The future of the Ohio State Buckeyes offensive line will have a homegrown look, as Mentor native Ryan Jacoby reaffirms his decision to play within state lines, signing his Letter of Intent with Ohio State today.
It appeared OSU was the choice all along, and that was confirmed on signing day. With over 10 offers for the 6-foot-5 Ohioan, Jacoby has been tied to the program since March 2018. Back on Dec. 7, he took an official visit to Ohio State to meet with new head coach Ryan Day, who also paid the in-state target a home visit.
The four-star tackle is the sixth highest rater recruit in the country according to 247 Sports’ Composite rankings, and is the 296th best player in the country, and 26th at his position. In addition to Ohio State, he held offers from Michigan, Oregon, Michigan State, and a number of other schools — predominantly in the midwest.
Taking a look at what he’s done in high school, here’s an excerpt from Land-Grant Holy Land’s scouting report on Jacoby.
Ryan Jacoby isn’t an unfamiliar style of line recruit for Buckeye fans. A homegrown product, Jacoby, like many Ohio linemen, doesn’t have a ton of experience in pass protection. Mentor, his high school, passes more than quite a few schools in the state, but he’s still relatively new to pass blocking, and that’s the main thing that Ohio State has to worry about here.
Outside of that though, Jacoby seems to be a great prospect. He’s got ideal size for a tackle or guard at 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, and if he can keep his elite athletic ability as he gains muscle, he should be a force in run blocking. His ceiling is massive because of that athleticism and versatility, and while he’s more of a project than a few of his fellow linemen, I think he could be a good starter for Ohio State a couple years down the road after some development. - Patrick Mayhorn
Want to see Jacoby block guys into another dimension? If you do, then I have some great news for you. The Mentor HS signee has a junior year compilation of highlights on Hudl, but you can see it below.