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Enokk Vimahi: Ohio State lands four-star offensive guard to bolster line

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Ohio State landed coveted four-star guard Enokk Vimahi on National Signing Day. (Enokk Vimahi/Twitter)

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Enokk Vimahi: Ohio State lands four-star offensive guard to bolster line

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.”

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Ohio State signee Enokk Vimahi visited the Horseshoe last month. (Enokk Vimahi/Twitter)

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.

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Fantastic get for Coach Day, but do you want to give a kid minutes early when he has a two year mission trip upcoming, date TBA?

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Best news of the day. Even from those who said Vimahi was going elsewhere.

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He doesn’t bolster the line by any metric, he at best boosts the numbers at the position. He’s not going to see the field next year when he’s coming in around 250 pounds. At the earliest, he’s 4 years from seeing the field if he follows through with his plans. So he is a non-starter, non starter. But he’ll have four years to play, starting in ’22. So is he a great recruit for ’22? Grabbing 2 reaches that allegedly won’t play for 4 years sounds like desperate measures, than sound recruiting. In 2 years they’ll wish they’d have just… Read more »

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Too 125 recruit, #7 rated guard, beat out USC and Oklahoma to get him. Yeah, desperate move.

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Austin Ward is Lettermen Row's senior writer covering Ohio State football and basketball. The award-winning journalist has covered the Buckeyes since 2012, spending five of those seasons working for ESPN after previous stints at the Casper Star-Tribune and Knoxville News Sentinel.

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