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Ohio State transfer portal scouting report: Will Kacmarek

The Ohio State football season is over, but the off-season has just begun and the Buckeyes are putting in work in the transfer portal. The first transfer portal addition comes from the Mid-American Conference in Will Kacmarek from the Ohio Bobcats.

One of the most exciting things about Kacmarek is that he isn’t just a one-year rental, but will have two years of eligibility remaining after finishing his redshirt sophomore season in 2023. Kacmarek was originally recruited as a two-star defensive lineman from Missouri, but quickly made the transition to tight end at Ohio. With Cade Stover leaving, the addition of Kacmarek could be vital.

Name: Will Kacmarek

Former School: Ohio Bobcats

Height: 6-feet, 6-inches

Weight: 252 pounds

Position: Tight End

Strengths

Will Kacmarek will immediately be the best blocker in the tight end room and has a very large frame to put on even more weight to push defenders around. With Kacmarek enrolling in January, it isn’t unrealistic to expect him to gain another ten pounds of muscle. Not a stat monster with only 42 receptions and two touchdowns the last two seasons, Kacmarek brings a level of experience that should allow him to have a higher floor than the rest of the tight end room.

Weaknesses

Will Kacmarek was not a consistent starter for the Bobcats and was often sharing the tight end load, which is a bit of a bummer especially when considering the drop-off in talent he was facing in MAC competition compared to what he will see in the Big Ten.

Expectations

I think the goal is for Jelani Thurman to develop into the star most think he can be, but blocking is a very hard trait to develop and Will Kacmarek provides a high floor in that department and can be a reliable starter and large target as a receiver.

 

Story originally appeared on Buckeye Wire