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Buckeyes dish out offer to transfer portal defensive line target

Ohio State is set to host Marley Cook in the coming weeks after offering on Thursday.

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Tonight starts championship weekend, and Ohio State needs multiple things to go in their favor to even have a shot at the College Football Playoff. Of course you’d want the Buckeyes to take care of business on their own, but this team has a small chance of getting in, and they’d take what they can get.

This weekend will basically seal Ohio State’s bowl game fate, and if that’s on the back burner in your mind, there’s at least some recruiting to pass the time.

Ohio State offers transfer portal defensive target

Some of the attrition the Ohio State roster will have in the offseason is already being seen thanks to multiple players announcing they intend to enter the transfer portal this coming Monday when it officially opens. Though there will be some players leaving, there will also certainly be some additions as the staff will pay close attention to who decides to enter from other programs. Maybe not as reliant on the portal as you’d like them to be, the Buckeyes have a plan and will surely go after the guys in positions that have clear holes.

Of those positions, defensive line will be near the top, and on Thursday Ohio State wasted no time getting in the mix as they dished out an offer to Middle Tennessee State defensive tackle prospect, Marley Cook.

A 6-foot-2, 300 pound tackle, Cook is currently ranked as the No. 20 player in the transfer portal and the fifth best defensive lineman up for grabs per 247Sports. A Mississippi native, Cook entered the portal on the same day where his MTSU head coach was fired and immediately started to draw some interest from other suitors. Though Ohio State was one of the bigger programs to offer, they certainly aren’t alone, as Miami, Tennessee, Missouri, Baylor, Oregon State, Pitt, and others have also offered the tackle target. With this trend, more on the way wouldn’t be a surprise.

For the Buckeyes, this new relationship with Cook is off to a solid start, as visit plans were scheduled almost as quick as he was offered. Learning that he will visit Ohio State on the weekend of Dec. 15, the coaching staff will have their chance to show why he’d be a great fit in Columbus. Still, plans to see Miami and Tennessee are also in the works, so this won’t be an automatic addition by any means.

The Buckeyes are going to be active in this portal window, and while Cook is one of the real first names to surface, there’s sure to be others in the near future.

Quick Hits

  • The latest addition to Ohio State’s 2024 class is of course Michigan native, Gabe VanSickle. The one-time Northwestern commit made the flip to the Buckeyes just a week ago, and on Thursday released his updated senior football season film.

A taste to what he’s bring to Ohio State, VanSickle is a mauler that will fit in very well at the next level at guard. A player that will need some time to develop, Gabe’s physicality can be seen in his latest tape, and of the many positive attributes to his game that he shows, his footwork may stand out the most.

Not enrolling early, VanSickle also plays on his school’s varsity basketball team and has no trouble getting up and down the floor. At 6-foot-5 and right now at 300 pounds, Gabe’s athleticism for his size is impressive to say the least and this should prove it. At any rate, it’s easy to see what Ohio State’s staff liked about his game.