Redshirt years are not always a bad thing (says the conference's current top WR, Michael Thomas).
Good for Pryor. The journey from high school to Ohio State to the NFL has taken him through multiple unexpected detours, but his story is living proof that persistence, patience, and diligence will help someone successfully overcome adversity and challenging transitions in life.
From talking to prospective students and the parents of prospective students who are trying to gain admission into a more competitive Ohio State freshman class, I would consider their tense feelings to be more of an animated agitation (and even hostility in some cases).
I have touched base in past posts on the alternative options available to those who are not accepted into main campus, but I strongly feel the freshman year experience at main campus is the most valuable (and most important) in terms of a student developing relationships and memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Life is often about transitions and for a person's individual growth, it doesn't get much bigger than the transition from high school senior to college freshman. When comparing a kid who starts at a branch campus (or CSCC) and then transfers to main campus, it's just not the same (and I don't think it's even close).
It's great to be able to point to admission scores and how many kids you turned down as college presidents continually look to create a club of exclusivity, but I feel OSU is doing a lot of Ohio kids a huge disservice by their decisions to accept out of state kids with more "impressive" applications and scores over Ohio kids who have grew up in Ohio schools wanting and dreaming of attending Ohio State.
The national (and even international) approach to recruiting at Ohio State just doesn't hold true for revenue-generating sports, it's starting to hold true for the entire university. OSU used to be a safety school for a lot of Ohio students and now the Ohio students are in many cases the safety students for Ohio State's admissions objectives.
I find it humorous that some posters on this site feel the need to admonish curious readers for seeking additional information regarding a certain thread topic while concurrently making self-promoting claims in the thread insinuating their own status as some sort of an insider.
There have been quite a few Ohio State players end up playing for the Bengals over the years. I know they've passed on a few popular OSU players in the past few years, but Mike Brown is a big OSU fan and when it's possible, he'll do what he can to get Buckeyes on the roster.
Franklin only hired assistants at Vanderbilt who had attractive wives. And now he's presenting on core values??
Surprised they didn't blame this one on Alex Boone
Someone please put the comments about Michigan's corners holding their own against any receiver in the conference in front of Michael Thomas.
Pryor lining up as a receiver in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Texas provided a glimpse of how he could be used once he left OSU. I don't know if he was just too stubborn to realize what he could bring to a team as a receiver, but I think he really missed the chance to make an impact in the pro game as a receiver or tight end. I also agree with you about Miller changing positions. We poke fun of DR on this site, but he did what he needed to do to make a roster in the NFL.
I ran into Pryor briefly while he was playing at OSU. Seemed like a really good kid who wanted to be liked by people. He had a rough patch in life that I blame more due to immaturity than I do a lack of character, but he has a chance to impact the world in a positive way moving forward. That impact may not be in pro football, but he could still impact those who face some of the same challenges he faced as a kid who had too much placed on his shoulders at a young age.
Every single athlete who enters college should assume that they aren't going to make millions in pro sports and will need to rely on their education.
Glad to see Reed get a shot in the league. Sometimes you need to take a bit of a detour to get to your destination.
Now if Reed was a former football player for a program located about an hour northwest of the Ohio border, the head coach would be all over Twitter 'congratulating' the player in a plea to bring attention to the head coach.
Kentucky's recruiting success in Ohio annoys me greatly, but they do have a legitimate recipe for success in securing Ohio talent. UK's recruiting coordinator has serious professional and personal connections in Ohio (I think half his family are Ohio State alums) and UK's head coach is an Ohio guy as well.
Also, besides the coaching connections and the "play in the SEC" brainwashing they put in the heads of recruits, Lexington (the UK campus and the surrounding areas) is 100 times more attractive to college kids when compared to Purdue and the areas surrounding Purdue. I've visited both campuses multiple times and as much as I hate to say it, UK is far superior to Purdue.
I like Hazell a great deal, but the guy they had before him really left him a mess at Purdue. Joe Tiller had the program doing very well considering their geographic disadvantages, but Hazell has had to pretty much rebuild Purdue football from scratch. I hope he gets them there, but when he is fighting for players against the Big Ten schools, Notre Dame, and even UK/U of L, he's pretty much working with one hand tied behind his back.
I completely agree. If Jacksonville does have any talent on the defensive line, most of the guys have been in the league 6-7 years or longer. Bennett may have been better served to go undrafted and sign with a team that he felt was a better fit, but I guess at least he got picked. Time for Mike to make lemonade out of lemons.
