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Comment 08 Apr 2019

You would think, but they didn't follow that script last year. They'd bring in Saunders over having Hill and Campbell on the field at the same time....for some reason. With all respect to CJ, Hill/Gill or Hill/McCall are much more explosive combinations.

Comment 08 Apr 2019

Here's a breakdown of what Ohio State likes with apparent spring depth chart:

  • X: possession receiver, usually a bigger body, not necessarily a burner.
    • Michael Thomas is your prototype. 
    • Current: Austin Mack OR Ben Victor, Jaylen Harris
  • Z: more of a deep threat/stretch the field guy.
    • Devin Smith is your prototype.
    • Current: Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson OR Austin Mack. 
  • H: a slot receiver. What they look for kind of varies. Under Urban, it was primarily a speed/shifty all-purpose slot guy, but KJ Hill is not that. The guys they're recruiting at H now also don't necessarily fit the old mould. 
    • Percy Harvin/Parris Campbell is your prototype speed guy. KJ Hill is your prototype possession guy. 
    • Current: KJ Hill, Jaelen Gill or CJ Saunders, wildcard: flexed out Jeremy Ruckert. 

To answer the question, KJ Hill is a well rounded possession receiver that is fast enough for H at Ohio State, but probably doesn't stretch the field enough to play Z. His pro comp is probably Jarvis Landry, another primarily slot-possession receiver. 

There were cases late last year were they used two Hs in 5 WR sets, but it was often CJ Saunders that entered. Campbell/Hill were not on the field together much, for some reason. I could see that 5WR package this year (Hill + Saunders or Gill), especially given Fields' ability to run.

Comment 08 Apr 2019

He's significantly slower that Mack, which is why Mack is learning Z and Hill is not. 
If Hill were to learn a new position, it would be X, not Z. 

Comment 08 Apr 2019

I usually watch about 2/3 of it. This year the only things that are interesting to me are:

  • What does the new defensive scheme look like. Are they in cover 3 the most?
  • How comfortable does Justin Fields look?
  • What does the offensive progression look like? More west coast/pro influence?
Comment 03 Apr 2019

247 recently ranked Diallo, fwiw. #41 center, a top 200 player.  He was previously unranked. 

Comment 03 Apr 2019

We don't know what the scheme will look like yet. The coaches have described it as a Seahawks style Cover 3 base with the Jabrill Peppers box safety "bullet" position, but we haven't, you know, seen it yet. 

Why would a defensive player commit to a school where they have no idea what the product on the field will actually be? Cavazos will be the first, but I would expect a few after the spring game when there's some tape to go around.

Comment 28 Mar 2019

They need some true 5s.

Liddell is a sort of undersized 4. Kyle Young is a 4 and struggled at the 5, Andre Wesson is a 3 struggled as a 4. Bringing in some big guys would help with getting the two of them into their natural positions. 

Comment 27 Mar 2019

It's pretty standard fare that most people know The Athletic is a subscription site. It's almost reached meme status. If one click inconvenienced you so much, I'm not sure there's much helping you. 

Comment 15 Mar 2019

These are two separate things:

You won't find one coaching staff in America that goes down a list of recruits on 247 and gives them a scholarship based on where they are at.


This is going to come as a surprise to some, but the staff does not follow and does not give two shits about recruiting rankings from any of these sites.

False. Urban Meyer was quoted as saying he pays attention to recruiting rankings because if they're ranking something, he wants to win. Considering the support staff is still in place I guarantee you Pantoni & his crootin' minions visit 247/Rivals/ESPN/MaxPreps quite frequently. Sure, they have their own big board, but they're watching individuals and the national picture as well. 

Comment 14 Mar 2019

 get a convincing W if we want to keep NCAA hopes alive.

If they win, they're in (at least the First Four). A convincing win, or a close win and hanging with MSU would likely get them off the First Four (and perhaps a dreaded matchup against NCSU). 

Comment 14 Mar 2019

I think those are perfectly reasonable takes. The inconsistency & shooting woes have been a problem.

When this team hits, it looks like a top 25 team, it just doesn't hit very often.