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Offense / Defense Bowl Preview

Written December 30th, 2010 by Joe

Checking in with a preview of the Offense / Defense Bowl being played Dec. 31 @ 4. Will be held in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.  TV will only be Comcast in the South.

Practices have been delayed because of players not arriving on time, due to the weather on the east coast.  We could see a very sloppy game because of the lack of practice, even moreso than usual in these all-star games.

Hungry...

“All Eyes on OSU” is one of the storylines for this game.  With 7 committs playing in the game and 6 of them on East team:

  • Toledo Whitmer DE Kenny Hayes
  • Elyria DL Chase Farris
  • Toledo Westerville TE Nick Vannett
  • Columbus Eastmoor safety Ronald Tanner
  • Toledo DB Derjuan Gambrell,
  • Akron OL Tommmy Brown.

On the West will be Florida safety Jeremy Cash.  The game looks to have a heavy Buckeye flavor.

Cash the only Buckeye for the West

The game itself has a large Ohio flavor.  In addition to the 6 Buckeye commits from Ohio, Cleveland Glenville standouts Shane Wynn and Cardale Jones will suit up for the West team.  They were once talked about as being in the running or having offers from Ohio State, but that talk has really died in the past month or so.

Two of my favorite players from Ohio that were not offered by Ohio State are both Notre Dame commitments- Pickerington safety Eilar Hardy and Cincy Colerain LB Jarret Grace, also suiting up for the West side.

The others from Ohio are Westerville OL Ray Ball, who has committed to play at Wisconsin.  Strongsville TE Ray Hamilton Brad Carrico has committed to play at Notre Dame.  Carrico is the only Ohio player playing for the East team.  In total that makes 13 players from the state of Ohio.

Look for a fun and exciting game with a lot of local talent and stay tuned for a post game write up. In the meantime check out this link for updates on practices and any updates on our recruits from our friends at Buckeyeplanet.com.

Recruiting Update: Glenville Academic Woes

Written December 2nd, 2010 by Jim

Doran Grant (middle) appears to be Ohio State's top target in Ohio. Glenville players? not so much.

Unfortunately, as the title indicates, this update is full of more apparent bad news on the Glenville recruiting front.

Last week, I mentioned that Ohio State’s interest in Akise Teague is likely due to uncertainty about Shane Wynn‘s status with the Buckeyes.

I also speculated that the recent offer to JUCO defensive line prospect Tank Carradine may have been the death knell for Andre Sturdivant‘s chances at being a Buckeye.

The initial optimism about Carradine’s interest in Ohio State may have been exaggerated, but the implications in regard to Sturdivant remain the same.

If that weren’t enough, the most recent Buckeye recruiting buzz is of an impending offer to Illinois lineman Chris Bryant (teammates with 2012 line prospect Jordan Diamond, who is receiving early interest from Ohio State).

It doesn’t take much imagination to see that Bryant’s  listed measurables (6’5″ 330 lbs.) are almost identical to Glenville’s Aundrey Walker. Read More

Quick update on 2011 recruiting, new offers

Written November 23rd, 2010 by Jim

Sacking the quarterback, always a welcome activity in Columbus...

I just wanted to post a real quick recruiting update for the 2011 class before getting back to our regularly scheduled tsun week activities.

First, arguably the top Junior College defensive lineman in the country, Cornelius “Tank” Carradine, is a late entry into the field of potential members of the 2011 class. Carradine was initially a target for Ohio State in 2009, but for various reasons (presumably mostly academic), Carradine chose the Junior College route.

Now, after an outstanding season at Butler Community College in Kansas, Ohio State is one of his top school choices as he looks to move his game to the 1-A level. Apparently, JUCO recruits have to sign by December 15th, so the suspense won’t drag on for much longer in this one.

With the loss of several key members of the defensive line rotation after this season, adding a player like Carradine, who could crack the two deep right away and make an immediate impact, is highly desirable. Read More

2011 Recruit Preview…Evan Spencer

Written October 5th, 2010 by Joe

tBBC continues our look at Ohio State’s 2011 commits, what they have done on the season, a preview of their upcoming game, and a brief synopsis of what to expect when they get to Columbus.

Running Away From Defenders

This week we take our first look at an out of State recruit,  Evan Spencer. A 6’1” 185 lb WR from the state of Illinois,  Evan is the son of former Buckeye and NFL running back Tim Spencer. Tim was also, as most Buckeye fans remember, the Ohio State RB’s coach for the 2002 national championship team and is currently employed by the Chicago Bears as their RB’s coach.  The bloodlines and Buckeye legacy is there for sure.

Evan was just another in a long line of our recruits that were highly coveted in the recruiting circles.  Evan held offers from Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Purdue before he ended his recruitment and committed to Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes.

Much like another 2011 WR Devin Smith, Evan excels in track as well- he qualified for the 100m at the state level. That pair will be tough to defend as they can both stretch the field and get deep, or take a little slant to the house. Following his junior year of 14 touchdowns Evan is off to a fast start in 2010, with 10 TD’s in his first 6 games. These have come in a variety of ways- receiving, rushing, and even on defense.

Evan plays for a very dominating high school team; so far Vernon Hills has outscored their opponents 290-0 through 6 games.  While it’s hopeful that Evan will be tested with some tougher games coming up, it should be noted that his counterpart Davaris Daniels just committed to Notre Dame, so teams can’t concentrate their defense on one or the other.

