11W Roundtable: Recruiting Wrap-Up 2013

By Michael Citro on February 8, 2013 at 1:00p
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The LOIs are in and Recruitmas 2013 is over. We’ve seen the 2013 class of Ohio State football players and experienced the ups and downs of another exciting National Signing Day.

James Clark gets it.James Clark's commitment was a highlight of NSD 2013.

There were wonderful surprises along the way and not-so-wonderful surprises as well. I wonder how many among us thought the Buckeyes would land Dontre Wilson, Vonn Bell and James Clark. Well, we should have known, because Urban Meyer.

As if our recruiting experts (most notably, Alex, Derek and Miles) hadn’t already knocked this week out of the park, we thought it would be nice to wrap up Recruitmas week with a nice bow for you.

Herein, we discuss the 2013 class in our usual roundtable style. Joining me are the aforementioned Alex, Derek and Miles.

Where did Ohio State best fill in its areas of need, and which areas were not sufficiently addressed?

ALEX: I think linebacker and the secondary on defense, and then wide receiver/playmakers on offense were the greatest need in this class. They certainly filled all of those by snagging Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson at linebacker; Eli Apple, Cam Burrows, Gareon Conley, Vonn Bell, Jayme Thompson, Darron Lee, and Chris Worley at defensive back; and then Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, James Clark, Corey Smith, and Ezekiel Elliott on the offensive side of the ball.

The only position group they didn't do a great job with was the offensive line. Evan Lisle and Tim Gardner are great looking prospects, but they really needed at least three players for this unit and failed to land another player.

DEREK: It has been reiterated by Urban Meyer repeatedly about the lack of home-run hitters on offense. That was shored up with this class. Wide receivers Clark and Smith have that ability, and athletes Marshall and Wilson do as well.

Other areas of need were linebackers and safeties. The linebackers were addressed in the form of Johnson and Mitchell. The safeties were addressed with Bell, Lee, and possibly Burrows.

It was a job well done, but offensive line could have used another stud. They graduate four along the line after next season, and were only able to nab signatures from Lisle and Gardner.

MILES: Ohio State best filled their needs in two areas. The first of which is obtaining multiple offensive playmakers, including the likes of Elliott, Clark, Marshall, Smith, Wilson, and Marcus Baugh. Secondly, the defensive backs class is very strong with Burrows, Conley, Bell, and Thompson. The one position that could've been addressed more is offensive line. I expect the Buckeyes to take 4-5 in next year’s class, after only landing two in the class.

MICHAEL: Like our experts, I think the Buckeyes knocked out two of its most glaring needs — explosive playmakers and defensive back. Linebacker was also addressed sufficiently, given the scholarship reductions. Given this season’s defensive line losses, Urban and his staff did well in that department. And I agree that offensive line didn’t quite work out. Also, apparently the punter position was insufficiently recruited. [Boom. Tressel’d]
 

Were there any recruits Ohio State had to have but failed to land?

DEREK: One they really wanted to land but didn't was James Quick. However, they addressed that void very nicely. Any other players they didn't get that they had to have were on the offensive line. A few of those names are Ethan Pocic, Hunter Bivin, Patrick Kugler, Chris Fox, and John Montelus.

MILES: Two recruits come to mind, the first of which is OT Ethan Pocic, who signed with LSU. The Buckeyes were thought to be in the lead for Pocic this past spring, but he surprised us with a commitment to the Tigers. On defense — LB Jaylon Smith, the brother of current Buckeye Rod Smith. Smith signed with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Wednesday. I believe Smith is easily the best LB in the 2013 class and the Buckeyes still need backers. The Buckeyes fell just short, finishing second for this defensive stud.

ALEX: There were a number of players on the offensive line that the staff went after and didn't get. Pocic, Bivin, Montelus, Colin McGovern, Dennis Finley, Dorian Johnson, Dan Skipper, Cameron Hunt, and others are names you can rattle off that would have been nice to add to the class.

