Chris Olave’s Early Success at Ohio State Isn’t A Surprise to Those Who Know Him Best

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buckeyedude's picture

Isn't it funny how, after Ohio State offers a kid a schollie, numerous other power 5 schools such as Michigan, USC, UCLA, Tennessee, Nebraska, Oregon State, Florida, California, Oregon, also offer? They know the Buckeyes have an eye for underappreciated talent. 

So glad we got Olave on our side. I'm still trying to figure out the proper way to pronounce his last name. 

"If you're not changing, you're falling behind."

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BornAndBredABuckeye's picture

Announcers during the game always pronounced it "O-la-vay". Hopefully that's correct because that's how I've been saying it

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buckeyedude's picture

I heard that. I was originally pronouncing it like "olive(oil)." I wish he would clarify the proper way or the way he prefers. 

"If you're not changing, you're falling behind."

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Stoicpaisano's picture

oh-LAV-aye, per the game notes.

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spiBuckeye's picture

I too have noticed that *ichigan always jumps in with an offer after the Buckeyes have already offered. Hairball is always destined to be a follower, never a leader.

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KBonay's picture

That’s how Bama recruited for years. Follow Urban offers. 

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LPCBuckeye's picture

Seems like a great young man from a great family.  Looking forward to watching his continued development   

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

The game against TTUN was definitely a coming out party for Olave. Listen to your brother, young man...keep working hard to improve because you can always get better at something.

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NHBuckeye's picture

What a great story.  His HS Coach sounds like an awesome guy and we thank you for introducing Chris to Coach Day.  

No matter what Olave does from here, I’m always going to remember that performance in The Game.  

Fields of Dreams

 

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NorthBerg's picture

Olave's best traits are intelligence and uncommon maturity for one of such a tender age. I get the impression he is a true student athlete.

Too much time spent at the North Heidelberg rather than the classroom. SSD 68-72

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Chargerbuck's picture

I am very impressed with Olave’s “humbleness”...   He seems to let his performance do the talking, and has not let his great performance(s) go to his head.   I am very excited about this man’s future.   Class act in many ways!

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tGW's picture

Obviously the #1 jersey will make him even faster. Physics, people. 

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Zimmy07's picture

Less weight from the numbers slowing him down.

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joeb69's picture

Pretty sure Fields is going to want that #1 Jersey and if he comes, I'm pretty sure he's going to get it but Olave would be deserving of it

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

Fields may want it but I believe the most senior buckeye gets his choice of numbers.

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Having played at a FBS school, I am sure he is smarter than to come feeling entitled to a winning program thinking he is the star deserving of all sorts of stuff. If he does, then I am sure he will be in for a rude awakening by current leaders in the team.

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

But, Fields does strike me as the type that will have his list of demands at the ready when he arrives on campus. 

His entire transfer strikes me as 'spoiled kid didn't get his way, shopping around for greener pastures.' 

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

Oh I agree 3M - but I was having a moment thinking about an entitled ego coming here... I don't care if he has 6 stars. If Johnny wants Olave to have 1, then it should be his is all I am thinking. Fields can go kick rocks if he doesn't like it.

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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TakeitToEm's picture

Olave is already a legend in The Game. The first 2 TDs and on 3rd and 17 got a PI call for a 1st down (drive ended with another TD), And in the 2nd half the blocked punt. It can't get bigger than this.

"If you take it to em and you keep takin it to em , hell there's no question whose gonna win" W.W.H

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Steelydan54's picture

Nice to see the youngest of the three brother rise up as the most talented. All that hard work, competition and abuse from his bros paid off big time. He basically entered college with a juniors mentality and body of experience, and he should only get better under Hartline's tutelage, another older brother (from another mother) to push him to be the very best he can be. If he's as physically gifted as his HS coach thinks, he can play anywhere in Zone 6 in the coming years and will be a natural leader after the Gang of 6 graduate. 

Steelybuck54

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Sunny Buck's picture

This young man is a home run player. Class, maturity and dedication at his age are often rare qualities. Sounds like a great family too. Break some records Chris.

I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. I'm trying to win football games-- Woody Hayes

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

Great story. What better poster child for potential recruits? Work hard, commit and possibly] get rewarded w PT early in your career. 

"Three things can happen when you pass the ball, and two of them are bad." - Woody

 

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USArmyBuckeye's picture

This kid, and the many others like him, make it really, really easy to be a Buckeye fan.  

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BuckAlum09's picture

In the words of JTB, “I’m so f***ing glad you’re on my team.”

Future captain, all-everything, type of package with this kid. 

"...and when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of booze. And we'll drink to old Ohio till we wobble in our shoes."

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mborger's picture

I love this kid. He gets it. In the interview he calls them that team up north.

It's 10:20 in Columbus....

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye till I'm dead. 

