Thursday Skull Skession

By Alex on November 11, 2010 at 5:00a
I want to suck your blood

Recruiting Time Yesterday was the early signing perioid for basketball and Thad Matta's staff received letters of intent from three of the four verbals in the class of 2011. PG Shannon Scott, SF Sam Thompson, and F/C Trey McDonald are all signed, sealed, and delivered, while the fourth member, LaQuinton Ross will take his official visit this weekend and hopefully sign thereafter. There is a chance Ross can decide to play at Mississippi State with his two best friends and AAU teammates, but I think he just wants to see the campus before signing on the dotted line, considering he verbaled without having ever visited Columbus. The fifth player on the radar is C Amir Williams from Detorit, who will also visit this weekend. Williams is a top 15-20 player in this class and can vault an already highly ranked recruiting class into the top 10. Check out what Thad had to say about his newest weapons here.

On the gridiron, there has been a lot of speculation about the nation's top player in DE Jadeveon Clowney and his interest in Ohio State. Clowney's coach confirmed recent reports in regards to the star from South Carolina having interest in the Buckeyes and told$) that Jadeveon plans to visit Columbus in early January. They always say "look for the visit" when regarding rumors around recruiting, so if Clowney really does visit, the Bucks will have a real chance against his other four finalists of South Carolina, Alabama, LSU, and Florida State. If you want to see why Clowney is so highly sought after, here is a video of his beast modeness:

Not a Villian Anymore Just when Evan Turner's NBA career was being criticized after a tough pre-season and summer league, The Villian goes ahead and notches a double-double in his first ever start. Turner is nowhere near ready to be a dominant NBA player by any means, but it's encouraging when his head coach Doug Collins gushes about him the way he does in this article. While I don't think Turner will ever be the next Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, or even Kevin Durant for that matter, I do think he will have a very good NBA career and be the type of player that is an integral part of a championship basketball team because he loves the game and has a passion to get better. Call me crazy but I take a guy like that over a stat stuffer like John Wall any day of the week.

Bye, Bye, Bye A lot has been made over Jim Tressel's 2-4 record at Ohio State coming off a bye week recently. Dave Biddle has a breakdown of why The Senator's record following the idle week is so poor, basically stating that the timing has been poor for young teams during his tenure in Columbus. I personally feel this record is just a coincidence and a veteran team like this who has been banged up can only benefit from not playing last week. It is said that Ross Homan is back at 100%, as is Jake Stoneburner and Terrelle Pryor, in addition to Dorian Bell returning to help out special teams and provide depth at linebacker. I think with a lot of the 3-deep schemes Penn State plays it will be essential for the Bucks to use Stoney in the seams and Pryor's running ability to pick up easy yards. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bucks will definitely need Homan to help stop the revitalized running game and the sudden passing game Penn State has developed the last couple of weeks.

It's Penn State Week! There's not many things better than beating TSOE (that school out east) and the week to do it is finally here. If you didn't hate them already, Matt McGloin, who will start for PSU this week, gives you plenty of reasons to hate now. The walk-on quarterback who is only starting because freshman Rob Bolden is still woozy from a concussion (or because he's not good), has decided to take it upon himself to give the Ohio State defense some bulletin board material. Adam Rittenberg has an early look at the game, discussing the lofty 17-point spread, Cam Heywar'd performance last year, and more. BSD gives a bizarre insight into the relationship between Terrelle Pryor and PSU defensive coordinator Tom Bradley (which apparently includes text messaging) and also covers Joe Pa's presser from earlier this week. I hate to harp on past losses and things we can't control, but one quote from the presser stood out to me:

"After the Wisconsin thing, it's hard to believe, when you look at it, that Ohio State lost to them"

Maybe Terrelle wasn't too far off about that 9 out of 10 thing he was talking about............

Around The Big Ten Here is your weekly personnel update around the conference, which includes some healthy Buckeyes. Here is an update on where Big Ten candidates stand on the national awards list. It's really hard to believe people haven't figured out yet that Chimdi Chekwa really isn't that good. Finally, here is a list of the conference awards as they stand today. I feel with a good November stretch against PSU, Iowa, and Michigan, Pryor can finally take home that POY award.

One To Keep An Eye On I know we talked enough about recruiting today, but I wanted to share with everyone the story of a 7-footer at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. This kid is certainly one to keep an eye on, as he is already creating news all around the world. The kicker here: Satnam Singh Bhamara is only 14 years old and came from India to further learn the game of basketball and escape the fate of a life that would only lead to farming, and thus a waste of his 84 inches of body. They say he can be to India what Yao Ming was to China in terms of the sport basketball, and awful lot to put on this kid's shoulders. Definitely interested to see where this man-child ends up in four years. I hear the Bucks will need a center once Trey McDonald graduates.


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KenK's picture

Pretty funny comment fron "McGroin", blamig the fact that he didn't get an offer was because of Terrelle. He fits in well with the PSU fan base; a whiney-ass f&ck.

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

Poe McKnoe's picture

I expect McGloin to do next to nothing against Ohio State.  He may want to watch some game tape on the last 4 or 5 OSU-PSU meetings.  Jus' sayin.

