You are looking live at the Pickerington Central High School gymnasium:
Morgan Juice Ellison has Lil Uzi Vert doing the Lean Pop dance Is he up next?? pic.twitter.com/TixV2f8m1C— Rap All-Stars (@RapAllStars) February 21, 2020
For current rap standards (which are awful, different topic) this is a touch retro, which ... isn't terrible? Anyway, Morgan "Juice" Ellison missed out on an Ohio State offer back in 2017 while the Buckeyes were locked in on Cam Akers joining J.K. Dobbins in their backfield of the future.
Ellison ended up in Bloomington where he flashed before a sexual assault allegation – objectively terrible – ended his IU tenure. He went the JUCO route, and earlier this week the video above shot in his high school surfaced.
Ellison is far from the only college standout to pass the ball for the mic, and yes we now have our excuse to repost former Thad Five Sequel recruit Austin Grandstaff's mixtape:
We're now in the wormhole, folks. Remember when Tyjon Lindsey and Trevon Grimes committed to #Zone6 in 2016? Hoo boy, Ohio State's WR room was going to be stacked.
Grimes ended up in Gainesville for family reasons, while Lindsey switched to Nebraska and has since transferred to Oregon State. He's responsible for this:
Some NCAA athletes become Chef Boyartee. Others become Chase Young's fan club president and Grammy-nominated artists:
College football season coming...I cant wait to see what he do . On my mova I hope Ohio state put him at Tight End too pic.twitter.com/not6zlEjV7— Wale (@Wale) July 19, 2019
That's former Virginia State wide receiver and CY2 enthusiast Olubowale Victor Akintimehin. He's doing quite well in this space; rap has been much better to him than sports ever were.
Wale isn't the only football player to trade the helmet for the microphone with success. Rick Ross is far better known for hip hop than for having cracked Albany State's two-deep.
There are many, many more. But you don't have to transfer out of Ohio State, be skipped over in recruiting by Ohio State or get dismissed in order to enter the rapper portal. Buckeye incoming combo guard Meechie Johnson is already making waves off the court:
Ballers want to be rappers. Rappers want to be ballers. It's a story as old as DJ Kool Herc.