Welp, here we are Buckaroos… the Basket Bucks and Football version both have two game losing streaks. Nevertheless, there’s great things happening in Columbus…. give this a listen as we dive right in.
Remember when Ohio State had an awesome National Letter Of Intent Day, and we all stopped caring about recruiting?
Well, the first part of that was amazing, but the second part couldn’t be further from the truth- Recruiting never stops, and today’s addition to the 2014 class is proof of that.
On Wednesday, Coach Meyer said that Offensive Line was one of the areas he hoped to strengthen in future classes, and also mentioned that he was hoping to see more Ohio natives in future classes. Kyle Trout’s commitment today meets both expectations.
The 6’6″ 280 pound tackle from Lancaster Ohio is a four star athlete on many recruiting sites, and is ranked among the top fifteen tackles in the country. He’s been on “commitment watch” for a couple of weeks now, but decided to pull the trigger during this weekend’s visit.
The junior also was receiving attention from Wisconsin, Stanford, Texas, and UCLA, but chose to become the second offensive lineman for this class, and the third member of the 2014 group overall. He’s in Columbus today with several other highly targeted recruits; there’s speculation that the class may expand over the next few days.
After the jump, you can take a look at some of the highlights from his career thus far: Read More
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.