Catching Up with Ryan Timmons: The Game Visit

By Miles Joseph on November 26, 2012 at 10:00p

With only a little over two months until National Signing Day, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State staff are still looking for playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.

Timmons could be nearing an offer from OSU

There were many playmaking targets on campus this past weekend as the Buckeyes defeated Michigan, including the likes of James Quick, Shelton Gibson, Corey Smith, and Frankfort (KY) Franklin County ATH Ryan Timmons.

Timmons boasts offers from the likes of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Purdue, West Virginia, and a few others and while the Buckeyes have yet to extend an offer, they are definitely interested and they call the speedster on the phone once a week.

Timmons reciprocates the interest and has been on campus a couple of times before, including attendance at Friday Night Lights in the summer and then at the Ohio State-Nebraska game back in October.

The 5-11/180 four-star prospect enjoyed those visits enough that he decided to return to Columbus this past Saturday for The Game, hoping to further establish his relationship with the coaching staff and lobby for an offer from the Buckeyes. Timmons definitely enjoyed the trip and plans on taking an official to OSU in the near future.

We caught up with Timmons to get the scoop on his visit to Columbus, what the staff is telling him about an offer, how colleges want to use him, and much more.

Keep reading to learn more about one of the most athletic prospects remaining on the board in the 2013 recruiting class, ATH Ryan Timmons.

Now that your team is out of the playoffs, how did your senior football season go?

It was pretty good. Our team did a lot better than we did last year, but it was still tough losing in the playoffs. I also had a better year than I did last year.

How did you like your visit to Columbus to see The Game?

It was great. The atmosphere was great. It's one of the best places to play noise-wise. It was also one of the best games I've ever been to. The rivalry is great.

Did you get to talk to any of the coaches?

I talked to the coaches for a little bit. I didn't talk to Coach Meyer long; I just said hi. I talked to Coach Hinton a lot. I didn't stay too long after the game.

What have the coaches been telling you about an offer?

They call me about once every week. I think they will start calling more because the season is over. Hopefully next time we talk it will be more about a potential offer.

Where will you be taking your official visits?

I've already taken officials to Arkansas and Kentucky. Those schools are getting new coaches and I want to see who they hire. Both of their seasons have ended so I hope to start hearing things soon.  I'm going to Illinois this weekend and will take an official to Ohio State, but I'm not sure when. I'm not sure where I'll take my fifth official.

When would you like to make a decision?

Hopefully when I see which way Ohio State goes. If they offer, it would definitely change some things. If not, I will probably decide in January.

What would an Ohio State offer mean?

It would mean a lot. I could see myself playing there. I like that school a lot. It would definitely change my leaders and stuff.

How do colleges want to use you?

All schools like me as a slot receiver and as a guy that can motion into the backfield.

What goals do you have for college?

I really just want to be the best player I can be and contribute to the team. I also want to get good grades, improve my game, and hopefully make it to the NFL.


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dubjayfootball90's picture


You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

+1 HS
kareemabduljacobb's picture

The more and more I watch him, the more and more I realize his competition is whack.  Half those kids on the other teams don't even seem like they know what's going on.

capn's picture

He's prime... take him!!!!

Capn, Make It So...

bhardy22132's picture

I wonder what is taking time on this. From the looks of it an offer is all this kid needs for him to make an decision on shutting down recruiting.

dubjayfootball90's picture

whack or not, having three kids on you and still being able to break an 80 yard td without being touched is some god given talent I would love to call my own...

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

WayCraKen's picture

Nice article Myles. What you see is what you get with this kid. 

Danify's picture

I'm sure if Timmons would get an offer, he would most likely commit on the spot, if not, a couple days later at most.

DLB1276's picture

What the hell is with recruiting video music? Is it a game to see who can have the most annoying music? If so, get this kid a scholly.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I'd much rather have Timmons than Corn Elder. As soon as Quick makes a decision then I believe the staff will make a decision on Timmons. I don't want Elder unless he's going to focus on football and I don't like to be negative but I don't see us getting Quick unless Strong leaves L'ville. Not negative, just a realist. 

DMcDougal24's picture

No disrespect to Timmons, but I think Elder is the better of the two as far as football prospects. I respect your reasoning with Elder's love for basketball, but if he were committed to football only I don't think there is any question as to who OSU would take

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I respect that but I live in the same town Elder lives in and know some people who know him. His #1 passion is basketball and he's going to try his best to play both in college. I say we use the scholly on a kid who wants to focus on football. 

