With the DC Defenders and Chase Young possibly going to the Redskins, that would make 6 Buckeyes in DC. Fun times.
Great to win, but "back on track' is a bit of a stretch. Win some more.
I'm always a Buckeye, but as I don't have cable I have to go out to see games. If the team is in the toilet I can't justify the cost. If they get back to win-some-lose-some I'll tune back in.
My guess is that it will be like a popular restaurant changing head chefs. The new chef will add new twists, but the menu largely stays the same.
IMO the biggest change from 2018 to 2019 came from Mattison. He simplified the scheme so the players were more confident in their responsibilities, thinking less and playing faster. Hafley added a personal touch with NFL-level coaching of the corners. I think we'll have the same basic recipe (good fundamentals, NFL-level secondary), but the finishing touches will be slightly different.
Barring some major shakeup, Clemson is going to be in the top 3 of recruiting classes for the foreseeable future. They were already recruiting well on the defensive side of the ball, now they're in the CFP every year. It is what it is.
It's not really anything to worry about as long as OSU is consistently in the top 5. We just have to focus on ourselves and continuing to develop the talent we have.
Plus, there seems to be a saturation point in recruiting, a point at which you're getting so many highly ranked players that you can't hold on to all of them. Alabama is pretty much there. OSU is getting very close, we're loaded at QB and WR now. Clemson will be there very soon.
Scarlet-tinted glasses or not, the fact is that Notre Dame is not a significant competitor to Ohio State in recruiting, apart from a few midwestern kids, especially if they're Catholic and/ or attended a Catholic high school. For the most part we're competing with Alabama, Clemson, PSU and Georgia for the elite kids.
The Michigan podcast guys touched upon this after the latest beatdown in The Game. They were actually pretty rational (unlike Mgoblog). They talked about the widening recruiting gap between TTUN and TOSU. One key aspect is that Harbaugh's honeymoon period is over. He's had 5 years to beat TOSU, 5 years to get to the B1G championship, 5 years to surprise in a bowl game. He can't sell "TTUN will be different now" to recruits. It's all wishful thinking with no evidence at this point.
Maybe I'm just out of touch, but what on earth do 4 different coaches text a recruit about every day? How was breakfast? Which shoes are you wearing today?
It would seem to be overwhelming. I remember all of the college mailings I received my senior year in HS, and that was more than I could process.
$42 million plus bonuses is kinda hefty for one great year. Shoot, I'm still trying to find 10 friends to form a "college" team so I can play Alabama for $1.5 million or so.
But Harbaugh steals the show for "what were they thinking?", as usual.
I wouldn't want to be an opponent facing this team in 2020. They're coming off a 13-1 season, they were the best team in the country, they know it and they're going to be very, very angry.
Given how well Buckeye Nation travels to away games and bowl games, it is highly likely that every single member of the board has been exposed to the Buckeye virus.
They should all recuse themselves.
JT Barrett deserves more love IMO.
They should change the WHAC lock code to:
7337 (REFS), or
Except that Coombs has the sense not to try and plant a flag in rubber turf.
Oregon can't be Clemson because they are located in a recruit cold zone.
^This x100. I live in Seattle, and UW has it better than Oregon, but not by much. The NW is just thin on talent. There's the pipeline from CA, but USC can shut that off with a resurgence, just as OSU shut down Ohio once Tressel took over.
4 of the top 5 in the B1G East, and the one from the West has been down for decades. Hmm.
Yeah, that's pretty much what I was thinking. It could have played out like this:
Grinch: Here's my fancy new secondary package.
Schiano: That won't work. Fix this and that.
Players: I don't know what I'm supposed to do, so I'll wing it.
Why even post rankings after so many of these kids are either A) already on the OSU campus and/or B) have little or no HS football left to play?
Are they ranking them based on their ability to find Biology 101?
No one will ever really know, but I doubt it was mostly Taver Johnson. He had already been successful at TOSU. Schiano had already been successful as well. That leaves one coach who hadn't already had success at TOSU.
Etienne coming back just underscores the need to beat back Clemson. They're recruiting much better than they did before -- and even before they always had monster DLs. They need to be taken down a notch on a consistent basis.
Coaching in the NFL is a grind, and it’s all football. At least in college, you can get out and recruit and meet kids and high school coaches and get down to the roots of what football is all about. He might’ve missed that.
I thought this was an interesting take. There's a common view that recruiting is just a taxing chore, and that the NFL is more desirable because you don't have to recruit. But maybe 365 days of football coaching with very little variety isn't all that great if one enjoys meeting new people and developing new relationships.
I think Coombs got the full DC title as a condition for luring him out of the NFL. I don't think the defensive scheme will change very much as a result. Ryan Day likes continuity.
I remember hearing that speech. It still gives me chills. Tressel put TTUN on notice. It's not so much what he said -- It wasn't a guarantee of anything but effort -- it was how he said it. He was very calm and reassuring, but clearly resolute and confident. It's exactly what Buckeye Nation needed to hear at that moment.
Maybe he can take the slow road and recruit all the way to Columbus.