Will OSU Lose Some of their Class of 2010 Before They Hit the Field
June 21, 2010 7:15 pm EST
First, Jamel Turner is shot, then we learn Duron Carter and Keith Wells are leaving the program. Now Ken Gordon of the Columbus Dispatch is reporting of the 18 players in the incoming 2010 class, only Rod Smith is not enrolled for the beginning of summer-quarter classes today (along with Turner).
Smith has not returned messages left for him this afternoon, so the reason is unclear. Reports earlier indicated that he had some work to do to be academically eligible, so that could explain it.
Converted fullback Jamar Martin had supposedly been pondering a transfer, but he is enrolled for summer quarter.
Any more news or is anyone else ready for things to settle down and play some football? Can we talk Seantrel Henderson into making a move?
Buckeye Recruit Interest Dies Tragically
April 3, 2010 7:30 am EST
As the recruiting process ended on the 2010 class, the Buckeyes were disappointed not to be able to sign the highly recruited lineman from Cincinnati, Matt James. As much as Coach Tressel would have liked to add him to the OSU offensive line, James decided to go to South Bend. Unfortunately, recently hired Coach Kelly will not get to enjoy the talents either. News has been posted that the 17-year-old Notre Dame football recruit was killed in a fall from a fifth-floor hotel balcony during his senior-year spring break in Florida. Police reports indicate alcohol may have been involved.
Matt James died Friday around 6:30 pm at the Days Inn Motel in Panama City Beach. Police said he was dead when officers arrived.
Matt James "had leaned over the balcony rail, was shaking his finger at the people in the next room over. He fell over," police said. James' former teammates at St. Xavier High School gathered for a private prayer service in the school's chapel, mourning the second death of an athlete this school year. James, an all-state offensive lineman, had been the first top signing for new Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. James was part of a group of about 40 St. Xavier students and a half-dozen parents on the trip.
"It appears to be a tragic accident," Panama City Beach police Maj. David Humphreys said, although drinking may have been involved. Humphreys said the railing at the hotel met the standards for proper height. He said police would be interested pursuing charges if they learn who provided the underage teen with alcohol.
James originally planned to go to the University of Cincinnati, where Kelly coached the last three years. When he left for Notre Dame, James reconsidered and chose the Fighting Irish over Cincinnati and Ohio State.
Henderson to Sign with USC
March 15, 2010 6:00 pm EST
Offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson from Minnesota who announced that he would attend USC but then held off signing a letter of intent, will sign with the Trojans this week, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The 6-foot-8, 335-pound Henderson was regarded as one of the best players entering college this year, and Ohio State was holding out hope he might sign with the Bucks if USC was penalized by the NCAA.
In February, he announced on national television that he had chosen USC. Later that night, however, his father said he would not officially commit to the Trojans until after USC went before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. The hearing was held in late February in Arizona. A decision about possible sanctions is expected in late April or May.
Baver 2010 Class Review
February 15, 2010 9:30 pm EST
Brent Baver on the 2010 recruiting class: On paper, I think it's Tressel's worst class. That doesn't mean it's not decent, but they had a lot of misses this year and with a small class, you usually get a higher percentage of elite prospects. That wasn't the case this year. I think they really, really needed more than 1 O-lineman in the class, but maybe we'll luck out and still land Seantrel.
I think 2010 will be the exception. 2011 already looks very promising. Much talk that Huber Heights Wayne QB Braxton Miller is going to commit early and help the recruiting effort right away. And Ohio is loaded with nice prospects in 2011, much more so than 2010. Looks like the early Scout.com ratings rate Miller as a 5-star prospect. And they rate Trey DePreist, OLB from Springfield as a 5-star guy too. Word on the street says commitments (to OSU) from both Miller and DePriest by the end of February.
Another Griffin, Another Legacy
February 11, 2010 8:00 pm EST
As we wait to see the fate of Seantrel Henderson, the Buckeyes get an unexpectedly addition to its 2010 recruiting class, and his name is already on a plaque at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State today signed Adam Griffin -- son of OSU legend Archie -- to a letter of intent, as reported by Ken Gordon and The Columbus Dispatch.
Adam Griffin is a 5-9, 185-pound running back and defensive back from Columbus DeSales High School. He was an all-district pick, but did not appear to be an OSU target before this announcement. Last week, Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel said he did not expect to add anyone else (besides possibly Seantrel Henderson) to this class. Adam was not nationally ranked.
