PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
We will do a recruiting mailbag July 5....hit me with your questions
Let's say we have six spots left (20 total) - what sort of positional breakdown do you see the Buckeyes going with? Also, are there any guys at each position that we should watch closely?
How interested is Da'Shawn Hand in coming Ohio State, really? Who is the staff working the hardest to include in this year's offensive line class? Is Robert Foster under consideration at all by the staff for a spot in this class? Is Tiquan Mizzell or Derrick Green more likely to be taken by the staff this year for a RB spot?
You've mentioned (at least, I think it was you, could have been another 11W staff-member) that UFM wants to take another linebacker for the 2013 class. First, is this still true? Second, now that Anzalone is finally out of the picture, who is the most likely candidate to take this spot? Kimbrough seems destined to remain on the fringes. I've seen Mike Mitchell's name floated, but not really on this site, and after that it seems to get pretty thin.
Also, is there a position-need that the Buckeyes feel they have to fill with one of the remaining scholarships, or are they content to take the best players they can get? I would assume that they need at least one more receiver/athlete and one more offensive tackle.
"Paralyze resistance with persistence." -Woody Hayes
Seems crazy to ask this early, but what the heck: Best guess at how many spots will be available for 2014 and how soon do you predict our first verbal commit will come for that class?
With our overall success in defensive recruiting of late, I have to say that I'm ready to see our Buckeyes land some more elite offensive specialists. With big names out there like Derrick Green, Robert Foster, Shelton Gibson, James Quick, and Devon Allen, who do you see making it into this class? Who do you think our top priorities are in this department?
When do you see the first 2014 prospect committing?
If we whiff on Quick, Foster, Allen, and Gibson(academic issues), what WR prospects will we be going after?
Where do we currently stand with our WR recruiting? Which of the remaining WR recruits to we have the best shot at landing?
OL Kyle Meadows seemed to make the biggest impression among his competitors during the June camps. Do you think he did enough to earn an offer? What about our OL overall?
Who are the offers out that are actually commitable? I'm assuming Bell, Anzalone, Alexander, Tunsil, Treadwell, Mizzel, but it gets very unclear from there on out.
Out of the new names we are hearing in the last few weeks (Timmons, Baker, Elder, etc.) who are the players the staff is truly pursuing and who had the best shot of getting into the class?
What positions will OSU be focusing on with the remaining scholarships? Like after Hill committed would they take Munger at this point?
How many wide recievers are we looking at for this class and which ones?
how much effect will ohio state's on-field success this year have on the class of 2013 un-committed targets?
Is Robert Foster still planning on making a summer trip to OSU, like he said after the bad visit?
Do we have any confirmation that OSU has warmed back up to him? It seems that he is working hard to make it look so and many of us have assumed it is true, but do we really have any idea?
Class of 2016. Go Bucks!
I may have missed this, but what happened with that potential "transfer" that we would be very excited about?
Are we just waiting for Foster to get his grades up. Do we have a silent commit from him if he's able to turn things around in the fall?
Jalin Marshall is the top offensive prospect in Ohio for 2012 season, who do you think will take that title for the 2013 season?
Alex, I took a look and didn't see this asked yet. I'm sorry if it has been.
ESPN reports sources close to tOSU think Jordan Hall's foot injury may be serious and that they are prepared for a 2012 medical redshirt if necessary (before you all jump on, i know what many think about ESPN's reporting, i know, i know.....:-) ).
If the injury is more serious than expected and he gets the mRS, i assume that one less roster spot will be available for this recruiting class (from 20 to 19 with attrition?).
Do you think that played a decision in the commitable offer to Baker or anyone else recently?
Thanks for all the great work you guys do with recruiting!
I know this isn't really a good question, but which uncommitted targets do you think jump on board by signing day? And is there a chance of flipping any prospects we missed out on?
I wouldn't cheer for Michigan if they were playing the Taliban.
Are the Buckeyes interested in Dareian Watkins? Is he a possibility at QB?
I'm starting to get a little worried about our skill position recruits. I like Elliott as a RB and Marshall as a WR, but I feel we need a couple more. Can you rank how confident you are that we land Quick, Gibson, Foster, or any of the other playmakers?
What is the running back situation like for 2014? I know we have Redding, Horton, Darrell Scott and others on the radar that are all elite. How many could we take and which ones?
Alex who do you believe will finish out this 2013 class? Who do you wish was finishing out this 2013 class?
This staff seems to be making a lot of moves in the Mid Atlantic Coast region. How much do you think they can expand Ohio State's recruiting footprint?
What is going on with James Quick?
Alex - Seems like the staff wanted to evaluate several good in state players before giving them an offer while sending out offers to talented out of state kids. We then missed on some of the out of staters as well as some of the in state kids who did not want to wait for an offer or didn't want to have to come to camp to prove anything. Mike McCray is an example of this - there are other examples...
My question is: Having seen this recruiting method at work for a while now - what do you think about it? Is it more dangerous than you thought & would you personally like to see things done differently?
BTW - I'm happy with how things are going & have no worries about recruiting - just wanted to get your feelings on this subject now that we've had a while to see these tactics at work.
The world is full of kings & queens who'll blind your eyes & steal your dreams - it's heaven & hell - Ronnie James Dio.
Linebacker has been a tough position to get commitments from this year. 2 decommits & a miss on Jaylon Smith. I tend to think that a lot of this has to do with the talent we already have at LB & the ridiculous haul in 2012s class. I think the 2013 kids know it will be tough to get PT & the competition for a starting spot will be fierce.
What do think about the theory that the decommits & the tough time we've had getting a good LB commit has a lot to do with how stacked we currently are and that some of those guys may not have confident that they were going to play anytime soon?
Whats the latest update on the WR position? Should we still focus on guys who have been long talking about on this site (Gibson, Foster, Quick, Allen)?
I know you think that Gibson is still in this class barring his grades improving, you have also always thought Foster was high on OSU assuming all things work out on his end (character, grades, etc..) do you still think he ends in this class?
Who are a few guys if anyone who have committed elsewhere that you think may be possibilities to come on board?
Next commitment, Tyquan Lewis?
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