The World Waits for James Quick

By Kyle Rowland on January 4, 2013 at 10:00a

Two potential Ohio State wide receivers will be in action on Saturday for the East team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Only one will announce his college decision. But whatever he opts to do could set off a domino effect. 

Quick must make a monumental decision. 

That’s because the Buckeyes have limited room due to scholarship reductions. Despite losing Ricquan Southward, Ty Williams and Verlon Reed in the last year, Ohio State must still contend with NCAA shackles.

The top target for the Buckeyes is Louisville native James Quick. Decision day comes on Saturday. Will he stay in his hometown or go north to provide stability to an area of need for Ohio State? Your guess is as good as ours.

In San Antonio, Quick has been hush-hush about his destination. He did provide one nugget, though, saying Ohio State held a slight lead. That ran contrary to what many believed — that the hometown Cardinals were in front for his services. Whatever Quick decides, it will come after a lengthy discussion with his parents.

It will also provide closure and relief to the topsy-turvy life of a high-profile recruit.

“I’m excited to get everything done and over,” Quick told us. “I want to let everyone know and have it off my back.”

Who can blame him? College football (and basketball) recruiting becomes a bigger part of the sport’s consciousness every season with all-star games and print and online content dedicated to the multitude of commitments. And when kids go to the opposing school, fans show their bad side. The advent of Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites has allowed fans to get closer than ever to the athletes they belove. But it’s also given way to ugliness – fans administering death threats and telling players to kill themselves.

But it’s only a small percentage of people that give the millions of supporters a bad name. By and large, maturity gives way to possible poor decisions. After all, it’s a game that’s supposed to be fun for all involved. That’s been the case the past week in San Antonio.

In a possible tip of his cap, Quick has hung out with the Ohio State commits. In November, he had an opportunity to make friendships on his official visit during Michigan weekend. In Texas, they’ve continued to blossom.

One player Quick has called a teammate at the U.S. Army game and could for years to come is fellow wide receiver Shelton Gibson. The Cleveland Heights wide receiver has a final four of Ohio State, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. Unlike Quick, Gibson is still pondering his possibilities and won’t announce his college plans until National Signing Day in February.

Could Gibson be catching passes from Miller?

Tennessee is a recent addition to Gibson’s list, as the Volunteers replaced Auburn. During the coaching staff transition at Tennessee, new head coach Butch Jones brought over Tommy Thigpen from Auburn, prompting Gibson to consider the Vols. He’ll make official visits to Tennessee and Ohio State in January. It should be noted, though, that Gibson has made the two-hour drive down 71 several times already and has grown comfortable in Columbus.

And it’s the Buckeyes that hold the upper hand. If Tennessee, West Virginia or Kentucky secures Gibson’s commitment, it will come as a surprise. He’s long been favoring Ohio State.

“I’ve been leaning more to Ohio State and seeing who they are getting, Braxton Miller and stuff, it’s going to be nice here,” Gibson said, in July at Friday Night Lights.

Miller and the Buckeyes’ 2012 season would have thought to only solidify Gibson’s thinking. But the door is slightly ajar.

“It’s not as big as it was before I went to West Virginia because West Virginia is a good school,” Gibson said, in San Antonio. “Their offense is great. They have two receivers in the NFL Draft right now sitting in a good spot, and their stats are amazing.”

It’s a coach’s amazing stats that also have drawn attention from the NFL. At this point, it seems to be a foregone conclusion that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly will leave Eugene for the pros. The only intrigue left is which downtrodden team he decides to take over – Cleveland or Philadelphia.

And like linebacker Trey Johnson, who de-committed from Auburn after a coaching change and appears headed to Ohio State – he’ll announce Friday night at the Under Armour game – wide receiver Dontre Wilson, of Desoto, Texas, could spurn Oregon if Kelly bolts for the NFL.

Prior to Wilson’s commitment to the Ducks, Ohio State was in his final two. But he isn’t the only wide receiver the Buckeyes could land late in the recruiting season. Ryan Timmons and Cornelius Elder remain possibilities.

Something that seems like a remote possibility is Urban Meyer making a similar move to the NFL. He reiterated that point on The Dan Patrick Show.

“I got a couple phone calls early in my Florida days asking if I'd be interested,” Meyer said. “I love college football and I made that decision that that's where I wanted to be. There was a time where I made some phone calls and had some conversations about it, but never to the point where I got very serious about it.

