Ohio State Welcomes Joey Brunk

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Ohio State has welcomed center Joey Brunk to its men’s basketball program just over a week after he announced that he would be transferring from Indiana. He is the second player to join the Buckeyes through the off-season transfer portal following former Penn State player Jamari Wheeler.

Joey Brunk commits to Ohio State
Joey Brunk commits to Ohio State

Joey Brunk, with a height of 6-feet 11-inches and weighing 225 pounds, began his college basketball career at Butler where he was a feature for three seasons. He also had a red-shirt year, in 2016-17, with now Buckeyes head coach Chris Holtmann, so is not a complete unknown. He transferred to Indiana before the 2019-20 season where he averaged 6.8 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Hoosiers in an average of 19 minutes play per game. It means that Brunk will be entering his sixth and last season of college basketball by playing with the first coach he ever signed with.

Brunk did not play any of last season because of surgery he undertook for a back injury. Even during his absence he was voted among one of four players by his teammates as a candidate for team captain. Now back to full strength, Brunk intends to take full advantage of the extra year of eligibility he has as a result of COVID 19 to suit up for coach Holtmann once again. He has said that he has a great deal of respect for Holtmann who he said was someone he could always approach for advice or when he needed to make big decisions about his playing career. He says that being able to play for Holtmann is a great way to repay him for his mentor-ship.

Joey Brunk commits to Ohio State

Brunk is expected to make a strong contribution to defense for Ohio State as well as a re-bounder. He will join a Buckeyes fore court that is set to feature senior Kyle Young, juniors Ibrahima Diallo and EJ Liddell and sophomore Zed Key if, as widely expected, Liddell withdraws from NBA draft consideration. Brunk is well known for his post defender abilities, as a scorer as well as a rebounder. His addition gives Ohio State an option to team with Zed Key to hold down the center position and keep Liddell at power forward.

Many commentators say the reason for the Buckeyes’ recent defensive struggles was due to the fact that they lacked a large player in defense. In a conference dominated by big players, it was said that Ohio State did not have the size or strength required to meet the challenge of players like Hunter Dickinson or Kofi Cockburn. While Kyle Young is an accomplished player he couldn’t defend effectively against the size of those of players, although he did his best. Joey Brunk is expected to make up for that shortfall, so to speak.

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E.J. Liddell Receives Threats after Ohio State Loss

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When Ohio State entered the 2021 NCAA tournament, many thought they had a chance to go all the way. This team had a successful regular season, sometimes looking like one of the country’s best teams. Although they had a fair share of losses in the regular season, they competed in what was considered the toughest conference all season long.

Just a few days after selection Sunday, Ohio State found their season over as they lost to Oral Roberts in overtime. Many believed that they had a pretty favorable draw, but they could never get going against the 15th seed. They were lucky to get to overtime in the first place, but losing in a tough one was particularly devastating.

EJ Liddell Receives Threats
E.J. Liddell Receives Threats

After the loss, there was a lot of backlash. In particular, Ohio State’s EJ Liddell came out and discussed some of the threats and hateful messages he received after the loss. Despite having a great season and playing fairly well in the game, he took a lot of the negativity due to how things ended up.

Passionate fans crossing the line with E.J. Liddell Threats

This is not the first time that passionate fans for a particular team have crossed the line. In fact, this is something that usually happens with Ohio State football players, not basketball players. However, high expectations at Ohio State boiled over into frustration, and the target for the frustration was none other than Liddell since he was one of the stars.

Many people are concerned about that at the end of the day, these are still amateur athletes who are not getting paid by the university. Even though they are on scholarship, Ohio State makes a lot of money off these players, but they don’t receive that compensation directly. Liddell was surprised by the threats he received, mostly online, and spoke out because he wants to see that come to an end.

Frustration all around

Liddell is quick to point out that there is no excuse about losing so early in the NCAA tournament. He had expectations for his team himself, and he was hoping that they could put together a serious run to go all the way. He is just adamant that there are better ways to go about it than threatening players online in a passive way. Even though most players don’t take these threats too seriously, it shows just how serious things can get when the game gets a bit out of hand.

Making a change for the future

He hopes that people understand that players have feelings too when it comes to tough losses. The E.J. Liddell threats just hit a little too close to home. Nobody wants to lose, especially as a heavy favorite in the NCAA tournament. Instead of threatening players for their play, there are better ways to go about it. Ultimately, handling it the right way matters.

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Aliou Bah Wants to Be Able to Visit Coaches and Campuses

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3 Star Offensive Tackle Aliou Bah, currently playing for IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida, wants the ability to visit with coaches and see campuses before making a college selection as he retweeted a post by Jake Pope. With over 36 offers, the 6’6” 325 tackle is highly sought after by many school buy has narrowed the list down to Ohio State, Florida State, Michigan State, and Oklahoma. A Crystal Ball prediction by Bill Kurelic has him going to Columbus Ohio in 2022. NCAA rules have limited visits to help stop the spread of Covid 19 and keep kids safe. But the situation is not normal and makes selecting a school more of a guess than a great feeling.

Offensive Tackle Aliou Bah
Offensive Tackle Aliou Bah

Who is Recruiting Aliou Bah

Bah is considered the 53rd best offensive tackle in the country and the 72nd overall prospect in Florida. He is originally from Memphis Tennessee and is being recruited for Ohio State from offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. Alex Atkins is recruiting Bah for Florida State and Chris Kapilovic is recruiting Bah for Michigan State.

