Ohio State '23 OH DE (RS FR) - Arvell Reese

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    REESE MOVES TO DEFENSIVE END
    With Omari Abor out for “at least a couple of months” after undergoing surgery earlier this week, Ohio State’s defensive end depth looked as though it could be a bit thin. To combat that, the Buckeyes appear to have moved one of their freshman defenders to the defensive line.

    Arvell Reese, who began camp practicing as a linebacker after enrolling this summer, spent the entirety of Friday’s practice with the defensive line and mixed in for reps on the edge with the backup units during team drills.

    Reese often lined up in a two-point stance, suggesting he could be a candidate to play the Jack position as a hybrid outside linebacker – a logical fit for his skill set at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds with a history of playing both linebacker and rushing off the edge. With the frame to continue growing, Reese’s future could be brightest on the edge, and he has a more likely path to playing time there than he does at linebacker, where he would be likely to have at least six players in front of him on the depth chart this season (Tommy Eichenberg, Steele Chambers, C.J. Hicks, Cody Simon, Gabe Powers and Reid Carrico).

    While JT Tuimoloau and Jack Sawyer are in line to start at defensive end and Kenyatta Jackson Jr. and Caden Curry are in line to be their top backups, Ohio State’s only other currently healthy scholarship defensive ends are Mitchell Melton – who is also expected to play more Jack than traditional DE – and Joshua Mickens, who like Reese is a true freshman who enrolled this summer.
     
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    Ryan Day said Ohio State has not made a permanent decision on whether Arvell Reese will play defensive end or linebacker, but the Buckeyes like what they’re seeing from him as a defensive end right now.
     
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    • Day said that, even from talking with his high school coach, the move to defensive end was a possibility for freshman Arvell Reese. “When Arvell got here, we immediately saw that he had a lot of talent. Fast, strong, explosive, smart.” Day said he’s got a “unique skill set” and wants to see if he can get on the field this year.
     
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