MICHAEL: I was particularly intrigued by the extremely large Skipper, who committed to WOO BERT SOOIE at Arkansas. I thought the Buckeyes would grab him and was looking forward to four years of Gilligan’s Island jokes. I thought the Buckeyes needed a guy like Dorian Johnson as well. Quick would have been incredible in Tom Herman’s offense, but the staff did a great job of mitigating his loss.

Call your shot: who is the most important recruit in the class?

MILES: I think the most important recruits to this class are Trey Johnson and Mike Mitchell. The Buckeyes have two starting linebacker spots open. These two freshmen have a chance to step up and start from day one.

ALEX: That's a tough question because there are so many good players, but I am going to say J.T. Barrett. Other players may make an impact on this team sooner, but Barrett is supposed to be the next quarterback at Ohio State after Braxton Miller and "missing" on him would hurt in a big way.

DEREK: The most important recruit is Mitchell in my opinion. An argument can be made for Marshall, Bell, or Barrett, but Mitchell is a guy that has to come in and contribute immediately. The middle linebacker position has no experience returning for Ohio State and it is a thin group to begin with. Mitchell will be asked to fill the void rather quickly.

MICHAEL: I’m going to go with Joey Bosa here. I think Bosa has the makeup, as well as the talent, to become the next John Simon. Certainly Mitchell and Bell should have a huge impact as well, if they live up to their star ratings, but as we know, that isn’t always the case.

EZE followed through, to a relieved Buckeye Nation.Elliott inks his NLOI. Happiness erupts in Bucklandia.

What was the biggest surprise of National Signing Day? The biggest disappointment?

ALEX: Many would say landing Bell was the biggest surprise, but I think it was James Clark. This is based on the fact that he's from Florida and many thought he would be headed there, as well as the fact that OSU didn't even really start recruiting him until January. This was a "shotgun commitment" in the sense that the Buckeye coaching staff was able to make this happen in about a month, and is even more impressive considering Clark wasn't even planning on visiting Columbus until two weeks ago.

The biggest disappointment for me is the offensive line. I hate to keep going back there, but landing Cameron Hunt or Dan Skipper down the stretch would have really taken some of the hurt away from missing on big-time prospects earlier in the recruiting cycle.

DEREK: Bell was a nice addition and a surprise to many but Clark is a guy they got when they had a lot going against them in his recruitment. They got on him late and Florida had hosted him on a ton of visits already. Being able to make up that kind of ground on Clark in a mere few weeks was an outstanding job.

I don't think there was really a disappointment unless it is not getting the signature from punter Johnny Townsend. A month ago they lost to Louisville for James Quick so that could be an angle possibly, but they made up for that in a big way.

MILES: The biggest signing day surprise was Ohio State getting a signature from Clark. The Buckeyes didn't start recruiting him until January and Florida was thought to be the likely destination for Clark going into his visit to Gainesville this past weekend. However, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State staff were able to convince Clark that OSU was the best place for him.

MICHAEL: The biggest surprise to me was scoring on all three of Bell, Clark and Wilson, although technically the latter didn’t happen on Wednesday. I’d have been happy with two of the three, provided Elliott kept his commitment, which he also did. The disappointment was Townsend, who is a top national player at his position and an area of need.

Which recruit’s process was the most interesting to follow?

DEREK: The most interesting was probably Vonn Bell because of how Ohio State went all out in so many ways to retrieve his signature. Urban Meyer's visit to Georgia on the weekend of his state championship game worked wonders and convinced Bell to take an official visit.

A dramatic recruitment that was quite entertaining was that of Trey Johnson. He de-committed from Auburn after the firing of Gene Chizik and Ohio State came in and scooped him up. For weeks after, many SEC schools came in and tried to change his stance, including Tennessee and Florida, but in the end Luke Fickell was able to keep him on board.

MILES: The most interesting process to follow was the recruitment of Alex Anzalone. He committed to Ohio State back at the spring game in April, but de-committed just a few week afterwards, originally stating it was because of the Waugh situation. Most people thought he was a lock for Florida, but he fell in love with Notre Dame, and gave them his commitment at The Opening. Everything stayed pretty calm on this front until rumors started to swirl that Brian Kelly had interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles. He flipped to Florida just a day later and enrolled in Gainesville. It's safe to say he covered all his bases.

