This is 100% fake. Did you ever heard of FourPlay Football before today? Have you heard of them now? It's all marketing.
OSU's excellent recruiting classes early in Thad's career were helped by IU being down during the time. After the elite classes, Matta still brought in some really good players. Too many of them never developed, however -- Sam Thompson, Shannon Scott, Marc Loving, Amir Williams most notably.
I don't blame Matta for letting some in-state guys go elsewhere -- you can only take a couple of guys each class and some of them never wanted to come to OSU in the first place. I'm most disappointed in the lack of development of players. Marc Loving looks like he's never lifted a weight in his life. Sam Thompson was the same. LaQuinton Ross, too (though he was good). Shannon Scott never developed a jumper. Lenzelle Smith regressed. Craft got worse. Highly recruited players ended up worse players as SR's than when they were SO's. That is a bad sign. I love Matta and what he has done at OSU, but I wonder how much drive he has now particularly with his back problems.
I don't have a specific player in mind, but I wouldn't mind seeing a pure route runner in this class if we want another WR. If he's 6'0", runs a 4.65 and doesn't project as an early NFL guy but runs crisp routes and has reasonably good hands you can sign me up. I don't care if he's ranked 300-400th -- these types of guys fly under the radar at these camps b/c their athleticism does not jump out at you like others.
I can confirm this. It definitely sticks in my head seeing Burrows run onto the field for individual senior day intros.
Nebraska recruiting lost out big time last weekend, missing on all of their targets announcing at the Army All American game. You gotta believe they went very, very hard on Lindsey afterward.
Love the Grimes 62-3 tweet. This will be fun to follow the next few years.
If Gibson does indeed play next year, I would love to see Gibson and Fickell beat TTUN on September 9th.
THANK GOD!! Go get your 1st round money in 2018 young man!
I will feel better when he actually arrives in Columbus.
#1 - Great hire for PJ Fleck.
#2 - Ed Warinner’s son (Edward) is a LB prospect in the ’18 class. He probably was never going to get an OSU offer, but I can definitely see him at Minnesota. Warinner coaching on the same team as his son could be important for him and why he is willing to just be an O-Line coach.
Gibson is from Ft. Lauderdale and tweeting the flight cancellation is probably tied to Friday's shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale airport. Maybe he was previously scheduled to fly in on Sunday? It is positive he is going to classes in Ohio, though I don't know much about his eligibility situation and the transfer rumors. Was he not expected to attend OSU classes this semester? Getting him in scarlet and grey this fall would be phenomenal but I'm not sure this means he is eligible.
Donovan Peoples-Jones was also in the OSU "Faculty, Staff and Student Directory" and he remains in the directory today. The Okudah thing was interesting but I think we are going to be in for some major recruiting head-fakes in the future if people continue to use the student directory.
Fingers crossed on Gibson. That young man is a major playmaker and I would love to see him remain a Buckeye.
MGoBlog posters talking about how much they already hate Tate Martell. This warms my heart.
Raekwon was one of the best recruiting wins of Urban Meyer’s tenure so far. Big time player from SEC territory that fit a major need and played great football for three years.
He was one of the few highlights vs. Clemson, too. He played a hell of a game. He exceeded lofty expectations in my mind. Big time thanks to him for his efforts and making the last three years so much fun to be a Buckeye fan.
We need to be careful what we wish for. Zach Smith seems to have had a very positive impact on the recruiting classes lately and it is not like there has been a lot of disappointment at WR when you honestly look at the situation. There is a lack of TRUE WR's that were top prep talents on this team. When you look at past recruiting classes, the only big disappointment has been Johnnie Dixon and that has been tied to knee injuries. Smith now has KJ Hill, Benjamin Victor and Austin Mack on the team with Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey coming in (McLaurin, Brown and Campbell now how some experience under their belt after being very green/inexperienced this year). Fingers crossed on Gibson, which I think was a big blow this year. I think we will be OK at WR in coming years. We have not had this type of talent at WR under Urban Meyer at OSU yet.
I'm a lot more concerned about the offensive coordinator position. I could do without the Twitter stuff, but I think Zach Smith has a spot with this program.
Tom Herman was also in his early-to-mid 30's at Iowa State. I am all for getting young, talented coaches but the guy from WMU is 51 and isn't some up-and-coming coaching talent. Regarding the other post, noted on Don Brown but he was at UConn, Maryland and Boston College before going to our rivals.
One of the most attractive young OC's out there is Sonny Cumbie at TCU. If you want to improve the passing offense (Urban seems to be prioritizing this), he'd be the guy to get. He won't come cheap, though.
Kirk Ciarrocca is 51 years old and spent the majority of his coaching career at WMU, Delaware, Richmond, Rutgers, Penn, Princeton and Western Connecticut State. Is this seriously who you want as offensive coordinator at Ohio State? The guy you want is Fleck but he's not taking a coordinator job.
I am all for guys getting paid by going pro, but I think Samuel can improve his draft stock by staying. In terms of agility, first step speed, lateral athleticism he is great but he's not yet a polished WR and does not yet have the bulk of an NFL RB. As great as he is and I mean this as no disrespect to him b/c I love him, but when it comes to projecting to the NFL I think Samuel can improve further (route running, hands and muscle mass).
Speaking of guys that could have really benefited their draft stock by staying, my God would it have been nice having Jalin Marshall at WR this year.
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Harris as a run blocker. All I've read about in this thread is speed, route running, height, etc. He is clearly physical and the run play is always going to be important in an Urban Meyer offense, even with someone like Haskins or Burrow. Having a big, physical WR option for run blocking is important for this offense and Harris seems to have that potential. A welcomed addition to the class if he chooses to be a Buckeye.
The Indians don't have good hitters they could (potentially) put around Encarnacion? Lindor, Santana, Brantley, Ramirez, Kipnis? All of those guys can hit. Also, Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki weren't that good last year but EE still did well.
Franklin made a point to talk in McSorley's ear before he was handed the MVP trophy by Archie. McSorley was overly gracious with Archie, so that is what Franklin had to be telling him. It made me respect Franklin in that he went out of his way to recognize how disrespectful Cook was last year and that no way his young QB would do the same. It was classy.
It's clear watching both of OSU's touchdowns in overtime that JT and C4 went untouched not only bc they are awesome but that Peppers made big mistakes on both plays. Great athlete but he's way overrated as a player.
I want Schiano to stay as long as possible, but it's a good thing for OSU to have their coordinators take high profile jobs (after potential CFP games). They are going to be replaced often and it's a great selling point for OSU when bringing in high demand coaches for coordinator positions. You will continue to get the best.
I was a few rows behind the TTUN bench. I did not actually see Harbaugh throw his playbook/clipboard, but there absolutely was a playbook/clipboard on the field probably 5-10 yards onto the field away from the sideline. I have tried to find images of it and am surprised I cannot find anything but I suppose many photographers were on the sideline and did not have the vantage point. I'm just some guy on the internet but I saw it as clear as day. At the time I had no idea whose playbook/clipboard it was -- I assumed it was an assistant coach's or something. The crowd in my section became really fired up after the call. His childish actions really helped shift momentum.
The CFP system has a whole room of experts that spend time analyzing teams to the Nth degree. Why doesn't the Big Ten use the CFP rankings as a tie-breaker? It would seem to consider more variables and support putting the best perceived product on the field for the all-important conference title game.