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Zach Harrison is the latest early enrollee to lose his black stripe

The 5-star freshman is off to a hot start in Columbus.

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If you were to guess which of Ohio State’s early enrollees from the highly touted 2019 class would be the first to officially join the team and lose their black stripes upon arriving on campus, the easy choice would’ve been the five stars. Ohio State’s five star duo of Zach Harrison and Garrett Wilson have been drumming up headlines and intrigue for years, and seemed like the most obvious guess to lose their black stripes fastest.

A few days ago, Garrett Wilson was player No. 1 from the 2019 class to reach the threshold needed to truly join the Buckeyes. Today, Zach Harrison made it two, much to the delight of his teammates.

It’s no surprise to see Harrison lighting it up early. He’s one of the most impressive athletes in all of college football, and working under Larry Johnson, the sky’s the limit for the Columbus native. It looks like he’s already well on his way.

Spring game teams announced

In case you didn’t hear, Ohio State’s spring game will be a bit different this year. The Buckeyes will be playing four ten-minute quarters, with a running clock in the second half. They’re playing “thud” rather than tackle, to prevent injury. Most importantly, the player draft is no longer, replaced by what Ryan Day called “best on best.”

Today, we got to see exactly what that will look like.

For those of you that don’t want to scour through all that, the Scarlet group is the top defensive players, and Gray is the top offensive players. If you were hoping for some clarity at some of the key position battles, you probably won’t find it here, because both Matthew Baldwin and Justin Fields are part of the Gray team, and quite a few of the top linebackers find themselves on Scarlet. It is interesting that Teradja Mitchell and Josh Proctor find themselves on the Gray team rather than Scarlet, but I wouldn’t read too much into it. Same with Garrett Wilson and Jaylen Harris on Scarlet.

Eddie back!

One of the best players in school history will be serving as an honorary captain for the Spring Game, per Ohio State Buckeyes dot com:

Eddie George, one of the all-time great players in Ohio State football history, will be on the sidelines this weekend as the honorary captain for the 2019 LifeSports Spring Game, presented by Nationwide.

I always love moves like this. Ohio State has a rich history, and there’s no real reason not to embrace it, especially on a weekend like this one. Give the fans a reason to cheer for one of the Buckeye greats, show off the lifetime connection former players have with the school to recruits, and let your players mingle with someone who’s been in their shoes.

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