For all my Sidney folks....I not Y.
Good for the NCAA for letting big Tom play!
Also, very excited by the talent in the 2019 class. The brand sells.
I thought we were getting another Australian!!
I was wondering whether it was actually my parent's alma mater. Go Yellowjackets (except when they play the Roughriders)!
No Tyler Friday boom today. *sigh. I was watching all day lol
Yes,I too was thinking he was set to announce today. What is the deal?
Taking his time. Could be this weekend, could be sometime by next Weds. Or he might wait a bit longer. Coaches have in-house visit tonight and he wanted to wait until after that, at the very least.
I’ll have more on this Sunday. He’s just holding off on announcing until closer to/on Signing Day now, as was his original plan.
Gotta have some Ohio boys on your roster..
They're all Ohioans by the time they leave.
Andrew, you are stirring up a hornets nest, haha. Giving out all those Ohioans and then those states we’ve never signed a recruit. Man, Urban and the boys really have their work cut out for them. And the masses will be watching...
"Age wrinkles the body, quitting wrinkles the soul" Woody Hayes
Love seeing this kid play! He’s got super quick feet. Hope the Polynesian Bowl is televised....
Penn State is sure sniffing around Zach Harrison a lot. I’m not sure what voodoo they used on Oweh to make him think Sean Spencer is in the same league as Larry Johnson but I hope it was a one off.
Deserves got nothin' to do with it
Franklin wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't pursue Harrison. That said, they and everyone else has only a very remote chance of pulling him out of Columbus
Rumor is Harrison has been a silent for awhile
Let’s slow down because this is exactly how we talked about Carman at the start of his recruitment.
Please don't say that. I can't have this happen again. It would be even worse since it appears the man-child of Harrison is a far bigger competitor than Carman.
And we haven’t heard of Harrison saying spiteful things about OSU early in the process like Carman did. Carman sounded like he wa anti OSU for some reason.
MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS
Would love to see a Harrison sack fumble in a CFP game on Carman one day. One where he totally destroys the long haired QB and takes it to the house!
How we were talking wasn't the problem, BuckeyeGuy. The problem was how he was talking, right from the start.
"Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect." -- Woody Hayes
Let's just say I have kids in high school that frequent the source face to face and this is just what I hear. Carman was never coming to Ohio State in my opinion. He dispised the idea everyone thought he HAD to be coming to Ohio State because of all the obvious reason. He wanted to spurn that idea from the beginning.
I don't care what state your drivers licenses is from. If you want to win and want to play in Columbus, I am all for it.
Well stated. Get the best players who cares where they from
Samoan rugby is brutal. Togiai will be a favorite.
Our people are everywhere, Esto Dignus.
Their combination of speed and size is very, very rare.
Other national rugby teams may win against Samoa but they will not say they beat them.
My bro coaches AAU 18U rugby here in SoCal. Lots of islander kids.
I lived and worked in Samoa for 2 years. Rugby is their national sport/pastime/obsession. Some tough sobs.
Xavier Truss is a big kid already. Wow!
2018 B1G Champions! Deal wit it haters...
No kidding. He’s a biggin. Can’t teach big.
Come on over Rhode Island.
I thought the 2018 class in Ohio was talented but just didn't get their grades in order.
Hope we get more Ohioans in the next class.
THE University of Dayton
So, Andrew, has the Boss approved you going to HI and covering the P-Bowl? Iirc, you were at one time hoping to make that a working honeymoon.
Any insight on why Togiai is able to play in the bowl when others aren't?
Yeah! See that? Walnut Hills is a football school now.
Another offer in the great town of Mentor! Ryan Jacoby is the real deal. Also, would love to see the next Potter brother with the Buckeyes. Went to college with their dad. Great kids and great family.
I’m a mini van driver in a mega fun world
I know nothing but I've never seen a LT (Jacoby) set up like a LB in the crouch position every play.
I never really understood why a 3 point stance was needed or effective...jmo.
Ohio, the greatest state in the Union!
would imagine ohio will be recuited more in the future ,with the coaching in fl. geo. & tx.,& that's fine with me.
Philosophy won’t change. If a kid is worthy and can get us to a BIG championship then we recruit him. If not, we still dip into the south
I get what your saying but there have been a lot of guys from Ohio that we didn't recruit, that could have helped us too.
