Since the last installment of Buckeye Seedlings, Tressel and his coaching staff have landed another top rated player, bringing the total to 14 for next year's reload. Etienne Sabino is a 6'3" 223 lb inside linebacker from Miami Fl., who is rated by most as the top at his position. He will join his high school teammate, Travis Howard in snubbing all three Florida schools and playing for the Buckeyes. Ohio State could have a class upwards of 18, with the last commitments coming on and around February 2nd, national signing day.
Local Columbus products Jake Stoneburner and Mike Adams of Dublin Coffman continued their undefeated season with a 42-35 win over Hilliard Darby in state playoff action, setting up a semi-final with nationally ranked Cincinnati St. Xavier. Stoneburner used his size and speed to haul in 4 catches for 110 yards, including 2 touchdowns. Coming into the game, Jake had 67 catches for 1,159 yards and 13 touchdowns. His 6'6" 223 lb. frame is coupled with 4.46 speed and as long as he can keep his weight in this range, he should be able to continue playing WR at Ohio State.
Tressel was not the only Buckeye coach making recruiting waves recently. Thad Matta continued his recruiting success since arriving in Cbus and landed another top 5 class for 2008. The class is lead by 7 foot center, B.J. Mullens of Canal Winchester, who is ranked as the top center nationally. Mullens has impressed Matta from first sight and had a scholarship offer on the table before he even started high school.
William Buford is another 5 star recruit in this class. The 6'5" shooting guard out of Toledo is ranked amongst the top 5 shooting guards in the nation. Walter Ouffitt, 6'3" 180, is the defensive stopper of the group. Ouffitt becomes the third player Matta has been able to pluck out of Indiana and while he may not be the scorer Buford is, he has a defensive mentality and could defend multiple positions on the floor.
Rounding out the class is Anthony "Noopy" Crater, a 6'1" point guard, who is set to replace Jamar Butler. Crater is a top ten point guard who played on the King James AAU squad over the summer and may look to fit the mold of Mike Conley Jr. as a pass first guard.