The Ohio State football team should pursue this kicker in the transfer portal

The Ohio State football team doesn't have an established kicker as the starter for the 2024 season. They should pursue this in-state kicker who is the best one in college football.
Dec 2, 2023; Detroit, MI, USA; Miami (OH) Redhawks place kicker Graham Nicholson (98) and holder
Dec 2, 2023; Detroit, MI, USA; Miami (OH) Redhawks place kicker Graham Nicholson (98) and holder / Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

As far as the transfer portal goes, the Ohio State football team hasn't landed a single prospect since the Spring window opened. The Buckeyes haven't really tried that hard to go after guys. While there is a list of guys they should pursue, perhaps the guy who could make the biggest impact just entered the portal on Friday.

That player is a kicker. Most people don't think of kickers as being that important to the fabric of a football team. That's certainly not the case. Everyone remembers in 2022 that the Buckeyes were a kick away from playing for a national championship.

The kicker they should go after is Graham Nicholson. He kicked at Miami (OH) so he's just down the road in Oxford. Right now, Ohio State doesn't have an established starter at the kicker position. Even if they did, Nicholson is the best kicker in the entire country.

Last year while playing for the Redhawks, he made 27 of his 28 field goals and 35 of his 37 extra points. He won the Lou Groza Award as the best kicker in college football too. He was named First-team All-America as well, adding to the accolades he picked up.

The Ohio State football team only has three kickers on the roster, none of whom have kicked in college a game for the Buckeyes. Nicholson would easily be the most experienced kicker on the roster and by far the best. He would be a perfect fit in Columbus.

With the amount of money that Gene Smith is spending on the team this year, adding some extra NIL money for an elite kicker shouldn't be a problem. They should contact him immediately and get him on campus for a visit. He's from Cincinnati, so he's an in-state kid too.

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If the Buckeyes don't go after Nicholson, the kicking competition will be something to watch in the Fall.