Finishing Touches: 2018 Recruiting Focus Remains in the Trenches, but a Four-Star Playmaker Has Resurfaced

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

Curious how the Washington pursuit sits with guys like Teague and Snead, since they are already signed. Were they both told they’d be it at RB, but now with the Early Signing Period done and their ink dry, the staff is sniffing around again?

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

If Snead and Teague are cut out to play at The Ohio State University they will be okay with it. Competition never causes a true competitor to faint back. I believe Snead and Teague are embracing this.

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LB U's picture

It would mean to me that Antonio Williams is probabaly already out the door. I mean, the RB room if it stays as is, is going to be passed max capacity already. Adding Washington would just mean someone's leaving.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

We say that, but remember, JK Dobbins told the staff, if they took another RB, he’d look around.  It’s easy for us to sit here and say that about competition, but without being those other RBs, who really knows.  

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

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VaBuck1's picture

I think it was specific to Cam Akers.  If Akers came, then Dobbins would look around.  Akers was the #1 ranked RB last year by many.  

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Excellent points. Scarlet and Grey lenses have too many refusing to question, but we have 3 great RB'S in this class and if recruiting experts on staff have extra time.... find us a high profile "need position" and get us a serious flip.
4th RB doesn't scream laser focus.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Agreed. Alabama’s been doing it for years. Due to recruiting depth at the position, a guy like Kamara transferred and Alabama didn’t miss a beat.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

That's a great question and is really a new dynamic with the early signing period. It gives teams a tremendous amount of flexibility they may have been lacking in year's past. It turned out great, but I'm sure many remember the drama with Dobbins and Cam Akers last year.

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Posterchild's picture

Snead and Teague are pure RB's, Washington would be more of a receiver prospect. 

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BornAndBredABuck's picture

Good point-- I think this is the difference that matters. Washington can help all over the roster-- RB, WR, HB, punt/kick returns-- while Snead and Teague are more straightforwardly RBs in the more traditional sense.

"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

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BiggHoww's picture

No thanx. Snead looked just as impressive as Washington. He just didn't get the carries.

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Jay Lawerence's Laugh's picture

Washington has a lot of "flash".... i could do without the dancing and running to the camera. 

Give me the quiet guy who works hard (MT3).

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NoFancyUserName's picture

Ok, Mr. Get Off Lawn...

You're either at the table, or on the menu!!

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Jay Lawerence's Laugh's picture

I upvoted cuz it made me laugh....but it's just not the Buckeye way, ask Weber about his lil dance. It went over like a lead balloon. 

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qtip's picture

Washington looks more like an H-back to me.

That'll be 5 dollars

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TobyMagic's picture

Too many playmakers?! If there's room they're all welcome.. come compete, grow and (hopefully) win a lot of football games

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Browns88's picture

Agree.   5 RB's for 2018 season is enough.   There is no room at this poition.

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LB U's picture

I'm sure they view him like Tuliapupu (If that's how spell it).. he's elite, so you can't pass on him if he want's in.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

If he’s not a true RB, does that make a difference? What he’s such an electrifying playmaker that he can contribute as the return man as a freshman before seeing time as a backup H-B or WR as a sophomore? Plus, as many injuries as McCall has had, who knows his long term future? Not wishing  that happens, just saying that you never know.

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TMac's picture

You never know how a kid is going to perform at the next level or if an injury issue will arise, so you can never have too many playmakers. And is anyone is afraid of a little competition, The OSU isn't the place for them.  That said, we need on of those OTs. 

ONE Not Done!

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Yoda888's picture

The Buckeyes, assuming we employ a more balanced attack next year, should be able to rattle off 85-90 plays per game.  The WRs should get 30-40, the RBs get another 30-40, and the QB option/busted plays/scramble/etc.... makes up the remaining 10-15 plays.  That all means 10-15 carries/catches for each of the aforementioned positions (assuming a combination of 3-4WRs/TE and 2-3 RBs/HBs).  Everyone should be happy and be able to contribute. 

Long story short, the point being there's always room for another talented skill player.  If Washington is that good and he wants to be part of BuckeyeNation, let's welcome him!

GO BUCKS.

Yoda888

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

I hope the Buckeyes definitely ink Friday and Walker. Baptiste and Petit-Frere would fill needs and would be huge gets.

