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High school ball season might be wrapping up, but for Ohio State's future, it's just getting started. They landed a commitment from Marcus Johnson, a baller who's been turning heads everywhere. This Cleveland kid isn't just another high school hotshot – he's a huge win for the Buckeyes, who are itching to get back to their championship ways.

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From Garfield Heights to Buckeye Nation

Marcus staying in-state to play college ball is a big deal. This 6-foot-1 point guard with a deadly shot and slick run shined all over Ohio. Ranked as one of the top 25 players in the nation, his decision to join the Buckeyes shows how much the program has evolved for him and is also a huge win for Coach Diebler

A Family Affair

Basketball is a family thing for the Johnsons, and Marcus's choice to be a Buckeye goes beyond just the program's reputation. His cousin Meechie already blazed that trail, making Marcus's commitment even more special. It's a story about family just as much as it is about hoops.

The Diebler Effect

Coach Diebler has totally changed the game for the Buckeyes. From how he recruits to his plans for the team, everything he does feels fresh. Plus, he connects with players like Johnson on a whole other level. It's obvious Diebler isn't just building a team, he's building a whole family, and Marcus is pumped to be part of it.

Looking Ahead

With Johnson's commitment, the future looks bright for Ohio State. The young guard's talent and potential are a perfect fit for Diebler's system, promising exciting times ahead for Buckeye fans. As Johnson prepares to take his game to the collegiate level, Ohio State waits with bated breath, ready to cheer on their new star.

In the end, Marcus Johnson's story is more than just about basketball. It's about home, family, and the promise of what's to come. And for Ohio State, that promise has never looked brighter.

4/11/2024 8:40:36 PM
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Columbus, OH — The Buckeye Nation is excited as Carlos Locklyn steps into the running's back coach position at Ohio Stadium. The seasoned coach is set to make waves with the Buckeye football team armed with a wealth of experience and a passion for player development.

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From Hilltoppers to Buckeyes

Locklyn's journey to the Buckeyes began at Western Kentucky, where he orchestrated an offensive plan that left opponents trying to figure out how the stop their run game. As the Hilltoppers' running backs coach, he played a pivotal role in their historic run to the Conference USA Championship Game. The offense their averaged 44.2 points per game, leaving defensive coordinators guessing.

But Locklyn isn't just about Xs and Os. He's a maestro in the art of recruiting. His stint at Florida State as the director of high school relations showcased his prowess in building bridges with young talent. The Seminoles' 2020 recruiting class? A solid No. 20 nationally, according to Rivals. Not too shabby, Coach!

Taming Tigers and High School Heroics

Before the college ranks, Locklyn cut his teeth at Memphis. From weight room assistant to offensive analyst, he climbed the ladder, eventually becoming the Tigers' director of high school relations. In 2019, Memphis danced its way to the AAC West title and clinched the American Championship. The Cotton Bowl against Penn State? Yep, they were there, fueled by Locklyn's dedication.

And let's rewind further. Back in Memphis, Locklyn was the offensive coordinator at four local high schools. His magic wand transformed their scoring offenses, propelling them into the Tennessee state playoffs. Imagine the locker room speeches—equal parts motivation and southern charm.

Buckeye Impact and Family Ties

Now, as he dons the scarlet and gray, Locklyn faces a new challenge. Ohio State's running back room boasts stars like TreVeyon Henderson and Quinshon Judkins. His task? Nurture their talent, fine-tune their footwork, and unleash them on unsuspecting defenses. Buckeye fans are already dreaming of end zone dances set to Carmen Ohio.

Off the field, Locklyn's family—wife Victoria, twins Donovan and Dorian—adds warmth to the chilly Ohio winters. They're all in, ready to embrace the Buckeye culture.

4/4/2024 4:59:17 PM
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In sun-kissed Vero Beach, Florida, where palm trees sway and ocean breezes whisper mystery, a young linebacker named Tarvos Alford makes waves and his journey from the Atlantic coast of sand on to Ohio State University's hallowed grid is no surprise at all.

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The Vero Beach Connection

Tarvos, affectionately known as "TJ" by friends and family, grew up chasing seagulls along the shoreline. But it wasn't long before he traded sandy beaches for the thrill of Friday night lights. As a standout at Vero Beach High School, TJ carved his name into the annals of Florida football history.

The Tackle Machine

Picture this: A 6-foot-2, 210-pound force of nature rolling across the field. T.J. His 114 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 4 sacks during the 2023 season earned him the prestigious title of TC Palm Defensive Player of the Year. Vero Beach stayed steady through the regional semifinals of the Florida 4S playoffs.

The Decision

But TJ's journey didn't end there. The college football world held its breath as he narrowed down his choices. Miami, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, UCF, and—of course—Ohio State made the cut. And on March 30, TJ will reveal his decision, a fitting tribute to his late grandfather's birthday.