“Adam Griffin has a passion to be an Ohio State Buckeye,” Tressel said in a release. “He will add a great deal to our football family on the field, in the locker room and on our campus. Adam clearly understands the privilege of being an Ohio State Buckeye.”
Griffin is the 19th member of the 2010 class.
2010 Class Currently at 18
February 3, 2010 10:00 pm EST
The 2010 Signing Day has come and gone with minimal fuss. All the players that gave us a verbal commitment, stayed true to their word. Matt James decided on Notre Dame and Seantrel Henderson chose USC. This is not the biggest class under Tressel or the best class but let's see if they can meet and exceed their expectations.
Anyone else ready for Spring Ball?
Twas the Night Before Signing Day
February 2, 2010 11:00 pm EST
Twas the night before signing day and all through the Shoe, not a recruit had signed but Bucks fans weren't blue.
LOI's were hung by the fax machines with care, in hopes that superstars soon will be there.
With just a few hours to go, before the signing day commences, OSU sits with 18 verbal commitments. We would all like to think they are solid and they will all live up to their full potential, but we all know that will not be the case. We may lose someone at the last minute, but maybe we will snag that coveted five-star player. At any rate, it is the day that brings the most fun for the college football fan, sandwiched between the bowl game and the Spring game.
Two of the players the Buckeyes hope to land at the last minute, are Matt James and Seantrel Henderson. ESPN Insiders are saying James, an offensive tackle from Cincinnati, is actually taking the Bearcats off the list. It is now down to Ohio State and Notre Dame. Henderson has still been visiting schools so he should be up in the air but there are a few sources that feel the Bucks have the inside track. Just don't tell Lane Kiffen that. Henderson has arrived at CBS studios and plans a press conference at 5:30 Wednesday.
Hicks Decides to Be a Longhorn
January 29, 2010 5:30 pm EST
As expected, in a press conference this afternoon, linebacker sensation Jordan Hicks announced his plans to play at Texas. He will be joining Plano West (Texas) High School defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat and West Chester Lakota West’s Hicks both publicly announced oral commitments to play for the Longhorns on Friday.
Hicks, a five-star recruit, received a text message from his future college teammate Jeffcoat Friday afternoon shortly before the Ohio standout made his way to a much-anticipated news conference in front of several TV cameras, reporters along with friends, family, coaches and high school teammates. It was a blow to OSU's recruiting plans as he is considered Ohio ’s No. 1 recruit overall in the 2010 class. Nationally he was rated the nation’s No. 22 player overall, according to Tom Lemming’s Top 100 list.
Hicks had considered Ohio State, Florida and Texas as his three final choices the past few weeks. The 6' 2", 220 pounder handled all of the media spotlight and the constant attention from some of the nation’s top programs with a great deal of humility. Senior running back Jordan Thompson, one of Hicks’ closest friends on the team, said Hicks was always a good teammate and wanted the focus on the high school team instead of him. Hicks told Thompson of his Texas decision on Monday afternoon when the two were driving to a local mall after school. Hicks pulled up a photo of a Texas Longhorns hat on his cell phone.
Hicks said going to Texas was always his dream since he was little. Hicks has been a Texas fan for quite some time. Hicks was the Associated Press Division I state defensive co-player of the year this past fall. He was the Southwest District defensive player of the year. He had 65 solo tackles, 30 assisted, 13 tackles for loss, three sacks and two interceptions.
Ohio State Continues the Quest for the Country's Finest Prospects
January 28, 2010 6:00 pm EST
How do things look at this time for OSU's top target recruits?
Jordan Hicks, considered the elite outside linebacker prospect in the country by several rating services, will announce his intentions at 1:00 pm. Friday with a news conference at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio. Hicks' final three are Ohio State, Florida and Texas. Does anyone else picture a scene with three baseball hats and a stupid build-up?
As for two other Ohio State targets, offensive linemen Seantrel Henderson and Matt James, it appears they won't announce their decisions until national signing day. Henderson, from St. Paul, Minn., supposedly is still considering Ohio State, Southern California, Florida, the University of Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and maybe even Minnesota. He will reveal his choice signing-day afternoon on CBS College Sports Network. James, from Cincinnati Xavier, is scheduled to visit his other finalist, Notre Dame, this weekend.
