Revisiting Five Key Questions Recruiting Prospects Had About Ohio State Coming into the 2019 Season

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kiddbuckeye's picture

Count me in as 100% SOLD  on Ryan Day and assistance as a staff. No true weak link in my opinion.

Love the team chemistry and the lack of outside drama has really helped this team come together. 

GO BUCKS..Whip them Cats

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Hateblue's picture

I love Ryan Day as much as the next guy, but I’ll be 100% sold in years 3-4 if he is continuing at this pace. 

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oldebucke's picture

Me too, that would make him approximately 52-0. pretty impressive...  JK

If you have two people that agree on everything, that only means one of them is not thinking at all.

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kiddbuckeye's picture

I see what you are saying and understand. For me I guess I am sold on him being given the opportunity to run this team and based upon how this yer has played out it seems like it was a good decision. Excited to see how this teams plays/responds during adversity and in big BIG games that are coming up. For me its been a great change of pace to have in-game adjustments made before halftime.

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Buck-n-A's picture

I'm as sold as I can be at this point.  If he gets us to a CFP in Year 1 and locks down a top 5 recruiting class in February, I will be sold.

Bears...Buckeyes... Battlestar Galactica.

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Steelydan54's picture

No DV here, but really??  I'm just guessing here, but have you ever been 100% sold on anyone, ever??  Meyer and Tressel were both "one hit wonders".  Even Woody turned out to be all too human later in his career....  Ryan Day will have less than perfect weeks and seasons, but he is a young man with great values, people skills, a tremendous football mind and an ability to attract top-notch leaders to come and work with him. He will lose coaches to the HC and pro ranks and will need to keep recruiting coaches just like he has to keep recruiting players.  He is off to a great start and his brand is only going to improve, making him a magnet for older experienced coaches who want to work on a team and get respect as well as young up and comers who want to emulate Day.  He has SO outperformed expectations that we've breathed a sigh of relief that one of the best coaches in college football history has retired and "got out of the way"!  If you aren't 100% impressed with Day by now, you may need to get on anti depressants lol. 

Steelybuck54

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stlbuckeye15's picture

Day and the staff have done a tremendous job. If we continue to win(especially as the competition gets better) then recruiting will continue to go well. Prospects value relationships and they also want to see player development and on field results. 2020 class is star studded already and hopefully we get a commitment from a solid RB and defensive lineman.

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stxbuck's picture

Hmmmmmmmm-get the ball to Garrett Wilson, Jameson Williams, Julian Fleming, JSN, Gee Scott, Jaden Ballard-or force the ball to TEs to make recruiting fanboys extra happy? I think we all know Coach Day's thinking on that question.

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PhillyNut's picture

It will make sense until they get to the CFP and they play teams that have the speed in the secondary to stay with the receivers. At some point they will need to engage the TEs in the passing game so they hopefully will continue to occasionally throw to them to remind teams that part of the game is still a viable option for the Buckeyes.

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

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TomD's picture

^^^^^^This.

And not just in the CFP, but, in particular, against Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan too.

"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it." - Woody Hayes

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stantmann's picture

I wonder why we don't use the tightends more. It would come in really handy in 12 personnel, many times our guys just aren't open and Justin has to wing it. In those instances a fake bootleg, and a delayed route by the TE would be perfect. I bet it is coming soon.

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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oldebucke's picture

Whisky...would be effective against them, I would think.

If you have two people that agree on everything, that only means one of them is not thinking at all.

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Buckeye06's picture

We also have an "inexperienced" qb who as shown yesterday in film study isn't make his 3rd and 4th reads often.  It just comes with time.  There probably aren't a ton of plays on our list that have a TE as the primary read

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

I know I'm in the minority, but I had absolutely no doubt about Coach Day.  

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ClarkGrswld4's picture

Me either and I'll go one step further...we upgraded at the head coaching level

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Ronnie's picture

Based upon 6 games using the guys Urban recruited, and using Urban’s player and strength guy?

I am a big fan of Day, but your statement seems premature and quite frankly absurd, considering Urban built this program into what it is today. 

Boom! Boom!

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stxbuck's picture

And increasing the on field discipline, run blocking prowess, tackling and coverage skills, and general focus of those same players. Plus, Justin Fields and Jonah Jackson are all Coach Days.

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PhillyNut's picture

It is too early for that hot take. Let Day win a couple of championships then we can reopen that discussion. Success over the long haul is yet to be proven and there is no CFP hardware in the trophy case yet for Day as head coach.

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

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Hovenaut's picture

Again, no qualms with what Urban accomplished, but I embraced the change and handoff to Day.

I went into the season hoping for the best, and it's what's been offered up thus far.

There will be some challenges ahead, very soon in fact, but I'm eager to see how this program responds.

Bottom line - Ohio State very much remains a big player in the B1G and in the national landscape.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

There will be some challenges ahead, very soon in fact, but I'm eager to see how this program responds.

I think they've already passed their first test.  Sparty punched 'em in the mouth, and wobbled them to the tune of 16 yards of total offense in a quarter.  How they responded was nothing short of impressive with almost 300 yards of total offense in the second quarter. 

