“His level of consistency will change whether he is a good player or a great player,” Hartline said.
Olave is neither a returning starter nor a total newbie, so he fits right in with the Ohio State receivers this spring.
Three seniors headlined the group last year — Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon — and that could be the case again this year with K.J. Hill, Binjimin Victor and Austin Mack in line to replace them at slot, X (split end) and Z (flanker) receiver, respectively.
They combined for 117 catches for 1,570 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
Mack went down with a foot injury after eight games, opening the door for Olave to enter the rotation as a true freshman.
Beyond that foursome, senior C.J. Saunders, juniors Jaylen Harris and Garyn Prater, sophomore Ellijah Gardiner and redshirt freshmen Jaelen Gill are looking to break into the rotation.
So too is Garrett Wilson, a five-star freshman who enrolled in January.
Five-star receiver hoping to get on the field ASAP
Overall, it’s a group Hartline feels good about despite losing redshirt freshman Kamryn Babb to a knee injury and classmate Blue Smith to transfer in the past week.
“Overall my goes are working really hard,” Hartline said. "That’s all I can ask, especially in spring. I’m really excited for them. Losing a guy like Kam is not great for us and it hurt us, but the guys that are here are working really hard and that’s all you can really ask.”