What Lejond Cavazos' Commitment Means for Ohio State's 2020 Recruiting Class

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buckslan's picture

His potential is through the roof. Talking all American, first corner taken in the draft potential. 44 inch vertical? That is ridiculous. One of my favorite commits so far in the 2020 class

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Silver Sniper's picture

Exactly!! When all is said and done I would not be shocked if he is drafted ahead of those Clemson dudes. Criminally underrated because of the hip injury, he is already showing out at the The Opening events and taking fastest man. Can’t wait to see him in S&G!

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Chicago Connection's picture

Assuming Lejond isn't injury prone then his 'bad-luck' injury probably worked out in our favor, since it might mean that the 'allegedly' better recruits who quickly filled up the rosters of competing classes left Ohio State as the best available alternative for the guy who's truly the best. 

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Injury prone players should be avoided as it takes a scholarship. Hopefully injuries are at an absolute minimum.

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Peter C's picture

You might want to re-read Chicago's post.  Seems like you missed his caveat.

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Buckabroad's picture

I am sorry if this is a stupid question, but isn't there a tacit understanding that injuries are not supposed to drop recruits. If I recall, Cavazos previously was ranked at about .93 in the 247 composite. Would seem pretty crappy and unfair to make an exception for him and drop him to .90. Either way, I think Cavazos will make the experts look foolish when his Buckeye Career is done. We are very luck to receive his pledge. 

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

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Chicago Connection's picture

Agreed, Bucka,  and best as I can tell,  I think there's kind of an informal gentlemen's agreement when it comes to offers, that is, at least once you've tendered a scholarship and the kid has committed, in which case, it sorta becomes a matter of honor to, well, honor the commitment.

That said, we all know that recruits can pull out at the last moment, and more than a few schools do the same, but when that happens a bit too often at the last moment and leaves kids hanging, it obviously starts to hurt the rep of the school with players, so coaches generally try to avoid it.

On balance, it seems like 99% of these arrangements work out fine, even if glitches are bound to occur, especially in exceptional circumstances (and there are too many of those to list here precisely because they're exceptional).

Needless to say, Cavazos doesn't seem to fit in that category, since he's only had a single injury that I'm aware of vs. experiencing multiple major injuries, which might then suggest that he's injury prone. 

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Buckabroad's picture

Thanks, CC. That helps me understand this point better. Happy Easter to you. 

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

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BuckInNashville's picture

This is great on all levels as an example for OSU to use in recruiting. 1.  to compliment the type of player being recruited for his cerebral approach after the old coach retired.  2. And then to be able to point to the fact that against all the other offers, he sides with OSU AGAIN, with a completely (almost) new defensive coaching staff. 

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NHBuckeye's picture

Lejond will be a huge recruiter for Ohio State.  It has been mentioned that he has actually been recruiting for us for the past several weeks.  Glad to have him back in the fold and I'm really hoping he can help convince Fleming to pick the Buckeyes.  

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Ohbucksclan20's picture

I know he is recruiting fleming but i wonder what other players he is recruiting?

Go Bucks!

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Leonhard's picture

Back in the saddle again......

Leonhard

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Dillon G's picture

The vertical is truly ridiculous. Back in the day, MJ was rumored to be around 40 or 41. I never say anything on Dr J,  it would be in the same range.

#walkaway

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buckslan's picture

From what I can find, a 44 inch vertical would have been tied for the best mark at the 2019 NFL combine.

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SpiderBuckeyes's picture

It's amazing that he's only very young. I bet he can do much better than 44 inch vertical when he enters NFL combine later.

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Extramedium's picture

Depends how much weight he adds at OSU

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Buck-n-A's picture

Uh, that would be the best vertical at the 2018 NBA combine!

Bears...Buckeyes... Battlestar Galactica.

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tcm1968's picture

Always matters how the vertical is judged... there are very few people on the planet that can do 44+ inches with a no step vertical like they do at the combine. I think 45 inches is the all time at the NFL combine...

Still though anything north of 36 inches is just crazy to me.. 3 straight feet...

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Chicago Connection's picture

Geez, with that kind of vertical leaping ability, Day could put him on special teams and have him tip in any errant field goal attempts. 

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BuckeyeLion's picture

Thank you! I never know why coaches wouldn't use their talent for this. Either line them up at the line or at the goal on long attempts with the intent to swat the ball. 

In the poll era (since 1936), OSU is by far the class of the B1G:
National Titles: OSU 8, UM 3
B1G Titles: OSU 33, UM 27
Head-to-head: OSU 42, UM 36
Major Bowls (New Year's Six): OSU 20-14, UM 10-16

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tcm1968's picture

This is how you wish every kid would handle a coaching change... take a pause, look around again, gather facts and then decide. If you end up back where you started at least you and your family know you got back there the right way.

Welcome to Buckeye Nation!

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prdoctor's picture

Question for the room: About what % of the time do guys recommit and then end up going with their original choice? This is the first time I can remember, with the possible exception of a flakey guy or two who bounced around at other places. (Not at all implying Cavazos is like that.) It seems like this is a great indicator of what's happening within the program.

