Catching Up with Ryan Timmons: Nebraska Game Visit

By Miles Joseph on October 9, 2012 at 7:00p

The Ohio State coaching staff has already secured verbal commitments from Middletown (OH) ATH Jalin Marshall, St. Louis (MO) RB Ezekiel Elliott, District Heights (MD) ATH Taivon Jacobs, and Riverside (CA) TE Marcus Baugh, but Coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are still in search of additional playmakers to add to the offensive side of the ball in the recruiting class of 2013.

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Frankfort (KY) Franklin County ATH Ryan Timmons could be just the guy they are looking for to complete the group.

At 5-11/180, Timmons is one of the top senior players in the state of Kentucky. The speedster has already accumulated 33 touchdowns in just 7 games so far this season, after scoring a total of 38 times all of last year.

Timmons boasts offers from the likes of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Purdue, West Virginia, and a couple of other schools. Despite not offering yet, The Buckeyes are expressing a high level of interest in the super athlete and sit right in the thick of things when it comes to landing his services.

In addition to success on the football field, Timmons won the Class 2A state championship in the 100-meter dash this past spring, showing one of the reasons why the Buckeye coaches remain in constant contact.

Timmons decided to take an unofficial visit to Columbus this past weekend to check out the Ohio State-Nebraska game. We caught up with the Kentucky native to find out how he liked his time in Columbus, what's going on with his recruitment, what will factor into his decision, and more.

Keep reading to learn more about one of the most explosive athletes remaining on Ohio State's big board, Ryan Timmons.

You took a trip to Columbus this past weekend. How did it go?

It went well. I walked around the campus a lot and talked to a few of the coaches, mainly the ones I talked to at camp. It was overall a good visit.

What did the coaches tell you?

They were telling me to stay patient and they were talking about me in every meeting. They said an offer could be close and not to forget about them.

Did you enjoy the game?

It was great. I definitely enjoyed it. The fans were really into it and the team is a lot better this year.

What was your favorite part of the visit?

Probably just talking to Coach Hinton and Coach Meyer and getting a better feel for what the team's like.

What did Coach Meyer tell you Saturday?

I only talked to him in his office for a little bit before the game Saturday. We didn't talk long and we didn't talk about an offer, just how things were going.

Who is your primary recruiter at Ohio State?

Coach Hinton is my primary recruiter, but I talk to other coaches as well.

Did you talk to any other recruits while at the game?

The only one I talked to was Drew Barker. He's also from Kentucky and we played against his team last year. I've known him since the summer.

Which schools are standing out right now?

Arkansas, Kentucky, Purdue, West Virginia, Illinois, and Ohio State.

Do you have a timetable for a decision?

Right now I plan on deciding at the end of my football season.

What would it mean to you if you were to receive an OSU offer?

It would help a lot. Coach Meyer is a great coach and has done great things at Florida and at other schools.

How's your football season going?

It's going well. We're 8-0 right now, playing for the division championship Friday. I have 33 touchdowns this year, most of them are rushing and receiving.

Do you have any upcoming visits planned?

No, I don't. I would like to go to Illinois and Purdue soon though.

Do you plan on enrolling early?

Whatever the school wants me to do. I should be able to graduate in the winter so I will just do whatever the school I commit to would like me to do.

What will be the biggest factors in your decision?

How comfortable I am with the school and type of offense they run. I like hurry up/spread offenses and want to be able to run and catch the ball.

What are your goals to close out the football season?

Mostly going undefeated with the playoff games included and winning the school's first football state championship.



William's picture

I'd like to see Timmons get an offer. The kid has jets and produces. Every time he touches the ball he scores, or it seems so. 

dvalentine7's picture

@william im with you the kid does nothing but produce on the field .. He is being very patient which to me seems like he really wants the offer .. i would bet any amount of money he would commit on the spot if/when offered

NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

One reason I see the coaches possibly holding off on an offer could be what some people on here have said is his lack of high level competition.  Maybe they want to see him play a few playoff games or something like that.  They have to be selective with their offers, especially at those key  play maker positions in Urbz offense.

BUCKfutter's picture

rivals has USC listed as one of the schools he's interested in (granted it lists 18). any threat there, or is it looking like if we offer, we will get him?

