Could not agree more. At a place like Ohio State, the student population goes one of two ways. They either want a piece of you to brag to their friends about or they are jealous and want to bring you down. Much more the former than the latter, but with snap chat and instagram, it takes one wrong move and the post gets out. He would rather be a mystery than have his life outside of the Woody and the Shoe on display. He understands the key piece... his interview for the NFL execs has already started, and they are watching everything!
Salisbury is mostly PG kids that either want to earn better offers from higher level D1 programs, or want to go Ivy. For example the twins from British Columbia are 19, almost 20 and going to Yale next year as freshmen.
This year this was only a 4 team tournament. In the past 2 years it was 8 teams. They really only invite teams that they think can compete and I can assure you that no Minnesota team could come within 15 of the 4 that were in this field. They are all private schools the heavily recruit. That being said, this is not a "National Championship" because the two best teams in the country did not participate this year. Calvert Hall from the MIAA and Culver Military from IN are the top two teams in the country and have probably 45 D1 commits combined with many more underclassmen on the way.
Bullis winning was really impressive though. Hill Academy, who they beat in the semifinals, is a lacrosse factory coached by one of the top 5-10 players in the history of the game. They also play year around indoor and outdoor with very little regulations. Then to beat a Salisbury School team that is majority PG kids who pay 40k+ a year to get ready for Ivy League educations is incredible. I have been to Salisbury and it makes most colleges look dumpy. They have 3 turf fields, indoor tennis courts, massive basketball facility, a college level weight room, pool, oh and a state of the art hockey rink. It is big time. Congrats Bryson and Bullis on an impressive 2 game run. They did have one massive advantage though, as I heard Booker and Schriver mention that Salisbury kids took 2 exams prior to the game...
The stupidity of this comment almost broke my brain. He left after his redshirt sophomore year with 2 years to build a resume to get drafted. The guy DID NOT GET DRAFTED so how can you argue the fact that he left too early? He has no degree, left after playing for a year and a half, and teams can cut him with zero investment. It was one of the dumbest moves I have ever seen an athlete make. If he stayed another year, he could have had a degree, been one of the top guys on the team, a leader in the locker room, and then had a reputation in Columbus to fall back on if the NFL didn't work out. He would have also been a 4th rounder IMO with the lack of depth in the 2016 Draft class at WR. His pay check was one year at the league minimum.
Darron Lee and Malik Hooker as well if memory serves. But they weren't that good.... wait....
Love the in state kids who have the size and mentality to become great. Also, pretty sure I am going to trust coaches that get paid 7 figures (or at least high 6 figures) and develop relationships with the kid/vet them over some guy who makes 50K and ranks them based on a few hours of film highlights.
Damn, my buddy used to live at that place and I would go to his pool every few weeks in the summer. I never saw her there though. What a bummer.
Yes it is both. They have high level academics and athletics are big time. The $$ sports are on the rise there as well. Hoping we can start a pipeline.
This is going to be a school on the rise for football because it is already there for other sports. I am a lacrosse guy, and from the east coast, which is generally the best competition in the country. The last 5-8 years, Culver has been top 5 in the nation in lacrosse and finds talent from all over the midwest and Canada. They have rigorous academics and discipline as it is a military school as well. They will continue to build the football program and it will be key for us to get in there. They are kind of like the St. Francis or IMG or Gorman of the Midwest, or at least they have the ability to be.
Agreed, but the chances we have Hafley here in 2 years is about the same as I have to get an invite to the NFL combine. That guy was an absolute stud in his presser and his intelligence/approach to coaching/recruiting is proof that the coaching profession is changing. Cannot wait to see this Defense especially because I think we already know what we are getting from the offense.
To add to the other point, I think these guys are so dialed into the landscape that when they enter the portal, they already have 3-4 places in mind dependent on location, scheme, staff, player relationships with other players, etc. Like with Fields, he didn't even have to visit here. He worked enough with Haskins to know what Day was about and felt good enough about it to commit right away.
I love everything Ryan Day has said so far. You are completely right here. He is going to get guys that fit what he wants to do and hope that they are both talented and ready to exceed expectations. I loved Urban, but there were a lot of times that I didn't really believe what he was saying. Not the case with Day and his new assistants, but we will see this fall!