Ohio State’s 2022 Offensive Line Class

Although Ohio State has one offensive line player in the class of 2022, Tegra Tshabola from Lakota West Ohio, this is the most important position for the Buckeyes to recruit for 2022. They missed JC Latham in 2021 to a late push by Alabama and have a number of starters leaving the program. Other players coach Ryan Day are recruiting at the position include Liberty Christian Zach Rice and Charlestown Indiana Kiyaunta Goodwin.

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Outside Linebacker Raesjon Davis Visits Columbus Ohio

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Top linebacker recruit Raesjon Davis visited Ohio State this past weekend to take a look at the campus and facilities, although the family was not allowed to meet with the coaching staff. The staff has been very active trying to lure Davis to Columbus for 2021 in a class that ranked 2nd in the country (behind Alabama) but only contains one linebacker, Reid Carrico. Davis is considered a 4 star recruit, the 4th best outside linebacker nationally, and the 4th best overall recruit from California.

Raesjon Davis

Raesjon Davis Crystal Ball

Most experts are predicting Davis will commit to The University of Southern California when the late signing period ends. He has over 23 offers with schools such as LSU, Oregon, Auburn and Ohio State showing interest. For a long-time considered an LSU commit, he recently has opened up his recruitment. There are two weeks remaining to decide before the February signing period ends on February 3rd. Ohio State hopes to finish strong on two remaining prospects.

Raesjon Davis Excited

At 6’1” and 215 lbs., he has great size and speed. He came to Columbus with his parents for the weekend visit. He seemed pretty excited about Ohio State after the visit and is considering returning soon. If Davis does return to Ohio before the final signing day, then the contest between USC and OSU would be considered minimal.

Ohio State is assumed to be the lead program for 5 star defensive end JT Tuimoloau from Washington. Most 2021 recruits have signed and enrolled already for Ohio State.

Jaheim Singletary 2022 Cornerback for Ohio State

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Robert E Lee Jackson Florida corner-back Jaheim Singletary committed to play football at Ohio State in 2022 the day after the Buckeyes took down Clemson in the Sugar Bowl in dramatic fashion (49-28). The 5 star prospect is considered the 5th best corner in the country for the class and the 2nd best overall prospect in Florida. Tony Alford and Kerry Coombs recruited Singletary for Ohio State who just signed a 2nd best 2021 class with 6 defensive backs to replace the depth that has left for the NFL year-after-year.

Jaheim Singletary
Jaheim Singletary

What Singletary Offers Ohio State

Considered a big corner at 6’1” 170lbs and a 74” wingspan. Can cover a side of the field at the high school level. As a junior he had 3 interceptions and 6 defended passes while be thrown away from often. He had 8 interceptions as a freshman. Has the potential to be a first round draft pick according to many scouts.

He had offers from Clemson, Auburn, Georgia and Florida among many others but was considered a lock for the Buckeyes since early December. He is the big corner that coach Coombs is always looking to recruit. Shawn Wade, another corner from Jacksonville, is similar in talent and size, started in the slot and then moved to the outside position later in his career.

What Jaheim Singletary Liked at OSU

Singletary liked what the coaches at Ohio State had to offer their players, the culture and the chance to get to the professional league. Coach Alford was very real, coach Coombs brought the energy and Ryan Day was relentless, calling everyday during the recruitment.

Ohio State 2022 Class

Singletary becomes the 10th member of the class which includes the #1 quarterback in Quinn Ewers and five star wide receiver Caleb Burton among other top prospects. The 2022 class at OSU is currently considered the best in the country.

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Tight End Benji Gosnell From Pilot Mountain North Carolina

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Ohio State picked up a 2022 tight end commit this week in Pilot Mountain East Surry prospect Benji Gosnell. The 6’4” 225 lbs. 4 star player is considered the 11th best tight end in the nation for 2022 and the 9th best player overall in North Carolina. He was recruited by assistant coach Kevin Wilson for the Buckeyes and had offers from 18 schools including Florida, Duke, Arkansas, North Carolina (he has a brother currently playing for the Tar Heels) and Penn State. His current coach (Lowman) is friends with coach Wilson since growing up in the same area.

Benji Gosnell
Benji Gosnell

Why Ohio State?

Gosnell decided on joining Ohio State after watching the Buckeyes beat Penn State on Saturday. He liked what he saw in the way Ohio State utilized their tight ends in the game. And he felt Luke Farrell and Jeremy Ruckert were complete players with their ability to block and catch. That is something he wants for his college development, to become a complete tight end.

Last season Gosnell went 422 yards on 25 catches along with 5 touchdowns.

Benji Gosnell Visits

Gosnell has been unable to make visits to campus but has been on virtual tours with the coaches. Ryan Day played a big part in getting him to join the class, taking regular texts and explaining everything OSU had to offer.

Ohio State 2022 Class

Ohio State’s 2022 class now has two tight ends in Gosnell and Bennett Christian in addition to linebackers Gabe Powers and CJ Hicks, offensive tackle Tegra Tshabola, and defensive backs Dasan McCullough and Jyaire Brown. The class is currently ranked the best in the country.

Benji Gosnell: 4-star tight end commits to Ohio State

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