This class of Ohio State Buckeyes is one of the best to ever go through Columbus. This class collected a College Football Playoff National Championship, two Big Ten Championships, and an undefeated record against Michigan. What will Ohio State likely return next season, what will they lose, and what will they need in years to come?

Likely to return by position

CB: 7.
DE: 1.
DL: 9.
DT: 3.
K: 3.
LB: 10.
OL: 18.
P: 2.
QB: 3-4.
RB: 6-7.
S: 6.
TE: 7.
WR: 11.

Key Losses

CB: Denzel Ward.
DE: Jalyn Holmes, Sam Hubbard.
DL: Tracy Sprinkle, Tyquan Lewis.
DT: Michael Hill.
LB: Chris Worley, Dante Booker.
OL: Billy Price, Jamarco Jones.
QB: JT Barrett
RB: Mike Weber–Possibly will enter NFL Draft.
S: Damon Webb, Erick Smith.
TE: Marcus Baugh.
WR: Trevon Grimes.

Key Returning

CB: Kendall Sheffield, Jeffrey Odukah, Damon Arnette.
DE: Chase Young.
DL: Dre’Mont Jones, Nick Bosa, Robert Landers, Jonathon Cooper.
DT: Malik Barrow.
K: Blake Haubeil, Sean Neurenberger.
LB: Justin Hilliard, Jerome Baker, Malik Harrison, Baron Browning, Keandre Jones, Tuf Borland.
OL: Branden Bowen, Michael Jordan, Josh Myers, Demetrius Knox, Matthew Burrell, Malcom Pridgeon, Isiah Prince.
P: Drue Chrisman.
QB: Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow, Tate Martell.
RB: JK Dobbins, Mike Weber, Antonio Williams, Demario McCall.
S: Jordan Fuller, Isiah Pryor.
TE: AJ Alexander, Jake Hausmann, Rashod Berry, Luke Farrell.
WR: Austin Mack, Terry McLaurin, Binjimen Victor, Parris Campbell, KJ Hill, CJ Saunders, Johnnie Dixon.

Freshmen that could see the field in 2018

Tyreke Smith: We are not assuming anything, as there is a good chance still that Smith chooses the Nittany Lions. However, if Smith was to sign with the Buckeyes, he could see some time at DE.

Tyreke Johnson & Josh Proctor: With the Buckeyes losing two safeties to graduation, some younger players will definitely get a chance in 2018.

L’Christian Smith: While Ohio State returns all of Zone 6 in 2018, Blue Smith would brings a major asset that the Buckeyes don’t really have–a receiver that towers above the rest.

Needs for 2019

Defensive End: Unfortunately, the Buckeyes have not signed as many defensive ends as they may have hoped for in 2018. With two departing to the NFL, this will be a major concern for the next recruiting class.

Offensive Tackle: With losing out on Jackson Carman, Ohio State only signed one offensive tackle out of this class. With the position on the roster running low, the Buckeyes will need to sign some OTs in 2019.

Quarterback: With Emory Jones choosing Florida and Matthew Baldwin suffering a knee injury this past weekend, Ohio State will surely need to sign a quarterback in 2019; especially if Joe Burrow were to transfer.

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My name is Collin Ginnan and I am majoring in Journalism and Spanish at The Ohio State University. I grew up playing baseball year-round from t-ball through high school and am a diehard Cincinnati Reds fan. Coming from a family of Buckeyes, I was raised living and breathing Ohio State football. To the best of my memory, I have not missed a single game to date. Ohio State vs. Penn State during Homecoming? That’s what the Watch ESPN app is for. Besides the Buckeyes and Reds, I follow the Blue Jackets, Browns, Cavaliers, FC Cincinnati, and Liverpool FC.
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My name is Collin Ginnan and I am majoring in Journalism and Spanish at The Ohio State University. I grew up playing baseball year-round from t-ball through high school and am a diehard Cincinnati Reds fan. Coming from a family of Buckeyes, I was raised living and breathing Ohio State football. To the best of my memory, I have not missed a single game to date. Ohio State vs. Penn State during Homecoming? That’s what the Watch ESPN app is for. Besides the Buckeyes and Reds, I follow the Blue Jackets, Browns, Cavaliers, FC Cincinnati, and Liverpool FC.

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