I wouldn't call the Notre Dame QB a dark horse. They are all better than the OSU QBs after all!
Buckeyes average pretty much the same and I can't think of many defenses in the B1G that can slow down the Zeke train.
but Boykins is very likely, I just don't think it will be that cut and dry. Recently the favorites coming in don't end up winning it, seems to be a dark horse a lot lately. Mariota wasn't a dark horse but Winston was the favorite to repeat last year.
Based on what I have seen as him being a part time starter, yes I think Vannett is really good. I believe many teams are now starting to look at guys who are well rounded at pass catching and blocking. Plus I think Vannett could streak up the seam but doesn't because of the offense he is in. I think he is highly underrated.
Tunsil is currently the big name at LT and I know many like Drango and Stanley, but Decker is every bit as good as them and the more exposure this buckeye team will get as the defending champs, Decker will get noticed more. I know the top names and I know they don't always end up the top player a year later. Cedric Ogbuehi was considered the top LT a year ago. Just sayin.
and I did say "I think he has the makings of the top overall tackle". I didn't actually write it in stone!
I think 2/3 or more of the OSU offense WILL get drafted in the top 3 rounds. 11 players on offense. Thomas, Cardale, Decker, Zeke, Vannett, Elflein, Price, Marshall. And that isn't taking into account Corey Smith and Braxton not being starters.
Now, will all go this year, I don't think so but if they all did I think only Boren and Dontre (and if Farris is the starter at RT) won't.
I agree on a lot but I disagree on Decker. He has all the makings as the top overall tackle taken and they typically go in the top 15. Especially if our buckeyes have another strong year like last year.
I think many are forgetting that Vannett is a senior and he will be drafted high after this year. He just seems to catch everything his way and he is a very all around TE. Probably a top 3 TE next year.
and me personally, I wouldn't be suprised if Elflein or Price get drafted high if they both come out. Price maybe not but I wouldn't be surprised if both were high rated players.
How many titles have Matta and OSU won? zero. That is the difference. Ohio State is NOT an elite program without titles!
Kansas, Louisville, Uconn, Kentucky all won championships in the past decade. Virginia is the local school where he currently is and a rising top program the last two years (FYI, who was great when they were kids doesn't matter when who was good this year does). I don't understand why you think Ohio State is a better option for any of them.
and if you followed above, King is NOT a local kid like Sullinger who grew up in Ohio, watched his brother play at OSU, his father was a local basketball coach. King spent about 3 years in Ohio while Matta's teams struggled to compete with those Elite teams.
You want to complain about missing out on Bragg (who went to Kansas)? fine. You want to complain about missing out on Luke Kennard (who went to Duke)? fine. But VJ King is not a buckeye born and bred. Its not the same!