Ohio State lands Carson Hinzman, one of two signings they hope for on National Signing Day.
Hinzman is a four-star offensive lineman from Saint Croix Central High School in Hammond, Wisconsin. He had offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Notre Dame, and Alabama, but ultimately, Hinzman chose Ohio State.
According to 247Sports Composite, Hinzman was the third-best prospect coming out of Wisconsin, and the ninth-best offensive lineman in the 2022 recruiting class.
Ohio State lands OL Carson Hinzman
Hinzman landed with Ohio State, even though Ryan Day fired the coach that recruited him.
On January fourth, Hinzman committed to Ohio State after Greg Studwara had taken over his recruiting. But Justin Frye, Ohio State’s new offensive line coach, convinced him to stay with the Buckeyes.
The Buckeyes is getting a versatile player out of Hinzman. In high school, he had experience playing in several different positions. He played his best at guard, which is where he probably fits in on the Buckeye’s line.
Hinzman is quick and agile and does a great job of getting to the second level. In his high school tape, he is often the furthest player upfield. He is also a lot stronger than he would appear, at only 280 pounds.
Notably, his 6’4″ frame has room to support some extra weight, which is something that he will have to do before he sets foot on the field. In addition to gaining some size and strength, he will need to develop a more refined game. His high school competition wasn’t all that challenging for him, so he will have to learn how to beat defenders that he does not have a clear size advantage against.
All in all, the Buckeyes got a great player. Hinzman will be a valuable asset after a year or two. He won’t start right away, but he will start sooner rather than later.