I'm 100% on board with Maurice Washington. Having a stable full of playmakers is good. I'm not worried about others' feelings. Come, work, and earn your time.

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BornAndBredABuck's picture

Love to get those two (and Washington, as well!), but, to my eye, Petit-Frere has the best upside of all of the OTs we've had our sights on in this cycle-- and that includes Carman. Excellent footwork and superior athleticism, and a frame that could carry 315-320 lbs without losing a step.

My best-case scenario-- a Walker/P-F two-step, along with Friday and anyone else the staff wants to add, would erase any misses we may have had this year, and would make this class one for the ages.

"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

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Andrew Ellis's picture

Agreed. Think NPF may be the best lineman in the country. 

Rollin'85South's picture

After watching the Under Armour game, Washington should be a take and used as a threat for kickoff/punt returns. Kid looked like he could have lots of touchdown returns in college.

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Kick return specialist is an area of need. If he can not disrupt a full RB room but fill another position such as WR or Slot while giving us a serious return threat. Now that is a need.

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

If Washington could fill the slot receiver role and can catch a long pass I am all for it. It may be more of "we need to get him so that he doesn't go to someone else" type of situation. We have a very crowded RB room right now since Weber is theoretically coming back next year. Nebraska could be the real threat.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Fact is, if Wilson can convince Meyer to open up the offense and show some creativity again, you can never have too many playmakers.

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

That is a big "if". Coach Wilson has a great track record of calling offensive plays during games. I wish that Coach Meyer would hand over the reins to the offense to Coach Wilson to see how potent this offense could truly be. Unless Martell wins the QB competition this year we may have to go to an offense that is less reliant on the QB run and more "conventional" than the RPO.

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hetuck's picture

I'm glad the official visits are next weekend and not this weekend. Weather should be relatively better. The OSU coaches may have a new recruiting tool in their quiver. I'm not sure how it would square with Hyde Park, "The official steak house of OSU athletics", however. Be sure to read to the end of the article for the ring discussion.

http://www.dispatch.com/business/20171208/its-expensive-its-decor-is-ove...

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BornAndBredABuck's picture

Can we get them to add Honey Fried Chicken to their menu?

"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

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Desymond's picture

I'm hoping the renewed interest in Washington doesn't mean that the staff knows we're missing out on one of the targets at OL or DE.

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Bigmarty's picture

Birmngham at 10:40AM on Saturday while JBB was on his Neb. visit, CBed him to Neb.  Silent commit to Neb.?

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BornAndBredABuck's picture

Looking at it in a more positive light, maybe this means that Birm knows we've got higher-priority targets who have said "Yes" and we no longer have room for JJ-B?

Let's hope so!

"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

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SGbuckeye's picture

Feels like the annual Sam Bruce/Mecole Hardman situation 

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EMoThaGr8's picture

I agree. 50/50 too, as Bruce seems to have washed out, and Hardman doing big things for the Dawgs. 

The Buckeye behind enemy lines...

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KevinJ's picture

If Meyer visits Washington, it's on and I wouldn't worry about what players think, it never seems to bother the players at Alabama. I thinks he's an H anyways but regardless of position these players know there will be completion for playing time be it from the classes signed before you, your class and future classes.        

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okiebuck's picture

We need to get the Walker kid into the Slobs room. As for Washington; I’d always take a late blooming playmaker who wants to come our way; kid appears to have a huge upside which Urbs is not going to walk away from. 

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Andrew Ellis's picture

To me Washington is sort of a Jaelen Gill light. That’s not a knock on him at all really. He’s very good and caught a lot of people off guard in the UA game. Not sure how exactly I’d handle this to be honest. If Urban  travels to Texas in mid-January to check on a kid who will be signing in three weeks, then that could be pretty telling. 

Also heard there were some academic hurdles he was working through, so I guess we will see. 

allbucksallthetime's picture

The Maurice Washington story is an interesting one for sure.  His father was a terrific running back and his idol but died when Maurice was young.  Maurice went on to have a great sophomore season but his mother wanted him wanted to transfer to improve his grades and be in a safer environment.  Maurice transferred but was denied eligibility his junior year.  

Maurice is a very talented young man who has endured some true hardships in life.  He continues to get back up off the mat and fight.  That's what caught my eye about him earlier and why I have followed his career a bit. 

Maurice will be fine wherever he ends up.  Our coaching staff understands the numbers and things will play out as they always do.  Go Bucks!

