Joshua Alabi signed with Ohio State as a three-star defensive tackle out of Detroit Cass Tech as part of the class of 2015.
He redshirted as a true freshman before playing in five games and recording two tackles last season for the Buckeyes. Now, Alabi is entering his sophomore season, but he has a new position this spring. The former defensive lineman is now playing offensive tackle for the Buckeyes, and he's caught the attention of fifth-year senior center and team captain Billy Price.
"Josh Alabi is killing it right now, we switched him over to the offensive line from defense," Price said. "Kid’s just going, he’s just playing hard."
While there's not a starting spot open at offensive tackle, the Buckeyes were lacking in quality depth at the position, so the move makes sense, specially since Alabi was buried on the defensive depth chart.
One of his old position mates – fifth-year senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis – said Alabi seems to be a good fit along the offensive line early in spring practice.
"Josh, he always goes hard," Lewis said. "I really think Josh has found his niche on the offensive line. He is doing well right now. Coming from D-line moving to O-line, D-linemen, you have to be capable of moving fast. O-line, they are on a rhythm and Josh is quick twitch and you can just tell when he is in pass sets, it is just natural to him."
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