11W Recruiting Notebook: Kyle Dodson, Camren Williams and More...

By Alex on December 15, 2011 at 1:00p

Wow, what another week it has been in recruiting. Just when you thought you couldn't top last week's 11W recruiting updates, Urban just keeps going and gives us more and more to talk about.

Jeremy did a great job earlier this week bringing everyone up to speed on where things stand now with The Buckeye Board, but it's time for some more tidbits on what is going on in the recruiting world. It's extremely hard to keep up with the pace Meyer has set on the recruiting trail, and if his on field product plays as fast as his off-field recruiting prowess, people are going to stop talking about SEC speed and start talking about Ohio State speed.

In this week's recruiting notebook, we bring you the latest on this weekend's visitors, what impact Bri'onte Dunn's commitment may have on another recruit, the buzz on Ricquan Southward looking around, and more. Join us after the jump to hear the latest buzz in the Ohio State recruiting world.

Weekend Visitors

Last week brought a long list of visitors that yielded great results for the Buckeyes in the form of commitments from Se'Von Pittman and Tommy Schutt, as well as re-affirmation of a commitment from Bri'onte Dunn. Jordan Diamond had a blast and Kyle Dodson could be on the verge of flipping his commitment from Wisconsin to Ohio State any day now. You can read more about the buzz from last weekend here

Williams has a decision to makeWilliams had a great visit to Ohio State this week

The momentum continued early this week, as Camren Williams, a current Penn State commitment, decided to explore all of his options. Of course, when Urban came calling, Williams listened and decided to take a spur of the moment official visit to Columbus with his father, former NFL veteran Brent Williams. We spoke to Camren following his visit and it appears it will be a two-horse race between OSU and Penn State.

The four-star prospect from Massachusetts really enjoyed his time on campus, but wants to give Penn State a chance to hire a new staff and pitch him on what they have to offer before making a decision. Williams will visit Ohio State again, this time with his mother, sometime in January after he goes to Happy Valley, and will also allow Meyer to make an in-home visit. As stated yesterday, I think there is a long way to go on this one, but if I had to call it today, I think Williams joins the Buckeyes' recruiting class.

As we approach the rest of the weekend, two more members of the class of 2012 are expected to be coming to town. Those prospects are Harrisburg (PA) Bishop McDevitt DE Noah Spence and Trotwood Madison DB Bam Bradley.

The word on Spence is that he was once thought to be a Penn State lock, but with all that has gone down, started to look elsewhere. He still maintains a good relationship with PSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson, but it is unknown if Johnson will be retained by the new head coach. Spence was visited by Notre Dame and LSU this week, both of whom tried to get him to set up visits, but were unsuccessful and it appears the only official he will take will be to Columbus.

That information, coupled by what I heard Tuesday regarding Spence, leads me to believe this is Ohio State's to lose. Spence plays in the state title game on Friday and OSU coaches will be in attendance. He then heads to Columbus for the weekend, where I expect him to give a silent verbal to Urban Meyer, which will be announced publicly in early January at the Under Armour All-America Bowl. If this comes to fruition, it would be a huge get for the Buckeyes, giving them the top defensive line haul in the country for this class.

As for Bradley, it appeared there were initially poor feelings towards Ohio State under Jim Tressel, because the Buckeyes were slow playing issuing him a scholarship offer. As soon as Luke Fickell took over, OSU extended that offer, but things looked to be an uphill battle with programs like Penn State, Stanford, and Pittsburgh having the upper hand.

Things have obviously changed now and Urban Meyer has let the Bradley family know he is wanted in Columbus. Meyer's goal is to make the talented Trotwood Madison program a pipeline to Ohio State under his reign, much like Glenville was one for Tressel. That pipeline starts with Bradley who helps fill a need at safety and could have some immediate impact at the Star position in Luke Fickell's defense.

Bradley will be coming up with his family, and with Pittsburgh now in disarray, I like the Buckeyes' chances.

As Jeremy told you this morning, one player who will not be making the visit is Baltimore (MD) Gilman WR Cyrus Jones. Jones was scheduled to visit Columbus this past week, but the super prospect is now saying he will not take the trip and that OSU just wasn't the right fit for him. He is down to Alabama and Virginia Tech and will announce his decision at the Under Armour Game.

While it was nice to even be in on Jones, this is not a huge loss. Joel Caleb and Stefon Diggs are still possibilities, and it appears the former is extremely high on the Buckeyes after his visit a couple weeks ago. Nick Saban may have put his best salesman hat on in convinicing Jones not to take the visit to Columbus, as he knew 48 hours with the Urbanator could mean bad news in this one for the Tide.

It was reported earlier this week that Jones would be coming with a Gilman teammate, and it was big news because of who that teammate was. I could kill you with suspense, but I won't and the fellow visitor was highly regarded 2013 DT Henry Poggi, the son of Gilman coach Biff Poggi.

Poggi, a 6-4/260 defensive tackle, is rated as one of the best players nationally, regardless of position in the class of 2013. He already has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Maryland, Michigan, Stanford, Iowa, Tennessee, Boston College, North Carolina State, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt, in addition to the Buckeyes. His oldest brother played at Duke and his middle brother, Jim, currently plays for Iowa, but it appears the younger Poggi is trying to carve his own path and will likely not attend either of those institutions. In fact, as good as the older two Poggi's were, Henry is even better.

It is unknown if Poggi will still be visiting, but when it is all said and done, don't count Luke Fickell's importance out in this. While Urban Meyer has Poggi excited, he has stated he is glad to see Fickell is on board, because he has done such a great job recruiting him already. I don't expect Poggi to make a decision anytime soon, but the Buckeyes should be in this one until the end. Getting him on campus this weekend could be the first win in many battles over this talented junior.

Bri'Onte's Impact

Getting Bri'onte Dunn to finalize his recruitment was a huge win for Urban Meyer in his quest to revamp the recruiting class of 2012. What Urban also knew, that maybe not all of you realized, is that is also gave the new coach a chance to add a good player to the class of 2013.

That shirt is UGLYCan Bri'onte flip his cousin to the good guys?

In a move that was definitely well thought and strategically made, Meyer offered Alliance Marlington ATH Dymonte Thomas. What does this have to do without Bri'onte Dunn, you ask? Well, Thomas, a current Michigan commit, is the cousin of Dunn and the two are very close. Thomas looks up to Dunn like a big brother and has been outspoken in the past about having a desire to play with his cousin.

Dymonte wanted things going fast early in his recruitment and when the Buckeyes weren't quick to pull the trigger on an offer earlier this year, he didn't take it well to say the least. Some close to the situation say Thomas was puzzled as to why other programs were offering him as a junior, but his home-state school was not. He visited some other programs, including Michigan, and gave a verbal commitment to Brady Hoke and the Wolverines shortly after a visit to Ann Arbor.

When word of Dymonte getting an offer broke on Tuesday, many thought this one had no legs, as he tweeted that he was all Michigan. In my opinion, that was the move of a young teenager who is still a little bitter over not getting an offer early, and that things could change moving forward. I fully expect Urban Meyer to have Bri'onte Dunn talking to his cousin about Ohio State if he is truly a target Urban wants, and I think as time continues to pass that Thomas would be more and more comfortable with the idea of donning the Scarlet and Gray over the Maize and Blue.

I am not saying Thomas will flip anytime soon or even ever. As things stand right now, he definitely is "all Michigan" and it would be tough to argue this one would change. That being said, you have all seen how good Meyer is on the recruiting trail. Give him a full year to court Thomas, coupled with Dunn whispering sweet nothings about OSU in his ear, and I think this one has the potential to change in favor of the good guys come National Signing Day 2013.

ricquan heading southward?

The Ohio State recruiting class currently numbers 18 players. It was assumed that all 18 were solid verbals after Dunn re-affirmed, but it appears that Ricquan Southward still wants to see all of his options.

Will he stay or will he go?Southward may take a visit to Florida

Southward, the 6-1/190 receiver from Lakeland, Florida, switch his verbal from Miami (FL) to Ohio State just days before Urban Meyer was hired as the Buckeyes' head coach. The timing was weird, right before the Michigan game, and many had theories that Southward wanted to get into the class to be protected before a new head coach came in and potentially wiped off the recruiting board for uncommitted prospects.

Fast forward to today, where Southward apparently now wants to visit Florida, as Will Muschamp and the Gators have shown interest all of a sudden with wide receiver depth thin and only one committed player at the position in their class. Urban Meyer built a pipeline from Lakeland to Gainesville during his time there and Muschamp has tried to keep that going, but has not been successful as our new fearless leader was. Whether this is a play to keep the Lakeland pipeline open or Muschamp's chance to stick it to Meyer, the Gators apparently mean serious business in this situation.

Regardless of past success, Muschamp does have Southward's ear and that is a bit troubling for OSU fans. With Roger Lewis, Frank Epitropoulos, and Mike Thomas in the fold, as well as having Joel Caleb,Stefon Diggs, and possibly Davonte' Neal in the queue for visits, receiver is not a need for the Buckeyes and a switch for Southward could mean another spot for one of the uncommitted targets. That being said, Lakeland is a school Meyer will want to continue to tap into, and having an ambassador like Southward in Columbus would likely help with future players from the school.

I'm not sure where this one is going yet, but it should be interesting to see how things shake out with Southward and the Buckeyes. Some people have mentioned academics could be the issue here, while others have mentioned Southward might "all of a sudden be realizing" that depth isn't necessarily thin anymore in Columbus. Either way, we're not sure how Meyer will handle committed prospects taking visits to other schools, but what we do know is we will sure find out soon.

Marshall, Marshall, and more Marshall

One of the most highly touted 2013 prospects, not only in the Midwest, but in the entire nation is Middletown ATH Jalin Marshall. Marshall stands at 6-1/190 and runs like a gazelle. He plays quarterback for the Middies, but it is expected he will likely move to wide receiver, running back, or defensive back at the next level, despite his desire to be a signal caller in college.

Something just looks rightThis picture could be telling the future

It has been long thought that Marshall will end up deciding between Ohio State and Notre Dame, despite interest in visiting some programs like Alabama and LSU. Jalin grew up as a Buckeye fan, so the home-state school started with an advantage, but Brian Kelly's ties to Ohio have helped the Irish make their way into his top two as well. This was closer than most people though, until once again, Urban called.

Meyer has made it a priority to let Jalin Marshall know he is a priority for the Buckeyes and their class of 2013. There could not be a better scenario than having a stud like Marshall be the first to commit in the class and be a leader in helping him recruit other great national players to come to Columbus. The Middletown star will be traveling across the country over the next year as he is invited to showcases, tournaments, camps, and more, and will get the opportunity to interact with some of the country's best.

Urban has only gotten the chance to speak on the phone with Marshall, but that hasn't stopped him from selling the program. Although he was unable to make it, Jalin's family was invited to Columbus by Meyer so that they could meet the new coach, hear his vision for the program moving forward, see what both the university and the football program had to offer, and more. And things couldn't have gone better.

Marshall's family apparently had a great time in Columbus and came back to Middletown extremely high on Meyer. Jalin already was excited about the coach coming to the school he grew up rooting for, so when you put the two together, it could be a recipe for success. This thing isn't over just yet, but the Buckeyes definitely are in a great position to land a player ranked in the top five nationally for the class of 2013.



Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Maybe i'm off here..but IF Spence becomes a Buckeye...aren't we overdoing it on the Defensive side of the ball?

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

Alex's picture

You don't say no to a player of Noah Spence's caliber. Urban is a firm believer you win games in the trenches and this kid is an oustanding defensive lineman, ranked as #1 in the country at DE.

You take this player and worry about the fact that the depth on the defensive line is absolutely redonkulous later.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

If you saw what happened to the health of our defense this year, it means that you can never overdo it on the defensive side of the ball. All that frantic hitting, and running like maniacs surprisingly causes injuries. Who knew?

Before this class is wrapped up, I really would like to see one disgusting speedster on the offensive side, especially since it is looking like Southward might peace out. Also, I think we definnitely need to add a few more OL (Dodson/Diamond). Those two OL are really the essentials to the class, whether it is actually those two or not, and Spence is more of the cherry on top.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I don't think so.  If we end up getting 3-4 OL, this is a very balanced class.  Perhaps the weakness of the class, per the numbers, would be at LB if anything and I think some of defensive guys can transition to the LB spot - there has been talk of Washington having that flexibility.  And lastly, you can never have enough good players in the front 7, especially in the Big Ten.  

Buckeyejason's picture

Perry and Roberts are linebackers. All though I would prefer 3-4 linebackers in a class, 2 is still solid. Crowell will be a freshman next year as well.

I can't see any D-lineman moving to linebacker out of the guys we are recuriting. The closest would be Leo's (Washingon,Pittman)


Conroy's picture

Look at the defensive line of every team to win a title in the last 15 years.

