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Comment 12 hours ago

If you believe Tenn fans then she resigned on national signing day and took a job at Ohio State.  Given the national media's interest in all things OSU NCAA violation worthy it is highly unlikely she landed a job at OSU on the same day her son committed. 

Clay Travis would have been busy reporting on it for the past two years so my guess is no.

Comment 13 hours ago

Fully agree.  They still claim we paid Vonn Bell and set his mom up with a house and a job in Columbus. 

Tenn fans always rub it in when they get a recruit and they always disparage a recruit who goes elsewhere.  It is pathological and they might be one of the worst fanbases going. 

Comment 14 hours ago

Don't get me wrong, Kenny Guiton became a Buckeye folk hero as a RSJR/SR but as a SO he could not beat out Joe Bauserman  who is among the all time worst QB's we have ever had.  Even after Miller took the job Bauserman was the firm #2. 

Guiton flourished under Tom Herman and Urban Meyer.  They gave him a second chance to apply himself, something he wasn't doing under the previous staff. By his own admission he was lazy and unprepared in 2011.  The staff had 2 unpolished QB's and a tarnished QB to choose from.  They picked the more athletic unpolished QB and left him to fend for himself.  . 

Comment 23 hours ago

Our weakness is youth and inexperience.  It might not matter and it might not be a weakness because we have exceptional young talent who might  grow right into their roles but the lack of experience at several position groups is a potential weakness.

Back up QB, LB, DB, RB and OL are all looking at replacing very talented players.  Odds are one group blows us away with great play and one group doesn't gel right away.  My guess is the OL is at the biggest risk of taking too long to gel.

I'm confident one of our two back up QB's with 1.5 and 2.5 years in the system will be ready to go.  This staff polished Guiton who was on track to being a never-was who had transfer papers in front of him.  We forget that before he came in and won the Purdue game most people thought back up QB was a major area of concern. Barrett and Jones were better prospects to begin with, Guiton was an 11th hour hail mary that paid off. 

We have a lot of talent at LB the WILL is a big unknown.  A RS FR replacing a first round draft pick.  MLB and SAM should be loaded but they have to function as a group and it might be tough going.

DB might be better off with young guns in an intuitive system.  We have some talent back there. They have the most to prove.

RB is a mystery but it is hard to believe that one of the stable won't emerge as a star.  I'm least concerned about this group, way too many weapons.

OL is scary because it requires talent and cohesion. We have talent but they have to work together.  I'm really glad that Warrier didn't take a HC job this year, we need him.  Again, a talented group but who knows how well they mesh.  If one guy is off then the whole group looks bad.  Probably the most unnerving situation for the coaching staff. 

Comment 24 hours ago

The  hardcore Tennessee recruiting followers are starting to jump ship on Gibson.  Typical Vol stuff, they are talking about how they already have 2 QB's committed in the 2015 class and how Gibson is looking for cash and overrated as a QB.  That is the Vol MO when they know they are losing their grip.  They loved him when he spent all kinds of time and put them #1 and now that he is trending away he suddenly sucks. 

I've had my reservations about Gibson for a long time.  He isn't a kid who can walk in and start right away and I don't know how his personality will deal with that reality.  His arm needs work and he is 6'4 and weighs about 200 pounds soaking wet.  He needs about 30 pounds and some time in the system.  A guy like Pryor came in weighing 235-240 and was durable so he could take the hits. Miller started too soon but he went  6'1 220 when he started, we had no choice but in a perfect world he is a RS JR right now. 

If Urban wants him I think he lands him. 

Comment 18 Jul 2014

Judging Barrett or Jones on the spring game and making any kind of meaningful assessment is pointless.  Judging Jones on the 3rd string mop up duty last year is equally useless. We won't really know where we stand until the #2 guy gets a quarter or two of mop up duty (hopefully he isn't pressed into service before this happens) Both these guys deserve a clean card because neither one has been asked to do anything.  I trust Herman and Meyer to have a back up ready to go full speed. 

Both of these guys have put in time getting ready.  I'm sure one or the other will be a solid back up QB. 

