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Four-star TE Ty Lockwood decommits from Ohio State, picks Alabama

Four-star tight end Ty Lockwood, Ohio State’s first commit of the 2023 class, announced Tuesday that he is decommitting from the Buckeyes and is heading to Alabama.

Lockwood, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior at Independence High School in Thompson’s Station, Tenn., is the ninth-rated tight end in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He committed to Ohio State last summer and received Alabama’s offer on Friday.

Ohio State now has the No. 3-ranked class in the nation, with Notre Dame No. 1 and Alabama No. 2, per 247Sports.

Alabama and coach Nick Saban have received commitments recently from five-star safety Caleb Downs and four-star offensive tackle Olaus Alinen, both of whom had Ohio State as finalists.

Lockwood had 43 receptions for 606 yards and three touchdowns last season.

“I’m grateful for Ohio State, the coaching staff, and the Buckeye players and fans,” Lockwood tweeted on Tuesday. “I have a lot of respect for the program and the team. … (But) I have decided that it would be best to de-commit from Ohio State University.”

Lockwood said the decision to commit to Alabama is “the right choice I needed to make for my future and my family.”

Jul 27, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day talks to the media during Big 10 football media days at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Day: Winning Rose Bowl not a great season at Ohio State

Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Wednesday that going 11-2 and winning the Rose Bowl game might mark success at other schools, but not in Columbus, Ohio.

Day made the comments during Big Ten Media Days in Indianapolis.

Anything short of a Big Ten title and another national championship is disappointment at Ohio State. Losing to Michigan for the first time since 2011 is another dagger.

“That’s part of the deal here. A lot of times you go 11-2 and win the Rose Bowl, you say that’s one heck of a season. Well, not around here,” Day said. “Our goal every year is to beat the Team Up North and win the Big Ten championship and win the national championship, and we didn’t get those things last year.”

Day guided the Buckeyes to the CFP national championship game following the 2020 season but got devoured by Alabama, 52-24.

Ohio State last won the national title in 2014, under Urban Meyer.

The Buckeyes’ main problem last season: youth and defense.

OSU finished 2021 ranked No. 59 nationally in total defense. That led to the hire of defensive coordinator Jim Knowles from Oklahoma State in the offseason. The calendar — players becoming older and wiser — took care of itself.

“Last year, we were so young that we didn’t know what we didn’t know,” Day said. “This year, we know what it’s like to lose a game. We know what it’s like to lose that rivalry game. And that was not good. And so there are some scars there, which is a good thing.”

Further, the Buckeyes don’t open their season with a cupcake – they play Notre Dame on Sept. 3.

“It amplifies the preseason, for sure,” Day said. “You know you have to play your best football right then and there. You can’t take a game or two to find your footing, so that game is going to be amped up. It’s going to be kind of a frenzy, and we know that, so preseason is going to be very important.”

–Field Level Media

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Lions add former Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett to coaching staff

The Detroit Lions named former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett to their coaching staff as an offensive assistant on Saturday.

Barrett, 27, played with the Buckeyes from 2014-17, winning 38 games as a starter. He threw for 9,434 yards, ran for 3,263 more and accounted for 147 touchdowns.

Despite his successful college career, Barrett wasn’t selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. He signed free agent contracts with the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers but never saw any game action.

The Steelers released him in August 2020, and he went on to play in The Spring League. He signed with the Edmonton Elks of the Canadian Football League in January, but an undisclosed injury ended his playing career. He was moved to the retired list in May.

Detroit has two Ohio State alumni on the roster on offense and two on defense: offensive linemen Taylor Decker and Jonah Jackson, defensive end Jashon Cornell and cornerback Jeff Okudah.

–Field Level Media

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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 University regularly uses the definitive article "The" in front of its name, as seen here in the university seal embedded in the pavement at the east entrance to the Oval on the main campus in Columbus.

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Ohio State secures “THE” trademark

It’s “THE” Ohio State University, or at least it is when it comes to merchandise and clothing sales, as the school has secured a trademark to utilize the word “THE” in marketing after a three-year fight.

“Ohio State is pleased to have received a trademark for THE on branded products associated with and sold through athletics and collegiate channels,” OSU senior director of media and public relations Ben Johnson said in a statement.

Ohio State filed for “THE” trademark in August of 2019 … a few months after fashion retailer Marc Jacobs had.

The two parties eventually reached an agreement that allowed both parties to use the branding, but OSU had to continue to make its case with the patent office, which originally rejected the argument on the basis that the word was merely ornamental.

Ohio State finally won THE argument.

“THE has been a rallying cry in the Ohio State community for many years, and Buckeye fans who purchase official Ohio State gear support student scholarships, libraries and other university initiatives,” Johnson said.

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Brandon Inniss of University is brought down by Chavis Thompson (2) and Brock Holland (5) of Cocoa during Friday's Class 4A state semifinal.

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Ohio State lands second 5-star WR in two days

Five-star wideout Brandon Inniss committed to Ohio State on Tuesday, giving the Buckeyes their second top-3 pass catcher in two days.

