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 Luke Wypler. Yesterday it was offensive lineman Trey Leroux. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.
No. 53 | Offensive Line | 6-3 300 | Redshirt Freshman | St. Joseph Regional | Montvale, New Jersey
How’d He Get Here
Luke Wypler committed to Ohio State three years ago last week, and the Buckeyes owe much of his commitment to former defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Wypler is from New Jersey and grew up going to Schiano’s camps at Rutgers. Prior to his commitment to Ohio State, Wypler also held offers from Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Penn State, and Stanford. He ultimately chose the Buckeyes over Stanford. Wypler was the No. 2 center in the 2020 recruiting class and the No. 108 player overall. He saw action on the offensive line in three games last year.
Considered the center of the future at Ohio State, Luke Wypler might end up being the center of the present. The Buckeyes have two open spots on the offensive line — one at left guard and the other at center. Wypler could factor in at either spot, which can also be said for juniors Harry Miller and Matthew Jones. With Miller out this past spring, Wypler and Jones competed to be the No. 1 center. Jones had the job for the first half of spring, but then Wypler ended up closing with it. Was that by design or did Wypler simply take the job? And does it matter, if the starting center was always going to be Harry Miller this year?
What to Like
Luke Wypler was a high school wrestler and lacrosse player, so he knows how to use leverage and he’s mobile enough to not always need it. Rather than go home after last season and regroup, Wypler stayed on campus in order to prepare for a starting job this season. His work showed in the spring when he displayed an adequate grasp of the Buckeyes’ offense. He is still young, but he’s not letting his youth hold him back. Even though he is considered a center, he has the size and ability to also play guard.
What’s the Ceiling This Year?
The ceiling this year for Luke Wypler is a starting job, but it may have to be at left guard if Harry Miller is at center. Wypler spent his spring mostly at center, so he may be a bit behind Matthew Jones in a competition to win the left guard spot. Jones has been at guard the past three seasons, so he’s learned most of the tricks of the trade. If Wypler can prove to offensive line coach Greg Studrawa that he is one of the top five linemen on the team, however, the Buckeyes will find the right spot for him. And with the versatility of Miller and Wypler, there are a couple of possibilities.
Luke Wypler is the center of the future at Ohio State. If that means Harry Miller is the center in 2021, it probably also means he’s the center in 2022. Wypler doesn’t have to wait until 2023 for a starting job, however, because he’ll have a chance this year and next year to establish himself as one of the best Buckeyes on the interior. Ohio State has a long history of productive centers who go on to earn All-Conference and All-American accolades before moving on to the NFL. It’s very early to project that for Wypler right now, but if he reaches his ceiling, then history says those footsteps will be walked again.