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Comment 05 Nov 2015

Bob Pruesse from is extremely well connected with the recruiting scene, in particular the Buckeyes.

He went on a limb several months ago and called Hall to OSU, wavered a few times over the past several months, then reaffirmed his prediction to OSU.... Only to just last week come out and say he's hearing Penn State and Minnesota have pulled slightly ahead of OSU.

Whats very disheartening about the timing of this news is not only the close proximity to Hall's decision date (Nov 11), but also because Hall just visited OSU on an official over the Penn State weekend. If OSU lead before an official visit, and then loses a lead after the visit, that usually spells doom.

Hall is very active on social media, and has come right out and said he'd like to make his announcement a big affair, for emphasis on the sport of wrestling. OSU has said to have led most if his recruitment along with Penn State up until recent, Hall's camp may very well be sending out diversions like we so so often with big time recruits to create more drama with the announcement, and clicks for those who cover it. Here's hoping to that being the case here.

Missing out in Hall would be a huge blow for the Bucks. Not only for the obvious reasons in Hall being the #1 recruit in the nation and a program changing difference maker, but more importantly his weight class of 165/174  is a target weight class this season, along with 133. (Luke Pletcher) Losing out on Alex Marinelli who flipped to Iowa was a blow to OSU, but losing out on Hall and Marinelli becomes a giant blow! I believe they will move into to Illinois state stud Isaiah White as their fall back option, but will be interesting to see Ryan's approach since he is known to have grade issues.

The grand slam scenario is Hall and Pletcher in '16, and then Spencer Lee and Kevin Vough in '17.

Comment 26 Sep 2015

I was at the game. Unfortunately, my view slightly differs from the O.P. (Sorry long)

I was pulling for Todd Sibley to get offered (without even seeing him play) once I heard he was on OSU's radar, because my brother in law had the kid in his summer class he taught at Akron U at the exact same time their mutual interest became reported.

I say this because after seeing him for the third time now tonight in person... I did not nor have not seen anything relative to the O.P's description of Sibley as a running back. And trust me... I wanted to see an elite back very much...

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and this is simply mine... Todd Sibley just is not an OSU caliber back. Now I hope to god I some day eat crow for saying it and trust me, my eyes fight my brain when watching this kid because in the back of my mind I know OSU knows a whole hell lot more than I do relative to recruiting evaluation, and wouldn't offer a '17 kid and accept his commitment already at the running back position if they weren't sold on him... I get all that. But i don't see it.

First off, Sibley is TINY, and he looks small standing in a high school huddle. At his size, I would expect him to have exceptional vision and lateral skills, as well as above average ability to make tacklers miss (wiggle) to make up for his size. Not only is Sibley not elite at any of these, I could argue he doesn't even show to above average in any category either.

Please understand this critique is about an Ohio State caliber running back, not an indictment or saying Todd Sibley specifically is not a tremendous high school running back, because that he is. These type of running backs are a dime a dozen though across the country, and only the elite make it at a school like Ohio State.

I just don't see anything Sibley possesses that projects for success at the next level. He's not powerful nor does he run through tackles. He runs with good pad level but at 5'7 or 5'8, that makes it much easier.  There were several cut back lanes available tonight that Sibley did not have the lateral foot quickness nor the vision elite backs have to break off the big gains. Sibley time after time, EVERY TIME I seemingly watch him carry the ball, runs straight ahead into the back of his blockers. Now I like the fact he run north/south, but his physical skill set doesn't play as a straight ahead runner nor his conducive to his skill set. 

Hoban was 1st and goal at the 6 inch line and failed to get in the end zone 3 times with Sibley, and he was met at the goal line, he wasn't corralled a few yards deep in the backfield. He just looked physically overmatched tonight at times against a very good, tough St V's front. What will he look like at the next level?

I may be completely off, but I would not be shocked if OSU goes another direction after seeing this year's film, and I hate to say that but it's simply the truth. This kid never sees the field at OSU in my estimation, and a player such as Georgia's Trey Sermon is in another stratosphere relative to Sibley.

Now some good news I was very impressed with Clark. He has improved immensely with his footwork and mechanics since his freshman year at Massillon. His arm absolutely projects to the next level. You can see on several of his misfires that he's putting the ball where it needs to be and an above average athlete/WR gets to it's ball location. Besides Jonah Hill, he's throwing to a bunch of slow midgets. His line is not very good at this point either, relative to strengths across the board with the rest of their team.

