11W Recruiting Mailbag

By Alex on January 26, 2012 at 1:00p
62 Comments
You're questions are now answeredThe mailbag is overflowing with the goods

In case you don't know, our forums have become pretty popular over the last two months. They provide our readers and staff members another great opportunity to interact and discuss issues both regarding Ohio State and the rest of the world in general on other platforms than what is published on the site. If you haven't checked them out, I suggest you begin to do so.

While all of our staff members try to do our best to answer your questions inside our articles, your blog posts, and the forums, we can't always be everywhere at once. That is why, in lieu of the weekly 11W Recruiting Notebook, I wanted to give you all a chance to ask me whatever your heart desired as we stand less then a week until National Signing Day.

I couldn't get to all of your questions, but I promised I did my best. If there is something you wanted to ask, but didn't get around to submitting it or even if you have a new question pop into your head, please feel free to post in the comments section below, and I promise I will do my best to answer it. I hope to do this again, at least once a month, so hope you all enjoy it.

Enough of my rambling. Join us after the jump for the inaugural 11W Recruiting Mailbag.

Has anybody every told this "Alex" fella that he reminds me of the next Percy Harvin of recruiting?

Haha, thanks, but I'm more like the Connor Smith of recruiting. Glad I can provide all of you some insight, but I'm nowhere near Percy Harvin level.

Will Ohio State go over the 25 scholarship limit this year? Is that even possible? If so, how should we feel about morally bashing the SEC for doing so?

To answer the first part, yes I think OSU will sign about 28 this year. The staff knows there is some attrition in addition to what we have already seen, thus enabling the Bucks to get to 82 players while signing 28 this year. About the rule of 25 players in a class per the B1G, you can count scholarships of those that enroll early against last year's count. We currently have 6 early enrollees, so that will help in getting to "25" signed for the 2012 class, although in reality it will still be 27-28.

Finally, in terms of bashing the SEC, I think there is a difference here. Obviously this is a unique situation for Ohio State in that the program was in a bit of turmoil and Urban is trying to build it back up. He is not forcing anyone out or forcing anyone to take medical hardships and what not. I do not think signing 28 is what you will see every year from Meyer. On the other side, the SEC schools regularly sign over the amount of openings they have and while it's not fact, there are some stories out there that things are forced a bit. I personally am not going to go out and bash the SEC, but let's just say I don't think they do things the right way down there.

Does Kyle Dodson commit before Signing Day? How sure are you that he comes to Ohio State?

Dodson is supposed to call all of the coaches on Saturday and let them know his decision. It is my understanding he will then make things public come Signing Day, but he may decide to let the media know early. If he does, you will all know. As for my feelings on this one, I'd say I'm 90% sure he will be a Buckeye.

What happened with Jordan Diamond?

Apparently OSU kind of stopped recruiting him after his official visit. I don't know the story for sure, but I think that is a telling sign that the coaches didn't exactly like what they saw in him, probably from a personality stand point. Don't forget, not only is Urban recruiting the player when he comes for a visit, but the player is also recruiting Urban. If you read "Urban's Way", you know Meyer looks for more in his prospects then just talent, as he wants the personality to be the right fit in the culture of the program. For whatever reasons, it looks like Meyer felt Diamond wasn't a good fit in what he's trying to build. I expect Jordan to select Michigan, Arkansas, or Auburn and wish him the best of luck.

You said you think Davonte Neal is the type of kid you wait for. What does this mean?

I think the Buckeyes would like a slot receiver in this class, but I don't think they absolutely need one. Neal came for a visit and now Diggs is coming. Both kids are extremely talented and that's why you wait and hold a spot for them no matter when they want to commit. If they take the spot, great you have yourselves a play maker. If they don't, not the end of the world and you can bank that scholarship for next year.

Is there any chance Dwayne Stanford joins Adolphus Washington at Ohio State if Oregon picks up another stud receiver or two?

