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Buckeye Bits: Kaleb Wesson declares for the draft, Coach Mick’s big announcement, and more

All the latest Ohio State news from around the beat and beyond.

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After a month of March that lasted no less than six or seven years, we have successfully made it to April. What’s different about April you may ask? Well, nothing really. We’re still social distancing, sitting at home on our couches, eating too many snacks and promising that we’ll start our new home workout routine tomorrow. But hey, at least the weather is getting nicer!

While the sports world is at a stand still, there is one event this month that should be able to take place, albeit in a virtual setting: the NFL Draft. Ohio State will be well represented this year, and the draft will at least provide some type of sports entertainment to those craving literally anything athletics related on TV. Until then, we resume quarantine business as usual. Let’s take a look at some of the latest Buckeye news circulating on this fine Wednesday evening.

From around Land-Grant Holy Land...

Whether its attire, home decorations or tailgating supplies, these are Ohio State essentials.

In an effort to try and spread some positivity during these tough times, the Buckeyes staff and players took to social media to offer messages of encouragement and thankfulness to the hardworking first responders and medical personnel.

Ohio State’s 2021 class is just insane, and it’s really only up from here. We check in on some of the five-star recruits still on the radar and where they stand with the Buckeyes.

As previously mentioned, the NFL Draft is taking place later this month. Where are some of the Buckeyes’ draft hopefuls projected to land in some expert mock-ups?

From around the gridiron...

Streetsboro, Ohio native Mike Hall will spend his final season of high school football at IMG Academy, the defensive lineman announced on Twitter on Wednesday. Hall will join a trio of Ohio State targets in JC Latham, Tunmise Adeleye and Kamar Wilcoxson at the Florida prep school.

Many expected there to be at least a little drop-off in recruiting when Ryan Day first replaced a legendary coach in Urban Meyer. That has not happened in the slightest, as the Buckeyes’ headman is tackling the trail with ease and putting up big numbers to show for it.

  • The NCAA extended its pandemic-inspired dead period through May 31, restricting any in-person visits between college coaches and recruits for the foreseeable future.
  • There may be more of a quarterback controversy in Columbus than we thought...
  • Enjoy a quick highlight reel of some of Ohio State’s best linebackers through time, courtesy of position coach Al Washington:

From around the hardwood...

While this doesn’t fully close the door on the rising senior’s collegiate career, as new NCAA rules allow you to sign an agent and go through the NBA evaluation process but still return to school, Wesson will once again test the waters at the professional level. Chris Holtmann provided his own sentiment on the matter via the OSU hoops Twitter:

  • While his options remain open, based on how he and the team reacted to the news on social media, it would appear that Wesson will in fact make the move to the next level. The current date to pull out of the draft is June 15, though that is subject to change given the circumstances.

From everywhere else...

  • In an effort to prevent a scramble to prepare should they be forced to move in that direction later on, Ohio State has moved all of its summer term courses online.
  • Former Buckeye linebacker Chris Spielman is doing his part to try and help out those effected by COVID-19 by auctioning off some of his most prized memorabilia, including his 1984 Big Ten Championship ring.
  • Ryan Day and Mick Marotti played an April fools joke on Buckeye Nation, with the strength coach announcing his “next journey.”