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Ohio State Football: Looking Back at the 2016 Recruiting Class (Part Two)

Ohio State Football: Looking Back at the 2016 Recruiting Class (Part Two) - Demario McCall

Ohio State Football: Looking Back at the 2016 Recruiting Class (Part Two) - Demario McCall

In February 2016, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and his staff were able to sign a class of 25 players. Of those 25, nine players left the program due to transfers, injuries, or retirement. The other 16 have either emerged as starters or contributed to the team in some way.

As you will read below, there are only a few players from the 2016 recruiting class who could be classified as occasional contributors for the Buckeyes. These players will have eligibility remaining after 2019, meaning they could emerge as starters next season.

1. Jake Hausmann, TE

A four-star tight end signed out of Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, Hausmann has struggled to emerge from a competitive tight end position group. Hausmann has yet to record a reception as a Buckeye but he has contributed on special teams, earning a varsity letter in 2018. Hausmann redshirted in 2016, meaning he has two years of eligibility remaining.

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2. Demario McCall, RB

An all-purpose back out of North Ridgeville, Ohio, McCall tantalized Ohio State fans with his versatility as a true freshman (see below). McCall has battled nagging injuries during his time in Columbus, and has made more of a mark on special teams as a returner than as a running back. McCall will have opportunities to spell starting tailback J.K. Dobbins this upcoming season.

3. Gavin Cupp, OL

The saga of Cupp's recruitment captivated Ohio State fans back in 2015, hoping the small-town lineman from Leipsic, Ohio, would be able to eventually emerge along the Buckeyes' offensive line. After redshirting as a freshman, Cupp was able to earn a varsity letter last season as a backup. Cupp played with the first-team offensive line at left guard during the 2019 spring practices, but is expected to move back to the second string when fall camp begins. Cupp has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

— Written by Chip Minnich, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He also is writing and podcasting for www.theozone.net. Follow him on Twitter @ChipMinnich.