The Buckeye Buzz

Why Ohio State? The buzz is real. TJ's visits to Coral Gables left an impression, but the Buckeyes have captured his imagination. Ohio State’s legendary linebacker James Laurinaitis will host T.J. The distracting horseshoe, the roar of the crowd, and the chance to be drafted alongside the great Buckeyes—it’s a siren song he can’t ignore.

The Future

As the clock ticks toward TJ's commitment date, Ohio State fans hold their breath. Crystal balls align, predicting a 94.2% chance that he'll don the scarlet and gray. The No. 63 overall prospect and 8th-ranked linebacker in the nation could soon call Columbus home. Buckeye Nation awaits with bated breath, ready to embrace Tarvos Alford as one of their own.

3/28/2024 5:03:24 PM
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There's a football player tearing it up down in Orlando, Florida. You might not know him yet, but Vernell Brown III, a wide receiver from Jones High School, is already a big deal for college scouts countrywide. With his blazing speed, slick moves, and all-around athleticism, Brown is primed to make a serious splash in college football.

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When the Journey Began

Football's been in Brown's blood since he was a kid. Growing up surrounded by the game (his family probably bleeds team colors!), he fell for it hard and fast. It wasn't just love, though – Brown's a natural athlete with tons of grit. By high school, he was already a standout, leaving everyone impressed.

High School Stars

Brown has been a standout at Jones High School. His explosive speed allows him to stretch the field, causing defenders to follow him. Whether it’s a deep shot or a quick slant, Brown has the ability to make big plays. His accuracy and strong hands make him a reliable choice for quarterbacks.

College Suiters

As a member of the Class of 2025, Brown has received interest from more than 40 college programs. But he recently narrowed his options down to 11 schools.They include perennial powerhouses like Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. But it was Ohio State that caught his eye.

Ohio State: Exactly right?

Brown is scheduled to visit Ohio State in March, and Buckeye fans are buzzing with excitement. On horseback, under the lights, cheered on by thousands of passionate fans, his charm is hard to resist. Coach Ryan Day and his staff have made it clear that Brown will be an integral part of their offense.

What Vernell Brown II Brings to The Table

Brown isn't the biggest dude out there, 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds. But what he lacks in size, he makes up for in pure speed and focus. He's a master at shaking off defenders and keeping his eye on the ball no matter where it is thrown. Deep throws, short passes – it doesn't matter. Brown can turn any play into a wow moment for his team.

3/14/2024 5:23:42 PM
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The Ohio State Buckeyes have made a prized addition to the 2024 football class: Nick McLarty, a towering 6-foot-7, 255-pound forward from Melbourne, Australia McLarty pledge followed a surprise visit to the Buckeyes' campus, where he left a lasting impression on the coaching staff.

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Punter with strong legs

Nick McLarty's journey to Ohio State began in the sun-kissed fields of Australia, where he honed his punting skills under the tutelage of such renowned coaches as Darren Bennett, Sav Rocca, Dwayne Armstrong and Aaron Perez. His booming kicks caught the attention of college recruiters and it wasn't long before Ohio State came calling.

A Full Scholarship to The Ohio State University

"After conversations with Coach Ryan Day, I'm honored to announce that I've received and committed to a full scholarship to The Ohio State University," McLarty shared on X (formerly known as Twitter). "I'd firstly like to thank Coach Rob Keys and Coach Gunner Daniel for the hospitality this week and truly believing in me. I cannot wait to work alongside both of you at OSU."

A Legacy of Australian Punters

McLarty follows in the footsteps of other Australian-born punters who have graced Ohio State's roster. Jesse Mirco, who handled punting duties for the past three seasons, recently transferred to Vanderbilt. Now, it's McLarty's turn to make his mark in the scarlet and gray.

The Competition Ahead

As McLarty prepares to join the Buckeyes this summer, he'll face stiff competition in fall camp. Joe McGuire and Hadi Jawad, both talented punters, will be vying for playing time alongside him. The battle for the starting punter position promises to be intense, but McLarty's powerful leg and precision could give him the edge.

Special Teams Excellence

McLarty isn't the only special teams player in Ohio State's 2024 class. Long snapper Morrow Evans, a walk-on favorite, will also help the Buckeyes’ kicking game. Together they will aim to maintain the Ohio State tradition of excellence in special categories.

3/8/2024 8:38:57 PM
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The Ohio State women's 2024 basketball team has secured the Big Ten regular season championship, finishing a season marked by resilience and dominance. This title is the program's first outright regular season championship since 2010. They pulled it off and are now the Big Ten champs! It's like, totally official. If you thought this team was done serving up awesome basketball moments, well, you were wrong.

