Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State, we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is freshman linebacker Reid Carrico. Yesterday it was offensive lineman Josh Fryar. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.
No. 28 | Linebacker | 6-2 228 | Freshman | Ironton High School | Ironton, Ohio
How’d He Get Here
When Reid Carrico committed to Ohio State in September of 2019, he was ranked the No. 34 player in the 2021 recruiting class and the No. 1 inside linebacker in the nation. By the time the rankings were settled, Carrico finished as the No. 86 player and No. 5 inside linebacker overall. He chose Ohio State over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Penn State, Texas, and many more. Carrico played both running back and linebacker at Ironton and was named the District Player of the Year on both offense and defense as a senior (56 tackles, 17 TFLs, 1,544 yards rushing, 25 TDs). He tied Roger Bacon running back Corey Kiner in voting for the 2020 Mr. Football award and then lost the award to him following a revote, despite the fact that Ironton beat Roger Bacon in the playoffs with Carrico outrushing Kiner 191 yards to 102 yards. As a junior, Carrico was named Ohio’s Defensive Player of the Year following a season where he amassed 168 tackles. He was one of 15 early enrollees for the Buckeyes this winter.
Reid Carrico took part in spring ball for the Buckeyes playing inside linebacker with the twos and threes. Due to the lack of numbers at linebacker this spring, he was able to get some very valuable reps. This season projects as possibly a redshirt year for him, unless linebackers coach Al Washington wants him to get reps this year in order to help replace three departing seniors following the 2021 season. Carrico could end up at either Will or Mike, and both spots have upperclassmen ahead of him. He is a tackling machine and got a good headstart on the defensive system, but his role this year will likely be on special teams. Together with receiver Emeka Egbuka, they were the fourth and fifth freshmen to have their black stripes removed this past spring.
What to Like
When it comes to finding the football, Reid Carrico is a bloodhound for the pigskin. He’s the kind of player you watch in high school who lives up to expectations. He is a physical defender and just an overall talented athlete. Big moments don’t overwhelm him. There is no doubt that he’s in the middle of a big step up from playing at Division V Ironton, but his learning curve is getting flatter by the day.
What’s the Ceiling This Year?
Considering what the Buckeyes are returning at linebacker — and the fact that there may not be much of a Sam involved, things are going to be pretty congested at both Will and Mike. Even though senior Dallas Gant missed the spring, he’s still the likely starter at Mike, and at the very least battling it out with redshirt sophomore Tommy Eichenberg. At Will, senior Teradja Mitchell seems to have that spot on lock down, but redshirt freshman Cody Simon will factor in either there or at the Mike. Senior K’Vaughan Pope is also in the mix on the inside, though he may also be a Sam at will. In other words, there’s a bunch of guys ahead of Reid Carrico this year, so the ceiling would probably be moving into the two-deep, which would still be a pretty significant surprise.
Reid Carrico was signed to eventually be a running game wrecker, bursting through the line of scrimmage like the Kool-Aid Man trying to quench a thirst. He will eventually be a starter at Will or Mike and lead this team in tackles. It won’t be this year and may not be next year, but eventually Carrico will lead this defense and the Buckeyes should be in good hands when that happens. As with any linebacker that starts for Ohio State, the possibilities include postseason accolades and an NFL future. Reid Carrico doesn’t seem like the kind to stray from that legacy.