'2022-2023 RB - DeaMonte "Chip" Trayanum (Transfer to Kentucky)

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    Akron Archbishop Hoban 4-star athlete Deamonte Trayanum was named the camp’s running back MVP and did a nice job recovering from back-t0-back early reps where he put the ball on the ground. I was also very impressed by the Ohio pair of Mike Drennen and Jutahn McClain, who have both been offered by the Buckeyes. I was struck by how different their games seemed to be, setting up what could be an interesting decision down the road as Ohio State tries to sort out how it will fill the 2020 recruiting class. Drennen was excellent in drills where he was able to get in space and separate, especially in passing drills. McClain was very elusive and showed better straight-line speed, outrunning linebackers to the endzone on multiple occasions without needing any fancy footwork. I could see each of those players in Ohio State’s class depending on what else works out — and if Drennen, as he suggested was likely, was open to playing more as an H-back in the K.J. Hill, Jaelen Gill-type of role.
     
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    Deamonte Trayanum is a physical freak
    I briefly mentioned Deamonte Trayanum when discussing his performance at running back. But after winning MVP of that position, Trayanum stuck around and worked out with the defensive backs as well, making him the one guy on the day doing double-duty.

    A three-time state champion at Archbishop Hoban, Trayanum plays both ways in high school. And there’s no doubt that he’s a high-major prospect on offense or defense, because the work he’s put into his body since the end of his junior season has been paying off now that he’s absolutely ripped and checking in at 220 pounds.

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    Deamonte Trayanum is open to playing offense and defense in college. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

    Though he’s consistently said that he wants to play running back in college, Trayanum did make a slight concession on Sunday and said he’s willing to consider schools recruiting him on defense — if they’re talking to him about playing strong safety, not at linebacker. I think that actually bodes very well for Ohio State, because he’s a perfect candidate for the new “bullet” position if he’s open to it, and in previous weeks he wasn’t.
     
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    DeaMonte Trayanum to visit Ohio State in June
    Akron standout DeaMonte Trayanum has set up four official visits for June. His Ohio State visit will be a mid-week trip on June 17-19. He’s also hitting Arizona State on May 17-19, Wisconsin on June 7-9 and Penn State on June 20-22.


    Trayanum is going to graduate from Archbishop Hoban in December, so he’s needed to expedite his process a bit. He’s said that he will be making his commitment in July.

    The four-star No. 5 Ohio prospect is being recruited at a few different positions – safety, linebacker and running back – but Ohio State likes him in the backfield.

    Statistically, Trayanum is a monster for Hoban, running 106 times for 1,313 yards and 26 touchdowns, as well as recording just over 60 tackles, eight sacks, 10 pass breakups and five forced fumbles.
     
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    DeaMonte Trayanum enters official visits season
    Akron standout running back DeaMonte Trayanum will be taking an official visit to Ohio State on June 17-19, which will mark his first visit to Columbus since March 19.

    The No. 5 Ohio prospect will be in Wisconsin for his official visit this weekend and has already been on his official visit to Arizona State in April. He also has one scheduled for Penn State on June 21.

    While Trayanum is anticipated to pick the Buckeyes when it’s time to make his decision, the No. 24 running back said he’s learned to approach the official visits with an open mind.

    “I approached them with an open mind, just getting to know what the players like,” Trayanum told Eleven Warriors.

    That’s a big focus for Trayanum heading into June – talking to current player for each team to determine the culture of each program and make some early connections.

    “You have to because you’re going to be around them every day,” Trayanum said about making connections with players.

    The Akron athlete is one of the few Ohio State targets that had an early official visit. His Arizona State visit took place April 19, so he has a good idea of what to expect on the official visits heading into June.

    “You’re spending more time with players and seeing what campus life is like,” Trayanum said.

    Trayanum is one of the best athletes in the state, and he earned an immediate invitation to The Opening Finals in Massillon on March 31. He said he doesn’t know who will be his host yet when he takes his official to Ohio State.
     
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    DeaMonte Trayanum visits before his official visit
    Archbishop Hoban standout 2020 running back DeaMonte Trayanum was in attendance for the Ohio State one-day camp Saturday. His official visit is set to begin Monday and last through Wednesday, but he spent some time talking to coaches and players beforehand.

    The 6-foot, 215-pound running back walked around the practice fields while the camp was taking place, making conversation with Ohio State players and coaches and supporting his teammates that attended the camp, which was his premise for being in Columbus today.

    “I’ve been here a lot, but every time it gets better and better,” Trayanum told Eleven Warriors after the camp. “Every time I come here, it feels more and more like home.”

    The No. 24 running back just came off his second official visit, making the trip to Wisconsin nearly a month after seeing Arizona State, and has a trip to Penn State following his official to Ohio State this week.

    Once those officials are complete, Trayanum said he hopes to commit at The Opening Finals in the beginning of July.

    Trayanum arrived at Ohio State on Saturday around 8 a.m. and was able to greet all of the coaching staff before the camp started, an effort he said helped in getting more comfortable with the coaches before his official this week.

    He had already told Eleven Warriors that feeling comfortable around and understanding the players on the team is crucial for him in the school he chooses, and he was able to talk to a few Buckeyes that were working the camp Saturday. He made an effort to have a conversation with 2019 early-enrollee Steele Chambers.

    “It’s a great time to speak up if you don’t know anybody,” Trayanum said. “Those guys are all genuine. They’ll take time to talk to you and answer any questions you’ve got to ask.”
     
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