On Saturday, April 15 Scarlet and Grey will face off in the Ohio State Buckeye’s Spring Game. This year there will be a lot of interesting things to look out for, such as who will take over the Position of Kicker? And does Isaiah Pryor have the same athleticism that his brother brought to the table? And who is going to take charge on the offensive line?
Urban Meyer has long been known for his prowess in recruiting the best for his team, and this year was no different. This year’s recruiting class is being touted as possibly being Meyer’s best yet. Let that sink in, just a few years ago in 2013 Meyer brought in JT Barrett, Ezekiel Elliot, Joey Bosa, and Eli Apple, all in the same year.
While the class is expected to be one of the best in recent history, they are joining a team with a remarkable turnover rate. The buckeyes had only 6 returning starters last season. This year they’ll have at least 16 starters back, though some may be fighting for their starting spot with the aggressively talented freshman class.
The offensive line, especially on the right side of the ball, was a big question mark last season. This year two true freshman, five star recruits Wyatt Davis and Josh Myers, will be fighting for spots on the front line alongside seven other hopeful lineman.
The defensive line should be stronger than ever this year with the injured Tracy Sprinkle returning to battle Dre’Mont Jones, and Nick Bosa battling Sam Hubbard for a starting spot on the line. This intense competition for reps on the D-line should produce a vicious squad up front.
The loss of Raekwon McMillan to the NFL is likely the biggest loss the defensive unit faces, though he is to be replaced by the speedy Dante Booker. A man Mcmillan described as “… one of the fastest guys on the defense regardless of position…”
The biggest question mark on the defensive side of the ball will be the deep backs. With three starters gone, the Buckeyes may have to turn to younger players to fill the spots with Junior Denzel Ward leading the pack. Isaiah Pryor, Terrelle’s younger brother will be among the recruits fighting for a spot in the backfield.
While there are a lot of questions remaining, there are two things of which you can be certain. This year’s squad is going to be a powerhouse, and you bet there’ll be one hell of a chip on their shoulder after the devastating loss to Clemson last postseason.
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Eli Rousculp writes reviews, articles and photographs for NID Magazine.