ohio State

DeaMonte Trayanum was on campus for Ohio State Tuesday. Could he be the next commit for Ryan Day?

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Ohio State 2020 recruit DeaMonte Trayanum was on campus for the Buckeyes on Tuesday. According to Trayanum and his twitter updates, the visit seemed to go very well,. The four-star running back from Akron has been a focus for Ryan Day and Tony Alford for a while now and he might be close to signing. According to 247 sports, 88 percent of their crystal ball predictions have him signing with the Buckeyes.

According to Letterman Row, he will visit Notre Dame on March 30, and will likely commit sometime next month. He is keeping his options open and has not made a decision yet.

The 6-foot, 215-pound running back was originally being recruited as a running back and a linebacker as he plays both for Archbishop Hoban, but he has made it clear that he is strictly a running back and should be recruited as such.

Trayanum holds offers from schools such as Wisconsin, Boston College, Michigan and Notre Dame. He is currently ranked as the 23rd best running back in the country and the sixth best player in the state of Ohio. His recruitment will be interesting to monitor in the coming weeks as his decision becomes more clear. If he does commit to the Buckeyes, it’s another huge win for Ryan Day and his approach to in-state recruiting. Already in the 2020 class there’s two Ohio prospects in offensive linemen Trey Leroux and Jakob James that verbally committed since Day took over the program.

Diallo commit watch?

Ohio State basketball has one scholarship left on their 2019-20 roster and they have their sights set on Ibrahima Diallo. Diallo is a 2019 center prospect from Prolific Prep in California and has recently narrowed his college list to just two teams: Ohio State and Pittsburgh.

Ohio State already has the best recruiting class in the Big Ten next season and the 12th best in the country. Four-star recruits DJ Carton, E.J. Liddell and Alonzo Gaffney make up the class and will all provide valuable minutes to the program as freshman. Diallo would be a great addition to this class and would make Ohio State a true contender in the Big Ten next season.

Ohio State had a scholarship open up after the transfer of center Micah Potter to Wisconsin— and that left them narrow on the depth chart with big men. Kaleb Wesson is their starting center and best player, but he has a tendency to get into early foul trouble that keeps him off the court for extended periods. Outside of Wesson, they only have freshman Jaedon LeDee, who has shown flashes of potential but for the most part has struggled this season in limited minutes.

The Panthers are not deep in the center column either. Their leading rebounder at 5.6 per game was a Au’Diese Toney from the guard position and their second leading rebounder at 5 per game was Jared Wilson-Frame, who is a senior and is not returning to the team. They do not have much depth at the forward/center position in general and are losing some to graduation so landing Diallo would be huge for the Panthers in the gauntlet that is the ACC.

All eyes on the Buckeyes

Ohio State’s pro day was today and according to Colin Hass-Hill of Eleven Warriors, over 100 representatives from NFL teams were in attendance.

Looking at this from a recruiting perspective, this is an incredible opportunity for the Buckeyes to use to their advantage. One of the primary objectives that coaches try to sell high school recruits on is the opportunity to get noticed by NFL teams and to get their name recognized.

When all of the NFL teams in the league and over 100 representatives are in attendance for a pro day, it is a recruiting tool that Ryan Day and his staff can use to entice recruits. There is no bigger audience to show off your skills and talent in the country then this type of pro day.

You can bet the next time an Ohio State coach talks to a recruit about what Ohio State Football can do for them, this will be a topic in the discussion.