In February 2018, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and his staff signed a class of 26 players. Of those 26, seven players left the program due to transfers or other reasons. The other 19 have either emerged as starters or contributed to the team in some way.
Below are five players from the 2018 recruiting class who could be classified as occasional contributors for the Buckeyes. Some of these players will have eligibility remaining after 2021, meaning they could emerge as starters or contributors next season.
1. Taron Vincent, DT
Vincent was considered one of the jewels of the 2018 recruiting class, ranked as the top interior defensive lineman in the nation. Nagging injuries have been a problem for Vincent, as he needed to redshirt in 2019. Vincent has accumulated 12 tackles, three tackles for a loss, and 1.5 sacks over the course of 15 games played. Vincent will have eligibility beyond the 2021 season.
2. Dallas Gant, LB
Gant has played primarily on special teams and in mop-up duty at middle linebacker for the Buckeyes for the past three seasons. Gant was considered the front-runner for the middle linebacker spot vacated by the departure of Tuf Borland, but he missed spring football due to a foot injury.
3. Teradja Mitchell, LB
Mitchell comes into the 2021 season projected to start at one of the outside linebacker positions. Like position mates Dallas Gant and K'Vaughan Pope, Mitchell has been used primarily on special teams during his Buckeyes tenure and will look to make the most of his senior season.
4. K'Vaughan Pope, LB
Pope has played primarily on special teams at Ohio State his first three seasons. With the emergence of the "Bullet" linebacker, a hybrid linebacker/safety position, it remains to be seen how much playing time Pope will accumulate at linebacker this fall.
5. Kamryn Babb, WR
Injuries have impacted Babb seemingly as soon as he arrived on campus. Redshirted in 2018 and '19 due to knee injuries, Babb was participating in spring football drills when he sustained another injury that will prevent him from playing when the Buckeyes' open their season on Sept. 2.