Ohio State’s Scholarship Outlook As Spring Practice Approaches

By February 26, 2019 (5:00 pm)Football, Tim Moody
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The Ohio State football team is set to open spring practice the week of March 4, marking the start of on-field preparation for Ryan Day’s first season as head coach.

With camp approaching, the Buckeyes added a talented athlete at a key position of need Monday night in the form of transfer offensive lineman Jonah Jackson, who was a starter and team captain last season. The move provides a huge boost for Ohio State as Jackson will be expected to compete for – and likely win – a starting job for the 2019 season. It also added to a bit of a numbers crunch for Day and his staff as the Buckeyes will be at 87 scholarship players when Jackson arrives the summer as things stand.

The numbers isn’t staggering – Ohio State has to be at 85 scholarship players for the start of fall camp to comply with NCAA rules – but it means there will need to be at least two changes to the roster by that time. That could be in the form of another transfer – Tate Martell (Miami) and Keandre Jones (Maryland) have already left this year – or a potential medical waiver. There’s also the possibility that a former walk-on like offensive lineman Kevin Woidke, who was recently placed on scholarship, could return to walk-on status for the fall.

The move to add Jackson was still key for the Buckeyes. Departures during the spring are common and could become even more prevalent going forward with the NCAA’s new transfer rules, which are much more player friendly, including the establishment of the transfer portal. Ohio State has already added two players through the portal – Jackson and quarterback Justin Fields from Georgia – in addition to losing Martell, Jones and walk-on quarterback Kory Curtis (Bryant University).

Adding depth at offensive line was a top priority for Day’s staff over the past two months since he took over for Urban Meyer. Before the addition of Jackson, the Buckeyes had just 14 scholarship linemen for this year, including Woidke and not-yet-enrolled freshmen Harry Miller, Enokk Vimahi and Dawand Jones.

The Buckeyes could still be in the market for another quarterback as well with just three scholarship players on the roster right now – Fields, redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin and fifth-year senior Chris Chugunov, a former West Virginia transfer. Adding another signal caller would be important for depth reasons, but would lead to the need for a third departure before fall camp.

As always, the numbers crunch will be an ongoing storyline until the roster is set for the 2019 Buckeyes. Ohio State’s full scholarship chart can be found below.

Wide ReceiverK.J. Hill*
Austin Mack
Binjimen Victor
C.J. Saunders*
Ellijah Gardiner*
Jaylen Harris*
Chris Olave
Kamryn Babb*
L'Christian Smith*
Jameson Williams
Garrett Wilson
H-BackDemario McCall*Jaelen Gill*2
Offensive TackleJoshua Alabi*
Branden Bowen*
Kevin Woidke*
Thayer MunfordRyan Jacoby
Dawand Jones
Nicholas Petit-Frere*
Max Wray*
Offensive Guard/CenterJonah Jackson*Gavin Cupp*Wyatt Davis*
Josh Myers*
Matthew Jones*
Harry Miller
Enokk Vimahi
Tight EndRashod Berry*Luke Farrell*
Jake Hausmann*
Jeremy RuckertCormontae Hamilton5
QuarterbackChris Chugunov*Justin FieldsMatthew Baldwin*3
Running BackJ.K. DobbinsSteele Chambers
Marcus Crowley
Master Teague*
KickerBlake Haubeil1
Defensive EndJonathon Cooper
Jashon Cornell*
Chase YoungTyler Friday
Tyreke Smith
Zach Harrison
Noah Potter
Alex Williams*
Defensive TackleDavon Hamilton*
Robert Landers*
Haskell Garrett
Antwuan Jackson*
Jerron Cage*
Tommy Togiai
Taron Vincent
Jaden McKenzie8
LinebackerMalik Harrison
Justin Hilliard*
Tuf Borland*
Baron Browning
Pete Werner
Dallas Gant
Teradja Mitchell
K'Vaughan Pope
Tommy Eichenberg
Javonte Jean-Baptiste*
Cade Stover
SafetyJordan FullerIsaiah Pryor
Amir Riep
Brendon White
Jahsen Wint*
Josh ProctorRonnie Hickman
Marcus Hooker*
Bryson Shaw
Craig Young
CornerbackDamon Arnette*Jeffrey Okudah
Marcus Williamson
Sevyn Banks
Cameron Brown
Shaun Wade*
Tyreke Johnson*7
PunterDrue Chrisman*1
LongsnapperLiam McCullough*1
Ohio State's scholarship football players for the 2019 season. * – Redshirted.