|Dillon Dingler Picked with 38th Pick by the Detroit Tigers|
Ohio State Buckeye catcher Dillon Dingler was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2nd round of the 2020 MLB Draft with the first pick of the round making him their catcher of the future. Many felt Dingler was a first round pick but was available with the 38th selection for the Tigers. Also ranked as the 3rd best catcher, many consider the pick a steal with his athletic ability on the field.
Detroit Tigers Catcher
Some feel catcher Jake Rogers might be on his way out as the main man behind the plate in Detroit. Dingler is favorably compared to Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly. Many see his potential as a stronger hitter and an everyday catcher, which is why the Tigers pulled the trigger on him during the 2nd day of the draft.
Dillon Dingler Ohio State Career
Dingler, a Massillon Ohio Jackson High School grad, came back from an uneventful freshman year and a broken wrist bone to hit .291 as a sophomore and put his name on the map as a potential draft selection. When 2020 got underway he took off hitting .340 in 13 games before the NCAA shut down the season over Covid 19 concerns. He also had 5 home runs, 14 RBIs and 4 doubles in the shortened season.
Brought into Ohio State as an outfielder and switching to catcher, Dingler (6’3” 220 lbs.) excelled behind the plate. Scouts are praising his arm strength and accuracy of throws. A three time captain with the Buckeyes, his leadership was important for the club. He becomes the highest drafted baseball player out of Ohio State in the past 10 years.
Dingler was a three sport athlete in high school, starring in basketball, baseball, and football. Jackson High was state finalist in basketball and state finalist in baseball his senior year. Dingler was coached by catching coach Greg Beals at Ohio State and now looks to earn close to $2 million a year in the MLB.
Road to Detroit: Dillon Dingler
|6/12/2020 4:15:47 PM|
|Top Ten Defensive Tackle Tywone Malone from Oradell New Jersey|
Tywone Malone is a 2021 four star Defensive Tackle from Oradell Bergen Catholic in New Jersey and a top prospect with over 29 schools pursuing him for the incoming football classes. He is considered the 7th best d-tackle in the country and the 118th best overall recruit in the class. According to some services that monitor a prospects interest like 247 Sports, Malone favors Ohio State, Rutgers, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M.
DT Tywone Malone From Bergen Catholic
Malone also plays baseball in high school and wants to continuing playing both sports in college. He plays third and first base in addition to pitching for the Bergen Crusaders.
Malone has the body of an interior defensive lineman (6’4” and 300lbs.) who is strong in the middle of the line and able to stop a run play by getting to the ball quickly. While at the same time being quick enough to get down the line of scrimmage in pursuit of a ball carrier. He uses his strength to dominate players at the high school level. This past season he worked on his pass rush and feels he has greatly improved.
Tywone Malone Offers
Online he has only stated that his list is down to 14 schools including USC, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Florida, Virginia Tech, Penn State, LSU, Florida State, Tennessee and the four mentioned above.
Recruiting Malone for Ohio State is defensive line coach Larry Johnson who is known for developing NFL players. Chris Patridge is working on Malone for Ole Miss and promising him he can play two sports. Jim Panagos is representing the rebounding and exciting Rutgers team for Malone’s services and Texas A&M has top recruiter Elijah Robinson as their main man of this great New Jersey football and baseball talent.
He is projected to finally pick Ohio State as his 2021 destination but things could change prior to signing day.
Tywone Malone Visits
Of these schools, Tywone Malone unofficially visited Virginia Tech Hokies on February 9, 2019, he visited the Penn State Nittany Lions on July 27, 2019, and unofficially visited the Texas A&M Aggies on October 5, 2019.
Visits have been limited for Malone due to the coronavirus pandemic and NCAA restrictions of visits. He plans on making some trips once the limitations are lifted. He was recently asked to play in the 2021 Under Armour All-American bowl game.
Tywone Malone Ultimate Highlights // 2021 4⭐️ DT Bergen Catholic
|5/21/2020 8:47:28 PM|
|Ohio State Punter Jesse Mirco from Perth Australia|
Jesse Mirco from Perth Australia will be joining the 2021 Ohio State class as a scholarship punter. He made the announcement on Twitter yesterday saying that he was honored to be a part of the school.
Ohio State Offer
The 23 year old Mirco currently plays Australian football. It took him 4 months to learn to punt in an American football style prior to getting the OSU offer.
