Ohio State Spring Football Preview: Safety

Ohio State Spring Football Preview: Safety

Spring 2018

Ohio State Spring Football Preview: Safety


Spring practice has started in Columbus, and we are continuing our preview look at each position group at Ohio State. We are done to the wire here with our look at the safety position.


Get Our Newsletter

Contact/Follow @PhilHarrisonBW

2018 Spring Preview Sections

Spring Overview | The Quarterbacks | The Running Backs | Offensive Tackle | Center | Tight End | H-Back | Wide Receiver | If Tate Martell Is The QB | If Joe Burrow Is The QB | If Dwayne Haskins Is The QB | Defensive Tackle | Defensive End | Linebacker | Cornerback

Ohio State Spring Football Preview: Safety

It’s the last line of defense on the football field. It’s the safety position. As with other positions, there is talent and depth available, it’s just a matter of getting everyone in the right spot, and coaching them up at a place like Ohio State.

Key Losses

Damon Webb

Webb will be a big loss. He was a two-year starter who provided some stability to the position, but replacing those guys in college just comes with the territory. He left on a high note, being named the MVP of the Cotton Bowl victory USC.

erick smith

Smith started his senior season with the potential of being a starter but things went another direction, and we never really knew why. He’s now gone, but since OSU had already back-filled his slot with others, it won’t be as big of a loss other than valuable depth.

Returning Talent

Jordan Fuller

Fuller started opposite Webb and was second on the team in tackles last year. He wrestled the job away from Smith and played well enough to keep it through the rest of the year. He is the most experienced safety on the team as a junior and should make the jump as a potential all Big-Ten performer. He should be one to fill a leadership void on the defense.

wayne davis

Davis was listed as the back up to Fuller on the two-deep but was never called upon. He’ll get a chance to prove himself in the spring and fall, and could slide into the rotation, but will almost certainly get time on the special teams unit. He’ll be just a sophomore.

jahsen wint

Wint was also seldom called upon but was a highly touted recruit from the same high school as former Buckeye Curtis Samuel. He was the No. 1 safety prospect out of the state of New York by some recruiting services, so he’s got the skill set to rise up and push for playing time. OSU is thin at safety, so we’ll see if he can find a way to impress.

Isaiah pryor

Pryor will be just a sophomore and has drawn rave reviews for his big plays in practice. He started to gain the trust of the coaches and receive more and more playing time in key situations as a freshman last year. He’ll likely be first in line to take over the starting spot left over with the departure of Webb. He could be a breakout player in 2018.

 

 

brendon white

White was labeled a four-star athlete coming out of high school and started at receiver, was tried out at other positions, and eventually settled in at the safety position. It’ll be tough for him to push through others ahead of him on the depth chart, but if there’s a position where that’s possible this year, safety is it.

Incoming class

JOsh proctor

At 6-2, 190 lbs., Proctor was a consensus top ten safety prospect out of Owasso, Oklahoma. He won’t get on campus until the fall, and with all the bodies in the mix prior to that, it’ll be tough for him break into the top two, but it’s possible. He’ll be looking to add some depth to a thin position.

marcus hooker

We’ve already detailed Hooker in our cornerback preview because there’s a chance he’ll be slotted there, but it’s more than likely that he’ll end up at the safety spot. Needless to say, if he develops to anything close to his brother — former OSU safety Malik Hooker — he’ll find the field and contribute well beyond the three-star rating most recruiting services had him labeled as.

Tyreke Johnson

Johnson also appeared in our cornerback preview because that’s what many believe he’ll play in college. He played safety in high school though, so there’s still that chance that he stays at that position based on need, development and injury. Either way you slice it, Johnson was one of the top prospects in the country and will most likely be an impact player somewhere in the secondary. It could be here at the safety position if needed, or if he’s just too talented to waste a year on.

Predicting the Pecking Order

Free Safety

  1. Jordan Fuller
  2. Brendon White
  3. Jahsen Wint
  4. Marcus Hooker*

Strong Safety

  1. Isaiah Pryor
  2. Josh Proctor*
  3. Wayne Davis
  4. Tyreke Johnson*

* Freshman

 

Contact/Follow @BuckeyeWire for continuing coverage of Ohio State athletics.

Latest

More BuckeyeWire
Home
%d bloggers like this: