Curtis Grant only has 28 tackles? In what world is your middle linebacker supposed to have the lowest numbere of tackles among all lbs\safeties?
Why do you care? I think a better question is when was the last time Ohio State produced a 1st round draft pick CB? The answer is last year, last year Bradley Roby was a 1st round draft pick. It's not about where you start when you're recruited, it's about how high you achieve when you play for the Buckeyes.
Every school is going to say "oh this 3-star is really a 5-star" and that's great spin but Ohio State has had a real good recent track record of finding low-rated recruits that are actually great players. Bradley Roby and Jonathan Hankins were both ranked lower than Robert Landers on rivals and both turned out to be star college players and high NFL draft picks.
I don't think every 3-star Ohio State signs is going to turn into an All-American, but when there's already 23 players in a very full class and they choose to make room for a 3-star player I'm willing to believe they did it because they see a Hankins-level-talent in the guy.
11 of our 24 commits are on the offensive or defensive lines. That is some serious beef added to the roster!
So, wait, they hit you with inside zone primarily, use speed and tosses to the edges to change it up, and then hit you deep with passes when you over-commit to the run? Alabama's offense just looks like a slower version of Ohio State's.
This is an unbelievably talented class. They're one of the 4 best teams in the country as RS freshman and sophomores. Imagine how good these players are going to be next year after more development, much less how improved the team will be by the 2014 class getting ready to go.
If you're in their backfield a team can't run or pass. We have one of the best d-lines in football, they have a bunch of plodding 3-stars.
But the national championship is less than a month away!
Those projections are always high. If he goes pro good on him but if I was his agent I'd encourage him to put more film up next year. Remember how Jonathan hankins was told he'd be a 1st rounder but went #49. He's a starter in the NFL not even making 7 figures, bet he wishes he could have had a year to improve his draft stock.
I'll hazard a guess. There were 6 DBs in a class that's getting tight. One 3-star left last week. Looks like another might be getting the nudge from the coaches to explore all options. Its the sad part of recruiting but I think the way I read this is Davis wants to be a buckeye but might have been informed he should explore his other options.
Because OSU doesn't sling the ball to WRs that much really. This is a run-first offense, an H-back second offense, and only uses WRs when it has to. For example, Micahel Thomas and Devin Smith combined have over 100 fewer yards than Amari Cooper.
Ohio State is a lot bigger than one high school kid Damien. Love you but this train keeps moving whether you're on it or off it.
This class shaped up very nicely. I think Neville Gallimore is the last domino absolutely needs to fall. Once we get him it's all gravy in my opinion.
Couldn't agree more, 2 Cass Tech recruits in 2 years is a nice pipeline opening up.
And with Michigan hitting the reset button 3 times in the last 10 years the recruits these days don't even remember a time where stability and winning was a part of Michigan football. All they know is that Michigan is in the same turmoil it's always been in their whole football life, Ohio State is on the main stage, and now their classmates are going to Ohio State.
Stealing top-10 RBs from Michigan makes my day :)
I think that's clear to me. They over-offered DBs, realized the math didn't work out, and started sending subtle signals to some of the 3-stars that not all 6 guys could end up starting in a sport where there are 4 DB positions.
And he's only a sophomore. Imagine how good he'll be if he sticks around for his senior season.
The math just didn't work. We had 6 DBs committed in this class and 4 of them were 3-stars. Eventually someone was going to do that math and decide they'd have a lot better shot at playing time by avoiding that log jam.
Hope this kid becomes a star wherever he goes (unless it's Michigan), best of luck!
Less of a BOOM more of a BAAAaaaawwwww :(
I love the play where Bennett bounced like a bowling ball off of 3 different pulling blockers, occupying them all, and then tackled Gordon for a 2 yard loss. That was just amazing to see him jump by a guard, shed the block of a pulling guard, then give a shoulder to the pulling tight end to throw him off creating a massive pile of Wisconsin bodies before lunging at Gordon and making the TFL himself.
Outside of their star freshman tackle, Alabama's entire line is composed of unheralded 3-star recruits. If Michael Bennett plays like he did against Wisconsin he's going to eat Alabama's interior o-line alive.
The best way to stop a great wide receiver is to make sure the QB is on the ground before he can toss him the ball.
Things are very uncertain at CB behind Eli Apple next year, there's one slot open with grant leaving then another with reeves gone in 2016. We need guys in the pipe who can step up.
Wilkins and Weber are the last 2 missing pieces of this class. If we can sign them, the rest is gravy.
Alabama didn't play hungry this year, they just played. Alabama doesn't play like they want to win, they play like they expect to win. Don't be surprised if Ohio state brings an intensity that bama can't match.
then that makes it easy - we'll just show Webber who the better team is January 1st.