A Look at This Year's Recruits
March 1, 2005 10:30 pm EST
There is a saying in Buckeye country; “I bleed Scarlet and Gray.” Beginning in August, we’re going to find out which new recruits from the 2005 class bleed Scarlet and Gray as true freshman.
In this segment I try to project which players from this recruiting class (2005) will see significant playing time, who will redshirt, and who will make an impact on the field.
Brian Hartline – WR – 6’2” 175 lbs. Canton GlenOak (Oh.)
Hartline suffered a brutal broken leg at the beginning of his senior season in high school. By all reports he has healed well and is slightly ahead of his rehab schedule. However that does not mean his leg will be strong enough for Big Ten contact. With our depth at wide receiver, I think our coaches will probably redshirt him.
Jim Cordle – OG – 6’5” 285 lbs. Lancaster (Oh.)
Cordle is a versatile player, but with our blocking schemes changing and coach Peterson’s influence he could develop into a solid center or guard. Since the coaches have depth and experience at guard and center, they’ll probably redshirt him to get him into the system and figure out where he can be the most effective.
Brian Robiskie – WR – 6’3” 190 lbs. Chagrin Falls (Oh.)
Robiskie is the son of a football coach. These players are usually more effective on the field because they grasp the game quicker mentally than other players because of their roots. Despite this Robiskie will probably redshirt due to depth at wide receiver, but his upside is very impressive.
Donald Washington – WR – 6’1” 180 lbs. Indianapolis Franklin Central (In.)
Washington was the “under-the-radar” recruit of the class, and wasn’t pursued heavily until the end of the recruiting process. Despite his ideal size and putting up good numbers his senior season of high school, due to current depth combined with his inexperience he’ll probably redshirt.
Rob Schoenhoft – QB – 6’6” 230 lbs. Cincinnati St. Xavier (Oh.)
Schoenhoft impressed scouts with his size and ability. He reportedly has a very strong arm, but his accuracy is somewhat suspect, not to mention he ran an offense that was focused on running. Schoenhoft is looked upon as somewhat of a project by most scouts and he’ll take a redshirt with Smith, Zwick and Boeckman ahead of him.
Austin Spitler – LB – 6’2” 217 lbs. Bellbrook (Oh.)
Spitler has impressed coaches on film. He is quick to get to the ball and reminds some people of A.J. Hawk. He could use some bulk and with our depth and talent at linebacker, he’d be best suited to sit and learn from the talent and experienced players who will be soaking up most of the playing time in 2005.
James Laurinaitis – LB – 6’2” 230 lbs. Plymouth Wayzata (MN.)
Just like Spitler, Laurinaitis impressed coaches on film. He is a more impressive physical specimen than Spitler. Due to talent, experience and depth at linebacker he too will most likely redshirt and learn from the veterans.
Anderson Russell – S – 6’0” 194 lbs. Atlanta Marist (GA.)
Russell is the biggest project of the recruiting class. After attending OSU camp, he impressed former DB coach Mel Tucker enough to earn an offer. Russell will redshirt to learn from the likes of Brandon Mitchell, Nate Salley, Tyler Everett and Donte Whitner. Russell could project as either a nickel-back, safety or running back. He could be moved to running back to help in a pinch, but was recruited primarily as a Safety. If he moves to TB, he will likely see time this Fall.
Todd Denlinger – DT – 6’3” 280 lbs. Troy (Oh.)
Denlinger has the opportunity to learn from some talented players. Like the 2002 season, only one starter from the D-Line will not be returning for the next season. Aside from Simon Fraser, the rest of the experienced defensive line returns. Snyder has been making more changes to his defense in the off season, so we think Denlinger will most likely redshirt to learn the system and establish depth.
Malcolm Jenkins – CB – 6’0” 185 lbs. Piscataway (NJ.)
With some established depth at corner, I think Jenkins will also redshirt. Despite the graduation of Dustin Fox, there are plenty of experienced players who will make a push for the vacant corner spot. It will give him time to learn the game and get down the complicated silver bullet defense.