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NHBuckeye's picture

Somebody did it at TTUN recently.  The kid who decommitted and said 'F*ck Michigan'.  He ended back up in the class.  DT from Georgia IIRC.  

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buckslan's picture

Aubrey Solomon. Who just transferred out and into Tennessee.

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Chicago Connection's picture

So, NHBuckeye, with the, um, "wisdom of Solomon," the kid said "F" TTUN" and then still signed on with them anyway?

Hmm...

Given the indisputable track record of underperforming top recruits for TTUN, maybe there's no contradiction here at all. That is, assuming this stubborn trend continues, maybe the kid in question will soon be F*ing up their mojo on the field.

Now, maybe that's just a coincidence, or MAYBE... just maybe... 

He's an undercover Buckeye infiltrating the enemy!

You have to admit, Mattison and Washington did a pretty damned goo job of it all those years. 

Meanwhile, this just confirms that the rumors I've been hearing around campus must be true: Urban Meyer's gone rogue! According to my sources, it turns out Mayer never really retired after all--he just went underground. 

In other words, ladies and gents, the final takedown of Jim Harbaugh is at hand. 

You gotta admit, Meyer's cover has been perfect. I mean, who would've suspected that he and Brett McMurphy were working together all along?

And yet, most people would be far more shocked to learn that Zack Smith and his wife are still lovebirds, and in fact, always have been.

More importantly, they're not only happily chirping away in blissful harmony on an unnamed and unchartered island, they've been quietly spending their days together by carefully plotting the eventual overthrow of the Tom Herman regime. 

Personally, if I were Nick Saban or Dabo Swinney, I'd be looking over my shoulder.

As for Paul Finebaum, he might not want to get too comfortable. At least based on what I've heard from some Silver Bullets (strictly off the record, of course, and only in hushed tones and whispers), shiny, bald heads tend to stick out in a crowd.

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Iwouldliketotalktoyou's picture

I can't believe this doesn't have 900 upvotes.

Gotta love it.

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teddyballgame's picture

Kudos to Day and Hafley for staying on this one.  So rare to get a recommit.

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nm_buck's picture

indeed

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

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Chicago Connection's picture

The best thing about this signing might be that it's such a solid indicator that Day is doing an effective job at selling a convincing transitional message--i.e., that the program isn't about to take a dip just because Urban is gone. 

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BuckeyeJAK's picture

yesssss

Mark May is a mental midget

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Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

This class needed QB and o-line help and those are checked off already (but the more the merrier!)

What it was lacking going into today was 2 good CBs and at least one top-250 DT. Glad to see we've got our first corner!

The class is already rounding into good form!

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McGrind's picture

Great combine type numbers...but can he bench without tearing a pec? Seriously great get ...now we need to get another top corner to be his wingman. 

Justice delayed is justice denied....#FTP

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buckeyeinWI's picture

Great addition!

Welcome aboard Lejond!

GO BUCKEYES!

16-2 is SWEET!

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CowCat's picture

It seems like we won't be worrying about jump balls when it's thrown Lejond's way.  He seems like a natural leader. Hopefully we get Fleming.

Kudos to Ryan Day and Co. for keeping the recruiting train rolling. They are selling the program correctly. The infrastructure that Urban and Gene Smith built is still in place.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Chicago Connection's picture

Fleming would be a big catch, not to mention a guy who can fetch some jump balls of his own. It looked like he was a lock for Penn State, at least initially, but now, the Bucks just might have a legit shot with him.

It's also nice to see he and Miller connecting, which could be a harbinger of future developments on the field. 

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Chicago Connection's picture

It's great to see the Bucks rack up another great commit to ratchet up total numbers for the 2020 class. So far, the recruits have been high quality in what promises to be a top-3 haul, even though things slowed down a bit after lots of initial momentum.

Hopefully, Lejond's commit will mark the start of a new surge in activity (it'd be sweet to end the month of April with a dozen signees), and to that end, this comes at the perfect time--just before the big Spring game/weekend with lots of serious recruits in town.

Interest tends to beget further interest, so this is double good news--triple good, actually, since it signals faith in the new regime.

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buckeyefan67's picture

With that vertical, he might be able to block a kick or two as well--extra pts OR punts... a deja vu' (or is it a mirage?) of TTUN would be nice ;)

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BIGTIMEBUCKS's picture

Unbelievable athleticism. 6'-1" 190# with a 4.40 40 and a 44" vertical ENTERING college.

"The Edge is where average stops and elite begins"

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AlltimeTE's picture

Besides Fleming, he's tight with Ricks (#1 corner, visiting OSU) and Rakim Jarrett (both tweeted on the commit video)

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buckeye-bengal's picture

When did What commit to Georgia? 247 shows him as uncommitted.

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EDUGOON's picture

Lejond get ya boy Elias Ricks on the phone ASAP!!!

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

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