Jake Hausmann, Tommy Kraemer, Liam Eichenberg Give Ohio Rebound Year in 2016

By Jeremy Birmingham on April 29, 2014 at 3:00p

We've discussed — a few times — Ohio State's apparent lack of "interest" in some of the Buckeye state's top 2015 talent. Yes, the Buckeyes have offered Jerome Baker, Shaun Crawford, Eric Glover-Williams, Justin Hilliard, Dre'Mont Jones, Elijah Taylor and Larry Scott, a healthy number at this point, but many of the state's top players remain on the outside looking in. 

The Buckeyes are in excellent shape with Baker and Jones and have a commitment from Glover-Williams. Ohio State is in a dog fight for Hilliard, Scott and Taylor, and Crawford has committed to Michigan, but another disjointed season for the Sun and Blue could potentially re-open that door for the Buckeyes if they've not sewn up their defensive backfield by then. 

While the Buckeyes chase seven of the state's top players, top prospects like Nick Conner, Rob Dowdy, George Brown, Jr., C.J. Conrad, Anthony McKee and Jordan Jones continue to draw huge interest from other national programs but haven't yet received an offer from Ohio State.  Whether or not the Buckeyes ever come calling is still in debate, but it's clear that the Buckeyes are A) aware that Ohio is loaded with talent and B) the Buckeyes aren't in any hurry to offer players they don't know with 100-percent certainty are able to fit into their program as a person and a player. The delay in offers for in-state products certainly rubs some people the wrong way, but Ohio State is in the business of making Ohio State football better, not brushing hair.

However, for those of you yearning for more in-state "love," look towards 2016. Three of the state's top ten players (according to 247Sports.com's composite feature) have already received an offer from the Buckeyes, and that number is almost sure to double or triple by the time autumn rolls around. Let's take a closer look at a handful of those prospects.


Liam Eichenberg has nailed the "regional trifecta" — offers from Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame — before the end of his sophomore year at Ignatius, an incredibly rare feat. In fact, those are Eichenberg's only three offers. A 6-foot-5, 275-pound tackle, Eichenberg possesses the hands, the feet, and the frame that make him an elite tackle prospect who could end up a five-star national-level talent. He will end up with offers from all the big boys if they decide an offer is worth extending because he's unlikely to venture too far from home. Way too early prediction: Buckeye.



Kraemer will be a national prospect.
Kraemer is a nasty lineman that Ed Warinner loves.

A recent Buckeye offer, Tommy Kraemer could pair up with Eichenberg to become the nation's best pair of tackles for 2016, and the Buckeyes are in great shape to land the Cincinnati prospect. With a college-ready frame already (6-foot-5, 305) Kraemer is another early composite five-star, and Ohio State hopes to lock him up early. Yes, the Queen City star grew up a Michigan fan, but the Buckeyes have moved into the fore for Kraemer. Can they stay there? Way too early prediction: Buckeye.



Sam Hubbard picked Ohio State over a host of big-time offers and his decision could be a harbinger of things to come for the Buckeyes inside of Cincinnati. In the last month, the Buckeyes have offered 2015 defensive tackle Elijah Taylor and 2015 tight end Jake Hausmann. Hausmann is a consensus four-star prospect and his big-bodied (6-foot-5, 235 pounds) frame make him a Jason Witten-esque type tight end, capable of out-muscling safeties and linebackers over the middle and standing up defensive ends on the pass rush. Florida State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville and Virginia have all made early offers to the Moeller star. Way too early prediction: Buckeye.



The Buckeyes have struggled in the last two years to land a "big" wide receiver, but that streak should end in 2016 and Cleveland Benedictine star Justin Layne should become the outside threat the Buckeyes have coveted. At 6-foot-3 and 180-pounds, Layne has become a hot prospect in the region and for good reason: he's really talented. Right now Layne has only two offers: Michigan State and West Virginia, but there's no doubt that he'll see a steady influx over the next year, and he should be a national prospect by next spring. A teammate of Jerome Baker at Benedictine, Layne's a long-strider with excellent hands and a good head on his shoulders. Like Baker, he's as solid a person off the field as he is a player on it. Way too early prediction: Buckeye


I'll have more on some of Ohio's top 2016 prospects in upcoming weeks. 


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BroJim's picture

Hopefully the streak of not landing a "big" WR ends this year while continuing the success in to 2016. 

I season my simple food with hunger

Hayze's picture

WR recruiting looks a ton better. Probably lead for in-state 6'3" OH WR Justin Layne and 6'3" PA WR Cameron Chambers and are at the top for 6'2" FL WR Nate Craig and 6'3" VA WR Scott Bracey.

Hayze's picture

In state 2016 definitely looks very good at this point. In addition to Eichenberg, Kraemer, Hausmann and Layne we've got WDE Jonathan Cooper, OLB Ethan Tucky, ATH Tyrece Speaight that should all be Buckeyes along with players like SDE Prince Sammons and OLB Zach Sandwisch who don't have offers yet, but could be highly recruited.

KBonay's picture

Some Cincy love....

