This group should make its biggest impact in the 2014 season.
Luckily for Ohio State, the returning roster for the 2013 season is more than capable of contending for a national championship.
The freshman with the best shot at making an early impact are as follows:
Joey Bosa, DE
Every Buckeyes starting defensive lineman is leaving Columbus, so there will be opportunities for guys to win jobs on the D-Line. That said, Bosa will have to tear it up from Day 1 because the reserves from the 2012 season are primed to take over those starting spots.
Noah Spence, Michael Bennett and J.T. Moore figure to nearly inherit the positions, but Bosa's motor and ability could create an opportunity for him to hit the field.
Still, it would seem that injuries would have to play a major role in Bosa seeing extended playing time as a freshman.
Eli Apple and Cameron Burrows, CB
These two incoming defensive backs probably have the best shot at seeing early playing time. One or both of them will have an opportunity to make an impact in the nickel or dime sets, as Devon Bogard could give way.
Both Apple and Burrows are athletic cover men that measure in the 6" to 6'1" range, per 24/7 Sports. Early on, they could also excel on special teams.
Billy Price, DT
Johnathan Hankins has decided to forego his senior season at Ohio State, and though it appears Adolphus Washington is ready to move into his place, there will be opportunities for others to make an impact.
Price will certainly see some of those chances.
He's already listed at 6'4" 300 pounds, as his body matures, and as he learns the position on a college level, he could be a force on the Buckeyes' interior line.
There isn't a ton of depth left on the defensive line, and that creates a decent dynamic for a freshman to make his mark.
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