Kyle Kalis

Stars. What are they good for?

The 2012 recruiting class marches on.

The biggest news since our last update has been the bad vibes surrounding the strange saga of OH OL Kyle Kalis balanced out somewhat by the commitments of OH LB Luke Roberts and OH OL/DL Patrick Elflein.

Despite the commitments, the current feeling on the class is still slanting negative for various reasons.

First and most importantly, Ohio State still needs to add some offensive tackles to the roster… and soon, making the pain from the loss of Kalis even more acute.

On top of that, some Ohio State fans were less than enthusiastic about the most recent commitments because they came from non highly rated recruits.

Disappointment at the loss of an extremely talented player in a position of need is one thing, but disappointment over receiving commitments from lower ranked recruits is an unnecessary emotion, and here’s why.

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A Rivalry Renewed

Written July 14th, 2011 by Jim

The border war heats up once again.


Nine wins, one loss.

That was Jim Tressel’s record against that school up north. No coach in the storied history of Ohio State football was so successful against Michigan before, and no coach will likely be that successful again.

As enjoyable as it is to reflect on those numbers, for good or bad, Tressel’s days on Ohio State’s sideline are over and a new chapter in the rivalry is about to begin.

The first game of this chapter will feature two new head coaches on the sidelines for the first time since 1929.

The coaches may be new, but Luke Fickell and Brady Hoke each have deep roots with their respective programs and an understanding of The Game that outsiders just can’t comprehend.

Under their leadership, the bad blood between the two teams is currently boiling, and I can’t recall looking forward to The Game with so much anticipation this early in the season in my lifetime.

After several seasons of lackluster excitement that came from expecting to crush Rich Rodriguez’s pathetic squads, what follows is an in-depth look at why we will witness a revival of the intensity that has defined the greatest rivalry in sports for over 100 years. Read More

2010 High School Playoffs: Week 3

Written November 16th, 2010 by Joe Laing

This week we take a look back at last week’s action, and a preview to the coming weeks games, with particular emphasis on future Buckeyes.

Week Two Recaps- winners highlighted

Division I

  • Glenville vs. Lakewood St. Eds

I was wrong on the game of the week, but I did get a chance to take a look at some future buckeyes on STO.  Once again Glenville loses a playoff game that they were favored in.  Kyle Kalis looked great for St. Eds.  big time early pickup for us in the 2012 class.  Future All-Big 10.  May want to think about even higher than like that maybe future all-American here.  Glenville prospects didn’t show that well.  Jones looked lost at time at QB, Wynn looked tough, but can he take a pounding in college?  Walker, has the size, will be a project here.  De’Van Bogard looks very good though, and I think could see a Signing day offer for the 2012 class.

  • Toledo Whitmer vs. Twinsburg

Kenny Hayes keeps Whitmer playing.

  • Huber Heights Wayne vs. Centerville

This was the game of the week.  A 2OT Thriller, which saw Braxton Miller running the game winner in on a QB Sneak.  He went 14-23 for 223 yds 2tds, and had 80 yds on the ground for 2 more tds.  Michael Bennett saw his high school career come to an end.  Read More

Recruiting Update: 9/21/10

Written September 21st, 2010 by Jim

Kyle Kalis (Photo via the Plain Dealer)

Joe also contributed to this post.

With the excitement of fall camp and the start of the season, recruiting has been on the back burner for weeks.

Since my last update, Ohio State received the commitment of local Columbus running back Warren Ball and Cleveland offensive lineman Kyle Kalis, the second and third commitments in the 2012 class.

With those two commitments and the recent addition of several new in-state offers (one of which was Kalis), the 2012 class is starting to gain some momentum.

As far as the 2011 class is concerned, outside of Doran Grant, Aundrey Walker, and Shane Wynn eventually becoming Buckeyes, everything else is up in the air.

The area of most confusion in 2011 is at linebacker. Ohio State clearly would like to take at least one linebacker in the class… the problem is figuring out who that will be.

Join me after the jump for a look at how the 2011 class might wind down and an early look at the extremely talented 2012 class. Read More

Two Commitments: One Football, One Basketball

Written September 20th, 2010 by Joe Laing

On Friday, Kyle Kalis became the 3rd verbal commitment in the 2012 football class.  He joins Columbus DeSales RB Warren Ball and Olentangy LB Josh Perry.

Kyle at the Shoe

Kalis is a 6’5” 300lb monster OT from Cleveland St. Ed’s, and could be the guy that protects Braxton Miller’s blind-side in a couple of years.  Next year he will be the top rated lineman in the state of Ohio, and he very well could be the best lineman this year regardless of class. Read More