ALEX: No question, Vonn Bell's. Analysts had him "locked" to Alabama, Ohio State, and Tennessee at all different points of his recruitment, and, in the end, he was the only one that really knew. With media being the way it is today, it's an impressive feat how this kid kept everyone on their toes.

MICHAEL: I agree with Miles that the Anzalone recruitment process was the most interesting and took more turns than a John Petrucci guitar solo. It was the craziest recruitment story of the year until Alex Collins’ mother went all runaway bride on Wednesday.

Vonn Bell can keep a secret.Bell's commitment was Everett Withers' masterpiece.

Which players were the toughest to get a read on during the recruiting year, and why?

MILES: The toughest player to get a read on was Bell. He did a great job of playing his cards close to the vest. He went from an Ohio State lean over the summer, to a Bama lock during the season, to a Tennessee lock a couple of weeks before deciding. Then he committed and signed with the Buckeyes Wednesday. Crazy.

ALEX: Would probably have to go Bell on this one again for the above reasons, but Shelton Gibson was also up there. 

Gibson kept saying he had the grades and scores to qualify and that he wanted to be a Buckeye, but he never pulled the trigger. When he finally came in for an official visit everyone thought he'd finally get the green light to pledge, but the exact opposite happened.

DEREK: Bell always played things close to the vest so it was difficult to get a judgment on where he may be leaning, but in the end it was his relationship with Urban Meyer.
Corey Smith was another one that was sort of tough to read because of a lack of information on how events would transpire because he was from the junior college side of things. In the end, Ohio State was a school he really wanted to play for so it all came together for him once everything had been solved.

MICHAEL: Trey Johnson was a mystery to me from the moment he took that surprise visit to Tennessee. Although he stayed true to Ohio State, I was never sure where his head was from that point on.

Which player in the 2013 class has the most upside? How many potential first team All-B1G, or possibly even All-Americans do you see?

ALEX: There are so many talented players in this class that it's hard to pinpoint just one. I really think Marcus Baugh is going to impress people right away and Jalin Marshall will thrive as a full-time receiver. Evan Lisle on the offensive line is going to be a really nice player too. On defense I'd have to go with Chris Worley, a kid who the staff is really high on, yet isn't highly rated. He and Darron Lee will surprise people.

As for All-Big Ten members or All-Americans, the "world is the class of 2013's oyster" in that regard. There's not really one weak link and they all are capable of playing to that level.

DEREK: It is nearly impossible to predict which recruits will pan out and live up to the expectations and the rank that is attached to them. A few that are believed to be cinches to make a stamp on the program are Bosa, Marshall, and Bell.

Others with high upsides are Michael Hill, Mike Mitchell, Trey Johnson, Cam Burrows, Eli Apple, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dontre Wilson. J.T. Barrett's development will be essential because of his importance at the quarterback position.

MILES: The player with the most upside on the offensive side of the ball is Jalin Marshall. Marshall played quarterback in high school and has just recently started learning the wide receiver position. He's already pretty good at it and has a lot of room to grow.

Defensively, I would have to go with Gareon Conley. He has only played football for a couple of years and is already a shutdown corner.

As far as All-Big Ten/All-American selections go, I would say everyone prospect in this class has the potential to earn those distinctions.

MICHAEL: I think the biggest candidates for postseason honors in their OSU career are Bosa, Bell, Apple, Mitchell and Elliott. I see a lot of potential in Apple in particular and am looking forward to watching his development.

Predict the legacy and accomplishments of this 2013 class. Go!

DEREK: Like I stated before, it is impossible to predict how they will perform once they arrive on campus but it is difficult to think it won't be a special class. It is ranked as the top group on Scout.com. Expectations will be through the roof for this collection of talent with Urban Meyer at the helm.

MILES: I think this class wins one, maybe two national titles, as well as multiple B1G titles.

ALEX: I truly believe that this class gets at least one national title and multiple Big Ten titles. I think Urban Meyer is building a beast of a program in Columbus and this group will be a big part of defining his success over the next three to five years.

