[This is the 15th 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.]
Nicholas Petit-Frere came to Ohio State from Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Florida. He was the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the 2018 class and the No. 7 player overall. He signed with the Buckeyes over offers from all of the nation’s top powers, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Texas, and many others. He also held offers from schools like Michigan, Penn State, and Notre Dame.
Along with Matthew Jones and Max Wray, Nicholas Petit-Frere was one of three offensive linemen signed by the Buckeyes, but he was the only one of the three who didn’t enroll early.
All three of them, however, ended up redshirting in 2018.
Petit-Frere earned a spot as the backup to Isaiah Prince at right tackle and saw action in three games. He could have played more if needed, and much of the reason why he was ready was because of the lessons he learned from the man in front of him.
“He’s taught me so much,” Petit-Frere said of Prince. “All of the little things about technique and also understanding the game and what it truly takes to be a great tackle. He’s taught me so much. Not only that, but he’s also taught me just how to live at Ohio State. The day-to-day process of how to keep quiet and keep doing what you need to.”
So Now What
Petit-Frere grew more comfortable as last season went on, as was to be expected, which is good news heading into 2019.
“I think around week six or week seven I started feeling a whole lot more comfortable because during the meetings I was actually able to explain stuff better and actually pick up on certain things like blitzes,” he said after the Rose Bowl. “I think that’s when that’s I started really understanding the game and everything seemed to work.”
Petit-Frere will carry that improved understanding into the spring and compete with a handful of other contenders to be Ohio State’s starting right tackle.
He has the athleticism and the size (6-5, 288) to do whatever is asked of him as an offensive tackle. The key will be mastering the techniques and fundamentals required to stay strong and on balance.
There may also be the slim possibility that he could move to left tackle and starting left tackle Thayer Munford will move to right tackle. Stranger things have happened, I suppose.
There are options on the table, but given Petit-Frere’s skill set and potential, he might be the best bet of the bunch wherever he lines up.