Dreaming Of The Next Five

Written July 11th, 2014 by MDotySr
My Dream Sheet!!!

My Dream Sheet!!!

With all the social media and recruiting websites  out there, I must admit that I have issues with recruiting rankings.

I mean the kids love it, but to me it just does not matter as much as The Ohio State coaches evaluation of said recruits.

I believe in most cases, coaches recruit to fill specific needs in regards to the depth chart.

With that being said, you will always have a handful of players you give scholarships regardless. Once you get to a certain point in your class though — just like the NFL draft – you take the best available players and let them earn a spot on the depth chart.

Now I want to stress that in the same breath, the staff needs to get the best players in Ohio every year. This keeps the border protected around the Buckeye State and somewhat makes it a huge pipeline.

Who I would love to see be the next five commitments to The Ohio State in the class of 2015?

Here is my list, or as we called it in the Air Force, my “Dream Sheet”.

1. Josh Sweat, DE, Oscar Smith HS,  Chesapeake, VA. — Sweat has drawn comparisons to Jadeveon Clowning due to his freakish athletic ability and sudden burst.  Last year, the 6’4’’, 240-pound All-American put himself at the center of the national recruiting radar, when he totaled a whopping 22 sacks and 94 tackles, including 31 tackles for loss. Although it’s going to be a dogfight to land this recruit, he did enjoy his visit to Ohio State.

Only question left is, does Ohio State get an Official Visit? It also helps that Hilliard and Cornell are recruiting dynamos.

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Justin Hilliard and Jashon Cornell Are Buckeyes !!!!

Written July 2nd, 2014 by MDotySr
It's On This Week!!!

It’s On This Week!!!

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.

Justin Hilliard with Raekwon during visit.

Justin Hilliard with Raekwon during visit.

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.

Cornell And Future Mentors

Cornell And Future Mentors

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!

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Tyler Gerald is a Buckeye!!!

Written June 19th, 2014 by MDotySr

2016 offensive lineman Tyler Gerald visited Ohio State yesterday. He drove back to Columbus this morning and worked out at the Buckeyes 1-Day Position Camp.

Gerald has had an Ohio State scholarship offer and decided to take advantage of it and commit today.  Again, keeping a fence around OHIO!!!

Tyler Gerald 2016 OL Commits to Ohio State.

Tyler Gerald 2016 OL Commits to Ohio State.

The 6-foot-5 (measured today without shoes) and 312-pound Gerald, who is being recruited as a guard, picked Ohio State over scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Toledo and Kent State.

This young man is a road grader as his video below will point out and excite. Gerald is a 4-star rated prospect by most recruiting services.

He is the country’s No. 121 prospect, the No. 7 guard, and the No. 8 prospect in Ohio according to 247.

Seems like only yesterday people were worried about the lack of commits in the 2015 class and now that’s under control.

So Ohio State is out banging the 2016 drum!!

Weekend Wonderings

Written June 8th, 2014 by Ken

weekendwonderings Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. I hope that you notice the new header (above) that is the end result of efforts from tBBC’s Arts & Graphics Department. (Thanks, Joe). This is a “says it all” graphic; the James is in the background and our beverage if coffee. Another addition, the weekly embed of Sunday Morning. I hope that you enjoy the new look.

This week we’ll touch on a couple articles concerning The James, have some golf tips and of course, close things out with our Sunday Song. Grab your beverage and let’s proceed.


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Weekly Recruiting Review: All Smiles

Written June 3rd, 2014 by MDotySr

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It has been reported and confirmed that Joe Burrow committed to The Ohio State Buckeyes! That said, Burrow will most likely be the only quarterback taken this year unless Torrance Gibson comes this way.  Some may see that as a bad thing, but with 2016 being a strong group of quarterbacks and Danny Clark coming in 2017, I think we could be in a much worse situation. To top it off, Burrow’s commitment has landed us a visit from Chris Clark, and he is working to help recruit a lot of these national kids! As a side bar, both Burrow and Clark showed up to the Elite 11 yesterday decked out in The Ohio State gear!!! (all smiles)

Then there is Damien Harris being interviewed here (all smiles):

“It’s still kind of cool the way things go with Coach Meyer,” Harris told cleveland.com Sunday, while attending a Nike Football Training Camp at Ohio State. “As a kid growing up, I’d see him on TV and I was like, ‘Man, he’s the man.’ And now I get to be real cool with him. We walk into a basketball game together, we just get to enjoy life together right now – maybe for the next four years. It’ definitely been a blessing. I get to be looked at as important enough to spend time with one of the greats of all time. It’s definitely an honor. I don’t take it for granted. I’m real thankful for it.”

If you have read all the reports you know that Justin Hilliard is now an OSU lean, in my opinion. Why else would you be recruiting other players to come to OSU, and befriend Raekwon McMillian. Remember, Sam Hubbard is an ex-teammate and very good friend (all smiles).

Now we get to Matthew Burrell, the big OL out of Virginia. This young man is 6’6, 290lbs and I would now say a Buckeye lean after his visit this past weekend.  I heard he absolutely loved it and will be back (all smiles). Read More

Calling Chicken Little, Calling Chicken Little

Written May 8th, 2014 by MDotySr

For the beginning of this discussion, please see Tuesday’s recruiting rundown.

Calling Chicken Little, Calling Chicken Little……

There is no cure for the avid Ohio State Football Fan who thinks they could help coach our beloved Buckeyes. It’s hard to be a passionate fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes without thinking your coach would do a better job if he’d just listen to you for once in his pathetic, misinformed life.

There is a product out there that reduces the urge to be a know-it-all. For us Ohio State fans, that product is  URBAN MEYER!!! For us, it’s a passion that we enjoy! For Urban it’s his way of life and he is very good at it!

