Grading the Ohio State football team's Spring

The Ohio State football team is essentially done with all of their Spring activities. How should they be graded for how they did things?
April 13, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; 
Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Caden Curry (92) and
April 13, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Caden Curry (92) and / Barbara J. Perenic/Columbus Dispatch /

Now that the transfer portal has closed for college football, Spring is essentially over. The Ohio State football team won't be losing any more players, although they could still add some. Whoever they add would be the first player they've added in the Spring window because they have yet to add any.

With Spring being over, it's time to take stock of what the Buckeyes were able to accomplish. They had their Spring Game, which showcased winners and losers. In that game, they learned more about their depth chart. They were able to grab some recruits before and after the Spring Game as well.

So how should the Buckeyes grade their Spring as we gear up for recruiting in the Summer? Most of the time, I think they did some good things. They got to see what their offense looks like with Will Howard leading the team, which is what he will likely be doing this Fall. They got a look at their new offensive line too.

Ohio State football grade: A

The Spring Game showed us just how good the defense is going to be next season. We already knew that, but we saw some backups step up and look really impressive as well. The secondary in particular impressed me with how well they locked up those great receivers.

Ohio State also did some good things on the recruiting trail. Since Spring practice began, the Buckeyes have added six prospects to their 2025 recruiting class. It's a class that is set up to get a lot better once the Summer rolls around and they firm up some other commitments.

Adding Carlos Locklyn to the coaching staff was a great hire too. After Tony Alford decided to leave for Michigan midway through Spring practice, grabbing Locklyn was a great addition for Ryan Day. He should help the running backs be even better this season.

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The only way the Ohio State football program could have gotten a better grade is if they had gotten some help on the offensive line from the transfer portal. Adding someone from the portal is something they can still do, but it seems doubtful. Still, an incredibly productive Spring for the Buckeyes.