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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day
Who is the recruit that will be ready to play the minute they step onto the campus like @nbsmallerbear was?
— Jeff Ward (@Knowmadz) December 3, 2018
Ohio State has 15 current 2019 commitments and a handful of them will be in line for playing time early and often after they land on campus. The familiar names like Garrett Wilson, Harry Miller, Jordan Battle and Cade Stover are among that group, for sure.
Thanks to the NCAA’s recent rule change that allows players to play in four games and still maintain their redshirt status, everyone that signs is likely to see some action next year, excluding anyone that has an injury befall them and potentially an offensive lineman or two if the Buckeyes follow the path they established this year. That position requires so much more development and work to be game ready than most other spots. That said, I think Miller as the country’s best center prospect will be both physically and mentally ready to fight a spot in the two-deep despite not enrolling early.
When it comes to the rest of the players on this list, a lot of it depends on what happens with potential NFL early entrants. I think it’s pretty safe to assume that Garrett Wilson is a likely candidate to be next year’s Chris Olave. He’ll enroll early, the top three receivers on the Buckeyes roster are gone for sure with K.J. Hill likely to depart as well — and he’s just ridiculously talented. So, Wilson finding a way to get on the field is pretty likely.
The same can be said for Jordan Battle, who I believe will get a shot to make an early impact all over the secondary. It feels like the Buckeyes could once again lose three defensive backs with eligibility left to the NFL draft.
Based on film of running back Marcus Crowley it’s easy to see he’s one of the nation’s best running back prospects and widely undervalued in the recruiting rankings. With a probable NFL departure for Mike Weber and uncertainty still remaining around Brian Snead’s future, Crowley could definitely make a play for real playing time behind J.K. Dobbins.
A lot of guys are going to get a chance to play. But to me, the one who is going to be the readiest to contribute is Garrett Wilson. Barring injury, he’s a player that will be a star on the football field for a long time, and it won’t take much time for that to get put on display at Ohio State.
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