St V's ends were having their way blowing past Hoban's tackles which brought me to what impressed me the most about Clark... He has tremendous pocket presence and steps up in the pocket like a seasoned collegian, not a high school junior. His clinching TD pass to Hill on a slant was a thing of beauty. The St V end blew by the tackle and instead of ducking/tucking and  running like 99% of all high school QB's do when seeing/feeling such immediate outside pressure, Clark stood tall and stepped up in the pocket Tom Brady esque without a flinch and delivered a strike in rhythm.

Don't let his numbers fool you. He's the victim of several drops this season, including another wide open 40 yard would be TD drop tonight. Danny IMO has a chance to be special and be a starting QB at OSU. Sibley I just don't see it.

Comment 17 Sep 2015

They had a game in Ohio guys..

High school game=business trip.

I think it was Steubenville if I remember correctly.

Comment 15 Sep 2015

I know many presume it will never happen but I'm still on the fence as to whether OSU should move Samuel back to RB next season for the departing Elliott if not full time, at least part time between there and the H.

My reasoning is simply the amount of touches it will provide. That on top of the embarrassment of riches of H type receivers on the roster and coming in '16 recruit Demario McCall who many feel will be Urban's most ideal H in his offense yet.

Once Zeke leaves, I doubt Urban goes with Dunn as the full time starter which leaves just Wever and new blood Kareem Walker left... Not much experience. Now if Weber were to light it up then it all becomes a mute point but if he doesn't, I could foresee a running back by committee next season with Samuel getting significant touches at RB along with at the H, being a multi facet Jack of all trades type weapon for OSU and next years offense.

Comment 10 Sep 2015

A big argument for JT and dismissal of Cardale is that OSU seemingly all came together conveniently for Cardale, and JT would have won and performed just as well the last 3 games last season with the same help. It's possible. A certainty? Absolutely not. People will retort that "oh ya, Cardale won all those games by himself", and hypocritically point to Barrett's success being a product all on his own.

I think the point that's trying to be made here for Cardale supporters is not that Cardale won those games by himself, or that he's a much better QB than Barrett, it's just simply he was the QB of the team (OSU) winning 4 huge games in a row. 

At the end of the day, any fan or coach wants a QB leading their team whose capable of not only winning a big game, but also championships.

With Cardale, we know OSU , as a TEAM , has proven and shown now 4 games in a row, they are capable of winning these important games with he leading them. We know this as fact.

Could JT do the same? I bet he could. BUT there is no data suggesting it's certainty like we have with Cardale. That's not a knock on JT, just the facts.

Isn't winning the biggest games and championships as a TEAM what were all in this for in the first place? Who cares if Cardale is a 6'5 250 lucky charm and is the 5th most important reason OSU wins, instead of THE reason? Isn't simply winning the most important thing? It is to me. 

All I know is with Cardale starting , OSU wins. JT can't win any better than Cardale so why even argue the fact until Cardale shows he can't?

Cardale hasn't even started one home game yet, let alone face a bottom 90-100 ranked defense which allowed JT to regain his confidence and flourish last year against the likes of Kent, Cincy, Maryland, Rutgers, Indiana, Illinois etc... Let's give Cardale a chance to develop even more against some cupcake defenses, he deserves it wouldn't ya say??

Comment 05 Sep 2015

As a WR exclusively, I'd agree. Only Ohio WR taken in '17 will be Jaylen Harris, which would leave Richardson out, along with talented Danny Davis. Other 3-4 takes will comprise of the commited Judson, and most likely Grimes and one of Peoples-Jones, Thomas, Lindsey etc.

Just like his teammate Kierre Hawkins before him, Richardson could end up being a take as an Hback classification, along with another true tight end who will most likely end up being Cole Kmet or even Matt Dotson. OSU has taken an Hback specifically 2 years running now ( AJ Alenander '15/ Hawkins '16), so if this particular position/skill set is now a recruiting priority and OSU seeks to continue to add to it and create depth, an Hback taken I'm '17 would make sense.

