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Eight New Scholarship Players Enroll Early for Buckeye Football

Tommy Togiai Idaho State Journal

 

There are 10 new Buckeyes enrolled early for the current semester at Ohio State, as eight freshmen from the 2018 recruiting class were joined by a pair of walk-ons.

The new enrollees include a quarterback, a running back, two offensive linemen, two defensive linemen, a linebacker, two cornerbacks, and a kicker. They will all be able to participate in winter workouts and spring football for the Buckeyes.

Here is the list.

Matthew Baldwin, QB
A 3-star quarterback who started just one season at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, Baldwin led his team to the state title game, but aggravated a knee injury on the first play of the game, knocking him out of the contest for good.

Master Teague, RB
A 4-star running back from Tennessee who rushed for over 3,000 yards in his career, Teague missed most of his senior season with an ankle injury. Ranked the No. 11 running back in the nation, Teague’s rehab has gone well, but we will see how Ohio State wants to bring him back during spring ball.

Matthew Jones, OL
Ohio State has had two offensive linemen transfer already this offseason, so there will be a need for Jones to step in right away and compete for the depth chart. A 4-star lineman, Jones is the No. 1 center in the nation. Jack Wohlabaugh — one of those transfers — was seen as the center of the future a year ago. Jones went to the same Brooklyn high school as former Buckeye Curtis Samuel.

Max Wray, OL
A 4-star offensive tackle from Tennessee, Wray is an Army All-American. He performed well in last week’s Army All-American Bowl. The Buckeyes need tackle depth, and Wray could help in that area immediately.

Tommy Togiai, DT
Togiai was one of the most impressive defensive players during the Army All-American Bowl. A 4-star defensive tackle, Togiai was relentless against fellow All-Americans. A rare Idaho Buckeye.

Dallas Gant, LB
The No. 8 outside linebacker in the nation, Gant was also an Army All-American. The lone Ohioan (Toledo) who is enrolling early, Gant will find himself in a very deep linebacker room this spring, but there are opportunities to move up the ladder.

Sevyn Banks, CB
Banks is a 4-star corner from Orlando who missed his junior season of football due to injury. He was an Under Armour All-American as a senior. Spring camp can be unforgiving for freshman cornerbacks, but the early enrollees a year ago did very well.

Tyreke Johnson, CB
Johnson (Jacksonville, FL) is the No. 5 safety recruit in the nation, but will begin his career as a cornerback. Like Sevyn Banks, he is a long (6-foot-1) cornerback prospect. He is a physical defender as well.

Walk-ons

Zaid Hamdan, DT
Hamdan (6-0 263) is a freshman defensive lineman from Mason, Ohio. He held offers from Army, Air Force, Navy, and Buffalo.

Dominic DiMaccio, PK
DiMaccio is a spring 2017 graduate who was at the University of Missouri last fall. He was the No. 20 kicker in the 2017 class per kornbluekicking.com.

One Final Note

Junior college defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson is expected to be arriving early, but according to OSU, he is not yet on campus. He is coming from Blinn Junior College, which is where cornerback Kendall Sheffield came from as well. If you’ll recall, Sheffield arrived in the spring rather than the winter.

[Tommy Togiai photo courtesy IdahoStatesman.com.]

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