I like the part about Baldwin being a committed Buckeye regardless of winning the competition. Something tells me this was a dig at a certain ex Buckeye whose name rhymes with Mate Tartell
You have the right to feel the way you want. He hasn’t given me any reason not to like him as a Brown, and that’s really what I care about right now
You’d feel different if you were a Browns fan, I can pretty much guarantee that. As for the way OSU after when they beat OU, we really don’t know that’s true. Sure, there were no antics as obvious as what Baker did, but there very well could have been some things said and done we weren’t aware of. Anyway, if I’m being honest, when Baker tried to plant the flag, I remember thinking two things. I don’t like this guy, and that’s the kind of guy my Browns desperately need
I agree and understand, and it’s important to be realistic about players. Crystal balls can help with that, as often times I’ll think a player is a real possibility, and see OSU doesn’t have a single crystal ball for that player. Doesn’t mean it’s hopeless in that case, but it illustrates how far they have to go. But to further my point, just with one current example. Julian Fleming is showing a majority of crystals to PSU. OSU is second with 20 some %, and then Clemson third with roughly 8%. At this moment, it feels like an OSU v Clemson race(this can of course change), yet the crystals don’t reflect that. My guess is some of the PSU crystals simply aren’t sure if they think he will go OSU or Clemson, so they keep it with PSU for now, so as to not have to keep switching. That was my main point, to use it as one additional source of information, but not THE source of information
There are a lot of factors to consider with crystal balls. First, you have to consider how many crystal balls have been placed. You may see someone is 100% to a particular school, without realizing that’s may be based on only 2 people that submitted one. Often, people won’t submit a crystal ball until they are pretty confident in the choice. Second, you have to consider how the system works. The people that place crystal balls are judged not only on accuracy, but how early in the process they submitted the correct choice, how often they changed, when they changed, etc. In other words, a player may have a crystal ball to a certain school, and even if that person no longer believes the player will go there, the crystal ball may remain, until the person who submitted it is pretty confident in the new school choice, so as to not keep changing. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I know there are many factors, which is why you will often see a player crystalled to a certain school, even when basically everyone knows that’s no longer happening, only to be changed late in the process. Yes, it can be a good indicator of where a player is leaning, and is a useful tool to follow, but again, many factors need to be considered. It’s not nearly enough to just say where a player is crytalled at a given moment
I hope Day has an aggressive plan to keep Hartline happy. I have to imagine he will have a number of big time options really soon. I don't remember seeing an assistant coach make such an impact so fast.
I'm not sure I agree that WR depth is among the deepest positions on the team(this year yes, but this is more about next year), nor do I agree that this article to trying to incite panic. It is simply illustrating that quite a few WR's from the past few classes will no longer be here. Smith is leaving, Grimes left, and Babb's future is at best uncertain. Yes, it's possible he can recover, and I sure hope he does, but we are now talking about a 3rd major knee surgery in 3 years. Basically it just makes it that much more important that guys like Harris and Gardner produce, because now the veteran depth after this year is diminished a lot. No amount of elite WR recruits for 2020 changes that. I also think they will be just fine, and the future at WR seems brighter than ever in terms of Hartline as WR coach, and the types of recruits they are bringing in or whom has interest. So I don't think this is a long-term issue, it just may present a bit of a short term depth issue next year, which I have no doubt they will over-come.
I'm really excited about those two, and the potential WR's they will add to the upcoming class. Having said that, the issue posed in this article is in regards to experienced depth. By the time Scott and Njigba are here, along with any others in the 2020 class, Smith and Babb would be entering their 3rd year in the program. I think they will be fine, it's just that they will have to rely on more WR's who haven't produced much yet, rather than someone like Smith or Babb, or even Grimes could have been producing for a while already.
Jackson wasn't there either, which is probably more applicable as to why Cupp may have played with the 1's. I'm sure they could have juggled others there, but my guess is it made more sense to keep everyone at their more likely positions
Amen to that! But we can't land 5 1/2 players now, can we?
