“Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.” -Woody Hayes
“There’s no time like the present”. -Proverb
The above are likely more than bumper stickers for the latest member of Ohio State’s recruiting class, Tyler Green, who worked to earn the one offer he wanted and then immediately acted upon it.
The 6’3″, 195 pound safety from DeMatha High School in Maryland held offers from Virginia, Maryland, and NC State, but was receiving interest from Penn State, Florida, Tennessee, Florida State, and others.
And yet, it was only one program whose offer he was interested in, and when it was extended today as a part of Ohio State’s on-campus football camp, he wasted no time in accepting.
Unlike many top flight athletes who make commitments and continue to look around (similar to programs making offers that aren’t “commitable”), Green announces that he is locked and loaded into the “Elite ’15″ recruiting class for the Buckeyes. He makes the fourth member of that class at this point.
While projected as a Safety, Green’s listed as an Athlete by several recruiting sites due to his work as a receiver/tight end in high school. Most also assess him as being four star caliber- he’ll be showing his skills later this summer in Nike’s “The Opening” competition as well, and you can get a hint of what they’ll see in the highlight reel after the jump: Read More
Ohio State’s defense has been one of the most consistently excellent units in college football over the last decade.
Sadly, the 2011 season was a major bump in the road for the defense and the team. Needless to say, the Silver Bullets will be looking to get back on track in Urban Meyer’s first year as head coach.
There are some new faces on the defensive coaching staff to help out in that regard, but some familiar ones as well.
Luke Fickell is the primary holdover from the previous staff. He was the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach under Tressel. He will basically be assuming the same roll under Meyer- with perhaps a bit more emphasis on being the primary coordinator.
The best case scenario will be if Fickell can continue to implement the defensive system that has worked so well over the past decade and combine that with some fresh ideas from the new staff to take the defense to an even higher level of excellence.
The talent is in place to do that this season, but depth is a major concern everywhere outside of the trenches. Additionally, the transition to new position coaches could create some unexpected problems in the first year.
Here is a look at some of the things to watch for at each position as the spring game approaches and the depth chart is sorted out.