Honestly, I don't think there is much of a chance that happens. With the old staff, maybe, but with Urban in charge, I think you've seen if he wants a prospect he is going to go out and get him, regardless of his commitment to another school. Have you heard anything about Urban pursuing Stanford? I sure haven't so I don't think Dwayne is a big priority for Meyer and his staff.

What currently committed players do you see playing and red-shirting?

This is a tough one, but if I had to call it now I would say those red-shirting would be Joey O'Connor, Luke Roberts, Roger Lewis (if he makes the grade), Ricquan Southward, Tyvis Powell, Blake Thomas, Jacoby Boren, and Warren Ball. Frank Epitropoulos, Se'Von Pittman (to bulk up), and Patrick Elflein are guys I see who could go either way. Everyone else will compete for time. Of course, that's just how I see it, but I would need to see these guys competing in camp every day to determine that.

How do you think Kyle Kalis feels that Urban is back to "locking down" Ohio after he and some other recruits said the state was open for Michigan?

I really think if Urban Meyer was the coach last fall that Kalis would be a Buckeye. I think he always wanted to be a Buckeye and that is why he committed to Tressel so early, but obviously Tatgate happened and threw a wrench in things. Kalis liked Fickell, but wasn't sure what would happen with the staff. That allowed Hoke to swoop in, sell him on Michigan, let him fall in love with Michigan, and really make things extremely difficult for the Buckeyes to get back into things. Of course, extreme fans telling Kalis they hope he gets injured because he chose Michigan didn't help things, but I think even if Kyle wanted back in at Ohio State once Urban was hired, he wasn't mature enough to eat that much crow and back out on everything he stood for the last 7 months or so.

Is there any chance for a Dorial Green-Beckham last minute visit?

I would say 99.9% confident DGB will not visit Ohio State. Always have to leave .1% right?

Any chance Nick Davidson still comes to Columbus?

Don't think there is any chance of that. Urban didn't really go after him, which is a little disappointing being that he would be a third generation Buckeye.

With the talent in the 2013 class, what is the reason Meyer felt he had to take as many players as possible in the 2012 class? Also, is a coach allowed to revoke scholarships of those committed when he takes over or is that really frowned upon?

I think Meyer wants to win at Ohio State and wants to win as soon as possible. He saw a bunch of weaknesses on this time (offensive line and linebacker mainly) and wanted to address some of those immediately. He also wanted to get his type of players into the program and felt that if he could do that this year, that they could get to work next year and compete for a national championship in 2013. I think you may see a smaller class in 2013 (15-18), but I think they will be the most talented group Ohio State has seen in a long time.

As for revoking scholarships, the head coach absolutely has the right to do so. Is it frowned upon? I would say yes and no, as some recruits just don't fit what a coach is trying to do (think pure pocket passer in a system like Rich Rod's). Meyer was never going to revoke the scholarships of the players OSU offered because he didn't want to damage relationships with the Ohio High School coaches, which he would have if he took away someone's scholarship. For example, how would the Pickerington North coach feel about Meyer and OSU if Elflein's scholarship was taken away? If there was ever another stud to come through Pickerington north that Meyer wanted, you could bet your bottom dollar that head coach is steering the kid away from the Buckeyes. Urban made a smart move here, not to mention the group was overall pretty talented.

With the elite defensive linemen we have gotten the past two years, do you see a change in defensive schemes?

I think the overall system you will see will look very similar to what you are used to, but I think execution will be a bit different. I think you'll see a little bit more man to man coverage as compared to more zone with the better push up front and I think you will see a more aggressive defense in terms of getting after the quarterback and utilizing talent the way it should be (guys like Shazier should be blitzing more often). Withers and Fickell will cook some good schemes up, trust that. 

With the defensive line and other positions like running back loaded, what positions do you think Urban will focus on in 2013?