Inniss, who plays at American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the nation’s No. 2 wide receiver and the 18th best prospect in the country in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

On Monday, five-star wide receiver Carnell Tate of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., committed to the Buckeyes. He’s the nation’s No. 3 wide receiver and the 28th best prospect in the country, per 247’s composite rankings.

Inniss originally committed to Oklahoma last August but reopened his commitment when then-Sooners coach Lincoln Riley left for Southern California after the season.

Inniss chose Ohio State over West Virginia, Wisconsin, Alabama and Oklahoma, among 37 offers.

“The fact that I will be coming into a great situation because for the position they want me to play they will be short at that spot, so coach (Ryan) Day and coach Hart (Brian Hartline) were telling me I would have to come in and contribute right away, not only telling me that, they showed me as well,” Inniss told 247Sports about his decision. “And the players on the team was already treating me like I’m one of them, not just a recruit.”

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day speaks to media following a spring football practice at the Woody Hayes Athletics Center in Columbus on March 22, 2022.

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Five-star WR Carnell Tate commits to Ohio State

Five-star wide receiver Carnell Tate of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., committed to Ohio State on Monday.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Tate is the nation’s No. 3 wide receiver and the 28th best prospect in the country in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

Tate chose the Buckeyes over LSU, Tennessee, Alabama and Arizona, among 37 offers.

“Coach (Brian) Hartline is what made Ohio State right for me,” Tate told 247Sports. “His development is very important to me. I know he would help develop me into a first-round pick and a great receiver.”

Landing Tate vaults Ohio State to No. 2 in the 247Sports’ composite team rankings for 2023.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day and players stand at midfield for a tribute to Dwayne Haskins during the spring football game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on April 16, 2022.

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Ohio State boosting Ryan Day’s salary to $9.5M

Ohio State football coach Ryan Day is set to receive to a two-year contract extension that boosts his annual salary to $9.5 million through the 2028 season.

The deal announced by the school Wednesday increases Day’s annual compensation from $7.6 million. It is pending the approval of the university’s board of trustees in a vote to be held Thursday.

Day, 43, has led the Buckeyes to a 34-4 record (23-1 Big Ten) since being named the program’s 25th head coach on Dec. 4, 2018.

Day’s teams have made two appearances in the College Football Playoff and won two Big Ten championships.

Ohio State announced updates for four other head coaches. Men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann and men’s ice hockey coach Steve Rohlik will receive extensions and women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff and men’s lacrosse coach Nick Myers will receive new contracts.

Holtmann’s three-year extension includes a $500,000 raise to $3.5 million per year in salary. His Buckeyes are one of three teams to win at least 20 games in each of his first five seasons, along with Kansas and Oregon.

McGuff’s new four-year deal includes an annual compensation of $1.05 million and runs through the 2025-26 season. Ohio State finished 25-7 in his ninth season at the helm of the program in 2021-22.

Rohlik’s two-year extension runs through the 2025-26 campaign. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2018, 2019) just completed his ninth season as head coach of the Buckeyes.

Myers’ new five-year contract runs through the 2027 season. He is the program’s all-time winningest coach and has led Ohio State to four NCAA Tournament berths in 14 seasons.

–Field Level Media

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‘College GameDay’ to kick off at Ohio State-Notre Dame

ABC will air a trio of high-profile college football games over Labor Day weekend, with ESPN kicking off its “College GameDay” coverage with Notre Dame’s visit to Ohio State on Sept. 3.

It’s the 21st visit all-time to Columbus, Ohio, by “GameDay” — more than any other city.

ABC begins game coverage with national champion Georgia, which will meet Oregon at 3:30 p.m. ET in Atlanta. It will represent a homecoming for new Oregon head coach Dan Lanning, who was the defensive coordinator on the Bulldogs’ title team.

That game will be followed by the seventh all-time meeting between Notre Dame and Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. The Buckeyes have won all four games played since 1995.

It marks another return for a new head coach. Marcus Freeman, hired to replace Brian Kelly at Notre Dame, played linebacker for the Buckeyes (2006-08) and began his coaching career there as a graduate assistant.

On Sept. 4, Kelly and his new team, LSU, will meet Florida State at the Superdome in New Orleans at 7:30 p.m. in the first meeting between the teams since 1991.

–Field Level Media

Sophomore quarterback, Dylan Raiola poses for a photo at Chandler High School's practice football fields on March 10, 2022, in Chandler, AZ.

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5-star 2024 QB Dylan Raiola commits to Ohio State

Five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola committed to Ohio State’s Class of 2024.

Ranked as the No. 3 quarterback and the No. 8 overall player in the class by the 247Sports composite, Raiola announced his decision with a video posted to social media Monday night on his 17th birthday.

He chose the Buckeyes over Alabama, Georgia, Southern California, Texas and Oregon.

Raiola played last season at Burleson High School in Texas, where he was coached by former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna. He threw for 3,341 yards and 32 touchdowns as a sophomore, according to MaxPreps.

He since transferred to Chandler High School in suburban Phoenix.

His father, Dominic Raiola, played center for the Detroit Lions for 14 seasons, retiring after the 2014 season.

Ohio State added four-star quarterback Devin Brown of Draper, Utah, in the Class of 2022 but does not yet have a QB commitment in its 2023 class.

–Field Level Media