Sorry to be a bit late on this… we wanted to let the other big news of the weekend stay at the top of our discussion.
Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp and recruiting event concluded this weekend with at least three positives for fans of the Scarlet and Gray.
On Saturday, top quarterback recruit Torrance Gibson named the Buckeyes his top school after his weekend in Columbus; although there’s a long way to go between now and February for his services.
However, that late news should not take away from the earlier fireworks, as the Buckeyes went “Boom” for a pair of 2015 commitments, starting with Olathe Kansas’ Josh Moore, a tight end candidate that many experts had staying west of the Mississippi River for his college campaign.
The thirteenth member of the Elite 15 class is a 6’5″, 250 pound young man with solid hands and footwork who was targeted by Florida State, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Auburn, and may find himself on the Reid Fragel plan and transitioned to offensive tackle by the end of his time in Columbus.
In addition to his on-field skill set, Moore also brings an amazing story of recovery and resilience to Ohio State; as if I needed reason to cheer for him, I can’t help but want him to succeed after hearing about his battle with cancer years ago. Eleven Warriors’ Kyle Rowland provides a great overview of this young man’s life.
After the jump you can check out why Mr. Moore is ranked as the 22nd tight end candidate in the country. Read More
It’s Independence Day, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with some stars… of the recruiting variety.
Four star big man Daniel Giddens has become the most recent member of the Buckeye hoops class of 2015, after giving his verbal to the staff this afternoon and continuing the Buckeye recruiting roll for the week.
That’s 14 “stars” this week alone… as Mark Pantoni would say- “Booooom!”
The 6′ 10″, 230 pound young man from Marietta Georgia held offers from the home Bulldogs, Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Arizona, and the Kansas Jayhawks. He’d been considered an Ohio State “lock” for a while now, but brings a much needed interior presence to Thad Matta’s squad.
According to scouts, he’s still raw in terms of his offensive tools- mostly a big dunker, but he thrives on the defensive side of the court. His quickness and size make him an excellent rebounder and shot blocker.
After the jump, you can see highlights from his time at the NBA Top 100 event and another mix tape of his greatest hits (thus far), and can get a bit of a look at what has the Buckeye coaching staff excited. Read More
It’s time for Buckeye Nation to smile with the commitments of 5 star LB Justin Hilliard and 4 star DE Jashon Cornell. These highly rated and recruited players are the latest addition to the class of 2015 and are looking forward to “terrorizing offenses” together. The fact they have developed a strong relationship with each other, current players and fellow recruits only will bolster this ELITE 15 class. Landing these two today should be considered a great day in Ohio State recruiting.
Hilliard, who attends St. Xavier High, had narrowed his college choices to Alabama, Notre Dame, Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan in May. But today he went with his heart and chose Ohio State. Coach Urban Meyer is putting in work in regards to keeping the fence up around the Buckeye border.
The 6’2″, 230 pound linebacker also held offers from Penn State, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and will participate in Nike’s “The Opening” competition/expo later this summer.
Hilliard possesses a great get off and can really take over as a pass rusher. He can also play the pass with his speed and agility he can match up with running backs and tight ends. He’s not a top five player in Ohio on just about everyone’s list without reason. After the jump (and introduction of his future teammate), you can see why Buckeye fans are excited to have him on board.
For Cornell, a 6’4 and 260 pound defensive end from Cretin-Durham Hall (Minn.) High School also developed a great relationship with Larry Johnson, particularly given all of the Defensive Line talent Coach Johnson has developed over the years. You also have to figure Coach Johnson is just as excited to have a player of this length, quickness and athletic ability, not to mention he has the frame to allow Coach Marotti to put that much need muscle weight on him.
Cornell and Hilliard had discussed playing together quite a bit recently, comparing their friendship and on the field abilities to the Baltimore Ravens’ (sorry, Bengals/Browns fans) Terrelle Suggs and Ray Lewis. He also held offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan State, Penn State, Michigan and Oklahoma, and will be joining Justin at The Opening, albeit on different teams.
Are you ready to watch them in action? Click through for highlights on both of the newest Buckeyes!
As we sit here today, THE Ohio State Buckeyes have 10 commits and are looking good with top flight talent waiting in the wings. Over a month ago I wrote an article about how we as fans should not be worried because Urban and Company would take care of this in short order. Feel better now?
The staff had a great week, and we should be excited as Buckeye fans. We now have commitments from:
As of right now, I do not think the staff could be happier with this 2015 class. This does not include the 2016 commitment of OL Tyler Gerald, which only helps bolster the future OL and can start recruiting other kids in the 2016 class. To me, the best part of all of this is how Urban and Company have started putting that fence up around OHIO and the best kids. Kevin Feder was the only out of state kids during this haul…..NICE!!!!
