Freshmen Check-In Recap and Rumblings

Written August 6th, 2011 by Jim

Braxton Miller

Update 2: video of the event after the jump.

Update: some of Josh Winslow’s photos uploaded after the jump, with a link to his entire gallery.

Ohio State’s 2011 freshmen reported for fall camp this afternoon. I was fortunate enough to be on location to “cover” the event.

If you missed it earlier in the week, make sure to check out theOzone.net’s great coverage of Wednesday’s media introduction to the incoming freshman, who all gave a brief statement and answered a few questions.

Unfortunately, the biggest news from the check-in this afternoon was how brief it was. The players arrived all at once on a bus, meaning that the ‘event’ lasted about five minutes.

Tomorrow the upper classmen will arrive individually by car over a more extended period of time, so hopefully there will be some more to cover.

As it is, there are a few noteworthy things from today, so let’s get right to it:

  • There were 22 scholarship freshmen and 2 invited walk-ons reporting today. The 22 scholarship players did not include Conner Crowell (surgery) and Cardale Jones (prep school). Read More

 

It's coming soon.

It has been a long and arduous off season for Buckeye Nation.

The anticipation and anxiety surrounding the August 12th NCAA hearings alone are enough to put someone on edge. How severely will the NCAA ultimately punish Ohio State for its transgressions?

We can only speculate and hope for the best.

Next up was the resignation of all-time great Jim Tressel and the resulting uncertainty surrounding Ohio State’s next head coach. Luke Fickell is a great defensive coach and an even better Buckeye, but will he be the long term answer to Ohio State’s head coaching vacancy?

We can only speculate and hope for the best.

Finally, what initially looked like a 2012 recruiting class for the ages is quickly turning into another source of concern for fans. As I have mentioned previously, it is still much, much too early to give up on the class, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a source of stress for the next several months. Will Luke Fickell (or the next head coach) be able to salvage the 2012 recruiting class before signing day?

We can only speculate and hope for the best.

Clearly there will be plenty of uncertainty and things to worry about in the coming months. If you are like me, however, you are already so sick and tired of worry and speculation that you have entered a state of comatose. Obviously, being in a state of comatose isn’t very much fun, so I have decided to switch my coping mechanism.

While this off-season has dragged on to the point that it seems like it will never end, the light at the end of the tunnel is coming into view and the season is fast approaching.

Rather than worry about things outside of our collective control, it’s time to refocus our energies on getting excited about the football season that kicks off in 65 days.

Here is a list of some things that I am most excited about for this season and beyond. Read More

Spring Game Primer

Written April 11th, 2011 by Jim

Excited for football yet?

With spring practice well underway and the spring game quickly approaching, it is time to move from “way too early looks” at each position into some more informed analysis based on practice reports.

[Note: I apologize for not getting to the defensive backs in my “way too early looks”.]

This offseason has been a tumultuous one to say the least. The tattoo revelations leading up to the Sugar Bowl and the resulting suspensions guaranteed a shadow over the off season. The additional news concerning Jim Tressel didn’t exactly make that shadow go away.

Fortunately, time heals all wounds, and cracking pads on the field helps to speed up that process- at least for me. After some time off from writing following the Tressel news conference (which is part of the reason why I didn’t get to the DBs), my enthusiasm for football is back in full swing.

So what follows will not only be a look at the DBs for the first time, but also a review of all of the position groups with some updated thoughts based on news from practice. I apologize ahead of time if this ends up being lengthy.

My rebuttal: FOOTBALL!

My attitude this offseason has always been that no matter what happens, when the Buckeyes take care of business on the field everything else will fade into the background.

Redemption through wins.

Off field BS be damned.

Here is a look at how each position is looking heading into the spring game.

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Breaking News: Conner Crowell is a Buckeye

Written November 5th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Future Buckeye Linebacker

We referred to this earlier in the week, but we can now officially welcome Mr. Crowell to the Ohio State class of 2011.

At 6’1″ and 220 pounds, Conner has anchored the defense for Waldorf Maryland’s North Point HS. He’s being targeted at linebacker, and has been described as having the speed and size to play all three positions in Ohio State’s scheme.

