Former Akron Hoban two-way star DeaMonte Trayanum announced on Christmas Day that he is now headed to Ohio State as a transfer after spending the past two seasons at Arizona State. He chose Ohio State over Michigan and several other programs.
Trayanum, 5-foot-11, 225-pounds, is ticketed to play outside linebacker for the Buckeyes even though he played running back for the Sun Devils. He was ranked as the No. 5 prospect in Ohio for 2020 by the 247Sports Composite.
“I’m excited to be returning to Ohio and playing for Ohio State,” Trayanum told BuckeyeScoop.com. “I have talked to all of the Ohio State coaches throughout the past few weeks, mostly with Tony Alford and Al Washington.”
“I wanted to be in an environment where I’m comfortable and at a place that will push me to be the best player I can become,” He added. “After looking at all my options it was clear to me that this was the best place for me.”
“I have spoken with both (head coach) Ryan Day and the new D-coordinator, Coach (Jim) Knowles,” he continued. “They are going to play me at linebacker and I think I can make that transition from running back. I will be at Ohio State when classes start in January and I will go through winter conditioning and spring football.”
Ohio State recruited Trayanum while he was Hoban and even though he spurned the Buckeyes to head West, he continued to monitor the Buckeyes from afar.
“I have watched OSU the past few years and I think Coach Knowles is going to be great for their defense,” Trayanum stated. “They have not promised me anything in terms of playing time and that’s not something I was looking for at all.”
“I’m coming to Ohio State to work as hard as I can and I’m ready to fight for playing time based on my skills, not because of any guarantee,” he admitted. “My work ethic has been my strength since I started playing football and I’m a guy that’s going to compete 365 days per year.”
Several schools saw Trayanum as a linebacker coming out of high school, but he preferred to play running back and he was successful on offense for Arizona State. Why change positions now?
“I think I can play either side of the ball equally as well,” Trayanum stressed. “I feel like right now, with being able to come back home I’m going to put all I have into being the best linebacker I can be.”
“I will have three years of eligibility remaining and I’m excited to get started,” he said. “I want to bring my speed and athleticism to the Ohio State defense, and I would play special teams if that’s what Coach Day wants me to do.”
“I trust Coach Day and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help this program win a national championship,” he noted. “I think Coach Day is a great coach and he was my area recruiter in high school, so I have a good relationship with him.”
Stay with BuckeyeScoop.com as we will continue to track Ohio State recruiting in the coming weeks and months as the Buckeyes try to finalize their 2022 roster.