SilverState, you would be correct. His academics couldn't get him into Ohio State so he enrolled at Notre Dame College (where he actually won the 165 championship in that division this year). It was always believed that it was more of a 'prep school' intention when he went there though.
Makes one wonder if it is now certain that Isaiah White isn't coming.........
Curt, how much do you think his foot affected him this year after returning from the boot?
I've followed high school, college, and international wrestling for years, and during his freshman year, Bo looked INCREDIBLE. Poor timing prevented him from winning the championship that year (due to Dieringer). His sophomore, he looked slower, but still great (due to the extreme weight cutting). This year however, he seemed to only take 1-3 shots per match and only worked on top (typically a strength of his) a percentage of the time.
Do you think you will recover and be back in form next year, or do you think that his window has passed given that his primary advantage on Hall (strength) will be diminished after Hall gets a full offseason in a college weight room?
Bo was wearing a boot and Rodriguez's leg was taped up from thigh to ankle. I can't say what happened, but those were the visual red flags at the Dual yesterday.
This list can be endless if we stretch it back 50 years with all of the Ohio kids that went up north.
But an underrated one I believe is Dwayne Jarrett. The WR at USC was committed to Ohio State then switched over and ended up becoming an All American and 1st Round pick.
From what I understand, recruit ratings take potential as a huge factor. It's why Josh Myers is #10 despite not being a strong pass protector yet.
High school players tend to get an edge in ratings due to potential, given that they haven't been seen at the college level yet. Sheffield has technically been in college for 2 years and therefor they perceive him not being a star yet as a lowering of his ceiling. I think Cardale's score went down from high school to prep school, too. Michael Thomas's went up, though.
It was a mixture between weight and simply competition.
While obviously 65KG is bigger than 61KG (and that plays a factor) the Olympic trials are full of surprises.
Of the wrestlers I believed possessed the ability to beat Stieber, only 1 (at most; my memory is a little foggy) even made it to the semis.
Metcalf, Oliver and Kennedy were the only wrestlers who I thought could beat Stieber. It was a true upset when Molinaro won their semi final bout.
Metcalf was the #1 65KG wrestler for the US for years, but lost in the second round. Oliver was #2 and I believe he lost in the quarters. Kennedy (even though I always thought Stieber was better) always had his number when they faced each other, lost (I think) in the semis.
Logan wrestles better internationally than all of the domestic wrestlers near his weight. There are just some American wrestlers that know his style from years of competing against him.
Texas will be boarded up pretty well for the next few years (assuming Herman is as successful as we all expect him to be).
Regardless, we still have our teeth sunk in Florida and we're building a bridge to California and Nevada that has never existed before. Things will be fine overall.
Plus Urban and he became buddies during his year off, soaking in a lot of his offensive approach. I'm sure Meyer would be willing to hand him the keys to offense and tell him to drive it wherever he deems best.
Still unlikely, but a possibility none the less.
Per Jay Glazer:
"Chip told me last night, 'I'll go be an offensive coordinator somewhere'. He just wants to be a football guy".
While it's still unlikely, there is a glimmer of hope.
Was referencing that that was the last time a Big Ten team scored in the playoffs.
Devin Smith was a one trick pony. He was damn good at that one trick, but one trick none the less. And that deep ball talent was something he had in 2011 before ZS arrived.
Michael Thomas was a polished receiver coming into OSU. His family brought him up at that position and he was an incredible route runner well before any coaching from ZC.
Evan Spencer was a great blocking receiver that was never developed into a pass catcher by ZC.
Jalin Marshall and Braxton were were just stud athletes.
I really do want Urban to find a way to keep him, but his ineptitude as WR coach is becoming way to obvious to overlook.
That's actually an interesting idea.
Unfortunately, I doubt Hazell would take anything less than an OC job.
If Don Brown can get $1.5 Million per year, Gene Smith needs to open that checkbook WIDE for a new OC.
Beck has been a flop since being hired so there's not much to say there that hasn't already been said a thousand times in the last 2 years.
Zach Smiths ineptitude as WR coach was masked by his recruiting abilities and Hermans brilliance. All of that is beginning to show.
If a good enough hire is made at OC, one that can cover up his lack of coaching ability, then all for the better because he is a good recruiter. If not, it's time to seriously ponder his value to the program.
Zekes 85 yards through the heart of the south..........
Get on the phone and offer Chip Kelly a blank check for OC.
Pay Chip Kelly WHATEVER he wants....
I love this defense.
Remember when we were complaining about how Everett Withers ran the defense in 2012 & 2013?
Remember how the offense had to carry the defense?
Remember how much of a liability the defensive backfield was?
Peppridge Farm Remembers....
In all seriousness though, this defense has been on point all year. What an ironic turn of events in the last few years.
Gene Smith........open the check book WIDE and pay Chip Kelly whatever he wants to be our OC.
They wouldn't dare pull his redshirt now.
If anything, they'd put Joe Burrow in.
Warinner was a GREAT hire.....at O-Line.