Thayer Munford (Scout)

Get To Know Ohio State Signee Thayer Munford

With a total of 21 new players set to join the program for 2017, we'll be posting a quick breakdown on a player a day so you can learn more about the new Buckeyes. Next up, offensive lineman Thayer Munford.

ACCOLADES: While Munford was ruled out for much of his senior season, he did play in the final regular-season games including a playoff game. Before transferring to Massillon, he played at Cincinnati LaSalle and helped the school win Division II state championships in 2014 and 2015. Munford was named third-team Associated Press all-state and first-team All-Greater Catholic League as a junior at LaSalle.

MUNFORD SAYS: “If I get the help that I need, I can be successful in my academic career. The thing I am looking forward to most is to better my academics. That is No. 1 and to better myself as a football player. I got to college and I (will earn) my degree. That is the most important thing for me.”

EXPERT’S TAKE: “The size is evident and he looks like the type of lineman you find at Alabama, Ohio State or USC. He has good balance for someone his size, and the footwork has gotten dramatically bet- ter in the past year. Munford is a powerful run blocker and has the length and footspeed to be good in pass protection. He is a physical football player that plays with a chip on his shoulder.” – Bill Greene

PERSONAL: Munford is the son of MeLisa Thompson. He transferred to Massillon Washington when Nate and Becca Moore became his legal guardians. Moore is the Washington head coach and was Munford’s coach at LaSalle. Munford also plays basketball for Washington High School, and he competed in track and field at LaSalle.

2017 OUTLOOK: Likely to play tackle at Ohio State, Munford will likely battle to simply get on special teams as a true freshman. With Jamarco Jones and Isaiah Prince back as returning starters, it does not seem likely Munford will see much time on offense in 2017. However, 2018 could be the year Munford competes for a starting job at either tackle spot, but is more likely to play on the right side. 

COMMIT DATE: Feb. 1, 2017


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