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LB Tommy Eichenberg, QB J.P. Andrade Lose Black Stripes

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Two more members of the Buckeyes’ 2019 recruiting class are now officially members of the team.

This week, LB Tommy Eichenberg and QB J.P. Andrade both had their black stripes removed.

The black helmet stripe signifies that a new player has not yet done enough, both on and off the field, to be considered an official member of the team. Having it removed is considered a major milestone for young Buckeyes.

Eichenberg was a late addition to the class of 2019, committing to the Buckeyes on December 6. He had previously been committed to Boston College.

He was ranked as a four-star prospect coming out of northeast Ohio power St. Ignatius.

Eichenberg has mostly worked on the scout team this fall, but saw his first game action late in the fourth quarter against Miami.

Andrade was an even later addition to the class. He announced his decision to join OSU as a walk-on on April 26 this year.

Andrade was a three-star prospect who picked the walk-on spot with the Buckeyes over a scholarship offer from South Alabama.

He didn’t get a chance to start practicing with the team until mid-way through fall camp due to NCAA regulations that cap the number of players practicing before classes start.

That means he earned his red stripe in just over a month of practices, which is impressive.

A total of 17 members of the team have lost their black stripes since fall camp opened. There is a complete list of 2018 stripe changes at the bottom of this post.

You can watch the videos announcing the news below.


Black Stripe Chart

LB Logan Hittle – March 21

LB Cade Kacherski – March 21

LB Ben Schmiesing – March 21

DB Darryl Sinclair — March 25

QB Justin Fields — March 25

RT Max Wray — April 1

SAF Ryan Batsch — April 1

WR Austin Kutscher — April 8

WR Garrett Wilson — April 8

DE Zach Harrison — April 12

OL Jonah Jackson — August 6

OL Harry Miller — August 8

WR Jameson Williams — August 8

OL Ryan Jacoby — August 12

RB Marcus Crowley — August 12

LB Cade Stover — August 13

SAF Bryson Shaw — August 15

RB Steele Chambers — August 15

DE Noah Potter — August 15

QB Danny Vanatsky — August 19

LB Craig Young — August 19

DT Zaid Hamdan — August 24

OL Dawand Jones — September 4

OL Enokk Vimahi — September 4

WR Chris Booker — September 11

LB Tommy Eichenberg — September 25

QB J.P. Andrade — September 25