Transfer Tackle Jarrett Kingston Signs with USC over Ohio State, Meaning Buckeyes Will Likely Have to Explore Their Options in the Spring Window

By Garrick Hodge on January 10, 2023 at 4:07 pm
Jarrett Kingston
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Ohio State has missed out on another offensive tackle transfer target.

Former Washington State offensive tackle Jarrett Kingston signed with USC Tuesday, choosing the Trojans over the Buckeyes. 

Kingston, who was Washington State's starting left tackle in 2022, was the fourth offensive tackle Ohio State offered since the transfer portal window opened in December. The Buckeyes also missed out on the likes of Ajani Cornelius (committed to Oregon), Jeremiah Byers (Florida State) and Dillon Wade (Auburn). Kingston took a visit to OSU last week, then followed that with a visit to USC, which won out in the end.

With Kingston no longer in the picture, Ohio State may need to pivot to the spring transfer window in May if it hopes to make an impactful addition to its offensive line. That will give the tackles on their current roster, led by Josh Fryar and Zen Michalski, plenty of opportunities to show how ready they are to be starting offensive tackles. Both 2022 starting tackles are not expected to return to Columbus next year, as Paris Johnson declared for the NFL Draft Tuesday and Dawand Jones accepted a Senior Bowl invitation in December. 

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