Jdadams01's picture

I don't think so. The four new DL (Im including Spence) would upgrade speed and explosiveness. We were light on pass rush this year, so if the playmakers are available, there's no reason not to take them.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Well that's why asked, gentlemen...just wanted to make sure we were leading enough spots for the things we actually needed such as Oline/wr/athlete/yadda yadda

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

Buckeyejason's picture

What about last years D-line class..I mean everyone raved about it being second to none and it seems like they're forgotten already.


We know Bennett kinda already established himself this season and should be a stud..but don't count out those other guys. Going to be a lot of competition going on for those 4 Defensive line spots down the road.


Big Swede's picture

Not to beat a dead horse here, but look no further than LSU and Alabama this year. Both teams have otherworldy defenses and rather pedestrian offenses. Simply put if you have a great defense your offense has a much larger margin of error. Look at Oklahoma State this year, great offense mediocre defense. And unfortunately for them when they needed their D to step up the most against Iowa St. they weren't up to the task. Or also look at Oregon in their big out of conference games the past few seasons against OSU, Auburn, and LSU. All of those teams had very talented defenses that were able to slow down the seemingly unstoppable Oregon offense. Bottom line there is no such thing as too much talent on defense.

BuddhaBuck's picture


Look no further than the 2002 National Championship Team DL... and the 2005 team that slaughtered the Buckeyes OL.... and the NY Giants DL that ruined Tom Brady.

Don't text while driving.

F O U R's picture

41-14 happened because UF's d-line DOMINATED the tOSU line.

If I were Dave Roth or Greg Dulli, I'd say something like "Having too many awesome Defensive Lineman is about the same as having too much money, or getting too many blow jobs."  

I try not to by a misogynist, though.  But you get my point.



Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

What is this "blow job" you speak of?   Is this something my wife of 16 years can help me with?

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Wife of 16 years?  No problem, but it will cost you another diamond ring..... #shellprettymuchhaveto

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Yea, in theory, sure.....#youdon'tknowmywife

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

hahaha, perfect....everyone wins....

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Yo, you said you got maryjane a pearl necklace.  How much did that cost, B?

Run_Fido_Run's picture

After reading the forum post on photo resizing, I proceeded to upload an oversized photo -oops, fail!

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

gotta be honest...i started scrolling down and saw a huge picture of a girl's neck and thought the worst...


yet, not fearful enough for my job b/c i kept scrolling anyways #likeaboss

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

F O U R's picture

Can I redact my own stupid post?

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

MAN the 2012 season cannot get here quick enough!!!  

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Menexenus's picture

I second that motion.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

buckeyedude's picture

I thought WR was a need for the Buckeyes. Along with OL and LB. I guess not, anymore? Is it because of the possibility of the other new recruits as mentioned in the article? Just give me a darn receiver that doesn't have hands made of rock. Blazing speed is nice, but it isn't everything(IMO), as we saw with Dane.



Maestro's picture

I agree that it is a need, but LB and OL is a bigger deal IMHO.  Devin Smith, Evan Spencer, Corey Brown, Chris Fields and Verlon Reed is a solid group of WR for next season.  With a spring and summer camp under their belts and with Braxton getting all the reps with these guys I think the receiving core will be much better next year.

vacuuming sucks

btalbert25's picture

lol Great minds Maestro we basically posted the same thing at virtually the same time!

Maestro's picture

Yep, go WR's.

vacuuming sucks

Lost nut in Michigan's picture

Soild group, are you seroius, I am not sure they have the speed, or can catch a ball on the run. Very dissapointing watching them this year.


Lost Nut in Michigan

Buckeyejason's picture

They were'nt anything special this season but considering the circumstance(freshman QB that runs a lot) and Bollman not choosing to throw very much its too early to judge the young group of recievers.

They were all 1st year starters and are very young inexperienced.

Reed- redshirt freshman
Fields- redshirt sophmore
Smith- true freshman
Spencer- true freshman
Williams- redshirt freshman

After the 2012 season would be a good time to say who is good and who isn't.


flipbuckeye's picture

This. There's no way you can conclude these guys hit their ceilings. Given the circumstances BJ listed, you have to see what these guys can do down the road.

btalbert25's picture

I think Smith and Brown(if he ever stays healthy) along with Reed are pretty good WR's.  Add to it that Stoneburner is actually going to be used next year in the offense and we have pretty good receivers I think.  There is depth there, it's green, and didn't get much of a chance to grow this season because well they never threw the darn ball, but I don't think it's an absolutely neccessity.