MICHAEL: It seems a bit puffed up to predict a national championship, but this class is capable of being part of one, and possibly more than one, if subsequent recruiting years are on this level. I see multiple B1G titles with this group and at least one major individual postseason award — possibly even the Heisman.
 

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TMac's picture

Just wanted to say Thank You for all the info and work you guys do for all of us faithful 11W readers!!  On to 26-0, Go Bucks!!

Nutbuck1959's picture

DITTO! You guys are the best.

ATXbucknut's picture

Great write-up. Let's skip spring and summer and go straight to September. Oh please.

SilverBulletNYC's picture

26-0! Love it. 

The South will NOT rise again!

awarren84's picture

I like when JT Barrett gets some props...people forget about him since the injury and Braxton being secure at starter...but when i watch his film...i think he has the best athleticism and arm combo I have seen in this class.

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chromedomebuck's picture

I too believe JT Barrett will be a BEAST! Most excited for him and Marshall on O.
Although it is difficult to pick just one impact player out of the incredible group Urban signed this week. Holy Toledo Batman! Urban is just an amazing recruiter...and the rest of his staff isn't half bad either :D

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TheBadOwl's picture

I agree -- Barrett would have shot up ranking boards if he'd stayed healthy. Plus he has all of the intangibles you can ask for and a makeup that is second-to-none.

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.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I like the fact that JT is a pass first QB and can make play with his legs when he is needed.  I'd really like to see us throw for 300 and rush for 200 a game. 

Citrus's picture

In a strange way the injury may help his passing. He has been forced to eliminate running and only pass. Maybe that mentality sticks a bit and increases his passing proficentcy.

okiebuck's picture

You are spot on SEC; I saw JT in a seven on seven game last year and he can wing it; he's got all the throws; a nice deep ball and he has touch on the short throws too.

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Ahh Saturday's picture

I realize that this is the '13 wrap-up, but given the comments regarding this years limited numbers on the OL, do you guys think we'll be scouring the JUCO ranks for a mature, game-ready body for '14?

bassplayer7770's picture

Thanks for the wrap-up.  I am in awe of how great this class turned out to be (minus Townsend).  I couldn't be more excited...
As for Townsend, good luck to him.  I admit I'm a little bummed he isn't a Buckeye, but I can respect his decision.

osubuck57's picture

I think what was a diasappointment this year with the lack of O-linemen this year,becomes a strength,in 2014!! Believe we'll sign 4-5 with this class,and 3-4 Linebackers!!The rest will just be gravy!!

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WoodyHayesHaymaker's picture

Predicting this class gets AT LEAST one national title, and maybe two?  That seems a little homeriffic.

cinserious's picture

I did'nt downvote you but I actually feel the 11W staff as a whole was being overly conservative with thier NC estimations. The upward trajectory of Urban Meyer and his staff's recruiting/coaching so far have me feeling the sky's the limit.  '13 and '14 we have Braxton. 2 NC's is not out of the question. After that, Barrett is not so much a known commodity so maybe our defense is that beasty that they pull us through.  At the end of the day this '13 class wins a minimum of two NC's.

Gone ham, be back soon...

AndyVance's picture

That said, one has to allow for the possibility of what economists call "Black Swan" events - something that you can't really plan for because you don't expect it to happen. This could be something like Braxton getting kidnapped by Nick Saban, OSU deciding to cancel football because Gordon Gee is tired of fans criticizing his decision-making, or an asteroid striking the 'Shoe.
Okay, I opted for hiker pud examples instead of things like Tat-gate or a major season-ending injury for a major player such as Braxton or Carlos 'cause that's just scary, but you get the picture...

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

It seems the most unheralded potential sleeper in this class to me is Tyquan Lewis. He has a great tape, put up numbers, and is enrolled early. I guess if he is gonna be in the viper position there's a little less of an immediate need there than linebacker, but I would put his chances of seeing the field early on the same level as Mitchell and Johnson because even though he may not be as highly touted as those two, he's already getting Marotti'd. 

