COLUMBUS, Ohio — Each Ohio State football player who decides to stick around for another season pushes the scholarship load for the offseason a little higher.
The Buckeyes added five scholarship players through the transfer portal, including former Ole Miss cornerback Davison Igbinosun last week. His addition brought the scholarship total to 89. Additionally, coach Ryan Day confirmed veterans Tyler Friday and Palaie Gaoteote IV would not return for a sixth season of eligibility.
However, that scholarship number could still fluctuate. More roster attrition is expected after the spring, when another transfer portal window opens on May 1. Ohio State may still add help on the offensive line, in the secondary or elsewhere at that point.
Regardless, the scholarship numbers will always sink comfortably to or below the NCAA’s limit of 85 by the start of fall practices.
Here is the breakdown of OSU’s current scholarship load, which does not include Friday or Gaoteote IV.
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Class of 2024 commitments: 3
Class of 2025 commitments: 1
Running back: 5
Wide receiver: 13
Tight end: 6
Offensive line: 18
Defensive end: 7
Defensive tackle: 8
Special teams: 4
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