Ohio State’s 2016 recruiting class – the country’s fourth-ranked class – featured 25 signees from 11 states. Many of those players are expected to contribute to the Buckeyes’ on-field success early in their careers.
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Today’s freshman focus is on tight end Luke Farrell.
Who is Luke Farrell?
One of three tight ends signed by Ohio State in 2016, Luke Farrell was a consensus 4-star tight end prospect in his class. The Perry (Ohio) native received a very early offer from Ohio State (June 2014) and also had offers from Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame among his nearly 20 total scholarship opportunities.
- Height: 6 feet 6
- Weight: 245
- Number: 89
- Hometown: Perry (Ohio)
- High School: Perry
- Composite Ranking: 7 (TE)
- High School Highlights
Though he was offered by the Buckeyes early, Farrell’s recruitment didn’t go exactly as expected. He checked out as many schools as he could before ultimately committing to Ohio State at Friday Night Lights – at least publicly committing – in July 2015.
What does he bring to Ohio State?
The most important thing to know about Luke Farrell is that even though he knew from the minute Ohio State offered him a scholarship in the summer of 2014 that he’d be a Buckeye, Farrell never rushed into a choice. That patience, that think-things-through approach is a big part of who he is: patient, quiet, hard-working, and thorough. Farrell knew he was likely to land at Ohio State, but he wanted to visit every school on his list to make sure he made a good decision.
“That was my plan all along, was to make sure I took my time with it,” Farrell said. “I definitely know I made the right decision.”
What made Farrell so coveted? He’s raw, but the pieces to become a big-time tight end are all in place. He’s got the size and speed to be a difference-maker as a pass-catching tight end, an area where he excelled at Perry High School. He’s the field-stretcher, a player who has skills similar to what Seattle Seahawks rookie Nick Vannett had when he arrived at Ohio State.
Size, speed, reliable hands and a quiet, nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic: That’s what Luke Farrell brings to Ohio State.
Will he play as a freshman?
Marcus Baugh has a firm grasp as the starter at tight end. It appears that the race to back him up is coming down to redshirt freshman A.J. Alexander and another true freshman, Jake Hausmann, who has a little bit of an edge physically on Farrell coming out of high school.
Because of that, it’s unlikely at this point that Farrell will play this fall, but in no way is that a knock on him or on his potential; Vannett also redshirted in his first year with the Buckeyes. Farrell’s biggest adjustment will be to the speed of the game coming from a place like Perry, which has an enrollment of just more than 600 students. It’s a major change of pace from a Division 4 school in Ohio to playing in front of about 105,000 so it’s going to take a year of getting himself stronger physically and adjusted mentally before Farrell will be called upon to make an impact.
When he does get that chance, likely in 2017, expect him to take full advantage.