We're forgetting that this staff, and Urban's since he came to OSU, no longer go after JUST the most talented kids. THis staff actively recruits great character along with talent. There is a reason we might not be in on some of these recruiting battles, even if the kid might be interested.
Leroux = high character kid that will work his tail off to play for his home state school, better himself and the team in the classroom and on the field, and could be a potential starter with a high motor later in his career.
Why not take a flyer on a kid like that? Especially when you have two top tier linemen in the fold and need to restock OL depth?
JTBIV FOR PRESIDENT!
I loved Barrett, dude was tough as nails, grinder, leader. When the going got tough, he always seemed to come out on the other side with a huge play for OSU.
Not that I'm complaining about switching it up with Haskins. Dude was a baller.
But now I'm really looking forward to Fields, I think he can be the best of both.
Its been stated before by recruiting services and coaches alike, that the offensive line are the hardest positions to hand out star ratings too.
On the OL stars are handed out more on projections than actual seen talent, more so than other positions. OL has a hard time showing out in camp sessions than that of QB's, RB's, WR's and others. OL stars and final college results are all over the board.
His class this year is an outlier.
Clemson has hovered in the #10 - #15 class for a while.
PBR is for old people and hipsters
Ricks said it best earlier today "Its easier to recruit a player than keep a player."
It would be awesome to see the class 95% completed by the end of the month, and I'm confident in Day et. al. to get these guys in the fold, but the hard part will be keeping them in the class till signing day and not be looking ahead to the class of 2021.
I feel like we get 9 or 10 of the 11 on the board, with a late cycle flip.
Royer is well on his way to that next star.
247 has already given him a huge ratings bump and moved him up to a 4-star and #3TE
Hafley and Mattison have already stated that they are going to use more mixed coverages, and are starting to look for a more well-rounded corner.
With the added benefit of the Bullet position, you'll start to see more 5 DB sets, which means the days of playing 99.9% man coverage is gone. You need a guy that is fast, but can tackle guys in space. Guys that read-and-react in zone with instinct, but guys that don't do it all with just speed.
Previously we recruited guys who could RUN which lends a lot to a DB's ranking.
What I'm trying to say is we're looking for a slightly different DB. Like LJ is looking for interchangable parts on the DL, Halfey is looking for the same in the secondary.
I don't know if we'll manage to snag both KBJ and Cowan.
I think UNC and Georgia are front runners at the moment.
I would add Ricks...just because...you know...good vibes, right?
I find Loy to be extremely charismatic, intelligent, honest, ect, ect, ect
Royer has already gotten a good bump from 247.
Moved up to 4 star status, #210 National Recruit, #3 TE, and #2 overall in Ohio.
I expect a little bump, maybe not so drastic, will occur with ESPN and Rivals soon and get him to 4 star in the composite.