Chase Farris is a name that Buckeyes’ fans will become very familiar with over the next couple seasons. Chase has lined up on special teams, offense and defense over the past two years with the Buckeyes, with the majority of his actual playing time being on special teams. While in high school, he was a four-star defensive end with his most notable offers coming from Ohio State and Notre Dame. Farris had no doubt where he wanted to attend college as he gave his verbal pledge to the Buckeyes almost a year prior to National Signing Day.
Chase Farris grew up in the heart of the Buckeye State and attended Elyria High School where he was named to the all-state team as a senior after recording 95 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 31 TFL.
As a freshman at Ohio State, Farris was unable to adapt as quickly as the coaches would have liked and was given a redshirt. When Urban Meyer took over in Columbus, Farris was moved to the offensive side of the ball, largely in part to Ed Warriner. Warriner saw potential in Farris as an offensive lineman and made the pitch to Meyer. Last season, as a redshirt freshman, Chase played in seven games on special teams and was used sporadically on the offensive line.
The Buckeyes have four starters returning along the offensive front which only leaves room for one new starter. Although Taylor Decker is the favorite to earn the starting nod, the coaching staff has been very impressed with the play of Chase Farris throughout the off-season. As a redshirt sophomore, Farris will have ample opportunity to become a 2-3 year starter provided he does what is expected of him this season. He will be the first offensive lineman off of the bench and starting is certainly in the realm of possibility. Replacing Reid Fragel will prove to be an extremely difficult task but with Ed Warriner’s help, the offensive line should not miss a beat.
It is essential that Farris continues to improve, not only for the upcoming season, but for 2014 when the Bucks will be forced to replace four offensive linemen. With the recent additions at offensive line (and hopefully more to come), Farris will need to step up quickly if he plans on becoming a starter during his time at Ohio State.