Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. I hope that everyone has enjoyed their 4th of July celebrations and are finding relaxing family time this weekend. Grab whatever beverage that you need and let’s proceed.
Obviously, a cancer patient goes through numerous and profound physical and emotional changes during treatment. Here is a list of several physical changes to expect.
Here is a great pic of the new James Hospital framed by a rainbow.
Finally, here is a brief video introducing the BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) Unit at the new James.
2016 offensive lineman Tyler Gerald visited Ohio State yesterday. He drove back to Columbus this morning and worked out at the Buckeyes 1-Day Position Camp.
Gerald has had an Ohio State scholarship offer and decided to take advantage of it and commit today. Again, keeping a fence around OHIO!!!
The 6-foot-5 (measured today without shoes) and 312-pound Gerald, who is being recruited as a guard, picked Ohio State over scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Toledo and Kent State.
This young man is a road grader as his video below will point out and excite. Gerald is a 4-star rated prospect by most recruiting services.
He is the country’s No. 121 prospect, the No. 7 guard, and the No. 8 prospect in Ohio according to 247.
Seems like only yesterday people were worried about the lack of commits in the 2015 class and now that’s under control.
So Ohio State is out banging the 2016 drum!!
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:
Well, the critics have spoken, and we’re excited to have Mike join us in the Tuesday Morning slot full time.
State of The Ohio State Football Recruiting and my reasons not to get your panties in an uproar:
I know when fans look at where we are with only two verbal commits for 2015, Jamel Dean and Eric Glover-Williams; they think it’s time to hit the “Panic Button”. Well, I look at it differently and what needs to be remembered are several items of note.
These are only verbal, non-binding promises. As seen with Ben Edwards’s verbal, things can change quickly with these young men. I know Edwards said he was committed 100 percent to Ohio State (don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do), but as with any young person making the biggest decision of their life up to this point, minds can change. I understand that our fan base (which I consider the best in College Football) is passionate about the Buckeyes and the recruits coming in every year. But, these things are beyond our control, so we should trust the staff and especially Urban Meyer, who has proven he is a STUD recruiter and probably top 3 in the nation. I just cannot imagine Urban having a sub-par recruiting year.
It’s so early in the game, and we still have approximately 10 months until signing day. It’s almost silly to complain or criticize when we have a proven coach that continues to reload every year. If for some reason you think we will not have a top 10 (more likely top 5) class, go ahead and wake yourself up from your bad dream. Meyer’s first three classes were ranked in the top 5 by almost every recruiting service. I have faith in Urban, not to mention Chris Ash and Larry Johnson. Johnson has been known as one of the best recruiters nationally for years and I see no reason for that to change now!
I would like to add one more item about us as fans. Is it really necessary to contact a player on social media and talk crap to them? I find it reasonable to think that most of the offenders would not dare say the things they do on social media to that player’s face. It is a disgrace in my opinion to verbally attack a young man for making a life decision. We all need to police ourselves in this area, you know, be accountable for our own actions as ADULTS!! Sorry for the rant, but I needed to get that off my chest. Thanks for understanding.
If I am not mistaken, Ohio State currently has 15 unofficial spots open for 2015. Most fans understand with attrition, injuries and transfers that that number should be approximately 18-21 when all said and done. Now, I am thinking more conservatively at 20 but that could change at any time. So I want to look at who might be most likely to commit in the near future to Ohio State. Read More
The Olympics isn’t the only thing generating sports news this week, at least as far as Ohio State fans are concerned. The Buckeyes received a commitment from Floridian Ben Edwards, per ESPN’s Jared Shanker. Edwards measures up at 5’11″, 192 (think Donte Whitner-esque) and will probably play safety. His 40-time (4.7) isn’t blazing, but for a safety, that’s fast enough. And, he hits like a truck… a 4.7 truck, so he’ll leave plenty of marks.
Edwards, from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, FL has been rated as a 3-star recruit by various services, but to be honest, it doesn’t matter what he’s “rated” at. If he’s a quality person that can play football well, and Urban & Staff have offered him, then that’s good enough for me. Other notable offers include from Auburn, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Stanford and UCLA, among others. This is an impressive list of universities; athletically and academically.
This is good news; I can’t wait until next year. Mr. Edwards, welcome to the Buckeye Family!
Well, here we are, a spanking new Monday morning and I’m sure that everyone is eager to kick off their work week. We’re coming off a busy week, so let’s get right to it.
Evidently last Wednesday was Signing Day, where high school players pledged their fealty to a mutually attractive college football program. In case you happened to miss the events, you can get caught up here, here, or here. You can rummage around those links for a refresher.
This is a highly regarded incoming class, and in fans’ euphoria the questions arose. “Is this the best recruiting class (insert time-frame ?”. A couple things here; first, we need to define ‘best’. Most signees? Highest average ‘star’ rating? By which recruiting service? What about on-field achievements while they played? No doubt, this is a highly regarded class, but we need to define our terms first. OK, I’m off the soapbox for now.
You readers will get to find out soon enough. Spring Practice begins on March 5th and the Spring Game is scheduled for April 13th. Tickets to the Spring Game go on sale March 1st. Due to stadium renovations, the Spring Game will be held at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
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