If I'm not mistaken, Hale was moved to the O line and to my knowledge will be staying there his senior year. I'm sure if injuries pile up on the D line side of things he could certainly move back. He actually received several compliments during practice so far. More along the lines of him being very athletic and having good leverage during run blocking but really raw and lacking technique which one would expect during a position change.
I wouldn't say he ran out of options. He had 12 or so offers and could of reopened communication with several of those schools if he had chosen to. He technically could of dragged out his search like MM for another month or so. I'm pretty sure Rutgers (De-commitment U), WVU or possibly BC would of gladly accepted his commitment. MSU gave him an ultimatum - sign or look for another school. All Slade had to know about tOSU was LJ Sr. was now the new D-Line coach. Their relationship was several years in the making and it just so happened that tOSU had an available scholly to offer. Coaches, especially position coaches, are a tremendous influence on a prospective recruit these days. Take Vrabel leaving and the sudden urge for Jamarco to visit MSU as an example. Overall, Urban liked what he saw on film and with LJ Sr.'s track record of finding hidden gems and developing them into NFL caliber players, the stars just happened to align perfectly. With all the out of state talent we have been collecting, we as fans have to adjust to the fact that not all of our commitments have been brought up to HATE the school up north or bleed Scarlet and Grey since they were able to walk and talk. Just the new national recruiting philosophy being applied by Urban. The pros heavily out weigh any cons at this point and constant Top 5 or better classes will continue to yield success on the field.
I was taking the time to re-watch the highlight videos of each recruit and Sam Hubbard really jumps off the screen. Always flying around and making plays. Still not sure why the discrepancy in Star Ratings between services but he is going to be player. Maybe it's his height that makes him look out of place - a 6'6'' safety. He looks like he was shot out of a cannon when tracking down the ball and delivering hits. He is going to be one to watch and I can't wait to follow his career at tOSU.
John, just wanted to say thanks and appreciate the hard work. It was nice to see the potential recruit breakdown by positions and OSU need. It is a great time to be a Buckeye. Any combination of 5 players from your list would definitely put this class over the top. I do agree that it does start and end with Lattimore being one of those 5 though.
Why the DV's?
Don't think it was his neighbor. I actually think it was his mail man that was the Buckeye fan. Splitting hairs I know, but what are the chances your mail man is a Buckeye fan and cleverly has been putting all OSU material to the top.
Different positions so hard to compare. One tackle the other guard. Prince is the more highly rated of the two.
At the end of this class I, or someone not as lazy as myself, should put together a comparison of the O Line hauls -OSU 2014 vs TSUN 2013. I know comparing kids who haven't play a down is pointless but for the star gazers it would be interesting to see how the two classes stack up against each other. I remember the countless comments by SCUM fans on how awesome their O LINE haul was last year. And how they were going to win the battle of the trenches against the likes of Diesel and Spence. Definitely would be interesting to say the least.
No problem being the first to comment. Excellent work Jeremy. Love to see the personal side of these recruits and having the ability to interact with them in a Q&A forum. I'll admit I was negative towards Marcelys's behavior in the first couple months after he committed. His answers to the above questions have sold me on his passion and drive to be a Buckeye. I have to keep reminding myself that these are 16, 17 and 18 year olds were talking about.
Are you considering Winovich as the other heavy lean to OSU?
I think you meant David Sharpe from Jacksonville FL. 5 * and number one rated recruit in FL. He does have interest in OSU but not sure enought to schedule a visit.
Thanks for confirming, I was pretty positive I read he was just at OSU as you mentioned.
I think Jones has turned the corner when it comes to enjoying the recruiting process to its fullest. Seems like over the last week or two, he has straightened up and realized the value of the offer and opportunity given to him by OSU. Almost seems like he got a call from the coaches to get his act together or he really will be visiting other schools to find a place to play football. Not a twitter guy, but doesn't seem like there is much activity coming from his account these days. Also he has been up to OSU a few times recently bonding with teammates and recruiting for the good guys. Just my take.
It's funny what two days and 2 commitments can due for a perceived weakness in the class.
Welcome aboard Mike.