2011 High School All-Star Games Recap

Written January 13th, 2011 by Joe

As promised here is a combined recap of the 3 High school all-star games that we previewed.  Lots and lots to talk about.

Offense / Defense All-American Bowl

In the game that showcased a high number of Buckeye commits our guys really showed out.  Chase Farris was named the defensive MVP for his play on the defensive line.  Kenny Hayes was probably one of the top 3 most recognizable recruits in the game and was talked about all week by the experts. He showed why by performing well in the game. These two were not the only D-line commits to perform well in all-star games, as we will get to further down.

Chase Farris

Derjuan Gambrell scored from the defensive side of the ball as he was able to pick up a fumble and take it back 28 yds to the house.  Ron Tanner and Jeremy Cash also made appearances in this game, but I have not heard reports on their play.

On offense, Nick Vannett, who is a guy that many haven’t talked much about, was very impressive in the game. After seeing him this season and hearing how impressive he looked in the game, I for one am really excited about the skill set he brings to Columbus.  He follows in the footsteps of other Ohio State TE’s that will pride themselves on blocking and have the ability with their huge frame to make plays down the field.

Tommy Brown; not much news during the week or the game.  He will most likely be a red-shirt and fall into the two deep on the inside in a couple years.

The one guy from Ohio that really showed out was Cardale Jones.  He threw for 125 yds, 2 scores, and ran for another.  While he has been hot and cold all year, it really comes down to a test score;  If he can qualify, we will find room for him I think.  I don’t see Braxton red-shirting so there could be at least a year of seperation, and if Braxton turns out to be the star that many believe he will be, there is an opportunity that he leaves early and gives Jones 2 year.  If nothing else, Jones looks like he has the ability to move out to WR for certain plays, especially in the red-zone.

His teammate Shane Wynn also performed well.  He scored a TD and had a block that left many talking as he led the QB to the endzone.  He is tiny, but we might regret this one in a couple years in terms of a weapon we really could have used.  I’m not sure why we are taking a pass on this one, although there have been rumors of grades, but I hate to speculate.  Eilar Hardy and Jarrett Grace are two other guys that played in this game that we might regret passing on in a couple years as well.

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Offense / Defense Bowl Preview

Written December 30th, 2010 by Joe

Checking in with a preview of the Offense / Defense Bowl being played Dec. 31 @ 4. Will be held in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.  TV will only be Comcast in the South.

Practices have been delayed because of players not arriving on time, due to the weather on the east coast.  We could see a very sloppy game because of the lack of practice, even moreso than usual in these all-star games.

Hungry...

“All Eyes on OSU” is one of the storylines for this game.  With 7 committs playing in the game and 6 of them on East team:

  • Toledo Whitmer DE Kenny Hayes
  • Elyria DL Chase Farris
  • Toledo Westerville TE Nick Vannett
  • Columbus Eastmoor safety Ronald Tanner
  • Toledo DB Derjuan Gambrell,
  • Akron OL Tommmy Brown.

On the West will be Florida safety Jeremy Cash.  The game looks to have a heavy Buckeye flavor.

Cash the only Buckeye for the West

The game itself has a large Ohio flavor.  In addition to the 6 Buckeye commits from Ohio, Cleveland Glenville standouts Shane Wynn and Cardale Jones will suit up for the West team.  They were once talked about as being in the running or having offers from Ohio State, but that talk has really died in the past month or so.

Two of my favorite players from Ohio that were not offered by Ohio State are both Notre Dame commitments- Pickerington safety Eilar Hardy and Cincy Colerain LB Jarret Grace, also suiting up for the West side.

The others from Ohio are Westerville OL Ray Ball, who has committed to play at Wisconsin.  Strongsville TE Ray Hamilton Brad Carrico has committed to play at Notre Dame.  Carrico is the only Ohio player playing for the East team.  In total that makes 13 players from the state of Ohio.

Look for a fun and exciting game with a lot of local talent and stay tuned for a post game write up. In the meantime check out this link for updates on practices and any updates on our recruits from our friends at Buckeyeplanet.com.

