Ohio State's Early Enrollees and Justin Fields Arrive On Campus, Begin Classes Monday

By Colin Hass-Hill on January 6, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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Remember that feeling on your first day of college?

Well, a group Ohio State football players enrolled early and will have that feeling on Monday when classes begin. Six players – Garrett Wilson, Zach Harrison, Marcus Crowley, Ronnie Hickman, Noah Potter and Ryan Jacoby (from left to right in the photo above) – moved in to their dorms on campus this weekend, just before school starts. Also, Georgia transfer Justin Fields (far right in the photo above) begins classes on Monday.

The Buckeyes inked 15 players during Early Signing Period and have one other player committed – Doug Nester – who did not sign in December. The rest of the freshmen who did not enroll early will enroll at Ohio State after graduating from their respective high schools.

Marcus Crowley, a four-star running back from Florida, was one of the last pieces of the 2019 class, but he was the first to arrive on campus. He was the No. 409 overall player and the 26th-ranked running back in his class. With Mike Weber leaving, he will compete with Master Teague, Demario McCall and Brian Snead for carries behind J.K. Dobbins

Ryan Jacoby, the second player to commit to Ohio State in his class, became the second early enrollee on campus.

One of the Buckeyes' two early enrollees from Mentor, Jacoby is the No. 296 overall player in his class and the 26th-ranked offensive tackle. He'll join a unit short on depth, but is likely to redshirt.

Zach Harrison and Noah Potter, the two top defensive ends in the state, arrived on campus on Sunday afternoon.

Harrison, who attended Olentangy Orange, is the top-rated player in Ohio State's 2019 class. He's ranked No. 4 overall and is the top strong-side defensive end in the recruiting cycle. Potter, Jacoby's teammate at Mentor, is a four-star edge rusher who was ranked No. 330 overall and was the 24th-rated strong-side defensive end. Both Harrison and Potter have a chance to make early impacts on Ohio State's defensive line.

Garrett Wilson, the second-ranked wide receiver in his class, was the next to enroll, along with Ronnie Hickman.

Wilson, a Lake Travis, Texas, native was the No. 16 overall prospect in his country and will reunite with his high-school teammate, Matthew Baldwin, at Ohio State. Given his immense talent and the losses of Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin, along with the potential loss of K.J. Hill, Wilson has a shot for a significant role early in his career

Hickman rounded out the six Buckeyes getting a head start this spring. The four-star defensive back was the No. 112 overall prospect and the ninth-rated safety. With the return of both Jordan Fuller and Brendon White as starters, early playing time might be harder to come by, but he'll have the opportunity to earn more snaps in spring camp.

Justin Fields, a transfer quarterback from Georgia, was also pictured with the freshmen arriving on campus.

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