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There was a flurry of black stripe ceremonies this week within the Ohio State football program, and they all involved walk-on players. First, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson’s son, Toby, received the honor on Tuesday, then walk-on linebacker, Kuwatch Jackson and finally, walk-on wide receiver Reis Stocksdale shed his on Wednesday evening at OSU practice.
Stocksdale came to the Ohio State program after playing his prep football at Little Miami High School in Morrow, Ohio. He stands 5-foot, 10-inches and weighs 188-pounds and has been working out, making Zone 6 better throughout fall camp and this season.
He knows what it means to “officially” be welcomed into the Buckeye brotherhood.
“First off, I want to thank God,” Stocksdale said. “I want to thank all of you for welcoming me to the brotherhood. Shoutout BIA for getting me better. I want to thank all of the coaches, strength coaches, Coach (Brian) Hartline, coach Billy (Fessler), coach Niko (Palazeti). Shoutout Zone 6. Go Bucks!”
🚨 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗽𝗲 𝗔𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘁 ‼️
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 21, 2021
With as talented as the wide-receiving group is at Ohio State, it’s likely that Stocksdale knows his role and embraces it. Still, it’s pretty cool to be a part of the Ohio State program and experience all that goes with it.