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Ohio State makes the cut for pair of 2021 running backs

Buckeyes still in the mix for two soon-to-be senior standouts

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Did you miss out on your Ohio State football recruiting fix while spending time with family and friends over the weekend? Don’t fret, Land-Grant Holy Land is here to get you caught back up to speed with some of the latest news surrounding the Buckeyes.

2021 play-makers announce leaders

With Ryan Day and staff cancelling 2020 running back Jahmyr Gibbs’ official visit this past weekend, the Buckeye bosses have shifted their attention fully to the class of 2021. Day and crew aren’t the only ones with their eyes set on a specific goal, as many recruits are starting to focus on certain schools as well

Over the weekend a pair of the top running backs the soon-to-be senior class has to offer took to their Twitter pages to share with the world their college leader lists.

Cutting things from over 20 scholarship opportunities down to five, four-star IMG Academy (FL) standout Lovasea Carroll is still considering taking his talents to either Ohio State, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, or the University of South Carolina — where he was once verbally committed to attend. The Buckeyes are the only non-SEC school to make the cut for the No. 7 RB in the class.

Battling a shoulder injury most of his junior campaign, the 6-foot, 189-pound Georgia native averaged 10 yards per carry, ending his season with nearly 600 total rushing yards and eight touchdowns to help pace IMG Academy to a final record of 9-1 in 2019.

While Carroll might be down to five programs, fellow 2021 four-star running back/athlete TreVeyon Henderson is still doing his homework on which of his leaders fits exactly what he’s looking for on and off the football field.

Taking a closer look at 15 of the top college football programs in the country, Henderson, the No. 9 athlete and No. 102 overall prospect in the 2021 class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, has a long leader list that consists of OSU, Virginia, Michigan, Florida, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina, Penn State, Clemson, LSU, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, and Texas A&M.

A leader for Hopewell High (VA), Henderson rarely leaves the field for the Virginia powerhouse. Putting up big numbers on both sides of the ball, he racked up almost 3,200 all-purpose yards and 53 touchdowns, while also compiling 48 total tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back for the state champion Blue Devils.

Henderson is a big time talent, but dont just take my word for it. Here’s what Brian Dohn, a national recruiting analyst at 247Sports, had to say about TreVeyon Henderson and what he’ll potentially add to a college roster:

“Frame to play cornerback or running back but must add size. Elite athleticism. Quick feet, loose hips allow for impressive change of direction. Offers position versatility. Accelerates well and has top end speed. As running back, combines vision and patience. Gets through hole quickly. Elusive in space. Effective pass catcher. As cornerback, comfortable and low in backpedal. Tight on receiver’s hip out of breaks. Drives on balls thrown in front. Tracks passes well. Physical hard hitter playing downhill. Sheds blocks and makes tackles in run game. Effective in press and off coverage. Must add strength, particularly in upper body. Adding mass to frame is important. Multi-year starter at Top 10 program.”

Will Carroll or Henderson end up calling Columbus their college home? The coming months will play a major role in what’s to come. Stick with the Land-Grant Holy Land recruiting team for the latest.

Quick Hits

  • Ryan Day and his assistants took advantage of this weekend to hit the road on the recruiting trail, making especially certain to check in on some guys from that rival state up North. This included Cameron Martinez, the only remaining unsigned member of the Buckeyes’ 2020 class. With the Tennessee Titans out of the playoffs, Ohio State is free to make official the hiring of Kerry Coombs — which appears to be all but a done deal at this point — which should clear up any uncertainty about the intentions of the No. 14 athlete in the class.