Current Ohio State punter Drue Chrisman will be playing his final season at OSU this fall so having a new punter on scholarship is important for the program in 2021. Chrisman is a 5th year graduate.
Mirco will visit Columbus this Fall to see a game at the Horseshoe, he has never been to Ohio. But he only spoke to the Buckeye coaches about playing in America and isn’t interested in any other program now. He met up with head coach Ryan Day, Mark Pantoni, and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti on a video chat last week.
Ohio State 2021 Class
Mirco becomes a part of the top top class in the country for 2021 in the Buckeyes class. He joins La Salle kicker Jake Seibert as the two new specialist coming onboard.
Bucknuts Morning 5: May 6, 2020
Prokick Australia football coaches John Smith and Nathan Chapman were instrumental in getting Mirco a spot on the Buckeyes roster. They have been transitioning athletes in Australia for 4 years to become college and NFL punters with some success.
Ohio State coach Matt Barnes contacted Prokick Australia to see who they had available in the pipeline. A pipeline that has produced over 135 special teams players at college football programs across the country. Cameron Johnston came out of the program to join Ohio State previously and is now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. They recommend Mirco right-away.
When Johnson came along, Ohio State was worried as their recruited punter Johnny Townsend went to Florida at the last minute leaving them without someone to punt. Kerry Coombs found Johnson and for four years he was an outstanding player on the field. This time the Buckeyes had a plan and went to Australia to find their next four year starter.
|5/7/2020 9:12:26 PM|
|Ohio State Players In The 2020 NFL Draft|
The Ohio State Buckeyes have been a football powerhouse for decades, supplying the NFL with many different players. The 2020 NFL draft was no different as 10 different Buckeye players were selected. Below are the 10 different players that were drafted by different teams in the NFL.
Chase Young DE - Round 1, Pick 2 - Washington Redskins
Chase Young is arguable the best player in the NFL draft, amassing an impressive 21 sacks with Ohio State last year. Young is poised to help lift the lowly Washington Redskins whose defense was 27th in total yards and points allowed last season. Unfortunately, the Redskins are a dysfunctional organization with a history of alienating their star players. Only a high character player will excel in the current hostile environment in Washington, and Young, though not known for having significant character problems, is also not known for his high character either.
Jeff Okudah CB - Round 1, Pick 3 - Detroit Lions
Jeff Okudah is a perfect fit for the Detroit Lions, a team that struggled on defense last season. Okudah is both an elite on the ball defender and an expert tackler, a quality becoming more important for cornerbacks in the increasingly short pass driven NFL. Detroit does not have a great history as a stable organization but has seen some measure of stability during the last decade under the leadership of QB Matthew Stafford.
Damon Arnette CB - Round 1, Pick 19 - Oakland Raiders
Damon Arnette is another top defensive back prospect from Ohio State, though not as good as Okudah. Arnette is physical, has good speed, but at times lacks good instincts as he is prone to grab receivers. Jon Gruden isn't known for having a disciplined team so Arnette may not be the best fit for the Raiders.
J.K. Dobbins RB - Round 2, Pick 23 - Baltimore Ravens
J.K. Dobbins is an elite north and south running back that does not possess great pass-catching skills. While he will help Baltimore as a replacement for an aging Mark Ingram, Lamar Jackson could have used a better pass-catching target.
Davon Hamilton DT - Round 3, Pick 9 - Jacksonville Jaguars
Davon Hamilton is a good run defender that has recently improved his pass defense. However, his speed and length are average, and Jacksonville is another organization that doesn't treat its top players well. Hamilton will improve the Jaguars in the short-term but may not last long there.
Jonah Jackson OG - Round 3, Pick 11 - Detroit Lions
Jonah Jackson is a good all-around offensive lineman with a decent upside. Although not as heralded as some of the other offensive linemen in the draft, he will be a solid addition to the Detroit Lions.
Malik Harrison ILB - Round 3, Pick 34 - Baltimore Ravens
Malik Harrison is an outstanding linebacker who will help the Ravens' inconsistencies on defense. Harrison is very good at rushing the passer but needs work in pass coverage.
Jordan Fuller S - Round 6, Pick 20 - Los Angeles Rams
Jordan Fuller, the 3rd member of the Ohio State secondary to be drafted, has good instincts and size that makes up for his speed, which is a little below what NFL teams would prefer at safety. He has below average man-to-man cover skills, which is not good, even for safeties, because of the emphasis on passing in the NFL. He will give the Rams much-needed depth in their secondary, but little else.
