Weekend Shots from the Schott

Written December 13th, 2011 by Joe Laing

Usually, we reserve “Shots” for game experience recaps.  However, given Meyer Mayhem, here’s some whispers and stuff that Joe’s been hearing:

After three straight days of being at the Schott I overheard and saw quite a few things.

Football

  • Football recruiting is turning up and in full force. Positive news coming out about Tommy Schutt, Jordan Diamond, Kyle Dodson, SeVon Pittman. Sounds like all should be Buckeyes!!! Look for updates as the week goes on (ed- Joe wrote this on Sunday… two down, two to go). As of know next weekend should include Cyrus Jones and Noah Spence.
  • Talked to an ex-player who said it has been ratcheted up a few notches in terms of intensity. Meyer has them working like they’ve never seen before. Expect a different looking bunch in the Gator Bowl.

Use The Bench, Thad!

Basketball

  • The chatter wasn’t about being upset about the loss- it went back to what we have heard about in the past in terms of Matta’s struggle with his in-game rotation. It was easy to see that Thomas and Craft were struggling to catch their breath at times and everyone was wondering why no Weatherspoon. I heard that he was in to speak to Thad about it today. I feel that he could have provided a spark off the bench.
  • Players were upbeat and back to work. Early season losses don’t hurt nearly as bad in basketball as they do in football.
  • The other comments were that with Sully it is a 10 pt victory for the good guys.
  • Michael Redd was in to work out driving his Ferrari. Doesn’t sound like he wants to come back to Ohio to play ball. So Cavs fans don’t get your hopes up. Read More

Wrapping up the 2012 Recruiting Class

Written October 25th, 2011 by Jim

After a long hiatus, it’s time to jump back in with some recruiting talk.

Adverse circumstances surrounding the program have obviously impacted recruiting for months, but the 2012 class still has an opportunity to be pretty darn good.

The key will be finishing strong, and the Buckeyes look to be in a great position to do just that.

The biggest concern, as it has been for months, continues to be along the offensive line. Regardless of how the ’12 class finishes, the depth issues there may not be resolved until the ink is dry on the ’13 class.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, here is a look at how the 2012 class will wind down. Read More

Ohio State’s Top Long Shot Targets in 2012

Written May 2nd, 2011 by Jim

Cyrus Jones is one of the best offensive weapons in the country. The Buckeyes are in the running for his services- along with just about every other major program.

It’s time to look at the early offers in 2012 that can be jointly descried as a “wish list”.

All of these prospects are some of the best in the country, but due to various reasons (mostly location and competition), the chances of them heading to Columbus aren’t particularly high.

Many of these players are defensive backs from Florida. The good news is that it seems like the the staff feels confident in landing at least a few of them.

My theory is that the Florida DBs are why almost all of the best Ohio DBs are currently lacking offers.

So we have that little bit of hope to hang on to.

If the Buckeyes receive a commitment from any one of these players it would be fantastic; more than one would really push the 2012 class into the stratosphere.

So without further ado, here are some of the best players in the country that might wear scarlet and gray in the future.

(Note: I’ve tried to only list players that have expressed interest in visiting Ohio State, have visited Ohio State, or have listed the Buckeyes as one of their favorites at some point.) Read More

Recruiting Update: 2012 Kickoff

Written February 7th, 2011 by Jim

Offensive tackle Kyle Kalis is one of five already committed players in the 2012 class.

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.

Check out our 2012 Recruiting Big Board and read on for an early look at the class. Read More

Recruiting Update: Glenville Academic Woes

Written December 2nd, 2010 by Jim

Doran Grant (middle) appears to be Ohio State's top target in Ohio. Glenville players? not so much.

Unfortunately, as the title indicates, this update is full of more apparent bad news on the Glenville recruiting front.

Last week, I mentioned that Ohio State’s interest in Akise Teague is likely due to uncertainty about Shane Wynn‘s status with the Buckeyes.

I also speculated that the recent offer to JUCO defensive line prospect Tank Carradine may have been the death knell for Andre Sturdivant‘s chances at being a Buckeye.

The initial optimism about Carradine’s interest in Ohio State may have been exaggerated, but the implications in regard to Sturdivant remain the same.

If that weren’t enough, the most recent Buckeye recruiting buzz is of an impending offer to Illinois lineman Chris Bryant (teammates with 2012 line prospect Jordan Diamond, who is receiving early interest from Ohio State).

It doesn’t take much imagination to see that Bryant’s  listed measurables (6’5″ 330 lbs.) are almost identical to Glenville’s Aundrey Walker. Read More