Freshman cornerback Ryan Turner has worked quietly in Ohio State's defensive backfield since he arrived on campus in January.
The former four-star from Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Florida, shed his black stripe at practice this week, which means he is officially a Buckeye. He is the first Ohio State player to receive the recognition since Kojo Antwi and Mason Maggs added scarlet to their helmets on Sept. 15.
Ohio State cornerbacks coach Tim Walton only has six scholarship players in his unit, so Turner's addition to the "Best in America" could mean an increase in opportunities for the first-year Buckeye, especially with uncertainty about Jordan Hancock's return to action still lingering over the position group.
At the very least, Turner has made enough of an impression on Walton and the other coaches during his short tenure with the program to have his black stripe removed and to play his first six defensive snaps as a Buckeye against Toledo. He will continue carving out a role for himself in practice and look to make an impact in whatever ways he will be needed in the future.
|TANNER MCCALISTER||S||MARCH 28||Transfer|
|KYE STOKES||S||APRIL 8||Freshman|
|CADEN CURRY||DE||APRIL 11||Freshman|
|CHIP TRAYANUM||LB||AUG. 9||Transfer|
|JYAIRE BROWN||CB||AUG. 9||Freshman|
|C.J. HICKS||LB||AUG. 13||Freshman|
|ZAK HERBSTREIT||TE||AUG. 17||Second year|
|KALEB BROWN||WR||AUG. 17||Freshman|
|KYION GRAYES||WR||AUG. 20||Freshman|
|DALLAN HAYDEN||RB||AUG. 20||Freshman|
|JOOP MITCHELL||WR||AUG. 20||Second year|
|KENYATTA JACKSON||DE||AUG. 20||Freshman|
|SONNY STYLES||S||AUG. 30||Freshman|
|TC CAFFEY||RB||SEPT. 14||Freshman|
|KOJO ANTWI||WR||SEPT. 15||Freshman|
|MASON MAGGS||QB||SEPT. 15||Freshman|
|RYAN TURNER||CB||SEPT. 22||Freshman|