Sep 18, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes helmets before the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State has highest-ranked recruiting class after 4-star commits

Four-star defensive lineman recruit Jason Moore committed Sunday to play college football at Ohio State.

Per the 247Sports composite rankings, Moore’s announcement nudged Ohio State past Notre Dame for the highest-rated 2023 recruiting class thus far.

Moore, who attends DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland, is the No. 53 overall recruit and No. 5 defensive lineman in 247Sports’ rankings. He is also the Buckeyes’ 14th four-star commitment to go along with two five-star wide receivers, Brandon Inniss and Carnell Tate.

Moore also considered Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State.

Chase Young also starred at DeMatha before committing to the Buckeyes, developing under defensive line coach Larry Johnson and ultimately going No. 2 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

“Having the chance to play with one of the best D-line coaches ever, it’s definitely an experience that a lot of players had, and is something I want to have,” Moore told 247Sports, “so it’s definitely a blessing to be able to play there.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Noah Potter (97) stretches during a spring football practice at the Woody Hayes Athletics Center in Columbus on March 22, 2022.

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Ohio State DL Noah Potter to transfer

Noah Potter has entered the transfer portal, the second Ohio State defensive lineman to do so this week.

He follows defensive lineman Jacolbe Cowan, who announced his transfer status on Monday following the end of spring practice.

Potter was a four-star prospect in the Class of 2019 from Mentor, Ohio. He played his first two seasons in a reserve role and missed 2021 with a foot injury. He also underwent emergency eye surgery after being diagnosed with a torn retina last fall.

The 6-foot-6 Potter was expected to play a larger role in 2022, but defensive line is one of the deepest positions for the Buckeyes.

In the spring game on April 16, Potter made six tackles (two for loss) and had two sacks.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Harry Miller (76) prepares to snap the ball during the first quarter of a NCAA Division I football game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Ohio State OL Harry Miller retires due to mental health battle

Ohio State offensive lineman Harry Miller announced Thursday that he is medically retiring from football and revealed he has struggled with mental health issues, including suicidal intent.

Miller said in a social media post that he informed Buckeyes coach Ryan Day before the 2021 season that he wanted to kill himself, and Day connected him to mental health resources at the school. He attempted to return a few weeks later, he said, with scars on his wrists and throat.

“Maybe the scars were hard to hear through all the talk shows and interviews,” Miller wrote. “They are hard to see, and they are easy to hide, but they sure do hurt. There was a dead man on the television set, but nobody knew it.”

Miller thanked Day and the resources available at Ohio State, adding he was “grateful that (Day) is letting me find a new way to help others in the program,” though he did not elaborate in what capacity he would remain with the Buckeyes.

A five-star recruit in the Class of 2019 from Buford, Ga., Miller was a starter at left guard for Ohio State as a sophomore in 2020 but played sparingly during 2021 while battling a knee injury in addition to his mental health struggle.

Miller included the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number, 800-273-8255, near the end of his post.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; A general view of a Los Angeles Chargers helmet and 2020 NFL Wilson official football at Lake Park SoFi Stadium before the game against the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former Chargers, Buckeyes OL Shane Olivea dies at 40

Former Ohio State and San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Shane Olivea has died at 40, the Chargers announced Thursday.

No cause of death was immediately available.

Olivea started 57 of his 60 career NFL games, all with the Chargers, from 2004-07. In 2006, he started all 16 games at right tackle for an offensive line that helped running back LaDainian Tomlinson set an NFL single-season record with 28 rushing touchdowns.

The Chargers drafted the 6-foot-4, 312-pound Olivea in the seventh round in 2004 after a decorated career with the Buckeyes. The two-time All-Big Ten second-team pick was a starter on Ohio State’s unbeaten 2002 national championship team.

Less than two years after he signed a six-year, $20 million contract extension, the Chargers released Olivea in February 2008. Olivea later said he requested his release in order to address his addiction to painkillers.

