On the surface, it doesn't seem like a positive when a player transfers or an incoming freshman ends up not enrolling. For the 2016 Ohio State football team, that scenario was a necessity.
The Buckeyes had been projected to be over the scholarship limit of 85 throughout the spring, even after nine players left early for the NFL draft, but the Buckeyes got down to 84 scholarships Saturday morning when a spokesman announced that redshirt-freshman offensive tackle Grant Schmidt was set to transfer and that incoming freshman cornerback Kareem Felder would not be enrolling.
Not only does that put the Buckeyes in the clear for 2016, it actually gives them one more spot to use on a deserving walk on. If one more player opted to leave for any reason, the door could open for well liked walk-on linebackers Joe Burger and Craig Fada to stay on scholarship for the season.
But even with the numbers worked out for this season, the Buckeyes are projected to be well over the limit in 2017 based on players already committed to play in Columbus.
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