tBBC Radio Hour: 2011 Recruiting Around the Horn

Written February 8th, 2011 by Eric

Malibuckeye, Jim@tBBC and Joe@tBBC join Eric in another Around the Horn style podcast! We get together to discuss the current state of Ohio State recruiting, in particular the recently signed 2011 recruiting class. Of particular note are the surprises of the class, along with who they believe will step up and see the field early in their careers. The crew also discusses the 2012 recruiting class, looking at who we are most excited about along with who we believe are locks to become Buckeyes. Lastly, we discuss the Chris Carter situation, and why we feel like the coaching staff is making the right decision.

All this and more on this week’s Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour!

Graphic Content: Class of 2011

Written February 4th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Before we move on to the class of 2012 or go back to making well aimed fun at “Leaders” and “Legends”, Kevin has a visual reminder of the yesterday’s epic signing day.  Just think of it as a Second Second Christmas present.

Next time we see them, it'll be in Scarlet and Gray

NLOID: 2011 Signing Day Guesses

Written February 1st, 2011 by Joe Laing

We will keep score….batting .300 gets you into Cooperstown, lets see how we do.

Curtis Grant – Buckeye

Aundrey Walker – Buckeye

Cardale Jones – Fork Union then Buckeye, but will probably pledge today with his teammate.

Ja’Juan Story – Florida, but not without a fight.

Darius Jennings – Sticking with Wake. Could he surprise us?  Do we turn the heat up if we lose Story?

Drew Kaser – Punter from Walsh Jesuit, could we find some room for him late?

We will discuss Keith Wells and Duron Carter later, as they are not high school guys and don’t have to sign this week.

2011 Recruiting…What’s Next?

Written January 18th, 2011 by Joe Laing

With Ejuan Price now in the 2011 class, tBBC takes a look at what is on the horizon for the 2011 class.

Price takes Ohio State’s count to 21 recruits. At this point, no one is sure how much room is truly left in the class (transfers could bump the number up), but we do know that there are 5 guys still very much on the radar screen.

Curtis Grant

FL LB Curtis Grant

He visited Florida this past weekend and left with good things to say but he still has Ohio State on the brain as well. Grant has a visit to UVA next week and UNC is his last visit.  We are still in this one and I think it is a Florida/tOSU battle.

FL WR Ja’Juan Story

He will be visiting tOSU next weekend, and before the visit he will host an in house this week with JT. The good news is a player from Florida doesn’t visit Ohio in late January for the fun of it.  There is true interest here, but I still don’t see him leaving Florida.

Glenville OL Aundrey Walker

All signs point Buckeye, and we can expect an announcement close to signing day.  The other thing to look for is his jump up the national rankings after his performance at the Army All-American Game.

GA LB James Vaughters

He is down to Ohio State, Stanford and Florida.  The question is: will he be loyal to a school who lost their coach or can Ohio State or Florida sway him? He is set to visit Florida this coming weekend and Columbus the following weekend.

MD ATH Darius Jennings

He is still down to UVA, Wake Forest, and the Buckeyes.  He visited Wake this past weekend and was set to decide sometime after that. There is still no solid time table, however.

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Once again, I’m not sure how much room we have, but would we take all 4 of these guys + Price?  I don’t see Vaughters and Grant attending the same school and think Jennings goes to Wake.

I say we land Walker and either Vaughters or Grant, but not both.

That would put us at 23.

Ejuan Price is a Buckeye!!

Written January 17th, 2011 by Joe Laing

tBBC welcomes newest Buckeye Ejuan Price.

"Welcome to LB U"

"Welcome to LB U"

After a non eventful recruitment, Pennsylvania linebacker Ejuan Price has announced his decision to attend The Ohio State University by letting head coach Jim Tressel know during his in-home visit.

It came down to two big ten teams, and one of them was not PSU.  Price played his recruitment about as close to the vest as one could.  He was not in the spotlight, he didn’t want to play the hat game, and he didn’t want to have a press conference. He wanted to let the coaches know where he was going and to text a couple reporters, and that’s what he did.

The Woodland Hills LB had offers from Iowa, MSU, WVU, Maryland, Rutgers, Pitt, and ‘Cuse to name a few.   For Buckeye fans, comparisons to Brian Rolle should excite you.  He is a MLB that is aggressive, instinctive, has the ability fight through traffic, and is a knock down tackler. He runs a 4.5 and at 6’0” can dunk a basketball.

Price will not be as recognized as others in this class like Braxton Miller, Doran Grant, Michael Bennett, etc, but it goes without saying that Price is a great addition as the class comes to a close. He should fill in nicely when his time comes as another LB in Ohio State’s very storied LB tradition.  I don’t see Price as an impact player next year due to depth at the position, but he could see time on special teams… or could take a red-shirt year.

Beyond the fact that Price is a top PA prospect, the ability of Ohio State lock up another great player from the state of PA and out recruit Pitt and PSU in their own back yard adds more salt to the open wound that has been created as the top PA guys have committed to tOSU over the past 5 years or so.

Despite there not being much word surrounding Price’s recruitment, most Ohio State insiders have felt we have been in the lead for some time.  Many thought that he would give his word before the season, but he took the opportunity to look around a little bit more.  It is a great feeling to have a kid in the fold that wants to do the things the right way and not hog the spotlight.  Price has  been sorta old school in a Woody Hayes type way.

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Doran Grant is a Buckeye!!

