Losing your black stripe at Ohio State is an honor.

Those outside the program may not get it. But in Columbus, people certainly do get it. You have to work and earn your right to become an official Buckeye.

Just getting a scholarship isn’t enough.

Each year, incoming freshmen at Ohio State have to prove their worth in order to lose the black stripes off their helmets in order to become true Buckeyes. On Tuesday, two freshmen got the honor:

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The first announced black stripe removal on Monday was Ryan Jacoby, a 4-star OT recruit. The second was Marcus Crowley, a 4-star RB prospect. With Jacoby and Crowley now being official Buckeyes, that ups the total of players within the 2019 recruiting class to six.