In today’s Buckeye Bits, we have a lot of breaking news/updates to unpack, from Ohio State wide receiver Jaelen Gill entering the portal, to everything Ohio State’s assistant coaches has to say about the team during a teleconference Wednesday morning.
Before we begin, I’ll leave you with this quote from Ohio State wide receiver coach Brian Hartline when asked about his message to the team during this wonky time.
“Be where your feet are. Be in the present...You have to find the silver lining of the current situation” and “control the now.”
I feel a little more motivated already. So, let’s dive in to all the happenings from around the Ohio State beat and beyond.
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Gene Ross, LGHL
Matt Tamanini, LGHL
Gene Ross, LGHL
Who’s shocked? Can’t say that I am. While Ohio State’s 2021 class has been the star of the show lately, the 2022 class deserves some recognition too. In the last few weeks, Ohio State has extended several scholarship offers to some of the top players in the 2022 cycle, including two more on Tuesday. The program now has 41 offers out already.
From around the gridiron...
Austin Ward, Lettermen Row
Ohio State redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jaelen Gill has notified the Ohio State coaching staff that he plans to enter his name into the transfer portal and is not expected to return to the program.
Gill was a top-50 prospect in the 2018 recruiting class, yet didn’t get much playing time throughout his two years with the Buckeyes, catching only one pass for 11 yards as a true freshman, and totaling six catches for 51 yards during his redshirt freshman season in 2019.
Considering Ohio State moved sophomore wide receiver Garrett Wilson to the H spot (where Gill was initially lined up behind K.J. Hill), and true freshmen standouts Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Mookie Cooper in the mix, it wasn’t really a matter of if, but a matter of when Gill would take his talents elsewhere. Whichever team scoops him up is a lucky one.
Dan Hope and Colin Hass-Hill, Eleven Warriors
Seven Ohio State assistant coaches held a teleconference on Wednesday morning: defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs, defensive line coach Larry Johnson, running backs coach Tony Alford, wide receivers coach Brian Hartline, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, linebackers coach Al Washington and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.
Eleven Warriors broke down each coach’s interview into bullet points. Here are some of the most interesting takeaways (in my opinion):
- Coombs said Sevyn Banks, Tyreke Johnson and Marcus Hooker are among the defensive backs who he expects to play bigger roles this season.
- On what Ohio State missed out on by not having spring camp, Hartline said: “It’s more the ability to take meetings to the field. The mental aspect of the game. The ability to make mistakes and correct them.” He said he believes the biggest loss of not having spring camp was within the wide receivers room.
- Wilson said Ryan Day will trust Justin Fields more, and thus the playbook might open up a bit more. He said Fields is just about the most talented quarterback he’s ever seen catching snaps.
- On whether he has a linebacker depth chart, Washington said: “To be honest, it’s hard to make that statement because you got three practices, and it’s hard to change what was with three practices.” And that the “less experienced players will be “critical to our success.”
Matt McCoy’s Sports Blog
Urban Meyer is not only responsible for recruiting the Buckeyes in this 2020 draft class, but he also recruited the projected No. 1 pick and Heisman Trophy winner, Joe Burrow to Ohio State. If Burrow does go No. 1 overall, followed by Chase Young at No. 2, and Jeff Okudah at No. 3, Meyer will be the first coach to have successfully recruited the top three players in a single draft.
On Wednesday, Meyer joined WTVN morning hosts Joel Riley and Matt McCoy to discuss those top players, other Buckeyes who will be selected and more.
Charles McDonald, New York Daily News
If you’re wondering what its like being a virtual draft prospect, what Jeff Okudah has been up to, his thoughts on various teams and all the rumors and projections of where he’ll go, and other Ohio State players he’s been leaning on for advice and camaraderie, then you must check out this interview with the former Buckeye.
Dave Biddle, Bucknuts
The Buckeyes are in position to overtake USC for the most first-round draft picks of all time, both teams are currently tied at 81. Ohio State will see at least two players (Young and Okudah) go in the first round (hell, the first three overall) with the possibility of Dobbins going late in the first as well. Zero players from USC are projected to go in the first.
Wait, are there people out there who update their phone wallpaper in accordance with what’s happening in their lives?
From around the hardwood...
Yeah three straight NCAA bids, a second and fifth in competitive Big Ten has not been good (LOL) ... they have a team that if healthy could contend for big things in 2020-21 https://t.co/NsllvIok6p— Steve Helwagen (@SteveHelwagen) April 22, 2020
Just your friendly reminder that the “Chris Holtmann needs to go” takes....ain’t it.
BUCKEYE NATION— The NutHouse (@BuckeyeNutHouse) April 21, 2020
This Thursday our director will be doing an IG Live chat with Coach Holtmann about his coaching career and all things Ohio State basketball. We wanted to give you all something to look forward too with out anything going on! Come hang aht⬇️⬇️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/WTW8hhoeID
Speaking of Holtmann, the director of the Buckeye Nut House will be doing an Instagram Live with the head coach this Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Now’s your chance to submit any questions you might have for Holtmann, and listen to his answers while waiting for round one of the NFL Draft to begin. Yay for live sports stuff!
From everywhere else...
Jim Jones (Ath. Dir. 1987-94) Passes Away— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) April 22, 2020
Member of Ohio State athletics for 27 years, 2013 NACDA Corbett Award winnerhttps://t.co/UQkAVOZytP
Jones was the sixth director of athletics in Ohio State history and a member of the school’s athletics administration for 27 years. He worked in academic advising and with Woody Haye’s football team before he became director. He passed away from natural causes on Wednesday morning in Bonita Springs, Florida, where he and his wife, Linda, live during the winter. He was 83-years-old.
It’s Earth Day! And quite frankly, this is probably the nicest we’ve ever been to the earth.
If you ever need a silver lining to think about during this tough time, just google the parts of the earth that are absolutely thriving from us not being outside. (I’m a major earth/recycling/green-junkie so let me stay on this soap-box for a minute.) All I ask is that you might consider, when we can finally frolic in the streets again, being a little kinder to our planet. Don’t spit out your gum on the sidewalk. Wait until you come across a recycling bin to toss your water bottle. Better yet? Stop buying water bottles! It really says something about our habits when the air is significantly cleaner, the water is clearer, animals are mating more frequently, etc., after just a couple weeks (even one week, in some places) of humans not leaving their homes. We have to be better, and it’s as easy as switching to a reusable water bottle.
Detroit #Lions GM Bob Quinn told Adam Schefter that the team's Director of IT, Steve Lancaster, will be stationed in a Winnebago in his driveway for all hours of the three-day #NFLDraft. Just in case there are any technical issues pic.twitter.com/EbaUNxw6bs— Gabriel Schray (@schrayguy) April 21, 2020
Okay this is hilarious.
And this is brilliant.