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Ohio State Recruiting Forum

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My Thoughts on The Current Recruiting Trend

Becool12's picture
May 6, 2014 at 3:39pm

In the past, the race for the best recruiting class had stayed relatively consistent. Always at the top was the world's favorite, Bama, followed by teams such as OSU, Texas, Florida, USC, Michigan, Miami, Oklahoma, and a couple of other schools. Skip ahead a few years and we have chaos. State Penn is ranked number two, Auburn no longer wants to be the little brother, and Tamu has become the best team in the state of Texas (thanks to a 3-star quarterback and a pair of under recruited 4-stars). It is funny how within a couple of years, coaches could turn schools that were mediocre in prior years to schools that could con kids into believing they are the next great dynasty. What James Franklin has done at Penn State is incredible considering his teams haven't played a single game of football. His team is still depleted and the kids that he have signed are gonna be EXPECTED to come in right away and play. The difference between a recruiting Dynasty and a recruiting surprise is dynasties don't rely on freshmen to come in and have to play. Dynasties sell kids on the opportunity to compete for a starting position. And as I stare down the pipe at the future, I notice two things: 1.) Franklin will have to prove his ability to coach this year, as will Hoke and Pelini and Beliema and baby Stoops and Butch Jones. The list goes on. There are countless programs that are producing on the recruiting grounds but not on the field. 2.) The usual offenders, including us, are gonna have to adjust our recruiting strategy just a bit to remain too performing programs. In closing, Go Bucks!!!!

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I think anytime anyone comes in and catches fire recruiting it's natural to worry a little, but it seems like people are losing their minds around here of late. It's May. I wouldn't be worried if we didn't have another commit until October. I could see freaking out if you are Iowa, Wisconsin, or an average-solid B1G team, As long as we watch football in the Midwest .....  Ohio State, Michigan, and Notre Dame will always be king. That's all you need to know about recruiting.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

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Becool12's picture

I think we worry less about who is commiting elsewhere than who is not committing to is. It sucks just having guys high on our board go elsewhere. Players who we thought we had locked up 

Hayze's picture

What recruit have we thought we had locked up that committed elsewhere?

If you're talking about Wimbush he has been favoring Penn State for some time now.

I will start to panic if players like Jerome Baker, SKL, and Dre'Mont Jones start to commit elsewhere (maybe even throw in Gibson and Harris in there even though I don't think they're locked up).

That's why I don't understand the panic in our fanbase. Sure other programs are getting recruits and we aren't but most of them aren't getting recruits that 1) we wanted really badly or 2) we thought we had a good shot at. (besides Wimbush really)


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Adam21's picture

Were we not favorites for Steven Gonzalez and Adam McLean before they committed? Or am I just basing that off wishful thinking?

Hovenaut's picture

I'm going to just try and stay positive.



We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

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mh277907's picture

Dr. Steve Brule is the man.


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Eph97's picture

I just hope Urban has some grand master villain scheme in place where in one glorious day in the fall "all family business is settled (Godfather I reference for you youngins)" and something crazy happens like 4 5*'s commit to us on the same day.

RunEddieRun1983's picture

There just always is going to be a flavor of the month mentality in recruiting.  James Franklin is the big name right now and he is making some real waves.  But it's like OP said, when those kids come in next year they're going to have to play, and Franklin isn't going to be given any excuses, he will have to coach those kids to wins or he will be torn to shreds by the media.

I don't always downvote, but I do always downvote a Michigan fan trolling the Buckeye boards.