We’re in uncharted waters here… it’s really an odd feeling to have a game after THE GAME. If you’re heading to the game, be sure to check out a great blues bar downtown… these guys are playing this weekend!
“November is for champions”. Guess what, folks… it’s champions time.
For the first time this season, the memorable games from The Week That Were found themselves coming from B1G Country. And, if I’m completely honest, the top two made my weekend pretty fantastic.
First, let’s go to the “What’s NU With You?” battle, as Nebraska and Northwestern squared off in a battle of the walking wounded. Taylor Martinez and his magnificent aerial attack was on the sidelines again, while Northwestern’s Venric Mark missed yet another game… and more Wildcats would go down as the game transpired. If Ohio State hadn’t already broken Northwestern, Nebraska certainly would have.
And yet the Wildcats were leading by three, in Lincoln, as time was winding down.It certainly looked like it was going to be a bad weekend to be a Pelini.
The Huskers brought in their version of the Pillsbury Throwboy, who led the team to the memorable last second finish that you see gif-ing there on the right. Best “Fat Guy Touchdown” ever?
For full coverage and reaction, let’s turn to my wife’s play by play from the moment:
Yeah, it was that kind of moment… Buckeye fans know the feeling, and Coach Fitzpatrick certainly could find a Bert to talk to as well.
Several people pointed out that, in the mayhem that followed, Coach Pelini looked stunned and no one chose to celebrate with him. That could just be his normal demeanor, though… although it might also point to his having “lost” his team. A word of warning to Tommie Frazier and all of the others looking to make a change… be very very careful what you wish for.
So now a Cornhusker team that has a huge emotional win to build on travels to Ann Arbor to face a Michigan squad that’s coming off what may be one of the worst beatings that they’ve encountered in a long time.
While it’s been well documented that Coach Hoke can’t win on the road, to lose yet another game to “Little Brother” never feels good- particularly when you end the game with negative 48 yards rushing. That’s why Wolverine running backs should keep their mouths shut… although, this should have already been perfectly clear to anyone who pays attention.
Huge kudos to Coach Dantonio and our favorite Spartan, Coach Harley- not only did the defense rise up and make Devin Gardner look like the wide receiver playing QB that he is, they also managed to put points on the board for the second straight week. Granted Michigan’s defense has some holes (as Indiana and Penn State showed), but to see MSU’s offensive evolution over the season is impressive. Read More
There are plenty of things to go over in this update, including new offers in the 2012 and 2013 class, so let’s jump right in.
While it initially seemed like there was no way that Alabama QB Jameis Winston was going to leave his home state, after visiting Columbus over the weekend he had some very positive things to say about the Buckeyes and he would like to set up another official visit for the Wisconsin game. With CA QB Shane Dillon out of the picture, it looks like Ohio State may still be in on a QB prospect in 2012 after all.
While I don’t think the Buckeyes are the favorite at this point or even close to it, Winston is clearly very interested in the Buckeyes and it could turn into an interesting recruitment to say the least. Could we get some revenge for Trey DePriest?
GA WR Jaquay Williams is scheduled to announce his college decision this weekend. He will likely be choosing between Ohio State and Auburn. Players that wait until the end of the recruiting process usually don’t gravitate towards Columbus, but Tressel and company have a much higher success rate with players who commit early.
The Buckeyes have been one of Williams’ favorites since the beginning, so fingers crossed. One thing worth noting is that if he is choosing between Ohio State and Auburn, you have to assume that any possible future sanctions aren’t a concern for him.
As expected, there are some new camp offers to go over on the 2012 Big Board, and they will likely keep coming in over the next few days so stay tuned. I have also finally gotten around to going over the very earliest offers on the 2013 Big Board, two for the price of one! Read More
Now that the ink has dried on the 2011 recruiting class, it is officially time to start looking ahead to 2012… recruiting has no off season. The 2012 class is projected to have a relatively low number of scholarships, which is a shame given the huge amount of talent present in Ohio and across the country.
With 5 players already in the fold, the Buckeyes will be looking to add approximately 10-15 additional prospects over the next 12 months. Like 2011, the class will fill up quickly (primarily with in-state players), leaving the coaches plenty of time to focus on a small number of elite out-of-state targets that will take a bit longer to reel in.
Regardless of who the Buckeyes sign, disappointment is inevitable in 2012. Ohio State will miss on some extremely talented players simply because there won’t be room for them. The in-state players heading abroad will be particularly difficult to witness, but you play the hand you are dealt.
For the record, number crunches like Ohio State is facing in 2012 are exactly why oversigning provides such a huge advantage for certain teams, but I digress.
I already took a brief look at the ’12 class at the end of June. Since then, Ohio State landed ’12 LB/TE/DE/whatever prospect Josh Perry, officially making it not too early to start talking about the rest of the class.
Another factor that makes it worth looking ahead is that the ’11 class is all but finished.
Even though official written offers aren’t allowed to be sent out until September 1st, Ohio State’s staff has identified quite a few ’12 players at camp this summer to extend verbal offers to.
Extremely early/rough estimates for the ’12 class indicate that it will be very small, possibly less than 15 spots small, pending transfers, people coming back (Duron Carter) and early departures to the NFL.
The limited scholarships plus the early verbal offers mean that the class could (and most likely will) fill up quickly.
When everything is said and done, the 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes will be extremely talented and building blocks for the future, similar to what the 2008 and 2009 classes are on the team right now. Read More
Update: Josh Perry verbally committed to Ohio State today, becoming the first commit in the class of 2012. Welcome to Buckeye Nation Mr. Perry!
When you are on a recruiting roll like Ohio State is, it is never too early to look ahead.
But first a quick look at the 2011 class.
Also, it appears that Ohio OL/DL prospect Donavon Clark may have earned himself an offer at Ohio State’s Senior Advanced Camp this past weekend. If he did in fact receive an offer, he may be another likely candidate to commit sooner rather than later, even though he says he would like to take some official visits before making a decision.
Regardless of what happens with Clark, with Vannett and Tanner in the fold, that brings the 2011 class to 17 players… before fall practice even starts.
With the 2011 class coming together so nicely, and with many more outstanding prospects waiting to fill those last few spots (Doran Grant, Aundrey Walker), it seems like a good time to take a look at 2012.
The 2011 class is going to be outstanding (no matter who fills the last few spots). The 2012 class could be even better.
I know, I know, you are probably saying to yourself that 2012 is way too far away to be making bold predictions like that. You are also probably saying that I am hopelessly optimistic as well. But seriously, the amount of in-state talent in the 2012 class is tremendous, and there are quite a few verbal offers already on the table. Best of all, it appears that almost every single stand out Ohio prospect has Ohio State as their early and overwhelming favorite.
Still don’t believe me? Well, take a look for yourself. Read More