I guess the most common asked question is who is next? Read More
OK, let’s just get this out of the way now.
Yes, Kevin Feder plays offensive line. At 6′ 9″ and 300+ pounds, he’s got the genetics to be a fantastic bookend.
The problem is that this means we’ll get a lot of “Kevin Feder Line” jokes in the coming months… which is nice, because the former Mr. Spears certainly could use the publicity.
Back to the newest Buckeye.
The Don Bosco high school standout “flipped” his verbal commitment from The University of Miami to the Scarlet and Gray after a weekend visit to Columbus for one of Ohio State’s Elite Football Camps/Clinics.
He’s currently listed as a three-star by many recruiting services, but has only begun to play football and spent most of last season on the defensive side of the ball. He also had a broken leg early in his career; that’s hampered his development slightly as well.
While a project of sorts, having been evaluated by Coach Meyer and Coach Warinner, it’s hard to not get excited about his potential… and, as a high school wrestler, you know that he’s got the footwork and leverage to excel in the Buckeye offense.
Mr. Feder committed to ‘Da U in January, and also held offers from Michigan State, Tennessee, and home state Rutgers. After the jump, a brief highlight video of what he brings to the table: Read More
Growing up, there was a Smith Barney commercial that intoned “We make money the old fashioned way. We earn it.”
Today at Ohio State’s camp, Dublin Scioto’s Nick Conner took that to heart, earning the scholarship offer he’d been working toward for quite some time. And, in order to strike while the iron is hot, he accepted almost immediately, becoming the next member of the Elite ’15 recruiting class.
First reported (as usual) by Jeremy Birmingham, Conner was an in-state prospect that many Ohio State fans had been hoping would become a part of this Buckeye class. His offer sheet speaks for itself, with Virginia Tech, Kentucky, Oregon, and Pittsburgh joining most of the B1G Ten in pursuing this high school athlete. He’s a four star recruit on most sites, and is listed as one of the top 5 linebackers in the country on several as well.
The 6’3″ Conner weighs in at about 225 pounds, and is projected in the middle of the linebacking corps. While his “speed numbers” may not be flashy, he certainly has a nose for the ball, as you can see after the jump: Read More
There should never be a question that we’re big fans of longsnappers here at tBBC… heck, yours truly even stalked Bryce Haynes’ father at last year’s Cal game. Having spent a good portion of my college career looking upside down at teammates, I understand how important this role can be (especially when done as poorly as I was wont to do).
So the announcement today that Worthington Kilbourne’s premier specialist had become the latest member for the “Elite ’15″ is certainly doubly reason to celebrate. That’s three verbals in three days, for those of you playing at home… although this one is being identified by some as a “gray shirt”.
Liam McCullough chose the hometown Buckeyes over offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Big Blue Nation; saying that being a member of the scarlet and gray has been a long time dream for him.
Again, according to Jeremy Birmingham, McCullough sees his role as being the “next man up”, having worked with Mr. Haynes and Cameron Johnston on occasion over the past few months; he attended both the Wisconsin and Penn State games this past season as he was weighing his offers.
He’s listed as the #2 player at his position in the country by the people who would know. While longsnappers don’t usually get the rating love that other positions do, you’ve got to believe that Coach Meyer and Coach Coombs won’t make an offer unless the young man has some serious star potential. And remember, preferred walk-on Sam York will be joining the team this fall; he also brings quite the repertoire of snap-ocity.
After the jump, you can check out the zip that will be headed to the ‘Shoe in the near future: Read More
Another day, another verbal, as Ohio State’s Camp Season continues to reap benefits.
Today, 6’6″, 285 pound Grant Schmidt became the fifth member of the “Elite ’15″ class for Ohio State, giving the Buckeyes his verbal following an excellent showing at yesterday’s skills camp.
Schmidt, from Roosevelt High in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was timed at a 4.9 40 yard dash earlier at the year… that’s moving, for a player projected to be an offensive tackle.
The Buckeyes were but one offer that the four star Schmidt held; he also received interest from Minnesota, Cincinnati, Iowa State, North Carolina, and Washington State. He is the first Buckeye to hail from The Mount Rushmore State.
According to our friend Jeremy Birmingham, Schmidt tested at a 4.7 agility and with a 29 inch vertical during camp on Sunday, enough to impress the coaching staff and have an offer extended. Today’s tour of the campus and academic support conversations with his parents were all that was necessary to seal the deal for the Buckeyes’ latest commitment.
After the jump, you can check out the highlight package leading into his senior year… pretty nice footwork, if you ask me: Read More