Targeting Tight End: Pair of In-State Options Could Fill Ohio State's Needs for the 2020 Recruiting Class

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Buctor's picture

At minimum, adding Mr Lachey would make it easier on a certain OSU Football radio announcer!

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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Buxki84's picture

Can you imagine if he goes to another Big10 school? Awkward!

I'd rather be a minute early than an hour early, 'cause I like to procrastinate.

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rblackbu's picture

Why we go National for a TE is confusing me. We have PLENTY of talent every year in Ohio at a position that doesn’t require 5 or 4 star talent to be successful. Look at Iowa’s 2 TEs taken in R1 of the NFL draft. 1 was a walk-on, the other a 3-star get out of Nebraska. Shame on OSU for NOT offering Lachey and letting a program like LSU beat them to the punch. Get these kids that WANT to be a Buckeye in the fold and let Mick do his magic.

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

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iowabuckeyes's picture

Uh, for the record, T.J. Hockenson was not a walk-on. He was a solid 3-star, while Noah Fant was borderline 4-star. 

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

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TraSmith4's picture

I wish we'd just pull the trigger on Lachey right now. Iowa wants him... if he goes to Iowa it's almost inevitable that one day he will make us regret not taking him. But before any of that happens Wilson and Day need to make an effort to use Ruckert this year. 

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Bucks19's picture

So you don’t want to go after THE BEST options?? Seriously 

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grantlandR's picture

Ideally, I'd like to see 55-65% of our team made up of Ohio's very best football players, which would then be supplemented by out-of-state players (hopefully mostly from Big Ten territory). The State of Ohio has the 5th largest number of players in the NFL, and only about 40% of those came from Ohio State. We need to work harder to get these players to Ohio State. We can do this and still keep our Blue Chip ratio in the top ten.

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Bucks19's picture

“Ideally, I'd like to see 55-65% of our team made up of Ohio's”

If we have that % of Ohio kids, that would put us in Michigan St company. We’d play for the BIG every other year or third year and keep us out of the playoff conversation with the exception of every 4-5 years. 

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Woodshed's picture

Osu won a National championship several years ago with ~70% of the starters from Ohio.

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gobucks1966's picture

Those two at Iowa are used and had over 80 catches between them.

Denny

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lamplighter's picture

Hope they offer Lachey. Hate seeing legacies go elsewhere

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Another mobile blocker..... Looking forward to a new offensive threat that's actually thrown to. Our new HC will show his unaltered style this season. Hopefully more passes to the TE fits into our attack.

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bucks15's picture

Lackey is putting up some fantastic times on the track this spring, the kid can run. His athletic profile and bloodlines make for a fantastic fit.  

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iowabuckeyes's picture

I’ve seen that he’s run a 23.84 200m, 50.92 400m and high jumped 6-2. I wouldn’t call those fantastic (the 200m and 400m aren’t in the top 100 times in the state) but they’re not bad. It’s good to see he’s competing, working on getting faster, which is the best way to get faster.

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

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buckskin's picture

I would say a 50.92 400 for a 6 6, 215 pounder is a very good time, especially for a projected TE. Elite Zac Harrison speed? No, but excellent nonetheless.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

You're right, Zach Harrison is an elite athlete, which is why I didn't bring him up--it wouldn't have been fair. But I stand by my position that Lachey's best times aren't bad but they're far from fantastic or excellent. And as I said, what I like is that he's competing for his school and working on getting faster. 

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

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Noahkat's picture

So cool seeing a kid getting recruited out of my old highschool Grandview Heights - when i went there 20 years ago we were lucky to win 1 game all season!

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mtrotb's picture

Explain Andrew why you think we will take two when we have 4 coming back in 2020 (Farrell, Hausmann, Ruckert, Hamilton)?  We sure as hell are not going to have 6 TE's on scholarship when 85 /22 plus specialists don't even get 4 per position.

mtrotb

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Bucks19's picture

Because one or both will redshirt 

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mtrotb's picture

Doesn't matter if one or both will redshirt.  See math example above.

mtrotb

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iowabuckeyes's picture
  • If Ruckert busts outs, he, Hausmann and Farrell could all be gone after 2020.
  • Hausmann's been in the program for three years and he's fourth string; even after Berry leaves, he'll still be third string. I hate to talk about players transferring but if he leaves before 2020, that leaves us with Farrell (senior), Ruckert (junior), and Hamilton (RS-FR). 
  • I'll be surprised if Hamilton does much more than block.
  • I think most people expected Blue Smith to grow into a TE but when he decided to transfer, that created a bigger need at TE. 

Bottomline, while I hate having to commit two scholarships to a position that's so rarely used, but it seems obvious we need a couple TEs. 

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

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

Shouldn’t we let Cormontae Hamilton arrive on campus before we decide what his future is?

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Bucks19's picture

Mtrotb- we need two TE’s regardless of this so called math example. 

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Dillon G's picture

We sure as hell don't need them landing at Iowa, Wisconsin (finally a QB) or the school up north.

#walkaway

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Waterbeagle's picture

I didn’t even read the article. We have TEs??!

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Buxki84's picture

I love tight ends!

I'd rather be a minute early than an hour early, 'cause I like to procrastinate.

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gobucks1966's picture

Hamilton is said to have great hands which makes me think they might throw to the te's and really not the size you look for at that position. Hausmann I wouldn't be surprised he left tomorrow if he wants to play. Other wise he might be playing out the string like some do and get a education here with football not in his plans. Once D. Clark left I knew Caden was history and I heard he is a nice talent. For Lachey I hope we don't take him because of old dad. I want to win not please parents. Either way in all of this I wouldn't come here to play just to block and have the talent to play on Sunday so te is not easy to fill not a joke btw.

Denny

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johnniebuckeye1's picture

Hausmann will be a 4th year player and is on course to graduate in December.  He won’t be here in 2020.  And Farrell is a 4th year player as well and on schedule to graduate and he may opt for the Draft next spring. 

JohnnieBuckeye1

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