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Comment 18 Jul 2019

It really is tough to make bold predictions with this team because there are 3 big unknowns:

1. Can Day be the type of manager of a program that Urban was? The continued success in recruiting is a good sign that he has the same discipline and structure Urban had. Now he has to prove he can do the same in game prep and making the tough in-game decisions expected of a top coach. We know he can lead an offense.

2. What will the offense look like with Fields at the helm? It's a lot to ask for Fields to be the type of passer Haskins was. There's a chance we see a bit of a hybrid between what we got with Haskins and what JT was before that. In a perfect world Fields is a better passer than JT while being the dual threat that Haskins wasn't. Deshaun Watson has always been the high end comp for Fields so that's the best case scenario. Fields ran for 266 yards and 4 tds in very limited time last season so he's going to be a bit different than Haskins. 

3. Did Day make the right hires on D? OSU was always known for having a stout D. Things started to sag at times in 2017 and then became downright erratic last season. I can't imagine things getting much worse than 2018 for the D, but going undefeated would likely mean the D returns to what it was prior to the last two seasons.

I think a case can be made the Buckeyes can go undefeated but if they do it will because those three questions were answered positively. For me they are important enough questions that I probably wouldn't make that bold of a prediction. I'm optimistic for the season though.

Comment 18 Jul 2019

There has to be something more to it, but I doubt we will ever know what that was. I mean I love Hartline but he didn't exactly identify Scott out of obscurity. The kid has been ranked as a high 4* prospect long before Hartline was the WR coach at Ohio State. It seems inexplicable that the UW coaches didn't talk to a kid in their own backyard who has been a top 100 ranked player for a couple of years now. Notre Dame offered him almost two years ago too. It's a strange story.

Comment 17 Jul 2019

I tried to edit my post but ran out of time because I actually didn't want it to appear that way. I like Corum at lot and think 454 is strangely low for him, although I trust 247 more than the other services. Had Corum ended up in the OSU class as the 2nd back, if Knighton hadn't been interested, I would have been very happy with him. So it's not about Corum. I think he's going to be a good change of pace back in college. My point isn't about Corum or the composite. It was simply about the reasoning in the Mgo article which made no sense. The writer was doing some serious reaching to explain why 247 had dropped him multiple times over 18 months.

Comment 17 Jul 2019

No they don't. They have him ranked 454th today. The composite has him ranked 201. The tidbit I was referring to in the Mgo article was talking about 247 and how he's dropped in their rankings over the past 18 months. It was referring to that specifically and not the composite.

Comment 17 Jul 2019

Fleming was basically the consensus top WR at the Opening. He could actually rise a couple spots before this is all done. No chance he falls out of 5* territory. Scott will end up at least near 5* territory - and I'm fine with that. Some people won't be happy if he's not a top 15 player. WR is loaded this year and if Gee ends up being a top 40 player I'm not going to complain about that. 247 articles made it pretty clear he's getting a bump but there is disagreement between staff members about whether that bump should be all the way to a 5*. 

Comment 16 Jul 2019

The rationale they have on Corum is crazy. They acknowledge 247 ranked him 82nd originally but believe his current ranking of 453rd is because they had an early impression of him that hasn't changed? That makes no sense. The exact opposite seems to be true. They liked Corum a lot originally and now keep finding RBs they like better so he's dropped.

Comment 16 Jul 2019

OSU just got a huge commitment and you're worried about who got the story up first on a player who has been 99% certain to the Buckeyes for a month?

Comment 16 Jul 2019

Eh, sorta. He was ranked that high on a first pass of that class of prospects they were aware of after the freshman year for that class. This was before the ranking services really did a proper evaluation for 2021 so I wouldn't put much stock in that. He started at 171st when 247 really started to rank the class a few months ago and he dropped to 220th when other services did the same.

Comment 13 Jul 2019

I find it tough to criticize 247 in these situations. I give them credit for looking for emerging players and not always just sticking with the "name" players. Sometimes we may not agree with it like when they jumped the gun with Henry after he showed up injured to a camp, but at least they are proactive.

Henry Gray is a good example. 247 dropped him to about 400 and the other services haven't done the same. Gray's status as a prospect has changed and he isn't a take now for many of the top schools even though he would have been last fall. 247 was on that, like they are in a lot of situations. The composite becomes less and less important when Rivals and ESPN are nowhere near as proactive as 247.

Comment 12 Jul 2019

I have seen the Advocate article before and it is now a year and half old. The 2018 and 2019 cycles already reflected the changes the NCAA made a couple of years back and early entries could still be counted into space available from the previous class, if there was any. The question that has been popping up for a month now is whether a new change is being implemented that will close that specific loophole. I don't believe that has officially been established yet one way or another.

The back counting with early entries was absolutely possible in the two classes since the Advocate article was released. The only important thing to keep an eye on is whether that specific loophole will be closed, which would result in a hard cap of 25. The NCAA manual for the upcoming season will be released by the end of the summer and if there is a change it will be in there. It is also possible news of such a change could leak before then. I just don't see any new information here.

Comment 11 Jul 2019

Yup. The Lewan one is unbelievably hypocritical as the fans on Mgoblog still routinely post about him highlighting his NFL success and as an example of how the program has produced an elite OL. They have no issue brushing those facts under the rug. Guy is a complete POS. 

