Think this is the year Tucker finally gets over the hump. They're playing well right now and are already battle-tested against the nations top competition, will be exciting to see how it plays out.
Valid point as well. Elflein has one of the spots locked up but the left guard position seems up for grabs. I still think Boren is the starting center but we'll see. But you're right the only thing Cal has on OSU potentially is guaranteed playing time. This is also a two-fold argument, because I don't think Ohio State takes him unless they plan to play him anyway
If he names the Buckeyes the leader, they're in the driver's seat. If he doesn't, the Bucks are still right there and he hasn't even visited yet.
Nothing concrete, but it seems like an Ohio State-Cal battle. Ohio State's system is more offensive-line friendly I would say (most guys like run-blocking more), they have a better O-line coach, better chance to compete for a championship and better job of putting guys in the pros.
Warinner has been here for two seasons now. Last year he had one graduating senior who he converted from TE and got drafted. This year they have 4 graduating seniors and at least two of them and quite possibly three will be drafted. Small sample I know but that's a pretty good track record for putting your linemen in the draft and developing them quickly. Considering the competition and these factors, I feel he's Ohio State's to lose.
absolutely, great point
seems like if Ohio State wants him they should be able to land him, only question mark for him would be playing time - can he beat out Boren?
Yeah, no rules against that
That's a good point, I bet the staff tries to make it happen
It'll be good to have Wimbush visiting with a pair of big time receiving targets. Ohio State want to make it clear that he's not a backup plan to Gibson, they'd love to have him and this is a chance to reclaim the lead over PSU.
He's considering them, but Ohio State and Notre Dame figure to be the likelier destinations. It will be telling to see whether or not he makes a return trip to Chapel Hill.
DeBerry is still very early in the process. As for the crystal ball, he is just trying to get ahead of the curve - what I mean is that the crystal ball is a nice feature but a lot of guys make predictions right before a kid visits because they're trying to be "first" in anticipation that the visit could be a home run. I could be wrong but that would be my best guess. That's not to say Ohio State doesn't have a good chance because they do, there just isn't anything to indicate the Buckeyes are his favorite. Just a different philosophy with the crystal balls, I don't pick anyone unless I actually think they're going there or the kid names them his leader.
As for Sweat, everything I've seen/heard is that V.Tech is leading
someone asked me on Twitter a few weeks ago if Eli was a bust, since he didn't have his stripe removed etc. Too much pressure on kids to be stars right away - his time will come (maybe even this year). He's going to be a stud (him and Conley both).
I imagine Zeke will be the No. 1 back, but you won't see anything like last year's rotation (or lack thereof) in my opinion. I think you'll see a lot more spreading it around - much more emphasis on the perimeter and more rotation of backs unless EZ comes really seizes it. I could be very wrong, but I can't see Zeke getting 20+ carries a game.
I think the offense will be overall a bit different though - more pass attempts overall (mostly due to quick perimeter throws), more lateral runs to Dontre, potentially Samuel etc. I also expect a bit less running from BM due to a) an unproven backup (though this could change) b) he'll be a more developed passer with another year under his belt, c) Meyer helping BM get to the NFL (we've seen this with Tebow at Florida) and d) not being able to lean on the OL quite as much.
What you saw in the first few games last year (before Hyde returned) is what I think we'll see more throughout the season, but with more developed perimeter players.
think this is what the Buckeyes are hoping for
Wimbush would be their next target, and despite the momentum at Penn State, I think the Buckeyes could land him if they missed on Gibson, unless the timing didn't work out (Wimbush commits early and Gibson waits). Nunez would also be there, although I've heard he hasn't been in much contact with OSU recently. They should get one of those two if they don't get Gibson, plus maybe more urgency to get a second QB since they aren't getting their #1 guy