South Dakota 2015 OL Grant Schmidt Commits to Ohio State

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 9, 2014 at 3:46p
GRAAAAAAAAAAY BOX
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The floodgates could be opening, Buckeye fans. Today, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2015 offensive lineman Grant Schmidt becomes the fifth member of Ohio State's 2015 recruiting class and the first ever player from South Dakota to commit to Ohio State. He's the first offensive lineman to commit in the "Elite '15," as dubbed by Ohio State Director of Player Personnel Mark Pantoni.

Eleven Warriors first got to know Schmidt in early May, just hours after the Buckeyes extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-6, 275-pounder. Now, a day after his second visit to Columbus, Schmidt has seen enough – he's a Buckeye – and he's 100-percent happy with his decision. A lengthy Monday visit showed him and his parents all they needed to know about Ohio State.

"(My entire visit) has been great!," Schmidt told Eleven Warriors. "I love it (at Ohio State.) Coach Warinner is an amazing coach and I loved every minute of being coached by him yesterday. The trip was definitely worth it. I loved meeting with the different coaches."

The Schmidt File

  • Size: 6-6/275
  • Position: OL
  • Class: 2015
  • School: Roosevelt (Sioux Falls, SD)
  • 247 Composite Rating: ★★★
  • 247 Composite Rank: 38th (OT)

Schmidt chooses the Buckeyes over offers from a number of schools, including Minnesota, Washington State, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Utah, Rutgers and more. This is not a matter of the Buckeyes reaching, this is a player who simply didn't get enough attention. The decision for Schmidt was simple, he says.

"It's everything about Ohio State," he said. "The stadium, the overall feeling of being here is what sets it apart from other places."

The nation's 38th-ranked offensive tackle and the top prospect in South Dakota, made the trip to Ohio with his family and nothing about Ohio State disappointed. He was able to make a big impression on the Buckeyes' coaching staff during Sunday's one-day camp.

"Coach Warinner and Coach Meyer were very impressed by my testing and the drills," Schmidt said. "I went 4.7 in the pro-agility, 9-feet-4 inches in the broad jump and I recorded a 29-inch vertical. I also had a very good sessions of drills and one-on-ones."

Earlier today, Schmidt and his family got to see the rest of Ohio State. The focus on life outside of football was a major selling point for his parents and for Schmidt himself. Now, as a Buckeye football commitment, the first ever from South Dakota, Schmidt hopes to become an integral part of his recruiting class. With a game that compares favorably to former Buckeye and former All Big-Ten lineman Jack Mewhort at the same stage, Grant will now focus on his senior season of football.

The chance to win a state title without the distractions of recruiting is a primary reason he wanted to make a decision sooner rather than later. He's never really been in to the hoopla around his recruitment, despite being one of the highest-ranked South Dakotans ever.

"I play football and the rest takes care of itself," he told Eleven Warriors in May. "I'm pretty coachable, I just do what I am told and no problems arise."

He knew what he was looking for in a school, and he — along with his parents — found it at Ohio State. 

"I'm looking for a school that gives me the chance to play early," he said of the criteria for selecting a school. "Somewhere I can be developed as a player and where I am around (people with) the right attitude. Urban Meyer expects greatness and that is (what I am looking for)."

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Danify's picture

Booooooooooooom!

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BuckeyeinToledo's picture

 

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

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BuckeyeStrong2's picture

I may not be the only one here that does this, but no matter how many times this GIF is posted, it gets an up vote every single time I see it lol...

"BLOOD. THIRSTY. BUCKEYES."

Silver Bullet 10's picture

All 16 college football fans in South Dakota are now Buckeye fans.

#BuckeyeNation

 

 

 

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ITWASME's picture

I'm just gonna leave this at 16 upvotes because I like to think it's the South Dakotan fans (hopefully the number doesn't change so I look stupid)

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DJ Byrnes's picture

South Dakota, hell yeah.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

WC Buckeye's picture

If there has ever been any doubt that UFM isn't recruiting nationally and turning over every stone looking for gold, this should settle it.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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WC Buckeye's picture

There be 'crootin gold in them thar hills! Westward ho!

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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buckeyedude's picture

Are the Black Hills in North or South Dakota? Somebody help me out.