Ryan Williams – DE – 6’4” 240 lbs. Mission Viejo (Ca.)
There is a noticeable difference between West coast football and Big Ten football. Williams may be a little surprised when he gets out here and faces some different competition, hopefully he’ll adjust well and quickly. The coaches have been drawing comparisons of Williams to former Buckeye great Mike Vrabel. However, he will most likely need time to adjust not just to life in the Midwest U.S., but to Big Ten style football as well. Could be on the bubble for playing this year if injuries mount and his hype holds some truth.
Lawrence Wilson – DE – 6’6” 230 lbs. Akron St.Vincent- St. Mary (Oh.)
With the talent we have at defensive end, I expect Wilson to redshirt if for nothing else to bulk up and establish depth for the future. Many scouting reports indicated that he was extremely difficult to block during preseason scouting camps. Not to mention he may need time to understand the complicated defense that Snyder will run. He is also another "on the bubble" defensive player regarding possible playing time.
Andre Amos – WR/CB – 6’1” 180 lbs. Middletown (Oh.)
With his size and athleticism, Amos could play either corner or receiver in college. Though he played both ways in high school, he was mainly recruited as a receiver. Regardless he has many experienced players ahead of him and depth is the concern on both sides of the ball. If he plays defense he’ll need additional time to adjust to playing only defense and learning Snyder’s defense.
Freddie Lenix – S/RB – 5’11” 195 lbs. Cleveland Glenville (Oh.)
One big argument for redshirting Lenix would be to find his true position. He is so versatile he can play outside linebacker, safety or running back. He was primarily recruited as a safety, but due to depth he probably will redshirt unless he plays running back.
IMPACT PLAYERS (those who play Fall 2005)
Maurice Wells – RB – 5’10” 185 lbs. Jacksonville Sandalwood (Fl.)
As a junior Wells was expected to be the top running back prospect for the 2005 recruiting class. With three running backs departing due to graduation (Brandon Joe, Lydell Ross and Maurice Hall) Wells could quite possibly be the most significant recruit in the 2005 class. It remains to be seen whether he will surpass either Erik Haw or Antonio Pittman on the depth chart, but with so little experience at TB Maurice is virtually assured of playing time this Fall.
Alex Boone – OT – 6’8” 310 lbs. Lakewood St. Edwards (Oh.)
Boone was the top offensive line prospect in the Midwest for the 2005 recruiting class and showed why during the Army All-American bowl game. He practiced all week with multiple injuries, and went on to help anchor the East squad’s offensive line. After receiving multiple accolades from both players and coaches, Boone showed why he was so highly recruited. With little experience at the right tackle position, Boone is expected to battle for the starting position right away with Redshirt sophomore Kirk Barton and Sophomore Steve Rehring.
Doug Worthington – DE – 6’7” 258 lbs. Athol Springs St. Francis (NY.)
After starting for three years at left end, Simon Fraser graduated and is moving on. With his impressive size and athleticism, Worthington could find his way into the two-deep behind Vernon Gholston for a starting spot replacing Fraser. With his calm composure and talent, Worthington could make an immediate splash at defensive end in 2005.
Jamario O’Neal – CB/S – 6’1” 190 lbs. Cleveland Glenville (Oh.)
Touted as one of the best athletes in the 2005 recruiting class. He is the whole package; strength, speed, size and ability. If you think he is just a track person in pads, think again. After watching his scouting videos, you see how impressive he is as a football player first and an athlete second. O’Neal is extremely versatile and could play a plethora of positions including, wide receiver, cornerback, nickel-back, outside linebacker, safety and possibly running back in an emergency situation. O’Neal is quick to get to the ball and doesn’t shy away from contact. I think he’ll see some limited action at cornerback, get frequent reps on special teams, but eventually will move to safety because of his size and ability to lay the wood.