That moron Kentucky fan who got the National Champs tattoo before the tourney might just end up looking like a genius... He's still going to have to sweat it out though.
Out of curiosity, where do you think the staff turns if/when we miss on Wimbush, Nunez, and Gibson?
Notice how Gumbel's "investigation" steered clear of SEC schools...
These stretches in recruiting really stink. I'm ready for the train to get rolling again. I'm confident we'll get momentum back though
Kirk would be quite a pull. TX A&M appears to be the team to beat and his best friend Kyle Allen is the QB of the future there. I do think OSU is in his top 5 though, and a lot can change over the next year or so. In the end I don't see OSU being his destination, but with Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson in the fold already it won't be a big blow.
Idk, it's not really necessary to take a long snapper every year. Considering the fact that the 2015 class will actually be pretty limited on numbers (I've heard 22 as a realistic projection after attrition), I wouldn't be surprised if we decide not to use a scholarship on Liam McCullough. If we do decide to take a long snapper in 2015, I have to imagine it would be a preferred walk on spot now. I could be wrong though. I'd be interested to hear Birm's insight on the matter.
As stated in the article, the slow start can be largely attributed to the peculiar recruiting grounds in Ohio this year. Most of the top prospects in state seem wide open and it seems like they didn't grow up OSU fans (Baker, Hilliard, Crawford, Kinnel, etc.). I do find it surprising considering they grew up during a period of OSU dominance, but I'm still confident in this class. Missing on both Hilliard and Baker would really hurt though, and I must say I'm worried about Baker and PSU.
There is no question that this 2015 class has the potential to be out of this world, but I will take a wait and see approach before declaring it will be the top class nationally. I remember last year at this stage many thought we would land a ton of studs from Georgia (and other states) and I really bought into the fact that our class would be #1. Obviously we landed the guy we really wanted (Raekwon), and we landed Collier, but the state of Georgia wasn't as kind as many predicted. I don't want to fall into that trap with Florida this year. I do love the 2014 class, but it was bound to wind up a slight disappointment with the way that many of us were setting expectations early in the cycle. I'm just going to let it all play out and enjoy the ride. We'll land our fair share, and it probably won't include many guys that are on our radar now.
One another note, I believe that our success on the field will be huge this upcoming season. If OSU makes the playoffs, watch out. That's when making the top 3 of top notch talent will really pay off IMO. It's just one of those things, we are so close to truly becoming dominant in recruiting, but we can't afford to lose any more momentum on the field if we want to challenge for the top class as Urban wants. Pulling top kids from Florida consistently will really hinge on this upcoming season IMO.
Yeah I love that 11W was respectful about the situation, but if I'm being honest it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that Mitchell must not have really loved it at OSU. If he did, he would probably stick it out. Doesn't make him a bad kid or anything though and you have to respect his decision, just wasn't meant to be.
Knox actually ripped McDowell after the Rivals camp this summer, but recently said he "got better" after the army all american game. I think you're thinking of Nnadi. Knox had nothing but good things to say about him. That's not to say McDowell and Knox don't get along though, I have no idea about that.
It's gonna be my boy Bri'onte Dunn. I sit next to him in one of my classes and we've gotten pretty tight. He's pretty confident and for good reason IMO. He's going to surprise some folks.
This shocks me.
Tears of joy
If Baugh is shown the door, that's going to be a pretty big hit for us. That would mean no true TE recruit for 2013 or 2014. I know Njoku is on the board, but he's not really a true TE. If anything he's a WR with potential to be a freak WR/H-back type guy. You have to wonder if he has the ability to block and be a balanced TE. We will be REALLY thin at TE going forward, but it'll get worked out. Just another interesting issue to look at going forward. It's probably likely we try to sign 2 TE's in the 2015 class now. This is all pure speculation though, I for one would love it if Baugh ended up being a great Buckeye and used this all as motivation on his way to redemption.
Man... I feel for the kid. He must have an alcohol problem.. That's pretty evident if you get caught twice in such a short period of time. Maybe he's just reckless, but my guess is Marcus is struggling with some demons and hasn't exactly fit right in at OSU. Whatever the future holds for the kid, I hope he gets his life straightened out and can get past this.
Do we know if he has any idea of when he plans to visit OSU? A spring game visit would be huge. Then get him on campus for a game next year and I love our chances.
I absolutely love the optimism, but I think a lot of folks are fooling themselves. Something is very off with this team, and as Stephen Bardo pointed out last night, there is likely some serious chemistry issues going on behind the scenes. Nobody outside of Craft really seems to have a fire lit under them, and I just don't see this team doing any better than 7-5 over the next 12 games (That would put us at 9-9 in B1G play). Obviously I could be wrong, but losing to Nebraska last night should be a sign that this team is in serious trouble. .500 in B1G play to end the season would be an incredible coaching job by Matta IMO.
Ha glad we are on the same page here
I'd be curious to hear what Jeremy or Jordan have to say about this matter. Michigan still the team to beat? Michigan in deep trouble and OSU in a good spot? My guess is he is wide open at the moment and won't be jumping into any commitments anytime soon, but it'll be interesting to see where he currently stands in his recruitment now.
Uh oh folks!!!!
OSU definitely wants to take a RB in 2015 FWIW. You can't go 2 straight classes without taking a RB, and we haven't taken a true RB in 2014.
You sound so spoiled it's unbelievable. Taylor was a key piece in VT's class, and that's no slouch program.
Love this article and I hope all of us Buckeye fans are taking note and learning some lessons. I for one started following recruiting about 2 years ago, and the last 2/3 classes we have brought in here at OSU have had me beyond hyped. It's easy to fall into the trap of believing that our recent recruiting classes cannot fail and are bound to be rousing successes, but clearly that's not a slam dunk. A lot of top prospects don't pan out for a myriad of reasons. This article illustrates that nobody out of high school is a sure fire bet, even if it seems like it. There are so many factors that come into play for these kids, and being talented is just a part of it.
Overall, I'm still really optimistic about the classes we've been bringing in and I have a lot of faith in our staff's ability to develop these kids. I'm just glad I read this article because it's easy to get lost in the hype sometimes, and we should all be prepared for the scenario where these classes don't live up to the expectations. I want to have realistic expectations, and the fact of the matter is not every stud we recruit is going to pan out. Let's just hope that what happened in this article doesn't happen again. We can afford to miss, but we can't afford to miss on entire position groups.
Does anyone know why ND fans hated Warinner? Just sour grapes? Schemes didn't mesh? It's just crazy to see how ND fans say they're relieved that we took him off their hands, yet most Of us would agree he's a great OL coach.