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.
Join Landof10.com as we introduce you to the next wave of Buckeyes in our “Young Bucks” series. Next up: Tight end Jake Hausmann.
Who is Jake Hausmann?
There was a time when Ohio State was perceived to struggle in recruiting Cincinnati prospects, but those complaints have mostly vanished under head coach Urban Meyer. The latest prize out of the Queen City is Jake Hausmann, a 4-star tight end who was the No. 4 tight end and No. 121 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings for the class of 2016.
The son of two Ohio State graduates, Hausmann grew up an Ohio State fan and was thrilled when he got the offer in April 2014, a move that vaulted the Buckeyes to the forefront of his recruitment.
“”It feels amazing to get the offer. I grew up a fan and always dreamed of playing for them,” said Hausmann told Scout.com at the time. “I’m still open to anyone, but I would have to say they are at the top of my list.”
His recruitment eventually became a battle between Ohio State and Notre Dame, as is so often the case for prospects in southwest Ohio’s Greater Catholic League. Given the fact that the Buckeyes were so disillusioned with their tight end depth that an offensive tackle was the third-stringer last year, an elite 4-star prospect only an hour and a half away was pretty much a must-get for Ohio State.
- Height: 6 feet 4
- Weight: 245
- Number: 81
- Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
- High School: Archbishop Moeller
- Composite Ranking: 4 (Tight end)
- High School Highlights
Hausmann said during his junior season of high school that he looked at the depth charts of prospective schools and felt Ohio State was most favorable, giving him yet another reason to favor the Scarlet and Gray. He committed Jan. 25, 2015, and never wavered over the following year.
He was one of three tight ends in Ohio State’s 2016 class, joining Luke Farrell and Kierre Hawkins.
What does he bring to Ohio State?
While his fellow true freshman tight end Hawkins is more of a blend of tight end and H-back, Hausmann is built and plays more like a traditional tight end. He was an above-average blocker in high school, which makes him an ideal fit for this offense, especially with the two-tight end sets Ohio State runs. He excels at getting free from coverage and finding ways to get open in the space 10 yards from the line of scrimmage, but he’s also capable of being a deep threat. Hausmann also has good, dependable hands and is capable of snagging passes that aren’t on target.
With only one tight end on the roster having caught a pass at Ohio State, Hausmann has the ability to come in and be a legitimate second option behind Baugh as a true freshman.
Will he play as a freshman?
All signs point to yes. In fact, Meyer said as much during his Aug. 14 media day press conference, when he included Hausmann in a list of standout freshmen.
“Jake Hausmann has moved ahead… he’s pretty close to being in the mix,” Meyer said.
What works in Hausmann’s favor is the fact that there are limited tight ends, with only junior Marcus Baugh (three career catches), graduate transfer Chase Hounshell (last played defensive end at Notre Dame) and redshirt freshman A.J. Alexander the only non-true freshmen in the position group. He’s technically proficient enough both as a blocker and a pass catcher to give Ohio State some help at that position this season.