I'm saying all that.... especially after hearing this past offseason this kid may even be more talented on defense and now with last nights performance... This is a kid you offer and take without blinking an eye as an ATH and figure his position out later. I think Rivals has him rated as the top, or one if the top athletes I'm the '17 class and around #45 overall, and he's in your backyard. He gotta be a take, and at 6'4 220 you the size, talent, and time (redshirt) for your Josh Perry 2.0 project at OLB for the '17 class. Fills a need also because outside of Brendan White, doesn't seem connected with too many top guys at LB early on.

Comment 21 Aug 2015

Man you guys that completely rely on JT's stats, did you not watch remember the games? I'm not gonna pull up the games exact stats, but I remember them relatively close.

GAME 1 Navy

JT's line looks deceivingly good, like 12-15 couple hundred yards. Great #'s first game. But anyone remember this game? Herman would not throw a pass past 5 yards whole 1st half. They did not trust JT throwing the ball. I at one point asked myself how we were going to score until Lee returned that fumble. Also remember Devin Smith caught an under thrown 80 yard TD pass where the defender fell down extremely padding his stats. They played the game not to lose. Everyone gives mulligans fir It being Barrett's first game and act like it was the first time any of his teammates ever started a game too. Cardale has 0 growing pains, needs for acclimation and his performance against Wisconsin gets dismissed.

Game 2 enough said

Game 3-6

- look at JT's stats against these 4 teams relative to the rest. The defenses he faced ended up in rankings for totL defense in '14 at 84th, 98th, 94th and 96th people... Out of 125.

Game 7 Penn State

-love how JT gets lauded for his play here playing injured. Uh he played injured because playing another top 20 defense, JT passed so bad in the first half 2 picks 1 housed) Urban completely shut down the passing O second half. Urban ran read option all 2nd half clinging on to lead almost lost, he did so because JT was once again overwhelmed facing a top defense, second time in 7 games. How did Cardale do against 3 top teams in a row. I know that was because the rest of the team wasn't good....

Game 8 Illinois

- with a sprained knee JT had no business playing a meaningless opponent with Michigan State looming. Urban had no choice in starting him, he could not risk JT going up to Michigan State from the Penn State disaster. His idea was for JT to carve up Illinois #99 D for a few series and give him and Urban himself confidence. Do we forget the Illinois game?? JT was all over the place, couldn't hit broad side of a barn to the tune of Urban uncomfortably forcing Barrett to throw 27 passes in the first half !! To finally find the end zone a couple times against one of country's worst defenses.

Next two games were JT's as I g grace though he didn't pass extremely well against Minnesota in the snow but still played well. Going into the Michigan State game, we forget so easily, there was not 1 OSU fan who felt good about Barrett against Michigan State. He had a bum knee, against 2 defenses similar to Michigan States had lost 1 already and almost single handedly lost the other, and was coming off a week he couldn't move the ball against a winless Illinois team at home to boot. People need to remember these growing pains JT went through, ones Cardale did not.

Lastly , Indiana had the #109 ranked defense. Lest we forget once again... (A poster earlier posted this games stats in support of JT) we were up 21-20 going into the. 4th against the #109 ranked D. After a successful 1st drive where Barrett found Vannett a few times including a score, Barrett was abysmal and would have been to blame for the loss. He had 7 of his completions to Zeke for 35 yards and this is because he threw two picks against this defense and lost confidence throwing downfield. This is the game Jalin Marshal was all world including housing a shovel pass for 50 some yards that looked great in JT's box score as a TD pass, this after making the 1 handed catch of the year for a TD as well. JT's passing line was nowhere indicative to how he played. What's funny here is Cardale gets dismissed as having a team going at full strength full cylinders. This was week 11!

Against Michigan, I just watched the replay.. JT ran well, but was very erratic throwing the ball. Missed Michael Thomas alone on 3 misfires alone in the first half. Game was in the balance towards the end and he was hurt.

Another thing I've never seen brought up in this debate? How bout durability? JT has gotten hurt everywhere he's been including blowing out a knee in high school, missing a half for a sprained knee and fracturing his ankle. To my knowledge, Cardale has never been hurt. Can you count on Barrett staying healthy?

