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 Enokk Vimahi. Yesterday it was defensive back Marcus Williamson. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.
No. 66 | Offensive Lineman | 6-4 298 | Redshirt Sophomore | Kahuku High School | Kahuku, Hawaii
How’d He Get Here
The recruitment of Enokk Vimahi was not your typical Ohio State story because the Buckeyes didn’t really get involved until late. Vimahi earned offers from USC and Nebraska following his sophomore season, then schools like Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Washington jumped in the next year. He actually took official visits to Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and USC before Ohio State even offered. The Buckeyes finally extended an offer on January 4 of 2019. Three weeks later, Vimahi took an official visit to Ohio State. Two weeks after that he was a Buckeye. Vimahi was ranked the No. 7 offensive guard in the nation and the No. 124 player overall.
It was interesting to see Enokk Vimahi at tackle this spring after being at guard previously. That gives an indication of the mobility that offensive line coach Greg Studrawa has seen from him. The good thing about Vimahi, however, is that he can play wherever he’s needed. The Buckeyes are pretty young at tackle outside of their top three, so having a third-year guy who can play the position gives the team some piece of mind. His presence was probably a bit more necessary on the outside rather than on the inside this spring where the Buckeyes are deep with talent and experience. If he stays at tackle, he will be competing for a job in the two-deep, which is also the situation if he doesn’t. Vimahi will play this year, the only question is where and when.
What to Like
Enokk Vimahi played left tackle at Kahuku High School in Kahuku, Hawaii, and he did it very well. He came to Ohio State around 260-270 pounds, and has been helped by OSU strength coach Mickey Marotti to put on the right kind of weight. They have been able to get him where he can be his best self right now, and if they want him to add a few more pounds, that won’t be too difficult. As a former tackle who was already on the light side, Vimahi has long had to rely on his feet and hands to hold up against pass rushers. His mobility is a strength. With two years now on campus and in Marotti’s program, his strength is also a strength. Vimahi is a selfless player, as evidenced by his short stint on the defensive line late last year because of COVID absences. Enokk Vimahi can probably play all five spots on the offensive line if needed, but they’ll eventually get him narrowed down to where they need him most.
What’s the Ceiling This Year?
Just looking from the outside, there are no open jobs at offensive tackle, so if Greg Studrawa or head coach Ryan Day wanted Enokk Vimahi battling for a starting job this year, he would have been at guard in the spring rather than tackle. That being said, playing tackle in the spring wouldn’t actually eliminate Vimahi from winning a job this year because the staff is looking for their five best linemen. If Vimahi hits his ceiling, then this group is versatile enough to find a place for him. He could very easily slide in at left guard with Harry Miller likely moving to center. Even if there is no starting job for him, his ability to play guard or tackle will double his chances of finding a role in fall camp.
Even though Enokk Vimahi is a redshirt sophomore, he still technically has four years of eligibility remaining, so he has plenty of time to find a starting spot on this offensive line. Because of the depth that has been created, starting by his third year is going to be a tough ask. But the good news (for him at least) is that things will start to thin out a bit next year. There have been no bad words said of Vimahi to this point in his career, so it’s pretty easy to imagine him eventually hitting his ceiling and being a two- or three-year starter for the Buckeyes before eventually moving on to the professional ranks.