Pryor May Be Done With Visits
January 27, 2008 11:00 pm EST

The nation's top prospect, quarterback Terrelle Pryor has no more official visits scheduled according to Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Charlie Batch.  As he is heavy into his basketball schedule right now, it is unlikely that he will have time for any more visits prior to signing day February 6th.  Pryor has made official visits to Ohio State and Michigan only.  He has been reported to consider other schools such as Penn State, LSU and Oregon.  Let the speculation began but meany folks in the central Ohio area believe he will be a Buckeye this fall.

In addition to his football skills, he is also an accomplished basketball player.  Saturday night he reached 2,000 career points.  Some believe he plans to play both football and basketball in college.  We might as well set back on this one as we will not know for sure until a week from Wednesday.

As a bonus note, offensive coordinator Jim Bollman took a trip this weekend to visit Josh Jenkins, and things look very promising there.

Two More Prospects Look to the Buckeyes
January 13, 2008 9:15 pm EST

Glenville High School continues to produce attractive prospects, and it looks like one more player will becoming a Buckeye.  Fullback candidate Jermil Martin committed to the Buckeyes 2008 recruiting class.  This is coming at the same time that safety Zach Domicone of Beavercreek, Ohio decided to add his name to next year's freshman.

Martin, 5 feet 11, 220 pounds, picked Ohio State over Iowa and West Virginia, but it appears the decision was easy once OSU offered him a scholarship.  The same goes for Domicone, who despite being 6-3, 215 with sub-4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, had  been overlooked by most major schools. He received a scholarship offer from Nebraska in December, then suddenly received offers from Oklahoma and Ohio State on Friday.

Martin, meanwhile, joined Glenville teammate Shawntel Rowell, a defensive tackle, as a member of this year"s OSU class. During the past seven years, Glenville has produced 10 other players signed by Ohio State.

Year-End Look at 2008 Recruiting Class
December 30, 2007 10:15 pm EST

Look for Ohio State to fill the remaining spots in the 2008 class with 3 or 4 prospects from the following list...

--Terrelle Pryor, QB - I still think Pryor ends up at Ohio State and think the Michigan talk may be a smoke screen.  I still won't say it's a done deal, but I think OSU definitely has the best shot.

--Josh Jenkins, OL - All signs are pointing toward a Buckeye commitment.  I'm more confident about Jenkins than Pryor, but I think OSU gets both of them.

--Cory Liuget, DE - Liuget committed to Illinois but now appears to be giving a OSU a hard look.  OSU appears to want to add another DE in this class.

--Keith Wells, DE - Wells committed to Florida State but like Liuget, is now considering Ohio State.  I think there is a decent chance the Bucks get either Liuget or Wells, but not both of them.

--Aundre Dean, RB - With there some talk that Devoe Torrence may not end up at OSU, the Bucks may want another RB in this class, but it's probably a longer shot that Dean ends up in Columbus.

--Brandon Harris, CB - Harris is a big time corner prospect with offers from OSU, Florida, LSU and many other top programs.  Unlikely that Harris ends up at OSU, but still a possibility.

--"Mystery Prospect" - Usually one or two prospects come out of nowhere and into play late in the process.  We shall see.  And as we mentioned before, Dublin Coffman's Steve Gardiner has been offered a chance to grayshirt and be part of OSU's 2009 class, but OSU could sneak Gardiner into the 2008 class if there is room. - Brent

Buckeyes Get Another Verbal Commitment for 2008 Class
December 18, 2007 9:00 am EST

It was reported Monday night that Shawntell Rowell (DT/OL), Cleveland Glenville, committed to Ohio State to be part of the 2008 class.  Rowell tipped the scales at a hefty 350 pounds when he attended the San Antonio Junior All Star camp last winter.  But even at that weight, many of the top O-line prospects at the camp (including some current Buckeye verbals) had major problems blocking Rowell.  Since then, it has been reported that Rowell has dropped quite a bit of weight and has gotten his grades/test scores in order.  Rowell reminds some people of former Buckeye Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson.  Wilkinson too had weight issues in high school, but as Buckeye fans know, those issues went away and Big Daddy went on to be the first player selected in the 1994 NFL draft.  Rowell may have as big of an upside as any Buckeye commit for 2008.  Had it not been for weight and grade/test score concerns, Rowell would have been thought of as a top 10 prospect in the state, at a minimum.

Cleveland Glenville WR/ATH Cordale Scott will play his college ball at Illinois.  Scott had an offer from Ohio State, but unlike most Glenville kids with OSU offers, Scott chose to go elsewhere.  It's also possible that OSU, with 16 current verbal commitments for 2008, no longer had room for Scott.  We'll probably never know for sure.

There has been some "behind the scenes" talk that Devoe Torrence may not be part of OSU's 2008 class.  None of the major recruiting outlets have reported that this is (or is not) the case, so we will have to wait and see what becomes of 
this. - Brent

Will Pryor Follow the WVU Coach?
December 17, 2007 10:30 am EST

Rich Rodriguez taking over the Michigan job may put UM in the picture, in terms of landing Terrelle Pryor, but I still feel the Buckeyes are the team to beat here.  Pryor has made some comments recently talking about how Ohio State may not be the best fit for him, from an offensive scheme prospective.  But Pryor may simply be trying to throw the dogs scent off here.  He seems to like the attention and the recruiting "game".  It's definitely not a given, but I still feel Ohio State lands Pryor and for the first time, I now feel Ohio State is the team to beat for Josh Jenkins' services.  I had thought Jenkins would stick with his early decision to attend WVU, but with Rodriguez moving on, I think Jenkins ends up wearing scarlet and gray.  Jenkins is not a sure thing either, but I like OSU's chances with both Jenkins and Pryor. - Brent

DE Looks To the Buckeyes
December 1, 2007 9:00 am EST

Willie Mobley, a defensive end from Eden Prairie, Minn., made a verbal commitment to Ohio State yesterday. He became the 15th member of the class of 2008.  As reported by the Columbus Dispatch, Mobley had received more than 30 college offers, and made his final decision between Ohio State and Minnesota.

Mobley is 6 feet 2, 260 pounds, with times at 4.85 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He was rated the No. 2 prospect in Minnesota by Rivals.com, and the No. 9 strong side defensive end nationally.  He finished his junior season with 74 tackles and 12 sacks. Eden Prairie won a state title last weekend, a game in which Mobley rushed for a touchdown.

Sabino verbals to Ohio State
November 9, 2007 8:30 am EST

Ohio State landed a major commitment as linebacker Etienne Sabino announced last night that he chose the Buckeyes over Southern California.  Sabino, who is 6 feet 3 and 230 pounds, from Miami Krop High School, made his announcement on ESPNU. According the Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch he picked Ohio State for many reasons, one being that he wanted to leave the state and broaden his horizons.

"I just think Ohio State is a great place for me," said Sabino, who visited the weekend of the Michigan State game. "I like the people there, the coaches, and I really got along well with the players. I am very fired up. I am very happy with this decision."

Recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com said Sabino is the No. 1 inside linebacker prospect in the country, according to ESPN.com, and the 19th overall prospect. Rivals.com has him ranked 49th overall.

"This is huge for Ohio State, because everybody talks about the Southeastern Conference speed and all that, and the Buckeyes just went down there in their territory and got one of the faster, more talented linebackers in the country," Kurelic said.

Sabino's teammate, cornerback Travis Howard, picked Ohio State two weeks ago. Sabino said Howard's decision had nothing to do with his, "but knowing that Travis is going there is definitely an upside now."


Pryor Makes His First Official Visit to Ohio State
November 5, 2007 3:15 pm EST

Quarterback/Athlete Terrelle Pryor, considered by some to be the top overall prospect in the nation for 2008, took his first official visit this weekend, attending the Ohio State - Wisconsin game.  Head Coaches Thad Matta and Jim Tressel took in Pryor's football game a week ago Thursday.  Pryor would like to try to play both sports at the college level.  Sources close to Pryor's recruitment have indicated that OSU is going to be pretty tough to beat for Pryor's services.  Is it a done deal?  No.  West Virginia and Florida are not going to go away quietly in this battle and Pryor probably won't be announcing a decision for another two and half months. - Brent

Thomas Becomes 12th Member of 2008 Class
October 21, 2007 12:30 am EST

Lamaar Thomas of Fort Washington, Md. has just become the twelfth member of OSU's class of 2008.  Thomas, 5 feet 11, 170 pounds, announced his commitment on ESPNU. With a reported sub-4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Thomas said the OSU coaches promised him he could run track, too. He is projected as a receiver and returner with Ted Ginn Jr.-like potential, much like Ray Small was advertised.  According to recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic, he is one of the top skill position players in the country, with the type of speed all teams look to find.

Future of the 08 Class
August 10, 2007 5:30 pm EST

The DiLillo commitment would appear to leave OSU with 5 more 'ships to give for '08 unless, or maybe I should say "until", current players leave the program early.  On the horizon, here are some prospects that may fill the remaining spots in this class: Cordale Scott (WR/ATH), yet another top notch Cleveland Glenville prospect thought to be a heavy Buckeye lean; Shayne Hale (OLB/DE), elite prospect from Monroeville, PA that would be a huge get for OSU and (as of 7/31) appears to be favoring OSU; Terrelle Pryor (QB), the consensus #1 overall prospect in the country from Jeannette, PA, who favors OSU (as of 7/31); Lamaar Thomas (ATH), a versatile athlete from Ft. Washington, MD that the OSU coaches are high on; Willie Mobley (DT), from Eden Prairie, MN who (as of 7/31) appears to be leaning toward OSU; and Josh Jenkins (OL), the elite O-lineman prospect from Parkersburg, WV.   If OSU does not land Hale, look for OSU to sign another DE in this class.  Currently, the only DE in the fold for '08 is Nathan Williams.  The numbers on the current roster are lacking at DE with Walter Dublin and Ryan Williams leaving the program this summer.  Also, one would think there is a decent probability that Vernon Gholston leaves for the NFL after this season .  And who know, a big year out of Lawrence Wilson would probably interest NFL teams, with his size and frame. 

