Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Ryan Jacoby. Yesterday it was defensive end Jacolbe Cowan. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.
No. 68 | Offensive Lineman | 6-4 305 | Redshirt Sophomore | Mentor High School | Mentor, Ohio
How’d He Get Here
Ohio State offered Ryan Jacoby on January 12, 2018, and in less than a week he also added offers from Kentucky, Boston College, and Michigan. Indiana offered in February, but it didn’t matter because Jacoby committed to the Buckeyes on March 1. He enrolled early and was on campus in January of 2019. Jacoby was an All-State selection at left tackle as a junior and senior. He was a four-star prospect, ranked the No. 23 offensive tackle in the 2019 class and the No. 283 player overall.
The Ohio State offensive line is as deep as it’s ever been, which makes it difficult to get into the two-deep. Even though Ryan Jacoby only played tackle in high school, he was pretty quickly moved to guard for the Buckeyes. He did not get on the field in 2019 while he redshirted. He also did not receive any playing time last year, but last year was its own kind of issue for everyone. This season Jacoby will be one of 16 offensive linemen on scholarship, and about 13 of them could conceivably be asked to play guard. That is the textbook definition of “crowded.”
What to Like
This is the third year on campus for Ryan Jacoby, and even though there was no spring ball last year, he did take part in 2019 and 2021. Even though he has yet to play in a game, there isn’t much that is new to him. He is now an upperclassmen and knows how things run. If Jacoby was thrust into a game right now, he’d know his assignments and what to do. His experience at tackle in high school presumes his pass-blocking abilities, which have only been improved at Ohio State. Basically, now that he’s three years in, he should be able to step in and help the offense should the need or opportunity arise.
What’s the Ceiling This Year?
An offensive linemen not seeing much playing time his first two years is not unusual. It’s a tough job and requires a lot of build up. The ceiling for Ryan Jacoby this year probably has him finding a spot in the two-deep as a backup guard, but even the competition for the twos is incredibly crowded. Jacoby will be battling guys like Josh Fryar, Enokk Vimahi, Luke Wypler, and incoming five-star lineman Donovan Jackson. His grasp of the offense will certainly help, as will his time spent in Mickey Marotti’s strength program.
Earning a starting job is no guarantee at Ohio State. For instance, OSU signed 21 offensive linemen from 2013-2017 and only 10 earned starting jobs during their careers. The older and more experienced an offensive lineman gets, the better off a football team is. Ryan Jacoby will be contending for a spot in the two-deep this year, and then he’ll likely be competing for a starting spot in 2022. There will be a job open as Paris Johnson moves from guard to left tackle. There will then be another job or two available in 2023, which would be Jacoby’s fifth year, but he’d still have eligibility through 2024. If he can secure a job by 2023 as a fifth-year senior, he could carry that over to a second year of starting for the Buckeyes. If a linemen can get a year or two of starting under his belt, that will then open more possibilities beyond college.