WRR: Jerome Baker and Van Jefferson

Written July 8th, 2014 by MDotySr

A look at Jerome Baker and Van Jefferson.

Ohio State realizes just how important recruiting and developing depth. And after years of linebacker issues tormenting Ohio State because of injuries, attrition, lack of development and a couple recruiting misses; the Buckeyes seem to be working hard at repairing the problem. Maybe over-repairing? I do not believe there is such a thing.

The great thing with the linebacker position is they can usually be moved to another position if better suited. They don’t have to stay at linebacker to contribute. If they have the frame to add size, they can move to a pass-rushing defensive end spot. If they are a “tweener” and fast enough, they can slide to safety.

If they’re versatile enough, they can move over to tight end (Sam Hubbard). And no matter what, they are almost always an asset on special teams, regardless of their position. In the 2015 class, the Buckeyes have already earned verbal commitments from Hilliard and from Dublin’s Nick Conner.

Benedictine’s Jerome Baker moved up his decision to this Friday, July 11th.

Could he be next?

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Ohio State Recruiting: Mid-May Evaluation

Written May 20th, 2014 by MDotySr

As I am typing this, we are currently sitting at two commits in Eric Glover-Williams and Jamal Dean for the 2015 class. I have been saying there is not a need to panic and I am still saying it. We are in on so many national recruits that I refuse to look at it in any other way. Now if we are at two recruits in October or November, I’m sure my outlook would change.

Mr. Jefferson

I thought I would touch on a few recruits that I think end up in this class:

  1. Darius Fullwood – A Defensive End out of Olney, MD where he plays at Good Counsel HS.  At 6’3 and 230lbs, he has the frame to grow and the motor that Coach Johnson loves. It also helps that this has been a recruiting hot bed for Johnson in the past.
  2. Sh’mar Kilby-Lane- The very gifted Linebacker out of Hallandale, FL is very high on The Buckeyes and the feeling is mutual. I could see this being over by the end of summer if nothing changes (which is always a possibility).
  3. Van Jefferson – This seems to be the big Wide Receiver that is coveted by Urban Meyer. At 6’3 and 190lbs he has the height and the pedigree of an NFL father (Shawn Jefferson) who played 12 years at the same position as his son. I’m surprised this is still going on to be honest as I have always felt he was an Ohio State lean.
  4. Jerome Baker – This is a Cleveland, Oh recruit and arguably the #1 recruit in Ohio this year. There has been some debate as to whether he plays Running Back or Linebacker and at 6’1 205lbs he is a physical specimen that will be lining up for the Buckeyes when it’s all said and done. It may take a little while but in the end, I see him as ALL BUCKEYE!
  5. Austin Clark – The young OL stands 6’5 and 295lbs. This prediction is going against most insiders that feel he will announce to Tennessee on June 12th. I think this is a real possibility even if others disagree.  Come on Big Man, come on over to the Good Guys!!
  6. Elijah Taylor – The outstanding DT out of Cincinnati Moeller was long thought a sure ND commit. But as I tweeted two weeks ago Coach Larry Johnson has made up ground and I will go out on a limb and say he will be a Buckeye also. This young man is a High Motor kid that Coach Johnson loves, not to mention that Taylor and HIS parents have been really impressed with Coach Johnson.

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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

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