So much respect for 11W staff. Very thankful.
Glad to see the support for Tyreke. Seems like a thoughtful and passionate kid with a conscience. Good luck to him and to all our youth who attempt to make positive change.
I've read that Braxton Beverly fits the description, "a 2 guard that can play D and shoot lights out." Sounds like he can play both guard spots. If Thompson joins the team, that gives Holtmann some quality depth to work with.
I get and fully respect that you prefer Meyer over Tress. However, I don't understand how I lost credibility with respect to recruiting Ohio. Meyer chooses to recruit nationally, and is one of the best in the business, no doubt. But he's often stated his preference for Ohio high school kids, even went as far as saying that he'd prefer 50 percent of the class to be Ohio kids, but his recruiting stats tell a different story. Tress said Ohio was first, and his recruiting reflected that.
I'm not claiming Tress was the better recruiter. Just making the point that while Meyer says he wants his classes to have an Ohio ID, Tress actually went out and did it more often than not. And then your claim that last year's team was one of Urban's worse? I disagree with that. I don't think Coach Meyer would agree to that one at all.
Tressel had us competing every year. Urban's one undefeated team was made up of Tressel kids. The one time Tress and Urban's teams met on the field, Urban definitely got the better of him. But if we're using this logic (Urban is the much better coach because his team kicked the snot out of Tressel's team the one time they met), than I'd rather have Dabo Sweeney. He handed it to Urban twice, and that last one was arguably worse than anything that was ever done to Tressel.
I'm good with Urban. However, I loved how Tressel prioritized Ohio kids, and didn't just talk about doing it.
DiCarlo's!!!!! That used to be the hang out :)
You got that right, Seattle. The whole valley is.
Steubenville. It's changed a lot since I left. Tough economic times that typically lead to socioeconomic problems. However, I still miss the pizza and the high school football on Friday and Saturday nights. Always going to be home to me.
Beat me to it. Was going to make the same point. It seemed like back in the Cooper days, Coach Tenuta had all of his DBs going pro. Very impressive list. Few other names that I can think of at the top of my head are Mike Doss, Marlon Kerner who played for the Bills in the 90s, and Tito Paul, who was one of my favorites and I think made it to the league as well.
And let's not forget, Roby was recruited by Coach Tress's guys and was making plays before Coach Meyer got here. Great to see this most recent crop carry on the long tradition. More reasons to watch football on Sunday for me.
I'd like to think that I had everything to do with the Thomas offer. Who started the Tavion Thomas 11W hype?
For real though, I'm happy for the local and I hope ends up a Buckeye very soon!!
If it doesn't work out for Thomas as a running back, perhaps the Buckeyes could still find a use for him on the other side of the ball. Thomas is big and fast, and if he has the instincts, he'll be able to make plays wherever he's asked to line up. Hoping he gets the offer.
That's what I thought of too when I saw how big Thomas is - a big and fast Alabama type back. In general, I wish we'd rotate our running backs more to give defenses different looks. Perhaps, with Coach Wilson, we will see some changes in that area as I hope we rely less on running our qb. I hate to bring up last season, but the potential in the running game was there with Samuel and Weber, especially when we lined them both up at the same time. Here's to Coach Wilson and a more balanced offense.
Wow! Another kid to follow. Interesting for me to keep tabs on these in-state players to see how they fare at the next level.
If Thomas ends up a Buckeye, I will return to take all of the credit :)
Terry Pogue, looked him up and vaguely remember his recruitment. Yeah, he ended up not qualifying. We never got to see how good he may have been.
My next question was about the competition Thomas faces. Not too good? Hope he shines at a few summer camps if that's the case.
Just looked it up. Big 10 offers from Michigan State, Indiana, and Wisconsin. I hope he's one of those cases where a kid camps with us and earns the offer. Commits on the spot.
Philly actually had a decent squad when he was there. It was Turner, Holiday, and Lou Williams. I think they made it to the playoffs twice while Evan was there, and then the new management revamped the whole team and Philly quickly went south. It's a shame he suffered an injury just as he began to earn more minutes in Portland. Not worth 70 million (but good for him), but when he runs the point, he poses a matchup problem on smaller guards, and he does an effective job creating scoring opportunities for Lillard and McCollum.
Has anyone asked Matta why David Bell doesn't get more minutes? Although limited offensively, he's very active around the glass. Also, I hope the staff notices that Loving constantly dribbles into traps when he attempts to drive the baseline. When he limits his dribbling and pulls up for the midrange jumper, or when he catches and shoots in rhythm, he is sooooo much more effective. Needs to stick to that.
Thanks for digging up the info. It will be interesting to see if Meyer becomes less hands-on when it comes to the offense, as Coach Wilson was once a head coach and has years of experience at coaching up offenses.
Could someone enlighten me about the development of wide receivers when Coach Meyer was at Florida? Was Florida regularly churning out NFL receivers while he was there? Curious. Thanks in advance.
Yo man, coach Meyer said he wants that. I'm just agreeing and hoping for it.