Long Snapper Liam McCullough Commits to Ohio State

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 10, 2014 at 6:21p
GRAAAAAAAAAAY BOX
132 Comments

Liam McCullough never imagined he'd get this far just by snapping a football, but he's not ready to give up dreaming just yet. Today, during Ohio State's special teams camp, McCullough became the sixth member in what should be a star-studded Ohio State 2015 recruiting class. He chose Buckeyes over offers from Michigan State, Kentucky and Wisconsin. 

It was not as easy a choice as you'd imagine, despite the fact that McCullough grew up rooting heavily for the Buckeyes. Even though it's a dream come true, he wanted to take his time and make sure that his dreams were going to benefit him in the longterm, as well.

The McCullough File

  • Size: 6-2/205
  • Pos: Longsnapper
  • School: Worthington Kilbourne (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Composite Rating: NR
  • Composite Rank: NR (LS)

"Being from Columbus, of course I grew up an Ohio State fan, so it's almost surreal for this happen," he said. "But I didn't want to rush into a commitment based simply on the emotions of getting the Buckeye offer. I wanted to wait for the excitement to die down a little and then talk with my family and weigh my options."

Consider the options weighed. 

"Today just felt right," he said of why he chose to commit this afternoon. "I had a great two days at camp and a great time meeting with coach Meyer today. Ohio State just felt like home."

"As soon as I told coach Meyer (I was committing) he gave me a hug and went from recruiting mode to coaching mode," McCullough added. "He and I are already meeting tomorrow during the last day of camp to get after it."

McCullough made two different visits to Ohio State last fall — he was on hand for Ohio State's big games against Wisconsin and Penn State — and has been to Ohio State a number of times this past spring. He's gotten to know a couple other Buckeye specialists. 

"Bryce Haynes is a good friend of mine," McCullough said. "I have been able to train with him, Drew Basil and Cameron Johnston multiple times and I've hung out with them locker room post-game a few times."

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BucksfanXC's picture

Jim Tressel would be proud. Welcome aboard

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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Knarcisi's picture

This kid wished there were an "assist" stat here leftover from Tresselball. 

Soggy_McMuffin's picture

McCullick!! Wallace..Wallace..Wallace..

Gooz-fra-bah...

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bethmowins's picture
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thatlillefty's picture

UV for the avatar/username

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703Buckeye's picture

Another UV because we don't have to hear Beth's voice.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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cinserious's picture

Ever again?

Gone ham, be back soon...

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703Buckeye's picture

One can only dream. Last week I flipped by a softball game on ESPN and I heard her voice... I changed the channel faster than when I see those abused animal commercials.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

To be fair she does have a voice made for softball.

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Welcome to Buckeye nation, Liam! What a rush it must be to play for your home town college team!

 

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1967Buck's picture

Keep this train moving, Welcome to the Buckeye family Liam!!

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AndyVance's picture

That was quick - all of sudden we have this rush of commitments. It feels nice.

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DCNick's picture

Damn that kid can really snap the ball. I wasn't expecting that kind of velocity. I would love to know how many mph that ball was going.

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FitzBuck's picture

It's harder than I can throw overhand ....god I wish I was joking.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

So he can redshirt in 2015 like Haynes did, and then step in after Haynes leaves. (*) Solid planning.

* Assuming, of course, Haynes doesn't turn pro early.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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TCOB_6's picture

You seem to be forgetting about Sam York who is walking on this year and is rumored to be a highly ranked long snapper as well.

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bigDbuck's picture

Hope we never here his name for another 5 years!  Something went terribly if we do. 

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703Buckeye's picture

Skid, what are your thoughts on this commitment?

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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MauricXe's picture

im gonna guess since he has an offer from sparty, wisky, and uk this is good?

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

Looks like others have picked up Skid's baton, 703...

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

No need to go there, but up votes all around to foil the serial down voter.

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skid21's picture

Skid, what are your thoughts on this commitment?

He is from my local HS so I'm OK with it. Thanks for asking. Were you just trying to bait me so I'd express your frustrations with this class? Maybe?

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703Buckeye's picture

Not really trying to bait you. I just wanted to hear your thoughts since you were quite passionate last night about Schmidt.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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Nutty's picture

Not really trying to bait you.

Of course you were. Didn't seem to work.
 

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RedStorm45's picture

So if the kid is from S.D. he's awful and shouldn't have been offered, but since he's from your area, it's all good?  Asshole.

JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

so, i think i speak for a lot of people when i say this but, when is a big name guy going to commit? or even a consensus 4 star?

Buckeye fan from PA

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UrbanCulture's picture

Commits so far

1 four star in legal trouble

4 three stars

1 two star 

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BuckeyeNationforLife's picture

It's too bad a kid named Justin Hilliard isn't announcing his decision soon

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JakeStevensIsSwag's picture

So he is 100% going to Ohio State? Do you know something everyone else doesnt?

