That line stood out to me as well. If I remember correctly, there was a bit of that talk around the time he left OSU as well. Regardless, I'm rooting for him. Always seemed like a great person, and a fantastic athlete.
In watching the B1G Media Days interview with Coach Meyer, he was asked who will fill in for the WRs. He mentioned about 5-6 different WRs, and not one of them was James Clark.
Apparently he played in 3 games last year according to the OSU athletics page (which I didn't realize), but had a nagging hamstring injury otherwise. Has anyone heard anything on him? Still injured?
I've read in a few places that OH WR/MSU commit Justin Layne visited for FNL. I'm not sure if it's been verified, but if so, do you think there's a possibility that OSU goes after him later in the cycle if they don't land one of the Corley/Craig-Meyers/Victor trio?
I realize it's early, but do you see any 2016 recruits out there who may not be pursued by OSU heavily at the moment, but who could end up in OSU's class near NSD (ala Damon Arnette/DaVon Hamilton last class, or Darius Slade in 2014)?
I'm a university writing instructor, nerd, gym rat, and sports fan. None of these things are mutually-exclusive. Life is more interesting when we are a mix of eclectic interests, I think.
Not to nitpick or stir the pot, but his relationship with Ohio HS coaches should be looked at more than Leipsic (where Cupp is from). Very small school.
It's okay, my post was by definition a nitpick/pot stirring post haha.
He has a very good reputation in Ohio (and those players are good examples of players becoming stars there who may not have gotten much playing time/a chance at OSU), my point simply being that this is the first time I've heard any negative connection between him and an Ohio recruit. We saw what a big deal was made of the OSU recruitment of Mike Weber up north. That was only one school as well (albeit a Michigan state powerhouse). It's important to walk softly when recruiting in another state.
Relationships with HS coaches are important, and it's not a good look to dump a player because he visited his home state team.
I would tread lightly in Ohio if I were Dantonio, previously coaching at OSU (DC) and Cincinnati (HC) doesn't mean much if sentiment turns against you. Not to say one incident will do it, but we saw how big of a deal was made about one tough OSU recruitment in Michigan (Weber). These 3* Ohio kids could just as easily go to Cincy, WVU, PITT, Illinois, Minnesota, Mizzou, etc. in the region (who all offered Cupp). Personally I don't think MSU could survive without them (imagine the last few MSU teams without Connor Cook, Marcus Rush, Kurtis Drummond, Le'Veon Bell, Denicos Allen, etc).
According to Nick Saban they will not be able to function in the playoffs. We should start preparing ourselves emotionally for a total collapse.
"Shhh" = Quietly building a dynasty?
Though I'd say that OSU has made quite a splash.
It was mentioned somewhere (hopefully baseless rumor) that after his ASU visit Walker reached out to PA TE Naseir Upshur about both going to ASU. The guy who made the prediction probably heard the same rumor. I've also read that Walker had a former coach or mentor who now is at ASU, that might be a bit of the smoke the prediction is relying on as well.
I personally think Walker sticks with OSU, but I don't doubt for a second that it's going to get interesting close to his early enrollee date. It really doesn't seem like Walker and George Hill are in love with the idea of playing in the same backfield, and as of the last article I read George Hill seems pretty solid in his desire to play RB at the next level (rather than H-Back).
Was wondering that as well!
Think we might see a few Booms this weekend.
I'm guessing the good guys get 3 commits this weekend, in this order:
1) 2016 OH TE Luke Farrell
2) 2017 GA ATH Richard LeCounte
3) One guy none of us are expecting/a name we haven't heard much about (seems like this always happens)
3*/out of nowhere is the question, correct? Because I do agree with the above answers that Booker and Connor will be stars. Booker was a 5* though, so his rise to stardom is expected. Nick Connor started out highly-touted, but a lot of the attention on him went away towards the end of that recruiting cycle; he looked like a future star in the Spring Game, though.
If so, my guesses for former 3*s (at least on some sites) that will be future studs:
2014 - Darius Slade: still convinced he has a breakout year, has the tools to be a solid rush end
2015 - Rashod Berry: athletic freak that most aren't aware of because he focused primarily on basketball
Joshua Norwood: highlight film reminds me a lot of Bradley Roby. Speedster who's not afraid of contact
For some reason in the 2016 class, Kareem Felder just has the look of someone who can ball out. If I had to choose one of these guys who could potentially reach the Darron Lee level (which is rare air), I'd choose Josh Norwood. I just think he has the potential to be a fantastic, shutdown CB. As stated before, he reminds me of Roby coming out of HS (blazing fast, underrated as a tackler/hitter, potential difference maker).
If I'm allowed to cheat and throw in 4*s, look out for: DB Marshon Lattimore, WR Parris Campbell, DE Sam Hubbard, ATH Eric Glover-Williams, WR K.J. Hill, and DE Dre'Mont Jones in the 2014 and 2015 classes, they will all be future stars IMO.