I think the big areas that they will recruit will be quarterback, offensive line, and defensive back. I expect two quarterbacks to sign with OSU in February 2013, along with 3-5 offensive linemen, and 3-5 defensive backs. Speedy athletes will always be coveted by Meyer, so expect one or two in this class as well.

Does Jalin Marshall have a real chance to play QB at Ohio State? Where would you project him?

I think Marshall will be told he has the opportunity to play QB at Ohio State, much like Trey Burton was told the same at Florida. After about 5 reps behind center, I expect Jalin to be moved over to receiver and be an All-American there for the Buckeyes for a few years. The kid is a tremendous athlete and I really think he is the guy who will be used like Percy Harvin. They will have him taking direct snaps, lining up at running back, catching the ball as a receiver, and anything else you can imagine. He will be great for Ohio State, where I expect him to announce for come January 31.

Why hasn't OSU offered Mike McCray of Trotwood-Madison?

I think this goes back to 2013 being a smaller class. Meyer wants to open a Trotwood-Madison pipeline, but he's not going to take a guy just because they go to school there. I do think after a bit of further evaluation (at a camp or Friday Night Lights) that they will offer McCray and I do expect him to choose the Buckeyes, where his dad starred about 20 years ago.

Is OSU going after Rod Smith's brother Jaylon?

Yes, and they are going after him hard. This could end up being another epic Meyer-Hoke battle, but I think if Rod stays at Ohio State that Jaylon will come as well. Early returns are that he really likes Meyer and I think he would be a pure stud in this defense.

Any news on the horizon of recruiting a kicker or punter?

I think you will see a special teamer in the class of 2013. They may decide to go with a kid who can do both really well, that way he can come in and punt right away, and then be in a position to compete for the kicker spot as well once Drew Basil graduates the year after. Frank Epitropoulos is a pretty good punter and he could be a candidate to take over once Buchanan graduates, but I still see one kicker or punter in next year's class.

Do you think with this year's class and that of 2013 that Meyer can win a national championship in 2015-2016?

If you asked Urban that he would go bonkers. I think he truly believes OSU can win the championship in 2013 when they are eligible again.

Will the mail bag be an on-going occurrence?

I still want to do the 11W Recruiting Notebook, but I think there is a place for the mailbag as well. Maybe I can alternate weeks or even do three weeks of notebook and one week of mailbag each month, but I definitely love answering your questions directly and will try to continue it.

Thanks again to everyone who submitted questions. If you didn't this time, be sure to participate next time. As I mentioned before, feel free to submit questions in the comments section below and I will do my best to answer them.

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Moar!

Alex continues to bring the heat, y'all.

cplunk's picture

I'm not the first to say it, and I'm sure I'm not the last, but the work you do with recruiting news is frankly amazing. If I could pay for you to quit your day job and do this full time, I would do it in a heartbeat. Thanks again for all your hard work

Alex's picture

I'm at the wrong OSU....T. Boone Pickens probably has the cash I need...thanks for the kind words though!

DMcDougal24's picture

Thanks for the great work Alex. I sincerely enjoy every single one of your columns (Jeremy too). Your work is impeccable.

It's a long way out, but is there an early leader in the clubhouse for 2013 TE Adam Breneman? It seems that he and Meyer should have a mutual infatuation with each other.

Alex's picture

he grew up a PSU fan....told me that won't have an affect on his decision though and I don't expect it to....OSU will have a good shot at this one but it's not a banked deal at all yet...let's see how he feels after Feb 18 junior day

buckeyedude's picture

I hope Diamond goes anywhere but TTUN.

I've always enjoyed the recruiting, but in the past had to peruse Scout and Rivals. I come here first now because I don't give a squat about who's going to USC or Rice, and because you do such a good job Alex. Don't let it go to your head. ;) 

 

 

btalbert25's picture

Ya know, I kind of hope he does go to AACC.  Obviously, Urban spotted something in the kid whether it be work ethic, personality, or character that he just didn't like.  Maybe, he'll end up being a nightmare for whatever team he ends up on. 

