The addition of Rutgers grad transfer Jonah Jackson on Monday was a major coup for Ohio State’s 2019 team.
Jackson will help shore up a thin unit for this year’s Buckeye team, providing experience and depth at a spot where they need it most.
But he might not be the last grad transfer lineman to pack up and move to Columbus this year.
Virginia’s R.J. Proctor was scheduled to visit OSU this weekend. Proctor told TheOzone Tuesday afternoon that visit is now off.
But Georgia Tech guard Parker Braun might be the most significant name to watch now that Jackson is officially onboard.
Braun is a two-time all-ACC player, a fact that likely drew the attention of a lot of programs.
But for the Buckeyes, especially now, Braun also possesses something even more significant: a potential redshirt season.
He was a member of Georgia Tech’s 2016 recruiting class and played all three seasons he was there. As a grad transfer, he could play right away, helping shore up a team’s 2019 line.
But Braun could also redshirt this fall, and use his final year of eligibility in 2020. That would give the Buckeyes a returning veteran on the inside of the line next year.
It would also answer any lingering questions about Braun’s pass blocking after three years in Tech’s flexbone triple-option offense.
According to a source close to the recruitment, that could be an appealing option for Braun. It would give him an extra year of development with OSU’s strength program, plus two seasons working in a more traditional scheme to prepare him for the NFL.
He would also potentially be able to complete his graduate degree while in Columbus for 18 months.
Braun is scheduled to visit Texas this weekend, and the Longhorns and Florida Gators remain serious contenders for his commitment.
He is tentatively planning a trip to Columbus in March. A source tells TheOzone that OSU reached out to Braun to let him know that Jackson was going to be committing, but that they were still interested.
The Buckeyes are currently at 87 scholarship players, two over the NCAA-mandated limit of 85, but well within the normal range for this time of year.
If they can bring in Braun on top of Jackson, that would go a long way toward solving arguably the biggest issue on the roster for the next two seasons.