Hero Kanu is the second freshman of the day to shed his black stripe.
The Ohio State defensive tackle, who entered the scarlet and gray program as a four-star prospect and the No. 129 recruit in the 2022 class, has "officially' become a Buckeye ahead of this weekend's Week 4 matchup with Wisconsin.
Freshman cornerback Ryan Turner was the first Buckeye to lose his black stripe on Thursday, and Kanu pushes the total number of black stripe removals this year to 14 among first-year Ohio State players.
Hailing from Germany, Kanu moved to California in 2020, where he racked up 55 tackles, nine sacks and 19 tackles for loss as a senior at Santa Margarita Catholic. Kanu was a summer enrollee for the Buckeyes, and has now passed a major developmental benchmark in the program.
Kanu is just the third freshman defensive lineman to see his black stripe removed in 2022, joining Caden Curry (April 11) and Kenyatta Jackson (Aug. 20).
|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|
|HERO KANU||DT||SEPT. 22||Freshman|