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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day
Any chance OSU gets a transfer olineman?
— Joe (@joe_osu) January 23, 2019
The odds of Ohio State signing a transfer offensive lineman are pretty high, I think, and news broke on Sunday night that the Buckeyes would be hosting one of them for a visit this week.
— Bobby Deren (@BobbyDeren) January 28, 2019
Jonah Jackson started 16 games for Rutgers, and if he ends up in Columbus the graduate transfer would almost certainly slide into the competition for a starting guard spot for the Buckeyes. That, in turn, would allow Branden Bowen the chance to continue working at tackle, as is his preference. Jackson will have no shortage of options with plenty of suitors lining up to get his final season of eligibility — but it’s never easy to turn down Ohio State, especially for a player looking for a chance to win a championship before a college career comes to an end.
The Buckeyes are likely willing to bring aboard a player like Jackson regardless of what happens with Doug Nester or Enokk Vimahi. But certainly the need for some graduate-transfer help goes way up if either or both of those two 2019 guards land elsewhere. The transfer portal offers up some names of note, but situations vary by player. That will not make it easy to ascertain legitimate interest by Ohio State, even though a handful of the transferring offensive linemen were recruited by the Buckeyes as prep players.
Ohio State would prefer not to recruit junior college and grad-transfer players and instead focus on high school standouts. But the state of college football in 2019 allows quick fixes when there are glaring positional needs, and that’s the only way to view the lack of offensive line depth for the Buckeyes.
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