DMcDougal24's picture

Thanks for the info.. Hopefully he realizes that he has better odds of making it as a football player, but I can't knock the guy for playing the sport he loves. Either way, Buckeyes would be getting a tremendous playmaker

Et_Tu_OSU's picture

I think I'd rather have a WR that flies vs. a versatile RB for this class, especially knowing the state of each position on the current team.

"The revolution will be televised."

WayCraKen's picture

No disrespect to Elder but put 20 pounds on him to get him to Timmons size and he just might slow down a step which would hurt him badly. 
SEC  I saw Elder once live and once on TV. I know he is listed as 165 but I would guess a little less. Elder is very good. Not quite as fast but similar moves. Elder seems to glide and Timmons can shift at full speed with instant accelleration. 
ET TU. I am pretty sure Elder is 95% RB in High School. 

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

He is primarily a RB... 

otrain2416's picture

I think at this point its a numbers game between Quick Gibson and the other WR visiters. Although I like this kid an awful lot, he looks amazing on film, and would love to see him in the class I trust Urban and the talent evaluaters. They had Sprinkle and Elliot picked out offered and committed before many people knew about them.

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

There are a lot of rumors swirling that Jimbo Fisher could be in the mix for the UT job. Apparently he doesn't get along with the FSU admin and he also has connections to Dave Hart. If he leaves FSU I believe that could open Tony Stevens back up. There's a lot that could happen with recruiting due to the coaching carousel that could take place. 

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Elder isn't very big. Everybody continues to knock Timmons' competition, but nobody acknowledges Elder's competition. I know there's Jalen Ramsey, but most of Elder's competition is a bunch of slow white kids. Take a look at Baylor, McCallie, BGA, Brentwood Academy, etc. If Elder played in the public school league he'd still be good, but wouldn't have the numbers he put up at Ensworth. 

zbd's picture

Looks too small for OSU.  He should go were he will play.

DefendYoungstown's picture

No disrespect to this guy but I expected to get a few verbals after "The Game", anybody know what's going on?

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Hayze's picture

What made you expect that? Most of the '13 guys we are after are either still in the middle of their recruitments or we are trying to flip them which mean it'll take more than one visit. And it looks like Meyer doesn't want the '14 kids committing yet. We saw after signing day last year how Marshall, Burrows, Price and Woodard all committed within a couple weeks.
Quick said he was close to committting but wants to take a couple more visits to make sure its the right decision. The only guys who really could have committed were Worely (looks like he'll commit in the near future) and Conley (looks like he's still a Michigan commit and might stay that way).
In December, we'll get visits from Mitchell, Bell, Dawson and some other guys who couldn't make it for THE GAME due to school or other football priorities. Don't be surprised if some of those guys committ after they visit.

KillerNut's picture

I'm a fan. But there is obviously a reason he hasn't gotten an offer yet

Poison nuts's picture

Get him an offer please. He's insanely good, no ifs ands or buts. Without the scholly  reductions, he would have one now - I have to believe his lack of an offer has to do with a numbers game & the offers on the table currently...Seems he's dying to be a Buckeye, which is always a added bonus when it comes to an elite type of talent, which I believe him to be despite the level of competition he may play...If I run a race & set a world record, but ran against a bunch super slow dudes, a world record is still a world record...Good is good.

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

sir rickithda3rd's picture

simple solution. have matta give elder a bball scholly and urbz offer timmons a football scholly. i dont see why this class couldnt end up with quick, gibson, and timmons

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

TheBadOwl's picture

Because football gets more funding, and therefore, Elder's scholly would automatically count against football instead. Not to mention that Thad needs those schollys for better players.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Hayze's picture

If we had no schollie penalties I think Timmons would've been in this class a couple months ago. Sucks for him and sucks that we probably won't have room to take him but I see us getting Quick and Gibson and closing down recruiting on WRs. That would give us Jacobs, Quick, Gibson and then Marshall.

FormerBuck's picture

Scholly reductions have nothing to do with it.  We will still end up with 25 in this class, which is where we would be even without the reductions.  
Sir:  That sounds great, but NCAA rules state that his scholarship would still count towards football.  The only way that wouldn't be the case was if he didn't play football as a freshman but did play basketball.  Obviously that wouldn't happen

bucknutz18's picture

only gets the offer if for some reason we dont take Gibson/Quick.  Kid is talented but half a step off the level we need to be recruiting...

WayCraKen's picture

Half a step?  Im sure your not talking speed. But in case you are Timmons best 100m time is 10.6 best 40 time 4.32. He is the fastest of the 3  

Buckeyefan9973's picture

I played vs Kentucky's best in High School, we were a halfway decent D5 Ohio school and beat 2 Ky State Champs, it is hard for me to overlook that.

