Ohio State Football: Showcasing Two Must-See Freshmen

Alex KayCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2012

Photo Credit: Jwinslow.com
Photo Credit: Jwinslow.com

The 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes are going to be an electrifying team under the leadership of new head coach Urban Meyer.

At Florida, Meyer was able to capture two BCS National Championships by bringing in solid young players and eventually—usually in short order—coaching them up to be elite contributors.

It seems that Meyer has once against struck gold and landed a ton of top prospects for his initial freshman class.

Let’s take a look at two you will not want to miss this season, as they are sure to make an impact.


Noah Spence

This defensive end is an absolute freak. He was a 5-star recruit and ranked No. 4 in the entire nation when Meyer got a letter of intent back in December.

Now, the 6’4”, 245-pound Pennsylvania native is preparing to wreak havoc upon the Big Ten. He’s got insane speed and athleticism to go with his natural football acumen, which make him a double-edged threat.

Expect Spence to play a big part in the pass rush this year and only get better as the season drags on.


Michael Thomas

Thomas is one of the most highly anticipated WR prospects in quite some time in Columbus. This nephew of Keyshawn Johnson absolutely tore the roof off of the spring game and has never looked back.

He’s an explosive, quick athlete that QB Braxton Miller will learn to love. Even as a freshman behind a number of solid wideouts (Devin Smith, Evan Spencer, etc.), Thomas should still have a chance to make an impact.

It would be a surprise if this kid doesn’t make an impact on at least a couple of games during the 2012 season.