2011 Recruit Preview…Ronald Tanner

Written September 28th, 2010 by Joe

tBBC continues our look at Ohio State’s 2011 commits, what they have done on the season, a preview of their upcoming game, and a brief synopsis of what to expect when they get to Columbus.

"All Business"

This week we will take a look at one of Central Ohio’s own, Ronald Tanner. A 6’2” 190 lb safety out of Eastmoor,  Ronald not only excels on the football field, but he also holds a 3.7 GPA.

Tanner was  very coveted in the recruiting circles.  When he finally committed he had 23 offers to choose from, including Michigan State, Michigan, Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Northwestern, Duke, Yale, and Stanford. Yes, you read those last four correctly- Ronald gets it done in the classroom.

When watching him on film it is easy to see why he was well liked by so  many schools.  He plays both QB and S for Eastmoor, but will play safety at Ohio State.  He shows great instincts in the run game to come up from the safety spot and defend the run.

He is a long rangy safety that is not afraid to stick his nose in there and mix it up.  He will need to improve on his coverage skills when he comes to Columbus, but he does have the abilities to go up and attack the ball when it is in the air. He has also shown play making ability once he has the ball in his hands, as is evidenced by making a lot of guys miss while playing QB or on his interception returns.  His frame will allow him to add weight, and he should play at about 210-215.

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The top safety in Ohio... yeah, we'll take him.

Capping off an eventful week of recruiting for the Buckeyes, Columbus Eastmoor safety Ronald Tanner has chosen Ohio State as his college destination.

Tanner’s commitment to the Buckeyes is not exactly a surprise, but it is still nice to make it official.

He chose Ohio State over the likes of Northwestern, Stanford, Yale, Vanderbilt and Duke, highlighting that Ronald excels in the classroom as well as on the football field.

Tanner also had offers from pretty much the entire Big Ten, as well as Arizona State, Boston College, West Virginia, and Pitt.

Tanner is ranked the #7 safety in the country by scout.com.

Between Tanner and Vannett, Ohio State has had twice as many top 20 (at their position) commits in the last three days than Michigan has had in their entire 2011 class. Keep up the great work Rodriguez, we love you!

Scouting Ohio brings the highlights and Tanner’s full offer list as usual.

Tanner’s commitment gives Ohio State 17 total for the class of 2011. With a class size projected to be around 22 or 23 players, this thing is wrapping up quickly. Read More

The next Buckeye in the 2011 class? Only if Vannett doesn't commit first.

Update: Josh Perry verbally committed to Ohio State today, becoming the first commit in the class of 2012. Welcome to Buckeye Nation Mr. Perry!

When you are on a recruiting roll like Ohio State is, it is never too early to look ahead.

But first a quick look at the 2011 class.

Rumors are swirling that TE Nick Vannett (within a few days) and S Ron Tanner (announces on Friday) are both extremely close to officially committing to the Buckeyes.

Also, it appears that Ohio OL/DL prospect Donavon Clark may have earned himself an offer at Ohio State’s Senior Advanced Camp this past weekend. If he did in fact receive an offer, he may be another likely candidate to commit sooner rather than later, even though he says he would like to take some official visits before making a decision.

Regardless of what happens with Clark, with Vannett and Tanner in the fold, that brings the 2011 class to 17 players… before fall practice even starts.

With the 2011 class coming together so nicely, and with many more outstanding prospects waiting to fill those last few spots (Doran Grant, Aundrey Walker), it seems like a good time to take a look at 2012.

The 2011 class is going to be outstanding (no matter who fills the last few spots). The 2012 class could be even better.

I know, I know, you are probably saying to yourself that 2012 is way too far away to be making bold predictions like that. You are also probably saying that I am hopelessly optimistic as well. But seriously, the amount of in-state talent in the 2012 class is tremendous, and there are quite a few verbal offers already on the table. Best of all, it appears that almost every single stand out Ohio prospect has Ohio State as their early and overwhelming favorite.

