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Ellijah Gardiner Amir Riep Black Stripes Ohio State Football

Following practice on Monday, two more Ohio State Buckeyes were officially welcomed to the team by having the black stripes removed. Freshman cornerback Amir Riep and freshman wide receiver Ellijah Gardiner became the 15th and 16th freshmen to be de-striped this year.

Amir Riep came to Ohio State as a four-year starter from Cincinnati Colerain. He was a 4-star prospect who earned Second-Team All-State honors from the Associated Press.

Riep did not enroll early, which put him behind the four other newcomers at cornerback, but he has gained ground throughout camp due to his persistence.

Gardiner, meanwhile, almost wasn’t a Buckeye. He received a late offer when Ohio State had a receiver decommit. An all-points bulletin was put out for a receiver, and the OSU staff landed on Gardiner’s tape and they liked what they saw out of the Texan.

It didn’t take the staff long after getting to know Gardiner to realize that he was the kind of person that they wanted in this class.

Gardiner was a 3-star prospect, and has the size (6-4 200) and the speed to be an intriguing prospect down the road. He was ranked the No. 133 receiver nationally by ESPN.

Black Stripe Chart

Kendall Sheffield, CB — 3/28

J.K. Dobbins, RB — 8/4

Isaiah Pryor, SAF — 8/7

Chase Young, DE — 8/9

Jeffrey Okudah, CB — 8/14

Haskell Garrett, DT — 8/14

Pete Werner, LB — 8/15

Thayer Munford, OT — 8/15

Shaun Wade, CB — 8/16

Brendon White, SAF — 8/19

Wyatt Davis, OG — 8/19

Tate Martell, QB — 8/19

Jerron Cage, DT — 8/22

Trevon Grimes, WR — 8/24

Mitch Rossi, RB — 8/24

Ellijah Gardiner, WR — 8/28

Amir Riep, CB — 8/28

2 Responses

  1. Elijah is my sleeper pick to become one of the most talked about Buckeye receivers in the very near future for doing great things from the receiver position. One of the more underappreciated, or unheralded recruits in the class all signs point to his work ethic and dedication being what champions are made of.

    1. His is the kind that great stories are made of.

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