Offensive Linemen Dawand Jones and Enokk Vimahi Shed Black Stripes

By September 5, 2019 (11:46 am)Football

Freshman offensive linemen Dawand Jones and Enokk Vimahi on Wednesday evening became the 12th and 13th member of Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class to have their black stripes removed, which signals their status as full-fledged members of the Buckeyes’ football program.

A three-star prospect from Indianapolis Ben Davis, Jones arrived on campus in June at 6-8 and 380 pounds. Head coach Ryan Day recently told reporters he’s dropped nearly 25 pounds in the months since.

“This guy came in (as) a basketball guy. We converted him to football,” assistant athletic director of player development Ryan Stamper said in the video. “(He’s) getting tougher every day (and) getting better every day.”

Vimahi, meanwhile, was a four-star prospect and is Ohio State’s first scholarship player from Hawai’i. He was actually tasked with gaining weight upon his arrival in June, and is now pushing 300 (up from 257).

“I just want to thank you for taking me in,” Vimahi said in the video. “It wasn’t easy coming from Hawaii, but what we got here is special and it’s all worth it.”

That leaves just five scholarship players with their black stripes still attached: quarterback Gunnar Hoak, tight end Cormontae Hamilton, defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie, linebacker Tommy Eichenberg and safety Ronnie Hickman.

image_pdfClick for PDFimage_printClick to Print