Jeremypreemo81's picture

Keep those Cincy kids in the great state of OHIO

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Buckeye4life23's picture

I feel ya there, I hate seeing the kids down here in Cincy go elsewhere.  

Muck Fichigan that is all.

hit_the_couch's picture

Yeah, gotta get kids from there. I read somewhere that the high schools in Cincy are #4 in the country in producing NFL talent and #2 in producing MLB talent.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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Osurrt's picture

What? You mean Kentucky won't be securing them anytime soon?

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allinosu's picture

There is no 100% certainty.

Flyermike's picture

Why are you talking about the 2016 class?!  We need to focus on the 2015 class that is in SHAMBLES!

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jamesrbrown322's picture

At this rate, we're not even going to have a 2015 class right? We may as well move on to 2016 and abandon ship!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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FROMTHE18's picture

im so hyped for what Danny Clark will develop into that I completely forgot about the 2016 Class

seafus26's picture

I don't care where they come from, as long as we get this best talent and/or best fits that help us in The Chase. I'm sure the coaches are out there evaluating the coming years' talent at spring practices and spring games... Oh, that explains lack of early Ohio kids not having offers.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

dubjayfootball90's picture

Hope we can land the two tackles. That would be huge. Pun intended.

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

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DC-town's picture

Agreed- build those trenches...especially with the instate horses...that would be fantastic

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Another name to watch and a commitment is a possibility soon: George Hill. Another Hubbard high school star in the making was offered by the Buckeyes late tonight.

PoKeY21's picture

The Buckeyes not offering these players is not really what concerns me the most. While I would like tosu to make the offer its not a huge deal. Bigger deal is when these kids go to WVU, Kentucky, or Cincinatti. The B1G has got to step up the recruiting. Psu seems to be off to a hot start but now they need to maintain it for years, and prove they aren't just a flash in the pan. Msu never gets big names but success might change that. Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, all need to make offers. And once again fuck scum I hope they burn forever..

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Ball-Z-Buck's picture

OSU missing out on 4-6 top 2015 recruits.....not sure how or why that is happening. Hilliard and Crawford hurt for sure.

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

Hilliard hasn't committed anywhere else.  He is still in the mix.  

ramiy63's picture

I'm sure my "fan" status will be questioned, but I find myself less and less happy with Buckeye recruiting. Sure it's fun to go after the big name recruits from the south, but in the long run I think this is going to hurt us in the Midwest and here at home. I like winning as much as the next guy, but I've been an Ohio State fan because for so long Ohio State was "Ohio" kids. Now, not so much. 60% or so on the roster from Ohio, the rest from elsewhere. I'm not an Ohio State fan simply because the university is in Ohio (so is UC, OU, UT, etc.) but I pull for the Buckeyes because I can remember the days when 10 of 11 starters were from Ohio, and we'd play Texas or USC, and their kids were from Texas or California. That was when it was really Ohio vs. Texas, or Ohio vs. California for football supremacy. Now, not so much. Recruit the Ohio kids. Win or lose, I'll be a bigger fan. As it is today, win or lose, my interest is waning... 

jamesrbrown322's picture

The way of the world now is that the population shift is resulting in a deeper talent pool in the South. If you want to win national titles, then OSU has to recruit the South well. I agree that having Ohio kids on the team is awesome. But don't forget, Ohio has also provided Mich, Mich St, PSU, and even WVU with some stars and contributed to their success. But I am sure that their fans don't mind. Alabama, LSU, and even Georgia also succeed by recruiting out of state kids.

In this day and age, OSU must become a national program, not just in terms of fandom and exposure, if it wants to win national titles. I don't disagree with your opinion, but Ohio teams need to step up their game, like playing year round, and having 7 on 7 leagues if they want to keep up with the Jonses. Just my 2 cents.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

NuttyBuckeye's picture

Those were the good-ol days before all the media outlets we have now.  Thanks to technology, we can actively and quickly speak with athletes from all over the country.

Personally, I would love to see Ohio State jump on the best in Ohio earlier, but the truth of the matter is, the coaches can jump on athletes from all over the country just as easy.  Also, I think that Ohio talent has dipped in recent years.  Either that, or the media is not as enamored with our high school talent over the past years.

What's round on the ends and high in the middle? Tell me if you know!

cinserious's picture

@RAMIY63: I hear what your saying about keeping the majority 'Ohio guys' but the way I see it, when a player from Florida (Bosa, Hyde, Gamble, Holmes for example) accept an offer from The Ohio State University and they don the Scarlet and Grey, they are instantly and forever 'Ohio guys'. They bleed S and G.

Also, if the talent and/or character values are not plentiful in Ohio a certain year, there's no need to push the issue when you have a marquee program. The great state of Ohio consistently produces top 5 talent nationally so typically we won't have this problem. And hey, at least we're not losing our top talent to that scum up north!

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AZBuckeyePhan's picture

it seems plausible at this point that we may have more commits for 2016 then we do for 2015...awesome!

pdan46's picture

Glad to see that the way too early predictions are all Buckeyes!  If 2016 is going to be a great year for Ohio players, I would like us to get most, if not all, of the top Ohio Players.