CC's picture

I would have to go with Tracy Sprinkle.  i don't see how he is a 3 * player.  I see a difference between him and Bosa, but I see a difference between Bosa and the rest of the country hold Vanderdoes at DT.

cinserious's picture

Vander-dees as Vander-does!

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buckeyedude's picture

that's what mama said.

 

 

VABuckeyeInsanity's picture

Interesting write-up!  We have to remember these are predictions and anything can happen, but I see where each is coming from. 

Buckeye06's picture

I figured we'd at least get one shout out that quality wise 2014 could be even more special.
This class is very good across the board, but as stated, O-line, and to a greater degree in 2013, punter, could have used more work.  Now I'm not going to say that Meyer and Co. could have done anything about the Johnny T. situation, but importance wise, he may be THE most important one for 2013.  I loved the way he handled it, if indeed he was the odd man out #s wise, but i never like to see that happen to a kid who didn't do anything wrong, and was top 5 at his position in the country

corveyer's picture

It really is hard to predict who will make the biggest impact right away as there are so many studs in this class. That said the one prospect I could see coming in right away and performing is Baugh. He isn't talked about as much because he committed so early and totally shut down his recruitment, but I think he could be a really good one right away. 
We dont have anyone at the tight end or on the roster with his sort of athleticism/size. While I really like both Heuerman and Vannet, the don't have the speed that will make Baugh really dangerous. I could see him stepping in day one and being used like Stoneburner. However, he will fill the role better than Stoney who although athletic was really more a traditional tight end. Urban will want to use Baugh in the red zone and as he used Hernandez at UF coming out of the slot/backfield as an Hback.
All that said, I think a number of the freshman will have big impacts either on special teams or in various role/select packages. The other skill players on O (Wilson, Smith, Clark, Elliot, and Marshall) should all see the ball at some point, even if more limited for some. The db class should get some PT but I don't see any of them starting or being major contributors barring injury. The linebackers will have a great opportunity but frankly I hope some of the guys already on the roster step up, especially Curtis Grant. DLine guys should just add depth as we are already strong there, but given everyone will be a first year starter who knows what could happen. Not really going out on a limb with this pick as it seems obvious, but Bosa is probably the guy with best chance to start or have an impact right away. As for second guys up I would go with Mike Mitchell (given his athleticism could see him used in 3 and long spots to rush the QB from the outside LB/Leo spot) or Tyquan Lewis who is a pretty natural pass rusher. 
Could see some other guys step up from last years class, as side from the usual suspects (Schutt, Spence, Washington, Decker). Armani Reeves, Cam Williams, Mike Thomas, David Perkins all jump to mind. 

sirclovis's picture

I love the potential that Baugh brings. After seeing all these big strong athletic TE's like Gronkowski, Hernandez, Vernon Davis, etc. flourish in College and the NFL, It is apparent the threat this type of player can be. Baugh appears to fit this mold perfectly. He has great hands, great size, and great speed.
Furthermore, next year's roster does not have any really tall WR's. This bodes well for Baugh and his playing time. I can definitely see packages that put Baugh all over the field, from split out wide, to in the slot, to on the line,  to maybe even in the backfield a la Hernandez. He is a matchup nightmare.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I really hope to see Michael Thomas step up and make plays at WR, but I don't see him being as elusive as the young guys coming in.  I think Marshall, Wilson, Clark, and Baugh will all be in the offensive rotation.  I see Zeke getting buried a little in the depth chart, but becoming a 15 carry guy his sophomore year. 
On defense I could see Mitchell, Bosa, Johnson, Bell, Apple, Burrows, Hill, and Lewis all getting PT early.  I think you will see them in the game quite a bit in non-conference.  I'd personally like to see Grant move to DE and become a Nate Williams type pass rusher.  I think he could also drop back into coverage from that position too. 
Overall, this young class is going to be very good.  Urban built some of the D in the 2012 class and added to it in the 2013 class.  He also brought in his playmakers in the 2013 class.  Our best team will be when Braxton is a senior.  I see us being very good and making a title run next year, but the best overall team will be 2014-2015. 

