Get to know Ohio State freshman Josh Myers, Ezekiel Elliott adds more honors, Tate Martell’s pedigree and more

Jeremy Birmingham

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What makes Martell tick

It’s easy to discount Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell when you first look at him. The early enrolled freshman, who has been in Columbus for just about two weeks now, is short – 5-foot-10 or so – and doesn’t always “look” like a football player. But make no mistake: he can play. Maybe he won’t play this coming season for the Buckeyes – the return of J.T. Barrett to the Ohio State lineup sort of guaranteed that barring an unexpected transfer from Joe Burrow or Dwayne Haskins – but don’t presume that means he’s in Columbus just to hold a clipboard. This is a big-time prospect from a big-time high school program who has arrived at Ohio State with big-time goals.

Martell is ready to compete as a Buckeye and show that he cannot just play, but win and win big. That’s all he’s ever done.

From Cleveland.com’s Ari Wasserman:

Martell, who played at West Coast powerhouse Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, has already shown he cannot only handle the pressure, but he can win.

“Yeah, I think he’s proven it,” Gorman coach Kenny Sanchez told cleveland.com. “Time in and time out. I don’t know too many quarterbacks who have played the games he’s played in the last three years and come out unscathed.”

To get through his freshman year at Ohio State unscathed, Martell will have to fall back on the experiences he’s had at Bishop Gorman, a school that is much more college than high school. According to Sanchez, that is going to pay dividends down the road.

“It helps, how could it not, right?” Sanchez told cleveland.com. “We fly to games, we stay in hotels, and (our players) have to do the schoolwork while they’re doing all of that, too, so it’s a lot like a college. It’s a smaller version of one. We play on national television.

“It’s structured for you to be successful when you get to the next level. … I think Tate did really well in this environment and it’s going to help him at Ohio State.”

Ohio State is hoping that Martell’s competitive spirit – along with his high-level preparation at Gorman – will put him in a position to challenge for playing time soon.

Get to know Buckeyes freshman Josh Myers

Want to know more about your future favorite Buckeyes? Look no further than the official Ohio State Twitter account.

As they have all week, the Buckeyes social media team took a little time Thursday to introduce one of their early enrolled freshmen. This time, it was Miamisburg, Ohio, offensive lineman Josh Myers.

Watch and get to know the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Myers, who committed to Ohio State on January 25, 2015.

Buckeyes basketball future bright or nah?

If you’ve watched Thad Matta’s Ohio State basketball team this season you’ve witnessed some serious inconsistency and, occasionally, a little bit of fun. The Buckeyes aren’t young – so there’s no excuses for the lack of continuity like there has been the last two years – so you may be inclined to believe that a bulk of the problems stem from a talent vacuum. Simply put, there may not be enough guys in the program right now that can, consistently, put the basketball in the basket.

That’s got to change if the Hardwood Heroes want to get back to the heights Matta took them to as recently as four seasons ago. If the high school basketball game that took place Tuesday night in Central Ohio is any indicator, there may be some help on the way. A pair of Ohio State commitments – Kaleb Wesson and Dane Goodwin – put on an absolute show at Upper Arlington High School. Wesson, a 2017 commitment and the younger brother of Buckeyes freshman Andre, led the way statistically but Goodwin’s Golden Bears walked away with a last-second win. The 2018 commitment showed up big as well.

From Eleven Warriors’ Tim Shoemaker:

Goodwin hit 8-of-13 tries from behind the 3-point line to score his 35 points and also grabbed seven rebounds, but he went head-to-head with Wesson, who finished with a career-high 49 points to go along with seven boards himself. Wesson scored 35 of his team’s 37 second-half points and finished the game 15-for-19 from the field and 18-for-19 at the free-throw line.

The pair will arrive on campus at Ohio State a year apart but, according to Shoemaker, each is confident the current issues will be taken care of.

“I think the program is in a good position just trying to get back on a roll here,” Goodwin said. “I think the overall feeling around the program is positive and they’re going to get it here sooner or later.”

“I feel like we’re struggling right now, but I feel like we have the pieces to win,” Wesson added. “I feel like right now we’re just in a slump.”

Wesson and Goodwin look like key components to busting that slump.

More honors for Zeke

The accolades continue to roll in for former Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott.

On Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys rookie was named Rookie of the Year and “Best Runner” by ProFootballFocus.com, a website that views football from the analytical vantage point.

It’s just another honor for Elliott, who burst onto the NFL stage after being the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft and led the Cowboys to an NFC-best 13-3 regular-season record. He led the NFL in rushing yards with 1631.

B1G Happenings

• Iowa was very close to landing Super Bowl starting quarterback Matt Ryan

• Paul Chryst and Wisconsin may make no move important than hiring the right defensive coordinator

• Why Nebraska? Key Huskers commitments share why those chose Lincoln for college

• Michigan officially hires Greg Frey away from Indiana

• Which relationship was the real deal breaker for a former Penn State commitment?

• P.J. Fleck and Minnesota lose a commitment from a Texas defensive tackle