With all three of Ohio State's starting receivers from 2015 currently in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, Ohio State will have to remake its entire perimeter attack in 2016.
One of the biggest pieces to that attack could be true freshman Austin Mack.
The rangy 6'2", 205-pound ball-catcher graduated early to enroll at Ohio State and take part in winter conditioning and spring practice. Even though he hasn't set foot on a practice field for any official reps yet, Urban Meyer already sees something special in his young playmaker.
"Austin Mack is a guy that’s already made an impact in this program," Meyer said, according to Tim Moody of BuckeyeSports.com. "He should probably play this year."
Mack's quarterback had similar praise.
"We have a young freshman, Austin Mack, I think he's going to get some reps. He came in early. He's been grinding out here in the offseason," Barrett said, via Moody. "He's got a little fight in him. That's the thing, when things are hard in our workouts, those are the times you see you're like all right, he's got a little dog in him."
Ohio State has a pair of upperclassmen in Noah Brown and Corey Smith who are coming off leg injuries. Neither will be at full capacity in spring, but both will be big players when they're fully healthy in the fall, so Mack will need to make the most of his opportunities this spring.
All recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports.
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.