More tests are forthcoming...

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BillyBoy's picture

Just guessing here... betting we have yet to see much of Coach Day's playbook - can't wait!  I am also very impressed with the reduction of penalties.  Hope that continues.

My two favorite teams: OSU and whoever plays TTUN

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Montana silver bullet's picture

We haven’t seen the full deck yet. Day’s going to break tendencies and keep DC’s guessing. Keeping a few cards up his sleeve. Wisconsin and Penn State will both require some creative play calling. Seems like Hafley and Mattison are good enough teachers to expand on the defensive packages and confuse opposing QB’s

Montana Silver Bullet

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Came to post the same in reference to both the Bullet and TE usage.  They haven’t had to show everything, but they’ve shown enough in terms of the bullet and TEs that teams still have to spend time prepping.  It’s gonna be great going into big games with wrinkles other teams haven’t seen vs being on the receiving end of those situations.  

You're too stupid to have a good time. -Dalton

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MindSurfr's picture

My thoughts about the Bullet position is that it wasn't utilized because the offenses we played didn't require it. Most teams haven't been able to consistently counter our base defense. What analysts keep saying is that the seems are vulnerable if attacked but our opponents haven't capitalize consistently. Im wondering if the Bullet defense will be the wrinkle that is the counter to future opponents gameplan to exploit that "weakness". A bait, if you will, like how our offense has plays that build off previous plays to bait opposing defenses to wrongly cheat on routes that aren't really there. 

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Brandon26841's picture

I personally feel the bullet hasn't really been used much because Pete Werner's play has made the position / need obsolete. The players pegged to be Bullets, White and Wint, are basically just backups / depth at the SAM LB position now. 

I think if you don't have a SAM that can do all of those extra things like covering tight ends and receivers well then the bullet position could make a return. I might be wrong, but I really don't think White plays a significant role in the defense this season (in other words, more snaps than Werner in any given game) regardless of the offenses they'll play. 

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Brandon26841's picture

I was too late to edit so I'll just add on: the coaches sometimes will say one thing but if you watch what's actually transpired on the field halfway through the season it paints a pretty clear picture. For example, it's pretty clear DeMario McCall is not going to play a significant role in the offense, and it's pretty clear they're not "saving up" passing plays designed around getting the ball to the TEs. "I think White plays more next week!" has become the new "I bet Braxton throws out of the wildcat next week!" Regardless of how well he played at times after being thrown into the fire last season White was the #4 safety behind Pryor and Wint for a reason I'm assuming, and he seems to be more of a depth guy in the coaching staffs eyes than maybe the fanbase would have you believe. 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Day and his staff deserve a lot of credit and BIG attention and national attention. This has led the coaching and QB transition seamlessly and the Buckeyes are a very complete team. 

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silverbullets47's picture

Day and staff deserve so much credit. The team is loose and having fun. Just seems like the past couple years there was a little tension. Playing not to lose and letting the talent shine.

"You win with people" — Woody Hayes

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ToTheHouse's picture

Haven't seen this in comments yet on: "Hafley might not be at Ohio State very long. He may very well get his own head coaching job or an NFL gig..."

Why can't our beloved University *pay-to-stay* these (soon to be other levels) ?

Yes coaching trees, yes Coach Matty & other did get raises, yes this but money isn't the problem, it could be the solution to maintain another few years not to rebuild but reload.

*Ok Day has proved his first set of chosen asst.'s are elites, so he's probably well ahead of us all in refilling his downline to their next upline.

Owning. skunk. weasels. Is. Tradition.

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CalBuck555's picture

Day and the staff are doing a great job. The University needs to pay them really well so they stay for a while. Recruits like consistency in a coaching staff.

Rose Bowl or Bust

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THE_SWAG's picture

I think Day is doing an amazing job - particularly given this is his first HC job.  I'll add that this program and even Day was developed by Urban Meyer.  However, as is the case sometimes - nepotism really was the downfall of Coach Meyer.  His insistence on hiring friends and family of friends did not really allow him to be who we know he is.  He needed the scandal and the emergence of Day to get out of the dumpster fire that was his coaching staff.  No doubt he will coach again (likely at ND or USC) - but that's another story.  Day will have much success - will he win a Natty?  If he is, this is the year to do it - there's nobody in the country that's better.  

Others will tell you, "The grass in not always greener on the other side of the fence...",  I say, "Who cares about the damn lawn?" - RP

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Steelydan54's picture

TE's can/must be developed into excellent blockers and route runners if they are going to last in the NFL. We have sent several TEs to the league based on building the good foundation of blocker, special teamer, occasional receiver and we will keep on doing it. Any top TE prospect who doesn't see the value of an OSU NFL development program isn't paying attention and should probably go somewhere else. Catching the ball deep down the seam looks great on the highlight reel but is only about 2% of the job description. 

Steelybuck54

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Zimmy07's picture

My offseason questions were these:

1). Will the reloaded O-Line be any good?  A:  Better than I even hoped.

2). Will they fix the LB Scheme?  A:  Thank God.

3.). Will the Secondary be better?  A:  Definately.

4). How will Fields hold up under pressure?  A:  Quite well.

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