Would REALLY like to get Wimbush. Aside from the fact that he's a talented player at a position of need, I feel it's important for OSU to continue to establish their foothold in NJ. Lot of talent in that state. PSU has begun to reassert themselves there, which was characteristic of PSU in (more legitimate contending) years past.
Recruiting is a loooooong process, with a lot of ups and downs.
Just a couple of thoughts:
1) I hope they press Nunez hard. Don't make the same mistake they made with Kyle Allen/Deshaun Watson, when they all but gave up recruiting Allen to go all in on Watson. Allen has said on a few occasions that he likely would have been a Buckeye had they shown him the love early that they did late. Personally I think Allen will end up even better at A&M than Watson will at Clemson. Unfortunate missed opportunity there.
2) Gibson is coming off of a lot of really exciting first visits. Of course he thinks higher of Tennessee or LSU than OSU when he's just spent days on their campuses getting fawned over in person by their coaches. If he visits OSU and still has Tennessee, LSU, etc. above OSU, then I'd worry.
3) Situations like this one are why I stopped following recruiting so closely with this 2015 class. I check in about once a month or so. Anymore and these things drive me crazy! Huge respect for guys like Birm and Jordan who are able to keep their professionalism while still being OSU fans (and in Jordan's case an OSU student). The ups and downs with recruiting drive me crazy! That's why I had to force myself to stop following it so closely haha.
Noticed a lot of Crystal Balls for Scott to MSU over the last few days (including 11w's John Brandon).
Any news he's leaning that way now?
There are a couple of people in the thread who said they haven't watched it yet, so I don't want to spoil anything by what I'm about to say, so:
SPECULATION SPOILERS, BEWARE
But I'm thinking no, that he's been off the grid because he feels the case goes all the way up to the top in that state and if authorities feel he's onto the real kingpin/"Yellow King" he'll be snuffed out. Also believe he doesn't want to let them into his shed (mentioned at the end of ep 5) because that's where he's keeping the evidence he's been gathering over the years, and he realizes if they see all of the evidence in one place they can frame him for the most recent murder.
^Hope that's not too spoiler-filled, especially since it's entirely speculation on my part haha.
McConaughey's "something deep and dark detectives, something deep and dark" from the very first trailer had me hooked. Been hooked ever since, fantastic show.
EGW, Hilliard, Baker, and Larry Scott are the only 4 I feel are absolute no-brainers. The rest I'd like, but OSU could potentially get upgrades for out of state (ala Michael Ferns vs Raekwon McMillan last year).
Then again, it's early. I didn't know anything about Kyle Berger or Sam Hubbard this time last year, and now in retrospect I'm ecstatic OSU got them.
Even though 247 has him ranked as a 3* at the moment, they give him a home-page story and called him one of the best DBs in Florida, so I have a feeling he'll skyrocket throughout the season.
Love the fact that he's from the same HS as 4* Jeffrey Holland and 5* Kevin Tolliver II. Hope OSU starts to make in-roads at that very talented HS! Urb's hitting Florida hard, I tell ya what.
Sometimes when kids say that a school is "on top," they mean #1, and other times they just mean the school is in their top group. My guess is that he meant the second option. I'd be shocked if they jumped over OSU given his close relationship with Coach Urb.
^I particularly liked the #SickofthestateofMichigan hashtag she threw in there haha.
Matthew Harmon, research African American students college party schools, research the defense coaches and tell me how many NFL players each have sent to the league in the position my son plays. If athletes are only taking General Business at any school, blame the parents for allowing their child to be used. This is not a decision for the MSU or UofM fans to make... It's sad how you all bash one another. You all need to grow-up... Just because you read it on the internet doesn't mean it's true... #SickofthestateofMichigan....
I hope your gut is right on both (JJones and McDowell) Jeremy!
For anyone interested, here's an article Sam Webb posted (writer for The Detroit News who I believe focuses on Michigan recruiting) last night on the McDowell situation.
Not going to lie, the comments from his parents in the article sounded to me like MMcDowell is already sold on MSU, and he's just taking these visits because his parents haven't bought in to MSU yet (maybe never will)/to pacify them. My guess is JJones stays a Buckeye, McDowell ends up at MSU. I'd be content with that outcome, JJones is the much bigger need for OSU.
Mercifully, early word is no. Tom VanHaaren from ESPN and Jon Garcia from Scout expect him to stay out West.
there's no word if Town will now end up looking to follow Nussmeier to Michigan, but I'm sure that that's something we can all fret about endlessly in the coming months.
Absolutely. Doesn't seem like major issues (I believe very similar to the charges Baugh dealt with last off-season, and he only missed the season because OSU didn't really need him with Heuerman and Vannett), so he could bounce back fine. Like you said though, unfortunate to see because he does seem like a really good kid.
Speaking of Alabama recruiting, kind of surprised there haven't been any threads on this here yet:
Tony Brown (former OSU target, now enrolled at Alabama) got arrested last night.
Within a week of being on campus, too. Yeesh.
Interesting thing I noticed about FSU during the National Championship Game:
They primarily play off coverage. They're just much, much better at it than us I suppose.
Clemson's offensive coordinator Chad Morris knew that his squad had an advantage with with wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavius against Ohio State's back seven. He also knew that the Buckeyes struggled all season with quick hitting screen plays. As a result, Clemson threw at least a dozen wide receiver screens, along with jet sweeps and flat routes attacking the edge.
