Ohio State Football: 5 Freshmen Who Will Make a Huge Impact in Fall Practices

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IJuly 8, 2013

Ohio State Football: 5 Freshmen Who Will Make a Huge Impact in Fall Practices

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    Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer is not shy about playing freshmen, and he has Scout.com's top-ranked class heading into fall camp.

    In other words, he will have a lot to work with in his new group of freshmen for 2013.

    The Buckeyes have a lot more talent in this year's class than they did in the 2012 class when it comes to the skill positions, which means quite a few could have an impact right away.

    But out of the 24 freshmen coming into fall camp in the weeks to come, which ones will shine the brightest?

    Here are five of them who are most likely to do just that.

RB Dontre Wilson

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    Of all the players Ohio State signed in the 2013 class, few—if any—bring the amount of excitement to the table that Dontre Wilson does.

    Wilson put up spectacular numbers in Texas 5A, which is among the toughest divisions for high school football in the country. He has game-breaking speed—which is something the OSU offense, though very good last season, lacked outside of Braxton Miller.

    Wilson's speed should allow him to get a quick start in camp and impact the depth chart almost immediately.

    His overall skill and versatility, combined with how well Meyer gets the football in the hands of his game-breakers, will make it tough to keep him off of the field.

TE Marcus Baugh

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    With all of the talented prospects Ohio State signed, freshman tight end Marcus Baugh has almost gotten lost in the shuffle because he committed so early.

    But Ohio State has room for an impact tight end in its offense despite some solid moments from youngsters Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett.

    Baugh is a very athletic tight end with the ability to make big plays in the passing game and could provide Meyer a tight end that he could use similar to how he did at Florida.

    He has two more experienced players to get ahead of in camp, but he has the receiving skills that should open some eyes in the fall camp.

LB Mike Mitchell

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    It's hard not to be excited about a linebacker with a nickname like "The Abusement Park."

    Mike Mitchell comes to Ohio State with an amazing combination of size, skill and speed for a recent high school graduate.

    Add in the fact that OSU doesn't have a lot of linebacker depth and Mitchell will very likely have a quick impact on the depth chart from day one.

    If he doesn't, it may be a slight disappointment.

S Vonn Bell

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    Vonn Bell made everyone sweat on national signing day before pulling a mild surprise and committing to Ohio State.

    What the Buckeyes are getting in Bell is a big-time safety prospect who can add depth to a position riddled with recruiting busts and injuries in recent seasons.

    Bell has outstanding tackling skills and brings a game-changing presence to the position, which is something OSU hasn't had much of lately.

    His athleticism should let help him have an early impact in fall camp.

WR Jalin Marshall

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    Jalin Marshall has had all sorts of hype surrounding him since his freshman season at Middletown H.S. in Ohio, and for good reason.

    Like Braxton Miller, Marshall was a dangerous open-field runner at the quarterback position. However, he will move to wide receiver in college.

    Marshall runs a lot like Miller and can make big things happen with the football in his hands.

    As is the case with Wilson, Marshall has the skills to have a strong fall camp and earn significant playing time as a true freshman this season.

    He just has to adjust to his new position. Once he does, the sky could be the limit.


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