The essay LBJ sent to Lee Jenkins is, IMO, a MUST read. LBJ's growth and maturity as a man is highly impressive. Go Cavs!
BOOM! Go Cavs!
I agree that Muschamp is gone after this year at UF. The decline in that program, in combination with the tremendous work being done at OSU, has to serve as a constant reminder to Gators everywhere just how good life was just a few short years ago under UM.
I wish Jerome Baker well if he does commit and enroll at UF. I'm also confident and excited that Elite15 will be just that when the dust settles next February. Go Bucks!
I'm probably older than many who post here but have only experienced two NC's in my lifetime (1968 & 2002). I'll never define a season as 'NC or bust' simply because many more seasons would be defined as 'busts' than end in a NC. I've witnessed many great Buckeyes fight to the bitter end of a season (Coach Bruce's final game vs scUM immediately comes to mind) and hope to never lose sight of such great efforts made by all involved.
I am grateful the Bucks are in the conversation again this year and love the direction the program is headed. I believe, as many do, that great days are ahead and that a NC will be within reach multiple times in the coming years. Go Bucks!
Yes, that was moving and brought back some great times in Cleveland. Though I doubt it will ever happen, I for one would love to see Lebron make a return home. Go Bucks!
Congratulations to Nick Conner! As many have already pointed out, I love seeing Ohio kids who grew up dreaming of playing at Ohio State get the chance to do so. Nick certainly earned the offer and I am grateful he had the confidence and patience through the recruiting process to let this play out.
From someone who is not much into social media, Nick's Instagram announcement is pretty cool. Go Bucks!
I was very excited about Eli Apple being a Buckeye and look forward to great play from him going forward. I'm sure having that black stripe removed will be a significant boost for his confidence It's not how you start, but rather how you finish, that matters most.
It was also very exciting to read that veterans Doran Grant and Armani Reeves have been so instrumental in Eli working through the difficult times. For all the the crap Armani Reeves has taken for his play, it sure sounds like he is a great teammate. Go Bucks!
Thanks for sharing this link. Both of these young men would be great additions for 2015. With Hilliard being from Ohio, I am especially hopeful he ends up a Buckeye.
I am not at all worried or concerned about the lack of verbals to this point. I trust this staff will again bring another very talented group to tOSU once national signing day has come and gone. Go Bucks!
Thank you for your respectful response. I don't think I am getting too far ahead of things here nor painting with too broad a brush. In recruiting basketball players, the work and eyes of an assistant coach are instrumental in bringing a young man onto the radar screen. Kids are exposed through not only their high school seasons but also through AAU competition during April and in summer evaluation periods, including summer league play, team camps, and on the summer all-star circuits. Assistant coaches are a significant part of the process.
Recruiting is a staff event and Coach Matta is the leader. His tenure has been marked by great consistency. However, the lifeblood of any program is recruiting and Coach Matta can't see them all. He needs eyes and ears he can trust for good information and to find recruiting nuggets like LaVert along the way. It's just my belief that far too many Ohio kids are playing well at other major programs and I honestly do not recall that ever happening before the last couple of years.
While Groce may not have offered LaVert at Illinois, though I do not know that for fact, that doesn't mean he didn't see him as having a big upside. He may have had scholarship limitations at Illinois to deal with, too, or players already offered by the previous staff he had to honor.
If LaVert was always known as a shooter, and having watched just about every Buckeye game this year, it puzzles me even more how he wasn't recruited at tOSU. This Buckeye edition was devoid of shooters, as we all know, and that issue should have been rectified in recruiting along the way. Go Bucks!
I also agree completely. Like it or not, this staff is not what it was just a couple of years back. In particular, we have really missed Chris Jent and John Groce IMO. John Groce saw something in LaVert as the OU coach and I believe had he been on the staff at tOSU that he would have recruited LaVert here, too. To me, this one example represents a pattern of misses in terms of evaluating talent that is at the heart of what's missing at tOSU.
Not every young man in Ohio wants to be a Buckeye, but you have to believe that many more do want to be Buckeyes than don't. In basketball, a 'miss' in recruiting is HUGE, and, to me, far too many kids from Ohio are excelling in other places for this to be anything but a staff issue. The lack of development is another issue but also a significant shortcoming at this point in time.
