The three most glaring needs for Ohio State football coming out of the transfer portal

The Ohio State football program did pretty well in the transfer portal once the 2023 season ended, but they still have some areas of need that they need to address. Here are the three biggest needs.

Nov 25, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18)
Nov 25, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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Oct 29, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau
Oct 29, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA

2. The Ohio State football team should add depth on the defensive line.

One of the biggest talking points surrounding the Ohio State football program after the 2024 recruiting class was the fact that they didn't get much depth on the defensive line. That changed a bit after the Buckeyes landed a four-star defensive lineman after the early signing period.

J.T. Tuimoloau, Jack Sawyer, and Tyliek Williams all return to the defensive line. Those are some great players to have, but the Buckeyes could still use some depth up front. Last year was the first year in a while in which they didn't rotate the defensive linemen like a hockey line.

They didn't do that because Jim Knowles likes having his best players on the field as much as possible. They also didn't have the depth to do it. The Buckeyes could add another lineman or two to help that depth problem if someone were to go down with an injury.

We know that the Buckeyes' defense is going to be scary good. They had an elite secondary and that will only be better with the addition of Caleb Downs. They just need to focus on stopping the run a little bit better when they face teams that can really pound the rock.

Depth on either side of the line is never a bad thing, especially in the Big Ten. Ohio State will have to play the other Big Ten team who will be a national title contender in Oregon. Having some depth up front to chase around whichever quarterback wins that job would be nice.

The final need that the Buckeyes need to address doesn't even have to deal with adding someone else to the roster.