Ohio State mid-year enrollees have been rolling into campus all weekend and when the moving is all over, the 15 newest Buckeyes will be settled into their swanky digs where they will quarantine for a full week before winter workouts with strength coach Mickey Marotti get underway on February 1.

So far, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has signed 21 players in the 2021 class and they could add a couple of more over the next month or so if all goes well. That would leave somewhere between six and eight freshmen who would then enroll this summer.

For now, however, the focus is on the mid-year enrollees listed below. By graduating high school early and enrolling in January, they will get a head start on those players who opted to enroll this summer. They will also hopefully have the benefit of a full winter of conditioning and an entire spring camp before the 2021 season even gets going.

The Early Enrollees

NamePosHtWtHome
Kyle McCordQB6-3215Philadelphia, PA
TreVeyon HendersonRB5-11210Hopewell, VA
Evan PryorRB5-10190Cornelius, NC
Marvin Harrison, Jr.WR6-3190Philadelphia, PA
Jayden BallardWR6-2175Massillon, OH
Emeka EgbukaWR6-1190Steilacoom, WA
Sam HartTE6-5225Aurora, CO
Ben ChristmanOL6-6299Richfield, OH
Zen MichalskiOL6-7288Floyds Knobs, IN
Jack SawyerDE6-5248Pickerington, OH
Tyleik WilliamsDT6-3330Manassas, VA
Reid CarricoLB6-3225Ironton, OH
Denzel BurkeDB6-0189Scottsdale, AZ
Jantzen DunnSAF6-2178Bowling Green, KY
Jesse MircoP6-3200Australia

Tossing Out Some Thoughts On Each Early Enrollee

QB Kyle McCord
Ryan Day’s hand-picked quarterback in the 2021 class. Ohio State was reportedly going to take it slow with quarterbacks, but when Kyle McCord wanted aboard, Day welcomed him with open arms. Which has rankled Michigan QB signee JJ McCarthy, who was also vying to be the one OSU QB this cycle. McCord is a natural leader who is coming in early to state his case as a starter in 2021.


RB TreVeyon Henderson
When I watched TreVeyon Henderson highlights the first time, I had the same two thoughts I did when I watched Ezekiel Elliott and JK Dobbins in high school: First, wow; second, is this a lower level of high school ball in the state? Levels don’t matter when it comes to the great ones, however, and Henderson’s vision, balance, speed, awareness, and everything else make him arguably the most exciting addition in the 2021 class. Recently tweeted that he is up to 210 pounds from his listed 195.


RB Evan Pryor
Evan Pryor reminds me of Clemson running back Travis Etienne, who just finished up his Tigers career as the ACC’s all-time leading rusher. He doesn’t take big hits, he is slippery and fast. Doesn’t waste time trying to avoid physicality and doesn’t dance. Just slices and dices. Also a very good receiver. Ryan Day said last week that we could see some two-back sets and Pryor wouldn’t be a bad reason why.


WR Jayden Ballard
Early in his career, Jayden Ballard reminded me a lot of former Buckeye Devin Smith because he was a tremendous deep threat and also because he wore the same jersey number at the same high school as Smith. He is no longer just a deep threat but still growing as an overall receiver. Got to see him play once this season but the quarterback play held him back as a downfield threat.


WR Marvin Harrison, Jr.
Marvin Harrison looks like your prototypical X receiver. He’s big with long arms and good hands. The passes don’t need to be accurate when they are thrown his way. He obviously has the genes, but shows more than that on the field. Is also a willing blocker in highlights. From the same high school as Kyle McCord, so there is already some chemistry there.


WR Emeka Egbuka
I said when Emeka Egbuka [pictured above] signed that we’ll now see what it would have looked like if Donovan Peoples-Jones had signed with Ohio State. Egbuka reminds me a lot of DPJ in that he is a tremendous overall athlete but is still a better football player than athlete. He has a feel for both sides of the ball. He’s a combination of DPJ, Chris Olave, and Malik Hooker. Egbuka is a deep threat, an intermediate threat, and a guy who can do something with screens. He’d also be a tremendous free safety in a one-high defense.


TE Sam Hart
Sam Hart is a fast and physical tight end who lined up all over the place in high school. His speed and athleticism are reminiscent of current Buckeye Jeremy Ruckert, but Hart already has experience playing the tight end position. Breaks tackles and has long arms to catch wide passes. Will compete to play this year for sure due to depth issues, and may be pretty good out of the gate if he does see action.


