COLUMBUS — Often times, when one door closes another door opens.
That is the case for Ohio State sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves, who will get his first collegiate start next Saturday (Aug. 31), when the No. 2 Buckeyes take the field against Buffalo in the 2013 season opener in Columbus.
Reeves — a four-star prospect (according to Scout, Rivals and ESPN) coming out of West Roxbury, Massacusetts in 2012 — will replace All-American corner Bradley Roby, who has been suspended one game by head coach Urban Meyer for issues off the playing field.
The 5-foot-10, 197-pound Reeves — who played in six games last season as a true freshman before injuring his knee — has worked diligently getting to this point ... a point where a kid from Boston will be on the field for the first snap of the first game for the scarlet & gray.
"Coming all the way from Massachusetts, you'd never expect a kid from Boston to be playing at The Ohio State," Reeves said. "That’s a very different experience and I can't wait to have all my family and friends see me on the field."
Buckeyes cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs praised Reeves for his work ethic and commitment to the team.
"He has had an incredible off-season, he's worked really hard, understands the game, very committed, very focused," Coombs said of Reeves. "He still has to play, so we’ll find out on the 31st, but he’s going to line up, and he’s going to play, and I’m excited to see him play."
Reeves, who will start opposite junior Doran Grant in the opener, understands that he will move back to the second team once Roby returns from suspension, but it won't keep him from preparing as if he's the full-time starter.
"He is obviously one of the best in the country, if not the best," Reeves said of Roby. "But when he comes back, I’m still going to do the same thing I have been doing all the time and that’s just working hard."
True freshmen Eli Apple, Cam Burrows and Gareon Conley will also likely see playing time at cornerback during the Buckeyes' opener against the Bulls.