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I wonder what the time frame is for "be patient and don't forget about us?"  He is a definitely a better man than I am because I wouldn't wait around forever when I have other offers.  I do like the fact that he is willing to enroll early.  He could learn the offense and put on some weight before spring ball starts.  We could definitely use some more speedsters!

Golden Buckeye's picture

If we offer, do you think he will commit right away?

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I think he will... If not on the spot, probably very soon after. 

GeorgiaBuckeye2114's picture

The kid is averaging just over 4 touchdowns a game. That's ridiculous! Hope this kid is offered soon

buckeye76BHop's picture

You should go to Maxpreps and look up the competetion his team plays against.  Even though 4 TDs a game is fantastic, it's not as good if the teams being played are under .500.  I'd say the teams that Quick and others play against are much better.  

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btalbert25's picture

Quick certainly plays a better schedule, but that means little really. Some guys are just good.  He's doing all this while drawing multiple defenders on every play.  The other teams are game planning to stop him, and it's just not working. 

thorvath22's picture

Pryor played much weaker HS competition than Miller in HS and IMO you can really tell.

NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

The competition argument is kinda tricky, because if he plays football in a subpar league and his team has never won a state title than you could argue he is on a team surrounded by players who put him at a disadvantage by makeing it hard for him to perform at his best because theymay be inferior blockers or passers etc...  Even in bad leagues a player that makes plays the way he does is rare.  If you put him on a better team maybe he would still be pretty freaking good, because he has teammates playing at a high level around him.  His production might not be as good if he played on an elite team, but if you watch the way he hits the hole when a seam opens up you would be hard pressed not to be impresssed by his athletic ability.  He seems to maintain his speed well when making cuts, and is able to catch those subpar throws.

buckeye76BHop's picture

Surprised Waycracken hasn't been here yet....he's going to go nuts.  
If all else fails with other WRs...then he gets an offer in late November or December IMO.  Otherwise...he's not getting one if Quick, Gibson and one other surprise wide out commits (Stevens or someone else that's just as good if not better than Timmons).    

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William's picture

Drew Barker plays against the same teams. How do you feel about him?

Jdadams01's picture

Do they share more than one common opponent?

btalbert25's picture

They are both in 5A but they don't play the exact same competition.  Conner is in a different Region than Franklin County.  They play each other in playoffs, but other than that the only common opponent they have is Scott High School.  Who is typically a pretty horrible team.  Franklin County already thumped them to the tune of 63-31. 
Conner, though, typically plays teams from other divisions in NKY.  So they play teams like Dixie Heights, Cov Cath, Boone County, and Ryle in non district games.  Also, Cooper who is one of the better teams in 5A in the state, and they were undefeated prior to playing Conner who beat them 38-21 Conner must have horrible defense though, The two games they lost they scored 31 and 57.  Franklin County is a better team I'd say, Conner lost 2 games I'd say overall, just from my NKY bias, Conner probably plays a little tougher schedule, but overall they play similar competition.

Squirrel Master's picture

Competition or not, 4.7 touchdowns a game is a fantastic number. When a player knows how to get to the endzone, he produces like that. Seems like he has a knack for it. I mean even if he is playing against the worst of the worst teams in the state, they have to be keying in on him. No team out there would look at that production and not say we need to stop him. I wouldn't be surprised if he was double teamed quite often. Look at the highlights which btw is only one game! 4 plays, 3 touchdowns where he blows by people and then the 4th play it took 6 defenders to actually bring him down. Competition or not, I want that kid!

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bassplayer7770's picture

I think he got touched (then tackled) on one play in that video.  Nice.  Best of luck to the kid getting that offer.

AC1972's picture

He certainly looks ideal for the Meyer/Herman offense. 

ODEEZ330's picture

Kid deserve an offer. His comp is as good if not better than drew barkers n we love him

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UncleBuck's picture

It doesn't matter what the competition or production is. He won state for the 100 meter dash. That is ability that cannot be coached. He likely would be a top 3 speed guy on the team the moment he steps foot on campus. I can't understand not taking a shot on a kid that will almost always be the fastest person on a football field.

cajunbuckeye's picture

Good highlights! The kid is a player.

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BuckeyePride's picture

I dig this guy's #'s. sign him up!!

