Ohio State signed one of the nation’s top recruiting classes in 2018, and one of the top signees was Westerville, Ohio H-back Jaelen Gill.
Gill (6-1 182) played both running back and wide receiver in high school, which is one of the reasons he is an ideal fit at H-back in the Buckeyes’ offense.
Even though things are still early, Gill has already been making news.
Following the Big Ten Network’s special from Ohio State practice on Tuesday, one of the network’s hosts — former Illini running back Howard Griffith — said what stuck out to him most was Gill.
Even though Gill is playing arguably the deepest position on the Ohio State roster, he obviously made an impression in what limited opportunities he received.
His path to Ohio State is not much different that fifth-year senior H-back Parris Campbell, who came to OSU after playing running back at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.
Asked if he sees a similarity between himself and Gill, Campbell admitted there were some likenesses.
“A little bit,” he said. “You can tell he’s a little raw right now at receiver. I’ve watched his high school film. When he has the ball in his hands, he’s elusive. But I can definitely see the comparisons because he’s a little raw right now, but he’ll be fine.”
Things appear to be going well enough for Gill, and on Wednesday, Ohio State Football’s official Twitter account posted video of Gill — wearing No. 26 in scarlet — in a circle drill against his No. 26 counterpart, freshman cornerback Cameron Brown.
Who won? That may be up to be debate. Regardless, it’s always interesting to get a glimpse of the behind the scenes action at an Ohio State football practice.
‼️ Circle Drill ‼️
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 8, 2018