Marvin Harrison Jr. Becomes the First Offensive Player in Ohio State's Freshman Class of 2021 to Shed His Black Stripe

By 11W Staff on April 6, 2021 at 12:18 pm
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Marvin Harrison Jr. is “officially” a Buckeye.

Harrison Jr. became one of the first two members of Ohio State's freshman class of 2021, along with defensive end Jack Sawyer, to have his black stripe removed following the Buckeyes' ninth practice of the spring on Tuesday.

A four-star recruit from St. Joseph's Prep High School in Pennsylvania, Harrison – the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Marvin Harrison – has clearly made a quick impression in his first spring as a Buckeye. During the portion of Monday's practice that was open to the media, Harrison showed his playmaking ability by catching a touchdown pass from C.J. Stroud.

Harrison, along with fellow midyear enrollee wide receivers Emeka Egbuka and Jayden Ballard, is trying to work his way into a loaded receiver rotation that returns Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, Jameson Williams, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming from last season.

That won't be an easy task, but the fact that Harrison has already shed his black stripe is an indication that he's making a case for himself.

“One of the first freshmen I've seen to come catch passes before a 6 a.m. winter workout,” Ohio State assistant strength and conditioning coach Chris Fenelon said when removing Harrison's black stripe. “The future's very bright for this guy. That's why he's getting his black stripe off.”

2021 Black Stripe Removals
Player Pos Date
JACOLBE COWAN DL APRIL 2
MARVIN HARRISON JR. WR APRIL 6
JACK SAWYER DE APRIL 6
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