Skull Session: Beating Penn State in Recruiting Too, Offensive Line Was the Best in the Land, and Jeremy Ruckert Delivers a Pancake Block

By Kevin Harrish on October 27, 2020 at 5:31 am

It looks like James Franklin has officially turned the page.

0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2, 0-2.

Word of the Day: Ensconce.

 “A SOLID NINE.” In the spirit of burying Penn State, it sure seems like the Buckeyes are about to swoop in and take the final uncommitted top-10 Pennsylvania prospect away from James Franklin.

Four-star defensive back Derrick Davis visited Columbus this weekend along with a few other Buckeye commits, and from the sound of it, he had a grand 'ole time.

"The only different thing about this visit was seeing the other recruits," Davis said. "It was the first time I got to spend some time with most of them. Some of them I knew from camps but it was my first time meeting a lot of them. We just hung out with each other in a big group. It was a good time.

"Jack Sawyer was really cool," he said. "He made me really come out of my shell. At first I was a little quiet but as I got to know him I saw he was a good dude."

"My comfort level, from one to ten, was a solid nine," said Davis. "The city was great and there's a lot to do and with the recruiting class we shared a nice little bond.

"The defense struggled a little bit in the first half, which was expected because their whole defense is new," he said. "Other than that, they picked it up and they looked really good out there. I haven't talked to the coaches yet.

When Ohio State's up three scores against Penn State on Saturday, remember that these games are really won three or four years in advance on the recruiting trail.

So while the Lions are prepping for their eighth loss in nine tries this year, 2024 ain't looking too hot either – and neither are any of those years in between.

 BEST DAMN SLOBS IN THE LAND. You won't find too many Buckeye fans who would say that Saturday's performance was terribly exceptional from the Ohio State offensive line.

And yet...

Our resident football-knower Kyle Jones agrees that it wasn't always the best game for our beloved slobs, but also highlighted some of the improvements the offensive line made on the fly on Saturday to get things flowing in the right direction.

I have no idea how offensive lines are graded by PFF, but my biggest takeaway here is that if that performance was the best offensive line performance in the country this week, the gap between the Buckeye offensive line and everyone else might be quite a bit wider than I thought.

 HE CAN BLOCK, TOO. Jeremy Ruckert's been billed as a receiving tight end since long before he even stepped foot in Columbus.

Someone should ask Nebraska's No. 42 what they think about that reputation.

Clutch one-handed catches in the conference title game and pancake blocks against outside linebackers – get a tight end who can do both.

 THAT AIN'T FAIR. Today's Skull Session is unintentionally a little heavy on #teens who haven't even decided to commit to Ohio State yet, which is decidedly Zack's territory and not usually my comfort zone.

But when the Buckeyes' top target – who plays defensive line, mind you – makes an Odell-esque catch between two cornerbacks in double coverage in a seven-on-seven game, I can't just not say something.

Personally, I think that the Buckeyes should request that he sign with Ohio State, and then never take him off the football field.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones.

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