The addition of Hegewood shows that the Cowboys need immediate help along the line after the departures of Lane Taylor, Evan Epstein and Jonathan Rush.
Every backup on the post-spring depth chart — Michael Wilson, Paul Lewis, Zac Veatch, Brandon Garrett and Chris Grisbhy — is in their first or second year of the program. And only Grisbhy has seen the field at this level.
That likely lends itself to competition, meaning the five additional linemen coming in the fall — Zachary Crabtree, Jack Kurzu, Jesse Robinson, Jaxon Salinas and Hegewood — should get a good look during camp.
This isn't exactly a position in need of depth, with the Cowboys' top four receivers returning, Tracy Moore back from a serious ankle injury and youngsters like Brandon Sheperd and Jhajuan Seales ready to contribute.
But Marcell Ateman and Ra'Shaad Samples are arguably OSU's top two signees in the 2013 class. They're likely to play right away.
At 6-4 and 190 pounds, Ateman brings more size as an outside receiver, while Samples, the son of a legendary high school coach in Texas, brings immense knowledge of the game and plenty of speed.