Ohio State football offseason roster tracker: Who is staying and leaving?
This offseason promises a flurry of movement on Ohio State’s football roster.
Seniors can return in 2021 as a result of an NCAA blanket waiver that gives them an additional season of eligibility because of the coronavirus pandemic. Restrictions on transferring could soon be loosened, allowing players to more easily bolt for other teams.
Then there’s the expected handful of underclassmen who enter the NFL draft.
The Dispatch will track the Buckeyes’ players who are remaining with the team or leaving.
NFL draft early entrants
Shaun Wade, the All-American cornerback, became the first Ohio State underclassman to declare for the draft.
His announcement was followed later Friday by center Josh Myers, who had anchored the Buckeyes’ offensive line for the past two seasons and was a Rimington Trophy finalist in 2020.
The number of early entrants reached five by the evening as defensive tackle Tommy Togiai opted to turn pro.
The Buckeyes' leading receiver, Chris Olave, will be back in 2021.
Defensive tackle Haskell Garrett, defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson, offensive tackle Thayer Munford and slot corner Marcus Williamson are using the NCAA’s additional year of eligibility to remain with the Buckeyes for next season.
Seniors have until March 1 to withdraw from the draft.
Linebacker Baron Browning, defensive end Jonathon Cooper, punter Drue Chrisman, kicker Blake Haubeil, linebacker Justin Hilliard, running back Trey Sermon and Pete Werner have said they are forgoing their additional season of eligibility and leaving school.
Seven of 18 scholarship seniors from last season's teaam have not made formal announcements.
Wide receiver Mookie Cooper announced on Jan. 5 he was heading to Missouri, two weeks after putting his name in the NCAA transfer portal.
The Buckeyes brought in a graduate transfer in the last two offseasons, but no additions had been announced through mid-January.
Freshman recruiting class
Ohio State added 21 high school seniors to its 2021 recruiting class during the early signing period in December.
A few roster spots could be available when the second signing period begins on Feb. 3. The top remaining target for the Buckeyes is J.T. Tuimoloau, a defensive end from the Eastside of Seattle who is one of the top overall prospects in the class and has Ohio State included among his five finalists.
Raesjon Davis, a four-star linebacker who de-committed from Louisiana State last month, is also on the Buckeyes' radar. Davis, who is the. No. 45 overall prospect in the class, is a southern California native.