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Ohio State reaches out to five-star RB in transfer portal, per report

The Buckeyes may be on the hunt for J.K. Dobbins’ replacement

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Ohio State’s offense should be in pretty good shape in the coming years, and the main focus in recruiting has appeared to be on the defensive side lately. It makes sense given all the departures the Silver Bullets will have from this season’s starting defense, but J.K. Dobbins’ announcement that he will be declaring for the NFL Draft has certainly opened up a bit of a hole at running back.

While Master Teague appears to be the next man up at the RB spot, Ryan Day and the coaching staff is at least doing its due diligence to potentially add a big name to the roster.

According to Chris Boyle of the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Ohio State is one of five schools to reach out to Lorenzo Lingard — a former five-star recruit at Miami that has since entered the transfer portal. Lingard was the No. 2 RB in the 2018 class, and the No. 25 recruit overall. Originally one of the Buckeyes’ top targets at the time of his recruitment, Lingard had made two unofficial visits to Columbus as there was clearly mutual interest on both sides before he ultimately chose the Hurricanes.

Boyle also tweeted that the main reason for Lingard’s decision to transfer was to be closer to home due to his father’s health concerns, so it may be a bit of a reach to haul in the Orange County, Florida native. However, the RB did add that his recruitment is still “wide open” as of right now. Regardless of his final destination, Lingard plans on pursuing a hardship waiver to gain immediate eligibility.

Four-star offensive lineman puts OSU in top seven

The No. 5 offensive guard in the country, Jager Burton, has cut his decision down to just seven teams, and Ohio State has made the list. The four-star prospect is the No. 1 player out of his home state of Kentucky, and at 6-foot-4, 271 pounds would be a big get for Ryan Day in the team’s already top-ranked 2021 recruiting class.

Burton has not yet made an official visit to any school, but did make an unofficial visit to Ohio State for the Penn State game on Nov. 23, and attended a Buckeye camp back in June. The talented o-lineman does not yet have any crystal ball predictions for his eventual landing spot, but it will likely take some work to pry him away from the in-state Wildcats who also made his top seven.

Quick Hits

  • Georgia Tech commit Jahmyr Gibbs has set an official visit date with Ohio State for Jan. 17, according to Bill Kurelic of 247sports. The four-star recruit, and the No. 16 RB in the nation, made an unofficial visit to Columbus in November for the Maryland game and enjoyed the trip. Gibbs has been committed to the Yellow Jackets since May 25, but says he has been in contact with Ryan Day and Tony Alford almost every day, and will make his final decision on National Signing Day in February.
  • Ohio State has more than a few participants in the All-American Bowl, and a bunch of future Buckeyes have been putting on a show in practice leading up to the game. A few guys really showing out in San Antonio include Julian Fleming, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and CJ Stroud, among others.