What Zach Rice’s commitment to North Carolina means for Ohio State football: Buckeyes Recruiting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Five-star offensive lineman Zach Rice has committed to North Carolina, ending two five-year recruiting trends for Ohio State football.

The first is within the program. The Buckeyes managed to bring in a five-star offensive line recruit alternating between interior guys and tackles, starting with Wyatt Davis in 2017.

Davis, a California native, was the nation’s No. 24 player, top guard and the highest-rated player at the position OSU had signed up to that point. Davis developed into a two-year starter and two-time All-American during his time in Columbus.

Nicholas Petit-Frere started the run at tackle for OSU as the No. 7 player and top tackle in the 2018 class. The Florida native is still the highest-rated offensive lineman the program has signed and is in his second year as a starter. He was at right tackle in 2020, then flipped to the left side this season, where he looks like a potential All-American candidate. He’s come a long way since arriving as a guy who didn’t win a job in Year 2 because of his struggles putting on weight.

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