It was a bit of an odd recruiting cycle for Ohio State. Not in the way that the Buckeyes were missing on talent (they certainly weren’t), but rather that a large number of Ohio State’s late commits had been targets for years, and took all the time they could exploring their options, rather than committing early.
L’Christian “Blue” Smith, K’Vaughan Pope, Jaelen Gill and Jeremy Ruckert all took at least a year after receiving an offer to commit to Ohio State, though not many took their time like the newest Ohio State signee, Kamryn Babb did.
Babb, who committed just over a week ago, December 12th, received his offer back in June of 2016, and accumulated more than 20 offers in the year and a half since, though Ohio State never left the driver’s seat. Despite a season ending injury, the Buckeyes’ interest in Babb persisted, and after multiple visits to campus, Babb finally pulled the trigger and joined the class.
When he committed, Babb was the 20th member of the 2018 class, and the second receiver, alongside L’Christian Smith. The Christian Brothers College (St Louis, MO) product is ranked by 247Sports as the 65th best player nationally, 12th best receiver, and number two in the state of Missouri.
Babb doesn’t fit the Buckeyes’ recent infatuation with freak-sized receivers, but the 6’1, 189-pound athlete is about as shifty as they come. Babb regularly made something out of nothing on the very same flash screens that offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson made a staple of the Buckeyes offense this season. He was also regularly deployed in the wild cat, although we haven’t seen the Buckeyes consistently return to that package since Braxton Miller graduated.
Babb offers the right combination of explosiveness and route-running ability to thrive as an H-back on offense, and the nation’s No. 5 receiver has more than enough ability to make an impact from Day 1 on offense. Still — don’t be surprised if Babb earns some early-career special teams reps due to his combination of speed and physicality that he displayed on the defensive side of the ball in high school.