As accurate as his statements may be, I think most people will agree with me when I say..."What a douche"
Love the way he jumps over people to catch the ball! Not super fast ( looks to be about a 4.6 40 speed), but the size always helps! He catches the ball with his hands. Would love to see him in the Scarlet and Grey.
Coach Johnson, go get 'em!
Quite impressive tape. I can see why he's gotten the early offers. This is the type of kid that I think the Buckeyes need to get over the hump. A QB with running ability, instead of RB with throwing ability. I loved TP and I love Braxton, but I always had/have a feeling of uncertainty when they drop back to throw.
I would love to get an actual QB in the game, and see what he could do. I know Urban likes the athletes and wants to transform them into quarterbacks, but just once I would like to see him get an actual quarterback and see where that could take us.
All year, I have watched too many games where the effort just didn't seem to be there.
Yesterday, I think everyone can agree that we played like crap, but the EFFORT was there. Everyone has off nights and maybe this team doesn't have a go-to scorer or a pure shooter, but a lot of times effort is what can propel a team to greatness. No team can play well every night, but every player on the team can give max effort. In the end, that's all you can ask for our of these guys.
Let's keep it rolling vs Nebraska today. Go Bucks!
One thing I like a lot on here is that every time he scores, he just flips the ball to the official! No show-boating. He lets his play do all the talking.
Would love to get him and Gibson together and see what they could do!
Damn. I almost went a full day without hearing Sam's name mentioned. What does Vilma or Sam have to do with Will Smith? Let's stay on topic!
I voted for Marble, though he probably won't win. Every time I have seen Iowa play, that guy just looks like a beast compared to everyone else on the court on both ends of the court.
You can always contort stats to your advantage.
Here's my stat - look at the Oregon's, the Texas Tech's, the Baylor's of the world. How many NC's have they won? Don't worry I'll wait...the answer is ZERO in the last 100 years or so. The reason? NO DEFENSE
I love the fact that we put up 40 points a game this past season. hell, I would love to put up 40 points a game every season. But I would MUCH rather hold my opponents between 17-21 points.
Defense DOES win championships.
Love the fact we are getting Florida kids to commit early! Hopefully we snag a few more. As a former cross-town rival of Trinity, I can vouch for the fact that there is a TON of talent in Jacksonville. Hopefully we keep tapping into the wealth! Great job Coach Smith!
Love the write-up. Only thing I didn't like a 1 sentence buried in the article. "According to Meyer, Fickell will still have veto power and final say on game days."
I'm willing to give Fick 1 more year, but we need to see improvement from the defensive play-calling.
So disappointing to see us getting out rebounded like that on our home court. I can understand not making some shots- it happens. But being out rebounded so terribly, much less to give up 10 rebounds to the shortest guy on the court.... That's a lack of effort.
this guy would be a great add to the haul next season. I know he has been offered by IL, and MSU. I would LOVE to have big receivers for our young guys to throw to next season. We still need the fast and quick guys but as a young QB, my confidence would soar knowing that my receiver is bigger than my opponents DB, and my guy can out-jump everyone else for a ball!
You hear ALL these horror stories about recruiting and other coaches bashing other programs. It's really awesome to know that by all accounts, we do things the right way. We don't need to bash other programs to make ourselves look better. We are THE Ohio State University. I'm proud to be a Buckeye.
Great article. Pantoni is awesome. I definitely think he is a HUUUGE reason we will be National Champs in the not-too-distant future!
Awesome! Sounds like he was looking to stand-out and not be in Malik's shadow! He will certainly be a standout here at OSU. He's already a pretty big guy. Think of how much bigger, faster, and stronger he will be after just a year of Mariotti's program!
Plus, he comes without all the drama! Excited about this one!
Would have been great to get him, but I wish him the best.
Yes, he was the best we had.....but that's not saying much.
I think VB has the potential to be better than Roby.
The uni's are.....ok.
The team is definitely not elite at the moment. Let's pitch this idea in March for us if we can right the ship!
One point that some would try to argue is that neutral site games give a chance for fans of the teams that live in different parts of the country to see their favorite team play in person, when they may not have otherwise had the opportunity.
For example, Fans of TTUN and UF that live in Dallas might not have the chance to go to TSUN or Florida for the game, but having it in Dallas gives them that chance.
As a player, I would prefer a home and home series instead of a neutral site though. Especially if my stadium was as big as the Shoe. More people can fit in the Shoe than can fit in the Billion Dollar Playpen. Bigger crowds leads to a better atmosphere.
Great article Birm. Keep up the good work! 8 days and counting until you get a break!
Would love to keep Jones AND land McDowell. Curious to see what we do if Jones does leave though. Do you think we go after another O-Line, or bank it? If Okorafor doesn't know whether or not we offered, chances are we didn't.
In either case, we have a great class coming in, and I'm looking forward to 2014!
Gene Smith is a BOSS!
He's the right man for the job. This will ensure that both our academic and athletic programs continue to be near the top in the nation for years to come! Congrats Gene!
Love the fact that we are becoming a fast, dynamic team. I don't want us to lose the big bruisers though. Some of our best athletes were NOT the 4.3 and 4.4 guys.
Eddie George wasn't a burner. Beanie Wells wasn't a burner.
I love the speed, but don't want to lose the physicality that has made us who we are!
I'm so excited for Greg. He is by far my favorite buckeye basketball player of all-time, and I've wanted him to be healthy for SO long! Hopefully he can keep this comeback going and stay injury free!
This could be a huge! Especially if MSU is indeed flipping Jamarco. This would be the perfect "Up Yours" if we were able to land him!