After playing only four of 25 true freshmen last season, Ohio State enters 2016 with a logjam of players with freshman eligibility.
The young Buckeyes have no shortage of opportunities for playing time, however, and the class of 2016 that ranked fourth nationally in the 247 composite rankings is stocked with playmakers who could find their way on to the field this season.
At Ohio State’s media day on Sunday, Meyer said he wasn’t ready to name starters for all the vacant spots, but he did note that the upcoming week would be a big one in determining which true freshmen are able to make an impact for the Buckeyes this season.
Throughout his press conference, he mentioned 11 different true freshmen with varying degrees of praise and thoughts on their readiness. With the season just three weeks away, it was a good look at which players have started to separate themselves in camp to give themselves a shot at avoiding a redshirt.
What follows is a look at everything Meyer said about the true freshmen during his media day press conference.
Meyer: “I hate to use the word patience, because I’ll never forget when I sent the text message to the Bosa family – John, Cheryl, and Joey – about Nick, and Joey hit me back on a little group text and said, ‘Have patience’ and I simply said no.
“But we are being very patient with him. He hasn’t been in full scrimmage situation yet. We’re making sure that knee’s 100 percent sound, which it is. And so we’re just easing him in. He comes from an excellent high school program, very well-coached, and he’ll be game ready.”
Meyer: “Coop is doing very well for us.”
Meyer: “Jordan Fuller I think is going to play.”
Meyer: “Jake Hausmann has moved ahead… he’s pretty close to being in the mix.”
Meyer: “Keandre is a guy that we anticipate to play.”
Meyer: “Michael Jordan for sure is playing. That’s done.”
Meyer: “Austin is probably one of those good stories that you hear about — the seven on seven or the extra coaching that you get, you hear bad stories about them. And where the, maybe a street agent or something like that, I’ll hear that stuff. And sometimes that’s true and a lot of times it’s not. He had a guy, Dre, that worked with him that became a friend of mine. I watched him work, I watched him train, taught him right things about just work ethic and obviously, his high school coach, came from a great high school program.
“So when you take a kid like that that is very serious about his trade, came from a very good high school program, has a guy that trained him in the off season, and then we get him, that’s why he’s game ready. And he will play this year.”
Meyer: “Dontre Wilson (is the punt returner) right now and we’re still watching this Demario McCall, pretty talented guy and it hasn’t been finalized yet, but right now if we played today, Dontre.”
Meyer: “At receiver, Victor’s got a long way to go but we’re glad he’s here.”
Meyer: “Right now, it’s Mike Weber and Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson and Demario and Antonio Williams are fighting for that spot (at running back).”
Meyer: “Jahsen Wint, the kid from Brooklyn, is a guy that might be a special teams guy for us.”