“There wasn’t one day in the NFL I wasn’t high on a pill after my rookie year,” Olivea told the Columbus Dispatch in a 2016 interview.

He signed with the New York Giants in July 2008, but landed on season-ending injured reserve the following month with a back injury.

Olivea later attempted a comeback in the short-lived United Football League with the Florida Tuskers (2010) and Virginia Destroyers (2011).

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes wide receivers Garrett Wilson (5), Chris Olave (2) and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) take the the field for the NCAA football game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021.

Ohio State Buckeyes At Michigan Wolverines

WRs Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave among Ohio State’s Rose Bowl opt-outs

Ohio State will play without a pair of top-tier wide receivers in the Rose Bowl, as Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave opted out of the game, coach Ryan Day announced Monday.

Offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere and defensive lineman Haskell Garrett also opted out for the Buckeyes’ bowl game against Utah.

Wilson, a junior, declared early for the NFL Draft. He and Olave are both projected to be early-round selections.

Wilson caught 70 passes for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final season at Ohio State, while Olave had 65 catches for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Buckeyes still will have leading receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who has hauled in 80 catches for 1,259 yards and six touchdowns in his sophomore season.

–Field Level Media

A 9/11 sticker is on the back of Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud's helmet prior to the NCAA football game against the Oregon Ducks at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

Oregon Ducks At Ohio State Buckeyes Football

Ohio State five-star commit Sonny Styles reclassifies to 2022

Ohio State commit Sonny Styles, the top-ranked safety in the Class of 2023, will reclassify to 2022.

A five-star in-state product, Styles hails from Pickerington, Ohio and is listed at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. He chose the Buckeyes in November over offers from Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame and Ole Miss.

His father, Lorenzo Styles, played linebacker at Ohio State from 1992-94.

Now the younger Styles will head to Columbus a year earlier than expected. On Sunday he tweeted that he will sign his national letter of intent this Wednesday, national signing day for the early signing period.

Styles ranks No. 13 overall and No. 2 in the state of Ohio after reclassifying to 2022, per the 247Sports Composite.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Quinn Ewers (3) warms ups prior to the NCAA football game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021

Tulsa At Ohio State Football

Reports: Ohio State QB Quinn Ewers entering transfer portal

Despite his pedigree, Quinn Ewers will not be Ohio State’s star quarterback of the future.

The top-ranked quarterback from the Class of 2022 who enrolled early at Ohio State to capitalize on the state’s name, image and likeness laws for college athletes, will enter the NCAA transfer portal, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

Ewers, part of a crowded quarterback depth chart, took two snaps for the Buckeyes. Redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud started every game of the 2021 regular season for Ohio State and is in the running to be a Heisman Trophy finalist.

The school also has highly-rated quarterbacks Kyle McCord and Jack Miller with multiple years of eligibility remaining, prompting Ewers to look elsewhere.

Yahoo reported that Ewers is considering transferring Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

A Southlake, Texas, native, Ewers committed to the Longhorns before flipping to Ohio State and enrolling early due at least in part to rules prohibiting Texas high schoolers from making money with their NIL rights.

Ewers reportedly earned more than $1 million on NIL deals after arriving at Ohio State.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Haskell Garrett (92) walks beside head coach Ryan Day during the third quarter of the NCAA football game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

Michigan State Spartans At Ohio State Buckeyes Football

CFP rankings: Ohio State to No. 2, Cincinnati cracks top four

Ohio State leapt to No. 2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night following Saturday’s rout of Michigan State.

The Buckeyes beat the Spartans, ranked seventh at the time, 56-7, which helped them nab their highest ranking of the season.

Georgia remained No. 1, Alabama slipped one spot to No. 3 and Cincinnati filled out the projected field of four.

It marks not only a new high for Cincinnati as a program, but also the first time any Group of Five program has been ranked in the top four by the playoff committee, which has been notoriously tough on smaller-conference programs.

