Ben Edwards Joins The Class of ’15

Written February 11th, 2014 by Ken

ben edwardsThe Olympics isn’t the only thing generating sports news this week, at least as far as Ohio State fans are concerned. The Buckeyes received a commitment from Floridian Ben Edwards, per ESPN’s Jared Shanker. Edwards measures up at 5’11″, 192 (think Donte Whitner-esque) and will probably play safety. His 40-time (4.7) isn’t blazing, but for a safety, that’s fast enough. And, he hits like a truck… a 4.7 truck, so he’ll leave plenty of marks.

Edwards, from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, FL has been rated as a 3-star recruit by various services, but to be honest, it doesn’t matter what he’s “rated” at. If he’s a quality person that can play football well, and Urban & Staff have offered him, then that’s good enough for me. Other notable offers include from Auburn, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Stanford and UCLA, among others. This is an impressive list of universities; athletically and academically.

This is good news; I can’t wait until next year. Mr. Edwards, welcome to the Buckeye Family!

tBBC/BBN Roundtable: Signing Day Thoughts

Written February 7th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

The Buckeyes had a pretty big day this past Wednesday on National Signing Day and we wanted to get everyone’s thoughts about the class. Jeremiah joins us from MOTSAG this week with his two-cents, as well as the gang from 95.5 The GAME, Matt Finkes, Arch Madness, and Adam Sabie.

Which recruit the Buckeyes got signed was the biggest surprise to you and why? 

Concensus great get on NSD

Concensus great get on NSD

  • Jeremiah MOTSAG – For me it is Malik Hooker- no one knew who he was or had even predicted him to OSU when he committed. He was an under the radar player that Coach Meyer swooped in and stole.
  • Archie - Slade because it’s so crazy the fact that he never had an official visit. That’s unheard of.
  • Matt Finkes - Slade because he signed at last minute
  • Adam Sabie - I would have to say that Slade is the biggest surprise.  I mean, the guy didn’t even visit Columbus and spurned MSU! Love that!
  • Ken – Probably Darius Slade. He’d seemed to have had trouble figuring where he wanted to land, but I think that McDowell’s signing(?) with MSU channeled him to OSU. It was a mild surprise to me, but once McDowell went North, it all made sense.
  • Patrick – Darius Slade. Much like last year, and Vonn Bell, there wasn’t much talk of Slade coming here. Good get.  
  • Scott – Darius Slade. Seemed to waffle quite a bit.  
  • Mali- Slade is the obvious choice here (and I’m certain to call him “Jim” at some point), but I’ll go with Jamarco Jones. Sure he was committed to the Buckeyes for a long while, but historically we don’t have good things happen when recruits take last minute visits to other schools.
  • WVaBuckeye -  This should be a tie between Slade/Jones but for me its an easy choice to go with Jamarco Jones. A solid commit for a good while I really am not sure what kept him in Columbus. All real talk had him going to East Lansing, and as you heard what Coach Meyer said, JJ was a must have for this class.

Which recruit do you have a feeling will come in and have an immediate impact? Read More

Silver Bullet Points Keeps Shoveling

Written February 7th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

You’re either reading this from home on a “ice day”, or from work after having dug yourself out of yet another mid-week snow storm.  Stupid freaking groundhog…  At any rate, here’s today’s soundtrack… for reasons that will hopefully soon be evident.

In addition to Gold Pants…

Buckeye 411

  • Thank You, CB2- Sad news this week for Buckeye Senior and site favorite Christian Bryant, who had his appeal for a medical redshirt denied by the NCAA. Bryant, who missed parts of one whole season due to injury during his tenure in Columbus, had already had his case denied by the B1G Office… this means that his playing career in the Scarlet and Gray is officially over.  Godspeed, Christian… Glad you were a Buckeye, Bro.
  • Going Pro In Pro Football- In spite of what the NCAA will tell you, a good portion of D1 Athletes who choose football are looking at careers in that field. Today, we found out which Buckeyes were invited to explore the next step, as Carlos Hyde, Ryan Shazier, Bradley Roby, Jack Mewhort, Philly Brown, and Corey Linsley will be part of the 350+ member NFL combine in Indianapolis later this month. Hyde, Roby, and Shazier are expected to be the highest rated of those six, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Linsley and Mewhort with lengthy professional careers.  Best of luck, gentlemen!
  • This Week In “Journalism”- Not going to point fingers, but rumors of an unfortunate incident between Coach Meyer and former Coach Vrabel swirled across the internet after being published on another Ohio State website.  These were shot down from a pretty solid source; but it makes you wonder why some sites continue to get press access while the rest of us merely toil from our basement.
  • Some Things, You Just Can’t Run From- Amazing article today about Eddie George’s struggle with depression following his football career, and what he’s done to address it.  If it encourages people to get help, then that’s one more amazing score that number 27 can be credited with.
  • Another Former Buckeye Struggles With Past Issues- Linebacker Jamal Muhammed (who left OSU to play at Bethune Cookman) is a part of a class action suit against the NCAA regarding head injuries/concussions.
  • Taking Her Talents Closer To South Beach- Our BFF Janelle had some amazing news this week… hope she doesn’t forget us little people when she’s getting her mojito on in Florida.
  • Archie Griffin Is Awesome. In case you forgot… I’ve personally declared tomorrow Archie Griffin day.
  • RE:Crootin’- When you want the best, you send the best… and Ohio State’s top 3 national class was shaped by amazing coaches, including Scout.com’s top recruiter in the conference, Zach Smith. Smith, who was instrumental in Jalyn Holmes, Noah Brown, Johnnie Dixon, and Terry McLaurin’s joining the Buckeyes talked this week about his relationships with high school coaches in Florida.  The other top guns in the conference are indicative of the power programs, with Michigan’s Greg Mattison and Penn State’s James Franklin also being acknowledged by Scout. You read that correctly- most of the conference was out recruited by a guy who spent three weeks bringing in players that were previously going to Vanderbilt.  Proud.
  • Also? Flags Planted- Visualized by Sammy Silverman: Read More