Look I love JT, it just drives me nuts when people act like he was lights out last year because of his Michigan State performance, just was not the case. JT struggled against 4 of the top defenses he faced played well at Michigan State. He made his season through 6 games, weeks 3-6 and Mich Staye and Minnesota. He was pedestrian to outright terrible in all other games, hardly a body of work telling me anything of certainty he could match what Cardale did. I do t care if Cardale is a 6'5 250pound lucky charm... I go with that all day long if the team plays better with him nine sues that was the case. Barrett's 15 rushes a game gives opportunities to all the playmakers this year. Gotta go with Cardale.


Comment 05 Aug 2015

From my understanding of the story, her face wasn't the only thing that got beat up that night. Only difference is the other thing was used to the punishment, her face not so much.

I tried to picture that dudes face once he saw War Machine bust in.... Lol 

Comment 22 Jul 2015

That list is insane. There are gonna be some tough decision having to be made with the '17 class relative to the WR and DB positions. The staff has to be tickled to death to have the opportunity to be able to evaluate and watch the vast majority compete in this setting against each other . The cream always rises.

Comment 06 Mar 2015

Anyone have insight on to how long Coach Hinton plans on coaching at OSU?

i at first thought Hinton was a holdover from Fickell's 2011 staff but after looking it up, I saw and remember now he was brought over from Notre Dame along with Warriner Urban's first year in 2012.

I know Hinton holds enormous value for the program, I've been told he the coach on staff most respected by Ohio high school coaches, and he's looked upon as the glue in keeping all current relationships in tact, plus help open new doors in the years to come to those schools yet to establish a solid relationship with OSU as of yet. Hinton holds that much clout, and he's the type of guy anyone would enjoy sitting down and having a beer with.

Now in saying all that, Hinton has to me begun to have started to stick out like a sore thumb in a few areas. Although Urban did select Hinton in 2012, going into now his 4th year it doesn't take a genius to see the common traits and similarities Urban likes and wants out of his staff. As well as Hinton's liked, business is business and I wonder if a lateral move in a year or 2 could be in store for Hjnton to better accentuate his strengths day to day versus what's required of him now.

When looking at Urbans staff, all of them are relatively young and most all are recruiting aces on a national level. Hinton is going to be 55 years old which isn't ancient by any means, but still is 10 years older than Larry Johnson, and several all way down to Zach Smith. The only coaches over 50 are Hinton (55), Warriner (53), and Kerry Coombs (51). In fact here are all their ages:

Urban 50

Hinton 55

Coombs 51

Warriner 53

Johnson 45

Alford 45

Ash 41

Fickell 41

Smith 30

Beck 48

Urban demands his staff, in particular the position coaches, to be relentless grinders on the recruiting trail, leaving no stone unturned. He does not share the same recruiting responsibilities with his coordinators the same, it's why even though Fickell and Herman were arguably two of the stronger recruiters on staff last year, their numbers and recruiting rankings won't reflect  their talent. Position coaches should and must under Urban and Hinton failed miserably last year on a national level as a tight end position coach .

its a lot to ask of anyone to hit the road for weeks at a time but understandably the older a person gets, the more difficult that type of lifestyle becomes.

I bring this up because although I can't say Morrow would be a better coach than Hinton, he most definitely fits the profile Urban has been looking for as of late when filling out his staff. Morrow whose in his mid 40's, is an OSU fan and an elite recruiter, a perfect marriage I would imagine. Only problem is Hinton is too valuable to the program with all the intangibles he brings, especially his relationships with Ohio high school coaches. I wonder if a recruiting director position would maybe in a few years allow Hinton to go to work at the WHAC everyday to best utilize his talents with people in Ohio and everywhere else in a role that would keep anyone approaching 60 years old you would think happily away from a recruiting grind away from home weeks at a time.

i say this as no disrespect to Hinton but the numbers don't lie as well as his age. When looking at 247 2014 rankings, it's littered with Buckeye coaches. Fickell and Herman were together in the middle of the pack and for reasons I already explained. Alford was also much lower than I expected but once reading up on him, he was Notre Dames recruiting coordinator in charge of it all, and was the closer but didn't get credit the main point guys in their recruitments did. The other position coaches at OSU performed tremendously, as Urban demands and expects. Here were 2014 rankings D I coaches. (OSU position coaches-non coordinators)

Coombs- #22 

Warriner- #17

Drayton #20

Johnson- #83

Fickell- #44 

Smith- #47

Hinton- #837

Not even the same ballpark. Vince Marrow was #55. Anyone else have thought on the subject?