Well, it’s that time of year again. As you’re reading this, the 2013 edition of the Scarlet and Gray are donning practice gear and headed out to battle… well, at least the rookies are, that is.
Last night was Hotel Check In, and while it was a less extravagant event than in the past, Josh Winslow was still able to get some candid shots of the Buckeyes getting ready to launch the season. Be aware that, due to changes in the process, not everyone came in at the same time or via the media-friendly entrance.
His full gallery is a “must view” as we get closer to kickoff, but here are some shots/players that stood out:
The biggest news in this recruiting update is the commitment of Ohio defensive lineman Se’Von Pittman to Michigan State, continuing the theme of doom and gloom for 2012.
Pittman was one of the top players in Ohio with offers from football royalty across the country and a big time target for the Buckeyes.
First, let me say congratulations to Mark Dantonio and Michigan State on a great pick-up. There are obviously a lot worse places a player can choose to go, and Pittman will be joining what is shaping up to be a very impressive group of young defenders for Dantonio and the Spartans.
Second, it is becoming clear that the coaching uncertainty in Columbus is having a negative impact on recruiting (huge surprise there, right?). Luke Fickell is the head coach for the 2011 season and a helluva recruiter, but there is only so much he can do in an incredibly difficult situation. Whether it be the uncertainty of possible NCAA sanctions or the inability to guarantee players who their coach will be in 2012 and beyond, there are some serious hurdles to overcome.
With that said, there is no reason to panic- not yet at least.
First, if Ohio State didn’t receive another commitment in 2012, the 9 players already on board would constitute a decent (albeit small) recruiting class.
Second, there are still plenty of targets left in Ohio for the Buckeyes to reel in. Signing day isn’t until February; the sanctions and head coaching picture will be much clearer before the ink is dry on this class (hell, some of the players heading elsewhere at the moment might even reconsider if/when the dark clouds clear a bit from above the WHAC).
This is obviously a low spot for recruiting, but there are better days ahead. Read More