While it may not be the best look to ask a kid to grayshirt after they've been committed for almost a year it's still a long time away from national signing day and gives Sibley plenty of time to visit other schools. Like it or not, college football at this level is becoming big business and if you don't get the best players each year, you will not compete for National Championships on a regular basis. It's too bad that scholarships are tight for 2017 and that each school can't have 90 or 95 scholarship players because there are some you hate to see get away. I feel bad for him and respect his loyalty but it's a competitive business and unfortunately these things happen all the time on the current college football recruiting landscape. I trust Meyer and company know what they are doing and are handling things in a classy manner behind the scenes. I believe we'll land another top running back in this class as a result of this news.
I've only been following Ohio State recruiting for about 20 years but what I've learned over this time is too not get your hopes up too high over any one recruit. They're young men who still have a lot of growing up to do and will leave you scratching your head over things they say and do with the recruiting process. Many are like women in how often they change their mind about the schools recruiting them. It's not a done deal until they sign that LOI. It's a huge decision for them so I can only imagine how hard it would be to choose the best school for them to attend the next 4 or 5 years. It's a fun process to watch as a fan but can also be frustrating if you get too wrapped up in it.
Good luck to all the Buckeyes working out for the scouts today. This huge pro day event can only increase our chances with a lot of top uncommitted recruits. Urban and Co has to be loving it. I think Jones, Miller, Marshall and Bell will be the 4 that can help their draft stock the most with solid showings.
I'm guessing the Browns won't be smart enough to draft a Buckeye again this year. On the other hand, it will probably be a blessing in disguise for their NFL careers to not end up in Cleveland. Until the Browns front office gets their act together, I'll feel kind of bad for any Buckeye that gets drafted by them.
Thanks for the great insight Birm! I think your job would usually be a lot of fun. I have a feeling the hardest part is not revealing when you know about a recruit committing before they make it official. Keep up the good work!
It's hard to guess how this year's draft will shake out for the Buckeyes. It depends some on what happens at the OSU pro day. I think you'll see Bosa, Apple, Elliott, Lee, Decker, Thomas and possibly Bell go in the 1st round. I'm guessing Miller, Perry, Washington, Vannett, and Jones are 2nd and 3rd round guys. Powell and Marshall will probably go in 4th and 5th. Also, I'll add that the Browns will probably not be smart enough to pick any of them. Maybe it will be better for their careers that way.
Forget picking up a star from TSUNs backyard, we just got him out of their front yard! Very nice! Way to go football staff! It takes some guts to commit to Ohio State when you go to school in Ann Arbor across from the big outhouse! Welcome aboard Mr. Simmons!!
My bad, should have caught that
I noticed that you didn't mention Dunn in the mix at RB for 2016. Are you writing him off as a non factor?
I will be surprised if he goes in the first round. Braxton is super gifted athletically and a hard worker but still has a lot to learn to become a great NFL wide receiver. I think the potential is there and his ceiling could be very high but he's probably not going to come in and tear things up his first year. Look for him to make a bigger impact on a team in his 2nd or 3rd season of experience. I think Thomas is a much more polished and pure receiver than Braxton and will contribute significantly next year for a team.
That would be a great place too but I think the Louisiana kids have even more loyalty to staying home at LSU (see Lawrence this year) despite great efforts by our staff to convince them to head north. If we can do well in Georgia, Florida and get a few from Texas than I think we'll be in good shape each year.
Elliott will be the hardest offensive player to replace because of all he did and how well he did everything. You could ride him every game if the coaches wanted to. Good luck in the league Zeke!
I'd setup shop somewhere in Georgia close to the Florida border. We've done pretty well in Georgia and I'm sure we could get a lot of top prospects to come up from Florida. I'm all for ticking off the SEC schools and making our national presence known. I have a feeling Meyer and the staff will counter with some creative ways to be affective in the national recruiting scene.
My hunch on the reason for some recruits hearing less from the staff is because they have someone else they like more at that position and so they'll focus their efforts on the highest priority recruits instead. It's probably called showing them a lot of love to make sure they know how much they're wanted by a school. Our staff knows what it's doing.
I believe our defensive line will be better than the "experts" think considering our big losses. I feel like our linebackers will be solid with McMillan leading a young group. My concern is more with the secondary with Conley being the only proven starter. Some young guys will have to step up like they do almost every year. The good thing about being young and reloading is lower expectations which allows for guys to play with less pressure and nothing to lose. I'm excited to see who all steps up with new opportunities to become the next stars of our Buckeyes.
If an NFL team with a good QB wants a polished receiver who can make an immediate impact they'll draft Thomas. He'll be a steal if he lasts past the 1st round. As much as I like Braxton and his potential, I think Thomas will have more success in his first two years than Miller since he has not been playing the position very long.
Unless there's another can't miss QB prospect out there for '17 that really wants to become a Buckeye, I think they should use it for another position of need and focus on '18. It seems like we are pretty set at QB depth for the next 2 or 3 years. I trust the coaching staff will do what's best.
I'm really glad he decided to become a Buckeye because he could have an immediate impact on the O-line. He seems like a pretty good guy and should fit in really well with the other linemen. I'm usually not a big fan of getting juco guys but sometimes it's a no brainer. Welcome aboard Mr. Pridgeon!
Hopefully we'll be getting some good news over the next hour. I'm confident this staff will finish out this class well. Go Bucks!
This should be a fun finish to watch. I think we get 3 more of the names mentioned above to close out this class plus several juniors committing for 2017. Hang on!
I'll trade another Maryland loss in basketball if it means another great following week for our football team in recruiting commitments. One thing I've learned since Meyer took over, he and his staff know how to finish!
I won't be shocked like Birm said if Lawrence stays at home with LSU. Birm made a lot of good points in favor of him becoming a buckeye but I won't be upset with him if he stays at home either. It will be disappointing if he doesn't choose the Buckeyes because the coaches have built such a great class already and he would just add to it. That being said, with or without Lawrence we'll still have a top class and a lot to look forward too.
Welcome to Buckeye Nation Mr. Victor! You made a great decision! Go Bucks!!
Should be fun watching the coaching staff close on this year's class down the home stretch. I'm confident they'll make an already very good class into a great class as they focus all their efforts on these top remaining targets. Haskins, Victor, Lawrence, Fuller and a 5 star coming from off the radar would be a unbelievable finish to this class. Nice article recapping recruiting since Meyer took over! Go Bucks!
That's my favorite number. Good move Jalin!