Buckeye fan from PA

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ab1993's picture

Jamel Dean is a 4 star

Class of '16

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Nutty's picture

Yes he is and FSU has been talking to him lately. Buckeye Nation needs to show him more love.

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ibuck's picture

So you're placing more weight on the rating services than on the opinions of the coaches who evaluate & develop kids' talents 24-7/365?

BTW, are the recruit rating systems factoring in leadership, coachability and character?

Our honor defend, we will fight to the end !

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skid21's picture

1 four star in legal trouble

Is EGW in legal trouble? I don't think so. I think it was a high school fight. FAR from legal trouble or did I miss something?

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Crimson's picture

There were some rumors of shoplifting if I remember correctly.

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Nutty's picture

I never heard about that. Anyone have a link?
 

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buck-I.8's picture

Exactly. Terrelle Pryor got in some fights in HS and he turned out fi--

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irishfury's picture

You do know the Oline from South Dakota is a 4 star on over half the scouting sites?  You also go back to last year class and see that a lot of 3 stars we took early turned into 4 stars.  Like Terry Mclaurin for example?  I'm willing to bet that the Safety and the Tackle we just took will all be strong rated four stars by signing day.

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Oakland Buckeye's picture

I am sacrificially giving up 10 DV's here, but usem if you got em.  I agree that there is nothing to get excited about the 38th ranked class - YET. Most of these guys had 0-2 major FBS offers - our slow start is hampered by the fact we are also signing 3 stars instead of 4 & 5 like the SEC.

That doesn't mean it WON'T get better, but for now this is a MAC level class - people need to get real with where we are - so starved for gray boxes around here that ANY commitment gets the majority excited.

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skid21's picture

That doesnt mean it WON'T better

And I think most people think it will get better. Then everyone can be joyous and say the naysayers were wrong. That is then, this is now. My opinion has nothing to do with who might commit in the future. I'll post a dancing gif when Hilliard commits.

RedStorm45's picture

Then everyone can be joyous and say the naysayers were wrong. That is then, this is now. My opinion has nothing to do with who might commit in the future. I'll post a dancing gif when Hilliard commits.

So, you only post gifs or celebratory comments if the kid has enough zOMG STARS for your liking?

ronbizi's picture

First off, I'm guessing you're speaking for a few people rather than the majority.  Nonetheless, you do not deserve getting down voted to oblivion for you (or the other comment) describing the ratings of our recruits.  I don't care if we're not supposed to talk about this matter.  That will just allow tolerance of ignorant down voting.  The worst thing that either comment may have done is be wrong about the ratings.  You said nothing rude, derogatory, or demeaning towards others in your comment.  If you are wrong in your ratings, a simple statement correcting your info is sufficient.  You shouldn't be down voted for expressing a non-offensive thought. Being able to see everyone's down votes would solve this issue.  I like having the ability to down vote, and I have no worries about people seeing when I do.  And I think most fair minded people would agree.  I up vote frequently, so I feel the power of simply not giving an up vote can suffice for a useless comment (like this from JSisSwag).  And I reserve my down votes for trolling and offensive comments.

 

That being said, great to have someone from my high school alma mater commit to the Buckeyes!!!

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skid21's picture

I up vote frequently, so I feel the power of simply not giving an up vote can suffice for a useless comment (like this from JSisSwag).

Thought most of your post was very sensible. But asking if the poster knows something we don't know is a troll comment? I thought it was legit. No one knows if Hilliard is committing to the Bucks so that comment seemed more like a troll than the one questioning it.

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Nutty's picture

Word of advice, don't ask anything that can be seen as negative. Post gifs, lots of dancing gifs. It works every time. See below for proof.

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Sin City Buckeye's picture

 

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

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216ToThe614's picture

Man, Kenny G gained some weight from the last time I saw his .gif!

Pick up your feet, turn your corners square! And DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!
WB

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Congratulations to Liam & his family!

 

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Oldschoolbuck's picture

I see what you did there...

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hspbuy1's picture

Welcome aboard Liam!
 

hspbuy1

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97Buckeye's picture

Did I really just watch 6+ minutes of long snapper highlights? Man, I miss football.

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D-Day0043's picture

Lol! I know! I've got it bad too my friend. ;-)

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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Seattle Linga's picture

+1 - funny - I remember when we hooked Cameron Johnston - I think I stayed up 14 straight hours watching every single punting video available to us from across the waters in Australia. 

