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2021 tOSU Defense

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by ScriptOhio, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    ZACH HARRISON DE JR. 6-foot-6, 268 pounds ★★★★★
    TYREKE SMITH DE SR. 6-foot-3, 260 pounds ★★★★
    JAVONTAE JEAN-BAPTISTE DE JR. (RS) 6-foot-5, 253 pounds ★★★★
    TYLER FRIDAY DE SR. 6-foot-3, 260 pounds ★★★★
    HASKELL GARRETT DT SR. 6-foot-2, 300 pounds ★★★★
    TARON VINCENT DT JR. (RS) 6-foot-2, 300 pounds ★★★★★
    JACK SAWYER DE FR 6-foot-4, 240 pounds ★★★★★
    *J.T. TUIMOLOAU DE FR 6-foot-5, 277 pounds ★★★★★

    *Jack Sawyer was the country's No. 4 overall prospect for the 2021 recruiting class, but he wasn't even the top-rated player at his own position. That honor goes to Washington's J.T. Tuimoloau, and he's still trying to pinpoint his college destination. The No. 1 player in his class according to 247 Sports, Tuimoloau is a former teammate of Gee Scott Jr.'s at Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Wash. His basketball season and the ongoing pandemic have delayed his recruiting process, but things finally seem to be picking back up.
  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    “I feel great about our group on defense,” Harrison said. “In practice, we were making plays and we were flying around. We are having fun together and that’s the biggest thing. We are playing as a unit like the (Silver) Bullets, all 11 guys, top to bottom, from the DBs to the line. We are all flying around and making plays. That’s how you make a great defense.”

    Asked specifically about the pass defense, Harrison said there should be improvement.

    “Yes, tremendously,” he said. “I feel like we are a more experienced team than we were a year ago. Last year, we gave up a lot of yards. That’s just the reality of it. We didn’t play the greatest on defense. We knew that coming in this spring. Defensively, we took that personally.

    “As a D-line, we know we have to get pressure on the quarterback. The DBs know they have to give us that extra second to get home. The linebackers get tied in either way. If we throw blitzes in, they know we all have to work together. That’s how we will make a good defense.”
  3. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    We add JTT and this is a different kind of good.

    Seriously imagine in 3 yrs when JTT and Sawyer are Juniors lol.
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  4. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Moderator Staff Member Bookie

    that’s only 2 years away
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  5. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    For real, I think JTT could step in immediately and have an impact that is Sawyer-like. I do think JTT likely ends up as a 3-tech after some Coach Mick time here if we land him, but starts off at DE. If Harrison makes the jump the coaches are talking about and Ty Smith is healthy, the DE rotation should be dirty.
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  6. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    Maybe we will finally get to see what Chase Young and Bosa would've looked like if JTT selects OSU.
  7. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    Or we can see what Joey Bosa and Noah Spence would've looked like if JTT selects OSU 8D
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  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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    Expectations Going In
    There were almost too many questions to have particular expectations going into spring. We didn’t know which safeties would line up where, or how many. Then the week before camp began, Marcus Hooker was busted for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, which has thrown his future in doubt. The only real expectation was that even without Hooker the Buckeyes would have more options at safety than they had the last time they were on the field back in January. This spring was going to be an opportunity for inexperienced players to grow fundamentally and gain a better understanding of what exactly this defense is supposed to look like.

    Reality Coming Out
    Following spring ball, roles are much more defined — at least in the eyes of the media. Josh Proctor is at the deep safety spot while Lathan Ransom and Marcus Williamson are battling it out at the cover safety/slot corner position. The Bullet also appears to be a very real addition this spring as well. Craig Young has spent time at both safety and linebacker in his time for the Buckeyes, which makes this feel like a pretty good fit for the third-year sophomore. Each of these positions are now three-deep, which is something the Ohio State defense couldn’t say a year ago.
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    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Next Man Up: How Buckeyes can replace Shaun Wade at cornerback


    Ohio State options

    Sevyn Banks: As last season wore on and Shaun Wade continued to struggle, Sevyn Banks slowly became the best cover cornerback on the Ohio State roster. Banks missed the latter half of spring practice due to what Lettermen Row sources indicated was a knee issue. As long as that problem is solved, Banks will be back on the field and ready to take a big step forward. He is the frontrunner to be a shut-down cornerback for the Buckeyes. With an impressive campaign this fall, he has a chance to become yet another first-round draft pick at cornerback from Ohio State.

    Cameron Brown: Ohio State thought it had two cornerbacks to help Shaun Wade out last season, but that changed when Cameron Brown tore his Achilles during the second game of the season. Brown is still rehabbing from that injury and missed time in spring practice, but he should be ready to go for fall camp. If he’s back at 100 percent after the injury, he has traits that translate to being a lockdown cornerback. Can he be back and better than ever in the lineup for the Buckeyes? Time will tell, but Brown will certainly be in the mix for the lead role.