Comment 11 Jul 2019

I personally wouldn't involve myself with anything having to do with Zach Smith. There is no upside to that for BG. I've been at 11W long enough to know some won't share my opinion on that.

That said, it's hard to take Michigan fans seriously on this when they have Harbaugh as their head coach. The same Harbaugh who got to the Niners and preached a zero tolerance policy for domestic violence and incidents against women and then bent that policy when a player was accused. Ray McDonald was the player and he's since been involved in multiple domestic issues. The Niners led the NFL in arrests for three straight years while he was at the helm and enabled players like McDonald and Aldon Smith.

Then at Michigan he sat by after Grant Perry grabbed a woman by the crotch in public and assaulted a police officer. Perry got the sexual assault charge dropped by pleading guilty to felony resisting arrest. Harbaugh took him right back. Meanwhile I didn't see Bri'onte Dunn back as a Buckeye after his domestic assault situation. He was gone immediately. So while I have no issue being critical of mistakes the Buckeye staff has made in the past, I'm find it entirely hypocritical for Michigan fans to do so and ignore their own coach's  decisions. 

Comment 11 Jul 2019

The Buckeyes aren't getting Bresee. Clemson doesn't lose commits and he's completely shut down his recruitment. OSU hasn't been a legitimate player there for a very long time. Hopefully LJ does what he can to dislodge Evans from NC and the south.

Comment 10 Jul 2019

One more thing to add to this: OSU signed 115 players over the past 5 years. So if a 25-signee cap is instituted, the Buckeyes have already gone 10 scholarships under what they would be allowed to sign for the 5-year period of players who would be on the 2019 roster. Given that OSU has as many early entries as any other school plus processing through injuries or mutual parting of the ways over the past few years, it shouldn't be difficult for all schools to use their 85 scholarships.

Comment 10 Jul 2019

I was all in on adding Paige too and going with a big class but if there is the possibility of a 25-man cap it's best to wait. A 3rd CB is more important after not landing one last cycle. With most of this class baked in by the end of the summer Day can afford to wait and see what happens in the fall. Still like Paige as a player but not being able to take everyone with potential is a good problem to have.

Comment 10 Jul 2019

I don't see it as a big issue. Schools have to deal with all those issues but they also technically have 5 classes worth of players in the program during a season. So the number we're starting at isn't actually 100, it's 125. I just think it will lead to schools evening out their scholarship distribution plus fewer purposeful instances of processing players. We'll see most schools' recruiting cycles look like: 25, 25, 23, 25, 24 instead of: 25, 29, 21, 28, 17.

Comment 10 Jul 2019

I think the bigger thing in Ricks' recruitment will be a bit out of the Buckeyes hands and that is LSU's performance. Ricks and his family are close with Orgeron but if OSU has a 0-2 loss season and LSU loses 5 games then Ricks may see the writing on the wall that Coach O won't make it through his time at LSU. 

Comment 10 Jul 2019

Probably a couple sub-10 win seasons in a row, with one being around .500. He also could get fired or they could mutually part ways if he stays 4-5 more years and doesn't ever improve on 10-3. He also could alienate the program the way he did in San Fran, although Harbaugh has come out of that situation looking a lot better than that organization has since.

Michigan shouldn't be looking to fire Harbaugh. The guy is a very good football coach. He has done a good job at Michigan, but not a great job. I was impressed when he immediately got things turned around there, and he's come a couple plays away from beating our Buckeyes twice. Of course close doesn't count for a win.

So he's turned Michigan back into a very good program, but hasn't gotten over the hump in making it great. However, when you look at programs like Miami, FSU, Nebraska, USC, Texas, etc. that were all once great and have waded through some coaches that couldn't make their programs as competitive as Harbaugh has made Michigan, its clear that it's not the easiest thing in the world to create a top CFB program or find a coach who can do so. It's a valid reason to give Harbaugh more time and not rush to push him out the door. Because who is the replacement going to be?

Comment 10 Jul 2019

The staff went after both hard on parallel tracks. I think they would have been thrilled with either Milton or Robinson in the class. Milton took his official first so they did everything they could with him and had some momentum but UGA knocked their official out of the park. Once the writing was on the wall there it lined up well with Robinson having just visited and honing in on his decision so the staff went all in on him at that point. They killed it with him and we did to Texas what UGA did to us. Day was going to take the commitment of whichever of those two RBs were willing to commit first.

Comment 09 Jul 2019

OSU could simply reach into the grad transfer market again to bring another Hoak in to give Miller and McCord competition and possibly serve as the top backup if they want McCord to redshirt. Perhaps if Andrade/Vanatsky develop to where one of them is good enough to play that role they just stick with what they have internally. I'm with you that taking a 2nd 2020 QB may not make the most sense.

Comment 09 Jul 2019

He goes on in spring semester 2020. You can count him into the class as far as who will be taking up new scholarship spots, and you can count Seibert to 2021 for the same reason. I'm not sure that the 25 hard cap is a certain thing yet unless there has been a new development. 

Comment 09 Jul 2019

It's far more likely the Buckeyes finish 4th unless there is  a Ricks or Jarrett type flip. If you look at who UGA is likely to get, they pass the Buckeyes in most scenarios even if Ransom, Robinson, Williams, Bingley-Jones, and Cowan commit.