Rivals List Has Good News for Buckeye Fans
August 7, 2007 2:00 pm EST

The new Rivals 100 recruiting ranking is out and the Buckeyes have 7 verbal commitments on the list: Mike Brewster #8, DeVier Posey #27, Devoe Torrence #37, Garrett Goebel #74, JB Shugarts #82, Jake Stoneburner #93, and Mike Adams #96.  Also there are three other players that seem to be favoring Ohio State on the list as well: Terrelle Pryor #1, Shayne Hale #20, and Lamaar Thomas #34.  Landing 10 out the top 100 prospects would make for quite the class.  Interesting to note that 64 of the 100 prospects have already verbally committed to a school.  That number (for August) is extremely high. 

Tight End Nic DiLillo Makes Ohio State His Choice
July 31, 2007 8:00 am EST

Ohio State lands another top recruit from the state of Ohio as Madison star Tight End Nic DiLillo commits to Coach Tressel and the Buckeyes.  Previous stories had circulated that he had originally committed to Clemson, then later changed his mind in favor of Pittsburgh.  But now he says he wants to be a Buckeye.

DiLillo, the 6' 5", 245 lbs senior, becomes the 11th member of OSU's 2008 class.

OSU lands their First Defensive Tackle of 2008 Class
July 28, 2007 8:00 am EST

Highly rated tackle from Montini High School in Illinois, Garrett Goebel, is now part of the 2008 Buckeye recruiting class.  It came down to Ohio State and Michigan, but in the end he felt more comfortable with Ohio State.  He was also quoted as saying it was hard to choose between the two because he really didn't see anything negative at either place.

Considered a top prospect, Goebel is ranked as the No. 63 best player in the country by Scout.com.   In addition he is ranked No. 8 in the Midwest by Scout.com, receiving over 27 scholarship.  His final four schools were Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State and West Virginia.

Goebel becomes the 10th member of OSU's 2008 class.

TBGUN land Kevin Koger
July 19, 2007 4:30 pm EST

Ohio State made the list of the final two (sound familiar) but in the end, Toledo Whitmer tight end Kevin Koger  chose Michigan over Ohio State.  We hate to lose any of the good ones but especially to TBGUN.  Click here to go to our tribute page to 'THE' Game.

McCarthy Decides on Notre Dame
July 17, 2007 10:00 am EST

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney safety Dan McCarthy has chosen Notre Dame over Ohio State.  The Buckeyes had made McCarthy's final two, but there is some speculation that the depth at safety on Ohio State's roster may have played a role in his decision.  McCarthy also has a brother that plays for the Fighting Irish that certainly helped the Irish in this battle as well.  McCarthy is rated as the 8th best safety prospect nationally according to Scout.com. 

Two top prospects may be deciding shortly between Ohio State and Michigan.  One is Toledo Whitmer tight end Kevin Koger who is thought to be leaning toward Ohio State, although this could change.  Scout.com rates Koger as the 7th best TE prospect nationally.  The other is Lombard, Illinois defensive tackle Garrett Goebel.  Goebel visits Ann Arbor this weekend and his decision could go either way.  He rates as the #3 DT prospect nationally on Scout.com's board.  These are certainly important recruiting battles for OSU, as a Buckeye loss translates into a Michigan gain. 

Ohio State remains the leader for Jeanette, Pennsylvania quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who is the consensus #1 prospect in the nation.  But don't look for any decision soon, as Pryor wants to wait until the New Year to decide.  It is important to note that this is not a slam dunk for Ohio State; West Virginia and Penn State will not go away quietly and January is six months away. - Brent


Top QB Prospect is still Considering Ohio State
July 8, 2007 4:00 pm EST

Terrelle Pryor is a 6-foot-6, 215-pound star quarterback (and basketball forward) about to enter his senior year at Jeannette (Pa.) High School, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.  Rivals.com and USA Today have named him the nation's No. 1 football recruit. Scout.com considers him No. 2, behind linebacker Arthur Brown of Wichita, Kansas.

"He's a freak athlete," said Dublin Coffman offensive lineman and Ohio State 2008 commitment Mike Adams, who recently watched Pryor during the Buckeyes' summer camp. "We saw him on the basketball court in the Woody Hayes Center and he was doing some outrageous dunks with ease."

Duane Long, recruiting editor of Ohio High magazine and Bucknuts.com, said Pryor "is better than (former Texas star) Vince Young at the same point in their careers."

These days, being a coveted high school player attracts an avalanche of attention. Being the coveted high school player -- a quarterback who might instantly be a household name -- takes the recruiting fever to a whole different level.  Part of the problem is that Pryor has been relatively slow to narrow his list. Out of 50-75 scholarship offers, his choice is down to 11 schools, including Ohio State.  Buckeyes fans hope he finds a home here.

Last season, Pryor had 1,676 yards rushing on 197 attempts (8.7 average) and 1,732 yards passing on 92 completions in 163 attempts. In basketball, he averaged 20.8 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks.  It's not every day Ohio State is seriously in the hunt for a player of this caliber.

"I'd say you'd have to go back to Ted Ginn (Jr. in 2004); he's that good," Long said. "As far as quarterbacks, he's higher rated than Justin Zwick was. He may be the highest rated player (considering Ohio State) since Art Schlichter. He's one of those unique guys that you'd remember for a lifetime."

