The Buckeyes had a pretty big day this past Wednesday on National Signing Day and we wanted to get everyone’s thoughts about the class. Jeremiah joins us from MOTSAG this week with his two-cents, as well as the gang from 95.5 The GAME, Matt Finkes, Arch Madness, and Adam Sabie.
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Well, given the news today in college sports and elsewhere, I think I’ve got a couple of soundtrack offerings that will draw it all together. Stay warm people!! (it’s supposed to be down to the 60s in Los Angeles today… brrrrrrr.)
While Ohio State’s recruiting for 2014 has been chugging along quite admirably, there have been some who continued to be concerned regarding the ability to “close” with highly touted offensive line talent. Given the targets that have chosen to go elsewhere rather than Columbus thus far in the recruiting season, and given the fact that TTUN is stockpiling linemen like their head coach surely did with Twinkies during the recent Hostess bankruptcy, there was plenty of ammo for armchair recruiting gurus to add to their paranoia.
Hopefully, though, today’s announcement has made huge steps to allay those worries. Offensive tackle Jamarco Jones from De La Salle highschool in the Chicago area ended much speculation and became the 14th member of the 2014 recruiting class.
Even better, in the minds of some, are the “bridesmaids” of this decision. While Jones is a top recruit nationally, it was perceived by many to be a Michigan/Michigan State/Ohio State decision, with all three schools receiving visits from Jones in the past few weeks.He was believed to have been an Ohio State lean for a while, but these recent visits didn’t help sooth the minds of those who enjoy worrying about things.
His other offers, if you’re interested in that sort of thing, were from Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Stanford, UCLA and Oklahoma, among others.
Jones’ measurables: 6’5″, 285 pounds, and a 4.2 GPA. You can see why Stanford was interested in him as well. He joins Marcelys Jones and Kyle Trout in a group that could grow by at least two more before February’s NLOID.
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The weekend was just another building block for Urban Meyer. There were 50+ recruits in town that got to see a great environment, the coaches and players at an all time high in terms of excitement, and how close knit the team is. In addition all the coaches and players showing respect for the seniors that will be leaving and the field littered with underclassmen making impacts all over the field. So lets just say that all recruits were excited, they had a great time, enjoyed the game atmosphere, got to see Urban Meyer’s championship rings, and loved how everyone felt like it was a family atmosphere.
Now that we got that out of the way way we can talk about the information that really matters:
In the second half of our bye week recruiting special we will be taking a look into next year’s recruiting, which the coaching staff has already said is their primary focus for this week’s recruiting trips.
Unfortunately, we will still be dealing with the 82 scholarship restrictions next year; combined with this year still in the balance and it’s anyone’s best guess with attrition, so for this review we’ll talk more about this class without numbers involved.
At this point the Ohio class of to be seniors doesn’t look to be littered with highly ranked 4 and 5 star talent. But with Meyer and staff having almost a year under their belt we are starting to see national recruits mentioning us on their early short lists.
In the 2014 class, QB will be a position of need as Kenny Guiton will graduate and Braxton will be a senior leaving us with just 2 others on the roster- Cardale Jones and ’13 commit J.T. Barrett. The ’14 class will bring us 1 or 2 depending on talent and probably what they see in Jones and Barrett. At this point the QB position is very tough to get a feel on. As such, I am going to hold off on naming names because there are lot of QBs on the board and not many with offers; the coaching staff has said several times that they want recruits to come to camp next summer to earn their offers.
Looking at the RB position the depth chart appears stocked with talent, and adding Elliott this year only adds to the mix. Lots of early highly talented names on the board. I think 1 would be just alright and we might pass on talent much like this year with when we grabbed Elliott and passed on highly ranked Derrick Green.
At this point there are 4 guys that are at the top of the list and posses early offers.