Today’s Topic: Where Does Ohio State Turn For a 2020 Running Back Now?
With Thursday’s news that 4-star Arizona running back Darvon Hubbard has decommitted from Ohio State, it now begs questioning where the Buckeyes are going to go from here.
The decommitment was not a surprise for head coach Ryan Day and OSU, so it’s not like they are scrambling at this point.
With the loss of Brian Snead — and the potential departure of JK Dobbins to the NFL after this season — landing two running backs in the 2020 class would be ideal.
That may still include Darvon Hubbard, but Day and his staff will need to see a more complete back as a high school senior.
While they monitor Hubbard’s development, they will also be swinging for the fences on a number of the nation’s best running backs.
At the top of the list are California tailback Kendall Milton (6-1 211) and Arizona running back Bijan Robinson.
Milton, out of Buchanan High School in Clovis, California, is the No. 2 running back in the nation and the No. 11 player overall. Back in July, Milton had Ohio State in his Top 10. The Buckeyes will continue to work very hard for his services.
Robinson (6-0 200) attends Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Arizona where he rushed for 2,400 yards last season on just 170 attempts. A 5-star prospect and the No. 6 tailback in the nation, he averaged 14.1 yards per carry as a junior, scoring 35 touchdowns in the process.
There are currently only two Crystal Ball projects in on Robinson, with one pointing to UCLA and the other to Ohio State. Based on his film, whoever lands this talented running back is getting one of the best playmakers in the nation.
Seth McGowan, from Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas, released his Top 8 earlier in the month and included Ohio State. He is ranked the No. 14 running back in the nation. McGowan rushed for 1,614 yards last season on 218 rushing attempts.
Four-star Lakeland, Florida running back Demarkcus Bowman could also bear watching. A year ago at this time he had Ohio State at the top of his list, but now he appears to be trending toward the home-state Gators. At least based on the eight Crystal Ball predictions.
Akron Hoban athlete DeaMonte Trayanum is the No. 20 outside linebacker in the nation per the 247Sports Composite, but his preference is running back, which is Ohio State’s preference as well. He has held an OSU for a while now and is the most likely name here to end up as a Buckeye.
Last May at The Opening Regional in Massillon, Trayanum measured in at 5-foot-11 and 212 pounds and ran a 4.66. His running style is similar to former Buckeye Mike Weber. Last season, he rushed for 1,313 yards on just 106 carries, scoring 26 touchdowns.
So while the Buckeye recruiting class now no longer has a running back in it, that won’t be the case forever, and it may not be the case much longer.
Expect Ohio State to sign two in 2020 and expect them both to be very, very good.