I think part of the talent drop in Ohio is directly related to not being allowed to play year round. I don't think any state allows contact in the "off-season", so why won't Ohio let these kids play 7 on 7? Frankly I'm a bit surprised that Urban hasn't been able to get that changed in his 6 years here. Maybe that can be Tressel's lone contribution to lawmakng.
"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM
OHSAA could care less what Urban thinks.
couldn't care less
Is it possible that maybe education is more important than sports?
Ohio State is an internationally renowned university with one of the best football programs in the country. So of course we're going to get talent from everywhere.
What matters most is that every new kid understands the traditions of the program. So far Urban and Co. have been doing a great job of that. We're 6-0 against TTUN. All of the players understand what is important.
Then there are the little moments, like JT from Wichita Falls, TX getting his diploma from TOSU. Bravo!
The more the merrier. Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye.
"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer
At the same time, the level of talent locally has dipped in recent years.
Some would dispute this.
In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...
Ohio is #5
And some would agree too
Holy shit, I never thought I'd see the day. I am a proud graduate of Bishop Hendricken in Rhode Island. Not exactly a hotbed for elite athletes. Although we did produce Will Blackmon, Matt Sherry and Steve Furness. Football up there is beyond terrible. I think the state has produced 4 NFL players in the last 25 years. That'd be cool to land him. C'mon Xavier. Sorry to say his teammate from last year is in TTUN's recruiting class this year.
A college buddy of mine went to Bishop Hendricken! It’s cool to see the name of his school, and another alumnus here!
Cool. How long ago was college?
I feel the same for the kid from Reynoldsburg. It would be a first also.
I thought punter Scott Terna was a Hawaii native and on scholarship?
He walked on to the team.
To compete with teams from the sec you have to have the players. Unfortunately Ohio doesn't produce enough top talent to play with the top schools. Yes the buckeyes do lose a few but you can't fill your roster with Ohio kids and compete with the Alabama, Clemsons, Florida States, etc. Things have changed since Meyer came on board going after kids nationally. And the league has gotten better as they have followed suit.
Hector m Rivera
To be elite, a national recruiting footprint is necessary, especially for programs like the Buckeyes, simply because most of the top recruits generally reside in SEC country. This naturally gives the SEC schools a significant competitive advantage (they don't need a national recruiting approach, a regional one more than suffice).
The Buckeyes need at least 5-6 recruits from SEC country every cycle to stay competitive with the likes of Alabama, Georgia, FSU, etc...Our ability to penetrate that region and pluck several top rated recruits every cycle is a must and also a testament to the Buckeye brand. It also requires a long-term, strategic approach. You need to build a foundation that's sustainable over a long period of time. Not easy. Players follow coaches. There's a natural conflict between coaches and the school's brand, from a players perspective.
It's great to see that Ohio is #5 in producing football talent, but there is a simple demographic issue compared to states like Florida. There are a lot more teenage boys in Florida.
Is there any more that Ohio State might be allowed to do to foster the development of excellent, Ohio State ready football players from the State's high school programs?
I remember growing up as a kid in Cleveland, when the Browns were actually good...and our high school talent pool was off the charts! We had Robert Smith, Desmond Howard, O.J. McDuffie just to name a few. But schools like Iggy, St. Eds, Glenville, hell even Bedford and Shaw had D-1 talent!! It looks like with people moving out of the city and the youth Muny League not really being as visible anymore has alot to do with the 216 not producing many stars as in recent years. Sad.
You're either at the table, or on the menu!!
OJ McDuffie was originally from Marion. When he was in 6th grade, our JV high school coach at Harding invited him to come in and go through some scrimmaging with us during a holiday practice (no immediate game coming up). Needless to say, he ran circles around me.
Tua Tagovailoa was in a similar situation last year, but was not granted a waiver and watched the game from the sidelines.
Ryan Jacoby right now is at 6'5" 265lbs and plays left tackle for Mentor HS.
He seems to be one of those rare players that could play guard, center and tackle so it may depend how his body grows out going forward.
This kid is the real deal and so his teammate Noah Potter (DE).
Gotta have both of these Mentor HS players in the 2019 Buckeye Class.
Honestly the lack of Ohio kids in recent classes has begun to erode my feeling of connection to the team. It was always Ohio against the world for me and any more it seems more like OSU is becoming just another college football team. Not exactly a great accomplishment to win games with a team composed of national all star recruits. Would love to see more Ohio guys on the roster.