I'd rather see them bulk up  on the O-Line and LB than anything else.  Of Course LB may not neccessarily be a huge hole if Rod Smith Transitions over to LB and they are lucky enough to land Williams in this class. 

I'm also excited by the prospect of Fragel converting to tackle to help the depth of the O-line.  Why Hyde, Hall, possibly Berry, Ball and Dunn, I don't think losing Rod Smith from the RB position is that big of a deal if he could become a force at LB. 

buckeyedude's picture

I completely agree on the O-line. Need more studs there, IMO.

Also, I must have missed the memo, but when did Fragel become a possible transition from TE to lineman?



btalbert25's picture

I think Alex had mentioned it earlier this week.  I can't remember exactly where it was posted on here though.

BTwrestle04's picture

They want Rod Smith to transition from RB to LB?

btalbert25's picture

This was mentioned earlier in the season then someone talked about it in the comments the other day as well.  Then the usualy I remember another big RB who ran upright and fumbled that people gave up on his first year comments started. I don't know if this is still a possibility or not, just remember it being mentioned in the past.  

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

From what I saw today and can't remember where, Rod Smith is back full time with the RB's.

jfrank373's picture

Just trying to think of the receivers we already have... Philly, Devin Smith, Evan Spencer, Verlon Reed, Chris Fields, T.Y. "Dropsies" Williams, Plus add in Frank Epitropoulos, Roger Lewis, Mike Thomas, that makes for 9 receivers, not counting Jordan Hall who will probably be more of a slash type player next year.

You would have to think that with the limited scholarships we have left, Green-Beckham or Caleb would be much more important than Southward.  You would have to think that he is being asked to explore his options since Meyer wasn't hired yet when he committed.

Buckeyejason's picture

No way in hell Green-Beckham comes here. Don't get your hopes up.


Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Just saw a Dennis Dodd retweet about Ohio State ruining holidays regarding infractions. Any word?

BuckeyeChris's picture

Seriously... we were told "mid-December," and it's December 15. 

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

ellaborate...UPDATE!!! what is this nonsense about?

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

Red Shirt Ensign's picture

I'm sure Urban Meyer has a few guys on radar in all those positions... its just gonna take more time and we have 6 weeks to signing day!  Patience is a virtue that no Buckeye fan possesses!

"Statistics always remind me of a fellow who drowned in a river where the average depth was only three feet." - Coach Woody Hayes


Northbrook's picture

Alex you are absolutely killing it on recruiting. Great work.

When discussing numbers of how many we can take at one position I always stop reading any reasoning that starts with 'You can't have too many...' because you can have too many.  Although I have always felt you can't have too many good looking readheaded women at the ready.

ThirdLegLouie's picture

Hope Jones and Southward go to the place that is right for them. With that being said, I hope tOSU is the right place for Caleb and Diggs.

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

carence's picture

Another good one, Alex! Your on fire! You have risen to my top 3 favorite 11W staffer list! A coveted award shared only by Jason and Chris (Jason is a fellow devil dawg that I once worked with and I work with Chris)     :)

AltaBuck's picture

Any news on Joey O'Connor?  We could really use him on the oline.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Alex's picture

Not offered yet...visiting January 13 anyway...trying to get him on the phone

AltaBuck's picture

Thanks Alex. 

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

28253937's picture

Would love to see what O'CONNOR has to say about tOSU. Have you tried contacting him for an interview through his school? I looked online and there is only one high school in Windsor, CO

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

this Jabroni know something we don't?

dennisdoddcbs Dennis Dodd
Is Ohio St going to ruin our holidays for the 2nd straight year? Got a bad feeling about infractions report coming.

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

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I saw that.  Would like to know what he was referring to.

btalbert25's picture

On your original post I thought it meant people were going to be pissed about the sanctions not being too bad.

This second tweet has me more concerned.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Dodd hates Ohio State right?  So maybe that will ruin his holiday?  

btalbert25's picture

That's what I'm thinking.  Especially after I realized he's with CBS sports.  Last year they were ruined because the Tat 5 got to play I guess.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I think he hates OSU.  He's rarely writes an objective piece about them and most of his pieces talk about how terrible OSU is.  People like him shouldn't have jobs because they can't objectively report anything, and yet he is mostly employed because of his ability to cause a stir, which is otherwise known as his bias, is considered edgy.  It's like were moving backwards to an age where stereotypes and racism are re-accepted because they get ratings, who cares what the message is....

