Recruiting Update: 6/21/11

Written June 21st, 2011 by Jim

One year's recruiting "miss" is next year's commitment looking for early playing time.

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

Silver Bullet Points Is Speedy

Written June 16th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Quick notes for a Thursday:

Buckeyes

  • Incoming freshman Ejuan Price has asked for his release from Ohio State. Even up until signing day, there were people who didn’t know if he’d end up in Columbus, so this may not be all that much of a surprise. It’s assumed that he will end up at Pitt, given that they came on strong late in his recruiting process.
  • Current Buckeye running back Jordan Hall has been moved to Wide Receiver, according to sources within the program.  Again, this makes sense for a couple of reasons- it gives experience and depth to a very young WR corps, it moves him out of a very crowded depth chart at RB and gives him a chance to be in the field, and it works well with Coach Drayton’s experience. If you recall, Coach Drayton was the RB coach at Florida, but worked closely with Gator slot receivers (Percey Harvin in particular) as a part of their spread run packages.
  • Speaking of Florida, one Miami newspaper says that the NCAA will be visiting “The Sunshine, Tourists, and Large Bugs” state to investigate allegations of impropriety with 7-7 tournaments and recruiting. Universities impacted include LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, and (you guessed it) Ohio State.
  • Big Ten Hoops schedules were released today: Ohio State only plays Penn State, Purdue, Minnesota, and Iowa once next year (PSU/PU home, Minn/Iowa away), but gets Nebraska twice. Wheee!
  • Congrats to Jantel Lavender, named Ohio State’s female athlete of the year today. Yesterday, Steven Kehoe was given the same honor for the men.

Best Wishes

  • The Dispatch’s Ken Gordon announced yesterday that he would be transitioning to the “Features” section of the paper, leaving the sports page after 20 years and the Buckeye Beat after seven.  He’ll be missed… Of course, you know what this means.
  • Congratulations to former Buckeye Jon Threebler, who celebrated his wedding today. No, I’m not making a “Shoots and scores” joke.

Stay Tuned

tBBC has some big news tomorrow… very large indeed. (This is only site related… no need to freak out about NCAA stuff)

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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tBBC Radio Hour: 2011 Recruiting Around the Horn

Written February 8th, 2011 by Eric

Malibuckeye, Jim@tBBC and Joe@tBBC join Eric in another Around the Horn style podcast! We get together to discuss the current state of Ohio State recruiting, in particular the recently signed 2011 recruiting class. Of particular note are the surprises of the class, along with who they believe will step up and see the field early in their careers. The crew also discusses the 2012 recruiting class, looking at who we are most excited about along with who we believe are locks to become Buckeyes. Lastly, we discuss the Chris Carter situation, and why we feel like the coaching staff is making the right decision.

All this and more on this week’s Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour!

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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Ejuan Price is a Buckeye!!

Written January 17th, 2011 by Joe Laing

tBBC welcomes newest Buckeye Ejuan Price.

"Welcome to LB U"

"Welcome to LB U"

After a non eventful recruitment, Pennsylvania linebacker Ejuan Price has announced his decision to attend The Ohio State University by letting head coach Jim Tressel know during his in-home visit.

It came down to two big ten teams, and one of them was not PSU.  Price played his recruitment about as close to the vest as one could.  He was not in the spotlight, he didn’t want to play the hat game, and he didn’t want to have a press conference. He wanted to let the coaches know where he was going and to text a couple reporters, and that’s what he did.

The Woodland Hills LB had offers from Iowa, MSU, WVU, Maryland, Rutgers, Pitt, and ‘Cuse to name a few.   For Buckeye fans, comparisons to Brian Rolle should excite you.  He is a MLB that is aggressive, instinctive, has the ability fight through traffic, and is a knock down tackler. He runs a 4.5 and at 6’0” can dunk a basketball.

Price will not be as recognized as others in this class like Braxton Miller, Doran Grant, Michael Bennett, etc, but it goes without saying that Price is a great addition as the class comes to a close. He should fill in nicely when his time comes as another LB in Ohio State’s very storied LB tradition.  I don’t see Price as an impact player next year due to depth at the position, but he could see time on special teams… or could take a red-shirt year.

Beyond the fact that Price is a top PA prospect, the ability of Ohio State lock up another great player from the state of PA and out recruit Pitt and PSU in their own back yard adds more salt to the open wound that has been created as the top PA guys have committed to tOSU over the past 5 years or so.

Despite there not being much word surrounding Price’s recruitment, most Ohio State insiders have felt we have been in the lead for some time.  Many thought that he would give his word before the season, but he took the opportunity to look around a little bit more.  It is a great feeling to have a kid in the fold that wants to do the things the right way and not hog the spotlight.  Price has  been sorta old school in a Woody Hayes type way.

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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

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.

Read on for the details. Read More