Ohio State Officially Announces 2018 Early Enrollees

By Dan Hope on January 12, 2018 at 11:30 am
The 2018 early enrollees

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics


Ohio State officially announced the roster additions of eight early enrollees and a pair of freshman walk-ons on Friday.

The eight scholarship players who are enrolled for the spring semester, and will be therefore be able to participate in spring practices, are as follows:

  • QB Matthew Baldwin, from Austin, Texas and Lake Travis High School
  • CB Sevyn Banks, from Orlando, Fla., and Jones High School
  • LB Dallas Gant, from Toledo and St. John’s Jesuit
  • CB Tyreke Johnson, from Jacksonville, Fla., and Trinity Christian Academy
  • OL Matthew Jones, from Brooklyn and Erasmus Hall High School
  • RB Master Teague, from Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Blackman High School
  • DT Tommy Togiai, from Pocatello, Idaho, and Highland High School
  • OT Max Wray, from Franklin (Tenn.) High School

Another new Buckeye, defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson Jr., from Blinn College, is also expected on campus for the spring semester but was not announced Friday as an early enrollee. As a junior college product, Jackson would technically be considered a transfer rather than an early enrollee.

Our Andrew Lind wrote about all nine of Ohio State's new scholarship players – as well as how Ohio State's nine 2017 early enrollees fared this past season – earlier this week.

The Buckeyes also added two freshman walk-ons to their roster as spring enrollees. Defensive lineman Zaid Hamdan comes to the Buckeyes from Mason High School in Mason, Ohio, while kicker Dominic DiMaccio – who spent this past fall at Missouri, but did not play and brings four years of eligibility to Ohio State – is a product of Columbus' DeSales High School.

As you can see in the photo above, the new Buckeyes have already begun working out on campus as part of the offseason strength and conditioning program. Pictured from left to right are Banks, Gant, Wray, Hamdan, Togiai and Jones in the top row, and Johnson, DiMaccio and Teague III in the bottom row. Baldwin, not pictured, is recovering after suffering a knee injury during the Texas state playoffs in December.

Ohio State is set to add at least 13 additional scholarship players this summer, having signed 21 total players during the early signing period on Dec. 20 while being set to sign at least one more (four-star defensive end commitment Tyreke Smith) on the Feb. 7 National Signing Day. 

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