tBBC/BBN Roundtable: Signing Day Thoughts

Written February 7th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

The Buckeyes had a pretty big day this past Wednesday on National Signing Day and we wanted to get everyone’s thoughts about the class. Jeremiah joins us from MOTSAG this week with his two-cents, as well as the gang from 95.5 The GAME, Matt Finkes, Arch Madness, and Adam Sabie.

Which recruit the Buckeyes got signed was the biggest surprise to you and why? 

Concensus great get on NSD

Concensus great get on NSD

  • Jeremiah MOTSAG – For me it is Malik Hooker- no one knew who he was or had even predicted him to OSU when he committed. He was an under the radar player that Coach Meyer swooped in and stole.
  • Archie - Slade because it’s so crazy the fact that he never had an official visit. That’s unheard of.
  • Matt Finkes - Slade because he signed at last minute
  • Adam Sabie - I would have to say that Slade is the biggest surprise.  I mean, the guy didn’t even visit Columbus and spurned MSU! Love that!
  • Ken – Probably Darius Slade. He’d seemed to have had trouble figuring where he wanted to land, but I think that McDowell’s signing(?) with MSU channeled him to OSU. It was a mild surprise to me, but once McDowell went North, it all made sense.
  • Patrick – Darius Slade. Much like last year, and Vonn Bell, there wasn’t much talk of Slade coming here. Good get.  
  • Scott – Darius Slade. Seemed to waffle quite a bit.  
  • Mali- Slade is the obvious choice here (and I’m certain to call him “Jim” at some point), but I’ll go with Jamarco Jones. Sure he was committed to the Buckeyes for a long while, but historically we don’t have good things happen when recruits take last minute visits to other schools.
  • WVaBuckeye -  This should be a tie between Slade/Jones but for me its an easy choice to go with Jamarco Jones. A solid commit for a good while I really am not sure what kept him in Columbus. All real talk had him going to East Lansing, and as you heard what Coach Meyer said, JJ was a must have for this class.

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Darius Slade Is A Buckeye!!!!

Written February 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

What would “second Christmas” be for college football fans without at least one present under the tree?

With much of the Ohio State 2014 Class wrapped up well before mid-January, the only speculation today was on what color windbreaker Coach Meyer would wear during the afternoon press conference.

Sure, there were other things that could have changed the perspective, but none more exciting than a last minute addition of a top ranked student athlete… and one that was believe to have been a “lock” for Sparty for a while.

New Jersey defensive end Darius Slade was expected to sign with Michigan State today, but informed the folks in East Lansing that he wanted to visit Columbus before making a final decision.  He had initially verballed to Nebraska, but “flipped” to Michigan State earlier this year.

The 6’5″, 235 pound senior from Montclair high school also held offers from Miami, West Virginia, and Penn State; it’s believed that his relationship with former Nittany Lion Larry Johnson solidified his commitment to Ohio State.

While “only” a three star by most recruiting services, Slade’s ability to get to the quarterback is undeniable- after the jump, you can see some of the 37 sacks he amassed over the past two seasons, as well as his ability to pressure an offensive gameplan: Read More

Fox Sports Ohio NLI Chat with Bill Greene

Written February 5th, 2014 by Eric

Continuing the National Letter of Intent coverage will be our good buddies over at Fox Sports Ohio. They’re running a chat with Bill Greene of Scout.com to talk about Ohio State’s excellent recruiting class.

Check it out here!

The chat is scheduled to start at 1 PM Eastern Time.

Ohio State National Letter Of Intent Day 2014

Written February 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

The Super Bowl Of Recruiting Is Here!

Welcome to “Second Christmas” for college football fans… the day when programs accept written commitments from the nation’s best high school players to join their families.

It’s another place where “bragging rights” come to play as well, as every University wants to bring in the top ranked class by the assessment of Rivals, Scout, 247, or ESPN.  National Letter Of Intent Day also brings a lot of excitement, drama, and just a little bit of ridiculousness across the country… let’s hope that Ohio State has little to none of those last two today, though.

We’ll be updating the Buckeye list as the day goes on, and will also bring you our thoughts on what each athlete brings to the Scarlet and Gray.  We’ll also keep you informed on news and notes from the WHAC, and you can look forward to our annual NLOID Podcast on Thursday.

If you’re a real “recruit-nik”, please drop by our friends at Men of the Scarlet and Gray; they’ll be livechatting all morning, and always have great coffee and pastries.

As always, it’s a GREAT DAY to be a Buckeye!

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SBP: Buckeye News And Notes 1.22.14

Written January 22nd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Quick change of title format for our Wednesday update, for reasons that will soon be evident.  Also taking a beat from the news, today’s soundtrack goes all Roger Goodell on life.

