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Ohio State commit Doug Nester is the foundation of a strong offensive line recruiting class.

Predicting Ohio State’s 2019 offensive line recruiting

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I would say Ohio State’s biggest positional need in the 2019 recruiting class is, by far, the offensive line. The Buckeyes will have to replace graduating seniors Isaiah Prince, Demetrius Knox, Brady Taylor and Malcolm Pridgeon. Meanwhile, contributors such as Michael Jordan, Josh Alabi, Matthew Burrell and Brandon Bowen will be in their junior or redshirt junior seasons.

There will be major shakeups in Ohio State’s offensive line depth chart over the next 12 months. Urban Meyer and position coach Greg Studrawa will want to have the Buckeyes ready to roll with plenty of fresh talent injected into the roster.

I think Ohio State will take six offensive linemen in the 2019 class — five at a minimum. Two players are already in the fold — in-state tackle Ryan Jacoby of Mentor and West Virginia guard Doug Nester.

Look for the Buckeyes to bring in a fairly even split of interior linemen and tackles, with one player joining the class as a center. Let’s break down some top targets by position before I give my predictions.

Note: Unless otherwise mentioned, all rankings refer to the 2019 247Sports composite rankings

Guard/center

Committed: Doug Nester

Top targets (with home state listed): Harry Miller, Georgia; Zeke Correll, Ohio; Nolan Rumler, Ohio (Michigan commit); Darrian Dalcourt, Maryland; J.D. Duplain, Ohio (not offered).

The scoop: With Nester in the fold, there’s a clear top three targets among interior linemen.

Miller, the country’s No. 2 center, will make his official visit to Ohio State on April 14 for the spring game. Stanford is the primary threat here, with Clemson, Georgia and Notre Dame also in the mix.

Correll and Rumler are the two offered in-state targets for Ohio State. Rumler is committed to Michigan, but Ohio State remains in contact with the Akron Archbishop Hoban star and will hope to bring him to campus and change his mind. Correll also s expected at the Buckeyes spring game and the Cincinnati Anderson lineman has the versatility to play guard or center. Notre Dame is heavily involved as well.

Dalcourt appears to be a little further down the board, but he visited Ohio State earlier this spring and is expected back for the spring game, as first reported by Bucknuts recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic and confirmed by Land of 10. Duplain is an in-state prospect with nearly a dozen Power 5 offers and great size who likely will be asked to camp by the Buckeyes.

Tackle

Committed: Ryan Jacoby, who has potential to play guard if needed.

Top targets: Devontae Dobbs, Michigan; Darnell Wright, West Virginia; Andrew Kristofic, Pennsylvania; Trevor Keegan, Illinois; Xavier Truss, Rhode Island; Quinn Carroll, Minnesota; John Olmstead, New Jersey; Michael Tarquin, Florida; Jonathan Allen, Ohio (not offered).

The scoop: I think the best way to explain recruiting at tackle is to break this down into tiers — not in order of talent, but rather how these recruitments may shape up.

In one tier, you have 5-star prospects Dobbs and Wright. These are players who have major national recruitments and that the Buckeyes will be willing to chase all the way until National Signing Day. For Dobbs, it appears to be Michigan State and Ohio State at the top in terms of relationships and frequency of contact. Wright’s recruitment is a little more wide open, but Ohio State is very involved and will want to get him on campus again this spring.

Kristofic and Keegan are in another tier. Ohio State is in strong position with these guys and is willing to take them, but they maybe don’t have the high billing of some other targets. Kristofic visited Ohio State on Wednesday and will decide soon between the Buckeyes, Clemson, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. Notre Dame is the favorite, but the Buckeyes have a chance with the wildly underrated 3-star recruit.

I would argue that the Buckeyes are the favorites for Keegan, an Illinois native who received an offer while visiting campus on March 8. Nearly the entire Big Ten has offered Keegan and Michigan is a major threat.

Truss, Carroll and Olmstead are a crew of players who have Ohio State in their top group, but would be unlikely to commit to the Buckeyes if they had to decide soon. Truss hasn’t visited campus, but the 6-foot-8, 350-pound prospect plans to soon. Carroll seems likely to end up at Notre Dame; he hasn’t been in Columbus since September. Olmstead also seems like a Notre Dame lean and it remains to be seen if Ohio State will make the next cut.

Tarquin is a prospect who seems unlikely to end up at Ohio State. I think the Buckeyes have mostly moved on at this point and he’s likely to end up at Miami. I’m not sure if he can play tackle and is not a priority at this point.

Allen is an in-state prospect with prodigious physical talent who has not been offered by the Buckeyes, but with his athleticism and 6-6, 315-pound frame, he’s a very appealing player. The Dayton Dunbar standout likely will camp this summer. Michigan State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Kentucky and Iowa have offered.

Predictions

C: Harry Miller – Georgia – No. 2 center

G: Doug Nester – West Virginia – No. 8 tackle

G: Zeke Correll – Ohio – No. 10 guard

T: Ryan Jacoby – Ohio – No. 38 tackle

T: Devontae Dobbs – Michigan – No. 1 tackle

T: Jonathan Allen – Ohio – No. 46 tackle

The other prospects I came the closest to including in these predictions were Andrew Kristofic, Darnell Wright and Trevor Keegan.

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