The spring game is over and the Ohio State football team won't take the field for another few months. That said, we got to see plenty of young Buckeyes make plays in spring practice and in the spring game at Ohio Stadium. My top-five players that impressed me on the offensive side of the ball this spring are as follows, in no particular order.
1. Dwayne Haskins Jr., QB
I have been very impressed with Haskins ever since I first watched his high school highlight tapes, but after seeing him in spring practice, I believe he could be the next big time quarterback in Ohio State's offense. His arm strength is without question the best in the Buckeyes QB unit and he showed it off on a plethora of throws in the spring game. His accuracy still needs some work, but all the tools are there for Haskins to be an elite signal caller at Ohio State. If he can hit his targets on a more consistent basis, I believe he could beat out Joe Burrow for the backup job behind J.T. Barrett come fall camp.
2. J.K. Dobbins, RB
Before ever stepping foot in Ohio Stadium as a Buckeye, Dobbins had already passed up Antonio Williams on the depth chart and was competing with Demario McCall for the backup running back job behind Mike Weber. In addition, head coach Urban Meyer said Dobbins will likely play this fall in some capacity, a big endorsement considering there are three scholarship running backs on the team with more experience than he has. While he didn't get a ton of carries int he spring game, Dobbins showed his physicality throughout spring camp and could be Ohio State's every down back should Weber suffer an injury.
3. Johnnie Dixon, WR
I don't think I am the only one that had written Dixon off as a contributor for Ohio State. But after seeing what he can do when he is healthy, I think Dixon could be a big part of the Buckeyes offense in 2017. Dixon's six catches for 108 yards and two scores in the spring game were impressive, but the more impressive stat for Dixon was his perfect attendance during spring camp. After suffering knee issues throughout his entire OSU career, Dixon might be the healthiest he has ever been and after seeing what he can do when healthy, I am a firm believer Dixon could be a playmaker for the Buckeyes if he stays off the injury report.
4. Parris Campbell, WR/H-Back
Ohio State's last three H-back's have been arguably some of the most talented football players to play under Meyer in Columbus. Braxton Miller, Jalin Marshall are both playing wide receiver at the next level and Curtis Samuel will join them in just a few weeks when he is selected in the NFL Draft. So for Meyer to have Campbell as the Buckeyes No. 1 H-back this spring speaks volumes to his development this spring. After dropping a would-be touchdown pass against Virginia Tech in 2015, it looked like Campbell's career could be a bust. However, he showed improved hands in 2016 and will have his chance to breakout in 2017 at Ohio State's most electric position. His route running and acceleration in OSU's spring game particularly caught my eye.
5. Matthew Burrell, OG
Another player Meyer mentioned as being vastly improved, Burrell appears to be right in the thick of the race to become the starting right guard for Ohio State, if not the leader for the job. While he was thrown into Barrett's back, causing an interception in the spring game, Burrell seems to be gaining the trust of coaches and players alike. He will still need to hold off Demetrius Knox and Malcolm Pridgeon for the starting role, but if he builds on a solid spring, I think he can do exactly that.