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Recruiting Update: Joel Hale is a Buckeye!

Written June 7th, 2010 by Jim

Wild card!

Alternative title for this update: Christmas in June or The Homestretch.

With the commitment of legacy WR Evan Spencer on Saturday, the class of 2011 has grown to 13 players. That means that the magic number for the rest of the class is 9 (or so I have read). What happens with the last 9 scholarships? that is what I am here to talk about.

Breaking News: Joel Hale has committed to the Buckeyes as I put the final touches on this post. I will leave the text the same, mostly so I look smart.

First I’d like to elaborate on some things from my last recruiting update.

Most importantly, I want to retract my position that Trey DePriest is an “absolute must get” for this class. I based that designation mostly on the fact that if Ohio State lost DePriest to Alabama, that would be two years in a row that the top LB in Ohio left the state for college.

Upon further examination, who cares?

Joel Hale is a Buckeye!

First, Ohio State is absolutely loaded at LB and will be for several years to come, making the position less than a priority for this class.

Second, the way this class is shaping up, Ohio State may have its choice of premier players. This means two things. One, players that wait until signing day may not have a scholarship waiting for them, even if their name is DePriest. Two, since LB is not an area of need at the moment, why not give that extra spot to a premiere player at a position that Ohio State is a little thinner at.

Third, I get a generally bad feeling about the recruitment. When a kid wavers this much early on, it does not lead to good things for Ohio State in most cases. I would love to see DePriest in scarlet and gray, but in situations like this it is better to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. DePriest is an absolute wild card in this recruiting class, but from what I can tell things just aren’t looking good for Ohio State here.

Fourth, the 2012 class features linebackers like Kaleb Ringer and James Ross.

The moral of the story is that DePriest is a wild card for this class, and not an ‘absolute must get’ like I said before.

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Recruiting Update: 4/27/10

Written April 27th, 2010 by Jim

Jim Tressel is working his magic on the 2011 recruiting class.

There wasn’t quite as much recruiting action over the weekend as I would have liked but Ohio State did pick up TE Jeff Heuerman.

While Heuerman’s commitment was unexpected, it is always nice when kids visit Ohio State and the coaching staff and instantly know that it is for them.

No other players have committed yet, but I think the possibility of a few more deciding within the next week or two is high.

The weekend also created a lot of positive buzz for some highly touted players that I had previously written off. I am still going to write most of them off, but it is good when people say nice things about Ohio State.

Anyways, here’s the breakdown.

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Recruiting Update: Spring Game Edition

Written April 20th, 2010 by Jim

With Jeremy Cash on board and a huge recruiting weekend ahead for Ohio State, now is a good time for a brief recruiting update.

QB

Commits: none
Likely Commits: Braxton Miller
Targets: Jerrard Randall, Cardale Jones (?)

The future?

There are still no commits at QB for this class but until further notice, it is Braxton Miller or nothing. Miller is one of the top prospects in the country and will be an outstanding ‘get’ for the Buckeyes.

The good news is that a lot of people (including myself) think it is a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ Miller will become a Buckeye. The extreme optimist in me hopes that he commits during the spring game and starts recruiting his peers who will be in attendance.

That may or may not happen, but Miller’s father has indicated that he would like to make his decision ‘early’, so hopefully we won’t be waiting too long to find out where he is going, even if he doesn’t commit at the spring game.

A lot of people are pushing for Cardale Jones of Glenville to get an offer, but we will have to wait and see on that one. Jones will be visiting Ohio State this weekend for the spring game, but it doesn’t appear that Ohio State is interested in more than one QB in this class, at least for right now.

Unless something happens late in the year that changes things, Jones might not even get an offer.

I like Jones a lot, but this is a case of trusting the coaches, we will see what happens.

RB

Commits: none
Likely Commits: none
Targets: Savon Huggins

There is still not a lot of action at RB in the ’11 class.

Apparently Ohio State is showing a lot of interest in NJ running back Savon Huggins who is obviously a special talent, but I would be extremely surprised if he or any other running back became a part of this class.

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