One of the players that Ohio State football fans have been most excited to see this season is Sonny Styles. The former five-star recruit hasn’t gotten meaningful time at safety yet in his Buckeye career, but that could be coming to an end this season.
In Ohio State’s first practice on Thursday, Styles got the majority of first-team reps at safety alongside Ja’Had Carter and Lathan Ransom. I’ve been waiting for the coaches to give him significant snaps with bated breath. It finally looks like that’s going to happen this season.
Styles did it all in high school. He showcased that he has great ball skills, the speed to keep up with receivers, the toughness to cover tight ends, and he can come up to help stop the run. He’s the complete package. That’s why he was a five-star recruit coming out of high school.
I’m glad they are giving Styles a shot back there. Putting Josh Proctor of Cam Martinez back there isn’t the answer. They’ve already had their chances to make an impact and have failed to do so, especially Proctor. I hope he doesn’t see the field too much.
There are plenty of other things to figure out in camp as well. Zen Michalski took the majority of the reps at right tackle, which is a bit of a surprise. The quarterback reps are 50-50 as we already know. I’ll be interested to see who the primary ball carrier is as well.
As far as Styles goes, I expect him to win one of the starting safety jobs and make an impact on the field this season. I really like his talent and I’m excited to see what he can do with some snaps with the first unit. There’s still a month until the season starts, so he still needs to work hard to secure that spot.