Recruiting Classes: Do They Live Up To The Hype?

Written February 5th, 2014 by Scott

Today is the offseason day college football junkies love.

It’s National Letter of Intent Day. The day high school seniors can make official their college choice. At the end of the day, or actually the signing period to be more exact, the so-called experts will rank the classes.

Ohio State is hoping to claim the No. 2 spot behind the Crimson Sabans. But do the rankings really mean anything or are they more like a ticket to see the Florida Marlins play the Houston Astros — crap? Will a top class bring a national title in a couple years?

With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to look back to 2012, when Urban Meyer inked his first class. He had 25 players, 12 on offense, 12 on defense and one who was termed an “athlete.”

That class was ranked No. 4 behind Alabama, Texas and Florida. By the way, how did those high rankings work for you, Texas and Florida fans?

After taking a look back, I’m not quite sure I would rank OSU’s class so high. Maybe top 10. Maybe. But definitely not top five. OSU went undefeated that season but certainly not because of anything major any of these recruits did. Some redshirted, others played mostly special teams. Read More

Darius Slade Is A Buckeye!!!!

Written February 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

What would “second Christmas” be for college football fans without at least one present under the tree?

With much of the Ohio State 2014 Class wrapped up well before mid-January, the only speculation today was on what color windbreaker Coach Meyer would wear during the afternoon press conference.

Sure, there were other things that could have changed the perspective, but none more exciting than a last minute addition of a top ranked student athlete… and one that was believe to have been a “lock” for Sparty for a while.

New Jersey defensive end Darius Slade was expected to sign with Michigan State today, but informed the folks in East Lansing that he wanted to visit Columbus before making a final decision.  He had initially verballed to Nebraska, but “flipped” to Michigan State earlier this year.

The 6’5″, 235 pound senior from Montclair high school also held offers from Miami, West Virginia, and Penn State; it’s believed that his relationship with former Nittany Lion Larry Johnson solidified his commitment to Ohio State.

While “only” a three star by most recruiting services, Slade’s ability to get to the quarterback is undeniable- after the jump, you can see some of the 37 sacks he amassed over the past two seasons, as well as his ability to pressure an offensive gameplan: Read More

Fox Sports Ohio NLI Chat with Bill Greene

Written February 5th, 2014 by Eric

Continuing the National Letter of Intent coverage will be our good buddies over at Fox Sports Ohio. They’re running a chat with Bill Greene of Scout.com to talk about Ohio State’s excellent recruiting class.

Check it out here!

The chat is scheduled to start at 1 PM Eastern Time.

Ohio State National Letter Of Intent Day 2014

Written February 5th, 2014 by MaliBuckeye

The Super Bowl Of Recruiting Is Here!

Welcome to “Second Christmas” for college football fans… the day when programs accept written commitments from the nation’s best high school players to join their families.

It’s another place where “bragging rights” come to play as well, as every University wants to bring in the top ranked class by the assessment of Rivals, Scout, 247, or ESPN.  National Letter Of Intent Day also brings a lot of excitement, drama, and just a little bit of ridiculousness across the country… let’s hope that Ohio State has little to none of those last two today, though.

We’ll be updating the Buckeye list as the day goes on, and will also bring you our thoughts on what each athlete brings to the Scarlet and Gray.  We’ll also keep you informed on news and notes from the WHAC, and you can look forward to our annual NLOID Podcast on Thursday.

If you’re a real “recruit-nik”, please drop by our friends at Men of the Scarlet and Gray; they’ll be livechatting all morning, and always have great coffee and pastries.

As always, it’s a GREAT DAY to be a Buckeye!

