At some point a year ago, the thought of Garrett Wilson lining up in the slot flashed through Brian Hartline’s mind.
Maybe he foresaw Wilson's smooth movement translating as an inside receiver. Or he possibly thought Wilson’s combination of otherworldly ball skills, precise route-running skills and noteworthy speed that once made him a five-star recruit would be an amalgamation of the best aspects of the players Ohio State has trotted out at the position in the past. Either way, it didn’t matter at the time. The Buckeyes already had K.J. Hill, the program’s all-time leader in receptions, manning the slot while Wilson was locked in as an outside receiver.