Hicks May Announce Friday
January 27, 2010 11:30 pm EST
Tim May of the ' Columbus Dispatch' is reporting that Ohio State won't have to wait until national letter of intent signing day to find out where they stand with blue-chip linebacker prospect Jordan Hicks. He is scheduled to announce his choice at his Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio, at 1:00 pm Friday. May received this information directly from Hicks' coach Larry Cox. Hicks is believed to have narrowed his list to three prime candidates -- OSU, Texas and Florida -- several weeks ago, but has offered few hints as to a favorite. All three schools made him a priority target, noting primarily his versatility and quickness off the edge as an outside linebacker.
Another Recruit from Cleveland Glenville Commits to the Buckeyes
January 26, 2010 10:30 pm EST
Cleveland Glenville defensive back Christian Bryant is following in the long line of Tarblooder stars to head to Ohio State. Bryant has announced plans to attend OSU. With Ohio State and North Carolina hats in front of him, Bryant picked up the OSU hat and announced his decision with his parents in attendance. I am not a big fan of the showboat press conferences, I hope he lives up to his billing.
The Buckeyes have had a player from Glenville in ever recruiting class since signing Troy Smith in 2002. He is the 18th player for OSU in the class of 2010. Official signing day is less than two weeks away.
Bryant made official visits to Ohio State, North Carolina and Michigan State, before narrowing things down to the Buckeyes and Tar Heels. Other schools in the running included Miami, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Iowa, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Stanford, Illinois and Minnesota.
OSU Lands Recruit #17 of the 2010 Class
January 13, 2010 11:00 pm EST
Today, OSU landed another recruit for it's class of 2010. Bradley Roby gave his verbal commitment and plans to be a Buckeye next year. Roby is a 6’0” 175 lbs wide receiver from Suwannee Peachtree Ridge Georgia, the same high school Cameron Heyward attended. Roby has good speed with a 4.4 40 yard dash, he is a three star recruit according to a number of recruiting organizations. He also considered Vanderbilt, Auburn, Boston College, Indiana, Maryland, Purdue, and West Virginia among others. He visited Ohio State on the 8th.
The Buckeyes are more than likely looking at Roby as a cornerback as they lost both Lamarcus Joyner and Joshua Shaw to Florida schools recently.
Two of the Nation's Top Recruits Choose Other Schools
January 10, 2010 8:30 pm EST
Sharrif Floyd, considered the top prospect in the country at defensive tackle, picked Florida. Floyd had been considered almost a lock for Ohio State. He said he chose Florida because he wanted a place "where I can spend not just the next four, but the next 40 years of my life." Also, defensive back Latwann Anderson chose West Virginia, possibly signaling an end to the stream of Cleveland Glenville grads to Ohio State.
There are three weeks left in the recruiting season, which ends February 3rd, the first day national letters of intent may be signed. At the top of Ohio State's list will be two offensive linemen, Seantrel Henderson of St. Paul, MN, and Matt James of Cincinnati Xavier.
The 6-8, 300-pound Henderson is the No. 1 overall prospect in the country, according to Rivals.com, He has been likened to former Ohio State tackle Orlando Pace, who started as a freshman.
His top six schools, in no particular order, are considered to be Ohio State, Southern California, Notre Dame, Florida, the University of Miami and Oklahoma. He is not expected to announce his decision until February 3rd. James is still considering four schools -- Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida and Cincinnati, in no particular order -- and has not said when he will decide.
Ohio State Gets a Defensive Lineman the Same Day they Lose Thaddeus Gibson
January 6, 2010 5:00 am EST
Michigan's defense will still be rebuilding this coming season in Coach Rodriguez's third year. It appears they have lost another top candidate from the state as Johnathan Hankins from Detroit announced he will become the 16th commitment to the 2010 recruiting class for the Buckeyes. The Florida Gators was another team that had offered Hankins a scholarship. He is expected to add both size and quickness to the Buckeye defensive line at 6' 3", 320 pounds.
Columbus QB Decides on Ohio State
December 16, 2009 10:00 pm EST
Verlon Reed, a dual-threat quarterback from Columbus Marion-Franklin High School has committed to Ohio State according to reports today. Reed chose OSU over Toledo and Bowling Green. He was blown away on his official visit last weekend. Rivals.com rates Reed as a three-star player, rated the No. 61 prospect in Ohio. The Buckeyes already have a quarterback in their 2010 class, Taylor Graham of Wheaton, Ill.