“I'm intrigued with the collegiate atmosphere. I don't know much about pro football. You start talking about salary caps and those type of things, and I'd much rather talk about recruiting and the part that I love about college football and that's the development of young players. I just never really had an interest.”

Timmons, being recruited as a slot receiver and running back, will visit campus on January 11. In his final four, along with Ohio State, is Kentucky, Arkansas and Illinois. He’s a two-time state track champion in his home state of Kentucky in the 100 meters and has exhibited similar speed on the football field, racking up more than 2,500 total yards as a senior.

A longtime OSU target, Elder is also scheduled to visit Columbus next weekend and is playing the waiting game with the Buckeyes to see if there will be room for him in their 2013 class. A host of schools including hometown Vanderbilt, UCLA, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, and many others have offered the speedy athlete from Nashville, but it appears he wants to play for Urban Meyer if given the green light.

So James, no pressure, but your decision could impact a handful of other players. It’s also certain to leave one fan base cheering and another cursing.


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DonkeyPunchAnnArbor's picture

James seems like a really good kid, I would love to see him in Scarlet and Gray.  I think he could make an immediate impact.
Best of luck to him wherever he ends up!

"Michigan and "huge mistake" are synonymous"
-Mark Titus

STRAWMAN's picture

Agree completely. This is one of those rare recruiting situations where an equal case can be made for both schools in complete honesty. Each school will offer a very good opportunity for him. 

joethejester's picture

I agree a case can be made either way.  Part of that is because I'm getting conflicting information from different sources.  Kyle (who wrote this article) says he's haning out with OSU recruits but I haven't seen that anywhere else.  Marc Givler says the exact opposite, that he isn't hanging with OSU recruits.  I'm not so sure where this recruitment is going but Kyle's quotes are old (from FNL this summer) so I'm more likely to take Givler's word on the whole situation.

Alex's picture

the only quote Kyle used from FNL was Gibson's and that was to show that even back then he said OSU had a strong lead, but then goes on to say it has tightened with WVU...everything else is from this week

DefendOhio's picture

Wilson has said he is sticking with Oregon regardless of what happens with Kelly.

+1 HS
Alex's picture

he actually said this week if Kelly leaves he'll consider opening things up

rdubs's picture

I think I heard both of these things so I figure, let's wait and see.  The other thing that Alex has mentioned is that it might be tough to fit him in, especially if the man this article is about decides to join us.

ODEEZ330's picture

He has said both. Recruiting gotta love it

stark county football

dgrubbs's picture

So if Wilson were to open things back up, do you think he would take preference over Gibson?

buck-I.8's picture

I really hope not. Right not the class doesn't have a pure reciever. Urban's spread needs recievers to contrast the hybrid athlete types. Devin Smith made a big impact this year for that reason, and without a legitimate deep-threat WR like Quick or Gibson, my opinion of the class will be a notch lower.

Poison nuts's picture

I agree totally. With Jalin Marshall, Taivon Jacobs & Zeke already in the fold, I'd like to see some pure receivers on board...and soon.

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Bucks43201's picture

If I had to pick just 1 - I would say Wilson over Gibson AND Quick. I know WR is more a position of need at this moment, but I think Wilson is that good. Reminds me of D'Anthony Thomas.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I agree we need a pure WR in this class, but give me 5 guys on the field no matter what size they are that run 4.3's and 4.4's and I will be extremely happy.  I'd love to see our offense as explosive as Oregon's.  Oregon's offense combined with the defense Urban is building would definitely bring a title to Columbus.

joshhersh's picture

Hoping for a gray box tonight and a couple tomorrow!!  Come on Trey, start us out strong tonight. 

popeurban's picture

You start talking about salary caps and those type of things, and I'd much rather talk about recruiting and the part that I love about college football and that's the development of young players. I just never really had an interest.”

Thank you!

cinserious's picture

This should be good enough for recruits to feel safe that the entire four years will be played under Urban Meyer. No going to another school (we have mucho $ and the premier program in the country), no going to the NFL, and getting fired is out of the question. Add that to his genuine desire to develop these kids and transforming them from boyz II men. Oh, and the future championships he brings to columbus  won't hurt either.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

clogan1032's picture

If Wilson opens things up, do we ditch Elder and Timmons and put the fullpress on Wilson?  Don't know much about him, how is the competition that he has played against?

