Football Recruiting

SIGNED: Offensive Lineman Ryan Jacoby Is A Buckeye

Ohio State offensive lineman Ryan Jacoby

Offensive lineman Ryan Jacoby sent in his Letter of Intent to Ohio State on Wednesday, officially making him a member of the Buckeyes’ 2019 recruiting class.

Here’s a look at what he could mean for the future of the program.

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 270 lbs

Position: Offensive line

Hometown: Mentor, Ohio

247 Composite Rating: 4-star, No. 296 player overall

Position Rank: No. 26 offensive tackle

When He Committed: March 2018, over offers from schools like Michigan, Oregon, and West Virginia.

Projection: If there is a hole in the Buckeyes’ 2019 recruiting class on offense, it’s on the line. They are adding Jacoby and 5-star center Harry Miller, but long-time commitment Doug Nester is still wavering. And they only added Nicholas Petit-Frere, Matthew Jones, and Max Wray in 2018.

That’s not a lot of depth at a position which is notoriously difficult to evaluate.

That means there’s more pressure than normal for Jacoby to pan out.

He’s enrolling early, but may have to spend a year in the weight room and learning before he’s ready to seriously contribute.

That’s normal – most offensive linemen take a redshirt year before they make a serious run at playing time. All three 0f the 2018 line recruits did, and Jacoby figures to follow that path as well.

Once he’s ready to contribute, the 6-foot-5 Jacoby could play tackle, but could also slide inside to guard.

His high school’s offense runs and passes the ball, which should help speed his development. Some players from solely run-based high school offenses struggle with pass protection early in their college careers. That was an issue for current OSU center Josh Myers, but it shouldn’t be a problem for Jacoby.

Look for him to make a run at a starting job, and at least end up as a solid backup starting in 2020.

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