First glance at NLOID; both in Columbus and elsewheres.
I got four good guys with me helping me stay warm. Wait. Not like that…
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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.
Joe: Michigan State? Nope… USC? Nope… FSU? Nope… in articles he may lead us to believe he is looking around, but he is all Buckeye!
Jim: 100% Buckeye. He will announce on national letter of intent day on Fox Sports.
We have more thoughts on the rest of the recruits after the jump.
According to Doug Lesmerises of the Plain Dealer, second year offensive lineman Sam Longo has asked for and been granted a release from Ohio State.
Longo redshirted in 2009 and never really made a splash in 2010 in extremely limited action. With so many incoming offensive lineman in the 2011 class, he may have seen the writing on the wall.
Regardless, we wish Sam the best of luck wherever he decides to transfer to.
This transfer opens up an additional scholarship for the coaches to use in the 2011 or 2012 class. In either case, Buckeye fans can get excited about one additional Buckeye with untapped potential as the recruiting wheel keeps on spinning.
My personal preference would be to stay put with Aundrey Walker and one additional player (most likely Curtis Grant) in 2011 and bank the scholarship for an extremely loaded 2012 class in which Ohio State has limited scholarship numbers as it is.
That being said, if a player like Ja’Juan Story or Darius Jennings wanted to jump on board, you obviously wouldn’t say no.
Georgia linebacker James Vaughters has re-confirmed his commitment to Stanford($) after briefly re-opening his recruitment when Harbaugh left for the NFL.
Vaughters to Ohio State was always a long shot, but a scheduled official to Columbus left a glimmer of hope for the Buckeyes. Now that visit is cancelled following his re-commitment and the glimmer is gone.
All is not lost, however, as the Buckeyes still have a shot at Virginia LB Curtis Grant. According to some, the Buckeyes may even be leading at the moment. Ohio State has an above average shot at the very least, and with Vaughters out of the picture, all recruiting energy can be channeled in Grant’s direction.
Grant still has a visit left to UNC, and “we will know more” afterwards.
Also, Aundrey Walker visted USC last weekend and rumors swirled of a silent verbal as you would imagine. I am still far from worried about Walker. A trip to SoCal one weekend with a trip to Florida (State) the next… what Ohioan wouldn’t enjoy that in January?
Trips like that are half the reason Glenville recruits delay committing in the first place.
The buzz is that Walker and Grant are both Buckeyes.
That would be a fantastic finish to a top 5 recruiting class.
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.
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.
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.
As promised here is a combined recap of the 3 High school all-star games that we previewed. Lots and lots to talk about.
Offense / Defense All-American Bowl
In the game that showcased a high number of Buckeye commits our guys really showed out. Chase Farris was named the defensive MVP for his play on the defensive line. Kenny Hayes was probably one of the top 3 most recognizable recruits in the game and was talked about all week by the experts. He showed why by performing well in the game. These two were not the only D-line commits to perform well in all-star games, as we will get to further down.
Derjuan Gambrell scored from the defensive side of the ball as he was able to pick up a fumble and take it back 28 yds to the house. Ron Tanner and Jeremy Cash also made appearances in this game, but I have not heard reports on their play.
On offense, Nick Vannett, who is a guy that many haven’t talked much about, was very impressive in the game. After seeing him this season and hearing how impressive he looked in the game, I for one am really excited about the skill set he brings to Columbus. He follows in the footsteps of other Ohio State TE’s that will pride themselves on blocking and have the ability with their huge frame to make plays down the field.
Tommy Brown; not much news during the week or the game. He will most likely be a red-shirt and fall into the two deep on the inside in a couple years.
The one guy from Ohio that really showed out was Cardale Jones. He threw for 125 yds, 2 scores, and ran for another. While he has been hot and cold all year, it really comes down to a test score; If he can qualify, we will find room for him I think. I don’t see Braxton red-shirting so there could be at least a year of seperation, and if Braxton turns out to be the star that many believe he will be, there is an opportunity that he leaves early and gives Jones 2 year. If nothing else, Jones looks like he has the ability to move out to WR for certain plays, especially in the red-zone.
His teammate Shane Wynn also performed well. He scored a TD and had a block that left many talking as he led the QB to the endzone. He is tiny, but we might regret this one in a couple years in terms of a weapon we really could have used. I’m not sure why we are taking a pass on this one, although there have been rumors of grades, but I hate to speculate. Eilar Hardy and Jarrett Grace are two other guys that played in this game that we might regret passing on in a couple years as well.
With the recent commitment of Doran Grant, the 2011 recruiting class is close to being finished… two or three additional players close.
It is safe to assume that Aundrey Walker will be one of those players.
Yes, it appears that Walker has safely navigated through the treacherous Glenville academic waters and will do the usual Tarblooder dance by committing on or close to signing day.
It is also safe to say that one of the other spots will be filled by a linebacker. Who that linebacker will be is the big question left in 2011, and the answer could be an exciting one for Buckeye fans.
There are three main players vying for the final linebacker spot. Interestingly enough, two of them are back on Ohio State’s radar thanks to coaching changes at Florida and the possibility or Jim Harbaugh leaving Stanford. Read More