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Awesome post and great for us 11-dubskateers!  Thanks for all your hard work and information Alex!

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DrBuckeyePete's picture

thanks Alex... if I weren't a poor graduate student I would donate to the site. Keep up the good work bro 

Ohio State Alum '10 
Go Bucks! 

Colin's picture

Well done, really informative. Pretty amazing work you've been doing lately.

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Excellent stuff. Mailbags are awesome. Thanks for answering some of my questions! 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Is the CI and Junction still around in Athens?  Wasted many many many brain cells in those two places, amoung others...

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

Buckeye in Athens's picture

I'm actually in Athens, GA. Deep in SEC country. Many brain cells are wasted here too, I can assure you. 

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

HA - thought you were in Athens, Ohio... I'm guessing the SEC noise is amazingly loud there!!!

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

Alex's picture

Thanks everyone for the kind words...this site is doing some amazing things I'm just honored to be a part of it all

Ethos's picture

Thank you for calling this a mailbag, and not a mailblog. 

Sincerely,

 

Everybody

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

thatlillefty's picture

Yes that's a shot at Rittenburg

IndyBuckeye's picture

What's the latest with the Alex Dickman saga? Did he get offered a scholarship, or is it true that it was merely a prank by his teammates? Any insight? Thanks.

Alex's picture

I don't think it was a "prank by his teammates" and not sure where you heard that. Alex Dickman told me point blank that Stan Drayton left his home and offered him a scholarship last night. I followed up by saying as a preferred walk on or full ride? He said "Full scholarship, I am so happy right now!". I then asked if he would be committing. He said "Am going to wait a little and just take it in right now. Don't be surprised if I do though, haha, it is my mom's alma mater". 

That being said, I was told by someone that the kid had lied about offers before, perhaps to create buzz in order to get some programs to offer him. I can only report to you what I was told by Alex himself, but as I said yesterday, I am not 100% sure I buy what this kid's saying....in fact, I'm very suspicious.

What we know is that he was with Davonte Neal in Columbs....the picture we posted yesterday shows him in a #75 OSU jersey in the OSU locker room. We also know that being a preferred walk-on was a discussion that happened with Ohio State.

What we don't know is if this kid is lying to me or not about an offer. I bring you guys and girls what I was told, but please note that it was caveated with this is what the kid said. My personal opinion is that he is not OSU caliber and that I thought if anything he would be a preferred walk-on. 

Don't know anyone here that has done so, but I have seen words be put in my mouth about this situation, so please try to avoid misinterpreting what I am saying vs what i am reporting.

Thanks!

IndyBuckeye's picture

Thanks for the response. I had heard it on another Buckeye site, so I was just seeing what your take on it was. I think your explanation makes a lot of sense. I'm not misconstruing anything, just trying to get clarity on the situation. It is kind of a bizarre scenario. If you look at his recruiting pages, all of his school of interest are top-tier programs. However, none of them have offered (Except perhaps the Buckeyes. But like you said; not 100% sure any of us are buying that). Anyways, keep up the good work. You're doing a great job with updates on Twitter. Much appreciated.

JasonBuck's picture

Great work Alex and I'm sure we could find a healthy donor at tOSU to donate to you quitting your day job!

Bucks43201's picture

with Greg Schiano leaving Rutgers for the NFL --- I think Meyer & co. should make a late push for (OT) J.J. Denman

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

ItalianBuck's picture

Excellent as usual, I come here first when I want recruiting news you rock!!

If your not a Buckeye fan, your life must really suck!!

Maestro's picture

Thanks again Alex.

Dodson, Marcus, Reeves then Neal.........just keep repeating it until it happens.

vacuuming sucks

Alex's picture

I'll take Cox in there as well 

Maestro's picture

Yikes, be careful saying that out loud.

