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Tommy Togiai impresses in practice
Pocatello (Idaho) Highland 4-star defensive tackle Tommy Togiai was a huge get when he committed and later signed with Ohio State in December, and it looks as if he might be even better than advertised.
In the first two days of practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Togiai spent the day dominating opposing offensive linemen in drills. Check out some of the clips recruiting analysts have posted.
— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) January 1, 2018
— Bill Kurelic (@Bill_Kurelic) January 2, 2018
Joint practice at #ArmyBowl. I like what I'm seeing out of Tommy Togiai
— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) January 2, 2018
Emory Jones, Brenton Cox reportedly struggle
Ohio State would take either player in a flash if it were possible, so don’t confuse the following for a report that the Buckeyes should be happy about missing out on two heralded recruits. But with that being said, both 4-star quarterback Emory Jones and 5-star defensive end Brenton Cox were listed among Rivals.com analyst Mike Farrell’s five players whose stock is dropping at the Under Armour All-America Game.
Here’s what Farrell had to say about each.
QB Emory Jones – The one-time 5-star quarterback has really struggled all week long and doesn’t look like the same guy we scouted a year ago for whatever reason. His senior season was solid, but he hasn’t taken a step forward like some others in this class.
DE Brenton Cox – As with Davis, I expected a potential 5-star performance but I haven’t seen that yet. He’s done more than [Jordan] Davis overall but still hasn’t reached the level I had hoped this week.
Again, don’t read this as an insinuation that Ohio State is better off without either. But after all the lamentations that took place on Dec. 20 when the early signing period began, it felt worth mentioning that two players perceived as elite talents aren’t thought to be living up to the hype in Orlando, Fla.
Matthew Baldwin arrives in Columbus
Speaking of quarterbacks, Jones’ replacement, Matthew Baldwin, has arrived in Ohio. The Austin (Texas) Lake Travis 3-star quarterback is enrolling early and rehabbing a knee injury sustained in the Texas state playoffs.
His teammate Garrett Wilson, a 4-star receiver in the Class of 2019 who has an Ohio State offer, wished Baldwin good luck on Twitter.
My QB @matthewb_12 just arrived in the great city of Columbus! Man i could go on and on, but i just want to wish you a speedy recovery, and that you get everything you deserve. Can’t wait to watch you bring a natty back to C-bus! #GoBucks my man
— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) January 2, 2018
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