Three Buckeye Freshmen Lose Black Stripes

Larry Johnson Ohio State Defensive Line Buckeyes

Three more Ohio State football freshmen lost their black stripes just in time for the season opener.

Monday night, the OSU program announced that cornerback Sevyn Banks and defensive ends Tyler Friday and Javontae Jean-Baptiste were now all full-fledged members of the team.

Banks was a four-star recruit out of Florida who enrolled back in January and who went through spring practice with the Buckeyes.

Friday and Jean-Baptiste were both four-star prospects from New Jersey in the 2018 recruiting class. Both enrolled at Ohio State this summer.

In the video for Friday’s stripe announcement, he thanks his teammates and defensive line coach Larry Johnson while defensive end Jashon Cornell peels the stripe off of Friday’s helmet.

Earlier in the day, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano mentioned Friday as one of the true freshmen who could see action this season.

“You will see some freshmen out there playing on special teams. You’ll also see some that are getting rolled in on the defensive line. I think there’s some guys like Tyreke Smith, Tyler Friday could see some time in there. Tommy Togiai could see some time,” Schiano said.

All three of those players have now lost their black stripes.

In Jean-Baptiste’s video, OSU player development director Ryan Stamper says Jean-Baptiste has been “busting his butt during Team Up North period. Gotta get his weight up, when he does, he’s gonna be a pro.”

You can see the announcements for all three players below.

CB Sevyn Banks

DE Tyler Friday

DE Javontae Jean-Baptiste

There are now 14 members of the 2018 recruiting class still holding onto their black stripes.

They are QB Matthew Baldwin*, WR Kamryn Babb (inj.), CB Cameron Brown, HB Jaelen Gill, SAF Marcus Hooker, DT Antwuan Jackson*, C Matthew Jones*, OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, LB K’Vaughan Pope, SAF Josh Proctor, WR Blue Smith, DE Alex Williams, and OT Max Wray*.

* signifies early enrollee

Black Stripe Chart

March 30 – DL Aaron Cox (walk-on)
March 30 – WR De’Shawn White (walk-on)
April 11 – DT Tommy Togiai
August 8 – LB Dallas Gant
August 9 – TE Tate Duarte (walk-on)
August 9 – LB Teradja Mitchell
August 11 – RB Brian Snead
August 11 – QB Kory Curtis (walk-on)
August 11 – DT Taron Vincent
August 13 – WR Chris Olave
August 15 – RB Amari McMahon (walk-on)
August 18 – DE Tyreke Smith
August 18 – RB Master Teague
August 18 – TE Jeremy Ruckert
August 20 – CB Tyreke Johnson
August 27 – DE Tyler Friday
August 27 – CB Sevyn Banks
August 27 – DE Javontae Jean-Baptiste