Weekend Wonderings

Written July 6th, 2014 by Ken

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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.

The James/Wexner:

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.

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Tyler Gerald is a Buckeye!!!

Written June 19th, 2014 by MDotySr

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!!!

Tyler Gerald 2016 OL Commits to Ohio State.

Tyler Gerald 2016 OL Commits to Ohio State.

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!!

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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One Fan’s Opinion: The State Of OSU Recruiting

Written May 6th, 2014 by MDotySr

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:

Not so fast…

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

Ben Edwards Joins The Class of ’15

Written February 11th, 2014 by Ken

ben edwardsThe 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!

Monday Musings

Written February 11th, 2013 by Ken

One Of Those Days

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.

Football

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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