Wrapping up the 2012 Recruiting Class

Written October 25th, 2011 by Jim

After a long hiatus, it’s time to jump back in with some recruiting talk.

Adverse circumstances surrounding the program have obviously impacted recruiting for months, but the 2012 class still has an opportunity to be pretty darn good.

The key will be finishing strong, and the Buckeyes look to be in a great position to do just that.

The biggest concern, as it has been for months, continues to be along the offensive line. Regardless of how the ’12 class finishes, the depth issues there may not be resolved until the ink is dry on the ’13 class.

Before I get too far ahead of myself, here is a look at how the 2012 class will wind down. Read More

Frank Epitropoulos is a Buckeye!

Written April 26th, 2011 by Jim

Frank Epitropoulos, your newest Buckeye.

Local athlete and Buckeye legacy Frank Epitropoulos became the sixth member of Ohio State’s 2012 recruiting class today.

Epitropoulos is a standout wide receiver and punter at Upper Arlington High School in Columbus.

While he isn’t as flashy as some of the other national prospects Ohio State is targeting, he has all of the attributes that you look for in a receiver (height, speed, hands, route running, concentration in traffic).

On top of catching the football, Epitropoulos is also an outstanding punter. He regularly booms the ball 40+ yards with great hang time.

If WR doesn’t work out for him, he almost certainly has a future kicking the ball in Columbus. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him handling both duties during his time in the scarlet and gray.

Frank is the son of former Buckeye John Epitropoulos, who lettered for Woody Hayes and Earl Bruce from ’78 to ’80. Frank’s Buckeye roots and pedigree on the football field are strong, so here’s hoping for big things in his future at Ohio State.

Highlights after the jump.

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Recruiting Update: 3/30/11

Written March 30th, 2011 by Jim

More elite offensive tackles with offers? you betcha.

It is a quiet time for football recruiting in general, but Ohio State has thrown out a few offers to some dynamite out-of-state prospects that Buckeye Nation can get excited about.

They are all long shots at best, but landing any of these new offers would be recruiting gold.

Additionally, an interesting new dynamic this recruiting season will be the impact of the off-field trouble currently revolving around Jim Tressel.

On one hand, the adversity allows Tressel to highlight some of the characteristics that really separate him from most college football coaches. Loyalty, sincerity, and humility being a few of those qualities.

MN OT Jonah Pirsig said he views the situation as a positive because it shows Tressel’s loyalty.

Unfortunately, other players may not feel the same way. Only time will tell what impact, if any, the saga will have on the 2012 class and beyond.

Finally, standout Ohio LB Kaleb Ringer says he will announce his college decision on April 15th. He does not hold an Ohio State offer and it looks like he will turn to the dark side by committing to tsun. The usual career long grudge against OSU will most likely follow. May he follow in the footsteps of Shawn Crable (from Massillon, Ohio and #2 on the left) and Prescott Burgess (from Warren, Ohio and #6 on the ground) if he does go down the path of darkness.

With that said, here are the newest offers that the Buckeyes have handed out.

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