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FitzBuck's picture

It was strange watching a recruiting video without music, TDs, or crazy cut backs but the sound that ball made was worth 6 mins of long snapping highlights.....and we shouldn't see another LS highlight video for 4 years.  See we just watched a shooting star guys.  Rare like a unicorn.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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D-Day0043's picture

You never realize how important these special teams guys are until bad things happen. You know you have done your job if your name never gets called.

I am D-Day0043 and I approve this message.

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WhySoSerious's picture

Not a full bang bang, but bang.

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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dubjayfootball90's picture

He is going to be a part of many points in the future. Important part of winning is getting the ball in the holders/punters hands seamlessly. He has an important job ahead of him, but i guess he is supposedly good at it.

Welcome aboard, good sir!

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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toad1204's picture

 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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Hovenaut's picture

Not a bad week I'd say...

Welcome aboard Liam McCullough!!

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Wow! Names don't get much more Irish than that! Congrats young man!

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

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KBonay's picture

I was expecting a Ginger....

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WGH893's picture

Welcome aboard

76 Chittenden

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EDUGOON's picture

Boom, Bang, Pow!!!!! We are off and rolling folks!!!!! Great pick up at a very underrated position. All we need now is the Skid-Mark Analysis!!!! #POW

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

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AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

So he doesnt have a star rating?

 

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TraSmith4's picture

Rated a 2 star by 247 and he earned a Mark Pantoni BOOOOOOOOOM! = good enough for me!!!

http://247sports.com/Player/Liam-McCullough-33932

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Specialists (kickers, punters, long snappers) aren't rated like other players. He's the no 1 or 2 LS in the country.

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3GB's picture

Birm aka The Lord of Whispers is dropping some dimes on these commitments! 

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TraSmith4's picture

Pay attention parents of children who love sports but maybe aren't supremely gifted....

A. become a long snapper... get a full ride... earn a degree... possibly play in NFL doing the same thing... walk away with money a degree and your health in place!

B. Become a left handed pitcher... you can have an ERA over 4.00 and still make millions in the big leagues

C. Be a great defensive catcher... you can hit .180 and still make it to the bigs

D. Become a trainer or team doctor

E. Have a billion dollar idea and buy a team lol 

Have to be honest the long snapper thing seems like a pretty good gig to me!!!!!!

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toad1204's picture

C.  Left handed catcher

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Given how damaging being a catcher can be on the knees over the long run, I'd probably steer my kids elsewhere.

Norwalk's picture

Reeled in our long snapper

 

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otrain2416's picture

Winner! well done sir. 

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Knarcisi's picture

That's a big freakin red snapper. 

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Barnsey69's picture

I love snapper...red or otherwise.

I am a modern-art masterpiece.

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MN Buckeye's picture

I opened up the browser just now wondering, hmmm, now who has committed today? Life is pretty nice right now.

Welcome, Liam!

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BKshepherd's picture

I was impressed with how quick he got down the field.  With his size, its almost like a LB coming down the field after the kick. 

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FitzBuck's picture

I remember a longsnapper that got down field quickly and as a result drew a big pentaly in a big game that resulted IN AN OHIO STATE FIRST DOWN! Anyone else remember this?

http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2012/11/how_ohio_state_long_snapp...

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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Seattle Linga's picture

WOW - nice job and welcome aboard - and for all you haters - just stay away until September.

 

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Nutty's picture

Haven't seen this before, ever. Well maybe like dozens of times but this time is special, or not.  It's boring and overused but still gets upvotes so we'll see it again, and again.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

One gif is overused & boring compared to the half dozen or so passive aggressive posts you've dropped in this thread alone?

Legitimate criticism occurs all the fine without any problems, it's not until people start behaving like an ass that they get hammered.

Commitment threads are by their nature celebratory. Let's not lose sight of the fact that it means there's an excited kid out there who just made what is probably the biggest decision of his life thus far.

If that bothers you then perhaps you should avoid these threads. There is a time and a place for everything and this isn't the one to start grinding your ax.

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I don't think the passive aggressive posts are a problem at all. I think the down voting of these posts when legitimate and the aggressive responses to these posts are the problem. 

And perhaps everyone could take their own advice. Instead of requesting someone else bring constructive criticism, why dont you do it.  Has anyone engaged these negative posters beyond calling them names like Skid mark?  And then there's the irony of telling someone to avoid these threads if they don't like the content in the same post where lobbying a complaint about passive aggressive or negative posts. 

Edit: not directed at any individual. This type of stuff is a group effort. 

Read my entire screen name....

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Nutty's picture

so passive aggressive posts you've dropped in this thread alone?

I really don't see how it is passive-aggressive at all. Not meaning to be passive or aggressive. I just said what I thought.

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brunstar's picture

Chicks dig the long snap.

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Just need to add that Gheorghe Muresan and it's complete:

 

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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jamesrbrown322's picture

 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

buckguyfan1's picture

I love it!  It's all about the "corners".  Anybody can sweep the middle of the room. 

