If there is one position on the Ohio State depth chart that is in dire need of more, well, depth, it is without a doubt the offensive line position. While the starting five should be one of the best in the country, when you start to make your way down the depth chart, things get a little bit dicey. The second and third teams are littered with converted defenders, true freshmen, and unheralded recruits that have yet to have the opportunity to prove themselves. Of those three categories, Redshirt Sophomore offensive guard Tommy Brown falls into the third.
A 3-star (rivals) recruit, the former Akron Firestone High School standout chose the Buckeyes over schools like West Virginia, Michigan State, and Ball State. It wasn’t a tough choice for Brown who committed on the spot after receiving his Ohio State offer.
Brown would redshirt his first year on campus and didn’t see the field during his sophomore year. The odds are, if he does see the field this year, it will be in garbage time or because of an injury. Most people have him as the second- or third-string right guard behind senior Marcus Hall.
So while he isn’t likely a major part of the plan this season, his continued development is critical to the stability of the Ohio State offensive line. Should an injury happen to Marcus Hall, or another offensive lineman, having a third-year offensive lineman with 6’4”, 310 pound measurable is a nice luxury to have.