One of the biggest compliments you can give Meyer is that he makes it very hard for you NOT to pause and think in this world of second-guessing. He makes it easier for you to trust him. In dealing with most head football coaches, you want to see into their heads to help them find a clue. With Urban, you open the curtains to his brain and get a glimpse of how nick it looks.

Armchair Head Coaches? Here, have a little Urban Meyer.

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Rumblin, Stumblin, Bumblin: Spring (almost) Cleaning

Written April 4th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

After being away for a while experiencing my oldest daughter giving birth to my first grandchild, I have had plenty of time getting ready for a little bit of spring cleaning. So I am going to take this opportunity to kinda wrap up everything that is RSB overall from football and basketball. Let’s get rolling with the good of Buckeye sports.

Rumblin’

It’s time to start the argument. My favorite all-time basketball buckeye on the men’s side has been Jay Burson for a very long time obviously. So here is the dilemma for you to ponder. Has there been a better point guard in Ohio State history than Aaron Craft? Let’s do a quick comparison of their career numbers, and then I will give you my two-cents as to why there never has been a player like AC, and probably never will be.

                    JB          AC

Scorer, through and through

Scorer, through and through

GP            122         148

FG%         50%      46%

3P%         41%       33%

FT%        81%        74%

APG        2.77        4.7

SPG         1.67        2.3

RPG         3.3         3.3

The big difference between the two basically comes down to their area of expertise and what was asked of them by their head coaches and the era’s in which they played. Jay Burson was always a scorer and told me in an interview a couple years ago about the adjustments he had to make to college and how he realized he had a lot to learn after his freshman year. Jay was a pure scorer first and foremost and worked hard to become a better defender. He will go down as the second best at the position in my book now. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Is Talking About Practice

Written March 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

If they can celebrate The Answer in Philly, we can celebrate Spring with this great musical tribute that includes his most notorious catchphrase

Buckeye 411

  • Spring Has Sprung- Ohio State started spring practice on Tuesday, and will do so again on Thursday prior to the players taking off for Spring Break. There was a lot of media coverage, be sure to check out Josh Winslow’s photo gallery for all your “guys running around in helmets” needs.
  • Injury Updates- Devan Bogard, Evan Spencer, and Chase Farris will be missing from practice this spring as they recover/rehab.  James Clark and Braxton will also be limited- Brax has shoulder surgery this past week, but will still be running and participating in “mental drills” with every snap of the first team.
  • Also banged up? Jeff Heuerman broke his nose in a weight room incident of sorts, Curtis Samuel missed work due to a hamstring issue, and Eli Apple was not participating for reasons that weren’t made clear.
  • And Also- Coach Meyer had a procedure on Monday to deal with a cyst that was giving him headaches.  From reports, it sounded as if it’s something he’s been aware of and treating for quite some time.
  • Alas- It’s official: uber-Linebacker Mike Mitchell will not practice with the team this spring.
  • Old Face, New Space- A couple of position changes to be aware of: Chase Farris and Joel Hale both leave Coach Johnson’s legions to bolster the offensive line, and Cam Burrows has been slid back from corner to safety.
  • Deep, Man- The folks at the OZone grabbed these photos of Tuesday’s depth charts (offense and defense). The buzz at practice was Darron Lee’s move to the starting Will Linebacker- Coach Meyer in particular highlighted his ability to trigger to the ball and the work he’d put in over the off season.
  • n00bs- Raekwon McMillan saw a lot of reps at middle linebacker today, and those in attendance said that the freshman absolutely looked the part.
  • Speedsters- Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson turned heads with their jets, and Mike Thomas continues to impress. People also talked about Jeff Green, the Georgia Tech transfer- his size, hands, and speed will create problems for other teams this year. Troubled tight end Marcus Baugh also saw some significant action.
  • Numerology- If you’re into that kind of thing, there were a couple of number swaps today. Dontre is back to wearing #2 (his high school number), while the #1 jersey goes to Johnny Dixon. Stephen Collier takes the mantle of #13 from Smooth Jazz, while Raekwon will be sporting #5. Curtis Samuel in #4, Mike Thomas in #3, and Marcelys Jones at #64 wrap up the new “it’s not the players, it’s the jersey” allocations for this season.
  • Four Letter Network- They were in the house today, and if you haven’t boycotted them (as your humble correspondent has), you can check out some video hereabouts.
  • Night Moves? Some speculation that Ohio State’s trip to East Lansing this season, an early November tilt, will be a prime time game… one of the first for the B1G in November.
  • Floppy Haired President? I’m not sure what the rules are for non-American born student body presidents at Ohio State (kidding, it’s totally cool), but our favorite Italian seems to be gaining momentum at taking that position.  Now supported by the Lantern (sort of), his campaign includes making Troy Smith very happy by bringing In-N-Out to Columbus.  Check out the video here:

  •  Also Awesome?  Mekka Don’s new release!!! Check it out on Amazon and iTunes!

Other News

  • Well, Gee… Our favorite bow-tied former Buckeye (sorry Malcolm) was named the new president in Morgantown this week, after being the “interim” president for the past few months.  Well wishes to Dr. Gee… and I think I’m not the only one who’d love to see you have one more tour of duty in Columbus.
  • Ah, Jersey- Other than Springsteen and Tony Soprano, what has the Garden State ever really given America? You’ve got to think that the B1G is wondering that every week as the Rutgers financial situation becomes more and more clear.  But “NYC TV Market!!!” and so forth.
  • I Still Heart Rich Rod- Actor? Nope… but I love that he’s taking a shot:

And Finally-

Today’s my dad’s birthday. So, this is relevant (and may explain a few things):

Dad

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