Here at BuckeyeWire.com we agree on a lot of things, but just like family, we’re not immune to some mudslinging. Each week we bring you our Buckeye Battle Cry roundtables. This time, we each pick one player from the 2018 football class that’s the most likely to be a star.
Buckeye Battle Cry: The 2018 Recruit Most Likely To Be A Star?
In case you missed it, Ohio State had a fairly decent recruiting class for 2018. Knowing which players will pan out is far from an exact science, but we are going to scan down the list of new recruits and tell you which one of the bunch is most likely to be the biggest of stars in Columbus.
Okay, me first eh? I am going to go with Nicholas Petit-Frere. The 6-6, 272 lb. offensive tackle’s last name actually means little friend in French. If only Al Pacino were around to help me out on this one.
But alas, I digress …
Petit-Frere is extremely agile and athletic for a man his size, is an excellent student, and if the reports are true, one heck of a kid. He was at the top of the list of OSU targets this year, and Urban Meyer and company were able to go down to the Tampa area and get him.
They were ecstatic.
If you don’t believe me, look at this reaction from Urban when Petit-Frere announced his choice of Ohio State.
Though nothing is a given in the inexact science of recruiting, he has a little Orlando Pace in him, and will continue to fill out the frame that is almost already built for what Meyer wants out of his linemen.
He may not get immediate playing time as a freshman, but he’ll push the others and break into the upper crust of offensive linemen in all of college football sooner rather than later.
Okay Phil. You go offensive line — I’m going with a guy who will be running behind it. Master Teague III is my pick to be the star of an impressive 2018 recruiting class. Teague wasn’t a highly touted recruit until he turned coaching heads in Tuscaloosa at the Alabama football camp in the summer of 2017.
He had eye popping numbers … 4.31 40 time, 40.7 vertical leap, and 4.00 three cone drill. All of which would have made him the top running back in terms of measurables in the 2017 NFL draft. And from a 17 year old kid!
It’ll be hard for him to break into the rotation as a freshman with the likes of Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins, but that could be to his advantage. A year to learn under a couple quality upperclassmen along with a great running back coach in Tony Alford could be a recipe for success.
I could see him contributing on special teams this year, maybe even as a return man with that speed. Either way, the future looks bright for this young man.
This is a tough to question to answer. After all, the Buckeyes signed one of – if not the – best classes in the country. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if several signees – including Petit-Frere and Teague – become superstars.
With that said, I think that defensive tackle Taron Vincent is the player most likely to become a star.
If that name sounds familiar, it should. His father Troy Vincent played 16 years in the NFL (five Pro Bowls) and led the league in interceptions in 1999.
Taron Vincent could be even better. He certainly accomplished a lot at the high school level, recording 145 tackles, 18 TFL, and nine sacks in two seasons at the IMG Academy in Florida. As a result of these stellar numbers, he earned the Maxwell Club’s 2017 National Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2017.
While high school stats don’t always equal college success, I think Vincent will post similar numbers at Ohio State. Larry Johnson is one of the best in the business when it comes to developing next level defensive lineman.
There’s no reason to think that he won’t help mold Vincent, Tommy Togiai, Antwaun Jackson, and Tyreke Smith into outstanding college football players.
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