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Ohio State signee Trevon Grimes says he is getting closer to a return.

Trevon Grimes is back to full speed, Ohio State plays for a national championship and more

Ryan Ginn

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Today is Monday, May 29, and it’s time to Wake Up Sloopy.


Trevon Grimes says he’s good to go 

In a recruiting class full of blue-chip prospects, Trevon Grimes stands out as one of Ohio State football’s most celebrated pickups in the Class of 2017.

He was rated the No. 5 receiver and No. 39 overall prospect by to the 247 Sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Grimes already has the look of an instant contributor. Now he has the health and moves of one, too. After tearing his left ACL early in his senior season, Grimes posted to Twitter on Friday that he’s finally back to running full speed.

That’s great news for Ohio State given how dominant Grimes looked throughout his high school career. His recovery shouldn’t be too big of a surprise given that Ohio State DE Nick Bosa — who played with Grimes at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas — sustained the exact same injury one year prior when he was a senior. Bosa recovered in time to play as a true freshman at Ohio State, recording 5 sacks in 2016.

Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith said in April that Grimes is on the same recovery plan that Bosa was and his rehab was on the same trajectory.

“Rehab is going really well,” Smith said. “He’s killing it. He’s doing really well.”

Grimes told 247 Sports on Sunday that he’s 85 or 90 percent right now and expects to be fully cleared within the next two months.

Will he be able to make an impact similar to that of Bosa? Smith said it’s all about what happens after Grimes gets to Ohio State.

“It’s going to be about when he gets here, how he transitions and how mature he is and if he’s one those kids that comes in with a mentality to play as a freshman,” Smith said. “They all want to, they all think they’re going to. But some kids come in and can’t seem to feel the speed of the game at this level. They can’t learn the offense as fast, for whatever reason. We’re going to have to see where he’s at.”

Ohio State men’s lacrosse goes for a title

Ohio State men’s lacrosse is in uncharted territory.

The Buckeyes had never made a men’s lacrosse Final Four before this season, and Monday afternoon they’ll play in the national championship.

On Saturday, Ohio State rallied from a four-goal deficit to beat Towson, 11-10, in the national semifinals.

“We got into halftime and really needed to take a hard look at ourselves,” coach Nick Myers told the Columbus Dispatch. “We said, ‘Look, we are going to close the gap in the third and win it in the fourth.’ That was a calming sense. We said, ‘Yes, we can do that.’ We had to establish some rhythm and tempo and give our defense a break.”

The result was a dramatic come-from-behind victory that propelled No. 3 Ohio State (16-4) into the NCAA title game. There, the Buckeyes will find a familiar foe: fellow Big Ten squad Maryland. The game will be televised by ESPN2 at 1 p.m. ET Monday.

Top-seeded Maryland (15-3) has been the national runner-up in each of the last two seasons. Additionally, the Buckeyes and Terrapins have had some wild battles in recent years. Here’s how close the series has been the last three years.

2015 regular season: Maryland, 6-1

2015 Big Ten Tournament: Ohio State, 9-6

2016 regular season: Maryland, 10-8

2017 regular season: Ohio State, 11-10 (OT)

2017 Big Ten Tournament: Maryland, 10-9

Given the two matchups this season, it should be an incredible game. A win would give Ohio State a second NCAA national championship in the 2016-17 school year. Men’s volleyball took home an NCAA title May 6.

Graham Rahal talks Ohio State football

Columbus, Ohio, native Graham Rahal had a pretty good Sunday, leading two laps and finishing 12th in the Indianapolis 500.

The son of 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal is a huge Ohio State football fan, and the day before the race he shared some thoughts on the Buckeyes with ESPN (which was captured by 11 Warriors).

ESPN reporter Marty Smith asked Rahal what he thought about the 2017 Ohio State football team, and he appears to have pretty high hopes.

“It better be good, man,” Rahal said. “I was sitting there earlier and it was all I could talk about at our media breakfast with some of the locals. I have very high hopes for my Buckeyes. I love keeping track of all the recruiting and the players and getting to know some of them. I hope we can see another championship in the near future.”

B1G happenings

• Nebraska’s 2018 recruiting class is ready for the high expectations.

• Could Iowa’s receivers actually be good in 2017?

• Former Wisconsin star Sam Dekker got engaged.

• Who will play running back for Michigan this fall?

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