K.J. Hill WR - Round 7, Pick 6 - Los Angeles Chargers
K.J. Hill is a good slot receiver that lacks the speed to be a deep threat. He could potentially have success as a security blanket for #6 overall pick Justin Herbert. Hopefully the North Little Rock HS product catches on at the next level.
Jashon Cornell DE, Round 7, Pick 21 - Detroit Lions
Jashon Cornell started just one year at Ohio State and probably will not see much playing time in his NFL career. He might have some success as an interior pass rusher.
Ohio State: Ryan Day evaluates record-setting NFL Draft class
|4/27/2020 10:51:05 AM|
|SDE Tunmise Adeleye IMG Academy Bradenton Florida|
Ohio State added to their already top ranked 2021 recruiting class this week by getting a commitment from IMG Academy (Bradenton Florida) strong-side defensive end prospect Tunmise Adeleye. Adeleye is considered the 7th best SDE in the country and the 41st overall best prospect. He had over 30 scholarship offers including schools like Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas, LSU and Alabama.
On Wednesday he committed to the Buckeyes on Social Media saying that he was 100% committed. Ohio State now has 16 players in its upcoming class. A large number ranked in the ESPN top 300.
Adeleye played his first three years of high school at Katy Tompkins High School is Katy Texas. For his senior year he will be at IMG Academy. He offers rare explosiveness and quick hands that got him noticed across the country. His size leads some to feel that his future is at the tackle position instead of on the end. Ohio State loves his versatility and will could use him at either position.
Tunmise Adeleye Visits
Adeleye visited Texas A&M, Florida and Miami in addition to Ohio State in June at a Junior Day. Of course all visits have been banned by the NCAA while the country deals with the COVID 19 pandemic.
D-line coach Larry Johnson has not clarified with Adeleye were he will play on the line but will discuss the matter more when both are together in Columbus soon. Johnson is considered one of the best d-line development coaches in the country, something that drew Adeleye to the Buckeyes.
Why Ohio State?
Adeleye likes the strong academics, experienced coaching staff, and great game-day atmosphere at Ohio State. Ohio State also consistently pursues national titles and puts defensive lineman into the NFL, something most prospects are looking for.
Adeleye visited Ohio State in June at a Junior Day after meeting assistant Kenny Anunike at a camp in Houston Texas. His primary recruiter became defensive coordinator Greg Mattison at that June event. His relationship with all the coaches continued to grow through calls and messages until he didn’t want to wait to decide any longer.
4-star DE Tunmise Adeleye commits to Ohio State
|4/16/2020 3:08:23 PM|
|Corner Back Devonta Smith from La Salle Cincinnati|
Devonta Smith is a 6’0” 185lbs. corner back from La Salle Cincinnati Ohio. The high school is only a few hours from Columbus Ohio and many football players in the area dream of being Buckeyes one day.
Smith is considered the 33rd best cornerback in the country and the 14th best overall Ohio prospect for 2021. He could get a bump from his current 3 star rating as his large number of scholarship offers are looked at. He had 30 scholarship offers including Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Oregon, and more.
Devonta Smith Recruitment
Recruited by Kerry Combs, he plans to visit Columbus on June 12th. He committed to the Buckeyes shortly after receiving an offer this March. Ohio State continues to perform well during the dead period created by the coronavirus pandemic. And the addition of Kerry Combs to the staff has helped secure a number of players for 2021.
La Salle won the Division II Ohio state title last season with Smith playing offense and defense.
Smith missed his opportunity to compete in a Ohio State camp last summer when his friend Jaylen Johnson earned an offer. He did receive an offer the day before from Minnesota but was too sore to camp two days in a row.
Devonta Smith: Three-star cornerback explains his decision to commit to Ohio State
|4/1/2020 10:25:00 PM|
|Harvard Transfer Forward Seth Towns|
Seth Towns Transferring from Harvard
Seth Towns was selecting between Ohio State and Duke for his graduate years after leaving Harvard this month. Luckily for the Buckeyes, Town decided to return home and play for Chris Holtmann. He will be eligible immediately.
He is a 6’7” 215 lbs. forward who had 5 rebounds per game and shot 44% from behind the arc two years ago at Harvard should be a nice addition. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2017-2018, his sophomore season.
He was considered the number one college basketball player in the NCAA transfer portal and will get two years of eligibility in Columbus due to being injured his final two years of undergraduate work.
