Dreaming Of The Next Five

Written July 11th, 2014 by MDotySr
My Dream Sheet!!!

My Dream Sheet!!!

With all the social media and recruiting websites  out there, I must admit that I have issues with recruiting rankings.

I mean the kids love it, but to me it just does not matter as much as The Ohio State coaches evaluation of said recruits.

I believe in most cases, coaches recruit to fill specific needs in regards to the depth chart.

With that being said, you will always have a handful of players you give scholarships regardless. Once you get to a certain point in your class though — just like the NFL draft – you take the best available players and let them earn a spot on the depth chart.

Now I want to stress that in the same breath, the staff needs to get the best players in Ohio every year. This keeps the border protected around the Buckeye State and somewhat makes it a huge pipeline.

Who I would love to see be the next five commitments to The Ohio State in the class of 2015?

Here is my list, or as we called it in the Air Force, my “Dream Sheet”.

1. Josh Sweat, DE, Oscar Smith HS,  Chesapeake, VA. — Sweat has drawn comparisons to Jadeveon Clowning due to his freakish athletic ability and sudden burst.  Last year, the 6’4’’, 240-pound All-American put himself at the center of the national recruiting radar, when he totaled a whopping 22 sacks and 94 tackles, including 31 tackles for loss. Although it’s going to be a dogfight to land this recruit, he did enjoy his visit to Ohio State.

Only question left is, does Ohio State get an Official Visit? It also helps that Hilliard and Cornell are recruiting dynamos.

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WRR: Jerome Baker and Van Jefferson

Written July 8th, 2014 by MDotySr

A look at Jerome Baker and Van Jefferson.

Ohio State realizes just how important recruiting and developing depth. And after years of linebacker issues tormenting Ohio State because of injuries, attrition, lack of development and a couple recruiting misses; the Buckeyes seem to be working hard at repairing the problem. Maybe over-repairing? I do not believe there is such a thing.

The great thing with the linebacker position is they can usually be moved to another position if better suited. They don’t have to stay at linebacker to contribute. If they have the frame to add size, they can move to a pass-rushing defensive end spot. If they are a “tweener” and fast enough, they can slide to safety.

If they’re versatile enough, they can move over to tight end (Sam Hubbard). And no matter what, they are almost always an asset on special teams, regardless of their position. In the 2015 class, the Buckeyes have already earned verbal commitments from Hilliard and from Dublin’s Nick Conner.

Benedictine’s Jerome Baker moved up his decision to this Friday, July 11th.

Could he be next?

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Ohio State Recruiting: Mid-May Evaluation

Written May 20th, 2014 by MDotySr

As I am typing this, we are currently sitting at two commits in Eric Glover-Williams and Jamal Dean for the 2015 class. I have been saying there is not a need to panic and I am still saying it. We are in on so many national recruits that I refuse to look at it in any other way. Now if we are at two recruits in October or November, I’m sure my outlook would change.

Mr. Jefferson

I thought I would touch on a few recruits that I think end up in this class:

  1. Darius Fullwood – A Defensive End out of Olney, MD where he plays at Good Counsel HS.  At 6’3 and 230lbs, he has the frame to grow and the motor that Coach Johnson loves. It also helps that this has been a recruiting hot bed for Johnson in the past.
  2. Sh’mar Kilby-Lane- The very gifted Linebacker out of Hallandale, FL is very high on The Buckeyes and the feeling is mutual. I could see this being over by the end of summer if nothing changes (which is always a possibility).
  3. Van Jefferson – This seems to be the big Wide Receiver that is coveted by Urban Meyer. At 6’3 and 190lbs he has the height and the pedigree of an NFL father (Shawn Jefferson) who played 12 years at the same position as his son. I’m surprised this is still going on to be honest as I have always felt he was an Ohio State lean.
  4. Jerome Baker – This is a Cleveland, Oh recruit and arguably the #1 recruit in Ohio this year. There has been some debate as to whether he plays Running Back or Linebacker and at 6’1 205lbs he is a physical specimen that will be lining up for the Buckeyes when it’s all said and done. It may take a little while but in the end, I see him as ALL BUCKEYE!
  5. Austin Clark – The young OL stands 6’5 and 295lbs. This prediction is going against most insiders that feel he will announce to Tennessee on June 12th. I think this is a real possibility even if others disagree.  Come on Big Man, come on over to the Good Guys!!
  6. Elijah Taylor – The outstanding DT out of Cincinnati Moeller was long thought a sure ND commit. But as I tweeted two weeks ago Coach Larry Johnson has made up ground and I will go out on a limb and say he will be a Buckeye also. This young man is a High Motor kid that Coach Johnson loves, not to mention that Taylor and HIS parents have been really impressed with Coach Johnson.

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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

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