From what I've read about Jason Marshall, the kid was silently committed to Miami's staff for the last couple weeks, but his HS coach pushed him to UF. Goes to show you that silent commitments really don't mean anything.
5* DT Leonard Taylor just committed to Miami. 5* CB Jason Marshall soon to follow, and per rumors, he has already committed to the Miami staff. Something's in the water down in Coral Gables.
(insert obligatory comment about how if Miami kept all of the local kids home they'd be a powerhouse).
They're also supposed to have a solid squad this coming year. Manny Diaz has always coached a solid defense, and they hired away the OC from SMU's vaunted offense for this coming year and brought D'Eriq King in as a transfer. On defense, they are led by probable top-10 pick Greg Rousseau, whose sack numbers last year rivaled Chase Young, as well as Temple transfer Quincy Roche, who also had crazy sack numbers. Will be interesting to see if they can make a run this year.
One thing to mention about the Ewers recruitment is that there's no department in which Ohio State is really lacking. When you think about the factors that influence a recruit's decision, there's relationships, path to early playing time, NFL development, proximity to home, and the ability to play for a national championship.
Ohio State normally checks most of those boxes, but for Ewers, they check all of them. The relationship between him and Ryan Day is one of his best, and his family owns a cabin in Ohio, from what's been reported. What are the barriers here? Maybe his family's fandom for the University of Texas? Another school convinces him he won't start over McCord? Very unlikely. It makes sense that Ohio State's in the pole position here and will continue to be.
Good news for Egbuka and bad news for Leigh and Burton, I think.
Isaiah Wilson is the idiot here guys. I mean, seriously? Harbaugh is wearing the cleats because the Jordan brand is a key selling point for Michigan. If him keeping his shoes on in the house bothers you so much, just ask him to take them off. Also, how can you choose not to commit to a school based on that? Shoes? That's ridiculous. One of the dumbest things I've ever heard of a recruit doing. I love laughing at Harbaugh as much as the next guy, but come on. How can you spurn a school because you were too scared to ask a coach to take his shoes off?
They went to the same high school, but they definitely aren't teammates lol.
He's a quiet kid who doesn't speak to the media much at all, but the general rule of thumb here is "when there's something to report, something will be reported." In other words, no news is good news, since we're considered the leader, but he's still quite wide-open at this point.
Zion Branch had a great virtual visit with Ohio State based on a Rivals article. Sounds like the staff is after him hard, but he's a west coast kid that grew up wanting to play at USC so they'll be tough to beat.
Gabe Powers is in.
I think this is a relic of the pre-internet recruiting era. It's still a pretty cool tradition.
I don't know what you're talking about. Half of our class IS underrated.
Looks like Jason Marshall is Miami Bound. Crazy stuff. But it really does help considering Bama might have threatened for the #1 class if they landed him.
Seems like Bama, Miami, and UF all think they're getting him, and there's smoke that he commits today. Miami's coaches are implying something huge happening on Twitter. I'm just hoping that he stays away from Bama as well.
New 2023 Offer out to Treyaun Webb, an athlete from Trinity Christian High School in Jacksonville, same place that produced current Buckeyes Shaun Wade, Tyreke Johnson, and Marcus Crowley.
Seems like Tony Alford is the Florida recruiter for the staff. Apparently he's doing a great job down there for 2023 kids.
Lackford at Rivals had an update on JTT where he heard from an Oklahoma source that they feel like they're "really in it now." Said this sort of goes along with his update where he says that Bama is also in it, but the key caveat is that both Oklahoma and Bama staffs think that Ohio State leads. Seems like a battle between OU and Bama for second place. A little interesting to me that what started out as OSU vs. West Coast has turned into a nationwide battle of heavy-hitters.
This is a bit excessive, don't you think? I mean the guy spits nonsense quite a bit, but making fun of the guy for saying OU is in "great" shape with a receiver they're recruiting heavily and early in the process? Unnecessary. It's not like there's an industry-wide consensus that Luther Burden is a Buckeye lean like there is for Emeka Egbuka. It's just our insiders saying that at this point. I think we should stick to calling out the guy when he actually drops ridiculous takes, like when he said that Treveyon Henderson is helping Caleb Williams organize the Sooner Summit.
This is what the Oregon Rivals site had to say about JTT:
Good news, bad news. From what I have heard, JT Tuimoloau has a sort of ‘quiet’ top three of Oregon, Oklahoma and Ohio State. That is the good news. By all accounts, he is leaving the state of Washington. The bad news? In the end, I think Oregon is not going to be his pick and Oklahoma has really risen up for him. It would not surprise me at all to see him pick the Sooners.
I don't know how to feel about that. From a draft and development standpoint, Ohio State is clearly ahead of the others. But we don't know about the relationships in this recruitment. I'd assume that Larry Johnson has the best one with JTT, but we don't know whether that's the case. To be fair, I still don't know what the affirmative case for Oklahoma is here anyway. Their DL coach, Calvin Thibodeaux, has had the job for a few years and Neville Gallimore is the only player of his that's even been drafted.
Shockingly, I think Spindler might be leaning toward Michigan. Right now, it's ND putting on the full-court press and blowing up his phone every day, while Michigan is being a little more calm and collected in how it reaches out to Spindler. Generally speaking, I think ND's approach seems a little desperate. Also potentially interesting is that if they get Spindler, Michigan might miss out on Massachusetts prize Drew Kendall. As a reminder, Michigan literally took an unranked fullback in an attempt to land Kendall a while ago. At least, if the miss on Kendall, it's for a good reason from their perspective. It would be hilarious if they were to miss out on both.
I think the "good things" about Leigh indicate that Ohio State is pretty solidly his number 2 school now, but not necessarily that they're overtaking LSU. In the end, I think they'll probably end up losing this battle because of LSU's depth chart; it's easier for Leigh to see earlier playing time there than at OSU. Still very impressive that it's this close since all of the eggs were put in the JC Latham basket for months.
At least we're getting updates on Egbuka and JTT. Better than nothing, right?
Hudson Wolfe Round 2. Hopefully a better outcome this time.
We lead for a 5-star defensive end. Thought this might get more buzz, LOL.
I think it's because you're preaching to the choir. Must be a symptom of the Tressell/Meyer/Day eras; just no reason to belabor a point that's been well-established. Plus, it's a bit hyperbolic. Obviously, it seems like there's no reason to choose Michigan over OSU, but choosing Michigan over the vast majority of all programs in the country isn't bad at all. They're a top-15 program that generally recruits at a top-15 level and gets guys drafted. They have some solid coaches as well. Just because Ohio State is at a far better position doesn't mean that Michigan is a bad program.
I didn't DV you, to clarify.
Is it really necessary to say all of this anymore? We're Ohio State fans; we know that. But, to be fair, Ed Warriner is a very good OL coach, and that line will be consistently good over the next few years if the last one was any indication.
From Michigan's Rivals site, apparently Ohio State co-leads with Oklahoma for composite 5* Defensive End Derrick Moore out of St. Frances Academy in the DC area. This could be another Larry Johnson DMV special and Chase Young has to loom large here.