Mr. Crowell’s offer sheet included Rutgers, Hawaii, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Stanford, and Penn State. The Nittany Lions were his other finalist, and many figured Connor to be a lock for Happy Valley given PSU’s success recruiting in Maryland.

After the break, we’ve got video for your enjoyment- Read More

Recruiting Update: 2011 Linebackers

Written November 4th, 2010 by Jim

Crowell will decide between Ohio State and Penn State tomorrow night.

There really hasn’t been much in the way of recruiting news since the commitments of 2012 prospects Brionte Dunn and Kyle Kalis at the end of September. However, the 2011 class will see some action tomorrow night.

Since Trey DePriest chose to head south, linebackers have been one of the most active and interesting areas for Ohio State recruiting. The coaching staff seems to want at least one linebacker in the 2011 class, but who that will be has been a question mark.

Ohio State could get an answer as early as tomorrow night when Maryland linebacker Conner Crowell announces his college destination. He has recently narrowed his choices to co-favorites Penn State and Ohio State and will decide between the two schools.

For a long time I have assumed that Crowell would be Penn State bound due to his east coast ties, but Penn State recruiting gurus appear to be as uncertain as anyone else about his destination. You would think if he was leaning one way or the other they would at least get a hint of it. Read More

Recruiting Update: 9/21/10

Written September 21st, 2010 by Jim

Kyle Kalis (Photo via the Plain Dealer)

Joe also contributed to this post.

With the excitement of fall camp and the start of the season, recruiting has been on the back burner for weeks.

Since my last update, Ohio State received the commitment of local Columbus running back Warren Ball and Cleveland offensive lineman Kyle Kalis, the second and third commitments in the 2012 class.

With those two commitments and the recent addition of several new in-state offers (one of which was Kalis), the 2012 class is starting to gain some momentum.

As far as the 2011 class is concerned, outside of Doran Grant, Aundrey Walker, and Shane Wynn eventually becoming Buckeyes, everything else is up in the air.

The area of most confusion in 2011 is at linebacker. Ohio State clearly would like to take at least one linebacker in the class… the problem is figuring out who that will be.

Join me after the jump for a look at how the 2011 class might wind down and an early look at the extremely talented 2012 class. Read More

Recruiting Update: August 3rd

Written August 3rd, 2010 by Jim

Here's hoping we wrap this class up soon, Tressel has more important things to focus on for a few months.

Trey DePriest is going to Alabama. Anyone that followed the recruitment probably isn’t surprised by the result. Despite some late optimism from Ohio State’s corner, DePriest just didn’t seem to have his heart in Ohio.

Jim Tressel has a certain recruiting style. Whether we like it or not and for  good or bad, he isn’t going to change how he approaches recruiting. This means that anytime a kid doesn’t immediately fall in love with what Tressel and Ohio State have to offer, the chances are that the more aggressive and flashier approaches of some other coaches and programs will almost always win out.

We saw it last year with Henderson and we see it this year with DePriest, who really liked all of the attention that Alabama’s staff heaped upon him. I wish him the best of luck at Alabama, and really hope that he doesn’t fall victim to the SECs favorite recruiting practice of oversigning.

The good news is that in recruiting, when one door closes another always opens. Read More

Recruiting Update: Wrapping up the ’11 Class

Written July 14th, 2010 by Jim

It’s time for a quick look at the rest of the 2011 class.

Things have been relatively quiet since the Tanner commitment. That was until recently when Shane Wynn dropped a mini-bomb by announcing that he and Cardale Jones would like to go to the same school together.

While this certainly is an interesting turn of events, I look at it as typical Glenville posturing to either 1.) put pressure on Ohio State to offer Cardale, or 2.)  to give other schools across the country incentive to offer Jones to increase his options if the Ohio State offer never comes.

Either way, I don’t think it affects Ohio State in any significant way.

If Ohio State feels that Cardale has earned an offer (at this point it seems likely that an offer is entirely dependent on his classroom work) he will receive one, regardless of any potential package deal with Wynn.

The bottom line is that there are four Glenville guys to keep an eye on for the rest of the 2011 class: OL Aundrey Walker, WR Shane Wynn, LB/DL Andre Sturdivant, and QB Cardale Jones. It would be a mild surprise if all four ended up at Ohio State, it would be shocking if none did. Read More

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