Oh, I wasn't implying the Staff jettisoned him. It wouldn't make any sense after bringing him into the class so early. On the other hand, grabbing the other 3 at the last second DOES make sense if they already knew Felder likely wouldn't make it. Which is why I said I still have a lingering bad taste from 2015. Between how the season went and how recruiting went from about July on ... obviously not terrible, but not up to the standards we've come to expect.
So Kareem Felder, the 3* we were told was a hidden gem, which is why he was brought into a small class quite early, is out, while last minute pickups Rodjay Burns, Wayne Davis and Jahsen Wint, are still in? Yeah, I still have a sour taste in my mouth from 2015.
So ... does this mean the uncertainty about Danny Clark has been resolved for now? It sure sounded like he and his family were unhappy and looking around. Guessing this means not looking around any more, at least for now?
Oklahoma is #3. Win in Norman on September 17th, and this list is moot.
This season, like every season really, the conference is OSU's to lose. Beat Oklahoma, and it's fairly smooth sailing until East Lansing on Nov 19. Yes, at Camp Randall and at Beaver Stadium are potential trap games in October, but OSU will be favored. Probably by a lot.
One thing is for sure. Urban and the staff better learn from last year and get a functional offense in place by the Oklahoma game. I have a good feeling about this year with all the young and hungry talent, hopefully with a chip on their shoulder after being dismissed because of all the talent lost to the draft. Unlike last year's team, these guys haven't won anything yet. Even JT didn't get a chance to play in the playoffs.
Isn't Michigan looking at a huge exodus of seniors next year? I'm not sure they will be nearly as limited as OSU.
Is Solomon projecting at DE, even though he's listed at DT by 247? Also, Cam Spence, DT from IMG seems to like the Buckeyes, at least at this point, more than Ewell - again, according to 247.
Getting DPJ, thereby keeping him away from Michigan and MSU, should be a top priority.
That haul of DBs would be ... wow. And it's not even particularly far-fetched.
Finally, Micah Clark over McNair?
I think sausage will be made.
Unless they start making major contributions, I'm guessing Dixon and Clark will be medicaled out or grad transfer, though I don't know how close either one is to graduation. It's possible whichever one of those two just joined the track team (Dixon?) will stay at OSU for track. But with barely a reception between them I can't imagine they'll be able to hold on to scholarships that could otherwise go to Grimes/DPJ/Lindsey/Harris/etc. Btw, it would be really nice to get DPJ both to have him and to keep him away from Michigan.
If Evan Lisle can't crack the two-deep this year, he might be another candidate. And, although I still have very high hopes for both of them, who knows if Lattimore and Smith can get healthy?
Woah, and I thought 9-3 was overly dramatic. That would be Meyer's second-worst season ever, after the 7-5 2009 season, wouldn't it?
I really hope you're just trying to keep our sky-high expectations reasonable, because that's a hugely disappointing season.
Didn't he just get on the track team? Dontre too? If they're too hurt to play football, can they still run competitively?
Is Evan Lisle getting passed by? His name doesn't seem to come up much.
VaTech, Indiana, ... and I feel like I'm forgetting at least one, maybe two more from last season ... can attest to that!
Yeah, the QB rotation was a big mistake in retrospect. So the number of carries JT got against UM and ND was just a way to fix the situation in-season and I don't have to worry that he'll take that kind of punishment all of next year?
So in a tweet a while ago you hinted that with polished WRs and Haskins coming in this year the offense is evolving. Since JT will still be QB next year and there's so much WR talent (possibly not very polished) already on the roster, how much of a change do you expect in 2016? JT got hit a LOT last year and has already broken his ankle. Would be nice to see his carries/game reduced!
Dunn, Elflein, and Wilson are the only ones who will exhaust their eligibility in 2016. Besides McMillan, do you see anyone as a EE possibility?
Yeah, I heard Coombs say that Bell essentially played CB. Thanks!
Anything to do with scheme, or strictly off-the-field stuff?
Did he just decide he prefers MSU, or did OSU prefer Victor to him?
Jeremy, the depth at safety is, well, non-existent, yet this class doesn't have a single true safety in it. I know Burns and Wint will likely play there, but it seems unlikely they could contribute next year. Was it just bad luck that the class ended up without a top-250 safety, but with 3 or 4 players projecting at CB?
About time to update the ol' scholarship grid ...
I hate to say it, but I see no reason to put disappointing in quotes there. Losing in the playoff would have been heartbreaking, but not even making the playoff, particularly the way the MSU game went, I think justifies calling the season (a little) disappointing.
I would have traded Hall for a top-100 DT in a second. Also for a top-100 DB, come to think of it.
Also, oversigning doesn't explain how they got 4 top-20 kids in their class.
Yep, if all three of those stay in the class, and there are ~10 top-100 recruits and ~15 top-250 recruits, it will be the number one class.
Exactly, and Bama is even separating themselves from the rest of the top 5 in this cycle. On occasion we've seen other schools pull in classes with that much top-shelf talent (USC class from a few years ago comes to mind), but Bama does it the most. It would be nice to see Meyer get a class like that. We saw his best class, 2013, lead the way to an NC. Imagine what he'd be able to do with the class Bama just brought in.
They have #2, #10, #15, #17, and #35 players in their class. OSU has #8, #32, and then #44. So for all his prowess, Meyer has some ways to go. In fact I've been saying this as long as Meyer has been at OSU: he's great at getting players roughly in the 30 - 150 range, but has gotten very few players between 1 and 30. When Bama has four top-20 players in one recruiting class, they are playing a numbers game with 5*s. Very good bet that at least one of those will be All-Americans. That's one AA just from 4 recruits in the class, plus however many more from the remaining 17.