Ohio State has been targeting a number of veteran offensive linemen on the graduate transfer market. On Monday, Rutgers’ Jonah Jackson announced his transfer to the Buckeyes.
That is a strong start. However, Ohio State is not done looking to add veteran talent to the position.
Georgia Tech’s Parker Braun may be the top grad transfer lineman still available. He was an All-ACC guard for the Yellow Jackets.
With the major changes at GT, Braun has been looking at Auburn, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, and Texas, among others.
Even with the Jonah Jackson decision, Ohio State is still after Parker Braun.
The Ozone reports that the team informed Braun of as much this week. He is set to visit the program next month:
But Georgia Tech guard Parker Braun might be the most significant name to watch now that Jackson is officially onboard.
He is tentatively planning a trip to Columbus in March. A source tells TheOzone that OSU reached out to Braun to let him know that Jackson was going to be committing, but that they were still interested.
Interestingly, the site’s Tom Orr floats the idea that Ohio State could bring Braun in with the intent of redshirting him. Because Braun played for a heavy option-oriented team, the thought it that he could use the extra year to work towards a graduate degree, and to develop as a pass blocker for the next level.
But Braun could also redshirt this fall, and use his final year of eligibility in 2020. That would give the Buckeyes a returning veteran on the inside of the line next year.
It would also answer any lingering questions about Braun’s pass blocking after three years in Tech’s flexbone triple-option offense.
According to a source close to the recruitment, that could be an appealing option for Braun. It would give him an extra year of development with OSU’s strength program, plus two seasons working in a more traditional scheme to prepare him for the NFL.
Even with that in mind, it might be a tough sell if there is an opportunity to play right away for another big program.
We’ll find out more about his next steps after he begins to take these upcoming visits.