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Comment 30 Apr 2017

I don't think leaving early even if you are fringe prospect is such a bad decision if you can make a practice squad. Practice squad guys get >$110k at a minimum for a full season. You need to stay healthy but that is really good money for a 22 year old. You also can make an NFL roster for a few weeks if things work out and get a lot more. Its not so bad. College isn't for everyone and I don't blame guys for leaving while their bodies are still able to make them six digits a year on a practice squad. Hopefully they will be smart enough to go back and graduate if they haven't already, though. Practice squad money is far from guaranteed.

Comment 29 Apr 2017

Butt should have earned the respect of all Buckeye fans after watching him the last two years. It is a shame to see him get injured. Denver should be very happy to get the guy in the 5th round.

Comment 21 Jan 2017

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.

Comment 16 Jan 2017

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.

Comment 10 Jan 2017

#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.

Comment 07 Jan 2017

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.

Comment 07 Jan 2017

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.

Comment 04 Jan 2017

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.

Comment 02 Jan 2017

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.

Comment 01 Jan 2017

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.

Comment 01 Jan 2017

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.

Comment 01 Jan 2017

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.

Comment 20 Dec 2016

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.

Comment 04 Dec 2016

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.