The Buckeyes signed four offensive linemen in their 2023 recruiting class, and three of them came from in-state high schools. Austin Siereveld attended Lakota East in Liberty Township, where he was a First-Team All-State selection.
Siereveld was ranked the No. 11 interior line prospect in the nation, and the No. 8 overall prospect in the state of Ohio. He chose the Buckeyes over offers from Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Iowa, and others.
What To Like
Austin Siereveld played both right and left tackle as a senior, which tells you he’s got good mobility, is good in space, and is willing to do whatever helps the team. Listed at 6-foo-5 and 317 pounds, he never looked out of place at tackle, but is beginning his career at Ohio State as a guard.
Siereveld has shown the ability to sprint out to help in the screen game, which also tells you he’ll be just fine as a pulling guard. As a run blocker, he is a brute who doesn’t just want to put a period on the end of a play, but rather an exclamation point.
In the highlights below, you’ll see Siereveld open up his own personal house of pancakes in the run game.
Every offensive lineman that the Buckeyes signed in the 2023 class played tackle in high school, but only two — Miles Walker and Luke Montgomery — are actually playing that same position at Ohio State. As mentioned, Austin Siereveld will be playing guard, while Joshua Padilla has begun his career at center.
For Siereveld, playing guard would seem to be the perfect situation for him because it really allows him to be a tone-setter in the running game. His physicality is one of the attributes that stands out about him. He plays to the whistle (when he actually hears it). The experience as a tackle will also help him because everybody knows Ohio State is going to throw the ball. It doesn’t matter where you are on the offensive line, you will need to pass block.
Here are a few clips of what that looked like for Siereveld at Lakota East.
All four of OSU’s offensive line signees enrolled early, and all four of them were with the third-team in the spring. They all got good reps and got better as camp went on. Austin Siereveld’s situation is no different than most other true freshmen in thinking that he’s probably going to redshirt this year. Ohio State returns two potential All-Big Ten players at guard, and a backup at that position that would likely start in most years.
There are going to be some graduations and possible early exits after this season, which means a big-time shakeup on the two-deep. There will be jobs available next season, and he should absolutely be in the mix a year from now. Winning a starting job as a redshirt freshman is also a rarity, but the opportunity will be there.
The Bottom Line
Austin Siereveld is an athletic and physical interior offensive lineman who has moved from side to side of the line depending on what his team needs from him. That’s the kind of willingness that offensive line coach Justin Frye can work with. And any time you have a guard who has experience working out wide as a tackle, it means you potentially have somebody who can do more than the typical guard.
Like this, for instance.
Previous Closer Look editions
Quarterback Lincoln Kienholz | Wide Receiver Carnell Tate | Wide Receiver Brandon Inniss | Wide Receiver Noah Rogers | Wide Receiver Bryson Rodgers | Tight End Jelani Thurman | Offensive Lineman Vic Cutler | Offensive Lineman Josh Simmons | Offensive Lineman Luke Montgomery | Offensive Lineman Joshua Padilla | Defensive End Joshua Mickens | Defensive Tackle Kayden McDonald | Defensive Tackle Jason Moore | Cornerback Jermaine Mathews, Jr. | Cornerback Calvin Simpson-Hunt | Cornerback Davison Igbinosun | Safety Ja’Had Carter | Safety Jayden Bonsu