 

 

HattanBuck85's picture

^ This reminds me of the funny skit Conan O'Brien did re: North & South Dakota's state quarters...

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." - Woody Hayes

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Seattle Linga's picture

The train has officially left the station

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Then there is this nugget. My daughter did he post-grad studies at U of South Carolina. A friend of the wife said her daughter was in the military in south Dakota. She went on, "They should be close, as both states were 'South' states."

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WC Buckeye's picture

Have we ever gotten any footballers from the fine state of Montana?

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

MackHall400Series's picture

Sounds like a good kid with his head in the right place.  Welcome aboard!

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Treemeister's picture

He was very articulate in his interview. I wouldn't be surprised if he chooses pre-med, or engineering, etc... for his major. I'll just bet he is a very good student.

 

AndyVance's picture

I met Grant and his folks this morning in a flight out of Columbus, and they are the nicest folks in the world. They seemed really, really happy with their trip to our fair city. Glad to have met them.

Buckeyelogic's picture

Welcome, we are looking forward to watching your development and destruction of little wolverines.

Rob

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Welcome aboard, good sir. What is ointeresting is no one from S Dakota has played football for tOSU before. He has the opportunity to make his mark on the program; potentially a huge mark.

Good luck, Schmidt.

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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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Schmidt could set the bar very high for any future South Dakotans!

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

cinserious's picture

Take a bow Mr. Meyer. You done did it again!

 

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

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skid21's picture

Did what? Beat Minny and Iowa St. for a commitment?

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skid21's picture

OK, so who did we beat out for his commitment? Take your pick. Either you like a 4 or 5 star or those with high major offers or "whatever our coachs say".  This guy is borderline 4 star (very debatable) with no high major offers. Get excited,

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jedkat's picture

Let it go, Skid. We get your opinion and even if you don't agree with the offer or 'who we beat out' can't you just be happy for the fact the kid worked his tail off and is now going to get to go to a great school for free and be on a major college football team at the same time? That's a hell of a life changing event and accomplishment for any Senior to Be in High School - even if he doesn't work out to be a starter - and should be congratulated for it.

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

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skid21's picture

can't you just be happy for the fact the kid worked his tail off and is now going to get to go to a great school for free and be on a major college football team at the same time?

Yes, I can let it go. However there are lots of kids out there who have worked their asses off who could end up contributing more than this kid. That isn't the question. I'm just not happy with this commitment. I guess that isn't an opinion that is welcome here. If this kid blows up and gets offers from someone other than Minny and Iowa St and goes on to prove himself on the field then I will admit being absolutely wrong. I just don't see that happening.

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Bailey458's picture

I tire of the redundancy of these comments.  If you have watched tOSU recruiting for the last ten years than you know the lesser star players have meant so much and many 5stars have struggled, go back and look at aj hawk versus mike d'andrea (sorry Mike I know injuries cut short your career).  But that's the tip of the iceberg.

I think there is a high likelihood that Grant Schmidt will be a better college player than Seantrel Henderson or about a hundred of other underachieving me first OL.  There is something to be said about character and coachability.

The 2014 NFL drafts had about 15 three stars taken in the first round.

Again so tired of hearing these negative things about someone you don't know about.  If the scouts, rivals and 247 people were better at their jobs (not to say they don't do a great job, which they do) they would be on a college teams staff and not writing online.  I think it's fair to say a diamond in the rough could be found somewhere the scouts arent looking.  Ever hear of Neon Boudeaux?

 

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CincyBuckeye31's picture

Blue Chips is a classic!  Good reference.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Skid, have you watched Schmidt play live, how much actual game film have you watched and have you worked with him 1 on 1 in a camp?

skid21's picture

Yes, I have watched him play. No I have not worked with him one on one. Have you? So how is your opinion better than mine? Because it is positive?

 

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

So how is your opinion better than mine? Because it is positive?

Where did I say my opinion was better than yours? I've never seen the kid play at all. 

I do wonder why you're getting so defensive over people questioning your opinion when you have done nothing to establish that your opinion is of value.

Do I tend to place more trust in coaches with an established track record than 'random dude on the internet'? Damn right I do. If you ask to why that is, you're probably not going to be real thrilled with the answer.

