NLOID: 2011 Signing Day Guesses

Written February 1st, 2011 by Joe Laing

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.

Recruiting Update: NLOID

Written January 27th, 2011 by Jim

Time to give 'em the ol' razzle dazzle!

Aundrey Walker

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.

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We have more thoughts on the rest of the recruits after the jump.

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Breaking: Sam Longo to transfer

Written January 20th, 2011 by Jim

Mr. Longo, we hardly knew ye.

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.

2011 Recruiting…What’s Next?

Written January 18th, 2011 by Joe Laing

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.

Curtis Grant

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.

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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.

Recruiting Update: 2011 Finale

Written January 7th, 2011 by Jim

Aundrey Walker is a big guy, you can watch him in action tomorrow in the Army All-American Game.

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

Under Armour and Army All American Game Previews

Written January 5th, 2011 by Joe Laing

This week you will all have the ability to see a number of our incoming frosh in different all-star games.  When everyone gets excited about hats, you know it’s a good time…

Under Armour Game

The first game of the week will be the Under Armour Game.  This game is really starting to take over as being the premier all-star game, obviously the ESPN television spot helps. The game takes place Wednesday @ 7 PM Eastern.

The Buckeyes have 3 current commits in this game and 4 guys on the watch list. On the commit list are Florida OLB/DE Ryan Shazier, Dayton Huber Heights Wayne star QB Braxton Miller, and Canton McKinley DE Steve Miller.

Others to watch are AVSM CB Doran Grant, Florida WR Jujuan Story, Florida CB Jabari Gorman, and Maryland ATH Darius Jennings

Top Storylines:
  • Braxton Miller – He is going to get to show off what he can do against other top competition, and what he might have to bring early in the season next year, if he can land the starting spot.  We will get to hear soon enough where he stands in the pecking order as he will be enrolling in the spring.  Early word from practice is that Braxton has really showed well as a game manager, and understands when to tuck it and run, and when to stay in the pocket and deliver a strike.
  • Doran Grant – This highly rated CB Is expected to make a declaration choosing between his two favorites Ohio State and Michigan State.  (Many are calling for Ohio State, including me)
  • Darius Jennings – Expected to be held out of the game due to a concussion, We are in his top 3, not expected to make a commitment.
  • Steve Miller and Ryan Shazier - Hopefully we get the opportunity to see these two guys rush the passer and disrupting the opponents backfield.
  • Jabari Gorman – Along with Grant he is also making a declaration.  Most expect him to stay home somewhere in Florida, either Miami or Florida.  Coaching changes could have that up in the air, and Shazier has really been in his ear, but a commitment for Ohio State would be a minor upset on this one.
  • Jujuan Story – He is said to be making a late visit to OSU, currently a Florida commit.

Two Alabama commits might peek your interest as well being the two Ohio boys playing in the game LB Trey Depriest and OL Ryan Kelly (will not play due to injury in his last high school game).

Recruiting Update: Big Weekend for the Buckeyes

Written December 20th, 2010 by Jim

Back in the mix.

If you follow Ohio State recruiting even a little bit, I am sure you are aware that several high profile recruits were making official visits to Columbus this past weekend.

Virginia linebacker Curtis Grant, Pennsylvania linebacker Ejuan Price, California JUCO defensive back Byron Moore, Ohio defensive back Doran Grant, Maryland athlete Darius Jennings, and Georgia long snapper Bryce Haynes were all in town for their official tour of Ohio State.

The Buckeyes will be looking to fill the final spots in the 2011 class primarily from this pool of talent, so it was an important weekend for the good guys.

One thing to note before proceeding is that all but one of the visiting players are from out of state. Also worth noting is that all of the prospects are waiting until relatively late in the process before making their decision.

Ohio State’s history with late-deciding out-of-state recruits should be taken into account before getting too excited about any of the players. Duane Long has a nice summary explaining why Tressel’s recruiting style is the main culprit for his yearly last minute misses.

Good or bad, that’s just the way it is.

That being said, there was plenty of positive news following the big recruiting weekend.

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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