But first things first; his decision. Also on his list besides Ohio State are Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.  And until he makes up his mind, he and his family will continue to let the calls go straight to voice mail.

On Brent Baver's top 100 national recruits, this in #1.  (see below)


Sweat chooses OSU over the Irish
May 31, 2007 7:45 pm EST

Ohio State gained a commitment from highly regarded linebacker recruit Andrew Sweat of Washington, Pa.  Sweat, who attends Trinity High School in Washington, picked OSU over Notre Dame, his other finalist. He also had considered Penn State, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Florida and Louisiana State, among a host of other schools before narrowing his list in the past two weeks.  Sweat (6 feet 3, 225 pounds) had 159 tackles last season. He becomes the ninth member of the 2008 OSU class.  Coach Tressel said there should be around 15 by signing day in February.

Sweat is the 9th member of OSU's 2008 class.

 
OSU Gets Another Commitment with Nathan Williams
April 25, 2007 6:00 am EST

Late last night, OSU got their 8th commitment when Nathan Williams of Miami Trace accepted the offer from Coach Tressel.  Williams is the first linebacker in the 2008 class.  The Ohio Football Recruiting News has him rated 12th overall in the state. - Gregg


JB Shugarts of Texas Commits to OSU
April 24, 2007 6:15 pm EST

According to reports from Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State landed its second offensive-line prospect in two days when J.B Shugarts of Klein, TX, considered the second-best line prospect in the Lone Star State by a couple of recruiting services, made his intentions known.

The commitment of Shugarts, 6 feet 7, 299 pounds, came one day after that of Michael Brewster, 6-6, 305 pounds, of Orlando (Edgewater), Fla., on Monday. And they joined earlier class member Mike Adams, 6-8, 305 pounds, of Dublin Coffman, who announced for OSU in March. All three are considered blue-chip prospects.

Shugarts picked OSU over Louisiana State, Texas A&M, Florida and Oklahoma, among others.  He is the seventh member of the 2008 OSU class, with the coaches still in pursuit of at least two more high-profile line prospects: Josh Jenkins of Parkersburg, W.Va.; and Kyle Long of Charlottesville, Va.  Long, also an accomplished pitcher, might opt to try pro baseball, depending on how things work out in the upcoming amateur draft.

Shugarts was #13 in the country on our B50 watch list for the class of 2008 (see below). - Gregg


Florida Lineman Michael Brewster Commits to OSU
April 23, 2007 1:15 pm EST

Ohio State picked up another recruit today as offensive lineman Michael Brewster went public with his commitment, according to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch.

The 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle from Orlando (Edgewater), Fla., chose OSU over Florida as well as Alabama, Southern Cal, Louisiana State and Michigan.

"I'm going to Ohio State because I feel at home there," Brewster said by phone in between classes this morning. "Being there is like a feeling of family for me."

He becomes the sixth member of the OSU recruiting class of 2008 and the second high-profile lineman, joining Dublin Coffman's Mike Adams. A third big-time lineman could join them in the next day or two. J.B. Shugarts of Klein, Texas, reportedly has made his decision, though he has yet to announce it.  Both Brewster and Shugarts attended the OSU spring game this past weekend.  With that performance the incoming freshman may believe there is playing time available right away.

Brewster was #19 in the country on our B50 watch list for the class of 2008 (see below). - Gregg


Another Torrence Commits to the Buckeyes
March 21, 2007 7:00 am EST

In his article this morning in the Columbus Dispatch, Tim May announced that Devoe Torrence will join his brother at OSU and be part of the 2008 recruiting class.  Devoe, a running back from Canton South  becomes the 4th OSU recruit for next season.  During his junior season he gained 981 yards on 100 carries and scored 20 touchdowns.  He is the 2rd best prospect in the state according to Bill Kurelic of The Ohio Football Recruiting News.  Devoe is considering transferring to Massillon his senior season but has not made a final decision.


Posey Commits to Ohio State
March 14, 2007 8:00 am EST

As reported by the Columbus Dispatch, DeVier Posey yesterday signed a national letter of intent with Ohio State.  A receiver who just started playing football last year for Cincinnati LaSalle, had hoped to announce his intentions today, but the secret did not hold as the Buckeyes gained the services of what Ohio Football Recruiting News editor Bill Kurelic said is the No. 1 receiver prospect in the state. 

Posey’s decision gives the Buckeyes the state’s top players in three categories this year, Kurelic said. On Saturday, they gained a commitment from Dublin Coffman’s Mike Adams, one of the elite offensive line prospects in the country. Two weeks ago, Westerville Central kicker/punter Ben Buchanan, the No. 1 specialist in the state, committed. 


Class of 2008 : National Top 100, an Early Look
February 12, 2007 1:45 am EST

Buckeye 50 founder Brent Baver has been doing his homework, and is now ready to share his National Top 100 for the class of 2008.  You can also keep an eye out for his Top 50 from Ohio, as well as our 'best of the rest' segments, but for now we can enjoy Brent's research as we take our first look at next year's crop of prep stars.

