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Who's Up Next for the Buckeyes?

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

Photo: Athlon Sports

Year after year, Ohio State showcases the best of the best in college football. Whether it's elite offensive studs like Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, Ezekiel Elliot, Billy Price or Jeremy Ruckert, It's undeniable some of the best college football athletes dawn the Scarlett and Gray in the fall. The Ohio State Buckeyes once again will return an elite team that is expected to compete for a national title in January. They will boast three offensive stars that are all in the running for the Heisman via the preseason odd makers in Jaxson Smith-Njigba, C.J. Stroud, and TreVeyon Henderson, yet the biggest question of the season doesn't come with the big three, but which Buckeye not in the big three will jump into the spotlight this season?

Ohio State showcased three top wide receivers last season and are looking to once again reload after sending two of them to the NFL via the first round of the draft. It seems they have a few new potential stars brewing in the wide receiver room. At the top of the list of those wide receivers is Marvin Harrison Jr., son of a former Super Bowl champion. He has shown loads of potential, and if he is half the wideout that his father was, he will become a legend in Columbus. He will likely become wide receiver No. 2 and should find plenty of targets down the field from Heisman frontrunner C.J. Stroud.

Defensively, the Buckeyes bring back two of the highest rated recruits in school history for their sophomore seasons in Jack Sawyer and J.T. Tuimoloau, and these two defensive lineman are expected to become superstars for Ohio State. The defensive line has lacked first round talent since the departure of Chase Young to the NFL in the 2020 draft. Either one of these guys have the potential to write their names into Buckeye lore if they go big this season.

One final Buckeye that could find stardom this year may be defensive back Lathan Ransom. Going in to his third year, he hasn't come close to the expected ceiling he had coming out of high school as a highly rated 4-star prospect. However, coming off a sophomore campaign that saw him seventh on the defense in tackles, he could be in for a big year. It would be a much needed one for the Scarlett and Gray, as the secondary has been lacking over the last few seasons.

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