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One of the best football prospects in 2021 plans to also play basketball at Ohio State.
J.T. According to Adam Jardy, the Columbus Dispatch, Tuimoloau reportedly wants to join the Buckeyes' basketball program once the football season is over. During his official visit, he met with Chris Holtmann, men's basketball coach. Ryan Day, football coach is open to making it work.
This announcement comes just days after Tuimoloau made his commitment to Ohio State in a graphic featuring him in a basketball uniform.
The defensive lineman is a 5-star prospect in Football and the No. 247Sports composite rankings rank the defensive lineman as the No. 3 overall player for the 2021 class.
Tuimoloau, 6'4" and 277 pounds, has the size to make a significant impact on the football field. His athleticism could also make him a top pass-rusher for the perennial national championship contender.
Last season, Ohio State finished second in the national championship. The school has proven it can send defensive linemen into the NFL, with recent stars Chase Young, Nick Bosa, and Joey Bosa.
Tuimoloau, who is a basketball player, could add depth to a team that won a No. Tuimoloau could be a 2 seed in this year's NCAA tournament. E.J.'s return could see the Buckeyes once again be a contender in the Big Ten. Liddell will be joining other young talent.
Tuimoloau is a good painter and could be a valuable contributor for the Buckeyes.
Although it can be difficult to play two sports at the highest level, this Washington native has all the necessary tools.