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skid21's picture

I'm not defensive at all. I'm just calling out all the people who have never seen this kid play but post a google gif about their excitement. Seriously? I trust the coaches too but I can disagree. I will welcome all who can prove me wrong but we won't know that for years so at this point I will be unpopular.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

I will welcome all who can prove me wrong but we won't know that for years so at this point I will be unpopular.

The burden is on you to prove your claim, not the other way around.

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skid21's picture

The burden is on you to prove your claim, not the other way around.

 

How so? I admitted that it will be years for anyone to be proven right or wrong. So you are right by default?
 

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robobuck's picture

The burden is on you because you aredisagreeing with men paid millions to make these decisions. Your move.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

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skid21's picture

I do wonder why you're getting so defensive over people questioning your opinion when you have done nothing to establish that your opinion is of value.

I've at least seen the kid play. Show me where you questioned any of the positive feedback? I am really amazed at the rigidity of this site at times. I never criticized the kid as a person. I don't know him as a person. I've seen him play so I have an opinion of him as a player.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

I've at least seen the kid play. Show me where you questioned any of the positive feedback? I am really amazed at the rigidity of this site at times. I never criticized the kid as a person. I don't know him as a person. I've seen him play so I have an opinion of him as a player.

Oh no, you're not being defensive at all.

You claim to have seen the kid play. Remember that burden of proof post above? You've given no reason for your criticism. You made no reasonable critique of his play (oh like...I don't know...he plays tall and doesn't do a good job of keeping defenders off with his arms). You made a couple of passive aggressive swipes then got upset when people took you to task for it.

OMG people get excited when the team gets a commit from a kid the coaches like. How dare they! 

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skid21's picture

And the people who are posting the sappy gifs have proof of their excitement? OK, I'll tell you all the reasons I'm not that excited about this commitment when you tell me all the reasons you are. And your reasons can't include "the coaching staff told me so".

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

How so? I admitted that it will be years for anyone to be proven right or wrong. So you are right by default?

You really don't understand how burden of proof works? You're the one making a claim. As such it is incumbent upon you to provide support. 'Prove me wrong' is not a valid argument.

And the people who are posting the sappy gifs have proof of their excitement?

Call me crazy but I believe it's reasonable to assume that posting celebratory gifs is in and of itself proof of excitement.

OK, I'll tell you all the reasons I'm not that excited about this commitment when you tell me all the reasons you are. And your reasons can't include "the coaching staff told me so".

This has nothing to do with my personal views on Schmidt. If you want your opinion to be taken seriously, then provide support for why it should be. The sad part is I've given more actual criticism about his play so far than you have. From looking at his HUDL highlights I see an exceptional athlete who is still learning the position. However that opinion isn't worth much as highlight videos are pretty useless.

The real issue is that your first couple of posts in this thread are completely childish, you lost your right to play the pariah card after that. If you lead with passive aggressive shots of course you're going to get hammered. You aren't getting down voted because you have a differing opinion, you're getting down voted because of your behavior.

skid21's picture

As such it is incumbent upon you to provide support. 'Prove me wrong' is not a valid argument.

So prove me right is OK? I make my point with the rankings and lack of high major offers. Your argument is what? OSU offered? I'm not whining. I'm just expressing a different opinion than you.

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

 

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

skid21's picture

I guess that isn't an opinion that is welcome here.

Point proven. I guess we all should just post a lame gif to show our approval.

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Ahh Saturday's picture

I guess we all should just post a lame gif to show our approval.

In this particular thread, welcoming a new recruit who has chosen to attend our school?  Absolutely.  

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BuckNutzGasMan's picture

I totally agree.  I just dont post anymore when im not ecstatic.  Get 25 upvotes for the same lame dance gif that has been posted over 1000 times.  If you say BOOM! with your gif you might get 40 upvotes.  Get downvoted if you question the offer or are sceptical about the ceiling of a player.

 

This is my favorite most traveled site on the interweb but that part about it is super annoying.

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nfischer's picture

Boom! (testing your theory)...

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Squirrel Master's picture

Hmmm... I wonder if you expect to walk into a wedding and have everyone cheer for you when you fart on the cake. "You mean people like it when others have fun but don't when someone wants to say negative things?" Say It Ain't So!!