WayCraKen's picture

What does that have to do with 4.32?  Im from Ohio as well. I can tell you the main difference is not that there is a talent difference. The main difference is the far superior coaching. 
I will prove using another sport Basketball. Kentucky high schools do not have better talent than Ohio High Schools. Yet each year many of Ohios best Basketball teams come to Lexington and Louisville and get their a&&es kicked badly and in many cases by very average Kentucky teams. 
Have you ever gone to a game and think wow they look good but once the ball is tipped the team gets destroyed. These superior looking athletes get beat by a good coach with average players all the time. You watch it on film and your opinion changes completely and you label it weak competition. 

Buckeyefan9973's picture

So Usain Bolt would be an All Pro?  Running against air does not impress me. I lived in Lexington and played my early years of football there, it is a different game in Ohio, I know from experience.

Dougger's picture

I know from experience dude,.... if you know what i mean.

I like football

Jdadams01's picture

The coaches seem to have him in tier B. I think it comes down to the overall numbers, not just Quick and Gibson. The coaches obviously believe they've got a good shot at an ideal finish. If we miss out on Bell, Dawson, Johnson, or Mitchell, Timmons will probably get an offer (IMO). If we get one or two LBs, they will start looking for best available, not just position groups.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

He's coming back to OSU w/ his mom in January for his official visit.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Say the kid doesn't get an offer by January, would OSU bring him in for an official visit without an offer? 

ohst8buxCP's picture

Waycracken we know he has track speed but just watch his tape, then go watch Quick's. I know you'll disagree but Quick is clearly faster and playing aginst better competition IMO. I'm far from a professional scout but I live in Kentucky, I've watched both play in person and have friends that have gone to high school at Trinity and Franklin County. Quick is simply the better player. Not to knock on Timmons but you can throw out as many track times as you want but it simply doesn't always translate to football. There's a reason this kid doesn't have an offer from OSU. He's a hell of a player but i just don't think he's the caliber of some of the other recievers we have on our board. Just my opinion.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Isn't Quick the state of Kentucky's record holder in the 200M dash??  I'd say he's pretty fast.  And better yet can sustain top speed for longer distances.

ohst8buxCP's picture

You would be correct Kareem Track speed doesn't nessecarily mean football speed like I said above but if thats what you want to look at Quick has it too.

WayCraKen's picture

Quick is a great player. I have seen both play as well. Quick and Timmons we are splitting hairs. In the 40 Timmons every time. In the 100 Timmons beats Quick with best recorded times 8 out of 10. In the 200 Quick 7 of the top 10. 
In no way does is Quick faster in uniform. I would concede he is a better route runner on a consistant basis but if Timmons played at Trinity like they wanted him to his role would have been more pro style may have even been a RB. 
I hope as a Buckeye fan Quick does come to OSU along with Gibson. Actually I prefer Gibson because Gibson has been developing and getting better each and every year and clearly wants to be a Buckeye. If we do not land Timmons I would go with Elder next. Same type of small structure Quick has but he is a playmaker. Marshall I believe ends up a RB. Call me crazy but I think thats where he best fits. The good thing is as pieces are filled the more Playmakers you have in a spread the better off you are. 

ohst8buxCP's picture

The reality is he's a Louisville kid without an offer from Louisville, next to no big name schools have offered him (including us) and I havn't seen a "recruiting expert" yet say they are high on Timmons like you are (in fact I have heard the opposite). This means that A LOT of people (including Urban Meyer) would be wrong about him if he is in fact as good as you claim. Not saying it's not possible but I trust those sources more than you. There are in fact diamonds in the rough but I just don't see this kid as one of them. I take Quick, Gibson or Elder 100 times out of 100 ahead of him. I hope this doesn't turn into a bashing Timmons thread because he's a great athelte and seems like a great kid but I really don't think he will be all that sucessful in major college football.

WayCraKen's picture

I do not know what you are talking about. Being contrary to my opinion is one thing. But spouting out inaccuracies is quite another. First of all OSU is still very high on him. It may end up that he does not get an offer but the fact is Meyer likes him a lot. 
Second he has had well over 15 BCS school offers. He showed no interest in several and consequently just like OSU the offer gets pulled. Basically the kid doesnt string anyone along. 
Third. He is not a Louisville kid. Louisville kids normally grow up Louisville fans and 90% of the rest choose UK. You have to remember UK and Louisville are closer in talent and most years it has been a toss up. Louisville is not as good as they think they are. Heck they just got beat by UCONN. 
And finally 2of4 services has him as a 4 star and the other 2 has him as a high 3. Where do you get that he is not highly regarded. In case you were wondering many other high rated programs has him on the radar just like the Buckeyes and call frequently. They all know he is all OSU so they are waiting until Timmons pulls the plug on the Buckeyes or vice versa. 
Unfortunately someone did not counsel him well on how to play "THE Recruiting GAME" very well, or by his nature he is uncomfortable with that process. 