Citrus's picture

I agree on Thomas but I think he will be a nice rangy deep/endzone threat

dlb72osu's picture

Don't know if Grant will make it at all at this level. Wouldn't be surprised to see him ask for a transfer if spring ball doesn't work out for him.

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Bam_Childress's picture

I feel like Jalin will make an instant impact

5 ft 9 in - 185 lbs - ALL HEART

gobucks96's picture

torn between him or Baugh... Think what Urban wants in a TE he has more than the others already here...

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Only 64 days until the Spring game at PBS.......

Ahh Saturday's picture

Not trying to derail the thread, but I really hate that the Spring game isn't in The Shoe this year.  Nothing against Cincy, but the Spring game is always a major recruiting event, and we ain't recruiting people to play at UC. 

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I think everyone would like to see it at The Shoe, but there are going to be renovations going on and they couldn't have it there.  Gotta deal with the circumstances.  It's only one year. 

buckeyedude's picture

I'll have a four hour ride to the game instead of 2 and 1/2 hrs. I'm still going though. Get me some Cincinnati Style Chili while I'm there baby!

 

 

buckeye76BHop's picture

I totally agree with everything stated above....as well as post #1...26-0 isn't an outlandish statement what-so-ever.  This class with 2012 and the rest who are already there....look out folks.  

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Lincoln's picture

MILES: I think this class wins one, maybe two national titles, as well as multiple B1G titles.
ALEX: I truly believe that this class gets at least one national title and multiple Big Ten titles. I think Urban Meyer is building a beast of a program in Columbus and this group will be a big part of defining his success over the next three to five years.

Wow.  As a Cleveland Sports fan and a lifelong Buckeye fan I have witnessed one championship in my 30 years. To even think about multiples is like dreaming of winning the lottery to someone like me.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

That's the Urban Meyer effect!
 

ToothBuck's picture

Thanks for all the hard work and exciting news you guys have delivered over this past year. Can't wait to discuss the highlights of the 2014 class(and hopefullly following championship seasons)!

rdubs's picture

What blows me away is that WR is a strength of this class despite missing (for various reasons) on 3 of our initial top picks: Robert Foster, Shelton Gibson, and James Quick.  Also we had another WR flip on signing day.  Unbelievable that despite missing on all of those guys we still ended up with an amazing WR class.

BUCKfutter's picture

Meyer mentioned cutting ties with some recruits due to grades (or potential to struggle in school) in his presser Wednesday...couldn't help but think of Gibson - seemed to confirm some of the speculation that's been on here the last few weeks.  Whether or not his grades/scores were up to par, perhaps UFM saw trouble down the road and stopped the process for both OSU and Gibson's sake.

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Buckeyeneer's picture

LOL at Michael: WOO BERT SOOIE
I was in stiches!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

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Michael Citro's picture

Full disclosure: Vico coined that nickname over at our old stomping grounds. It's just so perfect that it has to become a thing.

http://www.ourhonordefend.com/2012/12/woo-bert-sooie.php

 

tennbuckeye19's picture

Michael, This answer was a complete gem, especially the Petrucci reference:

MICHAEL: I agree with Miles that the Anzalone recruitment process was the most interesting and took more turns than a John Petrucci guitar solo. It was the craziest recruitment story of the year until Alex Collins’ mother went all runaway bride on Wednesday.

 

Michael Citro's picture

Thank you, sir. JP shreds.

Bobcat04's picture

Yes, love the Dream Theater reference. Fan since Images and Words. Urban is also like Mike Portnoy in his ability to juggle everything at once and make it look effortless. 

Buckeyeneer's picture

@ Michael: I'll do my part. I will be unabashedly using it over the next year.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

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TBDBITL0509's picture

Slightly off topic: It wasn't until I clicked on this link that I realized Charles was a contributor on OHD. He was my best friend's roommate in undergrad! We were in band together! 
I love being a Buckeye. It's such a small world.

MN Buckeye's picture

Recruit after recruit, each one appears to have huge talent and they seem to fit the system.  I think of the drama of Dodson committing last year, and while that was fun he has yet to produce here.  I have great respect not only for the commits this week, but the greatest for those who quietly committed and went about their business in a no-nonsense way.  I do not see character issues appearing here, although one can never tell, but having quality kids and many with leadership skills is exciting to me.  We need to fill the Zach Boren/John Simon roles, leaders who give everything and refuse to lose.

