[This is the first in a series where The-Ozone looks back on each member of the 2018 signing class and the impact they had this past season, as well as the impact they could have this coming season.]
Kamryn Babb came to Ohio State from Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the No. 73 player in the nation and still only the 11th-highest-rated recruit in the Buckeyes’ 2018 signing class. A First-Team All-State selection as a junior in high school and an Army All-American, Babb was one of four receivers signed in the class.
Babb tore his ACL during the summer prior to fall camp, so he never saw action and redshirted while he recovered during the 2018 season. It was the second year in a row he tore an ACL, having done it now in both knees. He was back running and catching passes before the season ended, however.
Speaking with Parris Campbell before the season, he was very impressed with what he had seen from Babb prior to his injury.
“He’s a pure wideout, ” Campbell said. “He’s a different type of dude. When he gets healthy, the world will see. He’s going to be good.”
Speaking with quarterback Matthew Baldwin after the season, Babb has bounced back and is catching the ball well in throwing sessions.
“He got here in the summer and I got to throw with him a little bit, but it was like two weeks into the summer that he tore his ACL,” Baldwin said at the Rose Bowl. “But the past three or four weeks I’ve been throwing with him, and he looks really good. Really good. Really, really good.”
Babb could be good to go this spring, but they may choose to bring him along slowly as he’ll be nine or 10 months out from his injury.
So Now What?
Babb projects to the Z receiver spot, and not being able to play in 2018, the Buckeyes were forced to rely on a couple of guys named Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin. Things worked out pretty okay, but now those two are gone and new players need to step up.
Babb is an immediate and explosive playmaker with the ball, and a guy who can catch the ball anywhere. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 189 pounds, Babb has gotten stronger since his freshman season and if he can stay healthy in 2019, he should show an impressive ability to not only make defenders miss, but break their tackles as well.
Babb should be in the mix this coming season. Rising sophomore Chris Olave will likely be the starter at the Z, but Ryan Day and Brian Hartline will want a second player they can rely on with Olave. Challenging Babb for that spot will likely be true freshmen Garrett Wilson and Jameson Williams.
In other words, he’s got a very good shot at being a key cog in 2019.