I have been reading all of Brent's work here on our web site concerning recruiting going all the way back to 2001.  He does a great job and if you read our original pages from the previous years, you can see that there is a great deal of validity to what was published on  Buckeye 50, even though there is no perfect formula on this stuff.  But in spite of that, Mr. Baver wanted to include the disclaimer "I am not a recruiting expert.  Aside from watching a few video clips here and there, I don't see the prospects play.  However, I have spent quite a few hours (so far) in 2007 reading everything I could find on the 2008 class.  The ranking is a very inexact science, but is based on other top 100 lists available, scouting reports, offers, etc."

I am sure you will enjoy his work as much as I and who knows, we may be publishing the names of the next generation of stars and you saw it here first! - Gregg



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Coming Soon : Class of 2008
January 30, 2007 2:00 PM EST

Can we be thinking about 2008 class already?  You bet we are!  Here at Buckeye 50, we are already thinking about what is available for the class of 2008.  Our recruiting expert, Brent, will be providing us his Top 50 Ohio prospects. and the top 100 National candidates.  Be sure to visit often for updates.  As always, we appreciate your continued support of our site. - Gregg 


It's Official - Pryor Signs Letter to Ohio State
March 19, 2008 12:00 pm EST












He was ready to sign a letter of intent with Ohio State more than a month ago, on the first day of the national signing period for football recruits. But his dad asked him to take more time to consider attending nearby Penn State.

Pryor To Announce His Decision at Noon
March 18, 2008 5:15 pm EST

Terrelle Pryor’s decision is about to be revealed. The quarterback will announce his college choice in a noon press conference Wednesday at his Jeannette (Pa.) High School, according to his coach Ray Reitz.  Considered one of the best prospects  in the country by most recruiting publications (Brent Baver and Buckeye 50 had him #1)  Pryor said Saturday he had narrowed his list to two schools from an original four of Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Oregon. He did not say which two made the cut, but rivals.com is reporting that it is Ohio State over Michigan.

He revealed several weeks ago he was poised to sign a national letter of intent with the Buckeyes on February 6th before having second thoughts.  Since then, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Pryor led the Jeannette basketball team to the Pennsylvania Class AA state championship, with the title game win over Strawberry Mansion of Philadelphia coming in the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State on Saturday. - Gregg  

Pryor "May" Be Closer to Signing with the Buckeyes
February 18, 2008 5:00 pm EST

Buckeye 50 recently heard from Buckeye Matt, one of our web site readers in Union City, Michigan.  Matt indicated WRIF 101.1 in Detroit had confirmed that Terrelle Pryor has officially marked Michigan and Oregon off of his list, leaving Penn State and Ohio State.  Thanks for the tip Matt!  Brent, our staff recruiting expert, has reviewed this and is hearing the same information, that Michigan and Oregon are out of the picture.  Pryor has until April 1st to sign with a school.

And just to make matters more interesting, is LSU back in the picture?  Do they need to be?  LSU coach Les Miles has announced that quarterback Ryan Perrilloux has been suspended indefinitely.  He stresses that this is for team rules only and has nothing to do with his previous violations.

And for a basketball update for Pryor, he had 24 points, 27 rebounds 8 assists and 7 blocks in his game Saturday, which all sounds good.  However, he finished by charging into the stands after the game to address students from the opposing team.  We can only hope that if he does come to Ohio State, he will be able to focus his energy for the positive. - Gregg  

Gophers Fail to Fool Mobley
February 6, 2008 1:30 pm EST

Until after the player officially signs, the Ohio State coaching staff has not been allowed to talk about the 19 individuals that all signed on the dotted line to become Ohio State football players per NCAA rules. The class started with Ben Buchanan's commitment back in March of 2007 and ran all the way up to National Signing Day with the pledge of Orhian Johnson.  Wouldn't Terrelle Pryor round out the class nicely at an even 20?  Now that the restriction is lifted, here are a few comments from Coach Tressel and staff on our newest Buckeyes.


Mike Adams - "He'll be enrolling in March, so he'll have a chance to learn the system and see if he can help out this group at 6-foot-8, 300 and some odd pounds, and he does a heck of a job playing up front," Tressel said.

Michael Brewster – "Great finisher," Tressel said. "Jim Bollman recognized him three or four years ago as an outstanding football player, and he probably had as much impact on this recruiting class, not just with his talents, but with his leadership."

Ben Buchanan – "We're lucky to have an outstanding young guy in Ben Buchanan, great field goal, extra point man, great punter," Tressel said. "Does a great job getting the ball up in the air. Outstanding ki

Nic DiLillo – "(Nic is) really an outstanding athlete, good basketball player, outstanding student," Tressel said. "As well as all those guys out there, can stretch out and play in space as well, and Nic DiLillo is excited to be a Buckeye."

DeVier Posey – "He'll come in and compete for playing time not only out wide but in the return game," Tressel said. "Excellent track man. As we went around talking to high school coaches, many of them talked about the fact that he was such a difference maker as they played against him."

Jake Stoneburner – "Big receiver," Tressel said. "Heck of a football player. Has the ability to go up and make things happen. Does a great job with their screen game. Runs a lot of the jailbreak screen-type things and very versatile."

Zach Domicone – "We're always looking for guys with speed," Tressel said. "Defensive coaches felt he would be an outstanding guy in the secondary. Smart football player and very, very versatile."

