Ohio State's Spring Game Recruiting Spectacle, Former Player Reunion Goes on Uninterrupted Without Urban Meyer

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NHBuckeye's picture

The Day era is off to a great start!  It was awesome to see so many Buckeye alumni at the game and helping in the recruiting process.  

I'm hoping we see Henry as well as McCord & Harrison Jr. in the fold soon. 

Fields of Dreams

 

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stpetebuck's picture

I couldn’t imagine a player not drinking Buckeye koolaid after that.  Amazing.  And not one nfl guy over 40 years old (maybe Eddie?)

HOT PROGRAM 

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rblackbu's picture

How many recruits in total were there? Any indication out there that the Princeton duo is gonna commit?

It is special to see how many former players make it back to cBus!!

"When you help someone up a hill, you get that much closer to the top yourself..."

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Colin Hass-Hill's picture

Not sure on the amount of recruits, though I reached out. Wish I had an answer, but I couldn't confirm the number. 

I'll defer to Taylor Lehman and Andrew Ellis about the Cincy trio.

MDBuckeye2002's picture

I told my buddy this very thing. So much talent, old and new, and love for The Ohio State back home in the Shoe yesterday. Good to see some action on the field but more important was the "The" factor. Cheers to a great spring game Ryan Day.

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987

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Byaaaahhh's picture

The tunnel in the south-east corner of Ohio Stadium served as a de facto red carpet of the stars – or, effectively, the four-stars and five-stars.

And to think, Day didn't even need to bring in Ric Flair.

Side note, Mike Thomas' shirt is awesome.  

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Chewbucca's picture

No Ric Flair, but we did have a ZekeSquatch trundling around the sidelines.

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DCDDC's picture

It's funny that a guy with a handle of Chewbucca would throw out the new nickname ZekeSquatch.

I can't think of a better nickname for him, at least not now with this new Squatch look.

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Chewbucca's picture

You know, cousins have to stick together. 

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Good stuff. I will say, though, that when Zeke was interviewed by Carpenter, he sounded like he was high. Just an observation.

I remember watching Harbaugh’s first spring game and Michigan made a big deal of bringing back a lot of old stars who were interviewed on the sideline. The problem was they were all from Harbaugh’s era. Kids today don’t know those guys; they’re old men to them. They want to see and be seen with current NFL stars. Ohio State can do that better than any college north of the Mason-Dixon Line and as well as any below it.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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Kasino Royale's picture

Zeke was celebrating SW IX trailer release by dressing as an Ewok. Didn't know he was into cosplay that heavy.

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ELJTSA76's picture

Zeke was so high. It was pretty obvious. I didn’t know if I should smh or lol...I laughed. 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

The re-commitment of Cavazos and his presence was huge to answer any lingering questions a potential commit may have had. Also, all of the NFL star power is huge. Harrison, Jr. with Thomas, whom he has looked up to for years. Yeah, that has to have a huge impact. Well done, Coach Day and other Buckeye staffers.

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HayesTresselMeyer's picture

I sat behind the home side's bench. I was watching all the former players more than I watched the game.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

I have to say I was a little disappointed with the energy level of the game itself and the crowd size was disappointing given past years’ attendance—there’s no way there were 76k there. I can only attribute it to playing thud instead of tackle—when no one’s going full speed, the energy and excitement levels are going to be lower.

I watched the Nebraska game after Ohio State’s and they were going full speed. The pace was entirely different, the energy level was 10x higher, the stadium was packed, and the crowd was in opening day form. They are ready for some football. 

Conversely, Minnesota held its spring inside its indoor facility with fans standing against the outer walls. Fleck even trotted over to the BTN commentators after a catch in the end zone was ruled OOB and reviewed the play on their monitors, then over ruled the official’s call and made it a touchdown.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

I think that the official crowd was just over 61,000. I was somewhat surprised that the place wasn't packed. Hopefully future Spring games will feature a full house (without Lori Loughlin, lol). 

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PhillyNut's picture

Hoping next year there will be a lacrosse game before the Spring Game. We took in the baseball game yesterday afterwards as they trashed ttun for a second game. General admission tickets were $1 if you had your Spring Game ticket. Gave the baseball team a nice crowd which I am sure they appreciated.

Turned into a beautiful day weather-wise which made the crowd size more disappointing. Sporting my first sunburn of the year. TBDBITL was great as well. But leave it to the punter to steal the show.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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Knite's picture

Well they did have what 50000 seats closed off due to construction. Looked full to me considering the closed off seats.

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ELJTSA76's picture

I watched the beginning of the Nebraska game afterward also - I recorded an extra 30 min just in case. Nebraska did it right. OSU has done it like that in the past, but this year the Huskers put us to shame by comparison. They are on their way back, on the field, too. 

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buckeyeupnorth's picture

Michigan's spring practice/scrimmage yesterday attracted maybe a few thousand.  They had a recruit decommit yesterday afternoon, LOL.