OL Zen Michalski
Zen Michalski is a bit of a late bloomer who had to grow into his left tackle body. The Buckeyes watched him for a while and he was fantastic as a senior. He is mobile and physical. He can recover from a bad step or lean due to his overall athleticism and long arms. Like everyone on this list, his best days are ahead of him, and the possibilities will be interesting to watch.


OL Ben Christman
Ben Christman is a versatile offensive line prospect. Some view him as a future guard, which is fine because he’s a very physical run blocker who is athletic enough to pull and find defenders. Will add depth and could show up almost anywhere on the offensive line when the time comes.


DE Jack Sawyer
Jack Sawyer did not play football as a senior as I believe he was off filming Godzilla vs. King Kong where he plays the title role of Godzilla. Despite not playing as a senior, Sawyer is still arguably the best player in the nation. As a junior was dominating on defense and yet athletic and unselfish enough to play quarterback. Is expected to help out right away for the Buckeyes, but the depth chart will be difficult to crack.


DT Tyleik Williams
The Buckeyes need depth at nose tackle with the departure of Tommy Togiai and by getting the 330-pound Tyleik Williams, they may have found an option. That 330 pounds might be a bit high, but if it isn’t, it probably will be by September. As a junior, Williams was athletic enough to play defensive end for his team and wasn’t out of place doing so. Getting in early is really going to help Williams get adjusted to his requirements on the interior.


LB Reid Carrico
Reid Carrico is constant on defense. Unrelenting. He diagnoses well and takes great angles. He is a physical defender and can run downhill or sideline to sideline equally well. When he arrives, he does so with an ill temper. Could be an immediate star on kickoff coverage for the Buckeyes. Makes the amount of plays that you would expect from Ohio’s top linebacker.


DB Denzel Burke
Denzel Burke is not the first cornerback Ohio State has signed who may be as good on offense as he is on defense. Gareon Conley, Marshon Lattimore, and Denzel Ward were all talented receivers before coming to Ohio State. I’m not saying Burke is up there with those guys as a defender by any means (even though his rankings say pretty much exactly that). In fact, most of Burke’s highlights below are on offense. Defensively, the Buckeye coaches certainly saw enough via game tape to feel comfortable signing Burke, and Burke felt comfortable enough to become a Buckeye without ever even visiting Ohio State. It will be interesting to see where Burke ends up in an OSU secondary with a variety of roles to fill.


SAF Jantzen Dunn
Jantzen Dunn is a good enough athlete to play anywhere in the secondary. With his speed and size and range, however, he seems perfectly suited as the centerfielder in OSU’s one-high defense. He is a very good defender in man coverage and can matchup with receivers who come into his neighborhood. He also triggers very well in run support and brings the ball carrier down. One of my favorite prospects to watch in this class.


P Jesse Mirco
He’s a punter from Australia. Nothing else needs to be said.

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3 Comments

  1. [QUOTE=”MrRezQ83, post: 65359, member: 855″]
    Tony G. At 210, what do you think Henderson’s REAL 40 will be, and could he or Pryor have a shot at the starting spot?
    [/QUOTE]
    40 time at the combine or 40 time at OSU? At OSU, I’m betting he is in the 4.4s. May be a legit 4.5 tho. I still say missing the season will slow him down, but he’s going to have a winter and spring and fall camp to catch up. He’s the most talented back on the roster imo. I think I have gone on record as I don’t believe he opens as the starter, but won’t be surprise if he’s starting in November. In terms of whether or not they have a shot, absolutely they do.

  2. [QUOTE=”Fizzalcon, post: 65398, member: 3365″]
    Tony – any chance Egbuka sees a path to starting at cb and reinforces us there?

    Would the other 2 first year guys be closer to being impactful?
    [/QUOTE]
    I don’t see that happening in the immediate. The staff feels just fine about Cam Brown and Sevyn Banks, and you still have Lejond Cavazos, Ryan Watts, Marcus Williamson, Cameron Martinez, and 3-5 guys in the 2021 class to mow through before turning to Egbuka. It may be the quicker way to the field but it hasn’t really been talked about by Hartline/Egbuka/Day afaik.

  3. [QUOTE=”Golden1, post: 65445, member: 553″]
    36 or 51-either one is A-OK with me. I’ve seen #36 and #51 both play live. I still like #51. He was a beast.
    [/QUOTE]
    Ross Homan was a great one.

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