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3 Ohio State Freshmen Have Lost Their "Black Stripe" So Far

A general view of Ohio State's football stadium.

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 19: Overall of Ohio Stadium on the campus of the Ohio State University prior to the start of the Spring Game on April 19, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

The biggest rite of passage for Ohio State players involves losing the black stripe. When a newcomer has the stripe removed from his helmet, he officially is part of the program.

This week, two more Ohio State freshmen lost their black stripes. Four-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell is the most recent to do so, earning his place this morning.

Mitchell joins fellow freshman linebacker Dallas Gant, who lost his stripe on Wednesday, and freshman defensive tackle Tommy Togiai, who shed his in the spring. Besides Mitchell, another OSU player lost his stripe today: senior walk-on tight end Tyler Duarte.

Ohio State had the No. 2 recruiting class in the country for 2018.

A lot of those guys are expected to play early, so they will surely be losing their stripes soon.