Towns views the program at Ohio State as a top level program. He also mentioned a relationship with Chris Holtmann that led him to return to Ohio to play for the Buckeyes. Coming out of high school, Holtmann tried to get Towns to enroll at Butler.
Ohio State Basketball 2020
The departure this offseason of freshman Alonzo Gaffney and DJ Carton from Ohio State has been tough on the program.
The addition on grad transfer Seth Towns from Harvard will soften the blow and make the Buckeyes look quite different from what has projected a month ago. Towns is a Columbus native who played at Northland High School and dreamed of playing for the Buckeyes from an early age. He considers Northland and Buckeye legend Jared Sullinger a close friend and consulted him on the move. He recently told reporters that his parents are also the biggest OSU basketball fans ever.
Next year at Center for Ohio State will feature EJ Liddell and Ibrahima Diallo with Kaleb Wesson leaving for the Pros.
And with Andre Wesson graduating, Ohio State needs a replacement and that will either be Towns or Justice Sueing, who transferred from Cal two years ago and sat out last season. Both positions need depth and having one more forward in locker-room is helpful.
Seth Towns is a SPECIAL TALENT | Harvard Crimson | Next Ones | 2017 -2018 Highlights
|3/26/2020 4:47:35 PM|
|CB Jakailin Johnson Ohio State and Kerry Coombs|
In a recent post to Twitter, corner back Jakailin Johnson commits to Ohio State Football 2021 class. He is from Missouri DeSmet High School. The four star recruit is the 59th best overall player in the country and 4th best cornerback in the nation. Mookie Cooper is another Ohio State player that came from Missouri (2020). Johnson is the cousin of Jameson Williams, a freshman wide receiver for the Buckeyes.
He stands at 6’0” and 168 lbs. He shows great change of direction skills and an ability to make plays on the ball.
Jakailin Johnson Recruitment
Kerry Coombs and wide receivers coach Brian Hartline recruited him for Ohio State. He becomes the first CB that the Buckeyes have recruited since Kerry Coombs came back to college football in Columbus. Other schools looking to land Johnson included Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Michigan, Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and UCS. Johnson becomes the highest high-school ranked corner back at Ohio State since Tyreke Johnson in 2018.
Jakailin Johnson Visits
Johnson visited Columbus Ohio on June 21st. He became good friends with then defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley during the visit.
He officially visited OSU on October 5th when they played the Michigan State Spartans in the Horseshoe. After the visit Ohio State joined Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida, Oklahoma, and Oregon as his top schools. Johnson cooled on the Buckeyes when Hafley left for a Boston College head coaching position. But when Kerry Coombs was hired by Ohio State, Johnson was back on board after a in-home visit.
Johnson also visited Clemson in March with Jordan Hancock. Hancock committed to Clemson but Johnson went in the other direction to become the center piece of the Buckeyes defensive back class.
Jakailin Johnson Highlights 2021 4 Star CB and Ohio State Commit DeSmet Junior
|3/21/2020 1:29:58 PM|
|Update on 4-Star Cornerback Prospect Jordan Hancock|
The state of Georgia is a virtual hot-bed for some of the nation's most elite, blue-chip athletes. At North Gwinnett High School in metro Atlanta, resides one of the most sought after prospects in the country. Viewed as a future shut-down corner at the next level, coaches and scouts are fawning over cornerback Jordan Hancock. What are the latest developments regarding the DB?
North Gwinnett Bulldogs
The North Gwinnett Bulldogs are in the highest classified grouping of high schools in the state of Georgia (7-A). Although there is so much talent and competition in Gwinnett County, North Gwinnett won the 2017 State Championship for the class AAAAAAA during Jordan Hancock's freshman year. The Bulldogs season ended last year in the semifinals when they fell to the 9th seeded Lowndes.
Jordan Hancock Ranking
Listed as 6'0" and 170 lbs., Jordan Hancock is ranked as the 5th ranked cornerback and 45th ranked player nationally for 2021 class. He is also viewed as the 9th ranked player in the state of Georgia according to 247sports.com. Hancock has great instincts and is versatile enough to play multiple spots in the secondary. Many recruiters expect him to develop into an early-round NFL draft pick.
Jordan Hancock Visits
Jordan's calendar has been booked with activities relating to his recruiting process up until recently. Most recently he was offered a scholarship by the Arkansas Razorbacks on February 19, 2020. The star defender attended Alabama's Jr. Day in Tuscaloosa, Al on February 1. A couple of days before, he had a coaches visit with Ohio State. Head coach Ryan Day, and coordinators Kerry Coombs and Al Washington had a sit down with Hancock.
