Ohio State Recruiting Update: Decision Time

Written January 25th, 2012 by Jim

It's almost time for signatures.

With NLOID on February 1st fast approaching, the 2012 class is really starting to wind down.

The number of recruits with the Buckeyes at the top of their list has narrowed, and most players will announce their decisions in the coming days.

Here is a final rundown of potential additions to Ohio State’s 2012 class.

Kyle Dodson (OL)

Dodson is in the midst of hosting numerous coaches in his home this week and is set to announce his college decision on Saturday.

As we have been saying for awhile, we are hopeful that Ohio State has and continues to be his top choice. Read More

Camren Williams is a Buckeye!

Written January 20th, 2012 by Joe

Camren Williams, the next LB in the 2012 class.

The Ohio State commitments just keep coming in what has been the hottest recruiting stretch ever for Ohio State.  Turn away from you computer for a moment and you might miss one (or two).

The latest commitment comes from Camren Williams, the 6’2” 215 pound linebacker from Massachusetts.

Williams is a four-star outside linebacker built in the same mold as David Perkins.

He combines excellent size, speed and quickness- which isn’t surprising if you’ve been following the players that Meyer has been targeting.  Once again, this may be a different style of linebacker than Ohio State fans are used to, but these new LB’s can really excel in the right scheme.

After this past season, it was abundantly clear that the Buckeyes needed some better athleticism from the linebackers and that issue continues to be addressed in a big way on the recruiting trail in 2012.

On film (see below), you see Williams sift through traffic, fight off blocks, and explode through tackles to finish plays. He also shows the ability to drop in coverage and play in space.

The bottom line is that Cameron Williams (and David Perkins) provide tremendous versatility for the defense. It will be extremely exciting seeing what schemes Coach Fickell and Coach Withers can come up with to utilize their talent. Read More

Ohio State Weekend Recruiting Update

Written January 20th, 2012 by Jim

More recruiting news for your weekend.

Once again, Urban Meyer has lined up a weekend packed with fun recruiting news in Columbus.

  • PA S Demetrious Cox will be visiting Columbus with his father starting tonight. After he was told to delay his visit last weekend, it seemed like Ohio State was cooling on his recruitment. However, with this visit things seem to be picking up again. Are the Buckeyes targeting a safety prospect? or are they just going after another DB?
  • OH S/LB Bam Bradley is the other main contender to fill that safety spot (if there is one) in the class. Bam is deciding between Ohio State, Pitt, and Stanford and will likely wait until signing day to make his choice. If I had to guess, I would say that Urban Meyer is waiting to see how the pieces fall elsewhere in the class, but if he gives the green light for Bradley he will be a Buckeye- unless the slow play doesn’t sit well with him. Isn’t recruiting fun? Read More

David Perkins is a Buckeye!

Written January 18th, 2012 by Jim

David Perkins- elite outside linebacker, 22nd Buckeye in the 2012 class.

The Buckeye recruiting momentum keeps on rolling today in a big way with another commitment in the 2012 class (the third in four days).

Indiana linebacker David Perkins has announced he will be a Buckeye, becoming the 22nd verbal commitment in 2012 and, once again, filling a major area of need.

At 6’2″ 209 lbs. Perkins fits the linebacker profile Urban Meyer is targeting. While he is clearly a little leaner than Ohio State fans are used to (Hawk was 6’1″ 247 lbs.), Perkins is athletic, explosive, and can cover a lot of space from sideline to sideline with ease.

There is still room for the bulkier linebackers on the roster (think Curtis Grant), but unlike Tressel, Meyer is targeting two very distinct players for the outside (think Ryan Shazier) versus in the middle (Grant).

Perkins seems destined to play on the edge at this point in his career.

This commitment comes after Perkins’ official visit to Ohio State over this past weekend. Following the visit, he had nothing but rave reviews for Ohio State and things looked good for the Buckeyes.

Despite this, many observers felt that Perkins would take his remaining official visits before deciding on a school, making this early announcement somewhat of a surprise. Read More

Ohio State Recruiting Update: Still Going Strong

Written January 16th, 2012 by Jim

After this weekend’s recruiting visits, Urban Meyer isn’t slowing down even a little bit on the recruiting trail.

Obviously the biggest news over the weekend was the commitment of offensive tackle Taylor Decker.

Securing a tackle was priority number one for this class, and Decker fills the need with flying colors.

Greedily, I’d like to see more movement along the offensive line in the near future, and chances are I will get my wish.

Here is a recap of the weekend and a look forward.
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Where stuff happens- lots and lots of stuff... all at once.

There are quite a few things going on simultaneously for Ohio State athletics at the moment, so here is a real quick round up so we can all keep up.

Stay tuned for more in depth coverage of each story, but as you can see, there was a lot of stuff happening in the world of Ohio State athletics this evening.

Taylor Decker is a Buckeye!

Written January 15th, 2012 by Jim

Hello, Mr. Decker

Ohio offensive tackle Taylor Decker has decided to become the 20th member of Ohio State’s 2012 recruiting class, filling a major position of need on the team in the coming years.

Decker had been committed to Notre Dame since March of ’11, making this somewhat of a surprise.

However, Decker’s decision to officially visit Columbus came shortly after his position coach (Ed Warinner) and primary recruiter (Tim Hinton) at Notre Dame were announced as the final members of Urban Meyer’s offensive coaching staff. The relationship he established with his coaches was clearly important and the driving factor in his decision to be a Buckeye.

At 6’8″ and 300 lbs. (give or take) Decker has prototypical size for a tackle. His athleticism on the basketball court (where he also excels) is an indication that he has the footwork necessary to pass block on the edge. All of these things mean that he likely projects at LT- and that is a very, very good thing for the Buckeyes.

Highlights after the jump.

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Ohio State Recruiting Update: Weekend Visits

Written January 14th, 2012 by Jim

It's a great place to be.

Yesterday we covered the big news that Taylor Decker was visiting Columbus this weekend-  which bodes extremely well for adding a much needed offensive tackle to the 2012 class sooner rather than later.

The other news we covered yesterday was teammates Camren Williams (LB) and Armani Reeves (CB) both visiting Ohio State on January 18th with their families.

Those three players are currently trending very much Ohio State’s way, which would make for a very solid foundation to a great finish.

There is plenty more going on this weekend including more visits, but first…

In more negative news, safety Jeremy Cash will be leaving Ohio State ($) and 2012 DB Devan Bogard will be visiting USC ($).

The situation with Bogard will likely develop more in the coming days and weeks, but being from Glenville, the Aundrey Walker recruitment from last year is hard to ignore.

Either way, for good or bad attrition will be a major part of recruiting for the next few months. The silver lining, of course, is that each player that Ohio State loses will open a spot for someone else in this or a future class.

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