When watching him on film it is easy to see why he is such a highly touted recruit.  He has the speed to run by defenders, he has the wiggle to return punts and interceptions, has the strength to get out of jams, goes up and really catches the ball well with his hands away from his body. Video, for your viewing pleasure: Read More

Recruiting Update: August 3rd

Written August 3rd, 2010 by Jim

Here's hoping we wrap this class up soon, Tressel has more important things to focus on for a few months.

Trey DePriest is going to Alabama. Anyone that followed the recruitment probably isn’t surprised by the result. Despite some late optimism from Ohio State’s corner, DePriest just didn’t seem to have his heart in Ohio.

Jim Tressel has a certain recruiting style. Whether we like it or not and for  good or bad, he isn’t going to change how he approaches recruiting. This means that anytime a kid doesn’t immediately fall in love with what Tressel and Ohio State have to offer, the chances are that the more aggressive and flashier approaches of some other coaches and programs will almost always win out.

We saw it last year with Henderson and we see it this year with DePriest, who really liked all of the attention that Alabama’s staff heaped upon him. I wish him the best of luck at Alabama, and really hope that he doesn’t fall victim to the SECs favorite recruiting practice of oversigning.

The good news is that in recruiting, when one door closes another always opens. Read More

Recruiting Update: Wrapping up the ’11 Class

Written July 14th, 2010 by Jim

It’s time for a quick look at the rest of the 2011 class.

Things have been relatively quiet since the Tanner commitment. That was until recently when Shane Wynn dropped a mini-bomb by announcing that he and Cardale Jones would like to go to the same school together.

While this certainly is an interesting turn of events, I look at it as typical Glenville posturing to either 1.) put pressure on Ohio State to offer Cardale, or 2.)  to give other schools across the country incentive to offer Jones to increase his options if the Ohio State offer never comes.

Either way, I don’t think it affects Ohio State in any significant way.

If Ohio State feels that Cardale has earned an offer (at this point it seems likely that an offer is entirely dependent on his classroom work) he will receive one, regardless of any potential package deal with Wynn.

The bottom line is that there are four Glenville guys to keep an eye on for the rest of the 2011 class: OL Aundrey Walker, WR Shane Wynn, LB/DL Andre Sturdivant, and QB Cardale Jones. It would be a mild surprise if all four ended up at Ohio State, it would be shocking if none did. Read More

The top safety in Ohio... yeah, we'll take him.

Capping off an eventful week of recruiting for the Buckeyes, Columbus Eastmoor safety Ronald Tanner has chosen Ohio State as his college destination.

Tanner’s commitment to the Buckeyes is not exactly a surprise, but it is still nice to make it official.

He chose Ohio State over the likes of Northwestern, Stanford, Yale, Vanderbilt and Duke, highlighting that Ronald excels in the classroom as well as on the football field.

Tanner also had offers from pretty much the entire Big Ten, as well as Arizona State, Boston College, West Virginia, and Pitt.

Tanner is ranked the #7 safety in the country by scout.com.

Between Tanner and Vannett, Ohio State has had twice as many top 20 (at their position) commits in the last three days than Michigan has had in their entire 2011 class. Keep up the great work Rodriguez, we love you!

Scouting Ohio brings the highlights and Tanner’s full offer list as usual.

Tanner’s commitment gives Ohio State 17 total for the class of 2011. With a class size projected to be around 22 or 23 players, this thing is wrapping up quickly. Read More

Recruiting Update: Joel Hale is a Buckeye!

Written June 7th, 2010 by Jim

Wild card!

Alternative title for this update: Christmas in June or The Homestretch.

With the commitment of legacy WR Evan Spencer on Saturday, the class of 2011 has grown to 13 players. That means that the magic number for the rest of the class is 9 (or so I have read). What happens with the last 9 scholarships? that is what I am here to talk about.

Breaking News: Joel Hale has committed to the Buckeyes as I put the final touches on this post. I will leave the text the same, mostly so I look smart.

First I’d like to elaborate on some things from my last recruiting update.

Most importantly, I want to retract my position that Trey DePriest is an “absolute must get” for this class. I based that designation mostly on the fact that if Ohio State lost DePriest to Alabama, that would be two years in a row that the top LB in Ohio left the state for college.

Upon further examination, who cares?

Joel Hale is a Buckeye!

First, Ohio State is absolutely loaded at LB and will be for several years to come, making the position less than a priority for this class.

Second, the way this class is shaping up, Ohio State may have its choice of premier players. This means two things. One, players that wait until signing day may not have a scholarship waiting for them, even if their name is DePriest. Two, since LB is not an area of need at the moment, why not give that extra spot to a premiere player at a position that Ohio State is a little thinner at.

Third, I get a generally bad feeling about the recruitment. When a kid wavers this much early on, it does not lead to good things for Ohio State in most cases. I would love to see DePriest in scarlet and gray, but in situations like this it is better to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. DePriest is an absolute wild card in this recruiting class, but from what I can tell things just aren’t looking good for Ohio State here.

Fourth, the 2012 class features linebackers like Kaleb Ringer and James Ross.

The moral of the story is that DePriest is a wild card for this class, and not an ‘absolute must get’ like I said before.

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