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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