The Ohio State football program must look into the transfer portal this offseason to fill some holes. Here is one player that makes sense for the Buckeyes.
The Ohio State football team awaits its fate this weekend as conference championship games take place. But as the Buckeyes look on at other programs playing this weekend, coaches and staff members are busy assessing what’s available to them via the transfer portal. And there is one player in particular that makes too much sense to ignore.
Former starting left tackle for the Indiana Hoosiers, Carter Smith, is one of four starting Indiana offensive linemen to hit the portal. Since head coach Tom Allen was relieved of his duties, the Hoosiers have had a total of 17 players jump in the portal.
Smith, a former Olentangy Liberty High School standout from Powell, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, played very well for Indiana last season at left tackle. And with an obvious need for the Buckeyes to get better along its offensive line, it makes a ton of sense for Ryan Day, Justin Frye, and this Buckeyes coaching staff to be interested in Smith.
According to 247 Sports, Smith will be visiting Virginia Tech this upcoming weekend. So, Ohio State better act soon if they want to get involved in his recruitment. Ohio State has already lost one offensive lineman to the portal, backup center Victor Cutler, so there is room available to add Smith right away.
If nothing more Smith brings starting Big Ten tackle experience to compete with Josh Simmons and Josh Fryar for Ohio State. Smith had a 68.6 PFF grade in 2023, the highest amongst Hoosier offensive linemen. The former four-star recruit has three years of eligibility left.
Hopefully, Ohio State can get him on campus soon. They were not very interested in him coming out of high school, but now that he has a full season of starting tackle experience under his belt maybe that has changed.