Silver Bullet Points Is Ready To Battle On

Written April 23rd, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Like the rest of Ohio, we’ve got Stanley Cup fever here… we’re on a series of shots and medications, but to be honest, we hope it sticks around for a while.  So, in preparation for tonight’s game, here’s a little something to help you get ready to #BeatPittsburgh.

Gametime

Gameday

Buckeye 411

  • The League- Pretty good week for Buckeyes in the NFL, as Cam Heyward’s 5th year option was picked up by the Steelers.  This comes one day after Terrelle Pryor was traded from the outhouse to the penthouse the Raiders to the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. Rumor across the league were that the 49ers and ‘Hawks were both pursuing Pryor diligently, with Pete Carroll finally winning the day. Good luck in the Emerald City, Terrelle… be sure to pay for your doughnuts, m’kay?
  • Next Men Up- NFL news on Tuesday also included Draft Day invitations… and not to the latest Costner flick. Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier will both be in New York City; here’s hoping that neither win the Brady Quinn Sitting Around By Yourself For A Really Long Time Award.
  • Night Moves- Ohio State added a fourth night game and a third one on the 2014 home slate on Tuesday, when the BTN announced that the intra-state tilt against Ohio’s BCS Team would be under the lights in the ‘Shoe.  There’s still the possibility that the number could grow- the game in East Lansing might just be pushed into prime time if both the Spartans and Buckeyes have the seasons most are projecting.
  • Flippity Flop- Over the weekend, Ohio State “lost” one of their 2015 recruits, as Ben Edwards followed up his “soft verbal” comments to North Carolina by giving his verbal to the Auburn Tigers. As you can imagine, this unleashed the highest in philosophical and intellectual debate among some Ohio State fans… many of whom are way too emotionally invested in the lives of 16-17 year old boys to be healthy.  One question, though… Would you as a fan rather that the staff pursue in-state kids that are sure to be 100% Buckeye but may not be the caliber of other recruits, or would you rather that they continue to pursue out of state players who may not end up in Columbus but could make a bigger impact? I look forward to your answer in the comments; be sure to show your work.
  • Next Man Out? As if the Edwards news wasn’t discouraging enough, Tuesday’s Canton Repository had the following blurb about one of the other OSU verbals in the 2015 class:

There was a relatively serious altercation involving McKinley quarterback Eric Glover-Williams and another McKinley player during the school day last week at the high school. New McKinley football coach Thom McDaniels declined to comment on the situation, other than to confirm there was an altercation between Glover-Williams and a player who is a senior.

There had been speculation that Glover-Williams had a previous incident in the fall as well, so it’s possible that this could be the issue that costs him his shot at an OSU opportunity.  Eleven Warriors has video of the end of the altercation in question, even though it’s in “crappy cell phone quality” it does serve as an interesting Rorschach test for folks to judge what might be the consequences/outcomes for EGW, both from the school and from Ohio State.  Stay tuned…

Ohio State Recruiting- Spring 2014 Guesses

Written April 17th, 2014 by Jim

It’s still too early to know the exact numbers in the class, especially the numbers they would take at specific positions (and that is variable anyway) but I feel compelled to put together a list.

Wimbush And Friend

QB: 1. Brandon Wimbush, 2. Torrance Gibson

QB is pretty easy. They’d like to take two (in line with not taking any in ’16 to clear the way for Danny Clark in ’17) and their top targets are Wimbush and Torrance.

Wimbush is down to Penn State and Ohio State with the whole head/heart thing but it seems likely that Ohio State will win that battle- especially the longer it drags out.

Torrance is going to go down to signing day but Meyer has already worked his magic and is amongst the top schools without a visit. Getting him on campus is going to be huge and then we will go from there.

RB: 3. Damien Harris, 4. LJ Scott (OH)

RB is also fairly easy. It looks like they are going to take two with the top target being Damien Harris. I personally would give the nod for the second spot to LJ Scott given the whole in-state thing, but there are plenty of offers and alternatives floating around.

WR: 5. Van Jefferson

Unlike QB and RB, WR is hard to get a handle on. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I can tell Van Jefferson is just about the only guy with positive OSU buzz surrounding him right now.

With Johnnie Dixon, Noah Brown, Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, James Clark, Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson all coming in over the past two recruiting classes, it seems likely they won’t be targeting too many receivers in ’15, but will they only take one?

Plus you have the ATHs like Eric Glover-Williams and Christian Kirk factoring in.

I have no idea, so I’ll go with the safe pick for now. Read More

Silver Bullet Points Just Chills

Written January 8th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

Well howdy do, Buckaroos! Long time no SBP!  Look, to make up for it I’ll give you two soundtracks for this week- one to celebrate 2014 and one that should make perfect sense.

Freeze!!

Buckeye 411

  • Farewell Shazier- Like I said, it’s been a while since I’ve shared your Wednesday with you; in that time Junior Linebacker Ryan Shazier announced that he was taking his talents to… You know what? Shazier’s to classy for that tripe. Ryan is foregoing his senior season and heading to the NFL.  While he’ll be missed on the field, his character and presence as a representative of the University may be his strongest lasting legacy.  Godspeed, Ryan.
  • Wither Braxton? Reports from this weekend announced that Miller had decided to stay for his senior season following the loss in the Orange Bowl. These were unofficial, however- the Miller family hasn’t said one way or another if XBrax360 was returning to Columbus. I can see it both ways- he has much development to do before he’d be successful in The League, but if you’re going to get pounded (with a new offensive line and missing Guapo), you might as well get paid for it.
  • This Is The Part where I mention casually that I played college football with Braxton’s dad.  Not that it means anything; we haven’t spoken since he graduated, but if Braxton goes pro my Buckeye name-dropping game loses some swag.
  • Spence For High-er? Sorry for the 80′s driven pun, but with Noah Spence’s suspension for the Orange Bowl a mystery at gametime, Tuesday’s news that he had actually tested positive for Ecstasy seemed very unusual. As you may know, it was initially reported as a performance enhancing substance, which is somewhat factual- the B1G characterizes MDMA as such, and initially suspended Spence for a year. The appeal to the NCAA, though, ended up with a ruling that it was in fact a “street drug”, and came with a three game suspension (Orange plus two in fall 2014). Spence’s family asserts that their son had been given the drug unknowingly, and is planning a possible lawsuit against the B1G. Read More

Eric Glover-Williams Is A Buckeye!!!

Written August 25th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

Reason To Smile

And now, we turn to the 2015 recruiting class.

You read that right- students who will be entering their junior year in high school are now the focus of the Ohio State coaching staff.

Thad Matta stated this whole party with two top touted verbals for ’15 in the past week or so, and today Urban’s team answered in a big way. Canton McKinley’s Eric Glover-Williams, “EGW”/”Superman” has become the first member of the next great class of Buckeyes.

The 5’10″, 165 pound running back is currently rated as one of the top ten at that position in the country for his class, and is a “four star” athlete on most scouting sites. He held offers from Michigan State, Arkansas, Nebraska, Tennessee, and had interest from Michigan, LSU, and Oregon.

With two years of prep ball yet to play, it’s unknown where he’ll end up at once he arrives at Columbus. 247 has him as a top 10 nationally both as a cornerback and as an offensive weapon. It’ll be fun to see if he’s given a chance to fill  the “pivot” role (Jordan Hall/Jalin Marshall/Dontre Wilson).

After the jump, you can see why he was such a high priority for the Buckeyes… remember, this is from his sophomore year: Read More

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