Bucknuts Morning 5: An Ohio State athletics podcast

Still celebrating Raiola | 1-10, how concerned about O-line?

Are we still celebrating Ohio State receiving a commitment from the No. 1 player in the country in the 2024 class, QB Dylan Raiola? You had better believe it. Also on today’s show:

* Will OSU add a QB to its 2023 class or look for a transfer to add depth at the position next offseason?

* On a scale of 1-10, how concerned are we about the Buckeyes’ offensive line in 2022? We’re talking about the starters and the backups combined. Or are we not very concerned at all?

* How about this RB room that Tony Alford has put together!?

* Overall, how good will the Buckeyes’ defense be in 2022?

All of that and more is coming your way as Matt Baxendell joins Dave Biddle for the Wednesday 5ish.

Raiola commitment excitement | Pied piper all aboard | QB recruiting in ’23?

Now that’s the kind of news you want to wake up to!

Dylan Raiola – the No. 1 Class of 2024 prospect – committed to Ohio State late Wednesday evening. The 5-star Arizona native’s pledge is yet another example of Ryan Day, Corey Dennis and Co. being at the absolute front of national quarterback recruiting.

And it was Raiola’s birthday!

Duane Long is here to help us bask in the commitment glow as we assess another epic addition and what it means for the program.

Spend 5ish with us this a.m., ‘Nutters!


The Ohio State Buckeyes make a resounding statement early on in the 2024 class, landing Chandler (Ariz.) 5-star QB Dylan Raiola. 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong joins the show to break down how it happened and what it means for Ryan Day and the rest of the staff’s recruiting efforts.

Host: Blair Angulo

Guest: Steve Wiltfong

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Marotti’s evolution | JK Johnson, Ballard two fastest on team?

Six Ohio State assistant coaches were made available to the media on Friday, including strength coach Mickey Marotti. The media only gets an opportunity to speak with Mick about once per year, so it’s always interesting to hear from him. How has one of the best in the business evolved his methods in recent years? What did the loss to Michigan do in terms of how the program approaches certain things? Patrick Murphy joins Dave Biddle to discuss that on today’s show, plus:

* Are redshirt freshmen J.K. Johnson and Jayden Ballard the two fastest players on the Buckeyes’ team?

* Kicker Noah Ruggles is coming back which is great news for OSU.

* The bad news after speaking with head coach Ryan Day on Friday is defensive end Mitchell Melton is out for the season with a torn ACL, and running back Marcus Crowley is retiring from football after another serious knee injury.

We also chat about what stood out from the interviews with Jim Knowles, Justin Frye and more.

All of that and more is coming your way on the Monday 5ish.


What, if anything, can be done about NIL madness?

We are less than a year into the NIL era in college sports and it already seems out of control. Can NIL be regulated? Should it be? And if so, how? Jonah Booker joins Dave Biddle to discuss that topic in detail. Also covered on the show are the recent Crystal Ball picks for the Buckeyes in recruiting, and it’s a big day on the Ohio State football beat as we will interview several assistant coaches today.

All of that and more is coming your way on the Friday 5ish. (We apologize for some technical issues near the end of the show.)

Ohio borders locked down? | Next commitment will be … | Crystal Balls for Inniss, Curtis

You asked for a power-packed show after yesterday’s guest mission. We set the over/under on today’s show at 30 minutes.

If you took the over … you won!

Bill Kurelic and Mark Porter are here and we hit on a litany of topics: Austin Siereveld’s commitment, recent crystal balls for Brandon Inniss and Tackett Curtis, Class of 2023 needs, Noah Rogers, big June visit weekends, the next possible commitment at Ohio State and a whole lot more.

This is can’t miss show so you’ve come to the right place.

Spend 5ish with us this a.m., ‘Nutters!

5-MINUTE MORNING: Ohio State draws Crystal Ball prediction on 5-star receiver

Steve Wiltfong, the Director of Recruiting for 247Sports, hops on the show to discuss his Crystal Ball forecast in favor of Ohio State for 5-star WR Brandon Inniss and shares other nuggets on WR dominoes as the spring evaluation period rolls on.

Host: Blair Angulo

Guest: Steve Wiltfong

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Commitment watch? | Stroud No. 1 in ’23? | Portal, Crystal Ball updates

It’s good to be a Buckeye these days.

Crystal Balls rolling in from Florida? Check.

Buckeyes cashing in at NFL Draft? Check.

Buckeyes REALLY gonna cash in at ’23 NFL Draft? Check.

Elite Georgia running back set to visit? Check.

Duane Long here to share his unique brand of wit and wisdom? Check.

Learning a top of the board target was Crystal Balled to Ohio State during our live broadcast? Check.

Time for you to check in with the BM5.

Spend 5ish with us today, ‘Nutters.

Crystal Ballin’ | Parker Lewis can’t lose | How will Stroud handle expectations? | Horseshoe renovations?

What is there to talk about on today’s show? A better question is what is there not to talk about? Some of the many items as Dave Biddle flies solo on today’s show:

* The Dean has “Crystal Balled” defensive tackle John Walker to the Buckeyes. You know what that means.

* Kicker Parker Lewis has transferred from USC to Ohio State. What does this mean for Noah Ruggles or Jake Seibert?

* Where is OSU on the scholarship count now? Will they look into the portal to add a player or two?

* After being an underdog for most of his high school and early college career, how will C.J. Stroud handle sky-high expectations that have been placed on him?

* Does the Horseshoe need renovated?

All of that and much more is coming your way on the Monday 5ish.

‘WR U’ adds to its reputation | Is OSU keeping up with NIL arms race in recruiting?

Ohio State added to its reputation of being “WR U” last night as Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave were drafted back-to-back with the Nos. 10 and 11 overall picks in the NFL Draft. Wilson went to the New York Jets, while the New Orleans Saints traded up to get Olave. Jonah Booker joins Dave Biddle to discuss that and where the other Buckeyes might go in the draft tonight and tomorrow.

Also, is Ohio State keeping up with the arms race in college football recruiting when it comes to NIL deals? As it stands, the Buckeyes are not guaranteeing upfront money for recruits like NIL collectives at other programs.

Plus we take questions from viewers on our live broadcast and much more. All of that and more is coming your way on the Friday 5ish.


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