Garrett Goebel – "Outstanding defensive lineman," Goebel said. "Top ranked wrestler in the state. Returning state champion. Heavyweight in the State of Illinois. Great power explosion from a very, very good football team."

Travis Howard – "Travis covers a lot of ground, has good range, good height in the secondary," Tressel said. "Our guys in the secondary feel like he's a dangerous guy as a return man as well."

Orhian Johnson – "Played quarterback for his team," Tressel said. "Played in the defensive secondary. Again, good range, 6'2", 6'3" kind of guy that can play out in space. He'll be able to do a lot of things."

Jermil Martin – "He's a big back guy and he wants to wear Number 41 like Keith Byars," Tressel said. "He's a Glenville Tarblooder. We graduate three fullbacks so he'll have a chance to come in and battle for some playing time there and just a great young man."

Willie Mobley – "Can't get enough of those guys that can put pressure on the quarterback," Tressel said. "Outstanding burst. Good quickness inside. Good play inside. Good play end. Good power. Going to be a good football player."

Shawntel Rowell – "We think he has that kind of quickness to be an inside run stop type of guy and he's done a great job training his body," Tressel said. "He lost about 40 pounds and just did a great job with his power and quickness."

Etienne Sabino – "He'll be coming in March to be a part of spring practice and just a heck of a good football player at the linebacker position," Tressel said. "Great explosion as he hits you. Smart football player. Excellent speed."

J.B. Shugarts – "J.B. is doing a good job this winter in the weight room and he and (Michael Brewster) are doing a good job learning and learning so they can come in during the spring and really take a big step," Tressel said.

Andrew Sweat – "He probably has the best arm on our team," Tressel said. "I've seen him throw a football like 80 yards. I don't know what that does for you at linebacker, but he's a heck of an athlete. Loves to play the game. Always got a smile on his face. Outstanding student. Going to be a good one."

Lamaar Thomas – "He's a dynamic playmaker," Tressel said. "He's the type of guy that can play that position a little bit like Teddy where you can swing him out, throw it to him, hand it to him."

Keith Wells – "Big, long pass rushing kind of guy off of the edge," Tressel said. "Heck of a football player. Only been playing the game two years and a little bit like when Vernon came in, Vernon had only played two years and Keith is going to be a special player."

Nathan Williams – "Real powerful guy," Tressel said. "We had him in youth camp. Does a lot of things well from a skill standpoint. Good quickness. Loves the game. He must have called us three or four times today after he signed his letter and talked about how excited he was to be a Buckeye."

Gophers Fail to Fool Mobley
February 6, 2008 1:30 pm EST

A Minnesota newspaper report states that Willie Mobley received a letter just before signing day which was on OSU letterhead and included a Jim Tressel signature.  The letter suggested his "football future would be best suited elsewhere.", and suggested he consider signing with the Gophers instead.  Hard to believe this type of activity occurs, hopefully someone is investigating.

Mobley's mother, Roxanne, said Tressel assured her the letter was not written by him nor any member of his staff. She displayed it at Wednesday's signing.   Roxanne said she became suspicious because the letter, which was on Ohio State letterhead and postmarked Columbus, Ohio, read: "I know Minnesota has not had the greatest season, but in three years you would be eligible for the NFL. ... If you come to Ohio State, you will be sitting behind upperclassmen for at least two years anyway, and then you never know."
 
"Coach Tressel was upset about it," Roxanne said. "I've known him long enough to know he wouldn't do something like that, and I know his signature. I'm so glad this recruiting stuff is over." 

Signing Day Update
February 6, 2008 1:30 pm EST

Orhian Johnson announced his decision today to go to Ohio State.  However, Josh Jenkins verballed to WVU and Brandon Harris decided to go to Miami.  The Pryor soap opera continues.  Said yesterday he was 70-80% sure he would sign on Wed.  Said late last night that he was 100% sure he would NOT sign on Wed.  Then, some guru that talked to his coach this morning, said his coach said that he is not expected to sign today, which he officially made public around noon.  His Dad is pushing PSU and his high school coach is pushing anyone but OSU.  If he doesn't sign today, I think he could end up at PSU.  Michigan appears to be all but out of it. - Brent

Twas the Night Before Signing Day - Brent's View
February 5, 2008 10:00 pm EST

OSU chances with remaining prospects (as of 10:00 pm, 2/5/08): 

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Jeannette, PA - 70% - Most so called recruiting experts and insiders are saying Ohio State.  Does he announce on Wednesday?  The guess is "yes".  Set to announce at noon on ESPN on signing day (unless he postpones his announcement.) 

Josh Jenkins, OL, Parkersburg, WV - 40% - Sources now saying FSU is still in play with OSU and WVU.  Jenkins is the hardest one of the group to figure out.  Set to announce at 9:00 am on Wed. 

Brandon Harris, CB, Miami, FL - 45% - Looks like it's down to OSU and Miami, and there is more talk that OSU might actually have a decent shot here.  Set to announce at 1 pm Wed. 

Orhian Johnson, QB/ATH, Gulfport, FL - 55% - It's down to Indiana, OSU and South Florida.  OSU may lead.  OSU likes Johnson as a S or WR.  Set to announce at 11:30 am Wed. 

