Silver Bullet Points Uses The Force

Written February 22nd, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

Here’s your mid-week morning menudo of links and love

@BuckeyeEmpire Takes Over The Four Letter Network

Buckeye 411

In their past six games, they are nearly 10 percent off that while not relying that much more on the three over the two. No coincidence, probably, that in five of those games, they faced teams that rank among the top five in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense: Michigan State, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. In the other game, they shot 52 percent and scored 87 points against Purdue, which ranks dead last in the conference in field goal percentage defense.

Jim Davidson – Jim is a professional photographer who is credentialed for the O-Zone, an internet-based fan site. We became aware of Jim selling photos of current athletes in 2009, and met with both him and the O-Zone editor, John Porentus to explain our policies and gain their cooperation. Jim also sold photos to football parents, and we had a follow-up meeting with John about this issue in 2010 when we heard he had continued to sell to parents after our mandate to stop.

  • Yeah, But…- Jim explained on twitter that he had actually never sold photos to the general public, and Brandon Castel also  remarked that giving photos away to parents and/or players would actually be an NCAA violation (providing goods and services not at market value would be an improper benefit). As someone who trusts and values Brandon and Jim’s word and work, you’ve got to wonder if this issue was more about the NCAA or about the “trademark issue”- the University staying out of trouble or the University protecting it’s pocketbook.

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Eli Woodard is a Buckeye!

Written February 16th, 2012 by Jim

Eli Woodard has been a fan of the Buckeyes for quite some time. (photo: 11W)

New Jersey cornerback Eli Woodard has officially announced (via twitter) that he will be a Buckeye, becoming the 4th commitment in Ohio State’s 2013 recruiting class.

This comes as little surprise to fans who have followed Woodard’s recruitment. He has been a huge Buckeye lean for at least the past year, and probably a lot longer (see picture to the right).

At 6’1″ 185 (ignore picture to the right), Woodard possesses ideal size for a corner, and the way he hits is extremely reminiscent of a certain other New Jersey recruit that fans may be familiar with.

That player was Malcolm Jenkins, and you have to imagine watching Jenkins play in the Horseshoe had an influence on Woodard as he was coming up through the ranks.

The comparisons are inevitable given the common stature, home state and playing style.

With what Woodard has already shown on the field in high school (see highlights below), hopefully the comparison with Jenkins will prove to be spot on in the coming years in Columbus.

Rivals and Scout both rate him as a four star player, with Rivals ranking him as the 28th best overall player in the country. Read More

Ohio State Recruiting: 2013 Quarterbacks

Written February 14th, 2012 by Jim

Mitch Trubisky has an inside track to join the 2013 class with an early offer.

Urban Meyer hasn’t wasted any time targeting some of the best high school players from across the country in the 2013 class. The quarterbacks are no exception.

The Buckeyes have numerous offers out to 2013 QBs already, and it looks like at least two will eventually join the class.

The foundation of the class, as always, will be built around Ohio players, and there are some good ones to choose from.

Mentor’s Mitch Trubisky was offered this weekend, joining Malik Zaire out of Alter as Ohio quarterbacks with early offers.

Although he currently lacks an offer, Tra’Von Chapman is another in-state player out of Kent Roosevelt that is heavily in the mix.

Along with the group of local players, the staff has also targeted and offered some of the top QBs from across the nation just to keep things interesting. Read More

Billy Price is a Buckeye!

Written February 13th, 2012 by Jim

Mr. Price

Austintown defensive lineman Billy Price has reportedly ($) announced he will be a Buckeye, becoming the 3rd commitment in Ohio State’s 2013 recruiting class.

Price is a high motor force along the defensive line in the mold of John Simon.

He was an early target of the previous coaching staff and Urban Meyer, as we have all come to expect, continued the recruitment with a vengeance.

Price was in Columbus over the weekend, and that visit was the final straw that led to his commitment.

Rated a four star prospect by both Scout and Rivals, Price is an excellent start to the defensive line class.

As mentioned, he is a high motor guy that plays with plenty of power, which is obviously a nice combination to have in a linemen.

It should be fun watching his progression in Columbus, and if his career path is anything like that of John Simon, it will be a lot of fun watching him wreak havoc in the trenches for years to come.

Highlights below. Read More

Ohio State Recruiting: Weekend Visits Kick Off 2013

Written February 12th, 2012 by MaliBuckeye

It’s always great to get perspectives from around Buckeye Nation, and we’re thankful that RB07OSU has been good enough to give us a high level summary of the 2013 recruiting efforts (yes, Coach Dantonio, OSU has already started).  RB07OSU is one of the great contributors over at Buckeye Planet, and we are happy that he decided to share his work with us.

Just after Urban “Legend” Meyer signed and sealed a consensus national top five class, the rock star recruiter already has the best juniors in country flocking to Columbus to check out the Buckeyes.

