Real Pod Wednesdays: A Look at Ohio State’s Newest NIL Collective and Previewing the Spring Game

By Dan Hope and Griffin Strom on April 12, 2023 at 12:30 pm
Tyvis Powell
Tyvis Powell

Ohio State officially has a new NIL collective, and two of its leaders join us on this week’s episode of Real Pod Wednesdays to tell us what it’s all about.

Former 97.1 The Fan station manager Todd Markiewicz is the president of The 1870 Society while former Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell is its director of player engagement, and both of them join us for the first part of this week’s show to tell us why they chose to get involved with the new NIL collective and how they believe The 1870 Society can get Ohio State’s NIL efforts where they need to be. (Disclaimer: Eleven Warriors publisher Jason Priestas is a founder and board member of The 1870 Society.)

After that conversation, we turn our focus back to spring football to discuss the latest thing we’ve learned at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and preview Saturday’s spring game at Ohio Stadium. Later in the show, we discuss Ohio State football’s continuing momentum on the recruiting trail and look at how the Ohio State men’s basketball roster is stacking up with the addition of Minnesota transfer Jamison Battle.

(Note: This episode was recorded on Tuesday afternoon before Payton Pierce’s commitment to the Buckeyes and Ryan Day’s announcement that Devin Brown will not play in the spring game.)

The full rundown for this week’s show:

  • 0:20: Introducing Todd, Tyvis and The 1870 Society
  • 2:59: What makes The 1870 Society different from Ohio State’s other NIL collectives
  • 6:15: How 1870 can help elevate Ohio State’s NIL efforts in recruiting
  • 10:25: How 1870 hopes to work in tandem with Ohio State’s other NIL collectives
  • 13:28: How Tyvis’ background playing for the Buckeyes can bolster 1870’s efforts
  • 14:32: What Tyvis thinks Ohio State’s defense must do to perform at a national championship level again
  • 16:16: Jordan Hancock, Denzel Burke, Sonny Styles among DBs catching Tyvis’ eyes this spring
  • 17:20: 1870’s message to Ohio State fans
  • 19:37: 11W’s relationship with 1870 and why it won’t change how we cover Ohio State
  • 22:40: Ohio State is shorthanded at LB right now, but backups are taking advantage of the opportunities
  • 27:36: Cameron Martinez is building momentum as Ohio State’s potential starting nickel safety
  • 29:32: We’re still waiting to see a quarterback stand out this spring
  • 31:34: Good signs for Jelani Thurman, Malik Hartford as they shed their black stripes
  • 34:44: Outside of quarterback, right tackle will be the key position to watch Saturday
  • 38:09: Cornerback will be another position in the spring game spotlight
  • 39:51: Backup linebackers, wide receivers and running backs have chance to make statement
  • 41:36: Kenyatta Jackson is a player to watch on the defensive line
  • 42:55: Our picks for Spring Game MVP: Carnell Tate and Kyle McCord
  • 44:45: Why the spring game holds weight in the quarterback competition
  • 48:10: Air Noland’s commitment gives Ohio State another future quarterback to be excited about
  • 50:48: Mylan Graham’s commitment continues Brian Hartline’s unmatched recruiting excellence
  • 52:10: The 2024 class is offense-heavy, but more defensive commitments could be coming soon
  • 53:25: Jamison Battle is exactly what Ohio State needed in a transfer forward
  • 55:46: Buckeyes still need a transfer guard, Javon Small emerging as a potential option
  • 57:22: Projecting what Ohio State’s starting five will look like next season with Battle’s addition
  • 1:03:26: Taylor Mikesell goes to Indiana and Seini Hicks could be the first of two Buckeyes in her family

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