Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State, we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is redshirt freshman offensive lineman Grant Toutant. Yesterday it was tight end Jeremy Ruckert. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.

Grant Toutant

No. 73 | Offensive Line | 6-6 315 | Redshirt Freshman | De La Salle Collegiate High School | Warren, Michigan

How’d He Get Here

Grant Toutant is a former 3-star prospect from De La Salle Collegiate High School in Warren, Michigan where he was ranked the No. 35 offensive tackle in the 2020 recruiting class and the No. 463 player overall. He was initially a Penn State commit before flipping to Ohio State on June 9, 2019. How did he get away from Michigan and then-offensive line coach Ed Warinner? They never offered. In fact, the two times he visited the Wolverines for games during the 2018 season they never even talked to him about an offer. They did, however, congratulate him on his offer from Wisconsin. Toutant redshirted as a true freshman last season and did not see any action.

Current Situation

Ohio State is so deep at offensive tackle right now that even sophomore Paris Johnson has to play guard. Grant Toutant was spending time with the twos and threes in the spring, which is fairly typical for a redshirt freshman offensive lineman. He had good moments and bad moments, but as long as he learned from each of them, he’s doing exactly what he needs to do. A year or three of development is standard and Toutant is following that same well-traveled path.

What to Like

Grant Toutant is still learning the nuances of the offensive line but has approached his current situation with incredible foresight. Toutant put on well over 100 pounds during his four years of high school in order to play offensive line in college. Sure, he may be comparatively raw to some other 2020 offensive line prospects, but his level of commitment to the position is very encouraging. There’s also some intrigue in the fact that he hasn’t always been “a big guy,” so there is some inherent agility there that still exists. Like the point guard who grows six inches over a summer and is now 6-foot-9 but can still handle the ball and shoot like a guard. Toutant also has some gymnastics in his background and played basketball in high school. From an offensive line coach’s perspective, there’s a lot to work with when you combine Toutant’s past and present.

What’s the Ceiling This Year?

Getting into the two-deep may be tough for Grant Toutant this year. Junior Dawand Jones is the undisputed No. 3 tackle on the roster. Redshirt sophomore Enokk Vimahi may be No. 4, even though he was formerly a guard. Things aren’t any easier at guard, should Toutant get a look there. Given his athleticism, potential, and need down the road, he will likely stay at tackle and get some time here and there in a handful of Buckeye blowouts.

And Beyond?

You know how Wisconsin almost always has a talented offensive line and you wonder where they keep getting these guys? Grant Toutant is one of those guys. Wisconsin was his first Power Five offer. They saw the same potential that Ohio State eventually saw, it’s just that they tend to have more patience than most schools. Wisconsin understands that it could take three years of development to get two or three really good years out of a guy on the field. For the most part, that’s how the Badgers have to recruit, but it works for them. In a couple of years, Grant Toutant could be an anchor on Ohio State’s offensive line, which would be the culmination of a very ambitious 8-year plan. And that would just be the start of it.

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