Especially if they manage to land DT Antwaun Jackson. I don't really see any of the three moving even if they don't get Jackson (Nick said he'll play the same role Joey does, though, so you may see him at DT a few plays per game), Jashon Cornell from 2015 has always felt like he had the biggest possibility of moving inside to me; very reminiscent of Adolphus Washington.
"The place has just gone crazy...although I'm the only one here."
I think OSU is the presumed favorite based on past interviews.
I haven't followed his recruitment that closely in all honesty, but that said, his last visit was to a Georgia camp a week or two ago and he lives in Georgia/Dawg Country, so I feel a bit less confident that he's an OSU lock than others here. I do think Georgia has a shot, but hopefully OSU will win out of course. OSU has had a lot of success in Georgia as of the last few years.
I'm officially concerned at 0-2 haha. Still plenty of time to mount a comeback though.
A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee, and UCLA ahead of MSU right now is laughable.
Obviously it's early yet, but this is a HUGE recruiting win vs Notre Dame. Many thought he was a shoe in at ND being that his brother is there; or at the very least that OSU would have to fight tooth and nail to get him because of that connection.
Not saying it couldn't still be a battle given that he's a 2017 commit, but at the very least gives you an idea of how good a shot OSU has to secure his signature.
That's not the mention that he fills a big need at DT.
Prior to January, I would've said OSU.
Arguably one of the 2-3 best teams in the BCS era, and treated by the media like they were an also ran for most of it. Honestly think Oregon got more benefit of the doubt than OSU for the past several years. Many of the teams on the article's list are mid-range teams that are treated like mid-range teams. OSU was a consistently elite team that was often treated like a mid-range team who couldn't hang with the big dogs (i.e. SEC) in big games. That's not to say they didn't bring some of that on themselves (UF, LSU), but they also did enough (5-4 overall in BCS games, national title in 2002) that they should have been given the benefit of the doubt that they at least deserved to be spoken of in the same breath as other elite teams in any conversation about the BCS era. Prior to OSU's win against Alabama, that rarely happened from my observation. It was always, "OSU is okay, but only when it comes to playing northern/B1G teams. Put them in a game with the SEC and they'll get taken to the woodshed once again."
But in the spirit of the thread, I think Ok St. has regularly been better than they're given credit for. Utah is another that finds a way to put together a nice season every other year.
I was curious, so forgive my (potentially inaccurate math), but a little OK vs OSU comparison:
Oklahoma since '99 (Big Game Bob's takeover):
79% win percentage, 8 conference titles, 4 BCS wins (4-5 BCS record since '99), 1 National Title.
OSU since '99:
80% win percentage, 7 conference titles, 5 BCS wins (5-4 BCS record since '99), 2 National Titles.
*2 playoff wins
Actually much closer than I thought! If you take away the recent season (which the lord knows I'd never want to), they're nearly identical. That said, give Urban a few more years at OSU and those numbers will get blown out of the water IMO. I do think historically there are a lot of similarities between the Oklahoma and OSU programs. With the exception of the fact that Oklahoma has to recruit Texas to thrive, whereas OSU can derive most of its talent from its own state. I do, admittedly, somewhat like Big Game Bob though as an Ohioan and one of the first public voices a couple of years ago to take a swipe at the SEC (and then to back it up in the Sugar Bowl).
I believe it was Colin Cowherd (I know, I know) who said recently:
Multiple coaches had problems with players at the U, Urban had problems with players at Florida, Muschamp had problems with players at Florida, Jimbo's got problems with players at FSU. Maybe it's time we start looking at the state of Florida itself as the issue? The one thing all of these programs have in common is 90% of their players come from Florida.
Which is something I've been wondering for years now. That's not to say you don't get plenty of fantastic, well-behaved players from Florida (see: Joey Bosa, Ryan Shazier, Johnnie Dixon, etc), but it does seem like a lot of these issues are prevalent at programs who recruit a majority of Florida-based talent.
Yuck. Reminds of this one time I saw a picture of my girlfriend kissing another guy.
Realized shortly after that the guy was me and I'd just put on some holiday pounds. Cut out dessert for quite a while after that incident, I tell ya what.
One of the funnier parts of this whole thing is I remember reading users over on Bucknuts when he first committed saying Cooper shouldn't have been a take. According to them he was too small/a tweener. Glad they're eating their words right now.
I know that with a running game like Georgia's, the QB is not as important, but you do realize that they will very possibly be starting a QB who transferred from Virginia after failing to secure the starting gig, right? That can't be a good sign.
I gave you an upvote because it's a fair point, but you do realize that Alabama is starting a QB who transferred after failing to secure a starting gig as well, right? And that he lost out to Blake Sims (who was an average QB at best) last year as well. I thought Brice Ramsay was the projected starter for Georgia, btw? Coming out of HS he had a lot of talent. He looked okay in limited snaps last year.
I think if anything the best part of your point is how decimated the SEC is in general when it comes to QB talent. Could hold them back in winning a national title again until they begin to develop one the way OSU and FSU have lately.
I repeat: I SAW SHAKIRA IN A THONG. I stood behind her in the immigration line for almost 45 minutes.
Was it as majestic as we're all thinking?
The immigration line, I mean.