Agree though.

vacuuming sucks

Bucks43201's picture

Today ESPN.com, under the CFB Rumors page, has a headline that reads: "Big Ten school is the favorite for Cox". I assume it's OSU or MSU (and not Wiscy or PSU)...I cancelled my ESPiN the Magazine subscription back in June, so I don't have the Insider option anymore.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

DMcDougal24's picture

"Michigan State is one of the only programs that actually has stability," Bob Lichtenfels of Scout.com said. "It's a winning program and they've done a good job. When the coaches came they rolled five deep up in Jeannette, so they've done a good job letting him know he is the big dog. He didn't gel real good with (Ohio State assistant) Mike Vrabel when they put Vrabel on him. Then it kind of went to (Ohio State assistant) Luke Fickell recruiting him along with Urban Meyer himself. Then back when he visited Penn State, he was supposed to go to Ohio State that weekend. They told him they only wanted a handful of kids on campus. So there are a couple of things that go against Ohio State that favor Michigan State. Urban can't get them all."

The Spartans appear to be the team to beat as national signing day approaches.

Bucks43201's picture

thank you for that info. ... well, rather see a kid go to MSU than tsun

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Alex's picture

yeah MSU was the school that worried me here...hard to bet against Lichtenfels with Pennsylvania kids

Run_Fido_Run's picture

A head-start on next week's mailbag: When Dantonio shows up, how do the guys on MSU's staff (e.g., Lichtenfels) get Dantonio to smile and/or keep that smile on his face for longer than 0.5 seconds before it turns back into that permanent bitter scowl? Plaster of Paris? Do they borrow the Joker costume from the Batman movie set?

Heck, if I were a recruit, I might be very impressed by Lichtenfels and company, too. "You managed to get that red azz to smile? That's amazing!"

BuckeyeJim's picture

Dodson, Marcus, Reeves, and Neal Oh My

Dodson, Marcus, Reeves, and Neal Oh My

Dodson, Marcus, Reeves, and Neal Oh My

buckeyedude's picture

Diggs. Diggs. Diggs. Diggs. Diggs....

 

 

DMcDougal24's picture

ESPN's "experts" did a straw poll today on the final guys. Here are the results:

Davonte' Neal = 5 Ohio State, 1 Arizona, 1 UNC

Stefon Diggs = 1 Ohio State, 5 Florida, 1 Maryland

Jamal Marcus = 5 Ohio State, 2 ECU

Demetrious Cox = 1 Ohio State, 4 Michigan State, 2 Penn State

Jordan Diamond = 6 Michigan, 1 Arkansas

DefendOhio's picture

Alex,

Do you have a list or idea of all the players coming for junior day next month?

Also, do you think the staff will be pushing guys to commit early, since our numbers are so limited in 2013? Keep up the great work!

bassplayer7770's picture

Here's the list I'm seeing at BP right now...

February 17th-19th - JUNIOR DAY

2013 TE Jacob Matuska (Columbus, OH)
2013 TE Adam Breneman (Camp Hill, Pennsylvania)
2013 OL Alex Gall (Cincinnati, OH)
2013 DE Elijah Daniel (Avon, Indiana)

Alex's picture

will probably try to get that out once I compile it....there is a junior day Sunday as well that will have some big names

capn's picture

Alex,

Do you know how the coaching staff is split up throughout the nation?

(Who's got what region?)

Capn, Make It So...

Alex's picture

not exactly sure yet...should find that out either on Signing Day at the presser or sometime in the next few months...right now it looks like they are trying to put coaches on guys of their positions

MotownBuck's picture

ALEX!...been reading for about 3 weeks now, but today had to sign up just to say thank you brotha! The info you drop on us is amazing and is MOST appreciated!

Two things ...

One - as an ex-player and grad of THE Trotwood Madison Rams football program, I am sooooo glad that Urb is opening up the pipeline not just there but also to the rest of the talent in the more "urban" (no pun) areas of southwest Ohio. Charlie Strong was really really starting to make headway into southern Ohio ...

