Mike checks back in with part two of his post-spring look at the Ohio State football team, getting defensive this time:
When asked to write about the Silver Bullets, I cannot express to you the level of excitement and overall outlook for our beloved Buckeyes that got me pumped for the passing of summer. This will be an improved and potentially dominating defense that will make us proud as fans.
As far as I am concerned it started with the addition of Chris Ash (DC) and Larry Johnson (DL). These coaches are difference makers at practice, game time and recruiting. The impact is already present as witnessed by over 61,000 Buckeye Fans at the Spring Game.
The scheme employed by Ash will be simple, yet aggressive in the back end of the defense. He will allow the players to use their instincts and athletic ability to make plays on a consistent basis. This will mean more press coverage and much less of the “Bend Don’t Break” mentality we have witnessed in the past.
With that being said I would like to highlight a few players that stand out to me in the secondary heading into fall:
I am very confident in our young players and Coach Ash’s ability to scheme and motivate. Once healthy, this unit is going to wreak havoc on opposing offenses in the passing game as well as run support. We will be a young secondary from day one but very solid and a group that will improve vastly as the season progresses.
The Linebacker group is the most concerning to me as a whole. Read More
As you’re reading this, I’m prepping for the drive from Los Angeles to the Bay Area with the Mrs. for Saturday’s game. Given that we got engaged on the Marin Headlands, this song by one of her favorite performers is the obvious choice for this week’s soundtrack. Gonna’ warn you, though… this week’s reflection is… uh… verbose.
Based on recent interviews with Tyquan, this decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Lewis’ journey towards this commitment started on June 10 when he attended camp in Columbus and earned an offer from Ohio State.
Soon after this visit, and after discussing things over with his mother, he knew where he wanted to go but wasn’t ready to officially announce his decision.
All of these events and positive vibes built momentum towards his commitment today.
Tyquan will likely fill the ‘Viper’ role along Ohio State’s defensive front as a hybrid pass rushing defensive end -slash- linebacker.
Lewis is rated as a 4-star and the 14th best weakside defensive end by rivals, a 3-star and the 34th best defensive end by scout, a 4-star and the 10th best weakside defensive end by 247 sports, and who cares what ESPN has to say because they provide terrible recruiting coverage. Read More
Four-star NC DE Tyquan Lewis will decide between Ohio State, North Carolina and LSU- possibly in the near future.
Here is a brand new interview with Tyquan from 247 Sports.
Tyquan has plenty to say about Ohio State, including:
You can watch the video and decide for yourself, but it certainly seems like the Buckeyes are in great shape.
If Lewis were to choose Ohio State, he would likely fill the hybrid DE/LB LEO (now possibly called Viper) role along the defensive front.
As all is quiet on the (mid)western front, here’s Wednesday’s bucket o’ links and commentary.
Nope, this weekend starts the summer football camp season in Columbus, which is a B1G deal for the 2013/14 classes as well as for Coach Meyer’s continued
scorched earth policy building relationships with coaches and programs across the state. This weekend’s a one day camp, and the process builds to July’s Friday Night Lights event. For many HS students, this might be the make or break opportunity that they’ve been looking- a number of OSU targets have been encouraged to camp in order to either earn an offer or to be evaluated and have their offer “bumped up” to “Commit-able”. Many thought that QBs Malik Zaire and Mitch Trubisky were in this category, as Urban wanted to see them camp prior to having them join the 2013 class… obviously they wanted to be somewhere else or wanted someone who didn’t require them to “audition”.
Names to keep an ear out for this weekend include national #3 safety Vonn Bell, who will be making his second unofficial in less than a month- that’s got to be a good sign, methinks. Also, Lakota’s Kyle Meadows will be participating, as will Wayne’s Lovell Peterson, both will be looking to earn offers. Finally, North Carolina DE/LB Tyquan Lewis will also be present- another interesting recruit from the Tar Heel State.