Urbz is building a lethal machine. 

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Love Ohio kids that get to live their dream. Congrats and welcome. 

Read my entire screen name....

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rdubs's picture

If people don't think Long Snappers are a big deal, Bryce Haynes basically clinched the Penn State game a couple years ago because he was getting down the field so fast that they had to hold him giving us a first down so we could run out the clock.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

I love the befuddled look on the face of Sam Slagheap.

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rdubs's picture

Maybe I overstated a bit, I thought it happened a bit later, but it certainly helped get out of the first half with some momentum.

Crimson's picture

I'm happy to have Liam aboard, and I'm going to celebrate it.  Welcome to the Buckeye family!

My humps!

 

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otrain2416's picture

I'm hoping he decleats a few punt returners during his OSU tenure. 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Anyone ever heard of Kevin Houser? You can have a damn nice career as a good long snapper.

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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Knarcisi's picture

Congrats, Liam.  May most of your long snaps here be of the 7 yard, 1 point variety. 

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buckeyefutbol's picture

Why are more people not realizing that he is the NUMBER ONE longsnapper in this class? I know thats already been said in this thread and I'm sorry for that, but doesn't receiving a commitment from someone NUMBER ONE in his position deserve a lot of excitement? Not necessarily sexy, but great pick up, as most of you as said! The "bigger fish" as most of you seem far too focused on will come.

"Lets beat the s*** out of M*******" -Urban Frank Meyer

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buckeyefutbol's picture

Why are more people not realizing that he is the NUMBER ONE longsnapper in this class? I know thats already been said in this thread and I'm sorry for that, but doesn't receiving a commitment from someone NUMBER ONE in his position deserve a lot of excitement? Not necessarily sexy, but great pick up, as most of you as said! The "bigger fish" as most of you seem far too focused on will come.

"Lets beat the s*** out of M*******" -Urban Frank Meyer

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Nutty's picture

Calm down. Where are you seeing all this negativity?
 

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devildog8286lp's picture

In the basketball world, we call these guys the glue guys...good get for The OSU!!!

Once A Marine Always A Marine

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FROMTHE18's picture

welp, ya need someone to get the football to the punter and holder so, boom.

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Seth4Bucks's picture

Let me head off the rest of the complainers.

Oh woe is us, he's not a big name commitment. Urban Meyer isn't a great recruiter. Urban can't compete with Alabama  . . .  boo hoo.

Now that that's over, welcome aboard Liam! In Urban I trust.

Nutty's picture

Let me head off the rest of the complainers.

Seems like there are a lot more people complaining about the complainers than there are complainers.

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sharks's picture

He's wearing pink lacrosse shorts early in that video.  Anyone know if he plays? Would speak to his athleticism if so.

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

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TCOB_6's picture

Excellent pick up for Ohio State today. Especially since we weren't expecting a commitment today.

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BroJim's picture

Keep em' coming!

I season my simple food with hunger

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great news! Love to see this.
Go Bucks!

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Those of you who were begging for commitments and are now bitching about who committed... 2 WORDS - 

 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

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Buckeyelogic's picture

Welcome

GO BUCKS

Rob

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Squirrel Master's picture

LONGSNAPPER U! YEEEEAHHH BEECHES!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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Hilliard WB's picture

Three commits in three days, yes please, let's keep it up.

S-Row the Best Row

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buckeyestu's picture

Rated number one at his position, welcome Liam. Very important position.

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Seattle Linga's picture

There is a Serial down voter in the house! Come clean you idiot 

rosycheeks's picture

This is the big one.

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Nutty's picture

Indeed it is. Behold.
 

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KingsRite's picture

The train just keeps picking up steam!

 

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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ziplock007's picture

this is the greatest news since the invention of the polio vaccine... no wait, better than that

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BishopBuckeye's picture

Looks like his snap has that SEC speed!

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bucknasty13's picture

It's hard to get overly excited about a long snapper, but the highlight at the MSU camp clearly shows he is way better than the other campers.  It's at 1:56.

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bsodders's picture

Those worried about using a scholarship in this 2014 class on a long snapper....all I have to say is this:

 

1MechEng's picture

He's 6'2" 205#. Any idea what he'll be able to bulk up to?

Seems like he'll need Coach Mick to help him add a few pounds of meat and muscle ...

Still excited for the commitment, though!

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Hey we're getting commitments now!

Can always use a good long snapper.  If you get into a game where you have to kick a FG at the end to win, the last thing you want to have happen is the snap get f'ed up and you lose because of it.

Class of 2010.

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Denny's picture

Oh my god, the Buckeyes signed Johnny Ginter

Taquitos.

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osubuckeye4life's picture

Welcome to The Ohio State University Liam!