OL is probably the hardest position to pull guys from outside of the Midwest. Having two 5 stars in state is huge, probably the first time that has happened in recent history.
I think it's generally much less of a problem with a base 4-3 defense like we are going to be playing this year. If you really need beef out there, Carter and Schutt have already proven themselves and are in the rotation.
There's a reason Saban visited him, and offered him before he even offered Lattimore and Smith.
Practices are harder at ANY college. The NFL rules on contact and practices limit things pretty severely, and coach's aren't going to risk injuries as much when league minimum salary is around half a million.
They just showed CJ warming up pregame. Ankle was taped, but he was walking around and catching balls without a gimp. If he's out, it doesn't look like he's going to be out for an extended period of time.
Kenny Guiton is my favorite player on this team.
For sure that is the most encouraging thing I will hear all week. To go from him calling our O-line barely serviceable at the begging of last year to having strong backups going into this year is a testament to Ed Warriner.
Warriner commented after practice the other day and mentioned Dodson as one of the guys solidly in the two deep. He named him right after Farris.
Awesome. Too bad it was filmed with a Razor or something.
Good luck, Luke. In his position, I would have made the same decision.
Players leaving early who don't graduate negatively effect APR. I think around 20, maybe more, players from RR recruiting classes have left for various reasons. Under Hoke they are trending back up and will be back on par with tOSU. Of course, we should make fun of them while it lasts.
Also, if you look to the right, how about Tyvis Powell tearing up the 20 yard shuttle as a redshirt? Not bad for a 6'-4" DB.
Add about 0.10-0.20 to these and I believe them. Roby is the only one who I think is a sub 4.4 guy. I wouldn't be surprised to see him lay down 4.38-4.39 at the combine. A lot of NFL scouts believe Shazier is a high 4.4 guy. Which is still blazing fast for a LB.
Shazier mostly played with his hand in the dirt during high school, so there was more ambiguity as to how he would translate.
So I'm guessing Saban offers him tomorrow? :)
Grant looked really good in the spring game. Once he gets a few games under his belt I think he is going to really blossom.
I bet Saban offers tomorrow now.
Let's also not forget that this reporter is the one who did the hatchet job on the Duke Lacrosse team that wound up all being false. Not saying there isn't plenty of smoke at Auburn, but this reporter has credibility problems despite her former stops.
This would be huge. It should be plain to see that Fickell and Withers are both going to be courted heavily for HC spots. If they leave, Heacock could come right back on board as DC.
It's legit. They use the same timing system they use for the combine. Mitchell's SPARQ score was higher than not just any other high school football player ever, but any football player ever to have taken it (Reggie Bush, etc.)
I still feel that Billy Price will wind up playing OG or C. He already has the body for it.
Am I running towards the ball carrier, or from Coach Coombs? The internal debate of every special teams member this year.
Good for Townsend. If an Ohio player who grew up an Ohio State fan was offered by Urban at the last second, we would all be ecstatic for him and glad to have him.
This is the best defensive recruiting class in Ohio State history.