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A Season of Resilience

This achievement follows a challenging journey characterized by close contests, clutch moments, and unexpected turns. However, Head Coach Kevin McGuff's team persevered, leaving their opponents behind and etching their names in program history.

Jacy Sheldon: A Leading Force

Jacy Sheldon was straight-up fire this season. She was dropping three-pointers like it was nothing, and her moves left defenders in the dust. Her 22-point game against Michigan basically sealed the deal for the championship – total legend status.

Undefeated in the New Year

The new year brought a whole new level for the Buckeyes. They've been absolutely crushing it since January, winning 15 games straight! Talk about momentum. Their last loss was way back in December, and they haven't looked back since.

Securing the Title

With the regular season concluding, the Buckeyes have established an unassailable lead in the Big Ten conference standings. Their victory effectively shuts the door on any remaining challengers, leaving rivals like Iowa and Indiana to witness their triumph. This accomplishment is met with resounding cheers and the iconic "O-H-I-O!" chant echoing within the Schottenstein Center.

National Recognition

Their awesome play didn't go unnoticed. They're killing it with a 25-3 record and a sweet spot at number two in the AP Poll. The whole country's got their eyes on Columbus right now, and the Buckeyes are ready to shine.

Looking Forward

The quest for glory continues as the Buckeyes set their sights on the postseason. Their ambition extends beyond the conference championship, as they strive for a deep run in the NCAA tournament. The basketball world should brace itself for the arrival of a hungry and determined Ohio State team, poised to make a significant mark in March Madness.

A Toast to the Champions

Here's to the Ohio State women's basketball team – a bunch of total badasses who just showed everyone what they've got. They broke records, made history, and never stopped fighting. Let's hope they keep those sneakers squeaking and those shots falling!

2/29/2024 7:23:10 PM
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Hold onto your scarlet and gray, Buckeye Nation, because the news just hit like a J.T. Barrett option run: Chip Kelly is our new offensive coordinator! Forget Bill O'Brien's brief stint in Columbus, this is the ultimate plot twist no one saw coming.

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That's right, folks, the innovative, fast-paced mind that led Oregon to a national title game and Philadelphia to unexpected heights is now calling plays in the Horseshoe. Kelly traded in the sunshine of Westwood for the roar of the Shoe, leaving UCLA after six seasons to take over the Buckeye offense.

Now, let's be honest, this move raises eyebrows as high as a Brutus Buckeye statue. Kelly, a head coach for years, is taking a "step back" to become an assistant? And in the same conference as his former team?

But here's the thing, Buckeye Nation: never underestimate Chip Kelly's ambition. This guy wasn't just itching to escape UCLA (though, let's face it, that program ain't exactly sunshine and rainbows these days). He saw an opportunity to dominate in a program with championship aspirations and a quarterback like Will Howard who could thrive in his system.

Remember the shredding spread offense that turned Marcus Mariota into a Heisman winner? Imagine that firepower unleashed with Howard slinging lasers and TreVeyon Henderson taking screens to the house. The Big Ten might need to invest in some wider fields, because Kelly's offense ain't slowing down anytime soon.

Sure, there are questions. Will Kelly mesh with Ryan Day's vision? Can he adapt his system to college athletes after years in the pros? But one thing's for sure: this is a gamble that could pay off BIG for the Buckeyes.

So buckle up, Buckeye Nation, because the Chip Kelly era in Columbus is about to begin. Get ready for some wild plays, unexpected wrinkles, and maybe even a sprinkle of that signature Kelly swagger. Just remember, one thing's certain: things are about to get a whole lot more exciting in Columbus.

2/9/2024 9:32:34 PM
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Hold your Sooners, Norman. Four-star tight end phenom Nate Roberts, the apple of everyone's eye in the 2025 cycle, ain't budging anytime soon. Sure, that crimson and cream might look mighty fine under the Friday night lights, but this Oklahoma native's playing his cards close to the vest.

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After a brief fling with Notre Dame over the summer, Roberts pulled the plug on the Fighting Irish and started hanging out with some familiar faces – Sooner commits Kevin Sperry and Elijah Thomas. Seems like these three amigos are already building something special, and the Buckeyes are taking notice.

Coach Day and his crew have got Roberts at the top of their tight end wish list, and for good reason.

Background on Nate Roberts

This four-star prospect from Oklahoma is not only making waves on the football field but also excelling in baseball.

Speaking of winning, Roberts torched defenses for 33 catches, 705 yards, and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore. That's a stat line that would make Brutus Buckeye himself do a jig. And get this, the kid played snaps on both sides of the ball: tight end, defensive end, even quarterback! Versatility? Check.

Recruiting Time Line

And the best part? He's in no rush. Roberts says he's taking his time, weighing his options, and soaking it all in. That's smart, kid. This is a big decision, and he wants to get it right.