Two - Rutgers. Anybody in their class (some top 4-star O-linemen & Athletes) worth Urban taking a swing at to see if anything shakes loose?

 

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

Alex's picture

thanks! and please comment here as we'd love to hear more from you........

Don't think Urban will look at any Rutgers guys...just a hunch though

Squirrel Master's picture

yeah, if I were a coach I would NEVER consider revoking a scholarship unless the player does something stupid. but I do think if the player doesn't fit then it would be in the best interest for both parties to sit down with the kid and go over why it may be better for them to look at other schools. Don't be mean about it and don't ruin good relationships. just be honest if the kid has a better chance somewhere else. I don't think it would be horrible if you just say, "listen, if you stay with us we will provide you with great coaching and a excellent education. but if you are seeking opportunity to play you may find you will have better chances elsewhere. You should look at your options for what would be best for you but we will welcome you with open arms if your heart is here at OSU!"

tricky situation though. don't want to let one slip through just cuz he doesn't "fit" the system. If the kid is a player then you can make it work. prefer giving it the ol'college try than let a good player go to TTUN or in state rivals.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Poison nuts's picture

Thanks so much for answering - it's appreciated. I do recognize that Neal is a ridiculous athelete and beyond a doubt could be an asset if he chooses tOSU. I also think that this 2012 recruiting class (mainly from what I've read on 11W) has a bunch of high caliber kids with a team mindset. I hope whoever the remaining recruits are - that the trend of kids who want to win as a team continues. Thanks again.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

superbuck's picture

GO GRAB THE RUTGERS OL

OH-IO

heartofabuckeye's picture

Although I've never commented on here I have read 11w's articles for at least a yr now.  Having worked for our beloved Bucks and the previous coaching staff I feel the need to congradulate you on a job well done! Yes I still get chills when I see TBDITL come down the ramp at the North end, and when the team forms "the hive" in the South end prior to each kickoff. That same excitement grabs me now as I anticipate the new era of Coach Meyer and the quality coaches and talent that are being assembled. The sheer joy that will be felt as Mark May and other ESECPN announcers have to choke out praise for our team. The only thing that will top that will be late in November when the scUM coaches and players are again dominated by the scarlet n gray! GO BUCKS and god bless The Ohio State University!

 

Jdadams01's picture

Hey Alex, do you know the scoop on Derrick Green? I.E. is the staff still pushing hard for him? Does he have an idea of when he'll announce?

Alex's picture

The staff is still recruiting him hard...the last I spoke to Derrick he wanted to come up for a junior day I believe but wasn't planning on announcing until the fall....that may change but I'll try to get in touch with him soon

AGL's picture

thank you for your reports.  Is Diggs visiting  this weekend ? 

Alex's picture

yes he is....arrives Saturday

ThirdLegLouie's picture

Great job, Alex! Just have one quick question- 

If Diggs makes it up to Columbus for a visit, and Urban sits him down, and they watch this video together ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl498S1-is4 ), Do you think the odds of Diggs committing to Urban on the spot are 100% or greater than 99.9%? Thanks, appreciate it. 

 

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

 
Alex's picture

that video is pretty nice......

this kid is hard to read though....Urban will bring his best

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

5 star OL Josh Garnett has picked Stanford over scUM. Thank goodness. If scUM would have gotten both Garnett and Diamond it would have been a phenomenal OL class.

Seth4Bucks's picture

Some of what follows is pure fiction :-p

From little known recruit to All-American: A True (Fictional) Story

Ask any Buckeye recruitniks now about who Alex is and many will gush about his insight into the sometime nebulous world of CFB recruiting. With 11W exposure at an all time high and growing, Alex has basked in the glow of it's success. And well he should as that very same success is something that he contributed to in the first place. But that wasn't always the case with this once little known writer from the midwest.