Last season, Reed led the Red Devils to an 11-3 record and a berth in the Division II state semifinals. He rushed for 1,395 yards and 19 TDs and passed for 1,548 yards and 18 TDs. There has been some speculation that Reed (6-2, 185) might switch positions in college, but he said OSU coaches have told him he will get a legitimate shot at quarterback.
Reed is the 15th member of the 2010 class, which is expected to number 20 by signing day.
Another Florida Receiver Commits to Ohio State
September 16, 2009 10:30 am EST
Wide receiver Corey Brown (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) committed to Ohio State at the conclusion to his official visit, Bucknuts.com reports. Some of the other schools he was considering included Miami-FL, Rutgers, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan State, Colorado, Notre Dame and Tennessee. Prior to his visit to Columbus for the USC game, it appeared he had Miami on the top of his list.
ESPN's Billy Tucker said of the news, "A tough Ohio State loss didn't deter Brown from pulling the trigger over the weekend and may have eased the pain for Buckeye fans. The exciting atmosphere surrounding his first visit to Columbus appears to have sealed the deal with the Pennsylvania native. OSU showed it had the speed and athleticism to compete with USC on Saturday night, but it still could use another highly skilled athlete on its future roster; Brown can do a bit of everything."
Brown brings a lot of speed and versatility to the table as a prospect and is likely getting recruited to Columbus as an athlete. We feel he has the skill-set to play running back at the next level but will most likely line up at wide receiver. He has great quickness, elusiveness and burst with the ball in his hands and could develop into a productive slot receiver for the Buckeyes with his ability to create mismatches in space. Will need some polish as a route runner but has soft hands, very good athleticism and explosiveness for the OSU staff to refine. Could be used creatively with his ability to motion in and out of the backfield; Brown's key to success at the next level will be his ability to add size and strength.
Brown had a huge sophomore season rushing for 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns but sustained a torn MCL early in his junior campaign.
Another Florida Receiver Commits to to Ohio State
August 6, 2009 10:30 pm EST
Chad Hagan wasted no time after his final visit to Ohio State to make his decision, as the safety/running back became the 11th commitment to the 2010 recruiting class.
According to the quote from the Columbus Dispatch, Hagen stated "I wanted to commit for a long time, I just wanted to make sure it was the right place. I prayed about it last night, and thought about it a lot, and today was just a great day."
Hagan, 6 feet 2 and 230 pounds from Canonsburg, PA ran a 4.29-second 40-yard dash in March, and backed that up two weeks ago with a 4.33. He also had scholarship offers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Syracuse and North Carolina State.
Another Florida Receiver Commits to to Ohio State
July 30, 2009 8:00 am EST
This year, the Buckeyes were fortunate enough to get Cris Carter's son Duron, out of Florida in their 2009 class. Receiver James Louis of Delray Beach, FL, surprisingly turned his back on his in-state schools and committed to Ohio State's 2010 recruiting class.
Louis, 5 feet 11 and 185 pounds from Atlantic High School, had offers from Florida and Florida State, as well as from Alabama, Georgia and LSU, among others. One reason the Buckeyes piqued his interest was their success in producing NFL receivers under assistant head coach Darrell Hazell.
Louis, the 10th member of the 2010 class, might be the only receiver in it. The Buckeyes are expected to have 16-18 commitments by signing day in February.
Buckeyes Secure a Kicker
July 3, 2009 12:30 pm EST
Drew Basil, a kicker-punter from Chillicothe is now the eighth commitment to the 2010 recruiting class. He indicated he had always been a Buckeye fan but his tour of campus clinched it for him. Basil, 6 feet 2 and 190 pounds, told coach Jim Tressel his decision in person. Though the Buckeyes project Basil primarily as a kicker (he was 8 of 12 on field-goal attempts last season), he had a 39.8-yard punting average.
Top Flight Running Back Commits to Ohio State
July 2, 2009 9:30 pm EST
Running back Roderick Smith of Fort Wayne (Harding), IN, becomes the seventh commitment to Ohio State's 2010 recruiting class. Smith, who was being sought by almost every school in the Big Ten, including Michigan State and Michigan, committed to coach Jim Tressel during an unofficial visit to the football facility.
A member of the ESPNU 150 watch list, Smith -- 6 feet 2 and 220 pounds -- is considered "a potential early impact player" by recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic because of his combination of power and speed. Smith rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.
