Football Recruiting

How Many More Players Can Ohio State Add For 2020?

Ohio State football head coach Ryan Day

The Ohio State coaching staff is working hard this month to finish its 2020 recruiting class with a bang, or maybe more accurately, a couple of booms.

Defensive back prospect Cam Martinez from Muskegon, Michigan is committed to the Buckeyes, but has not yet signed his Letter Of Intent to officially join the program. He’s waiting on word about who will replace Jeff Hafley on the OSU staff, and considering offers from other schools.

The Bucks are also working to flip running back Jahmyr Gibbs, a talented player who is currently committed to Georgia Tech. Gibbs will visit Columbus later this month.

But between new recruits and potential transfers, how many players can the Buckeyes realistically hope to add either on National Signing Day in February or before the 2020 season?

The first thing you have to know is that the NCAA requires all 130 FBS programs to be at or below 85 scholarship players before the start of fall camp. At the moment the Buckeyes, and many other programs, are above that number.

With last year’s senior class and NFL Draft early departures removed from the roster, and all of the 2020 freshmen (except one) added in, OSU currently stands at 88 scholarship players.

Kicker Jake Seibert, who signed a Letter of Intent to be a member of the 2020 class, is expected to take a grayshirt season and officially go on scholarship for 2021. Thus, he is not included in the tally below.

So how can Ohio State be over the limit of 85 players, and still have room to take a couple more?

Remember, that limit of 85 only kicks in at the start of camp in August. That means there are still almost seven months for players to transfer, take a medical retirement, or leave the program in another way.

It’s always hard to estimate exactly how many guys will leave during an offseason, but the 2019 Buckeyes lost WR L’Christian Smith, RB Brian Snead, QBs Matthew Baldwin and Tate Martell, and LB Keandre Jones to transfer. That’s about normal for a typical year, as guys who are buried on the depth chart look for a new home where they’ll have a better chance to play.

Others may depart for disciplinary reasons, a better cultural fit in other areas, or simply because they’re homesick. It’s typical for a handful of players to leave during an offseason.

With 88 players on the list right now, and four to six likely to depart at some point during the offseason, it’s certainly reasonable for the Buckeyes to add at least two or three more players before the start of camp, whether as recruits or transfers.

Players with an asterisk next to their names below have used their redshirt season. Those are unofficial at the moment, and included as a guide. They will be modified once the program officially updates their status.

QBJack Miller
C.J. Stroud
Justin FieldsGunnar Hoak *4
RBSteele Chambers *
Miyan Williams
Marcus Crowley
Master Teague *
Demario McCall *
Trey Sermon
WRMookie Cooper
Julian Fleming
Gee Scott
Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Kamryn Babb *
Garrett Wilson
Jameson Williams
Elijah Gardiner *
Jaylen Harris *
Chris Olave
C.J. Saunders *11
TEJoe Royer
Cade Stover *
Jeremy RuckertLuke Farrell *
Jake Hausmann *
OLJosh Fryar
Ryan Jacoby *
Jakob James
Paris Johnson
Trey Leroux
Grant Toutant
Enokk Vimahi *
Luke Wypler
Dawand Jones
Matthew Jones *
Harry Miller
Nick Petit-Frere *
Max Wray *
Wyatt Davis *
Josh Myers *
Gavin Cupp *
Thayer Munford
DETy Hamilton
Noah Potter *
Zach Harrison
J. Jean-Baptiste *
Tyler Friday
Tyreke Smith
Jonathon Cooper *
DTJacolbe Cowan
Cormontae Hamilton *
Darrion Henry
Jaden McKenzie *
Taron Vincent *Jerron Cage *
Tommy Togiai
Haskell Garrett
Antwuan Jackson *
LBCody Simon
Tommy Eichenberg *
Mitchell Melton
Craig YoungDallas Gant
Teradja Mitchell
K'Vaughan Pope
Justin Hilliard *
Tuf Borland *
Baron Browning
Pete Werner
CBLejond Cavazos
Cameron Martinez
Ryan Watts
Tyreke Johnson *Sevyn Banks
Cameron Brown
Shaun Wade *
Marcus Williamson8
SAFRonnie Hickman *
Lathan Ransom
Bryson Shaw *
Kourt Williams
Marcus Hooker *Josh Proctor6
KBlake Haubeil1
PDrue Chrisman1