But they are excited about the no huddle offense Gattis is installing.

For some reason , I can't seem to embed anything today.

https://www.freep.com/picture-gallery/sports/college/university-michigan...

Also, someone paid $$ to fly a banner over Michigan Stadium yesterday to tell Harbaugh it was ok to pass on 1st down.

https://twitter.com/EUpchurchPhoto/status/1117174009114890242?s=20

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iowabuckeyes's picture

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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CowCat's picture

Well, practically the entire north end of the Shoe was closed for renovations. Otherwise the available seats seemed to be packed.

Nebraska should be energetic. It's the only major sport in that state and their team hasn't done so well since joining the B1G. They should practice their butts off until they can unseat Iowa, Purdue and Wisconsin in their division.

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

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buckeyeupnorth's picture

Spring game was sold out according to officials at OSU. The construction on the upper decks reduced the seating capacity. 

As a long time fan of Elliott, I am really wondering what is going on with him. Having helicopter parents during his youth may not have been in his best interest. I agree with the observation that he was stoned during his interview. He looks ridiculous, along with the bizarre nose piercings, and cartoon hair and beard. I give him a couple more years in the NFL and we are going to be reading about him at this rate which makes me very sad. My opinion and I hope he proves me very wrong.

I was surprised that BTN announcers gave no comment on Ted Ginn's hair, instead focusing on his sunglasses. Somebody spent a lot of time on his braids to come up with the block O design on the back. I thought it was pretty neat and got zero attention from the announcers, despite the camera crew focusing on it repeatedly.

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CowCat's picture

I couldn't get live sound, so I didn't hear what Zeke said. Was he that messed up?

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

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buckeyeupnorth's picture

He was just looking off in the distance and didn't really say much of anything. It's one of those instinctive things that if you have ever tried to talk to someone whose high or stoned, you'll recognize it. Kind of robotic answers in which the person is not the least engaged in what you are saying.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Right. The only thing missing was he wasn't stuffing his face with food. 

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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LJ's Ninjas's picture

Bobby shut that interview down quickly in recognition of what he was working with. Props to him for not trying to fight through it. Hoping zeke sent him a thank you text this morning.

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

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Moo Strength's picture

He was probably still baked from what I saw so best hope for an afternoon text

If I must choose between peace and righteousness, I choose righteousness! -Theodore Roosevelt.

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SilverHaven's picture

I tho't that was an Australian bushman without his didgeridoo.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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stpetebuck's picture

Cbus is becoming a diversified big time city. So much to do. Probably more than , say, Lincoln Nebraska. 

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Great work by the staff on this, what a crazy spectacle they put on. I love it, let’s show them what being a buckeye means 

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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cpewster's picture

My son and I were sitting right behind that endzone. We saw all of the recruits when they came out. I spotted Cavazos and Miller 1st. They were both recruiting hard. Miller just kept rotating who he was talking to every couple minutes. It was our 1st experience in Ohio Stadium and we loved it. The reaction when Zeke walked in was insane. At least 20,000 people started chanting "Zeeeeeeeeeke".

Si vis pacem parabellum.

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BrutusB's picture

Even cooler when you remember that guys like Mike Thomas and Braxton and Zeke never even played for Day. They’re loyal to the institution. 

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iowabuckeyes's picture

More likely the program. They're not one and the same thing.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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OH-IO's picture

Zeke needs a new look.

Just sayin'

OH-IO living in SEC! SEC! Ville

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iowabuckeyes's picture

You can say that again.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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OH-IO's picture

Zeke needs a new look.

Just sayin'

OH-IO living in SEC! SEC! Ville

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iowabuckeyes's picture

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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countrybuckeye's picture

HA

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

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AKBuck15's picture

I know a lot of us were upset over the fact of no tackling and the actual game itself did lack that energy I think the overall atmosphere was exactly what was needed from a recruiting standpoint and trajectory of the program.

i think in the coming weeks we’ll see the fruits of the exhibition from yesterday, as fans we want to see football but I understand there’s no need to go out and get injured against our own. Everyone stayed healthy had some flashy plays and overall was exciting seeing some new faces and young guys for their first time. Day and staff crushed this out of the park with past players and the family like atmosphere with star power everywhere yesterday will go a long way for some booms. 

I am a Michigan booster bud....just spent $182 bucks at Wal-Mart this morning.

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Nikkibucksfan's picture

Loved seeing so many of our former players come out. #Support.

Nikki emmerson

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Every word in this article is crucial. Cross reference recruiting results and post season success. That's right. 18th place in recruiting is nearly never getting consideration for the playoffs. Hopefully we are a top 6 class from now on.

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The Rill Dill's picture

Really glad to see Carlos Snow on the sidelines. He looks like he’s becoming happy again. 

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DCDDC's picture

Nice observation R D.  

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The Rill Dill's picture

He was the first stud recruit I followed. Part of my fabric.

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DCDDC's picture

Mine was Jack Tatum.

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