You really can't compare RB's to LB's. RB is probably the single easiest position to transition to, both in college and the NFL. It's never easy, just easier than other positions. This isn't to say young guys can't produce at LB, we've seen it before with guys like McMillan, nor is it to say that they shouldn't be given a fair chance to win the job. It's just harder is all.
Very well played!
I don't mean to speak for him, but I suspect he's referring to not landing one of the elite high 4 or 5 star RB's the last few classes(coupled with the Snead situation, and de-commits from Hubbard and Sampson James). This in no way means that guys like Teague and Crowley and Chambers won't be studs, and potentially play to or exceed the level of higher rated recruits, only that ranking wise, they have brought in a bit lower rated recruits the last few cycles. I certainly wouldn't call it a drought by any means, but I believe I get where he was going with that.
I agree. Sure, Meyer retiring may have been the main reason, but then, he didn’t have to string it out so long.
I wish all recruits did it this way. I mean, I'd rather he stay committed of course, but I personally prefer a player de-commit, then explore options, rather than those that stay committed, yet are out there seeking other options anyway. IMO, a commitment should mean you selected your school of choice, ie no need to see what's out there, which in my view should have been done before committing If something changes where that player no longer feels committed, then de-commit, and explore. That's just my personal take. Best of luck to Hubbard wherever he lands.
The offer is just another suitor Ohio State needs to fend off to land
one a few out of Julian Fleming, Johnny Wilson, Rakim Jarrett, Jordan Johnson or Rosemy. FIFY
I think giving him a non-committable offer is more dangerous than waiting longer to offer, or not offering at all. The best way to really piss the other two off would be playing games. Doing extra due diligence before giving a committable offer isn't playing games, it's being smart and cautious. Don't get me wrong, I hope they offer, but I'd like to believe if they do, it's because they like the player, not only because of the other 2.
Boy, this is a tough one. On one hand, I agree, they shouldn't offer a kid they otherwise wouldn't solely to solidify other recruits. On the other hand, if they are likely to offer him at some point, or are majorly on the fence, ie they are tempted to offer independent of the others, then I would say just offer him now and be done with it. You of course have to draw a line somewhere, and can't just offer a kid who isn't OSU material solely because better recruits want to play with him. But we are talking about one of the top players in Ohio, with offers from ichigan, Notre Dame, TN, so I'm inclined to think this is a kid who likely will get an offer anyway, in which case, they may have to bite the bullet and offer sooner than they otherwise would want to
I agree. Not to mention, the way the OSU offense has changed under Day, and the other pass friendly offensive coaches, OSU should appeal more than ever to the top QB's and WR's.
I'm no doctor, but he should be ready for full contact long before September. Barring setbacks, my guess is he will be ready for full activities somewhere around May or June. I know people associate a torn ACL with 1 year, but I think that's because it's a season ender, as the recovery is usually much less than a year
I have to ask, are you really excited to see what Chugunov looks like after being coached by Yurchich? With respect to Chugunov, I hope I never have to see him step anywhere near the field, short of a few snaps in a 50 point blowout.
I agree with some of your analysis, but I think it's ridiculous to label what his career ceiling may be after 1 season, and a great one at that. There's no doubt he has things to work on, and would have benefitted from another year in college(though I 100% get why he left and of course can't blame him). But to take it to the level of assuming that those flaws will always remain, and he can't drastically improve on them is silly. Andy Dalton if everything goes right? Absurd
Welcome Taylor, I can't begin to tell you how much these articles have been missed!
I feel like a bit of a jerk being critical on your first article, but if I can just lend a slight constructive critique. We Buckeyes don't care too much about recruits that pick other schools, it's next man up. My only critique would be a little less analysis about players that chose other schools. I wish them well, I just don't care much about learning about them anymore, and I think I speak for many others. But great article, and happy to have you on board!
I think it's time to put Cris Carter on the payroll. I'm sure they can find a job title. Player retention specialist perhaps?
To each their own, but personally, I loved that he came back. Even if that means Hafley prefers others to him, he still provides good veteran depth. I don’t see a down side, so long as the coaching staff is committed to playing the best guys.