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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UPDATED: Ohio State Selects Drayton

Written January 26th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Welcome! We'll get you a scarlet and gray tie...

We talked about this a bit earlier, but it sounds as if the next wide receivers coach at The Ohio State University will be former Tennessee and current Florida running backs coach Stan Drayton, according to the Cleveland Post Dispatch’s Doug Lesmerises.

While initially brought to us by an insider at Buckeye Planet named “Shakerbuck“, this news was all but confirmed on GatorBait.net (affiliated with Rivals.com) in an interview with Buckeye target and current Gator verbal Ja’Juan Story. Story said that it was shared with him over this past weekend’s recruiting visit to Columbus.

It is expected that this announcement may not be made official until after February 2nd in order to honor Drayton’s commitment to the recruiting process at his current institution, as coach Will Muschamp seeks to finalize the first class of his tenure. Of course a Tressel hire would be one to keep his word and finish with integrity.

Drayton is a Cleveland area native, and is rumored to be returning home in part to be closer to family. Widely recognized as a top assistant and a dynamo in recruiting circles, it will be interesting if this decision has any impact on the decisions of Story and Virginia Linebacker Curtis Grant, also a Gator target.

At any rate, and at any date, we’re excited to welcome coach Drayton to the staff and to the Ohio State family

UPDATE: It’s official! Interesting that the gig would start the day before National Signing Day- Read More

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

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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Recruiting Update: Spring Game Edition

Written April 20th, 2010 by Jim

With Jeremy Cash on board and a huge recruiting weekend ahead for Ohio State, now is a good time for a brief recruiting update.

QB

Commits: none
Likely Commits: Braxton Miller
Targets: Jerrard Randall, Cardale Jones (?)

The future?

There are still no commits at QB for this class but until further notice, it is Braxton Miller or nothing. Miller is one of the top prospects in the country and will be an outstanding ‘get’ for the Buckeyes.

The good news is that a lot of people (including myself) think it is a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ Miller will become a Buckeye. The extreme optimist in me hopes that he commits during the spring game and starts recruiting his peers who will be in attendance.

That may or may not happen, but Miller’s father has indicated that he would like to make his decision ‘early’, so hopefully we won’t be waiting too long to find out where he is going, even if he doesn’t commit at the spring game.

A lot of people are pushing for Cardale Jones of Glenville to get an offer, but we will have to wait and see on that one. Jones will be visiting Ohio State this weekend for the spring game, but it doesn’t appear that Ohio State is interested in more than one QB in this class, at least for right now.

Unless something happens late in the year that changes things, Jones might not even get an offer.

I like Jones a lot, but this is a case of trusting the coaches, we will see what happens.

RB

Commits: none
Likely Commits: none
Targets: Savon Huggins

There is still not a lot of action at RB in the ’11 class.

Apparently Ohio State is showing a lot of interest in NJ running back Savon Huggins who is obviously a special talent, but I would be extremely surprised if he or any other running back became a part of this class.

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