Written January 5th, 2011 by Jim

Doran Grant

After an extended wait, Ohio cornerback Doran Grant has announced his decision to attend The Ohio State University at the Under Armour All-American game.

Grant is arguably a top three player in Ohio regardless of position and one of the top defensive backs in the midwest, if not the entire country.

It goes without saying that Grant is a great addition to the 2011 class. On top of being a great player and a great addition for the Buckeyes, with the graduation of starting CBs Chimdi Chekwa and Devon Torrence, Grant has a very real opportunity to make an immediate impact in 2011 (think Christian Bryant this season, minus the season derailing injury).

Some people may consider Grant a bit undersized, but his combination of freakish athleticism (40 inch vertical) and physical style of play makes size a non-factor. He is a play maker, end of discussion.

Beyond the fact that Grant is a top national prospect, the ability of Ohio State lock up another great player from their own back yard makes this commitment all the more sweeter.

Due to family connections, the tale of Grant’s recruitment has largely been a two way battle between Ohio State and Michigan State. The Spartans have been a heavy contender from the start due to Doran’s father, Ted Jones, playing in East Lansing in the early 80′s and subsequently bleeding green and white.

Despite this family connection, most Ohio State insiders have felt Grant would be a Buckeye throughout the process, and luckily enough for Buckeye Nation they were correct.

Landing a top national prospect with the ability to contribute immediately in 2011 is a great way to follow up an outstanding bowl victory yesterday. Yes, the Sugar Bowl victory just got a little bit sweeter.

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2010 State Finals In Review

Written December 9th, 2010 by Joe Laing

This week we take a look back at last week’s action, with particular emphasis on future Buckeyes.

State Finals Recap- winners highlighted

Division I

  • Lakewood St. Eds – Kyle Kalis (2012 Commit) vs. Huber Heights Wayne - Braxton Miller (2011 Commit)

Was for sure the game of the weekend, and it would have been great if it could  have kept going into OT, but  St. Ed’s scored a late TD that Wayne was unable to answer.  Congrats to Kyle Kalis and the St. Ed’s team that was able to capture their first state title in school history.  Kyle continued his dominance and I continue to put him up there as a five star talent for next year.  If you get a chance, watch his block on the first Ed’s TD, where they were on the 1 yd line and he pounded the defender half way through the endzone onto his back!

Braxton looked great once again.  He tried to play superman late, but an incomplete pass down the sideline hurt.  His ability to escape the pressure, and still find his receivers downtown, stay calm and collected all night, and he does things in the pocket that are great to see from a young QB in terms of looking the safety off, hitting guys out of their break, and then he has the ability to make the playground play, when things break down.  Gonna be fun to watch him on the field next year!

Division II

  • Trotwood – Bam Bradley (2012 Target) vs. Maple Heights

Trotwood got out to a big lead early and then Maple Heights turned it around.  Bam Bradley had a big game, and I have heard 10-14 tackles (I would believe either of those #’s).  He was up around the LOS all game long, and man does he look the part of a head hunting safety or maybe a star for us.  I don’t see anyway he is not offered next year. Shaq Washington has a chance if used right to be a real star at Cincy, and he showed his whole game in this game and lead the way for his team.

Division III

  • Akron Buchtel – Corey Smith (2012 Target) vs. Columbus Bishop Watterson

The Watterson Defense won this game. With 6 turnovers from the Watterson offense, and an offense that had been tearing through opposing defenses, they shut Buchtel down and Smith never got going.  He only had two catches that I remember, and had one crucial drop on a 2 pt conversion that would have put Buchtel on top.  This was my first time seeing him live and his athleticism is easy to see, and his ability to get in and out of breaks is there as well.  Will be fun to watch him put up big numbers next year, as this was the only playoff game in which he did not score a TD.  If grades are in order I expect an offer.

Division  V

  • Youngstown Ursuline –  Akise Teague (2011 Target) vs. Coldwater

Wow!  Once again Akise Teague puts on a show to a tune of 5 TD’s, 4 rushing and 1 receiving.  His runs were magical, in and out of breaks, spin moves, breaking tackles, and running guys over into the end-zone.  “Jaw-Dropping” might be the best way to describe them.  In two games in the state semi’s and finals he had a total of10 TD’s.  Still see him getting an offer and being part of the 2011 class.  Urusline blew out Coldwater and won their 3rd straight state championship, and Coldwater’s magical playoff run came to end.

Recruiting Update: Glenville Academic Woes

Written December 2nd, 2010 by Jim

Doran Grant (middle) appears to be Ohio State's top target in Ohio. Glenville players? not so much.

Unfortunately, as the title indicates, this update is full of more apparent bad news on the Glenville recruiting front.

Last week, I mentioned that Ohio State’s interest in Akise Teague is likely due to uncertainty about Shane Wynn‘s status with the Buckeyes.

I also speculated that the recent offer to JUCO defensive line prospect Tank Carradine may have been the death knell for Andre Sturdivant‘s chances at being a Buckeye.

The initial optimism about Carradine’s interest in Ohio State may have been exaggerated, but the implications in regard to Sturdivant remain the same.

If that weren’t enough, the most recent Buckeye recruiting buzz is of an impending offer to Illinois lineman Chris Bryant (teammates with 2012 line prospect Jordan Diamond, who is receiving early interest from Ohio State).

It doesn’t take much imagination to see that Bryant’s  listed measurables (6’5″ 330 lbs.) are almost identical to Glenville’s Aundrey Walker. Read More