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countrybuckeye's picture

and the LOLVERWEENIES still suck 

“Save yourself and relax during every game. I recommend a fine bourbon.”

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Spivan's picture

I remember being intrigued by him signing.  I knew they must have seen something in him as he wasn't highly rated.

Seeing him ball out in The Game was awesome.

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WC Buckeye's picture

His signing and eventual success is indicative of a few key factors we should all remember:

1. The recruiting services don’t always get it righT, and no one can measure heart

2. The relationships between the coaching staff and high school head coaches is extremely important

3. Ryan Day has a good eye for talent, and so does Alex Grinch

Take a shot on some 3-stars with heart that are from good families, and sometimes you’ll strike gold

I loved watching this kid block from midseason onward - I just knew that he “got it” as was going to do well, either this season or later. He went to school about 3 miles away from us, so when he signed at Ohio State I was both happy and puzzled; he didn’t get much ink here.

Trust this coaching staff when it comes to recruiting.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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Spivan's picture

Yep.  Some of these kids don't make the camp rounds that others do and then don't get the bumps in ranking the others do.

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ScarletGray43157's picture

1. The recruiting services don’t always get it right, and no one can measure heart

Exactly. 

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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Trotwoodbuck's picture

Recruiting services are great at identifying four and five star players who are physically mature and show their talent early in HS.  They are abysmal at identifying players who are going to mature into four/five star talents after they reach college.  Any analysis of NFL rosters clearly shows that. To be honest though most coaching staffs are equally clueless because no one can accurately and consistently predict how much any particular individual is going to physically mature between 18 to 22 years of age.

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Silver_Bullet's picture

Agree, especially Rivals. I scratch my head sometimes the way they rank.  Granted, a good coaching staff can develop a 2 or 3 star guy into an NFL draft pick, but the recruiting services seem to be more miss than hit on most of the prospects.  Proof is in the different player rankings on the various sites.  #1 overall on one could be as low as #20 on another.  I've seen that before.  That's when I lost faith in the player and team rankings. TOSU has had their plenty share of turning 3 star players into 1st round draft picks.  Would be interesting to see which school has done the best job of that.  

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Buck68's picture

well said, Trotwood, regarding 'early skills maturation' performance that 'captures' our ***** attention.  Same goes for the other 2 [intangible] "Domains" in Bloom's Taxonomy:  Cognitive and Affective.

The common limiting factor here?  The few recruiters c/f the many recruits that 'perceive' what 'appears to me' as 'fact'....  Every single time i 'conclude'... i have left out 'the rest of the story.'  ;-{)}

So...where DO 'we' 'start'?

"Win the Moment"... one day, one person at a time.  But, not by the 'quicksands' of my feelings [preferences] - by the foundation and values the head recruiter, stands on.  Those are 'what come first', to build the foundation for the principles that build the relationships that bond the mission to the people to the substances of his program.

No small irony that the "Skills" Domain that we 'see' first... was formed last in Bloom's.

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Glad to see a California guy travel to Ohio and become a key factor. Hoping he continues to shine and be a contributor. Go Buckeyes.

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McGrind's picture

Funny...Isaiah never said he wasn’t cheating...

If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear.

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BuckFly's picture

Big brothers always cheat. My big brother did it to me, and did the same to my younger brother, who turned out to be a better athlete than either of us. 

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Buck68's picture

BuckFly - what a wonderful, piercing distinction between "Big"... and 'older'.   

Another '1' ...to grow on.

;-{)}

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ScarletGray43157's picture

Olave certainly wasn’t widely expected to be Ohio State’s most impactful true freshman this year, considering that he was the third-lowest-ranked prospect in his recruiting class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings.

There is more to a player than his ranking, as WC Buckeye stated above... 

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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MindSurfr's picture

Olave said he signed with the Buckeyes because Day was honest in the process with why he was given an offer. I might have missed it but what WAS the reason he was offered and why was that reason compelling enough to sign?

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Crimson's picture

Probably along the lines of:
I came here to see your QB.  Your coach wanted me to take a look at you, and I'm impressed.  Here's your offer (your QB didn't get one).

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Nick's picture

We were waiting to see what some highly rated OL were going to do before accepting him because of a numbers restriction (85). We got 1 of the 2 players so that left one spot left and even though it wasnt a need (we need OL) they felt he was too talented to pass up.

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Silver_Bullet's picture

I'm excited for Olave. Especially with Hartline involved in his development.  TOSU should be a very attractive place for WRs and QBs now and in the future with HC Day and Hartline leading WRs.  

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youra6's picture

To me he is essentially a faster clone of Robiskie. He's gonna be one of the great ones here when it's all said and done.

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Floyd Stahl's picture

Hey Dan, this is a really great article. I feel like it may be your best yet at 11W. The quality of writing here is such that I felt I was reading a piece in Sports Illustrated. Great job!

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