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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Like A Runaway Cattle Stampede

Written December 11th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

I have a lot of respect for the University of Texas. Solid program, great fans, and three classic games with the Buckeyes over the last half decade or so.

When Ohio athletes like Jordan Hicks choose to go to Austin instead of Texas, I understand and wish them well, even if begrudgingly so.

Wonder how she's doing now?

That being said- What a year for Longhorn faithful. They go from being in a punchers duel with Alabama for the national title to having their All American quarterback injured and their hopes dashed.

Over the summer, rumors swirl about a move into the Big or Pac Tens as a part of the national realignment madness that swept the nation. They end up with a sweetheart deal- rumors of their own television contract and a conference filled with members who have completely acquiesced to their every demand.

Fall arrives, and they kick off a season that sees them go from playing in the National Championship Game to not even being bowl eligible; including 5 losses at home in front of the burnt orange faithful.

And today, their “head coach in waiting” and defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has accepted the position as the new head coach at the University of Florida. Rumors have Major Applewhite leaving Austin to be Muschamp’s offensive coordinator- he excels, though, at recruiting, which may impact the Buckeyes as well. Read More

Recruiting Update: Coaching Turmoil in Florida

Written December 9th, 2010 by Jim

Thank you Urban?

The college football world is abuzz this month due to coaching fires, hires, re-retires and a whole lot more. Beyond the general intrigue of the carnival that is in full tilt-a-whirl mode at the moment, coaching changes can have serious implications in the recruiting world.

Specifically, Ohio State appears to have new life with several former Florida commits and leans, and with the Glenville situation still looking shaky at best, what better way to fill newly vacated spots than with elite out-of-staters?

Just to hammer the point home, is there any better proof that scholarships opened up in the 2011 class than the most recent Buckeye offer ($) to Georgia long snapper Bryce Haynes?

Nothing against Bryce, he is clearly the best at what he does and will make any college team very happy to have him (including the Buckeyes), but if Ohio State was still reserving spots for Glenville players, it is hard to imagine that offer going out based on scholarship limitations alone.

The bottom line is that Ohio State has some spots available and some new hope with several elite players. 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

The top safety in Ohio... yeah, we'll take him.

Capping off an eventful week of recruiting for the Buckeyes, Columbus Eastmoor safety Ronald Tanner has chosen Ohio State as his college destination.

Tanner’s commitment to the Buckeyes is not exactly a surprise, but it is still nice to make it official.

He chose Ohio State over the likes of Northwestern, Stanford, Yale, Vanderbilt and Duke, highlighting that Ronald excels in the classroom as well as on the football field.

Tanner also had offers from pretty much the entire Big Ten, as well as Arizona State, Boston College, West Virginia, and Pitt.

Tanner is ranked the #7 safety in the country by scout.com.

Between Tanner and Vannett, Ohio State has had twice as many top 20 (at their position) commits in the last three days than Michigan has had in their entire 2011 class. Keep up the great work Rodriguez, we love you!

Scouting Ohio brings the highlights and Tanner’s full offer list as usual.

Tanner’s commitment gives Ohio State 17 total for the class of 2011. With a class size projected to be around 22 or 23 players, this thing is wrapping up quickly. Read More

Recruiting Update: Joel Hale is a Buckeye!

Written June 7th, 2010 by Jim

Wild card!

Alternative title for this update: Christmas in June or The Homestretch.

With the commitment of legacy WR Evan Spencer on Saturday, the class of 2011 has grown to 13 players. That means that the magic number for the rest of the class is 9 (or so I have read). What happens with the last 9 scholarships? that is what I am here to talk about.

Breaking News: Joel Hale has committed to the Buckeyes as I put the final touches on this post. I will leave the text the same, mostly so I look smart.

First I’d like to elaborate on some things from my last recruiting update.

Most importantly, I want to retract my position that Trey DePriest is an “absolute must get” for this class. I based that designation mostly on the fact that if Ohio State lost DePriest to Alabama, that would be two years in a row that the top LB in Ohio left the state for college.

Upon further examination, who cares?

Joel Hale is a Buckeye!

First, Ohio State is absolutely loaded at LB and will be for several years to come, making the position less than a priority for this class.

Second, the way this class is shaping up, Ohio State may have its choice of premier players. This means two things. One, players that wait until signing day may not have a scholarship waiting for them, even if their name is DePriest. Two, since LB is not an area of need at the moment, why not give that extra spot to a premiere player at a position that Ohio State is a little thinner at.

Third, I get a generally bad feeling about the recruitment. When a kid wavers this much early on, it does not lead to good things for Ohio State in most cases. I would love to see DePriest in scarlet and gray, but in situations like this it is better to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. DePriest is an absolute wild card in this recruiting class, but from what I can tell things just aren’t looking good for Ohio State here.

Fourth, the 2012 class features linebackers like Kaleb Ringer and James Ross.

The moral of the story is that DePriest is a wild card for this class, and not an ‘absolute must get’ like I said before.

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