Buckeyes keep fullback position alive

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The fullback position isn't dead at Ohio State.

The Buckeyes just apparently won't be using scholarships to keep it alive for the time being.

The program confirmed it had welcomed two walk-on players capable of providing some blocking in the backfield along with officially announcing the addition of five early-enrolling scholarship players to campus on Friday morning, with fullbacks William Houston and Devin Hill joining the Buckeyes in time to participate in the offseason program and spring practice.

Hill spent the last two seasons at Purdue and redshirted in 2011, and the Columbus product will be returning closer to home to potentially supply depth down the road. He didn't carry the ball for the Boilermakers and didn't post any statistics last season.

Houston turned down a scholarship offer elsewhere to take a preferred walk-on role with the Buckeyes after helping Dublin (Ohio) Scioto to an 8-3 record last season, rushing for 1,158 yards with 12 touchdowns.

The Buckeyes will be trying to replace veterans Zach Boren and Adam Homan at fullback, a spot that perhaps didn't play as prominent late in the season after Boren moved over to linebacker and tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett took on more responsibility to fill the void.