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tennbuckeye19's picture

I really do hope this kid gets an offer. It seems like, from what I'm reading into him not yet getting an offer, that he is a Plan B recruit. I know we've discussed this before. I don't know which is better or worse, stringing a kid along (and I don't mean that in a negative sense) or giving a kid a non-commitable offer. Like I said though, I really hope Timmons gets an offer. I'm a fan.

DMcDougal24's picture

Interesting thought. Personally I think a non-commutable offer is worse because then kids publicly commit to a school only to be embarrassed when they are told to wait. 

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

Think of it as a job opening. Urban wants the BEST. So the best are going to get offers first.

WayCraKen's picture

Very nice Miles. You did a good job getting him to talk. I hear he normally doesnt like to talk about himself. 

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Seems like a good player. I'd prefer Quick and/or Stevens over Timmons.

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Buckeyes125's picture

I want all three!!!!! Any combination of Quick, North, Timmons, Stevens, and Gibson would be absolutely fantastic!

GR8TBUCKS's picture

I looked up his speed, he finished .14 of a second behind Quick in the 100 and just shy of a second slower in the 200 meters-different divisions, but timewise. I would guess they were run on the same day just at different times. So he's not pokey by any means.


WayCraKen's picture

Actually it was ran on different days and different conditions. If you took the 10 best 100 times for both Timmons would have 8 of the 10 best times. It would be the opposite on the 200. Timmons did not run many events this year and chose to lift weights etc. Timmons best time is 10.61 but I agree we are splitting hairs 
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One Bad Buckeye's picture

I sincerely love how you know all of this, seemingly from memory.  Haha.  I hope Timmons gets that offer.  

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45OH4IO's picture

Regardless of where he goes I think we all can agree he is an easy kid to root for. Seems headstrong unlike DGB or Foster. I think he would make a good Mountaineer. Nice skills for the Big 12.

bucknut8's picture

Lets Timmons aboard yesterday!


Doc's picture

I trust Urban and the staff.  If they need him they'll get him.  He seems to be a stud.  I just hope when push comes to shove we don't lose out.

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Poison nuts's picture

Since he had this interview, I would imagine he'll read it as we'll as the comments, so Ryan Timmons, just know there are plenty of people here who would like to see you at Ohio State - the sooner the better!

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kareemabduljacobb's picture

Is WAYCRACKEN really Timmons?

Poison nuts's picture

Finkle & Einhorn....

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Boxley's picture

The problem is numbers, we can only take at best six more guys, and we have bigger holes to fill than at his position.
Any other year and he would be in, if he continues his season at this pace, a lot more big name schools will get in the chase. tOSU may still offer him depending on who falls off their board/commits elsewhere this year.
Unfortunately you cannot take them all, and they have to address the team needs first.

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btalbert25's picture

I know the recruiting cycle gets earlier and earlier these days, but the bottom line is there is still a lot of time before signing day.  I don't think Timmons is neccessarily a plan B, he's just a guy that there's not a scholarship for yet.  Which, to me is a big difference.  When Schollies are tight some guys need to hang around and see how things play out.  It's not like we're making him wait til the last minute just to say oh sorry no room for you see ya later.  I don't see it as stringing him along at all, there just needs to be an extra scholarship to get him. 
Granted there are guys like Quick who have an offer already and certainly they can commit right now, Timmons didn't really take the world by storm until fairly recently.  Quick was already pretty well known.  They just need a scholarship to come open for him.  Which, the way things have been going, it could happen sooner than later.

btalbert25's picture

I'd argue that the kid would have very similar results if he were on a team like Trinity.  He would get more touches for sure because the other team wouldn't be able to triple team him because Quick is on the other side, and there's an RB who is a D-1 recruit, and a QB who is very good.  So he'd be 1 on 1 with defenders a lot.  If he were on a team with other great weapoins like Quick is, the D couldn't just soley focus on Timmons.  They would have to account for the several other great players a game.  Timmons could still get his 5 or 6 touches a game and my guess is, he'd have similar results.  Maybe not a TD every 1.5 touches or so, but I don't think his production would drop simply because he's going against better teams.  He'd get more touches, and with is athleticism the more touches he gets, the better chance he's going to break off a huge play.