Kid has a lot of unwarranted confidence.  He carved up Michigan and Nerdwestern, yippee.  And he didn't get offers because schools we're waiting to see what Terrelle Pryor would do...You know, schools like Toledo and Akron were really banking on TP and couldn't offer McGloin.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I agree, McGloin couldn't be a better fit for Penn State's football culture (with its seeming Napoleon complex) than if he were delivered out of central casting. That complex extends to Penn State fans (and now McGloin) being obsessed and irrational in their hatred of all things Ohio State.

McGloin said that he and his OL were not angry at Herbstreit's "disrespectful" comments, that it gave them some extra "juice" against Michigan and NW, in a controlled way. Yet, they were not playing against the object of their disgust, and it's easier for them to channel their angst while playing in the Beaver Stadium caccoon. Let's see how McGloin's Napoleon complex reacts when he gets a few bad calls, the crowd makes fun of him, and TP is doing things on the field that McGloin is physically incapable of doing. Will he stay within himself, then?

I wouldn't be surprised if we see a mini-meltdown from McGloin this week.    

Hey, McGloin: Herbstreit is a cfb analyst who is asked to make predictions. There's no way he can do that without assessing what he perceives to be teams' strengths and weaknesses. His analysis might prove wrong, but it's silly to call it "disrespectful." What's he supposed to do? Offer only milquetoast analysis so that no one is ever offended? 

Buckeye Black's picture

I am looking forward to Cam Heyward turning this dude into gravy.  He better hope Royster can block his backside because those blind-side blitzes will be coming.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

That "14 yr" old kid looks older than Greg Oden. 

ATL Buckeye's picture

Off football topic...we really need LaQuinton Ross & Amir Williams to sign, almost desperately. I don't expect sullinger to be here next year and I believe Dallas is a senior. We NEED size. We guards galour. Thad Matta is due for some recognition, and hopefully it comes this year. A great recruiter and coach.

I hope everyone is right about PSU. Would be nice for us to come out energized and ready to play. McGloin does concern me a little. Illinois still has a decent defense.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I thought everyone is reporting that Ross has signed?  Am I missing something?

Chris Lauderback's picture

I haven't seen reports that he signed, only that he supposedly hasn't changed his commitment to this point. He visits OSU this weekend (for the 1st time, I believe) and will officially sign once that is complete - with either Miss St or Ohio State. Apparently, he could be having second thoughts because his two best buddies in the whole wide world are attending Miss State.

Alex's picture

Yup, spot on Chris. I am worried about Ross, but at the same time, he has never seen the campus. I'm sure after he visits this weekend for the bball and football games and hangs out with the players and staff, he will not be able to say no.

Williams seems to be down to UF-OSU according to reports. I think we sign, seal, and deliver him after this weekend as well. 

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Okay, so that I'm following correctly Matta has inked:

Thompson, Scott and McDonald

He is waiting on Ross and/or Williams.

Do I have it correct?

NW Buckeye's picture

Sullinger, and more importantly his Dad, have already said that he is here for 4. I realize that NBA bucks talk, but OSU has a better than average chance of Sully being here for 2 or more years.

themostbrian's picture

No offense, buddy, but if you believe that you're really, really gullible.

For the record, Oden said the exact same thing when he was here. 4 years and a degree.

RBuck's picture

 From ATL BUCKEYE:  "Illinois still has a decent defense."

Guess you didn't see what scUM did to their D.

Long live the southend.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

That is a GROWN ASS man tackling children in that video...

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Powers's picture

yeah i will have an immediate man crush if he surprises everyone and signs with the Bucks

Colin's picture

Maybe I'm on an island here, but Clowney looks like a Pryor if he played defense. What position would he play? He's looks just really athletic he doesn't have the build of a lineman or even defensive end in my opinion...or maybe I'm just used to the short guys like Nate Williams.

NW Buckeye's picture

He is a 'tweener - the kind of player who would benefit from the Fickel hybrid defense where a D End is a cross between a traditional DE and an LB.  OSU's ends are quite involved in coverage, blitzes, line stunts, etc.  What other team has both DE's recording INTs in the same season, let alone the same game?  He is a long shot for the Bucks, but would be quite welcome if he opts for the scarlet and gray (incidently the exact colors he wears in HS). 

Had a chance to watch him in a complete game on ESPN (just happen to notice the scarlet and gray uniforms while channel surfing).  He is impressive in a complete game, but did not stand out like his high-light clips. 

Go Bucks!

OHIOST1087's picture

That Clowney kid is really quick, I'm just hoping those offensive lines he was dominating weren't some junior varsity talent kids just making him look super good. Can't wait for him to get to C-Bus.

Denny's picture

Just be very afraid in like 30 years, when McGimli, son of McGloin, is playing at Penn State.


Brady's picture

Is it just me or does that Picture of Paterno look like the Penguin from Batman?


Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Now that you mention it he could pass for Oswald Cobblepot.

Brady's picture

It's almost uncanny... and a little creepy