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

+11.. i used to get into it with him and board posters on there until i had this very talk with myself lol...new it was a fruitless battle

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

AcrossTheField11's picture

So wait... did he tweet this himself or did he retweet someone else.  Someone in the prior comments mentioned he retweated that. 

If it was his tweet, we're in good shape... if he retweeted a tOSU fan's tweat its not good news.

I'm at work and twitter is blocked so help me out here.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

It was his tweet.  I don't follow him.  I saw someone retweet what he wrote.

AcrossTheField11's picture

Hmm... regardless, its just his "feeling".  Probably has something to do with the fact that recent commits said that Urban informed them that there would be no further punishment.  He probably figures OSU is in the know. 

Still can't figure out how we "ruined" his holidays last year.  It gave all the media-whores something to yammer on about for days... weeks... months.

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

Another Jason's picture

Take a look at what's popular on TV.  We're there.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Pondering a thought today, after listening to UFM on Dan Patrick.

I know he screwed himself, but I feel really bad for Tressel right now; basically, the dude who took his lunch money now has his job. I'm happy Urban F has the job, but man, I feel for Tressel.


"Clutch has no boundaries"

Menexenus's picture


Real fans stay for Carmen.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I don't know if this has been answered anywhere or not, but when did TSUN switch colors to highlighter yellow?

Menexenus's picture

Must be that new, genetically modified "maize."  :-)

Real fans stay for Carmen.

rider1's picture

Anyone else feel we need another QB in this class? Cardale Jones may fit the bill, but I am told that Graham is leaving, which leaves KGuiton. Are we all ok with that? Do we have a choice? Am I missing someone?

ThirdLegLouie's picture

I think we're ok with Miller, Jones, and Guiton on the QB depth chart.  Guiton was recruited hard by Tom Herman when Herman was at Iowa State so I don't think it'll be an issue. Plus, I think JOnes is a very very solid QB prospect (if he can keep the grades up, etc.).

That being said, I don't think OSU would say "No" to Winston if he came up and wanted to commit, but QB is not a position of need by any stretch. 

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

miller2234's picture

I don't think it's by any means a stretch to say that Jalin is a lock.  I know Vrabel was in Middletown on Monday for a visit.  I have also spoken with his brother and he basically said there is no doubt he is coming to Columbus. 

His brother told me that he has a really great head on his shoulders, grew up a HUGE buckeye fan, and remains so (all great things to hear).  Let's hope it plays out as good as it sounds like it will.  I think it is too much for other schools to overcome with him.

Let's hope Urbanclause brings more presents for Christmas.


bassplayer7770's picture

Alex, I saw an update that Ricquan Southward talked to Urban last night.  What can you tell us if anything?

ThirdLegLouie's picture

Just watched some film on Joey O'Connor. OT from Colorado. He's the other kid tha Penn State had in the top 150 who decommited before Schutt.  Check out the film on this kid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yq1PRwLSqc&feature=player_embedded#!


I LOVE HOW HE FINISHES PLAYS. I know right now this class is going to have two OT's and Diamond/Dodson are the two at the top of the list. O'Connor hasn't been offered by OSU yet but he's coming to Columbus for an official visit on January 13th.  I think Dodson is going to flip to OSU and even if the jury is still out on Diamond, I would love for OSU to go ahead and extend an offer to O'Connor. You can't teach the mentality/toughness that he plays with and would LOVE to see him in Scarlet and Gray.

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

dubjayfootball90's picture

Any one see ArchBishop Wood v Bishop Mcdevitt last night? I live in PGH, so it was on local TV. Got to see Noah Spence play. First half he had something like 6-7 tackles and a forced fumble. Problem with the game was that Mcdevitts tackles and opposite side DE were getting eaten alive by the run game. Wood ran a few times to Spence's side, think he did a good job doing his job. But what I liked the most was how he was able to chase a play down from behind. If he did not chase the stretch down from behind several times, Wood would have put up more than they did. He has incredibly long stride, it takes him like two steps and he is already from the DE spot to already making the tackle on the opposite DT side. Any body else able to see the game as well? thoughts? I was upset I rarely got to see a pass rush by Spence. Wood had no need to pass because the run was so effective. First quarter I believe wood threw 4 passes or something of that nature.