BUCKI4LIFE's picture

This should be an exciting weekend! I'll be looking for gray boxes on Saturday!

rickyu22's picture

So we get all 3 Trey, Mike, and James...does that end the class or are we still looking at 1 more play maker like Timmons or Elder? Just curious as to how many more we can take. 

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Looking like 6 more total...

buckeye76BHop's picture

^^^^This is the exact list I was about to type...good choices...I would add Wilson if he visits.  If he doesn't....then he stays with Oregon.  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

OSU2002Grad's picture

Still all Louisville.

buckatron32's picture

This doesn't really warrant a down vote since it is an opinion. 
I have a bad feeling that he's going to pick Louisville. I'm expecting the worst but hoping for the best. 

dancorona5's picture

stop downvoting his opinion. its nothing negative about ohio state, james quick, or any of you.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Wasn't whining about downvoting a no-no?

dancorona5's picture

probably..but this is after Jason just posted some guidelines to people on how to vote..
and honestly, if you want to down vote me for "whining" its fine. i was raised to have thick skin. and i was also raised to stand up for someone who is being "bullied"

gosolow2000's picture

Yes, but it wasn't OSU2002GRAD( who got the downvote) that complained about. It was someone else pointing out this this comment did not deserve the downvote.

Killer nuts's picture

Yeah but we all know there's a small group of people on this site who go around and automatically down vote any comment about down voting. In fact some people who have made comments that that's exactly what they do, not sure why that's OK or funny to them but it is what it is

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

The 11W staff monitors the trolls that go around doing that...  It's not the end of the world when someone gets downvoted.  I had a comment one time that got about 15 downvotes... Wasn't a big deal.  Just move on.  Trolls will be trolls. 

AllDay028's picture

Just as an aside, even though he may not deserve the downvotes because it's an opinion, people have to realize that HOW you say things, not so much what you say, is a lot of the reason for downvotes.
If he says "I think Quick is going to Louisville" he doesn't get downvotes. I said the same thing yesterday and got none.
If he says "All Louisville" it sounds like he's being confrontational and combative. And those always get downvotes.
Just my two cents for those of you that complain about downvotes.

OSU2002Grad's picture

Just as an aside, not worried about the downvoting. I think the whole thing is silly. I'm saying what has been the case ever since Strong stayed at L'Ville. No more. No less. Not trolling. Just keeping things realistic here.

AllDay028's picture

You realize this post is just you being combative again, right?

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Just keeping things realistic here.

I'm fine with you saying, "all Louisville" and would never downvote such a comment.
However, all indications were/are that Quick was 50/50, or at most 60/40, between the two schools. It's not "realistic" in my book for someone to claim to know the outcome of such scenarios - in advance - and tell others, for all intents and purposes, to take-it-the-bank.
Actually, reality can be a real bitch if you insist on betting on 60/40 propositions as if they're 90/10 propositions.     

OSU2002Grad's picture

I wish it were 90/10.

mshaf's picture

I have shut down my work today until I see a grey box appear.

buckeye76BHop's picture

You'll be shut down until after 5 so...I say you'll see one tonight and several tomorrow;-)

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Buckeyes125's picture

Quick and Gibson/Wilson combo would be dirty. Imagine the arsenal of athletes we are bringing to the B1G... Good luck.

cinserious's picture

I'd be happy with Quick,Gibson, Dontrelle, Timmons, or Corn Elder!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Buckeyes125's picture

Quick says Ohio State has a slight lead, and he talked to both coaches last night. As much as I want Quick to join the Buckeyes, I cant shake the feeling that he is going to be a Louisville Cardinal. The suspense is killing me.

jaxbuckeye's picture

I get the feeling the "Ohio State has a slight lead" is to build up the drama for when he "shocks" everyone and chooses Louisville.  Nothing personal against him, just get that feeling of him being the hometown hero.  Couple that with the Sugar Bowl and I don't see how he doesn't commit to Louisville.  Either way, tOSU will be OK.  They have a ton of potential receivers in the class.  It's the linebackers that are crucial.

DMcDougal24's picture

That's one way to look at it.. The other is that he puts it out there a few days before he decides that OSU is his leader so that there are no surprises when he picks OSU. To soften the blow, so to speak. 

