Real Pod Wednesdays: Ranking Ohio State's Eight New Transfer Portal Additions By Potential Impact in 2023

By Griffin Strom and Chase Brown on May 17, 2023 at 11:05 am
Davison Igbinosun

On the latest edition of Real Pod Wednesdays, we take inventory of Ohio State's eight-man 2023 transfer class.

With usual podcaster extraordinaire and general Eleven Warriors superstar Dan Hope on vacation, Chase Brown makes his RPW debut alongside Griffin Strom, who returns from a one-week hiatus to discuss all things Ohio State sports.

Griffin and Chase discuss Ohio State’s latest transfer portal addition, Ole Miss defensive tackle Tywone Malone, who is expected to be the final scholarship player added to the Buckeye roster from Transferland this offseason. After that, we rank all eight Ohio State transfer acquisitions in terms of their potential impact on the Buckeyes during the 2023 season.

There was plenty of other football news to break down as well, as Ohio State now has official kickoff times and networks for two big East Division showdowns in November – including The Game itself – in addition to several future schedule adjustments in both the 2024 and 2029 seasons.

On the basketball front, we talk about Brice Sensabaugh’s potential to improve his draft stock at the NBA Combine this week in Chicago, and how Seth Towns surprised us all with his decision to enter the transfer portal two seasons after he last played for the Buckeyes.

Finally, Chase takes us through the most significant developments Around the Oval in the world of Ohio State’s Olympic sports, but not before we share our exuberance for Avery Henry following the news that his cancer has gone into remission.

The full rundown for this week’s episode:

  • 0:28: Griffin is back from New Orleans, but with Dan now on vacation, we welcome in Chase Brown for his debut appearance as a co-host on RPW
  • 2:52: The Big Ten’s new TV deal will see OSU take on Michigan State on NBC this season, but a night game in mid-November might be a chilly one
  • 5:28: No change for The Game as Ohio State and Michigan will still play at noon on FOX in 2023
  • 9:20: Another Ohio State-Georgia quarterback storyline emerges as Dylan Raiola commits to the Bulldogs
  • 12:58: The commitment of Ole Miss transfer Tywone Malone brings depth to Ohio State’s defensive tackle position
  • 19:42: With almost three times as many transfer additions this offseason as the Buckeyes have ever had under Ryan Day, it appears the program’s portal philosophy has shifted
  • 25:35: Griffin thinks Davison Igbinosun could be the most impactful transfer for Ohio State in 2023
  • 32:09: Should Josh Simmons win a starting tackle job, he may end up the most important piece Ohio State added to its roster from the portal
  • 35:30: Ja’Had Carter is still well-positioned for a spot on the two-deep at nickel safety despite seeing his spring cut short with an injury
  • 38:45: Long snapper transfer John Ferlmann may be more impactful than some might think after the special teams snafus seen late last season
  • 42:00: Victor Cutler could wind up a non-factor, but there are still questions to be answered at the center position this season
  • 43:38: Malone will likely be more impactful at DT beyond 2023, but could still receive reasonable playing time given Larry Johnson’s penchant for rotating linemen
  • 45:10: If all goes well for OSU, Tristan Gebbia won’t see the field in 2023 (aside from blowouts), but we’ve seen a third-string QB have to step up for the Buckeyes before
  • 51:15: Lorenzo Styles figures to be a prospect for the future at cornerback after transferring in from Notre Dame and converting from wide receiver
  • 54:42: Huge shoutout to Avery Henry, whose cancer is in remission after receiving an osteosarcoma diagnosis in December
  • 56:36: Seth Towns surprises everybody by entering the transfer portal
  • 101:14: Chase runs down the latest happenings in Ohio State’s Olympic sports
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