Kye Stokes will no longer have a black stripe on his helmet at Ohio State practice.
The first-year safety is the first true freshman and just the second Buckeye to lose his black stripe this spring, as the four-star athlete prospect out of Seffner, Florida, is now "officially" a member of the scarlet and gray after joining the program as an early enrollee in the winter.
Stokes, listed at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, was rated the No. 357 overall prospect in his class, but the Armwood High School alum has made quick progress with the Buckeyes this offseason.
In eight games as a junior at Armwood, Stokes picked off five passes, and added another two interceptions in his final season. Stokes' track speed also turned heads during his recruitment, as he jetted for a 10.8-second 100-meter dash during track season.
Stokes appears to have put that speed to good use on the practice field as of late, as the freshman has lost his black stripe and looks to have a bright future ahead of him in Columbus.
Before Stokes, Oklahoma State transfer safety Tanner McCalister was the first Buckeye to shed his black stripe this spring, doing so on March 28.
|TANNER MCCALISTER||S||MARCH 28|
|KYE STOKES||S||APRIL 8|