Jhesse17's picture

Couldn't agree more. I think all signs point to him going to Louisville.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Could Quick commit and possibly be flipped by NSD?

toad1204's picture

^ is whats keeping me up at night both good and bad ways...

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Buckeyes125's picture

He doesn't seem like that kid of kid. I feel like if he commits, to either Ohio State or Louisville, he is staying there.

toad1204's picture

I think I've read too many threads on here with too much speculation and conjecture.  Watched the video again from lastnight.  Makes me think the same.  Agreed.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

bukyze's picture

Agree.  I think there is a 0% chance he would flip.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

IF he commits to L'ville everyone on this site will be hoping he's a kid who can be flipped.  Never count out Urban's recruiting expertise.  I think he is OSU tho after reading reports.  I think he knows his best chance to win a national title is at OSU.  I know the hometown pressure is there, but once he commits and moves on to school he will be better off. 

Larryp713's picture

Honestly, I would hope he stays with his choice. He has been mulling this over for awhile and has all the information that is useful. Whether he commits to Louisville or the Buckeyes during the game, if he would later waffle, I would wonder about his stability. There are so many good recruits out there, and he has been pretty straightforward, so I will wish him well at whichever school he chooses.



Dougger's picture

very intriguing

I like football

Alex's picture

Hearing such conflicting things on Quick from multiple sources who "could" know....someone close to the staff said OSU to us last night. Someone close to the players said Louisville minutes later. It's crazy how nobody "knows" where this one is going. Will make tomorrow's announcement exciting.

I will say if OSU gets Quick, awesome, he is a tremendous player. If they don't, life goes on, so don't get beat up over it. As they say, it's not the kids that choose another school that hurts you, it's the ones you take that don't pan out. If they don't get Quick they can add Gibson/Elder/Wilson/Timmons and have some really good talent at WR along with Marshall and Jacobs in this class.

FROMTHE18's picture

feel the same as you Alex...IMO Quick is hope #1 but those other guys on the board would be fantastic additions to the class if Quick doesnt commit to OSU

NYCBuckeye's picture

Great point here. Also, if he does choose Louisville, PLEASE, Buckeye fans, do not tweet/facebook/etc at him anything obnoxious (or anything at all really, still dont understand why people do it). Just get over it and move on. Not saying any 11W posters do this, but if you're (for whatever idiotic reason) tempted to send the kid any sort of message expressing your disapproval, don't. You make rational Buckeye fans/yourself seem like a stalking lunatic.

Hayze's picture

This is one of the advantages of Urban's recruiting philosophy.
We'll definitely lose out on many very good players. However, we also have many very good backups that most schools would take in a heartbeat.
I love Quick but should he pick the Cards, I'm more than happy with taking Gibson/Elder/Wilson.

buckeyestu's picture

i will be happy with any speedster who can catch the ball and make plays, preferably touchdowns.

okiebuck's picture

I'm more interested in getting these LB's because defense wins championships and we need them right away. I know it sounds good on the Mitchell kid but until it happens you never know. Any of the WR's listed that comes out way will be a good fit but it seems that because Quick is from outside Ohio; y'all are more fired up about him. They are all good.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

buckeye76BHop's picture

This is getting interesting with Quick....but I'm with the majority here and if he goes elsewhere...there are others in line just as good to take his place (Gibson/Elder/Wilson/Timmons).  They may not be the same but their talents would prove to be extremely helpful in OSU's new style of offense.  

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

gobucks96's picture

who is this James Quick character anyways?

jedkat's picture

He does the 'Quick Bits' every day. Free Agent.

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"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

okiebuck's picture

Does anyone know what time this Under Armor game comes on today?

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

FROMTHE18's picture

trey johnson is the only target commiting tonight...quick and mitchell are tomorrow

Squirrel Master's picture

I think he was asking about the time for the game, not who is committing. 
UAAA game is at 5pm on ESPN. 

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

toad1204's picture

5 Bells ESPN

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Spirit's picture

Let's hope we can get the kids who will come here and grow to become great husbands, fathers,  citizens, then football players. Let our coaches recruit them, none of us could out recruit Uncle Brady!


WayCraKen's picture

Apparently recruiting is going to get really hot and heavy for the next few weeks.