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Bill Belichick and Urban Meyer have a lot of mutual respect for one another. Their relationship might help Ohio State on the recruiting trail.

How Bill Belichick is helping Ohio State on recruiting trail; Keita Bates-Diop becomes consensus All-American

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Bill Belichick pro day appearance could help Buckeyes recruiting

Ohio State’s latest advantage on the recruiting trail is… Bill Belichick? No, Belichick is not in recruits’ living rooms telling high school players to wear the scarlet and gray. But he was at Ohio State’s pro day last week, and one potential Buckeyes player got to meet the five-time Super Bowl winning coach of the New England Patriots.

“I got to see the facilities, watch practice, learn a lot about Ohio other than football, and I also got to meet Bill Belichick. It was crazy meeting him,” 2019 linebacker Marcus Tillman Jr. told Land of 10.

Belichick and Urban Meyer have been close for years and have a lot of mutual respect for each other. The relationship might just help the Buckeyes’ next recruiting class.

Keita Bates-Diop earns consensus All-America status

Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop was named a second-team All-American by The Associated Press on Tuesday, making the 2017-18 Big Ten Player of the Year a consensus All-American. Bates-Diop also was an All-America pick by the Sporting News, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Bates-Diop declared for the 2018 NBA Draft on Monday, passing on his final year of college eligibility. With Bates-Diop leaving along with three productive Ohio State seniors, Chris Holtmann is going to have his hands full heading into the 2018-19 season, Land of 10’s Austin Ward writes.

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Kelsey Mitchell becomes 4-time USBWA first-team All-American

Speaking of impressive honors, Ohio State women’s basketball star Kelsey Mitchell was named a U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-American for the fourth time in her career Tuesday. Mitchell is just the fourth women’s college basketball player to go 4-for-4 on USBWA All-America teams, joining UConn’s Maya Moore, Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris and Tennessee’s Chamique Holdsclaw.

Mitchell finished her college career second on the NCAA all-time scoring list with 3,402 points.

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