The Ohio State football team has an opportunity to fix its most glaring need. The offensive tackle situation is the last hole on the Buckeye roster that needs to see an upgrade, but it won't be easy. Former Alabama Freshman All-American Kadyn Proctor is officially in the transfer portal, and the Buckeyes should make a full-court press for his services.
Proctor never really had a great relationship with Ohio State during his recruitment. Former Buckeye offensive line coach Greg Studrawa left a bad taste in Proctor's mouth. Once Justin Frye came in for Ohio State, it was too little too late in terms of Proctor's recruitment.
Fast-forward one year and Proctor is most likely to go back to where he's from, Iowa. He was likely destined to become a Hawkeye before Nick Saban and Alabama pulled a rabbit out of their hat to land the mammoth 6-8, 355-pound tackle. The word was late in the season that Proctor was homesick, making Columbus a very unlikely destination for him. But the need for an offensive tackle is very prevalent for Ryan Day and this Ohio State football team.
This would be exactly the type of player that Justin Frye needs for next season, and it presents Frye with the opportunity to prove that he can indeed recruit at a high level, something he has failed to do in his short time with Ohio State. Frye needs to make the Proctor residence his home for the next few weeks and do everything in his power to win his trust. The only thing on paper stopping this loaded roster from a national title would be the tackle position, and Proctor would certainly fix that if he chose the Buckeyes.
This will be Justin Frye's biggest test yet, and it is something that can change the course of how fans and possibly Ryan Day feel about his recruiting abilities. Land Proctor and he's the hero. But fail, and Ohio State has offensive line problems next season, then it very likely will be Frye's last in Columbus.