Michigan and Notre Dame are Nos. 5 and 6. Michigan hosts Ohio State on Saturday in the annual Big Game, with the winner clinching the Big Ten East division and a spot in the conference championship game.

Oklahoma State moved up two spots to No. 7, and Baylor, Ole Miss and Oklahoma advanced three spots to fill out the top 10. Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, both 10-1, will meet Saturday in their annual Bedlam rivalry game. The Cowboys have already clinched a Big 12 title game berth, and the Sooners would join them and force a rematch with a head-to-head win Saturday.

There was more movement than usual in the top 10 not only because the Spartans’ loss pushed them out to No. 12, but also because Oregon crashed out following a lopsided loss to Utah. The Ducks’ second conference loss of the year dropped them eight spots to No. 11.

Clemson entered the rankings at No. 23 following a 48-27 win over Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons dropped eight spots to No. 18 as a result.

Below is the complete Top 25:

1. Georgia
2. Ohio State
3. Alabama
4. Cincinnati
5. Michigan
6. Notre Dame
7. Oklahoma State
8. Baylor
9. Ole Miss
10. Oklahoma
11. Oregon
12. Michigan State
13. BYU
14. Wisconsin
15. Texas A&M
16. Iowa
17. Pittsburgh
18. Wake Forest
19. Utah
20. North Carolina State
21. San Diego State
22. UTSA
23. Clemson
24. Houston
25. Arkansas

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) scrambles out of the pocket during the third quarter of the NCAA football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

Michigan State Spartans At Ohio State Buckeyes Football

Ohio State rises three spots to No. 2 in AP Top 25

Ohio State’s steamrolling of Michigan State prompted a rise to No. 2 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, released Sunday.

The 56-7 shellacking of the Spartans allowed the Buckeyes (10-1) to move up three spots in the poll.

Georgia (11-0) remains a unanimous No. 1 and can complete an unbeaten regular season by beating Georgia Tech (3-8) on Saturday.

Alabama (10-1) and Cincinnati (11-0) each dropped a spot and are ranked third and fourth, respectively.

Oregon (9-2) dropped from fourth to 11th after being dismantled 38-7 by Utah on Saturday night.

Notre Dame (10-1) is fifth, followed by Michigan. The Wolverines (10-1) host the Buckeyes on Saturday.

Oklahoma State (10-1) is seventh. Ole Miss (9-2), Baylor (9-2) and Oklahoma (10-1) round out the top 10.

Michigan State (9-2) dropped five spots to No. 12 after the loss to Ohio State.

BYU (9-2) sits in 13th, followed by Texas A&M (8-3) and UTSA (11-0).

The Utes (8-3) moved up eight spots to 16th after the rout of Oregon. Iowa (9-2), Wisconsin (8-3), Houston (10-1) and Pittsburgh (9-2) filled out the top 20.

Wake Forest (9-2) is No. 21 and San Diego State (10-1) is No. 22. Louisiana (10-1), North Carolina State (8-3) and Arkansas (7-4) round out the rankings.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Jack Miller III (9) runs off the field following the Buckeyes' 52-13 victory against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a NCAA Division I football game on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Cfb Ohio State Buckeyes At Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Ohio State suspends backup QB Jack Miller after arrest

Ohio State backup quarterback Jack Miller was suspended from the team Friday after he was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired.

He was arrested by Ohio State Highway Patrol officers and released from custody with a summons to appear in court at a later date.

The school issued a statement confirming his arrest and suspension.

Miller, a redshirt freshman, wound up as the third string quarterback after competition in camp. C.J. Stroud, also a redshirt freshman, is entrenched as the starter with freshman Kyle McCord as his backup.

A four-star recruit in the Class of 2020, Miller has played in four games this season, completing 7 of 14 passes for 101 yards.

Quinn Ewers, who reclassified to the Class of 2021 and was its No. 1 recruit, is the other quarterback on scholarship for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State (7-1), No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings, will play at Nebraska (3-6) on Saturday.

–Field Level Media