Comment 15 Jul 2014

If you look at Saban's class going into his 3rd season as HC it looks a lot like what we have in terms of stars and studs.  He had a 12-2 year in his second season, lost the SEC title game and lost the Sugar Bowl.  By late July he had 1-5* kid (the only one in the class) and a handful of 4* kids to go with a compliment of 3* kids.  He finished with a top 5 class but it was not even close to the #1 class. 

Alabama went out and won a national title in his 3rd season.  Saban closed his class fairly strong but the title didn't create a massive bump to his class. 

The recruiting got a lot easier after the second title and now it is firmly established.  Saban didn't land absurd classes in his first few years though.  Remember where Meyer is after taking over a 6-7 team on probation with scholarship reductions.  This is his 3rd complete class being built.  It isn't to the point where he is shooting fish in a barrel to get his 25 guys. 

Comment 15 Jul 2014

Oregon is a very early 10 point favorite against Stanford. 

Last year's game with Stanford was ugly for the Ducks. Oregon was down 3 starting DL's and Mariotta was playing on a bad knee.  Despite being blanked for 3 quarters Oregon was an onside kick away from a chance to play for the lead.  The game was dominated by Stanford but the 4th quarter shows just how dangerous Oregon can become in just a few minutes. 

MSU is a notoriously slow starter under Dantonio.  They've struggled in September even in his best years.  If they get behind early to Oregon it will be an easy cover for the Ducks. 

Comment 15 Jul 2014

Michigan waited too long and according to his dad/brother, Mattinson decided they were too far behind to make a good run. 

I think he is an OSU kid all the way.  Just taking a couple visits.

Comment 10 Jul 2014

I think the triple option can be hard to defend but we don't have to spend much time worrying about Navy throwing it 30 times against an untested secondary.  A couple stops and we have the opportunity to create a lead. 

When we have the ball it will be nearly impossible for Navy to contend with our speed. 4-5 guys moving in different directions, we have some serious speed this year.  It is actually a good way to get our OL game action against some predictable and smaller DL's.  No elite first round pass rusher lining up across from Taylor Decker.

Navy will hang around but I suspect we score every time we touch the ball.  OSU by 17-24 in a high scoring affair

Comment 08 Jul 2014

He recruited and landed 5* Cam Newton at UF.  Unfortunately Cam blew his shot at UF and got booted but Tebow and Newton were #1 QB's in their classes.  Had Newton stayed out of trouble he would have started post-Tebow and things might have played out differently in 2010 for Meyer.

Meyer and Addazio recruited Trey Burton who was a run-first dual threat QB.  He didn't play much QB under Meyer during his FR year and was a totally bad fit for Weiss and Muschamp's system.  Have to say it is impossible to know how good he would have been as a QB in Meyer's offense.  Fair to say he had an impact as a true FR. Numbers were better than Dontre Wilson's as a receiver and rusher.

Brantley played one year for Meyer. He was a RSSO in 2010, Meyer's last season at Florida and did a poor job.  I'll agree he was not a great QB for Meyer or Muschamp. 

Jeff Driskel was the #1 pro style QB but he was recruited by Charlie Weiss for Will Muschamp's system.  He wasn't a Meyer commit. 

Comment 19 Jun 2014

It will be a struggle to win at Autzen but MSU's D is Oregon's kryptonite.  Oregon has major problems with teams who play smashmouth D. 

Michigan State has to win this game to maintain any B1G credibility.  It won't give the conference more cred but a loss would turn us into a collective pumpkin early in the season. 

Comment 09 Jun 2014

Braxton's family isn't wealthy but they aren't dirt poor either.  They can afford to send their kid to California to work out with a QB trainer and buy him fashionable duds.  He stays with Mike Thomas who hails from the suburb of Woodland Hills, an upper middle class 'burb.   Not like he is hitting Vegas VIP style and taking up a floor at Caesars. 

Brax is over 21 and doesn't do stupid things. 