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

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Brutus' Left Nut's picture

I welcome the opinion.  Another way of looking at it - would people be happier with a *3 star commitment or *4/5 commitment?  Not saying that this kid will or won't be great, but we tend to rank classes based on star rating because we don't know anything else.  Hopefully he turns out great.  

Plenty of exceptions to the rankings, but there is definitely a higher hit percentage among 5 stars and 4 stars than among 3 stars.  

Let's hope that he turns out to be a monster.

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Did you watch the highligt tape before you posted your comments?  This young man has talent and potential.  He gets into his man and is tough to disengage from.  Kinda reminds me of a white Orlando Pace  - a little work needed.  Has a good lateral step, which is a leg up on many O-linemen for pass protection.

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

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Skid, we beat out everyone who didn't do their homework quickly enough.

edit: and I upvoted you throughout because you'll probably get blasted for having an unpopular opinion. Keep bringing it. 

Read my entire screen name....

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robobuck's picture

So true. Every hot recruit needs their first high major offer. Id rather have a coaching staff pioneering rather than Reacting and starting behind the 8 ball with a recruit. It obviously paid off. U think saban is sending.guys to sd? Doubt it, or this guy would have a bama offer.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

robobuck's picture

So true. Every hot recruit needs their first high major offer. Id rather have a coaching staff pioneering rather than Reacting and starting behind the 8 ball with a recruit. It obviously paid off. U think saban is sending.guys to sd? Doubt it, or this guy would have a bama offer.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

Borrowed Time's picture

I'm in the camp of if he is willing to work out in front of our coaches to earn his offer and Urban is willing to accept his commitment, then I'm happy and excited for him. 

Him not having a ton of offers is most likely because he lives in South Dakota.

 

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sarasotabcg's picture

It's possible that he's been overlooked because he lives in S.Dakota, but check out Matt Forniak. He's a 2016 OL recruit from S.Dakota who has offers from Oklahoma and Nebraska.

One thing that might've made Schmidt more valuable is that his HS plays no huddle spread offense.

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Seth4Bucks's picture

Do we have to go over the number of highly productive college and NFL players who were ranked a 3* or lower? Just because someone's ranked as a 3* doesn't mean they're automatically garbage or inferior. If a young man proves himself in front of Meyer & Co, then I'm more than willing to trust their appraisal of his potential. Sure a 3* isn't as sexy as a 5* player, but not all 5*s pan out either. The ratings services simply can't keep up with all the thousands of high school players each year and some will invariable slip through the cracks. I'd rather have a hungry 3* player with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove than an entitled 5* player who expects to be handed a spot on the depth chart.

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crusher's picture

Calm down Skid Mark.

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men

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skid21's picture

What? Are you 10 years old?  Most men learn to wipe by then.

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MauricXe's picture

skid21,

do you not trust the coach's evaluation? I trust their opinion more than I trust a recruiting service. Ed Warriner may be the best in the business and yet you don't trust his opinion of talent?

I don't think the coaches are infallible but I do think they are a bit more informed than anyone else on this board wrt recruit evaluation.

earlier you said he doesn't have any major offers. well he does have ONE...and it's the only offer that matters to most of us.

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skid21's picture

Absolutely. But I also trust coaches on other school's staff. I am not one who thinks our staff is always right. He is a high 3 very low 4 with no major offers. Iowa State was in the running until the end.
 

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Squirrel Master's picture

Because each and every 5 star Alabama signs are locks. LOL get out of here! And take your stars with you! You can have them. I'll take Urban's track record. He might not be right all the time, very true. I bet he is right more often than any of us.

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

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MauricXe's picture

Skid21,

He does have a major offer, from OSU.  That alone should validate him nationally  It's very early in the recruiting process and not every big school is going to zero in on the same 'diamond in the roughs'.  Having said that, it wouldn't bother me if he didn't get any other major offers.  He camped at our university with other great athletes and proved his worth.  The coaches believe he fits in with the championship team they are trying to build....and many of them know what that looks like up close.  Don't be so upset that we can't pound our chest for winning a recruiting battle against Bama....be happy the coaches recruited a player they wanted in their system.

 

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d5k's picture

He's from South Dafreakingkota, so obviously camping here and seeing him first-hand validates their opinion of him in a way that film does not.  Did he camp at any other big time schools?

