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
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
Defensive end Dre’Mont Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) showed up to Ohio State today as a surprise to the staff.
When he left, he left an Ohio State Buckeye!
The 6-foot-5 and 250-pound Jones picked Ohio State over scholarship offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Michigan State, Iowa and others.
This is a very good get for the Buckeyes! An instate 4 star recruit and while Jones is the first defensive lineman in this class, there will likely be several more.
This is a great day to keep the momentum going in the right direction for the 2015 class. Jones has long said it was his dream to play for the Buckeyes as a kid. That dream came true today!
Jones is a 4-star by most recruiting services.
Video proof that Jones belongs in Scarlet can be found below.
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
The Ohio State Class of 2015 got a nice boost with the commitment of 6’5″ shooting guard Austin Grandstaff of Rockwall, TX. Yes, the emphasis on shooting guard is mine. Young Mr. Grandstaff committed to Ohio State today, over an impressive array of suitors.
Among other universities that had made offers to Austin were; Arizona, Florida, Georgetown, Maryland, UMass and Texas. He had previously been a verbal to the Oklahoma State Cowboys before reopening his recruiting.
He’s a bit lean at 185 pounds but I’m sure another year or so and he’ll beef up a bit. He’s ranked as a 4-star shooting guard, but as the video below indicates, Austin does more that just “shoot”. He appears to have some good ball handling skills, is aggressive in driving to the basket and seems to have a nice array of floaters, jumpers and other shots to get the ball into the hoop.
After the jump, you can see why Thad might be excited to see him in the Scarlet and Gray: Read More
The Olympics isn’t the only thing generating sports news this week, at least as far as Ohio State fans are concerned. The Buckeyes received a commitment from Floridian Ben Edwards, per ESPN’s Jared Shanker. Edwards measures up at 5’11″, 192 (think Donte Whitner-esque) and will probably play safety. His 40-time (4.7) isn’t blazing, but for a safety, that’s fast enough. And, he hits like a truck… a 4.7 truck, so he’ll leave plenty of marks.
Edwards, from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, FL has been rated as a 3-star recruit by various services, but to be honest, it doesn’t matter what he’s “rated” at. If he’s a quality person that can play football well, and Urban & Staff have offered him, then that’s good enough for me. Other notable offers include from Auburn, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Stanford and UCLA, among others. This is an impressive list of universities; athletically and academically.
This is good news; I can’t wait until next year. Mr. Edwards, welcome to the Buckeye Family!