Scholarship Offers for Jordan Hancock
The native of Suwanee, GA has a laundry list of suitors. The following programs have already offered him a scholarship; Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Appalachian State, Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado, East Carolina, Florida, FSU, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, NC State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, UCF, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech.
Jordan Hancock has an official visit to Ohio State coming up scheduled for late June. 247sports.com has Ohio State listed as a 100% lock to sign him in their crystal ball predictions. The NCAA has reached it's annual recruiting dead-period, and Hancock does not have any other official visits scheduled. It appears to be a mere formality that Jordan Hancock will be a Buckeye when 2021 rolls around. Jeremy Birmingham hosted Hancock on his Birminology podcast for Lettermen Row this past Monday for an interview.
"One of the things that stands out with you on tape is your technique at corner is a little bit advanced for someone your age. Where do you get that from? Does it come naturally or what? " Birmingham asked.
"I get it from my trainer Tim Jennings. He played in the NFL a lot of years and was a pro bowler. He also played for UGA so I get it from him because he is a smaller guy, so he put all of these nuances in it since I am a larger corner. So, that's who I get it from." Hancock explained.
"I was checking some things out, and noticed that 247sports had you listed as a safety in the early going. Why do you feel like your best suited to be on the outside and on an island?" Birmingham questioned.
"Because of my athleticism. Mainly because I am a longer corner and can play the jump ball really well.""What values are you looking for in a program that are most important to you?" The podcast host asked.
"Having a strong relationship with the coach I play for. The ability to be on the same page and make a connection in a short period of time. It's important that me and the coach can click on a different level." Hancock declared.
Jordan Hancock: 4-star cornerback talks Buckeyes, Kerry Coombs, and package deal with Barrett Carter
|3/5/2020 1:54:12 PM|
|4-star recruit JC Latham feels right at home at OSU|
Offensive tackle JC Latham of Bradenton, Florida’s IMG Academy would add to an already huge future presence on the Buckeyes’ frontline. class of 2021, four-star recruit stands around 6-6, weighing in at around 270–280 depending on sources (though SI has him at 6-7, 300 - https://www.si.com/college/recruiting/football/jc-latham-has-top-two-commitment-date-set). He’s attracted loads of Power Five titans, including, of course, Ohio State, for a total of two dozen scholarships. The final choice is down to the Buckeyes and the newly minted national champion LSU Tigers, but he seems to be strongly leaning toward Ohio State.
Ohio State 2021 Class
Latham hopes to play left tackle, and Rivals has him at #19 among OTs, while 247Sports has him at #13. He’d join two other four-star OL recruits who have given their verbal commit: Ohio native Ben Christman (6-6, 298, Rivals #11 OT) and Donovan Jackson (6-4, 295, Rivals #8 OT) from Houston. Despite offers from schools closer to home, Latham says he loves the feel at Ohio State, especially as he spent a lot of his pre-college years in the Midwest, growing up in Wisconsin.
JC Latham Visits
He’s played on both sides of the ball at IMG Academy, but he’s made a commitment to the offensive line since his visit to Ohio State in March, when he was a raw defensive line talent. He was no slouch on that side either: in his sophomore year, he recorded 95 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks, four forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries. On the March trip, he spent most of his time with 5-star commit SDE Jack Sawyer. Since then, he’s worked hard under strong coaching at IMG Academy to refine his OL skills. When he returned to Ohio State in November, he’d switched to an OT prospect and a top priority for the Buckeyes.
IMG Academy, despite being in the glorious sun of Florida, is a tough place and is geared toward turning out top athletes and individuals. Latham in an interview notes how strict the school is about making sure athletes attend their classes and get their work done on time (source - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UdGQkfps64 ). Latham attributes a great deal of his success to how IMG eased his transition to an OL and helped him excel in such a short time.
J.C. Latham: Top 2021 Ohio State target on Buckeyes, recruiting and more
What JC Latham Likes at Ohio State
Latham notes how important cohesion is on the offensive line, and his chance to spend time with Christman, Jackson, and other recruits helped him get a preview of how that can come together. He says the players in his class have a group chat on Twitter and there’s plenty of ongoing communication among them. He says Sawyer was an especially strong recruiting force.
|2/19/2020 3:06:56 PM|