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WildBear Buckeye

MEMBER SINCE   December 08, 2011


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Rushing the field after the 1994 OSU-Michigan game.
  • MLB TEAM: Cubbies
  • SOCCER TEAM: Arsenal

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Comment 13 Feb 2019
They basically serve different purposes. The OSU insiders' CBs may (or may not) foreshadow a change in momentum. Whenever a lot of CB changes to OSU happen close together, OSU guys lead the charge. Wiltfong is totally different with his late flips. He's the final word. Once he moves his CB close to a commitment, he's always right. Now, he will also make some calls far in advance, and those are also likely based on well-sourced info, but far away from commitment he can be just as wrong as anyone else, since the recruit can change his mind. Still, if Wiltfong put in a CB now, you can be sure Clemson leads.
Comment 10 Feb 2019
There is another reason it doesn't work, making it an even worse self-congratulary ploy IMO. Yes, the star/rating average is higher than other schools' classes, but that's because the average of OSU's 17 or whatever is compared to the average of another schools 20+. But if you compare the average of the top 17 recruits to the average of OSU's class, it's actually better. That's the case with Michigan for example. Extra lower-ranked recruits don't make that class worse.
Comment 10 Jan 2019

I'm not surprised Day assembled a staff of primarily young unknowns, since he is basically one himself. I think the main idea/expectation is that they'll be incredibly energetic as recruiters. With the talent he has at his disposal now, Day has a year, two max to demonstrate that the program won't take a step back after Meyer. They HAVE to recruit really well. Once Day proves he can bring in top talent without Meyer, he'll have the cache to convince some big-name defensive coaches to come in, should any of the current hires not work out. But recruiting is key.

Mattison is clearly a placeholder for a couple of years max. He's there to provide stability and experience while the young guys do the majority of the work.

Comment 09 Jan 2019

Coombs was on par, if not ahead of LJS in terms of recruiting elite talent and ahead of him in getting players from his position group into the first round of the draft. If any position coach deserved an outsized salary for a position coach, it was Coombs.

Comment 09 Jan 2019

That wasn't my read at all when he left. By all accounts he loved working at OSU, but felt taken for granted after getting passed over for Co-DC, not to mention being one of the lower-paid assistants on staff. This while clearly undeserving coaches were hired (Davis) and promoted to Co-Coordinator (Warinner). I'm not saying he should have automatically been promoted to Co-DC, but $500K is pretty low for possibly the best DB coach in CFB. They should have paid him as much as LJS.

Comment 09 Jan 2019

There is a lot of pressure on the 2020 recruiting class, what with OL already being as thin as it is, both Okudah and Wade quite possibly off to the NFL after 2019, and the 2019 class being extremely thin OL and DB.

Comment 09 Jan 2019

Vrabel proved himself to be an excellent recruiter in his time at OSU and an excellent DC in his time with the Texans. He may indeed flame out in the NFL because so much depends on ownership and/or the front office (just compare Belichik's stint with the Browns to his time with the Patriots), but that doesn't automatically mean he isn't an excellent coach.

Vrabel has no interest in coaching in college. He has said he doesn't want to deal with recruiting all the time. If he fails as a HC he will move back to an NFL defensive coach in some form.

I haven't seen this, but too bad if it is the case. I think he would do very well at OSU.

Comment 09 Jan 2019

I really doubt this is primarily about money for the Raymonds. I think it's about career advancement and feeling like he's being taken for granted. The fact that LSU is paying 2.5 mil to Aranda, his immediate boss, but can't even match OSU's offer has got to be galling. He's blocked from career advancement by Aranda too, so he's likely to have to move on from LSU one way or another if he wants to advance.

Comment 08 Jan 2019

I definitely misinterpreted Lamb's ELR GIF tweets as meaning "Raymond to OSU is done", or at least "Raymond to OSU is almost done". Thinking back to what he and Givler said on last night's podcast though, "while yesterday it seemed really unlikely, today there's a real shot at Raymond." Probably still great given Raymond's strong ties to LSU, but not quite the same ...

Comment 07 Jan 2019

I have to wonder if, with Mattison at least, Day is trying to maximize recruiting payoff. Otherwise ... it's hard to get very excited about a 70yo who's long been rumored to be about to retire. Feels almost like a placeholder until someone else becomes available a year or two from now.

Never heard of Hafley before, so I really don't know what to think. Last guy I had never heard of was Ash, and that worked out pretty well.