So, Buckeye Nation, hold onto your scarlet and gray pom-poms. The Nate Roberts sweepstakes are still wide open, and there's plenty of game left to play. But remember, when it comes to this Oklahoma-turned-Ohio hopeful, patience is key. And if we play our cards right, Columbus might just end up being the Land of Roberts after all.

1/18/2024 7:46:29 PM
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Holy cow, Buckeye Nation! Just as the confetti settled on Michigan's national championship win, Quinshon Judkins dropped a bombshell on social media – he's coming to Columbus! Quinshon Judkins, the SEC's most electrifying running back since Bo Jackson, just dropped a bombshell on the college football world – he's trading the powder blue for scarlet and gray!


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Hold onto your helmets, because this ain't no ordinary transfer. Sure, Judkins has two years of eligibility left, but don't be surprised if he sets the Horseshoe on fire and bolts for the NFL after just one season. This is a talent unlike any we've seen in Columbus since Archie Griffin, and Coach Day knows how to unleash that kind of fire.


Michigan Takes the National Championship


Some might say this move stings a little after Michigan hoisted the trophy. But let's be honest, who wouldn't want to wear the scarlet and gray with those Wolverines strutting around like top dogs? Judkins knows what's up, and he's coming to Columbus to help reclaim what's rightfully ours.


And get this: he's already got connections in the locker room. Buckeye wideout Brandon Inniss and defensive end Kenyatta Jackson Jr. were practically giddy online after Judkins dropped his social media hint. Looks like the chemistry is already brewing!


Peach Bowl 2024


This ain't no ordinary transfer, friends. Judkins ain't just any back. He's a bona fide SEC stud, the reason Penn State tasted defeat in the Peach Bowl. Remember that 200-yard, two-touchdown performance that ripped the Nittany Lions' hearts out? Yeah, that was Judkins. And get this - next season, he'll be lining up across from those same heartbroken Lions in Big Ten play! Talk about poetic justice, huh?


So, Nittany Lions, prepare yourselves for round two, because Judkins is back and this time he's wearing Brutus on his chest. The Big Ten just got a whole lot more exciting, and the Horseshoe is about to erupt! Get ready for Judkinsmania, Columbus, this is gonna be one wild ride!


Conclusion


Sure, some folks might grumble about Judkins being the third Rebel in two years to hop the fence to Columbus. But hey, what's wrong with stacking the deck with talent? Especially when that talent can outrun a cheetah and leave defenders grasping at air? This is a win for the Buckeyes, a nightmare for Big Ten defenses, and a potential championship parade starter. So buckle up, Buckeye Nation, the Judkins era is about to kick off in Columbus, and it's gonna be a wild ride!


1/9/2024 12:09:37 PM
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That's right, ESPN's Pete Thamel dropped the bombshell – Kansas State's gunslinger, Will Howard, is heading north to Columbus. Let me tell you, folks, this ain't your momma's QB transfer! This is a big-time play by Coach Day and his crew, filling the void left by Kyle McCord's Syracuse safari.

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Now, McCord did just fine – 11-1 as a starter? Nothing to sneeze at. But when you see a talent like Howard on the market, a dude who's 6-5, 242 pounds of pure quarterbacking fury, you gotta pounce. This kid throws lasers, reads defenses like a bookie at the Kentucky Derby, and fits the Buckeye offense like a glove with extra grip.

And let's be honest, Howard ain't some wide-eyed freshman. He's a seasoned vet, 12-5 as a starter with a Big 12 title and a Pop-Tarts Bowl appearance under his belt. He's gonna walk into that quarterback room, look Devin Brown, Lincoln Kienholz, and even five-star Air Noland straight in the eyes, and say, "This is my huddle, boys."

Speaking of huddles, buckle up for a whole new ball game in the Big Ten. No more East and West divisions – it's every man, woman, and wolverine for themselves now. And with Oregon, USC, UCLA, and Washington joining the party, the conference landscape just got spicy enough to give you heartburn.

But you know what else gives me heartburn? The thought of Michigan strutting around with three straight Big Ten titles. That ain't happening on Howard's watch. This kid gets The Game. He understands the blood, sweat, and Buckeye tears that go into beating those blue-helmeted pests. He's got that fire in his belly, that chip on his shoulder that screams, "Ohio State's back, and we're coming for our crown!"

So, Buckeye Nation, get ready to roar. Will Howard's here, and the future just got a whole lot brighter. Strap on your t-shirts, paint your faces scarlet and grey, and clear your calendar for Saturdays in the Horseshoe. It's gonna be a wild ride, and Will Howard's at the wheel. Go Bucks!

1/4/2024 9:17:37 PM
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