Where did I say anything about Wright? He was never coming here.
I disagreed above with the C-, but I will concur with you here and say that I appreciate the points Andrew made, and you are all selling me on Jacoby. I cannot wait to see Jones turn into an All-Big 10 RT then shift to LT when NPF goes in the 1st round.
I could not disagree more with the analysis of the O-Line in all honesty. I think that people are sleeping on this. I believe that Jones will be Thayer Munford next year or year after and be a 2-3 year starter on the outside with his size and athleticism. Harry Miller will be our next Remington Winner, Hawaii will represent big time, and Jacoby could be a solid guard. Jacoby is the only one I am not sold on as of now. The other 3 will be monsters!
I think this is kind of a shitty thing to say even though I would classify VT as one of the most mediocre teams in the country. The most important thing about choosing a college is fit. He is from WV and is a small town type kid. He was impressed by the Urban machine and everything that is Buckeye nation. Who wouldn't be? In the end, he was honest with himself and realized he would be happiest in a smaller environment closer to family. That is who he is and will make him happiest. Winning titles doesn't mean much if you are miserable because the fit isn't right. No way to maximize personal potential when you are unhappy with your environment. Just my experience and opinion. I could be wrong.
We will always have the "he is ass" quote. That is right up there with "play school" in my book. Hahaha "he is ass". Classic Tathan
Can't say enough in support of this comment. All accounts I read said he was an absolute beast in workouts and weightroom, and a guy that was always positive and focused in the locker room. His presence will be missed, but my hope is that he balls out hard for the twerps and the few years of not getting hit as much as some of the other guys will make him fresh to catch on somewhere and have at least 3-5 years in the league. Once a Buckeye, Always a Buckeye. Don't care what the diploma says.
Could you imagine being in a position to have 2 Wilsons just shattering defenses for at least 2 years together? Yeah that sounds good, I'll have that!
I agree. He gets some snaps this year when Hill needs a breather and then takes the reigns in 2020 as the guy. Hopefully we get him for 2 solid years before he heads to the league. On a side note, I very much did not like Parris his first 3 years as a Buckeye, but wow did he change my opinion this year. I don't know if I have ever seen a guy have such a great progression at Ohio State. He will be remembered here for a long time.
If Fields doesn't get a waiver there is no way this dude gets a waiver. He is only leaving because Jimbo is looking for someone better than him. That's not a hardship, unless I missed something that said he graduated already. Starkl would almost 100% have to sit out a year.
I think all of us are good with it, but to me it just does not make sense for him. I think Baldwin is Day's guy and Fields is supposedly a generational talent. Why would he come here with that depth and Jack Miller coming in next year when he could go to Duke or Arizona and have a shot to actually play? If he does want to come here, then like I said, I am good with it.
LJSr will lock up Bresee and I think the Bosas, Young, and Zach Harrison will help. With his talent, he is as close to a lock as it gets to make it to the NFL as a 1st or 2nd round pick. LJ is the guy who can make sure he is in the top 5
One of the reasons I love this so much. The absolute faith in yourself, what you are doing, and how you do it cannot be understated here. Those D3 and D2 assistants work 85 hours a week for 35-50k a year and live on the road during the summer going to camps and prospect days, etc to make a few extra bucks. Many times they live in apartments near campus that are not very well kept and have a ton of college kids or transient families. It is not an easy or comfortable life and a lot of times the administration does not care about you at all. They make assistants keep score at volleyball games or be the field administrators for baseball on top of the coaching duties and some even have to be on call in case kids get homesick. The fact that he cut his teeth and still innovated and got recognized is a testament to his work ethic and also a testament to Gundy's diligence in finding him. Cannot wait to see what he can do with our talent!
If we are going on potential, I agree with you 100%, but the fact remains, we have ZERO quarterbacks on the roster that have taken a single snap in a Buckeye uniform and a total of like 450 combined collegiate yards or something like that. I am very nervous right now because we are two hits away from having a luxury cruise ship without an actual captain at the helm. I am really excited, but I don't think I have ever been this nervous going into an off season.
Let's hope because Arnette has been average at best for his 2 years as a "starter".