PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
Buckeyes lose two TE prospects within minutes as Blazevich commits to Georgia after Ian Bunting committed to Michigan.
This is not the best of news. I thought we were in a good place with Blazevich and thought Bunting was a lock to ND. He just visited UM this past weekend. I would like to know what they are putting in these kids' fruit punch on these visits.
Blazevich was predictable.Bunting was a surprise!!
We haven't been a serious contender for either for a while now (Bunting was between ND and Mich, Blazevich was between Clemson, Ole Miss and Georgia), so I'm not overly-surprised.
Sounds like the staff is really pushing Jalyn Holmes, Garrett Dickerson and Mark Andrews as potential TE candidates, maybe even Austin Roberts. I'd love to have any of that group of four over Bunting, personally. That said, TE is a position I wouldn't be overly-disappointed if we missed out on this year, the depth there is incredible.
Not surprised by either.
I believe that the Buckeyes might already have a player committed in Hubbard who they are comfortable with as a TE possibility.
THIS^, I was thinking that the day he committed. Being good enough to play LAX at a college level, he must have pretty good agility for a player his size, especially with how you find space in LAX to take shots & make plays. I would like to believe the transition to running routes in traffic would be easy for him to pick up on give that, along with vision & feel it takes to find those holes in the D & just generally using his height at 6'6 will be a mismatch against virtually any player in the secondary with a perfect pass, but especially against safeties & LBs.
Great point gametime-Hubbard is a middie, so he is used to riding/crowding, traffic, and defenders or long stick middies trying to whap the crap out of him with their sticks while he is passing/catching or running.
Yeah I thought about Hubbard,but never know if they may like him a little more on defense.Just a thought.Be happy with him at either position.
Doesn't Jalyn Holmes also play TE?
"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.
Jeremy, don't you think they lead as well to get Austin Roberts as an h-back
Ehh... We still got Heuerman who will be a Jr, Vannett and Thomas who will be Soph. and Baugh coming in. We're set for the next 2-3 years anyway, so it's not a huge loss IMO.
Bunting has been out of the discussion lately, Blazevich was lured by the SEC and Roberts has been the hot topic lately. With the current depth, Hubbard looking like a good possibility and many others out there, we are going to see this happen more often than not.
Gotta remember it is April and many talented kids out there. Lots of these top kids will turn OSU down because of the current depth (notice they aren't flocking to Bama either). Its going to happen so we just have to get used to hearing no a few times before another yes!
I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!
Daniel Helm, another TE who visited the Buckeyes recently (no offer) has committed to Tennessee, according to 24/7
I am not too worried due to our depth at the position which was addressed above. However, I don't really buy depth as a reason for TE's not looking at us. TTUN is also set at the position. Funchess might be one of the best in the conference this year as well as a Williams kid and Jake Butt who was an EE. Either way, only two TE's can play at a time, right?
Actually, Borges said in a presser that they have some sets that include three TEs.
They also have recruited kids like Khalid Hill and Wyatt Shallman for the hybrid/H-Back/Fullback type of role. If you remember Aaron Shea from the late 90s, that's what I'm thinking this role could look like: blocker, pass catcher, short yardage carries.
Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
So much for two at a time..haha. I do remember Shea, and I'm sure you all would be happy for a few of these hybrid types to turn out like him.
Jeff Heuerman Jr
Nick Vannett rSo
Blake Thomas rFr
Marcus Baugh Fr
This is one position I'm not worried about. The oldest one of those guys is going to be a junior this upcoming season. Urban even came out and said this is the most talent he's ever coached at the TE position (and he's coached Aaron Hernandez)
Bunting committed to Michigan under the pretense of their offense as "tight end heaven" (his words).
Michigan's tight ends had 20 catches last year.
Ohio State's had 33.
They keep selling kids on what they plan to do in the future. They are better at that than Hugh Freeze and Lane Kiffin
They can sell the past, too. Just ask Jerame Tuman. The naked bootleg they ran in the 90s is forever ingrained in my head as one of the best things ever.
Wiki even references it on Tuman's page:
During his time at Michigan, Tuman was part of an offensive bread and butter play with quarterback Brian Griese, in which Griese rolled out on a play-action bootleg to find an open Tuman. The play was run successfully throughout the 1997 season, including 4 times against Colorado and for a go-ahead score in the 1998 Rose Bowl
I just can't picture a guy named Jeb playing for tOSU. JMO
Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.
Bobby Bowden visited my city awhile ago for a charity event, and he's (as you might expect) one of the more entertaining pubic speakers I've met. The point of this though, is that because the nature of the event, Bowden's discussion was largely religious. He mentioned in passing that Georgia coach Mark Richt was THE most devout Christian he'd ever met. I'm a Christian myself, and I know that Coach Meyer is very religious, so obviously I don't have any problem with that. But at the same time, it didn't surprise me that during Blazevich's commitment speech he stated that his religious beliefs were a huge part of his commitment to Georgia. In the same way that it usually doesn't surprise me when players from a Catholic school opt for Notre Dame.
This isn't sour grapes, don't get me wrong! I'm very happy that Jeb found a school that he felt fit his religious needs. I just thought others might find it interesting, because of the link between Coach Richt being a devout Christian (according to Bobby Bowden and a few interviews), and Jeb Blazevich likewise being a devout Christian. Makes a bit of sense of the fact that his Georgia pick surprised some people.
I don't mind UGA so much, as much as their fans; hilarious amount of back and forth between me and a few guys on my last ship, especially about the Falcons.
All week long, Meyer preached to his team that he wouldn't pity Buffalo (4--8 in 2012). "I didn't schedule this game," he insisted. "I'm not going to feel bad for them."
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