That said, Thad Matta has done a terrific job at tOSU but any head coach is only as good as his staff. I also believe that it will now take two good recruiting classes in a row to make up for the misses and lack of depth/experience that will be on next year's roster. I surely hope I am wrong. Go Bucks!
Congratulations to Aaron Craft! IMO, he should have at least been a two-time Defensive PoY. As mentioned above, that dive to the floor in the last minute captures who Aaron Craft is as a player...selfless, driven, and a winner.
I've thoroughly enjoyed watching Aaron Craft play and hate seeing his career end. I'm sure that he'll go out in style. Go Bucks!
Mack is impressive. His tape reminds me of the one we all saw here on 11W of Jamal Marcus when he was in high school. Once JM got his hands on a ball-carrier, he never seemed to go forward. That's also what I see with Thee Mack Truck. Hopefully he will realize his childhood dream and be a Buckeye. Go Bucks!
If ND is the best place for him and his family, best of luck to Clark. The one thing I am confident in is that tOSU coaching staff will bring in a great talent at tight end and in one year we'll be celebrating another terrific recruiting class. Go Bucks!.
That applies only to a letter of intent. Otherwise, there are a couple of ways that MM can enroll at MSU as a student. He can enroll as a student after the first day of classes or have his father sign a B1G tender to receive financial aid, which requires a parent signature but doesn't specify if the custodial parent has to sign. Go Bucks!
Thanks for your post. I am impressed that MM didn't want to do an end-around on his mother and have his father sign a B1G tender to attend MSU as he had hoped to do. MM wants his mother to be on-board with the decision. After his mother's reaction to MM's decision to attend MSU on NSD, that, IMO, shows some real maturity on MM's part.
I hope this works out well for MM and that his family can support his decision, regardless of where he ends up. Go Bucks!
Birm, thanks for sharing this article. I was struck by the love that Minkah's family has for each other, the willingness of his parents to sacrifice for their children as they have, and how much humility Minkah and his family exhibit.
The school lucky enough to win Minkah's commitment will be getting a first class young man and a great family. Go Bucks!
My thoughts and prayers are for the Mitchell family. Hopefully, Mr. Mitchell will get well but, until that point in time, football is a distant second for Mike. As many have stated here, I, too, was very excited about Mike wearing the S & G but am glad he will be close to his father and family where they need him most. Go Bucks!
Like many people in my age range (50's), change doesn't come easy. On top of that, I am not much into technology and use it only when necessary. For me, this site change will require time to figure out.
I'm convinced the site has been changed because it was necessary at some level. That's good enough for me and I trust the folks who have made this site what it is know better. Go Bucks!
There is no doubt that Pantoni has taken building relationships with recruits to another level via social media. It's great to see how passionate he is for what he does. Thank goodness Pantoni works for tOSU. Go Bucks!
Thanks for sharing this video. I had not seen this before so appreciate your sharing it. Go Bucks!
Birm...Your 'story' is never more important than the recruit or family. "Thank you" for doing your job as professionally as you do and with the proper decorum.
We are indeed blessed to have the 11W staff on our side! Go Bucks!
While I am excited about Darius Slade as a prospect, I am even more excited about him being a Buckeye after reading this post. It is clear to me that Darius is an intelligent young man, is well-spoken, comes from a close-knit family, and values the relationship he has with Coach Johnson.
The addition of Darius Slade is a great way to complete the Dream '14 class. Go Bucks!
What a difference two weeks makes?! I'm very proud of this Buckeye team for the great fighting spirit they showed again tonight at Iowa and am happy for them to have won again in another difficult venue. Let's hope this is the start of another long winning streak. Go Bucks!
Birm,...as always, thanks for sharing the promising information you have about how the "Dream '14'" class will finish up. While there are no guarantees, the prospect of JJ signing with tOSU and adding MM to this class is really exciting. Go Bucks!
A surprising but most welcome victory today in the Kohl Center. Whether the Badgers have been struggling or not, any time you go to their place and beat a Bo Ryan coached team it is a good win. I hope this can be a springboard forward. Go Bucks!