Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State, we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is sophomore tight end Gee Scott, Jr. Yesterday it was receiver Emeka Egbuka. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.
No. 13 | Tight End | 6-3 225 | Sophomore | Eastside Catholic High School | Seattle, Washington
How’d He Get Here
Gee Scott played at Eastside Catholic High School in Seattle, Washington where he was an All-State wide receiver. As a senior, he caught 76 passes for 1,453 yards and 15 touchdown. He committed to Ohio State on Christmas Day 2018, accepting OSU’s offer over schools like Notre Dame, LSU, Florida State, Texas A&M, and more. Then, roughly 257 days after Scott committed to the Buckeyes, the University of Washington decided to finally offer him. Scott passed on the offer from UW and signed with the Buckeyes in December of 2019. He enrolled early last year and was a standout performer during the winter. Scott played in five of the Buckeyes’ eight games last year, seeing action on offense in three of those games.
Onlookers were surprised this spring during an Ohio State practice when they saw Gee Scott no longer working with the wide receivers and instead working with the tight ends. The move wasn’t Ohio State’s idea, but given Scott’s skill set and potential, they quickly saw the potential. He is now part of a tight end room that returns an established Jeremy Ruckert, but the Buckeyes are still looking for a No. 2 to go with him. Scott is still learning the position, but his willingness isn’t questioned. Blocking is something that he enjoyed doing at receiver, but now he’s blocking guys who are a bit bigger. There are plenty of things still to master, including the size and strength needed to play the position. Ohio State’s own website still lists him at 210 pounds, but Scott himself tweeted recently that he was up to 224 pounds.
What to Like
The Buckeyes are about to have a 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end who runs in the 4.5s, so that’s something people might like. The position move was one that did not come without serious thought, which also means the work and determination aren’t going to be an issue. The motivation is there because Gee Scott sees this move as part of a long-term plan. He will have patience while he gets a better grasp of everything the position requires. Once he’s out on the field, however, he will present some matchup issues. This is a guy who is used to dealing with cornerbacks covering him. Now it will be slower linebackers or safeties matching up with him. Or it will be a nickel back, who is the team’s third-best cornerback. There are a great number of intriguing possibilities here for the Buckeyes and Scott.
What’s the Ceiling This Year?
The ceiling for Gee Scott this year depends on how quickly he picks up a new position and what the depth chart looks like. Redshirt sophomore Cade Stover has had a year’s head start on Scott at tight end, so that will be difficult to overcome. Can Scott play on the end of the line this year or is he more of a flex guy instead? If he can play both, then he’ll have more opportunities to play. If the staff would rather let him grow into the position slowly, then he may be in the slot more than on the line. Either way, there is still plenty of ways to get him involved. With a starting foursome of Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and Jeremy Ruckert, there won’t be a lot of catches left over for everyone else. Scott’s ceiling isn’t about numbers this year, however, it’s about everything else. The numbers will come — and don’t be surprised when he has a handful of plays this year that foreshadow his future impact.
This will be Jeremy Ruckert’s final season at Ohio State, which means the Buckeyes will need a new starting tight end next year. The move to tight end for Gee Scott is a lot more about the “beyond” portion than what it means this year. It is almost impossible to miss the impact that athletic tight ends are having in today’s NFL. Scott is looking to be a part of that trend and the Buckeyes are more than willing to help him out. Technically, he has four years of eligibility remaining, so he’s still got plenty of time to get where he wants to be. But it won’t shock anybody if he gets there earlier than most expected.