People mention Collier as though he was a wasted scholarship, but there is value in recruiting a lower ranked QB to serve as a backup QB and long term project. The problem with higher ranked QBs is that they all want to play asap. If they aren't going to be the man then they just transfer. There's value in getting a guy who understands his place, is willing to do the thankless work of clipboard holding and running the scout team, yet is still talented enough to eventually delvelop into someone who could start or fill in as a backup and play at a high level. Kenny Guiton is the perfect example of a guy like that.
Recruiting ranks are far from absolute. High ranked players bust and lower rated guys become stars. It happens every year at every single position. Also the rankings of the coaching staff don't necessarily match those of the recruiting websites. If the coaches aren't sold on the guys who rank at the top by the internet then it makes then it makes sense to look for players that the coaches feel have a higher ceiling but may be lower rated for a variety of reasons (limited football experience, uncertain position, smaller high school, etc).
The OSU staff isn't chasing some lower rated players because they're unable to land higher rated players like a lot of other schools (*cough* scUM *cough*). It's because the feel some of these 3 star guys have a higher ceiling and will end up being better players.
I think Dobbs has pretty long arms, which helps a lot for a tackle. Wingspan may be even more important than height. Jamario Jones is only 6'4" and he was a very effective tackle for us.
I read a good quote somewhere that building a good receiving corps is a lot like building a basketball team. You want different body types that fill different roles and complement each other.
You want big receivers that can overmatch DBs but you also need smaller faster guys who can create in space and quick guys who can do the dirty work over the middle.
I'm surprised that Andrew Norwell didn't make this list. The guy was a 1st Team All Pro and is now the highest paid guard in the whole league. I assumed he would be on the list but with 8 total Buckeyes, and 7 of them already listed, there not room for him and Bosa, who's
a sure thing.
Jamario O'Neal has some of the most impressive high school highlights I ever saw. I thought for sure he would be an NFL player but he barely saw the field in Columbus
Rutgers and Maryland were added for their TV markets, specifically the metro areas they're near including New York City, Baltimore, and Washington DC
I don't think anybody nationality remembers Joe Bauserman ..
People pay for web content? Why??
True. It's also proof that college football fans and writers tend to always be looking for the next big thing (which Haskins could very well be this year). Older, better known players tend to get picked apart and criticized more over time.
Alternate uniforms certainly aren't the be all end all, but they do make an impression on teenage recruits. Urban Meyer would tell you the same thing.
That may be so, but Ohio State still has a 15 year, $252 Million contract with Nike. That relationship isn't going away any time soon.
Part 6 also talks about Vernon Gholston as the epitome of a Workout Warrior who busted in the NFL
Sorry, but recruits like them and apparrel companies love them. Those constituencies are more important to universities than traditionalist fans.
Doesn't the NCAA have more important things to do with their time?
Thanks for the link. The whole series is an interesting read. Part 5 in particular takes a lot to about former Buckeye Raekwon McMillan
8 Buckeyes total on the list. With Hyde, Jenkins, Lattimore, and Thomas already listed we will still see Bosa, Zeke, Norwell, and who else?
Is Cade Stover a MLB? I know he's listed as an OLB but I thought I read where the Buckeyes like him in the middle.
DT doesn't seem to be a huge priority this year considering the huge DT class they had last year.
I was really impressed with the breakaway speed Weber showed in the back half of last year and again in the spring. He is much faster than he showed in the 2016 season as the lead back. If he keeps improving like he has been he'll be an NFL back.
Master Teague, Sampson James, and now Steele Chambers? If I didn't know better I'd thing Meyer was picking RBs based entirely on their names.
A DE prospect like this that lives only 20 minutes from the Horseshoe? Can't let him get away.
Well that clears up the Potter issue. He's a Buckeye!
Maybe Ford is more of an H Back rather than a pure RB
Will they though? Texas hasn't made almost any noise since Colt McCoy got hurt against Alabama 8 years ago