Real Pod Wednesdays: What We Saw and Who Stood Out at Ohio State’s First Spring Scrimmage

By Dan Hope and Griffin Strom on March 29, 2023 at 11:20 am
Steele Chambers

After attending Ohio State’s first scrimmage of the spring and the Buckeyes’ pro day last week, there was plenty for us to talk about on this week’s episode of Real Pod Wednesdays.

The first half of this week’s episode is focused on the current Ohio State football team, as we talk about who and what stood out to us while watching the Buckeyes’ scrimmage on Saturday, as well as what we learned from last week’s interview sessions with offensive linemen and defensive linemen and Tuesday’s interview sessions with Jim Knowles and Brian Hartline.

In the second half of the show, we talk about what we saw from Ohio State’s NFL draft prospects at last week’s pro day and how Ohio State’s efforts to add future Buckeyes on the recruiting trail are heating up, then conclude the show by wrapping up a great season for Ohio State women’s basketball and looking at some of the top transfer targets for Ohio State men’s basketball.

The full rundown for this week’s show:

  • 1:14: The quarterbacks had some struggles on Saturday, but Kyle McCord had the better day overall
  • 7:23: Jayden Ballard, Kaleb Brown and freshman wideouts show how loaded Ohio State is at receiver
  • 14:04: Kenyatta Jackson, Jack Sawyer, Steele Chambers, Gabe Powers among defensive standouts
  • 21:58: Carson Hinzman and Josh Fryar look like starters, but right tackle remains a huge question
  • 26:39: Cornerbacks keep building momentum, especially Denzel Burke and Davison Igbinosun
  • 29:06: Josh Proctor and Lathan Ransom appear positioned to start, but nickel safety not as clear
  • 33:58: Jim Knowles and Larry Johnson on the same page about Jack Sawyer, who should play Jack
  • 37:09: C.J. Stroud only strengthened his standing as a top-two overall NFL draft pick at pro day
  • 42:21: Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s 4.48 40 should cement his standing as the NFL’s draft top wide receiver
  • 43:48: Tanner McCalister helped himself the most of any Ohio State draft prospect at pro day
  • 45:21: Cam Brown didn’t run as fast as he said he could, and he might have needed to
  • 47:40: Zach Harrison left his 40 time a mystery, but that might have been a smart strategic decision
  • 49:40: Deontae and Devontae Armstrong’s commitments continue Justin Frye’s strong start in 2024
  • 52:11: More Ohio State commitments could be coming soon
  • 53:58: Jordan Marshall is a big loss for Ohio State, but Michigan’s other Ohio commitments aren’t
  • 58:39: Ohio State women’s basketball lost to Virginia Tech but still had one of its best seasons ever
  • 1:00:03: Ohio State’s future looks bright with Cotie McMahon, maybe Jacy Sheldon returning
  • 1:02:22: Big Ten women’s teams benefit from conference tournament one week earlier than men’s
  • 1:03:40: Brice Sensabaugh leaves the door open for a return, but his departure still seems more likely
  • 1:06:04: Nick Timberlake, Jamison Battle, Chris Ledlum among Ohio State transfer targets
  • 1:08:27: Our Final Four predictions
  • 1:09:57: It was a great year for many Ohio State winter sports teams ... just not men’s basketball

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