Silver Bullet Defense!

Silver Bullets Again?

I wanted to talk about some of the talent we have on defense and how the Buckeyes’ new defensive staff will bring the most out of this talented young roster. This will be a two part article as I look at the linebackers and defensive backs.

Before I get into the staff’s new package and way of thinking defensively, I want to say something about our old “bend but don’t break” defensive package. While it was effective for many years, I think it’s just a little too passive with the development of College Football and all the spread offenses the past 5-10 years. With that being said, there is still a place for it, but that would be more for situational uses.

The one issue the Buckeyes could run into is not ensuring the defense has a true understanding of the scheme while keeping it as fresh in their minds as possible, which could turn into a nightmare. This is a good defense to play when the Buckeyes have a sizable lead that does not warrant the old “Pre-Vent defense” (which I absolutely loath).

Ohio State 4-3 Tight

Under the former defensive staff, our defense (attempted) to limit offenses with gadget plays or a breakdown in the scheme as their only options to move the ball. It was also easy to man up on receivers when you were giving such a cushion to the WR’s. The Buckeyes would just seek a big safety to play as the fifth defensive back, while removing a LB from the field.

That brings me to Coach Ash and his “Walkout Linebacker” role, which will be asked to do an awful lot. Finding this type of player to successfully play this position is going to take some serious evaluating and recruiting. This player must be linebacker sized and will be expected to step out and cover the slot receiver at times.

Needless to say, most linebackers do not excel in coverage, so again this will need to be a special player with speed. I mean if linebackers were that good in coverage, you would see the death of the nickel and dime packages as teams would never get out of their base defense. This position needs a new, much more “Badass” name….I think that would work right there as they will need to be one to be successful.

This could turn into a very big positive for the Buckeyes on the recruiting trail as well. How great of a selling point: if you become a Buckeye, you will be able to compete for the “Badass” position and stay on the field all three downs. If you think about NFL teams and what they are looking for, a “three-down linebacker” is one (see Seattle Seahawks).  That is really what it will take to be a high first round draft pick as a linebacker going forward; He must be able to cover as he will be expected to stay on the field for all three downs. Read More

WRR: A Little This and That

Written June 17th, 2014 by MDotySr

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Recruiting for the 2015 class is becoming another sequel in “The Fast and The Furious” chain. In my honest opinion, I could see Ohio State at 10-12 commits by the end of July and still be in on the other announcements later down the road.

Here is how I see it playing out:

  • The TE that everyone wants and who wants to commit everywhere, Chris Clark, will visit today as being reported. He says he will choose between Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and North Carolina (where he committed earlier this year). He is going to visit each of the schools one more time before announcing at The Opening on July 8th. Let’s hope Urban can close the deal here, but it’s anyone’s guess with this kid.
  • The Buckeyes received a verbal commitment from Tyler Green, who earned his offer at camp.  He is an impressive physical young man at 6’3″ and 195lbs.  I have heard comparisons of Green to Malik Hooker from last year’s class.  Green’s upside is huge, and getting a long ranging Safety who tackles and can cover is paramount. He’ shown that ability at this past camp. I always love the recruits that commit to Ohio State because they want to be Buckeyes! The other thing not to be overlooked here is that he attends DeMatha Catholic High in Maryland.  DeMatha Catholic is consistently producing top recruits.  Getting our foot in the door, with Larry Johnson recruiting that state, is a great thing.
  • Now on to the Big Guys in the trenches. By the end of his manic Monday, Grant Schmidt realized he wanted to be a Buckeye and committed to play for Coach Meyer. At 6’6, 275lbs, this is by no means a stretch by the staff here.  Schmidt came to camp and showed Meyer’s personnel enough that they took his early commitment on Monday. Schmidt will be the first player from South Dakota to play for Ohio State.

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tBBC/BBN Roundtable: Signing Day Thoughts

Written February 7th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

The Buckeyes had a pretty big day this past Wednesday on National Signing Day and we wanted to get everyone’s thoughts about the class. Jeremiah joins us from MOTSAG this week with his two-cents, as well as the gang from 95.5 The GAME, Matt Finkes, Arch Madness, and Adam Sabie.

Which recruit the Buckeyes got signed was the biggest surprise to you and why? 

Concensus great get on NSD

Concensus great get on NSD

  • Jeremiah MOTSAG – For me it is Malik Hooker- no one knew who he was or had even predicted him to OSU when he committed. He was an under the radar player that Coach Meyer swooped in and stole.
  • Archie - Slade because it’s so crazy the fact that he never had an official visit. That’s unheard of.
  • Matt Finkes - Slade because he signed at last minute
  • Adam Sabie - I would have to say that Slade is the biggest surprise.  I mean, the guy didn’t even visit Columbus and spurned MSU! Love that!
  • Ken – Probably Darius Slade. He’d seemed to have had trouble figuring where he wanted to land, but I think that McDowell’s signing(?) with MSU channeled him to OSU. It was a mild surprise to me, but once McDowell went North, it all made sense.
  • Patrick – Darius Slade. Much like last year, and Vonn Bell, there wasn’t much talk of Slade coming here. Good get.  
  • Scott – Darius Slade. Seemed to waffle quite a bit.  
  • Mali- Slade is the obvious choice here (and I’m certain to call him “Jim” at some point), but I’ll go with Jamarco Jones. Sure he was committed to the Buckeyes for a long while, but historically we don’t have good things happen when recruits take last minute visits to other schools.
  • WVaBuckeye -  This should be a tie between Slade/Jones but for me its an easy choice to go with Jamarco Jones. A solid commit for a good while I really am not sure what kept him in Columbus. All real talk had him going to East Lansing, and as you heard what Coach Meyer said, JJ was a must have for this class.

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Malik Hooker Is A Buckeye!!

Written July 29th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye

And the latest member of the Ohio State University 2014 Recruiting Class is… a four star safety from New Castle Pennsylvania!

A bit of a surprise, as Malik wasn’t a part of the Friday Night Lights contingency this past weekend, but his choosing to be a part of the OSU class will certainly bolster the team at a couple of positions.

Hooker plays both safety and receiver for New Castle, and keeps a “pipeline” of sorts between the WPIAL and Ohio State. He held offers from Michigan State, Pitt, Penn State, Arizona, West Virginia, and Michigan, according to 247 Sports.

Malik is a 6’2″ 185 pound “athlete”, but will more than likely see time at Safety for the Scarlet and Gray. Luke Fickell was his primary recruiter, and will want to keep him on the defensive side of the ball- although Coach Meyer loves players who can be a part of multiple positions. He’s also a basketball standout, but will focus on football while in Columbus.

After the jump, you can check out his highlights from both his junior season and his work during the recent National Select 7 on 7 competition, which had one Scout reporting that-

Hooker dazzled on both sides of the ball all day long, and didn’t disappoint throughout the seven games he played. He was the top wideout among the 32 teams in attendance with speed, decisive route-running and top-notch hands. He capped his day with a one-handed touchdown grab over a pair of defenders in the end zone.

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