Really would not worry about this seeing as how we are getting both Tyjon Lindsey and Trevon Grimes next month and Jeffrey Okudah sometime after that. The most important statistic when looking at classes is average rating of the commits. Right now we're on pace to comfortably pass every class that has ever signed with Ohio State in that department since recruiting rankings started.
There will be attrition at years end that will include early NFL entrants (definitely more guys than being discussed presently), transfers, medicals, and 4th year juniors who will be walking on senior day. Then on top of that from what I've read you have a handful of juniors like Collier that will be graduating in 3 years. This day in age in college football you take as many as you can get then you work out the numbers later. This staff will find ways to get to at least 20 and even more importantly I just dont worry about recruiting under Urban I just enjoy the ride.
Of all the kids coming or at least have said they're coming to FNL, Riep and Chase Young are the best bets to commit. Young did say he wanted to make a decision by the end of the summer so here's hoping.
Getting Okudah in this class is simply unreal. In my opinion he's the best defensive back prospect since Jalen Ramsey and the closest thing to him since he was a high schoo senior. During the Rivals 5 star challenge, which mind you is a 7 v 7 tourney, opposing teams literally stopped throwing to his side. That is basically unheard of in that type of setting FYI. Not saying we lose Shaun Wade but if we did landing this kid would make that sting less bc of the talent this kid has. He can definitely play corner at this level because he has exceptional feet and hips.
Haubeil is indeed taking a gray shirt that has been confirmed so we are at 13 commits for 2017. I think they will get to 20 there's too many high-level kids wanting to come here.
It's been rumored our staff knew this decision for a month now so If you believe for one second that Tyjon didn't know this was coming then I believe the phrase is "I have a bridge to sell you."
BengalErnst it's still way too early for ranking projections but he will be a top 250 kid and is on the watch lists already. Still can't embed tweets lol but here's a link to the tweet I was referring to earlier that shows his interest level:
Yeah I saw that and then I saw a couple of tweets from the kid during his visit this week and it looks very good for us right now
Everything I've read in the last week or so indicates he will be a Buckeye before the visit is over. No one knows if he will make it public soon after or not but by August Tate will be in the class. Should help with Lindsey, but by all accounts with everything I've read indicates we don't need any extra help for his August decision.
Not sure why everyone is guaranteeing we have JT for another 2 years when its not
This staff has been aware of this for sometime and they will get to 20. Hypothectically from the fans view no we dont have room currently but the staff will find ways to get to 20.
Aubrey Soloman is from the same HS as Collier and has already named us his leader without ever visiting just fyi.
Thanks for embedding that Gray!
The debate between Hardman and Bruce is a tough choice no doubt and if both want in you have to believe the staff will not say no. I agree Hardman is an incredible talent with breakaway speed, but with that said I've always been partial to Bruce. I keep seeing some people ask why take a guy like Bruce when you have McCall? First and foremost the difference between McCall and Sam is that Bruce has played WR his entire career thus far. Even more he has spent a great amount of his HS career as a slot guy. Whereas McCall is similar to others we have brought in who have been either QB's and RB's in HS ala Hardman who is QB similar to Jalin in HS. Sam's adjustment to running routes our scheme requires will take alot less time than say someome like McCall or Hardman bc thats all he has played is WR. On top of that our scheme requires the ability to block and while his tape doesnt show a ton of it, it does show Sam as a capable blocker. Not saying McCall or Hardman cant learn to run routes or block just that Sam has been doing it for alot longer. On top of that you have pedigree and coaching since Isaac Bruce is his uncle and he gets coaching from our very own Cris Carter who still spends time with the Aquinas program. Add in beng a South Florida athlete for good measure and Sam Bruce is just too good and more college ready for the slot than the other two IMO.
From everything I've read the Bosas, who dont normally recruit others hard, have been recruiting the heck out of Sam. Additionally, Torrance Gibson has been recruiting him hard and on top of that Sam was the one kid Haskins reached out to publicly first. Looks like losing Kevin Beard was a really big deal as his longest and best relationship now is with Zach Smith so we have some buzz here. Plus it hasnt't been mentioned much but I think Sam knows his chances of success are better in our system since Urban has proven he can get H-backs drafted while utilizing their skillsets. On the flip side I cannot remember a Mark Richt offense ever utlizing a slot guy like our offense does. Depends on how Urbz visit tomorrow goes but have just been reading too many positives for the good guys and makes me believe we will land Sam.
Edit: should have also added that should we land Sam I think he will play alot on special teams as KR/PR just seems natural back there.
Not gonna give the details to the rivals article other than everyone relax and it's def positive for us.
USC is the school I would worry about in the end for DPJ.
Sorry should've clarified that a little better my high school coach was a freshman during the champ year with Dorsett and was a senior during Marino's frosh year. Not exactly "way before" but yeah I should've clarified I posted that while tired.
Completely agree if you watch Clarett's tape its still the most ridiculous high school tape Ive ever seen. I remember asking our high school coach, who played with Dorsett and Marino on the Pitt natty team, about Clarett and he said hes the best at any level he'd seen.
He siad in an article posted today the biggest criteria he is looking for is early playing time, coaching stability, and a place that feels like home. So looking at those criteria:
1. Early playing time: clearly this is a plus for us as we only have a few DT's with experience and no rotation behind them as we saw in the Fiesta bowl. At the very least this kid would be in that rotation IMO. Also, we only have 1 DT commit who will be recovering from a season emding injury. Meanwhile, LSU is returning all their DT's including starters and have two current DT commits with a third most likely so he'd be in a 4 man DT class.
2. Coaching stability: an even bigger plus for us than early PT IMO since Miles was all but fired until Jimbo said no. Urban and LJ arent going anywhere anytime soon while Miles and staff are still on shaky ground at best. That whole fiasco was not a good look at all.
3. Place that feels like home: prob an advantage for LSU since hes from Louisiana but he did mention previously tOSU visit was his best visit and he enjoyed the colder weather.
With all that listed its not completely out of the realm of possibility for us to land him. We still havent to date landed that Urban special yet this year and I am not saying were the favorites but we do have a chance. I personally will remain cautiously optimistic but this one has felt a little different than Jackson since he hasnt visited LSU 10+ times like Jackson did.
Yeah not everday you see a three star in the UA All-America game but he has a great skillset. Also, not real sure but I believe he's committed and decommited from both Notre Dame and NC State so not quite sure he'd be a done deal anywhere yet.
Lol I will never argue that as it pertains to that photo. But in the football sense, I'm with the staff in adding Bruce and Victor as the two to make it an epic WR class.