81 Nick Vannett

Nick Vannett Ohio State
usaUnited States
Westerville, OH
High School
Westerville Central
Past Teams
Ohio State
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Post-OSU Update: Nick Vannett was selected with the 94th overall selection (3rd round) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Vannett has played with six teams in his first eight years in the NFL, combining for 90 receptions and six touchdowns. (updated: Dec. 2023)

Pronunciation: VAN-net

Major: Sports and Industry (2013-15), Pre-business (2012)

Weight: 260 (2015), 255 (2013), 248 (2012), 235 (2011)

2015 Media Guide: Nick Vannett is a fifth-year senior who is a game-experienced and talented tight end … physical, durable and a veteran of 40 games over the past three seasons, Vannett has started three times and is positioned to take over the No. 1 position this season after sharing duty as part of a dynamic and impressive tight end combo the past three years along with Jeff Heuerman, who’s now a member of the Denver Broncos … Vannett has 36 career catches for 423 yards and six touchdowns and he is coming off a season in which he established personal highs in catches (19), yards (220) and touchdowns (five) … a season of similar statistics could vault him into Ohio State’s all-time tight end Top 10 in catches and yards … he is currently ninth in career TDs by a tight end with six and is in reach of Jake Stoneburner’s school record of 13 … has 13 multi-catch games … is majoring in sports and industry and is on pace to graduate August 9, 2015.

2014 Media Guide: Nick Vannett is one-half of a dynamic and impressive pair of tight ends for the Buckeyes, along with true senior Jeff Heuerman … “I’ll take our two tight ends over anyone in America,” coach Urban Meyer said this spring … a fourth-year junior, Vannett is game experienced, having played in 25 games the past two seasons with two starts … he has 17 career catches for 203 yards and one touchdown.

2013: Vannett played in 13 games and he lined up on offense for 289 plays plus had an additional 80 snaps on special teams … he had eight catches for 80 yards … caught his first collegiate touchdown pass against Purdue (8 yards) … he had two receptions in games vs. Florida A&M (27 yards), Purdue (21 yards) and vs. Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl (22 yards).

2013 Media Guide: Nick Vannett red-shirted the 2011 season and then earned considerable playing time at tight end during the Buckeyes’ 2012 undefeated season … he was awarded with his first varsity letter after playing in all 12 games last season … was in the starting lineup twice: vs. Alabama-Birmingham and Nebraska … he ranked fifth on the team with nine receptions and 123 receiving yards … he averaged 13.7 yards per reception and had a long catch of 32 yards vs. Nebraska … had two catches vs. Miami, California and Illinois.

2012 Media Guide: Nick, a member of the 2011 Ohio State recruiting class, red-shirted the 2011 season as a true freshman … he caught four passes in the spring game to cap the 2012 spring drills and he came out of the spring listed as a backup at the tight end position.

High School: Tremendous receiver/blocker who earned all-Ohio recognition … all-metro, all-OCC, all-district honors … made 47 catches for 606 yards, 8 TD as a senior for Coach John Magistro  Offense-Defense Bowl, Ohio North-South Classic, Big 33 Game … also a basketball letterman … active in community service.

Personal: Son of Carol and Jim Vannett.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush TDTgtRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLost
2012Ohio State1221-10NA912313.70320NANA
2013Ohio State120000NA88010.01160NANA
2014Ohio State151000NA1922011.6526000
2015Ohio State1312000NA191628.5026000


2012Ohio State122000
2013Ohio State120000
2014Ohio State151000
2015Ohio State1312110