This week on Twitter: Brian Hartline excites the college football world, dreams come true for Malaki Branham and EJ Liddell, Buckeyes play paintball

This Week on Twitter is a look at some of the week’s best and most entertaining tweets from Buckeyeland and beyond.

Headlines weren’t hard to come by in Ohio State athletics at the time, and that’s true of the football program’s recruiting efforts in three ways. One man in particular deserves the lion’s share of the credit in this department as Buckeye wide receivers coach Brian Hartline continued his unprecedented breakthrough through the recruiting path by landing three elite prospects on consecutive days earlier in the week.

First, it was IMG Academy’s Carnell Tate who got the ball rolling, signing the Buckeyes as the No. 3 receiver and 28th overall recruit in the Class of 2023.

Rumors circulated during Tate’s recruitment of potential zero deals on the table wherever he chose to land, but the 6ft 2 wideout took to Twitter to dismiss a claim regarding a near eight-figure deal that allegedly took him to Columbus had brought.

Next up was five-star Florida wide receiver Brandon Inniss, who joined the fun the following day and signed as the No. 2 player at his position and No. 18 overall prospect for Ohio State.

Hartline did it again the very next day, earning a commitment from another top-10 wideout when four-star contender Noah Rogers gave Ohio State some sort of three-peat by following in the footsteps of Tate and Inniss.

Needless to say, Hartline’s efforts — and the spectacle in general — drew a lot of positive reactions online.

The recruiting efforts didn’t stop there for the Buckeyes, however, as Inniss goaded Joshisa Trader, the potential No. 3 contestant in 2023, on social media to keep the train going.

Even Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekäläinen chimed in, sending a tweet to top offensive line target Olaus Alinen (and also a Finnish native) as the four-star tackle makes an official visit to OSU arrived.

While Hartline was having the most fun this week, running backs coach Tony Alford got an up-close look at the class of 2024 No. 2 RB as Tate’s IMG Academy teammate Stacy Gage camped out with the Buckeyes.

Gage may also have been drawn to the loot granted to TreVeyon Henderson as a star running back at OSU, given the up-and-coming sophomore’s trip to Jeff Ruby’s, where he indulged his entire offensive line with steak dinners.

Among the star-studded attendees at Ohio State’s final camp of the summer was 2024 five-star quarterback and Buckeye engagement Dylan Raiola — now No. 1 in his class — who impressed many in attendance at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Thursday also made headlines on the basketball front as Ohio State drafted two players into the NBA for the first time in 15 years. Malaki Branham went to the San Antonio Spurs in 20th overall, while EJ Liddell followed in the second round when he was picked to the New Orleans Pelicans in 41st overall.

Elsewhere in the world of buckeye sport, the Ohio State baseball program has officially announced new head coach Bill Mosiello, who will succeed longtime head coach Greg Beals.

After nearly three full years, Ohio State approved its trademark bid for the word “THE” this week, sparking plenty of jokes and intrigue on social media.

Buckeye tight end Cade Stover was named honorary Grand Marshal for the Honda Indy 200 Thursday in his hometown of Lexington, Ohio.

The Ohio State soccer team let off some steam with a paintball trip that featured coaches and players alike.

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