The Hurry Up is your nightly dose of updates from the Ohio State football recruiting trail, keeping tabs on the latest from commits and targets from around the country.
BUSY WEEK AHEAD
Practices for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl got underway on Monday morning, putting nine Ohio State signees on the field together for the very first time.
Six Buckeyes — five-star running back Jaelen Gill, five-star tight end Jeremy Ruckert, five-star defensive tackle Taron Vincent, four-star linebacker Dallas Gant, four-star defensive back Tyreke Johnson and four-star offensive tackle Max Wray — are playing for the East, while four-star receiver Kamryn Babb, four-star safety Josh Proctor and four-star defensive tackle Tommy Togiai will represent the West.
Two future teammates got acquainted rather quickly this morning when Ruckert was running up the middle and Johnson attempted to break up a pass thrown his way. The talented tight end came down with the pass, but not without receiving a jarring blow from the hard-hitting defensive back.
#ARMYBOWL Future roommates at #OhioState? #Buckeyes signees Jeremy Ruckert and Tyreke Johnson in a practice collision on day one in San Antonio. @MarcGivlerBG LIVE PAGE: https://t.co/6XIXCzJ5K0 pic.twitter.com/jABunNl326— Rivals.com (@Rivals) January 1, 2018
Of course, you'd rather not see such a hit in practice, but it simply speaks to the kind of defensive back Johnson is. He's full-go through the whistle, and that's a big reason the Buckeyes were so interested in his services. Ruckert, meanwhile, has the frame to withstand such a hit and still come down with the pass, which will surely be helpful toward in bid to start as a true freshman.
The player who reportedly stood out most on Monday was Togiai. Opposing offensive linemen had trouble blocking him all morning, as evidenced in the video below.
I'll be reporting live from San Antonio all week, so make sure to follow along on Twitter at @AndrewMLind for the latest updates, photos, videos and more. I've also included a schedule of events below, which are a little bit different than in year's past thanks to inclement weather seemingly affecting the whole country.
It is as follows:
- Team Practice* – 8:30-10:30 a.m.
- Media Availability* – 10:45-11:15 a.m.
- Joint Practice* – 12:30-1:30 p.m.
- Media Availability* – 10:30-11:15 a.m.
- All-American Challenge – 6:30-8 p.m.
- Practice* – 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Media Availability* – 12:30-1:15 p.m.
- National Combine* – 7:30 a.m.-6:05 p.m.
- Awards Show – 8-9:30 p.m.
U.S. Army All-American Bowl* – 12 p.m.
*Open to the media
THE RARE LIST WHERE THEY'RE NOT INCLUDED
Though he previously included Ohio State in his Top 7 over the summer, Homerville, Georgia, Clinch County four-star athlete Trezman Marshall listed Alabama, Clemson and Georgia as his Final 3 over the weekend.
The 6-foot-1, 236-pound Marshall is considered the fourth-best athlete and No. 52 prospect overall in the Class of 2019, as recruiting analysts are unsure whether he's best suited to play running back or linebacker at the next level. Though he rushed for close to 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Panthers last season, he'd prefer to play on the defensive side of the ball.
Marshall made his first and only trip to Columbus in June, at which time he met with head coach Urban Meyer, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and linebackers coach Bill Davis. The Buckeyes extended an offer that weekend, but it was always an uphill battle if they wanted to pry him away from the home-state Bulldogs.
NOTE: My original flight to San Antonio tonight was delayed significantly, so in order to not miss practice in the morning, I jumped on an earlier flight this evening. I hope you'll excuse the shorter edition of The Hurry Up in favor of live coverage and interviews tomorrow.