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Squirrel Master's picture

God forbid people get excited on a FAN forum for buckeyes about a recruit picking buckeyes. And FYI, some of my favorite players used to be players you would have this feeling about before they became all Americans. Don't squash our fun. And in regards to your feelings, if you don't like the party, don't knock on the door! Who cares if you are right or not. We like it when players choose to come to OSU. No matter the star ranking. They are better than those who choose elsewhere. Go be a Grinch somewhere else and let fans post gifs in peace!

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

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Northbrook's picture

Probably won't be for much longer.

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bleedscarlet's picture

Lol.... feel ya. Two different types of winning in recruiting though... beating out other schools for kids or finding good kids that go under the radar. May take a little time to see if this was a win or not....

Slingin' swag since 1970

 

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Hovenaut's picture

How 'bout that 2015 'crootin' class?

Welcome aboard young man.

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GoBucks713's picture

Welcome home Grant. How Firm Thy Friendship......

-The Aristocrats!

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GoBucks713's picture

Welcome home Grant. How Firm Thy Friendship......

 

-Edit: Looks like my phone double posted for me.

-The Aristocrats!

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jedkat's picture

Boom. Badlands Buckeye.

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

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js2378's picture

Nice. Please note that his vertical is the same as Tyler Green's. Urban wants athletes everywhere. 

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Zimmy07's picture

6'-6", 275 w/ a 29" vertical = Dude can Dunk.

 

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216ToThe614's picture

South Dakota? Ok, South Dakota!

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

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tussey's picture

Sweet!  Welcome aboard Grant!!!

Ohio State Ombre's picture

i cant help but always upvote this gif

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FROMTHE18's picture

Flag planted in…South Dakota? SOUTH DAKOTA, BOOM.

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BierStube's picture

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation! Love to see the great news!!!

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buckeyedude's picture

South Dakota huh? Maybe he can help out the Buckeye hockey team after football season? I like his enthusiasm and humility. Let's keep it rolling!

 

 

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cplunk's picture

That's a hella vertical for somebody his size. 

I know we need five star and four star big name recruits to win, but I'll always have a soft spot for guys that just didn't get that kind of attention. Can't wait to see him play.

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ab1993's picture

tell that to Dantonio

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Athens BuckCat's picture

Yeee-hee-haw!  Looks like a good get for this class!!

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otrain2416's picture

Flag Planted! South Dakota is on the Map!

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

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Crimson's picture

Half of the US just figured out where SD is.

We's gud at G.O. gruffy.

 

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BroJim's picture

South Dakota. . . you know this kid is Country Strong.

I season my simple food with hunger

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southbuc's picture

Iowa and Wisconsin have made a living out of no name corn fed lineman. I think Warrener is starting to do the same. 

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rkylet83's picture

Highlights 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfBpr4O1DKI

The crazy thing is he looks very quick and fast for 6-6 275.  No doubt he'll be playing at 300 once he hits campus.  

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toad1204's picture

No doubt he'll be playing at 300 after he meets Coach Mick

That's better.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

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umbyosu's picture

Can't sleep on a "slow" recruiting period anymore.  As previously stated, the floodgates may have just opened!  And also previously stated.....BOOM!

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bodast67's picture

    Me until the season starts...

 

 

 

     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

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703Buckeye's picture

Where did you find camera footage of me not working???

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

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buckeyeradar's picture

YES, YES, YES, and YES!   Welcome to The Ohio State University.  Mark my words Warinner will teach this kid to be able to be great.  U..BETSYA! 

I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box but I'm one of the most colorful.

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BierStube's picture

 

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Was told this morning it was a go, but I did want to keep you all guessing.

jedkat's picture

 

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

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stittracer99's picture

Birm straight up trollin' 305's forum thread today

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CincyBuckeye31's picture

Hell yeah!  Keep it rollin' boys!

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jamesrbrown322's picture

 

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

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BroJim's picture

Brim got tricks

I season my simple food with hunger

DoubleB's picture

UFM & co picking up steam now.

#lukewarmtake

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skid21's picture

This commit makes you think we are picking up steam? Explain.