    Ryan Watts: Second-year cornerback Ryan Watts made a massive leap in his development between last fall and this spring. He got bigger, faster and stronger. He became better as a cornerback. The long, tall Texas native showed flashes last season but never was able to show it consistently due to the odd schedule and limited reps. Now he’s ready to take another step forward this fall and compete for a starting job in the secondary. Can Watts transition into the lead cornerback for the Buckeyes? Or will he wait one more year to take over that role?

    Lejond Cavazos: Plenty of young Buckeyes players earned reps this spring. But Lejond Cavazos was an Ohio State cornerback who didn’t get more reps while Banks and Brown were out this spring. He was also nursing an injury, forcing him out of spurts of spring practice. Cavazos is certainly talented enough to develop into a key cornerback for the Buckeyes. If he can make up for lost time and show his skillset this fall, he could be a sleeper pick for shut-down cornerback.

    Jordan Hancock, JK Johnson: True freshmen Jordan Hancock and JK Johnson are both thought of as potential impact players in the secondary. Both top-100 recruits, they could work their way into the lineup during the season. Neither of them enrolled early, so it seems like a long shot to crown either of them as the No. 1 cornerback for the Buckeyes this fall.

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  13. ScriptOhio

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    Key Ohio State options

    Taron Vincent: As the Buckeyes look to replace Togiai up front, Taron Vincent seems to have the inside track to become the next starter — and maybe the next star. Vincent was pencilled in to have a breakout 2019 in his second season at Ohio State, but he missed the entire year with a shoulder injury. It seemed to linger and slowed down his progress, hampering his outlook last season. Now fully healthy, Vincent was among the most improved players on the roster in winter and spring activity. The former five-star prospect is due for a breakout.

    Antwuan Jackson: Ohio State has been hoping Antwuan Jackson would reach his full potential during his career. He has one last chance to do so this fall. After signing with Auburn out of high school, going to a junior college and arriving at Ohio State later in his career, Jackson was behind on his development with Larry Johnson. Now, he is battling for the starting nose-tackle role — and he seems to be tapping into the top-100 prospect potential the Buckeyes expected from him earlier in his career.

    Noah Potter: As Ohio State made its way through spring practice, Noah Potter was among the players who turned heads. Potter is making the transition from defensive end to the inside, and he looks much bigger than before. After adding weight, he is beginning to make his climb into the conversation for a role. He may be better-suited to be a substitute for Haskell Garrett rather than a nose-tackle, but he could have a role.

    Jerron Cage: A fifth-year senior, Jerron Cage spent most of his Ohio State career buried in the depth chart. That changed last season, when he saw time on the field in some of the Buckeyes biggest games. Now he enters his final year at Ohio State with a chance to become a full-time contributor. But does he have what it takes to become a star in the trenches?

    Other Buckeyes options

    Ty Hamilton: Hamilton flashed during spring, drawing praise from coaches and players. He may not be ready for an expanded starting role to the likes of which Togiai had last season, but he’s on the way to bigger and better opportunities for the Buckeyes, maybe even this season in a rotational role.

    Jaden McKenzie: After redshirting during his freshman year, which he described as ‘a really good thing,’ McKenzie has battled injuries during his two years at Ohio State. He has an uphill battle to having a significant role this season.

    Jacolbe Cowan, Darrion Henry-Young: When Darrion Henry-Young and Jacolbe Cowan arrived at Ohio State, they were both raw and needed a year to develop. Henry-Young has had that, but Cowan has been injured for most of his time with the Buckeyes. Both players can contribute for the Buckeyes, but those chances may come farther down the road in their careers — and Henry-Young is still looking like a potential option more on the edge.

    Tyleik Williams: A true freshman who enrolled early, Tyleik Williams has tremendous upside, but with the talent in front of him, it’s hard to see the 330-pounder become the go-to interior defensive lineman alongside Haskell Garrett.
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    Starting at No. 10 and working down to No. 1, check out Rittenberg's top-ten team defenses over the next three college football seasons below. Each ranking is detailed with returning starters and top incoming recruits.






    Adding one five-star recruit and seven four-star recruits in the class of 2021 on the defensive side of the ball is a good enough reason to have the Buckeyes in the top five. Jack Sawyer is their blue-chip recruit defensively, a five-star recruit out of Pickerington, Ohio. A defensive end, Sawyer is the No. 3 ranked player at that position in the class of 2021 and the No. 4 ranked overall prospect. 247Sports' National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu gave Sawyer a pro comparison of Nick Bosa and a first-round NFL draft projection.

    "Physically put-together prospect," Trieu wrote. "Has taken weight and speed training seriously and that shows up. Likely will not add tons and tons of weight come college, but still has a little bit of room. Great athlete who is a multi-sport guy and a multi-positional guy on the football field including even some stints at quarterback. As an end, that athleticism shows up as he gets off the ball well and can bend the corner and get upfield. Also is strong enough to anchor in against the run and has the blue-collar mentality to work in the trenches. Can run plays down when they go away from him and pursues hard. True strong-side end with enough versatility to play in multiple fronts or schemes. High-level prospect who is ready to come in and compete as a freshman at the college level and has the traits of a future high draft choice."







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