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Latest portal news on the Buckeyes

The first week of the Spring transfer portal has passed without much excitement for the Ohio State football team. That doesn’t mean nothing happened. The Spring window has traditionally had no impact. The Buckeyes did get starting offensive tackle Josh Simmons last year, but it’s usually pretty quiet.

Here’s all the latest news about Ohio State football and the transfer portal:

Former four-star safety recruit in the class of 2023, Cedrick Hawkins, has found a new school to play for. He’s heading back home to Florida State because he chose to play for UCF. Hawkins was a bit of a surprise when he entered the portal, but with Caleb Downs joining the program and Lathan Ransom opting to stay in school, he probably felt like the road to playing time would take longer than expected.

Hawkins didn’t play for the Buckeyes last season as a true freshman and only lost his black strip last December. Hopefully he will do well as he heads back south to the state of Florida.

Former Ohio State running back Dallan Hayden visited Coach Prime in Colorado this weekend. Hayden would be interesting for the Buffs, as combining his tough running style with Shedeur Sanders would be an ideal combination for Colorado.

However, Hayden has no shortage of suitors as he is clearly one of the top running backs in the spring season. His suitors include Colorado, Georgia Tech, Louisville, UCLA, Auburn and Virginia Tech.

Ryan Day made it clear last spring that he would like to add another depth piece to the offensive line. A former starting offensive tackle recently hit the portal and could provide some intrigue. Reuben Unije, who started 11 games at right tackle for Houston last season, has reached the transfer window for the second time this season.

Unije moved to Louisville in December, but apparently didn’t enjoy his short time there. Could the redshirt senior be interested in being a backup swing tackle for a national championship contender? He would at least be worth a phone call.