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sivaDavis's picture

You must really have something against South Dakota, Skid. Because you've been coming off as a big buzzkill the past couple posts. Be happy the kid wants to be a Buckeye. On second thought, you probably know better than Urban and the entire staff though so I think we should all be like you and think this is a terrible accepted commitment. 

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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skid21's picture

I asked him to explain, and he didn't. Don't know how that can be so unpopular.

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Crimson's picture

This is a commitment thread.  Take your pessimism somewhere else.  I don't understand how you think this is proper behavior.

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skid21's picture

I don't know how asking him to explain how this means dominoes are falling is out of line.

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Crimson's picture

Did what? Beat Minny and Iowa St. for a commitment?

This is a commitment.  The expectations on this thread are to congratulate him on his commitment and celebrate that another Buckeye has joined the family.  The expectations are not to denigrate a recruit by complaining about who we beat to get his commitment.  That would be considered off topic.  From the commenting policy:

Stay on Topic

All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain on the topic set by the original story, user blog post, or forum topic. If you can't contain yourself, a new forum topic is only a click away.

Just create a new forum topic like it says.

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Skid's comments still pertain to his commitment and are not off topic at all.  They are just unpopular.

I'd be happy to have a good discussion with Skid about his opinion if he decided to create another thread. 

Read my entire screen name....

AndyVance's picture

Crimson is right on the money - if you're not "happy about a commitment," let it go. It's not the end of the world. Hell, 10 years ago, none of us would have known anything about any of these new Buckeyes.

For most of us, these threads an expression of excitement, to welcome a new member to the Ohio State family, and a time to congratulate the young man and his family on one of the most important decisions in their lives in our own little way. So yeah, while you're entitled to your opinion, this isn't the place to be the broken record peeing in everyone else's Wheaties. Let it go.

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Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Andy, don't you think it'd be easier for Skid to let it go if others could take this advice and let it go as well?  Mob justice has already been served (as disappointing as it is to see what happens to unpopular opinion anymore), and the irony of it all is that while people continue to tell Skid to "let it go" they are essentially creating new posts for him to respond to and not letting it go themselves.

It appears that Skid is laying low and licking his wounds finally.  And while I don't agree with his opinion and his handling and repetitive stating of his opinion on this thread, I find the general treatment of him on this thread more aggravating.  If people want him to let it go, they too should let it go.  Finally, the voting system on this site is being completely abused and threads have evolved from intelligent point and counter point discussion into .gif parties.  And a lot of the time, this precipitates this kind of spiral as was exactly the case with Skid.

Now I have that stupid Frozen song in my head, I think I said let it go too many times.

Read my entire screen name....

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AndyVance's picture

What a well-reasoned response. I completely agree with you; speaking from personal interweb experience, it's a lot easier to tell someone else to "let it go" than it is to actually let it go when you're being lambasted by the mob. I also completely agree that we've all apparently forgotten the true purpose of the voting system, and continue to use it as a modified "like/dislike" button. That is unfortunate.

My one criticism, I suppose, is that members of the community need to understand that this site - and recruiting in general - has evolved quite a bit over recent years, and that these threads are read by recruits and their families. Having an opinion about a "kid" who just committed to your school is one thing, but being a jerk about it is something different. Having met the young fellow in question, along with his folks, I am picturing them reading this thread and not feeling terribly warm and fuzzy about some of the comments. It's a symptom of the whole internet anonymity thing, I suppose: if no one knows who you really are, you can say anything you want without fear of consequence or shame. 

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Hovenaut's picture

Appreciate your criticism AV, well put.

You've brought an excellent perspective to this entire thread, and one based on actual interaction with the young man and his family.

Let's discuss, let's interact, let's share our opinions respectfully. Would hope we all keep this in mind moving forward.

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jedkat's picture

I agree with both comments, and in fact I "let it go, let it gooooo" after I said my piece and I only said my piece after the same thing had been stated as a reply to about 5 or 6 different comments in this thread. Making your opinion heard is one thing, repeatedly hammering your opinion home in a backhanded way is another.

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

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DoubleB's picture

Two commits in two days bringing the grand total to 5. Some on this site (and others) have expressed concern about the slow start to the class. I'm not one of them as I trust in the staff to do their homework and make quality offers. Then coach the hell out of them when the get here.

