Freshman defensive end Chase Young is officially a Buckeye.
On Wednesday, Ohio State coaches informed freshman defensive end Chris Young that he’d lost his black stripe, joining running back J.K. Dobbins and defensive back Isaiah Pryor as the third freshman to do so this summer.
The Ohio State football twitter account posted a video to congratulate the newcomer.
Check it out:
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 10, 2017
But you might be wondering, what exactly does it mean for a Buckeye to “lose his black stripe?”
It’s basically an initiation of sorts.
Alex Putterman of Land Of 10 explains:
The black stripe is a tradition Urban Meyer created early in his coaching career and has maintained ever since. A player loses his black stripe when coaches decide he is worthy of officially joining the team, based on how he has conducted himself on and off the field.
Young, a 5-star recruit coming out of high school, was the No. 2 ranked defensive end in the country in the 2017 class according to 247 Sports.