Mr. Isaac

The visit list is star studded enough to bring tears to the eyes of Brett Bielema at a peripheral glance alone. Headlining the list is explosive running back Ty Isaac, who hails from Joliet, Ill (highlights, a highly recommended click).

Isaac is a top 50 player nationally by all major publications and one of the most highly sought after prospects in the Midwest. Notre Dame and Michigan appear to be the main contenders for Isaac and though he has already visited Columbus numerous times, some one-on-one time with Coach Meyer could go a long way in getting his signature.

Likely towering over most in attendance this weekend is 6’6 300 lb. Colorado offensive tackle Chris Fox, who just recently received his offer from Ohio State. Fox checks in as the number 46 prospect overall according to Rivals.com, and should get full court press from Urban. Read More

The Ohio State Roster and Stefon Diggs

Written February 10th, 2012 by Eric

WR/DB Stefon Diggs (Photo by Tin Nguyen/The Gazette)

Just yesterday the official Ohio State Athletics website posted an updated depth chart for the Buckeyes.  There were some big changes, though many were fully expected.  Of particular note were the losses of Jamaal Berry (cut for off-field issues) and David Durham (transfer to Pittsburgh).

But the question that still lingers is the one of Oversigning.  Ohio State fans and media have been justifiably wringing their hands since the moment that Urban Meyer started recruiting like crazy.  It’s not unusual around this time for Buckeye fans to worry about oversigning, particularly considering how badly they view the practice.  To see the Buckeyes commit such an act would be incredibly shameful for nearly everyone.

Accounting for scholarships, though, is a tricky business.  Whether a player has maintained their scholarship over the course of time, particularly if they’ve remained a walk-on, is hard to figure out.  It’s also difficult to keep track of which walk-ons have managed to pick up scholarships during the course of time.  Plus, the constant addition and subtraction of players through transfer and recruiting just adds another level of complication.

With the Buckeyes still hunting after one additional recruit, we have been told by Urban Meyer that there are currently 81 scholarship players on the team.  Those numbers would leave one available scholarship in the 2012 recruiting class if his accounting is correct.  Of course, there’s still a player out there that Meyer thinks could fill that spot.

Stefon Diggs, a Wide Receiver/Defensive Back recruit out of Maryland, is scheduled to announce his college destination this evening.  Where he is going, currently a battle between Maryland, Ohio State, and Florida, has been a hotly contested topic of conversation on Twitter and college football recruiting boards across the country.  Diggs would be a huge addition to any recruiting class, and would be the kind of significant playmaker that could see the field quickly in a big way.

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Grading Ohio State’s 2012 Recruiting Class: Defense

Written February 7th, 2012 by Joe Laing

Defense: Upgraded. (Noah Spence)

With the class all but over, and signing day come and gone, we take a look at the defensive portion of Ohio State’s 2012 class.

Defensive Line (4)

A+

Not enough can be said about how Meyer came in and loaded up at the defensive line.  While his offensive line and linebacker recruiting were impressive as well, the defensive line stands above the rest.

The top four players in the class may all be d-linemen. These guys were all over the all-star game circuit making noise.

Meyer knows that it takes studs up front to win national titles- just ask Troy Smith about the ’07 National Title game.

Noah Spence (6’4’’ 240)

-          Rivals’ Take – 5*, #1 DE, #9 Nationally, #1 in PA

-          Scout’s Take – 5*, #2DE, #5  Nationally, #1 in PA

-          ESPN’s Take – 5*, #2DE, #4 Nationally, #1 in PA

-          Joe’s Take – 5*

Look up speed rusher in the dictionary and you see a picture of Noah “Beep Beep” Spence. Read More

Grading Ohio State’s 2012 Recruiting Class: Offense

Written February 5th, 2012 by Joe Laing

With the 2012 class all but over, and signing day come and gone, we take a look at the offensive portion of the 2012 class.  Tomorrow we will cover the defensive side of the ball.

Cardale Jones

Quarterback (1)

B

In a year when the QB position was down overall nationally, we were able to hold on to a kid that is now one year removed from high school, with a year of prep school at Fork Union under his belt.

Cardale Jones (6’5’’ 220)

-          Rivals’ Take – 3*

-          Scout’s Take – 3*

-          ESPN’s Take – 3*

-          Joe’s Take – 4*

I may be showing my OSU bias on this one, but I still remember watching him in the Ohio state playoffs his senior year and being very impressed. His film from Fork Union reminded me of that same player.

Give him a redshirt year and then two more years to sit behind Braxton in Meyer’s system and I see him being able to step in and take the reigns.

He has the ability to throw and run and has the huge body type that is hard to bring down in the pocket.  I am really excited about Jones.  I am surprised to see all the services have him as a 3 star. If he buys in to Meyer’s system and puts the time in he could be a star. Read More