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Buckeyes Reunion? Cade Stover 'Would Love' To Play With C.J. Stroud in Houston

Cade Stover and C.J. Stroud were two of the best the Ohio State Buckeyes have had to offer over the last few years. Now, they have a chance to reunite.

The Houston Texans drafted Ohio State Buckeyes star C.J. Stroud with the No. 2 overall pick in last year's NFL Draft. 

In the ensuing months, Stroud tore up the NFL, having a historic season on his way to winning the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. 

And now, after seeing what Stroud could do, the Texans could be looking at another talent from Columbus - except this time at the tight end position.


During the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Buckeyes right tight end Cade Stover revealed that he held a formal interview with the Texans - certifying their interest in him as a prospect.

And the feeling is apparently mutual.

The possibility of playing for the Texans excites Stover, in large part because would allow him to reunite with his former Ohio State teammate in Stroud. 

"It would mean so much to go back with C.J.," Stover said. "We were captains together two years ago. I could not tell you how much respect and how close I really was with that guy, just for his pure knack for wanting to win and my pure knack for wanting to win. I would love nothing more than to reunite with him."

Stover and Stroud led the Buckeyes to an 11-2 record during the 2022 college season. While playing alongside Stroud, Stover exploded onto the scene, recording a then-career-best 406 yards on 36 catches and five touchdowns.

In the season played before Stroud took the helm as Ohio State's starting quarterback, Stover had recorded 76 yards and five catches in 2021.

Stover played five seasons at Ohio State, establishing himself as a prominent prospect entering the draft. He made the transition to tight end after playing his freshman year at linebacker.

"I am going to do everything you want me to do, and exactly that way it should be done every single time," Stover said. "I am just scratching the surface of how good I could be."