Steve Gardiner - 5% - Steve has committed to Michigan State.  If OSU offers a scholarship for '08 (i.e. no grayshirt), they could get back in on him. 

Dawawn Whitner - 5% - Will the Bucks offer if there's room?  Dawawn may want to wait and see. - Brent

Brent Thinks Positive Thoughts for Signing Day
January 29, 2008 4:00 pm EST

Things look very good for Ohio State and Terrelle Pryor.  At this point, I'd be surprised if he doesn't sign with OSU.  Things supposedly look good for the Bucks with OL Josh Jenkins and apparently look good with DE Keith Wells.  But with OSU's recent history with uncommitted recruits in early February, I guess I'll believe they get all three when they actually sign here.  I'll say 80% on Pryor, 75% on Jenkins, and 60% on Wells, which would mean the probability of all three signing with Ohio State is less than 50%.  We shall see.  It appears Devoe Torrence will not be sent an LOI from OSU on signing day.  So, I believe OSU has at least three available scholarships, with the three big targets very much in range.  If OSU doesn't get one or two of the three I mentioned, next in line are DT Dawawn Whitner, Donte's little bro, and LB Steve Gardiner from Dublin Coffman.  We've talked about Gardiner before, and his situation appears to be the same.  He has the opportunity to grayshirt and be part of the '09 class, but he still could potentially slide into the '08 class.  Whitner has came on late in the game.  One would have to think that both Gardiner and Whitner would jump at the chance to be part of the '08 Ohio State recruiting class. - Brent
 
Buckeye 50 Football
Recruiting 2008
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Rank
Player Name
1  Terrelle Pryor QB, TE    6-6220  4.4  Jeannete, PA

Known Offers: Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, WVU

B50 Overview: QB, TE, LB, DE, small forward, name it, the kid can play

Position(s)
Size
40 Time
City / School
2  A.J. Green        WR 6-4190  4.5  Summerville,SC

Known Offers: (Verbal to Georgia) Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, LSU, Clemson, Tennessee, Nebraska, South Carolina, Maryland

B50 Overview: May be at the top of the most talented WR class ever 

3Darrell Scott       RB 6-1190  4.4   Ventura                                                                                                                      St Bonaventure, CA

Known Offers: California, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Texas, UCLA, USC

B50 Overview: Rewriting the California high school record books

4Julio Jones WR6-3205 4.56  Foley, AL

Known Offers: Florida, Miami, Alabama, LSU, Auburn

B50 Overview: Incredible combination of size, strength, speed and work ethic

5Will Hill DB, SS, ATH6-3205 4.5    Jersey City
    St. Peter's Prep, NJ

Known Offers: Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rutgers, WVU, FSU

B50 Overview: Could play a variety of positions at the next level; a special athlete

6Stephen Good        OL (G)    6-52955.06    Paris, TX

Known Offers: Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Baylor, UTEP, Nebraska, Mississippi, Texas A&M,  Kansas

B50 Overview: Top player in talent rich state

7Justin Johnson   RB, TB, TB6-1210 4.5     Gilmer, TX

Known Offers: (Verbal to Oklahoma) Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Baylor, Mississippi, FSU, Florida, Georgia, Kansas

B50 Overview: Top RB in Texas committed early

8Blake Ayles       TE, DL   6-4230          Orange Lutheran, CA

Known Offers: Arizona State, California, UCLA, USC, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Colorado

B50 Overview: Outstanding blocker; probably the top TE prospect nationally

9Daquan Bowers    DL, E, TE  6-4267 4.7   Bamberg Ehrhardt, SC

Known Offers: (Verbal to Clemson) Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia

B50 Overview: H.S. DT projects to move outside at next level

10T.J. Bryant     DB, CB    6-01804.4  Tallahassee Lincoln, FL

Known Offers: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois

B50 Overview: Fastest 300-meter hurdle time in state

11Boubacar Cissoko     DB, CB, WR      5-91804.4          Detroit Cass Tech, MI

Known Offers: Michigan, Tennessee, Michigan State, Penn State

B50 Overview: Unanimous overall combine MVP in San Antonio; 'nuff said

12Kyle Long     OL , T, DL 6-7         280       5.0          Charlotteville St.            Anne's - Belfield, VA

Known Offers: Boston College, Kansas State, Louisville, Ohio State,  North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia, Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech

B50 Overview: MLB prospect as well; Howie Long's son

15Steven FilerLB (M)6-32204.6
16Mike AdamsOL (T)6-63155.3
17Shayne HaleLB (S)6-42174.5
18R.J. WashingtonDL (E)LB6-42254.6
19Michael BrewsterOL (T)OL (G)6-62905.1
20Alonzo (A.J.) HarmonOL (G)DL (T)6-43035.5
21Michael FloydWRDB6-31904.55
22Patrick JohnsonDB (CB)6-01904.55
23Rahim MooreDB6-21904.45
24Arthur BrownLBRB6-32204.6
25Chase ClementTEDL (E)6-52404.72
26Andrew LuckQB6-31954.7
27Vinston PainterOL (T)6-53155.56
28Matt HallOL (T)6-93125.6
29Nigel BradhamLB (M)6-22304.6
30Dennis (D.J.) ShoemateWRDB6-02074.5
31Matt KalilOL (T)6-62625.34
32Landry JonesQB6-42104.7
33Jared HolleyDB (CB)RB6-01804.4
34Bruce TaylorLB (M)DL6-32304.65
35Chris JordanLBRB6-22014.63
36Baker SteinkuhlerOL (T)DL6-62704.93
37Milton KnoxRB (TB)5-91954.5
38Jermie CalhounRBDB (FS)5-0,2004.49
39Marcus ForstonDL (T)6-42954.9
40Gerell RobinsonWRDB6-42254.6
41Jon MajorLB (S)6-42204.5
42Jonathan BaldwinWRTE6-52154.56
43DeAndre BrownWR6-62004.5
44Daniel BucknerWR6-52004.5
45David SnowOL (G)6-42855.3
46Andrew JonesTEDL6-62304.6
47Austin HoltTE6-5.52124.9
48Aldarius JohnsonWR6-31904.5
49Robert QuinnDL (E)LB6-42454.7
50Jameel OwensWR6-32004.5
51Aaron DouglasTE6-62354.9
52Eric SmithRB6-02354.68
53Richard SamuelRB6-01974.47
54Jonas GrayRB (FB)5-92064.58
55Tyron SmithOL (G)6-42655.1
56Brandon MooreTEDL (E)6-52404.65
57Brandon BeachumLBDB6-12094.82
58Maurice SimmonsLB (W)DB (SS)6-11904.66
59A.J. AlexanderWRDB (CB)5-10.51974.31
60Darrius BarksdaleDB (FS)RB6-11954.5
61Kyle RudolphTE6-62204.8
62Josh JenkinsOL6-32825.2
63Marcus SalesWR6-11804.5
64Micanor RegisDL (T)6-32965.25
65British FootmanRB5-101854.45
66Dion JordanTEWR6-62154.6
67Sam McGuffieRB5-101804.32
68Tyler LoveOL (T)6-7 2755.2
69Dwayne AllenTE6-42354.7
70Damion SquareDL (E)LB6-32304.74
71Daniel CampbellOL (T)6-53356.19
72Averin CollierWRATH5-111904.47
73DeVoe TorrenceLBRB6-22154.5
74Khaled HolmesOL (T)DL (E)6-62905.3
75Quinton CoplesDL (DE)6-6242
76Dan McCarthyDB (S)6-11954.5
77Robert GoldenDB (CB)DB (S)5-10.51764.88
78Jerrell HarrisDL (E)6-42104.5
79Richard WatsonRB (TB)6-12204.5
80D.C. JeffersonQBTE6-52374.76
81Blaine GabbertQB6-42204.65
82Lucas NixDL (T)6-52715.1
83Robert BlantonDB6-21754.78
84Tyler EdwardsTE6-32284.8
85Kevin WhaleyRBDB (CB)5-101804.45
86Brandon Green           WR, DB6-0 1724.4
87Janoris Jenkins        DB (CB)5-10.5     1674.72
88Josh Haden   ATH      5-71904.43
89Deangelo Tyson          DL (T)    6-2276
90Greg Shaw                          OL (T)    6-62755.2
91David Posluszny  LB (W) DB (S)      6-11984.75
92Trevor Robinson        OL (G)    6-53005.2
93Matt Patchan   OL6-6247
94Brandon Harris  DB (CB)5-10.5     163 4.62
95Stacey McGee     DL (T)     6-42855.1
96Darius Banks  QB6-11704.65
97Daryl Stonum  WR       6-21854.5
98Everette ThompsonDL (E) TE   6-4240
99Dayne Crist     QB6-42104.8
100      Ronnell GrixbyDB (FS) RB5-91904.5

13J.B. Shugarts               OL, T               6-7  2965.12       Klein, TX

Known Offers: Florida, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas, and 14 other schools

B50 Overview: Great run blocker with frame and upside to be a great OT.  Verbally committed to Ohio State on 4/24/07

14Kenny Tate        WR , DB, S         6-3          190       4.45       Hyattsville Dematha

Known Offers: Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida Maryland, Virginia Tech

B50 Overview: Large framed wide receiver that can really run

2008 CLASS
Mike Adams   OT
Orhian Johnson   QB
Michael Brewster   OL
Ben Buchanan   K
Nic DiLillo   TE
Zach Domicone   S
1/30/07
Garrett Goebel  DT
Travis Howard   CB
Jermil Martin   FB
Willie Mobley   DE
DeVier Posey   WR
Shawntell Rowell   DL/OT
Etienne Sabino   LB
JB Shugarts   OL
Jacob Stoneburner   WR
Andrew Sweat   LB
Lamaar Thomas   WR
Keith Wells   DE
Nathan Williams   LB
Terrelle Pryor   QB
Terrelle Pryor has made his decision: He's going to be a Buckeye.  The highly-touted high-school quarterback announced his decision to attend The Ohio State University at a news conference this morning.  According to recruiting sources, his final choices were Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Oregon.  Pryor said in February that he would visit Oregon, but never did.  He also never made an official visit to Penn State. 
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