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Rumblin’, Stumblin’, Bumblin’

Written January 24th, 2014 by WVaBuckeye

It’s taken me quite a while to build to just talking about basketball on a Friday night in RSB and alas, I will have a singular reference to football. To be fair, I will take care of that pre-RSB.

Someone in Happy Valley won't be so happy Larry Johnson Sr. landed in Columbus, HUGE recruiting get.

Someone in Happy Valley won’t be so happy Larry Johnson Sr. landed in Columbus, HUGE recruiting get.

The Buckeyes football program has done some work the past couple weeks with respect to coaching staff additions that will cause a lot of fans to be quiet, for now. First and foremost, and probably the biggest hire since Coach Meyer hired his original staff is the hiring of Larry Johnson Sr. to replace Mike Vrabel. Johnson will coach the defensive line where he was hugely successful at PSU and has already helped in some of the damage briefly felt after the Vrabel exit. Kudos to Coach Meyer for bringing him in.

The new co-defensive coordinator, Chris Ash, will have an opportunity to infuse some of his beliefs in a defense that needs a new direction. We will see a glimpse of them in the spring and should know pretty quickly what kind of an effect he has had. He will be going against an offense that will probably no longer be about power and be mostly about speed. It’ll be fun to see the match-ups in the spring! Now let’s get rolling with rumblin’.

RUMBLIN’

There are a lot of sports teams that you could change coaches with and the change would be minimal. Then you have the situation at Ohio State with the women’s program that has shed some considerable light on how little Coach Foster was actually coaching the women’s team. It had been said by several and was really probably the reason he was dismissed, but the proof they say, is definitely in the pudding.

the moment the change began. Coach McGuff has turned the program around with what was given to him. B1G COTY candidate

The Moment The Change Began

What Coach McGuff and his staff has done in a short amount of time, with practically the same group from last season is remarkable. There has been a higher standard of work ethic for sure. Coach McGuff has two on staff in Joy Cheek and holdover Patrick Klein who have done an amazing job developing what they have into contenders. With upsets against ranked opponents and paying TTUN back last night on the record, they have sent a message loud and clear, get your shots in while you can because they will be stealing some win this season.

They have what could arguably be the number one class coming in next season and has a great start on the future with two really good tranfers. The next class could have an impact on some of the size being lost. It’s nasty defense with some up tempo scoring that will get better as the season goes and then next year . . , look out. High fives all around for their efforts so far.

STUMBLIN

This will be the first time all season that I do not mention the stupidty of some fans . . , wait . . , I just did. Oh well, it will be okay!!

Hopefully The Worst Is Over

Even though the Buckeye men’s team got the monkey off their backs against the Illini last night, I don’t think they are out of the woods just yet. They played a team that is in an even worse downward spiral which may cost John Groce his job at the end of the season. The mesmerizing part of the Buckeye stumble is the play of the ever-consistent Aaron Craft. During the four game losing streak his assist to turnover ration was a disastrous 1:1, 31 assists to 31 turnovers!!! To put that in perspective, his career ration is 4.9 to 2.4 or right at 2 to 1.

To right this ship permanently, Shannon Scott is going to have to weather some of the load and Aaron needs to score alot more. It has been very uncharacteristic of the team but they will go as their leader goes with regards to taking care of the basketball. The other stumblin piece is the fact that this team could win a title with the level of defense they play; however, they haven’t got an offense going that requires a special defense by the opponent. Very little threat to bust the zone they have seen much of the time this season.

BUMBLIN

It amazes me at how frequently people provide me a topic to discuss in this portion of RSB. I haven’t been very picky in the past when it comes to who to include because mostly its been about the fans that have been off their rockers, and the one time I went off on our favorite person to hate in Mark “I’m a TOOL” May. The people square in my sites this week are the owners of the Cleveland Browns.

I am sorry, I couldn't hear you. Who?!

I am sorry, I couldn’t hear you. Who?!

At what point do the fans give up hope of things ever changing? They finally have their man, but I can tell you that most fans probably believe that he will not last two to three seasons. Pettine has an impressive defensive resume, but it is not the resume that Jim Tressel has. I don’t care what level you expect a coach to have experience at, JT can flat out coach any level in my opinion. The fact that Browns brass refused to even acknowledge the fans desire to give him a shot tells me they do not care what the fans think.

First and foremost, the fans pay the bills folks. I don’t care how many sponsors they bring in to suppor their payroll, the fans are the ones that never leave or base their decisions on how good the return on the investment will be. I am not a Browns fan, but I remember how disastrous it was when the original team left for Baltimore. All of those sponsors pulled out and went on their merry way and the local radio that carried the broadcasts suffered for it. Those fans that went through that then should have a say in what happens now.

The request to at least give Coach Tressel an interview was viable and needed. Now because of their refusal to do so, JT may end up in Detroit of all places. Hopefully this group will learn from this mistake and do whats necessary to bring coach in when Pettine fails to get things going.

Imagine him riding the shoulders of Browns’ fans