Alex was spurned by respected recruiting sites like Rivals, Scout, and ESPN. Perhaps it was his limited exposure that caused him to be passed over. Maybe it was his annoying habit of storing clipped toenails in a jar by his terminal for when his fingernails grew too short. Some would speculate it was all a part of ESPN's continued persecution of all things Ohio State that led to his low star ranking. One 'insider source' at an unnamed site claimed that his refusal to change clothes or take a shower until the Buckeyes won another national title led to his offer eventually being withdrawn. Whatever the case may be, Alex was not a highly sought writer coming out of high school.

He did however walk on to the then little known 11W blog where he eventually juggled his part time writing career while working full time at his paying job. He would not have it any other way. Happily pecking away in his spare time, he slowly accumulated a small but grateful following of fellow Buckeye fanatics. Working with Jeremy, they formed a dynamic tandem on all things Buckeye recruiting. Still, they toiled with little aclaim for some time, unnoticed by the world at large.

Heading into the 2011 season, this one time nobody as far of the recruiting world was concerned had earned a spot in the regular rotation of 11W writers. His 11W Recruiting Notebooks and Catching up with segments drew high praise from the 11W readership. Poised to have another solid season, Alex was happy to peer into the mists and report his findings and thoughts to his fans. Satisfied with his role, he continued to work in obscurity  not needing the attention and praise of stardom. That all changed with the upheaval of the Buckeye season. 

Suddenly 11W's name was plastered across the country for their scoop on the Urban Meyer hiring. A somewhat quiet recruiting picture changed almost overnight. The Buckeyes already had a solid class in the fold at that point. Alex and Jeremy had covered things superbly up to this point. But suddenly literally overnight rumors were flying about who was visiting and when, was so and so offered or not, what about scholarship space, who will verbal and when, etc, etc, etc.

 In the midst of these swirling questions Alex stepped the intensity up. He was seemingly energized by the confusion, the excitement, and the unknown. Buckshots, forum topics, gray boxes, and stories flew from Alex's keyboard to be hungrily read by hundreds of fans caught up in the excitement of the whirlwind also known as Coach Urban Meyer. Alex kept up with the recruiting storm spawned by Urban and his staff. A look through recent posts and stories reveal his involvement in the developing stories. In one he's denying a rumor, in another he's answering a question, in another he speculates about the number of recruits that could be in this class, and in another he humbly thanks someone for their praise.

Alex has done this all this while holding down a full time job of his own. You see, none of the writers here are paid to contribute or track down stories. Maybe enough people will Respect the Basement enough that someone can bring us Buckeye news as a full time occupation. Who knows, but as long as Ohio State is in the business of recruiting then 11W will be in the business of reporting it via Alex and Jeremy. And with Urban Meyer at the helm, they'll have plenty to cover. And if his family and friends are lucky, he might get that shower sooner rather than later.

 

Maestro's picture

Funny, well done.

vacuuming sucks

Conroy's picture

Meyer's recruiting classes at Florida were

2004:  20 (Zook/Meyer)

2005:  25

2006:  27

2007:  27

2008:  22

2009:  17

2010:  27

Alex's picture

Laughing hard Seth....forgot my stop at DottingTheI.com though! That's where I got my start....

Thanks for kind words though. 11W is going big places and it's thanks to ALL of our writers as well as the readers

DMcDougal24's picture

ESPN says that Ohio State making a final push for Joel Caleb and said that coaches are set to visit him. Have you heard anything on this Alex or has this ship sailed?

http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/ncfrecruiting/on-the-trail/post?id=7625

bassplayer7770's picture

Joel "also denied reports that Ohio State is showing less interest in him than earlier."

Squirrel Master's picture

LOL. heisman candidate throwing the ball. must have Braxton confused with some VT player.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

capn's picture

I heard Urb took a Visit to Cleveland today. could that have anything to do with Mister Dodson?

I wonder how that went?

Capn, Make It So...