#lukewarmtake

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hetuck's picture

I hope he follows Mewhort's footsteps and enrolls early. An extra spring does wonders for players not accustomed to big-time play. And I'm sure he won't bitch about the cold. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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Codeezy's picture

Heck no he will be in short sleeves all year! Haha really though I lived out in the Sioux Falls area this last fall/winter and it was stupid cold. Like -30 every day wind chill. 

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CC's picture

hey - both high schools in SD are bigtime.

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Findog5's picture

You mean the heat!!!!

Raleigh Buckeye

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Zimmy07's picture

Both!  The max temperature variation between winter & summer is something like 200 degrees F in the Dakotas.  Largest variation in the US, I think.

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KevinJ's picture

I can not believe this GIF has not been posted yet.

Oh yeah welcome to Buckeye Nation

 

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

In regards to his being a 3* according to the 247 composite.

247, Rivals & ESPN all individually list him as a 4*.

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teddyballgame's picture

How many services are taken into account to form the composite score?  I would think if he's a 4-star on three of the major services that would be enough....what's left?  Scout?

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

As far as I know 247, Rivals, ESPN & Scout are used for the composite. I can't access Scout right now but if they haven't given Schmidt a ranking yet that might be enough to drag him down in the composite.

Edit: Looks like he's a 3* on Scout.

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Hooooooollllllllllllleeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! It's a graybox party up at 11Warriors!

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

THE Ohio State University

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buckeyeboy31's picture

wait I thought we had given up on this recruiting class about a month ago?

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teddyballgame's picture

Congrats!  South Dakota...that's a first.

Not only are we going to need a BKAB piece on this young man, we need to better know his state as well I think.

 

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InTressITrust's picture

It starting

 

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

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skid21's picture

Again, how does this commit make anyone think the dominoes are falling? Serious question.

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avail31678's picture

Why does it NOT make you think that?  1) It's a commitment.  We haven't had many.  2) He projects to be similar to Jack Mewhort - how is that NOT good?  3)  He LOVES OSU and is excited to be a Buckeye.  4) Read Birm's article from yesterday.  This commitment PLUS the awesome targets that are seemingly now leaning towards OSU is definitely enough to say the dominoes are falling!

 

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skid21's picture

So how do you think this commitment will affect other recruits?

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irishfury's picture

You really think that this guy hasn't been at camps making friendships with people?  Also players will look at him as 6'4 275 athletic freak who is a 4 star on most services.  I'm sure the kids that camp with him know a lot more about this kids skills then almost anyone else.

skid21's picture

You really think that this guy hasn't been at camps making friendships with people

So, how will this commitment affect other recruits? Do you know of any other recruit who is close to him? I asked a question about how this commitment makes a difference in "dominoes falling" and no answer. Just a question. Has he been at camps making friends?
 

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InTressITrust's picture

As the number of spots we have decrease recruits will have to start committing to reserve a spot in this class.  This commitment is putting pressure on the other recruits to commit or be left out.

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

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avail31678's picture

No answer?  I gave 4 answers.  Let me add another.  A position of need has at least been partially met.  Coaches have a little more time/room to focus on other top recruits, or working on gameplans and strategy, or being with their families etc.

Someone posted a GIF of dominoes falling.  That person didnt' say "because of this commit, OSU will now get all the recruits they want."  Momentum is unarguably increasing on the recruiting trail, and this is ONE of the reasons/pieces.

You keep trying to sound calm and be nonchalant and say "I just asked a question.  I didn't get an answer." - but ya really are just trying to be negative. Keep it out of here.  Life is much more fun when you enjoy things and stay positive.  Trust me.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Oh yeah - welcome to the family 

 

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cdkmike's picture

i dont care what star this kid is think we might have a gem in couple years go buckeyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael green

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DrSpaceman's picture

 

"Medicine is not a science" - Leo Spaceman

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Here's a picture of Grant from today's visit.

 

CC's picture

He looks 35.

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jedkat's picture

guess they do grow up fast in SD.

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

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AndyVance's picture

Having seen the young fellow in person this morning, I can confirm that he is indeed a tall guy with quite a frame; Coach Mick is going to make a monster out of him, and Coach Warriner is going to make him damn near indestructible.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Taken in February:

 

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