Buckeye 411

  • 21 And Over, Please

    21 And Over, Please

    Tight End, Loose Cannon? Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors broke the news late Tuesday that Buckeye tight end Marcus Baugh had been suspended from the team indefinitely for yet another issue with underaged alcohol usage.  While many of us would file this either under “meh” or “college lyfe!!”, it’s important to note that this would be Baugh’s third “incident” while a Buckeye, and his second involving alcohol.  He was removed from scholarship last summer, and was removed from team activities in September as well… it will be interesting to see if Coach Meyer believes in a “three strikes and you’re done” policy.  Baugh has always been seen as an amazing athlete, but his absence will mean that the other tight ends in the system (Heuerman, Moore, and Vannett) may be asked to bear the burden during the spring and beyond; the 2014 recruiting class does not have a tight end in the mix as of yet.

  • Happy Birthday! One day late, but still- Jack Nickalaus turned 74 on Tuesday. I would have mentioned this yesterday, but like most things involving my golf game I was way off target.
  • Hard Knox? Buckeye verbal Demetrius Knox made news on Tuesday with the announcement that he would be making an official visit to UCLA this weekend in spite of his commitment to Ohio State. Many feel as if this is a “vacation” opportunity, but it should be noted that the Bruins have several of Knox’ teammates in the fold and only have one offensive lineman in the class thus far.  Interestingly enough, though, Coach Meyer, Warriner, and Herman will all have their “in home” with him today, so it remains to be seen if the trip to Westwood actually occurs.  If it does, I might need to head that way myself to wander around campus with my Ohio State swag on.
  • Speaking Of Recruiting- It was an interesting day in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, with their number one recruit for the 2015 class, 5 star running back Damien Harris decommitting from That Team Up North. What makes this worthy of the “Buckeye 411″ you ask? Well, his recent two twitter follows include Stan Drayton and Tim Hinton, and it’s rumored that he spoke with Urban Meyer over the weekend.  Hmmmmm…
  • The Future Is Now- Sammy Silverman with a look at the early enrollees in the Dream 2014 class:

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Brady Taylor Is A Buckeye!!!

Written January 20th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Staying Home

It may be a holiday weekend, but it doesn’t mean that Coach Meyer isn’t still hard at work.

This morning, Columbus Bishop Ready offensive lineman Brady Taylor completed a switch that many had seen coming for a while now, changing his verbal commitment from Virginia Tech to Ohio State after a weekend visit with the staff.

The 6’5″ offensive tackle gave his pledge to the Hokies over Michigan State, Wisconsin, Kentucky and others, but was recently offered by the hometown Buckeyes and had an escalated courtship that concluded this morning. Taylor was initially intending to take another visit to Blacksburg, but has decided against that given today’s announcement

Taylor becomes the 22nd member of the 2014 recruiting class, and its fifth offensive lineman; it is believed that they’ve now “filled” this position for the class.

Over at the hudl site, you can see young Mr. Taylor in action… in my opinion, he will benefit from a year or two in the program and under Coach Warriner and Marotti’s tutelage.

Welcome to the Buckeye Family, Mr. Taylor… glad to have you at home!

Johnnie Dixon Is A Buckeye!!!

Written December 17th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye
State Champs

State Champs

Two in two days, and the #Dream2014 adds another member.

Today, Florida receiver Johnnie Dixon committed to the Buckeyes following a weekend that saw his Dwyer team win the Florida 7A state title, in a game where he had 5 receptions for 55 yards and a score.

The 5’10″, 187 pound Dixon held offers from Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, and Notre Dame, but most believed that it came down to the Buckeyes, Alabama, and Miami in the end. The four star hinted at his decision in the picture you see on the right there, taken at halftime of the title victory.

Coach Meyer and staff were in home recently, which certainly didn’t hurt the relationship that Dixon had build with the Buckeyes. He attended The Opening at Oregon, and visited Columbus for the Wisconsin game. His highschool had a great connection with the Gator program during Meyer’s tenure in Gainesville.

You know the drill, after the jump you can check out Jonnie’s highlights from the first half of his season as well as previous season: Read More

Raekwon McMillan Is A Buckeye!!!!

Written December 16th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Christmas comes a bit early, as Santa brings Ohio State an important recruit in a position of need.

Courtesy of Josh Winslow

Georgia inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan became the latest member of the Ohio State Class of 2014, choosing the Buckeyes in a ceremony at his High School on Monday afternoon.

McMillan has been a priority for the Buckeyes for quite some time- with the depth issues at linebacker this season and the real possibility that Ryan Shazier might forgo his Senior Season to head to the NFL draft, the linebacking corps is in need not only of reinforcement, but of players who might be able to contribute immediately.

And the five star McMillan seems to fit the bill.

At 6’2″ and 240 pounds, McMillan is rated as the number one inside linebacker in the country by 247′s recruiting staff, and held offers from a “Who’s Who” in college football. Seemingly all of the SEC and many ACC schools were working on him to be a part of their 2014 class, but the strongest pull came from hometown Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, and Alabama. In fact, there was speculation across several message boards that Raekwon had actually verballed to Nick Saban and Kirby Smart during their home visit last week.

However, last night Urban Meyer and staff had their “in home” visit with the McMillan family, and the rest is history.

The connections have been developing for quite a while- he visited Columbus three times during the past season, including his official during the Penn State game.

After the break you can see several highlight videos to get you further excited about the most recent Silver Bullet: Read More