At 6-foot-4 and over 200 pounds, junior wide receiver Binjimen Victor is a difficult matchup for opposing cornerbacks. He proved that last year with his 23 receptions for 349 yards and seven touchdowns while splitting reps with classmate Austin Mack.
Consistency, however, wasn’t ever his strong suit. Physically, Victor was capable of almost anything on the football field, but he still went five of Ohio State’s last seven games without recording a single reception.
Not wanting to suffer the same fate this season, Victor put in the work during the offseason to become a more consistent threat. The change in approach has been noticed by his teammates.
“His whole mindset is different, honestly,” Parris Campbell said. “Throughout the past year, Ben’s whole thing was just going with the flow. He knew he was talented and he thought that would get him through. The kid’s work ethic this offseason is out of this world. He’s putting on weight, gaining muscle, getting ripped up. I’m excited for people to see him in pads, honestly.”
There is good reason for Campbell’s excitement.
“That’s the most potential I’ve ever seen in a kid,” he said. “Just to be that size, being able to stop on a dime, and being able to do the things that he can do. He’s starting to figure it out.”
It hasn’t been an overnight fix for Victor, who is now entering his third season as a Buckeye. With that maturity has seemingly come an understanding of exactly what is required to reach the expectations that his physical skill set promises. Campbell has seen the understanding finally taking hold of his talented teammate.
“Just figuring out himself and figuring out the things that he needs to do to be the best he can be,” Campbell said. “Don’t get me wrong, he’s talented. Top of the top. He could be one of the best, but he’s figuring out that it’s going to take a little more. It’s going to take working and doing things that other guys aren’t doing. He’s figuring it out. He’s definitely close.”
Through it all — the learning curve, the struggles, and the successes — Campbell has been there every step of the way, encouraging Victor and trying to impress upon him just how good he could be if he ever decided that’s what he wants to do.
“I think it helped a lot just with the guys in the room being on him,” Campbell said. “I would kind of mess with him every day, saying, ‘Ben, you could be one of the greatest.’ He always thought I was kind of playing around, but he’s starting to understand that I was being serious, saying ‘Ben, you’ve got the most talent out of anybody on the team. You could be this, you could be that.’
“If Ben gets there, you could compare him to some of the greatest that play right now.”