ohst8buxCP's picture

What about my point is inaccurate? Clearly OSU isn't high enough on him to offer. If he gets one it is only because their first choices went elsewhere. Yes he has 15 BCS offers but only one from a traditional college football power (Arkansas). You can rag on Louisville all you want but I think It says a lot that his hometown team with a top notch coach does not deem him worthy of a scholarship offer. As far as recruiting services goes I saw a post today on 24/7 where a staff memeber said (paraphrasing) that he would take most of the other recievers on OSU's board ahead of Timmons and he thinks the only reason his name is brought up so much is that the few who are high on him are very vocal (like yourself). And how do you know coaches at other schools are waiting on what OSU does? Since when does any self respecting football program refuse to offer kids because he's high on another program? I really don't know where you get this stuff from.

WayCraKen's picture

Again. He is not from Louisville. Do you have any idea where Strong will end up?  It is likely it will be Arkansa unless Texas offers. Do you think that he would offer at any point knowing he is most likely moving on?  Timmons already has the Ark offer so he already has groundwork in place. 
247 is the worst site if you are not on their camp and list of fav. . For example you say only Ark offer!  That means you do not consider Wis, West Virg, South Car, Miss St, Purdue, Illini, Ind, legitimate offers and many more like USC, Alabama, that still keep in touch. 247 doesnt update on Timmons. They do not even report something as simple as his stats accurately. Not sure how many more kids they do that to

ohst8buxCP's picture

He is less than an hour from Louisville. By saying he's a hometown kid i'm stating that he's close enough to the U of L campus that it is next to impossible that they havn't seen his games and apparently decided they didn't see him worthy of an offer. Wether you like 24/7 or not is a matter of opinion but they are a major recruiting service with likley more knowledge of him as a player than you have and they are not nearly as impressed. As far as his offer list I don't now if you decided to make up that list but literally none of the 4 major recruiting services have him as having offers from South Carolina. As far as the other schools you mentioned I wouldn't consider the type of talent they have or recruit as a model I would like OSU to follow. Schools like Michigan, USC, Bama, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma are more comparable schools and literally none of them have offered. I havn't seen any "expert" on any site (including this one) say they would even put Timmons on Quick's level. The fact that you are acting like it's even close is insane IMO. 

WayCraKen's picture

You better get a hold of Coach very quickly to call off Buckeyes visit to him on Friday. Also let the coach know that 24/7 doesnt think he is worthy. Cmon man have you actually seen some of these guys that work for their sites?  They wouldnt know a calistandic just the same way I dont know how to spell the dang word. 

ohst8buxCP's picture

I heard right after Urban offers Timmons on friday he's stopping by your house and hiring you to scout for him. Literally you have no facts in any of your arguments. When I say scouting sites arn't high on him you say they don't know what they're talking about. When I bring up his offer sheet you claim to know they're waiting on what OSU does. You say he has offers from places from South Carolina when literally not a single recruiting site reports he does. Not a single one of your claims can be substantiated. I think your borderline obsession with this kid might be getting in the way of you having a rational discussion about him.

WayCraKen's picture

OHST8BUXSTR. You commented on my post and I in return answered to you in a way that obviously irritated you and for that I apolgize. We can keep going back and forth but after this post I am choosing not too. I am sure you are a pleasant person and a die hard Buckeye Fan.  I could tell you an interesting story from a gentleman whose best friend is the head recruiter for Notre Dame plus he went to college with the Stoops brothers at Iowa. But if I told you, you wouldnt believe me. 

buck-I.8's picture

Dude, stop baiting everyone. This issue shouldn't be this polarizing. Everyone else needs the same lecture too, but you're always in the argument, and the opponent keeps changing. Let him get the offer, and have everyone else eat crow, but it's doing no one any good to just go back and forth on it on every thread.

theDuke's picture

recruiting is definitely a touchy thing between prospects and schools. if you don't have someone familiar with the subtle do's/donts it cost you deserved attentions. I have a friend, from columbus area, that was a standout golfer through his junior and high school years. He was getting recruited from all over the place. Litterally, he showed up at a junior tournament with a Brutus/OSU headcover and that was all she wrote. Everything went cold after that because everyone thought he was going to OSU due to a headcover... 


WayCraKen's picture

Suddenly Things are beginning to turn in Ryans favor with programs hiring their new coaches. Suddenly he has some leverage to use of his own. Im 100% confident he will become a very hot commodity within two weeks.