AndyVance's picture

Between Clark rocking the bowtie and Bell sporting the suspenders, I was seriously impressed with the fashion sense of the new crop of Buckeyes.

Buckeyeneer's picture

I was thinking the same thing. A bunch of dapper young men.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

MN Buckeye's picture

except for the colors worn by Vonn

Grant Edgell's picture

Glad to see Marcus Baugh get some mention here, guys. With him committing early he seems to have been overshadowed recently by the other explosive names we've all had our eyes (understandably) glued to - Elliott, Wilson, Clark, Marshall, etc. especially since there were no fireworks going off around him as NSD approached as there was with the others. He could/should ultimately become quite a weapon for this program.

gobucks96's picture

and his commit was out of left field as well...

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Sorry, off topic. Am starving in the wilderness here for games. Anybody know of youtube links to full games from 2012 OSU? Looking for illinois, nebraska, and wisky games. Thank you in advance.

daytonbuckeye's picture

Here is the Brasky game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0ATLAiywsc
Having troubles finding illinois and wisky. I thought that I watched them on youtube recently but can't find them now.

mthompson331's picture

It's killing me... I want to know who ends up being "the guy" behind Miller and Hyde. Corey Brown? Jordan Hall? Or do one of the freshmen blow up this spring and make it onto the field?

Beat Mich-Again. And again.
 

Squirrel Master's picture

I think it is very likely going to be an upperclassman like Rod Smith or Jalin Marshall. My reasons:
1. Rod Smith came on strong last year. I think he has momentum and opportunity. He has all the tools. Lets just say I am less concerned this year if Hyde or Hall goes down than last year. 
2. Its easier to predict a slot player or RB because we just don't know the impact Braxton will have with his throwing this year. Corey Smith and James Clark will provide excellent outside speed along with Dontre Wilson out of the slot, but until we know how the throwing game will progress it will be easier to assume the most likely "guy" will be a ball carrier. 
3. Jalin Marshall is bringing some very interesting skills to the table. Just think about the fact that a fairly skilled passer will be lining up with Braxton. I can see a few future half back tosses from Jalin being a possibility. It definitely will help keep Brax more fresh and hit less. In fact I can see having Marshall, Barrett and Brax on the field together and really throw the defense off on who could pass the ball and who would be running a route. 
Just a thought, new formation. 2 QBs lined up equal distance from center about a foot from each other. The call can come from one but the ball could be hiked to the other. Right behind them is the tailback ready to run zone read. Ball gets hiked, 1 QB gets it while the other acts like its a QB sweep. The QB with the ball runs either a fake handoff, keeper or if the defense doesn't follow the other QB who slides out to the flats for a possible backwards lateral toss. If it could work (hairbrained idea but sounds fun) I think it could really create some confusion amongst the defense. 

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Buck Commander's picture

I say 68-0 the next 4 years counting last year and show the SEC how an ass whoopin really feels like...Go Bucks

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Squirrel Master's picture

I think differently in regards to Joey Bosa being the next John Simon. First of all we don't really know yet what Bosa is like as a team leader. So far he seems to be but Simon was a big time leader on and off the field. That would be huge shoes to fill.
Secondly even though I think Simon was awesome and breaks the mold when it comes to succeeding despite not being a prototypical player at his position, Bosa does have the prototypical frame for his position. Bosa is a good size at 6'4'' with what looks like nice long arms. He looks big almost more like JJ Watt. 
I just hope that Bosa is close to what Simon was as far as energy and fight with determination. If so, then we might actually see what Simon could have been had he been a more prototypical player, not that I think Simon isn't great as is. I just think Bosa has the potential to be even better.
Lots of great guys on this team. Not sure if there is a Braxton Miller or Ryan Shazier in this class but I don't see one guy who won't contribute at some point in their career. Even the less heralded Tim Gardner and Tracy Sprinkle are special players. 

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