Proving that we promote from within, frequent commenter Corey has been given the keys to the rust bucket and will be posting good stuff here at 11W. His sports knowledge is immense, but he literally just found out about the internets two months ago, so bear with him if he replies to one of your comments via postal mail. Corey will enable us to expand our scope and coverage and his first post takes a look at the performance of incoming recruits.
With the Buckeyes notching their 21st straight regular season victory yesterday, it's obvious that the Vest knows how to recruit and build an elite program. Tressel has done a great job of getting the top players from not only Ohio, but also Buckeye Nation. So far the Bucks have 11 verbal commitments for the class of 2008, with 7 of those Ohio kids. Outside of the Washington game, the Buckeye offensive line has looked a little shaky, so it's reassuring that three of the recruits are rated within the top 15 OL prospects in the country. Overall, the WWL has 6 of the recruits in the top 150.
J.B. Shugarts (Klein, Texas), Michael Brewster (Orlando Edgewater, Flordia) and Mike Adams (Dublin Coffman, Ohio), or "Block O" as fans have dubbed them, are the three stud line recruits. Adams is teaming up with fellow recruit Jake Stoneburner to lead Dublin Coffman to a 4-0 record and a #1 ranking in the Columbus area. Adams has dimensions similar to the last great Buckeye tackle, Orlando Pace and is helping protect Zack Stroudt in the pass happy offense. Stoneburner went off two weeks ago, hauling in 10 catches for 218 yards and 2 touchdowns and going into week 4, he was the 2nd leading receiver in Central Ohio.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Buckeye recruiting machine.