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iowabuckeyes's picture

I found an article that said Maurice Washington II died in 2005 at 26 of kidney cancer that was diagnosed when he was in training camp with the Raiders. This article says Washington died in 2007 at 27 years of age. Both articles said that Patriots WR Brandin Cooks is his brother but Washington's obit (which shows he died in 2008 at 27) doesn't mention him. Interestingly, both articles were written by the same reporter, who didn't get Washington's year of death right either time. When he played college, he was listed as a 6-2/225 WR. What's interesting is that both Cooks and Washington III lost their fathers at about the same age and it sounds like their moms did a great job steering them away from trouble.

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allbucksallthetime's picture

Iowabuckeyes...thanks for that information.  I was unaware of what caused the death of Maurice's father but knew he died when Maurice was young.  I knew nothing of Cooks and/or his father but that's certainly interesting too.

I have always get excited about young men who have had to endure hardship in their lives yet have continued to push forward as Maurice has.  He ought to do well regardless of where he ends up.  Go Bucks!

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countrybuckeye's picture

did I say I enjoy recruiting?

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Buckster's picture

Maurice Washington is more of an H-Back & jet sweep type player than a pure RB.  He is a dynamic explosive play maker so Urban has to cover the base here.  Would you want to see Washington at Nebraska scoring TD's on the Buckeyes and others?  Nope.

I love JJB and says he needs to be in this class as he is a pure pass rusher and all around DE.  Marotti knows how to make players like this bigger and stronger like Hubbard and Holmes.

Need an OT in this class too.  Could be four more spots that could take the class to 26. 

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Buckster's picture

Nebraska writers after talkin to JJB on his OV have come to the conclusion that if the Buckeyes have  a schollie for JJB than he is going to be a Buckeye.  That's how they are reading the tea leaves.

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Sideshow's picture

I haven’t seen that. I hope you’re correct. JJB looks like the monster at defensive end that we need. Seriously underrated, even as a low 4-star.

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Andrew Ellis's picture

If he shows up in Columbus next week then I’d say there’s about a 99% chance that we have a schollie for him. I’m always a fan of the long, raw 215ish pounders who can grow into DEs; even if it’s going to take some time for them to get to the needed weight.

Even more of a fan of that this cycle considering the need at the position.  

buckslan's picture

Sounds like a future Sam Hubbard to me.

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weimerad's picture

While there’s no doubt Washington is a great player and performed well at the UA game, I don’t see the need for him in the class. They already have Gill at the H-back spot in this class, plus with Campbell coming back plus McCall and even Martel as options as well there’s no need for another H-back. Urban and Co. need to focus on the 2 remaining DEs and 2 OTs. If this class is able to grow to 26 spots, then they need to fill it with Friday, Baptiste, Walker and Petit-Frere

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BulldogBuck's picture

I have mentioned this a while back and I think that 1 of the Andrews did a week or so ago too that there is a possibility (might not be large but definitely possible) that they could play Cameron Brown as a cornerback instead of WR.  He played it high school and definitely has some of the traits that we are looking for.  If this happens then you could slide Washington into the open WR spot.  Some of his highlights from the Chicago Showcase that shows up on his 247 profile has him lining up at receiver and having no trouble at all creating separation.

OH

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stxbuck's picture

IMO, if Friday and/or Baptiste commits, Williams RSs and gets turned into an OT. Just my prediction.

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NHBuckeye's picture

I wonder if the interest in Washington is because McCall s transferring?   I love the Goat and don't want to see him leave.  But he's been here 3 seasons i think, and Coach Meyer is still saying he's too small.   Weird situation. 

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JacksonOhio5's picture

McCall has been here for two seasons.  He played a good bit as a true freshman, but he was hurt most of last season.  He had a groin injury that bothered him all year.  I have no idea if he's considering a transfer, but I think Urban is hoping to give him extensive playing time once he's healthy.  That's my opinion, anyway.

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cuttyrock's picture

I think we need another H Back. McCall and Gill after this year will be all that's left. We didn't sign an h back last season. Campbell and Hill will probably be gone after next year. If he develops Washington can be a wr. We need dynamic playmakers in this offense. Washington flies and makes people miss. We don't have a wr that gets the ball and makes ppl miss in open field. Campbell is fast but not elusive. We also have not heard anything from TMC. He's never said if he's returning for his 5th year. 

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