I hope he stays near Garcon instead of Jackson and his bad habits. Spencer could be a leader on this team, which I think is lacking in the leadership department.
Throw out the stat sheets and Spencer may have been the MVP of the OSU Buckeyes in 2014. He does all the little things and does them well.
It's a shame he lasted this long, especially with so many knuckleheads being picked before Mike.
Someone is getting a heck of a value (and a great individual) in the sixth round. The Bengals and Browns really dropped the ball by passing on Mike round after round.
Interesting that Wilson didn't give a prediction on Braxton or Zeke's draft slots.
I am starting to wonder if Bennett's hamstring issue from the combine is impacting his draft slot.
I was following the draft on ESPN's website last night and a Harbaugh tweet congratulating Frank Clark "the second Wolverine to get picked in the second round" showed up on their CFB page. The new Michigan coach using a player dismissed by Brady Hoke for beating up a woman to promote their program is pretty desperate if you ask me. Parents and recruits of parents, in 2015, that is Michigan.
In addition to Winston being rewarded for his poor choices and lack of character, millions of impressionable kids who follow sports witnessed a person being rewarded for poor choices and a lack of character.
Steal from a retailer? Assault a female? Make a mockery of law enforcement? Jameis Winston being picked first overall (and celebrating with crab legs in front of him and an attractive female behind him) sends a message to kids that they can basically do whatever they want to whomever they want as long as they are good at a sport.
So Ohio State went to visit Georgia's coaching staff? That's interesting considering the recent speculation regarding the reason why Georgia won't schedule Ohio State.
I think this kid is going to be a really good one at OSU. Glad he is on board.
I think one of the best parts about the college game is the tailgating/pre-gaming prior to entering the stadium. I'm not certain a lot of the students could handle alcohol being sold inside the stadium (I was at both the OSU-Toledo game in Cleveland and the UC-OSU game in Cincinnati and neither time the students (who attended either school) didn't seem like they could handle continued drinking (because not many of them decided to not go ahead and pre-game like they do for any other game)).
I hope they don't start selling inside The Shoe. I quit going to NFL games because the atmosphere is horrible now (mainly due to drunken idiots). If they do, the market will dictate the success of the choice to sell, so at the end of the day, money will be the deciding factor.
This role is for creating goodwill and generating revenue from alumni. While having another famous former football player take the helm may seem like a trend, the fact is that when it comes to Ohio State and giving money, the football team is often either the icebreaker or actual reason why alums open up the checkbook. I don't think a superstar player is necessary as there are more than enough former Buckeye football players with name recognition who have both the charisma and the ability to excel in this position.
I'm surprised no one mentioned Herbstreit as a replacement.
It's unfortunate just how much recruiting rankings impact an athlete's perception, even long after he has proven the recruiting rankings prior to his arrive on campus to be inaccurate. Although Darron Lee has proven it over and over again on the field (as well as in the mind's of opposing coaches), his talent is still questioned (even in today's Skull Session) due to the 2 or 3 star scarlet letter placed on him by recruiting 'experts' before he ever stepped onto the field during a college game. At the same time, a player with nearly a complete opposite path from high school recruit to on-field production (Curtis Grant) seems to receive every benefit of the doubt along the way due to the 5 star tag placed on him before he played a single snap of D-1 college football.
With past examples who have more than proven the rankings system to be incorrect (Hawk, Mangold, Troy Smith, Pat Elflein, Dorian Bell, Connor Smith, Zwick, Jamaal Berry, etc.), Lee definitely isn't the first player to have assumptions cloud his progress and he won't be the last. However, even though a good amount of us claim to disregard the recruiting rankings, their impact on the game is obvious.
Dantonio has been laying the groundwork in Ohio for years. If anyone is surprised that he received multiple commits from Ohio kids over the weekend, they shouldn't be. Basically, MSU's football program is a spin-off of the Ohio State program under Tressel. Besides Dantonio's own strong relationships in Ohio, he has a staff full of men with great Ohio roots/connections (Snyder, Tressel, Barnett, Staten, and even the Walrus all have very strong ties to the Buckeye State).
Unless Michigan State is playing the Buckeyes, I find myself rooting pretty hard for MSU due to all of the Ohio kids on the roster and how Dantonio goes about his business. Michigan State struck gold when they landed Dino and Izzo.