COLUMBUS — The Ohio State search for depth on the offensive line ended in paradise. Enokk Vimahi is leaving Hawaii and heading to join the Buckeyes.
The program was relatively late into the game as a real factor for the 4-star offensive lineman. But the position was an enormous priority, and coach Ryan Day and his first coaching staff at Ohio State won Vimahi over down the stretch to convince him to leave the islands and head for the Midwest.
Day needed to bolster a unit that is lacking the depth the Buckeyes would ideally like, and the Kahuku High School product was just about the perfect fit to address the issue. Playing right away is difficult at any spot up front, but Vimahi might find himself in the mix for playing time quickly depending on how quickly the projected guard can transition to the college ranks with his 6-foot-4, 265-pound frame.
“Just a program that’ll make me the best person on and off the field,” Vimahi told television station KHON in January. “I’m trying to be the best person I can. Our old coach said if you’re not getting better you’re getting worse. It stays the same.”
The next step in his development will be at Ohio State, and now position coach Greg Studrawa will be responsible for unlocking the potential in the talented Hawaiian.
The Buckeyes were largely viewed as trailing USC for his signature throughout the final weeks of his recruitment, although a visit to campus last month and the personal touch of Day flying out for an in-home visit seemed to swing the momentum around for the reigning Big Ten champions.
The potential to play early in his career probably didn’t hurt either, and Vimahi will also get to make some history as a player believed to be the first scholarship player in Ohio State history from Hawaii.
— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) February 6, 2019