Comment 06 Jun 2014

Zeke Elliott's 110M hurdle was 13.77 which was good enough for 5th fastest among high schoolers in 2012.   His 22.05 in the 300M hurdles was 10th fastest turned in by HS kids.

Won multiple state titles in both events. 

More impressed with these times than Peppers' 100M time. 

Comment 06 Jun 2014

Waller is a guy worth keeping in the contacts list.  Basically Gibson has been a sideshow the past few weeks.  Two top 10 lists and a second school suspension.  A visit to Auburn and on again/off again plans to visit OSU.  At some point I think our staff cuts bait with Gibson if he has any more problems. 

The other thing to keep in mind, is the idea that Tom Herman might not want to take Waller but he might like the idea of influencing where he does land.  Keep him out of a rival's hands. 

Waller is waiting for the right offer and then he will jump on it.  I think OSU is one of those offers. 

Comment 27 May 2014

Alleged, investigated, questioned but never charged....even after he showed utter contempt for investigators.  He was on a short leash but what sent  him packing was his disrespect for the OSU PD during questioning.   Urban kicked his butt off as soon as he heard from the detectives. 

Comment 23 May 2014

Brandon marketed crappy pizza to drunk college kids and fat losers. He is perfect for the UM job.  A terrible product with zero redeeming value sold to suckers at a premium price. 


Comment 12 May 2014

PSU hasn't had swagger....ever.  Even when JoePa had them elite they were never making swag speeches, pronouncing ownership of NJ and taking verbal aim at vastly inferior opponents.  This is new and exciting, it makes recruiting seem simple.  It is also in the larval/honeymoon stage.  Franklin hasn't won a game yet.

I'm not sold on Franklin being a mastermind coach.  Vandy beat a lot of really bad teams in the final minute of games and didn't keep it respectable against the elite teams in the SEC.  When you schedule 4 absolute step sisters, play Kentucky, Tennessee and the worst UF team in recent memory, you're gonna win 7 games. 

He is the new Burt Bielema of the B1G.  Bullying the weakest schools, talking smack about Rutgers and Maryland. It will be interesting to watch.   Notice he hasn't planted a flag in Ohio or started to take elite southern players.  He has won battles in traditional PSU recruiting grounds for some very good players. 

Comment 10 May 2014

Gore is in the last year of his deal and becomes a UFA after this season.  He was great in SF but he is also 30 and going into his 9th season.  He is a $6.5M cap hit this year.  

LaMichael James is rumored to be on the trading block and Lattimore is coming off one of the most graphic knee injuries I have ever seen.  

SF is wide open in 2015.  Hyde could have a good, long career behind that OL and with Kapernick calling the signals.  Talk about a nice landing spot. 

Comment 08 May 2014

The staff moved on about a month ago.  He could not commit if he wanted to at this point.  This is not some kind of defense mechanism on my part, just the situation. His improvement from last summer to present showed the staff that he may be close to his ceiling. 

Herman and Meyer missed on Wimbush, no doubt they wanted him.  Nunez, not so much.  His offer from 10 months ago was always conditional.  He didn't do anything wrong, great kid by all accounts, just not a fit for the system. 

He has the same situation at Tenn.  It will be SCAR or NC State. 

Comment 08 May 2014

Wimbush was a miss by the staff, they clearly wanted him.   Nunez is a pass.   He could not commit to OSU if he tried.  Sounds like he is in a similar situation with Tenn.  He is either SCAR or NC State bound.    By all accounts a great kid but our coaches don't see him as a good fit.  There is a distinction, not a knock on him at all but he isn't "their guy"

I know it sounds odd because they liked him for about 10 months, gave him a lot of attention and gave him an early conditional offer but the staff cooled off on him about a month ago and they elected not to upgrade his offer.  The recruiting services are expecting him to fall in their rankings.  Not sure why exactly but it seems his growth trajectory might have approached the ceiling. 

Comment 08 May 2014

I was in Seattle last week at the 4 Seasons and the room service prices were about the same.  Walk down to their restaurant and everything is 50% off. 

He should order big and bill it to Taylor Lewan's room.