Same here. Absolutely hilarious young kid chicanery. Having been to that diner in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago many times and now having heard the song for the first time, the word picture is so clear in my head. What a great story. I can't stop laughing.
Cardale with a crossbow -- great pic!
Great synopsis of the current college football coaching landscape. Spot on.
Been watching Ricky Slade's clips since Birm mentioned him back in 2015 when he was just a freshman. Kid looked like a little Reggie Bush then with all the upside potential in the world PLUS Ohio State was his dream school. I know numbers are tight and we might get another one just like him (or better) in Gill, but it would be cool to get him in the class somehow. Seems like a very special talent.
Agreed, and great counterpoint to Helmholdt's critique. Birm even said as much during his write-up of the Army All-American week in San Antonio. I have faith that our O-line coaching can develop his pass blocking technique.
Thanks for the post. He definitely has high upside potential and just watching the video affirms that. I think the key to his future success will hinge on something you highlighted...
once he gets a few years of elite training
Let's hope he (and all of our WR's) will get it. DJ's Skully this morning mentioned something similar and how that has been lacking in 2016. I'm confident we have all the tools and weapons in place to be an elite offensive team, hopefully 2017 will be the year they all come together. He could be a key contributor if it happens.
Wish Tyjon the best, but also wish he was a Buckeye!
If he can get paid to play on Sundays in the NFL while not risking another serious injury while in college, he should take the money and run!
Is there a way to simply bump this comment to the top of the thread? Spot on!
Wow, if true, I'm really hoping that can get exposed prior to NSD so he can sign with OSU!
I'm with you, Nutty, and that's the ideal case, but to Theopaulus' point, not every kid is prepared to make the right decision for them. Sometimes it truly is a family decision (as much as I'd rather have Darnay make this call). I recall a situation in basketball where Trey Burke was from Cbus, but Satch and other advisers in his life said that him going away for school (to TTUN of all places?!) was the best for him to get him away from some potential future trouble at home.
Haha...sorry, UFest, I pity your plight. Thanks for falling on that grenade!
I even once went to the extent of endorsing my ex-girlfriend to a guy I barely knew just to get to her to stop stalking me!
That was an awesome video. I'd never seen that before. Thanks for posting!
Birm touched on the same subject in tonight's DTE.
I agree--they are all assumptions, and as such, I sincerely hope the coaching staff is able to sell the same thing to Emory to get him to sign on NSD 2018. But, I am confident coaches from other teams will be sharing the same scenario with him as to why he should sign elsewhere. Again, I hope it doesn't happen, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.
Everything just gets pushed back one year. If Burrow were to ball out in 2017, he could go pro. If Haskins were to ball out in 2018, he could go pro. If Tate were to ball out in 2019, he could go pro. Emory could redshirt in 2018, play in 2019 and 2020 and go pro then. Now, everything gets pushed back, so the earliest is he likely to see the field is 2020 assuming everything follows a logical progression (no one younger seeing the field before one with more seniority) and everyone goes pro after one year with starting duties (best case scenario for Emory to see the field the soonest). It's all hypothetical and I'm not worried about it, just making a comment about the congestion in the pipeline that JT's decision to return creates (versus going pro after his third season which is the optimistic progression for all top-tier QB recruits).
Not stressed at all. OSU has an embarrassment of riches as it is. Just nice when you're already rich and keep getting richer!
Respectfully disagree. This pushes back the timetable for those waiting in the wings. The Burrow/Haskins debate is now a 2018 reality (instead of 2017 if JT went pro). If Tate shows up and balls, he enters the debate, too. But, likely, he gets tabled to start in 2019/2020 when Burrow/Haskins have ridden off into the sunset. Jones then gets his time after Tate rides off into the sunset in 2020/2021. As the #1 Dual-Threat QB in the 2018 class, he will have to debate if he wants to wait 2-3 years to get his shot or lead a different team sooner and get his shot at the NFL in 2021.
Not a slight to JT. He's the leader of the team, the only QB on the team next year with a National Championship ring, the possessor of the most TD's in school history and the rightful starter by default. He deserves to do whatever is best for him and we are fortunate to have him. I hope the new QB coach develops him to reach his full potential. My post is simply in reference to the domino/butterfly effect that decisions bear. In this case, I think Emory is the potential casualty--although I hope I'm wrong because he has special talent. That said, it is also the price of recruiting at the highest levels. Bama lost a 5-star QB this year when one true freshman (Hurts) beat the previous #1 QB recruit in the country (Bateman). It is what it is. And I'd rather have this problem than the problem of getting a single 5-star to commit. It's good to be king, but these are also the potential problems that coming with sitting on the throne.
Poor Emory Jones...I hope he stays in the class and gets to see the field one day.
H/T Chris. Nicely done.
To answer Rico's question, I read somewhere that his offenses ranked in the Top 25 in each of the last four years. I don't have the exact stats though. Pretty damn good for a team full of 2-3 stars. Lots of potential for a team loaded with 4-5 stars....
Best news I've heard all night. Thanks for sharing. We could use more athletic freaks like Hooker, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Hopefully TG can come back and make a huge splash next year!
Love what JT has done for this university and team. Wondering what his return would do to the pipeline of QB's looking to get their shot though. Agree we need better coaching...no doubt. Just wondering what others might be able to do next year and in the years to come. Would hate to miss out on an elite future QB if JT's return proves to be the incorrect decision.
I'll take the over and the under on that.
HNY 2017. Hope the new year is even better than the one that just passed.