I suppose what frustrates me most is that this isn't the first time this has happened. It's not the first time this has happened in the last year, not the first time it's happened in the last several years. Even more frustrating, the guy who essentially popularized this method of attack against the OSU defense is on our own sideline, Coach Meyer! That was seven years ago tomorrow, and it's still happening! Not to name names, but there was a Co-DC for that OSU team that got ripped that is still the Co-DC, and the same nightmarish "death by a thousand cuts" you mentioned is reoccurring every year. Doesn't give me any faith whatsoever in his ability to change his coaching style or scheme.
We can say it's the players' inability to get off blocks (in this case Vonn Bell), but the players have continued to change over the last seven years, and yet the same problems exist. That's not on the players in my mind.
I think that's a fair point, but I don't think it's just based on a 1-year recency effect. Over the last 6 years MSU has been a MUCH better team. In fact, considerably better than most people give them credit for. They also have much more coaching consistency (so long as Dantonio and Narduzzi stay, which it appears they will) which DOES matter in college athletics when it comes to developing players, and they have a coaching staff in general that I think is much more deserving of our trust than Michigan's. Last but not least, OSU's game against MSU was a perfect example of why recruiting talent doesn't necessarily = on-field talent. That said, MSU's recruiting seems to be heating up with Malik McDowell now considered an MSU lean, Erick Smith (once an OSU lock) potentially visiting MSU, and so on.
For those curious, the two team's records over the last 6 seasons:
13-1, 7-6, 11-3, 11-2, 6-7, 9-4
7-6, 8-5, 11-2, 7-6, 5-7, 3-9
MSU 5-1 vs UM over the last 6 years. Obviously I chose the last 6 years for a reason, that was the beginning of the Rich Rod era on. No one doubts the dominance of Michigan during Lloyd Carr's reign. So there is hope for Michigan with a future hire if they get the right coach. They just haven't done it the last two times.
Tremendous football player.
Tremendous fumbling problem. Gotta be like the 4th or 5th time I've seen him fumble inside the 20 over the last two season. That one was partially on his OL (running into him) though.
I agree, he seems to be a big game kind of player. Not to mention, when he has the ball in his hands he is like a bull in a china shop. Plays much much bigger than his height/weight. Love guys like that!
Not to make any UM comparisons but Jeremy Gallon (Florida native), and even so far as OSU goes Santonio Holmes (not attitude, just athleticism) I do feel are good comparisons that have been made. Smaller guy who plays like he's 6'2" and with a chip on his shoulder.
Interesting thing I heard recently: a few of the Florida recruiting writers feel he actually could be one of the 3 best CBs in the state of Florida this year, it just doesn't get mentoined being that everyone appears to be looking at him as a WR.
Not to put too much pressure on the young man (I'm sure he's getting/has gotten enough of it already), but I've been saying for almost two years now, when I first saw his tape and a few interviews with him, that he is exactly that "Alpha Male" leader type that Luke Fickell spoke of -- that the Buckeyes have been missing, with all due respect to Ryan Shazier and Christian Bryant (who've done a great job of leading). It's different when it's the MLB. I think with the right coaching (likely Coach Fickell + whoever we get to come in to coach the secondary), this defense will take on Raekwon's personality; it says a lot to the other players on the field that this kid could have gone to any school in the country, was pursued by every school in the country (that felt they had a shot at him), and CHOSE to go to OSU. In the same way that the Ravens took on Ray Lewis's confidence/identity, I think the Buckeyes will follow suit with Raekwon when he gets the starting MLB role.
I'm very excited for his future so long as he continues to keep his head on straight, which I'm confident he will. The guy, all along, has done everything to turn the spotlight onto his team, his coaches, and his teammates, rather than eat it up himself. Going to be the next great Buckeye LB, I have a feeling.
Makes you wonder what-if with Kenny G. His upside was really tremendous. Not to say I think he should have started over Pryor or Brax, just that you have to feel he would have been a fantastic QB. He was a fantastic QB.
Really want OSU to get a few of these SEC matchups. IIRC Vandy, Tennessee, and Georgia have all been scheduled games that didn't come to fruition. Would've loved to see any of those three (particularly Georgia). Guess it's bowl game or bust.
Even if Michigan loses, it's a fantastic showcase game for them on national TV, and something they (Hoke or whoever's coaching them next lol) can point to for recruits. OSU's game against Oklahoma just doesn't have the same flash. Maybe the Texas game, but it really depends on where Texas is as a program at that point. The Oregon game will be fantastic, though.
I agree with you. Even though he said we were all overthinking it, just seems too specific to know a school start date. Makes me think he was looking into classes available for one of them (and not the others, i.e. OSU and UGA), and my guess is that was Alabama.
This one has a real Da'Shawn Hand feeling to it to me. Of course, I hope my pessimism is misplaced and it's a Vonn Bell situation! OSU knows, at the very least, that they took every shot they possibly could. The fact that they sent all of Meyer, Withers and Fickell (can't recall if there was one other as well) shows that they put all of their resources into Kwon. Hope he ends up in S&G!
Fantastic person and player! My favorite recruit of the class this year, was ecstatic when he committed to the Buckeyes -- I know he's going to be a great one. Has all the talent, and seems to have his head on straight!
NIU at #3 is crazy? I'm just going to leave this here...
Scoring offense - #7
Scoring defense - #23
Yds/game offensively - #4
Yds/game defensively - #57
Scoring offense - #20
Scoring defense - #38
Yds/game offensively - #19
Yds/game defensively - #91
You can adjust it to SOS, but I'd also take Jordan Lynch over Nick Marshall all day everyday.
As the defense struggles, I feel like there are plays I could help make an impact on, but that's everybody's thoughts from the outside.
^From Jeremy's Malik Hooker quote.
This is a really important quote that I think nails it. A lot of people see a defensive struggle and think "Why would