Snap Judgments as Buckeyes finish spring camp in Horseshoe

Spencer Holbrookover 2 years
Ohio State spring game entrance by Joseph Maiorana
Ohio State canceled its spring game. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State’s spring practice is officially over.

After a perfect day for football in Columbus, the Buckeyes have figured some of their questions out, while many others remain.

Here are five things Lettermen Row learned from the Ohio State spring game on Saturday at the Horseshoe.

Garrett Wilson introduces himself at Ohio State

Garrett Wilson is one of the most talked about recruits in recent Ohio State memory, and he proved to the 61,102 in attendance at Ohio Stadium that it’s not just hype.

On a second-down play from the 20-yard line, quarterback Matthew Baldwin threw a pass to the corner of the end zone, which Wilson elevated over Sevyn Banks for a spectacular, highlight-worthy catch for the first touchdown of the game, giving the Gray a 7-0 lead.

The crowd erupted, and Wilson showed the first glimpse of what he can do in a Buckeyes uniform. After he came down with the ball, he celebrated with Jaelen Gill, another guy Ohio State fans will get used to seeing.

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Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin flashed a big arm during the spring game. (Joseph Maiorana/USA TODAY Sports)

Jaelen Gill shows signs of emerging for Buckeyes

Wide receivers coach Brian Hartline mentioned Gill during his session of the coaches clinic Friday, then Gill caught a couple passes from quarterback Matthew Baldwin for the Scarlet Saturday. He also fielded and returned a few punts.

Gill’s a Westerville native who came to Ohio State with big expectations, and he’s starting to work his way onto the depth chart as an H-back.

Last season, the wide receivers room was loaded with Parris Campbell, Johnny Dixon, Terry McLaurin and others, which made it hard for Gill to find time on the field. Now, those three are gone and playing time is there for Gill. He might just work his way into the mix.

Defensive line starters don’t mean anything

It’s not a secret that Ohio State has incredible depth along the defensive line. Names such as Chase Young, Jonathon Cooper, Zach Harrison and Tyreke Smith are already known.

But on the interior, the Buckeyes have stockpiled talent that was lacking in years past. Jashon Cornell started with Davon Hamilton for the Scarlet on Saturday, then Tommy Togiai came in for the second series. Haskell Garrett started on the defensive line for the Gray and rotated in with others as well.

It didn’t really matter who started for each team in the spring game, because most of them, if not all, are going to play meaningful snaps for the Buckeyes in the fall.

Harrison and Smith on second-team defensive end for the Scarlet, mixing in with some of the first-teamers.

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Ohio State coach Ryan Day took the field for his first spring game leading the Buckeyes. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Nicholas Petit-Frere starting at right tackle for Buckeyes

Nicholas Petit-Frere has had quite the spring, and Ryan Day and the coaching staff have noticed.

Petit-Frere put on some weight and became bigger physically, and how he’s growing into one of the starting tackles on the roster. He earned first-team reps as the starter at right tackle for the Scarlet in the spring game, a sign that he might be on the starting line on Aug. 31.

His rise this spring has been a welcoming sign for offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, who is replacing four full-time starters from last season’s front five.

Petit-Frere did get beat on a sack by Chase Young in the first quarter, but most guys would, too. Young’s the best pass rusher on the team, and aside from that, Petit-Frere was impressive.

Don’t forget about Jahsen Wint

Wint was one of the stars of the spring game, totaling two interceptions in the first half and turning plenty of heads from the crowd.

He struggled mightily last year, and there isn’t a clear path to meaningful playing time with Brendon White and Jordan Fuller in front of him on the depth chart.

Wint’s first interception was off a bad ball thrown behind the receiver by Baldwin, but his second pick was on a play that showcased his range in space. Wint came from the hashmark and stepped in front of Chris Chuganov’s throw to give the ball back to the gray team late in the first half.

Ryan Day postgame press conference