Another Legacy Commits to the Buckeyes
June 23, 2009 6:00 pm EST
One has to go quite a ways back in the Buckeye rosters to find the last time we did not have the relative of a former player on the roster. In this decade alone the roster has included sons of former OSU greats like Jim Otis, Garcia Lane and even the genealogy of the immortal Chic Harley just to name a few. This fall we will add the son of Cris Carter to that list. As reported today Wheaton (IL) quarterback Taylor Graham will join that list. Son of Kent Graham, Taylor was one of the fastest rising stars in the Midwest. The 6-foot-4, 211-pounder had plenty of offers including one from Ohio State, but Graham ended the speculation today when he went on record with a commitment to his father's alma mater. - Gregg
Montana Heading to Washington
June 11, 2009 7:30 pm EST
Yesterday the super-recruit Nick Montana, son of NFL Hall of Fame Joe Montana, has finally chosen a school. Ohio State was among the long list of schools that heavily recruited the junior quarterback star. Jim Tressel even went as far as to promise Montana that he would not recruit any other quarterbacks for the 2010 class if he came to Ohio State.
To the surprise of most of us, Nick chose the University of Washington and while I am disappointed that he will not be wearing the Scarlet and Gray, I am pleased to know that now the Buckeyes can open the recruiting doors to other quarterbacks. Nick’s early commitment to the Huskies will allow Ohio State the freedom to look at other talent around the country and hopefully land a great quarterback that fits into the Buckeye mold.
Yes, I would have loved to seen him suit up for the Buckeyes but the early commitment is a best case scenario for Montana-less OSU. Hey, I’m a glass half full kind of guy, unless it’s beer. Then we have a problem. - Pete Quint
Texas Linebacker Adds his Name to the List of Buckeye Recruits
March 5, 2009 8:30 pm EST
Three weeks ago, we reported quarterback prospect Nick Montana, son of Super Bowl hero Joe Montana, was seriously interested in Ohio State, and vice versa. In the meantime, interest nationwide in the senior-to-be from Westlake Village (Oaks Christian), Calif., has grown substantially in terms of scholarship offers, inquiries from recruiting services and the like. Has all of the sudden attention left his mind spinning and racing?
“It’s pretty much a combination of that racing and spinning,” Montana said by telephone this week. “I’m still trying to figure everything out, still planning to take a couple more recruiting trips.” “Ohio State is definitely up there. You can tell those fans that.”
At this time, he has offers from schools across, including Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio State, Notre Dame (his father’s alma mater), Nebraska, Stanford, and Arizona. USC has contacted him but not made an offer, as has Texas and Tennessee. His present plan is to make unofficial visits to Alabama, Florida State and Arizona in the next month or so.
It is obvious that he is not just Joe Montana's son. At 6 feet 3, 190 pounds with a great arm, poise and leadership abilities he finally got to show in leading his team on a 14-0 run in his first year as the starter, he’s a big-time prospect.
Texas Linebacker Adds his Name to the List of Buckeye Recruits
February 23, 2009 5:30 pm EST
The Buckeyes lost to the Longhorns last month in the Fiesta Bowl but they were able to land one the state's top recruit. David Durham, a 6' 3" , 226 lb linebacker announced today that we will be a part of the Buckeye's Class of 2010. Presently he attends Westlake HS in Austin, TX. He had also received offers from West Virginia and Virginia.
The linebacker first saw the OSU campus and made contact with the coaches three weeks ago when he was in town for a wrestling camp. Having already sent a football highlight tape to the Buckeyes, Durham and his wrestling team was on campus to check out the Steelwood Training Facility when his coach contacted the OSU coaching staff. That contact set the wheels in motion that led to Durham landing a scholarship from the Buckeyes. After going to campus and meeting with OSU linebackers coach Luke Fickell, Durham and his father kept in contact during the ensuing weeks. Finally, during the morning of Feb. 23, Fickell let Durham know the Buckeyes were giving him a scholarship offer.
He accepted on the spot, becoming verbal commitment No. 4 for OSU’s class of
OSU Reports Third Verbal For the Class of 2010
February 13, 2009 4:00 pm EST
Ohio State did not get the high profile quarterback they were looking for in the Class of 2009. With any luck, they will be able to land a big fish for the Class of 2010. Nick Montana has never been to Ohio State, but from afar the quarterback and second son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana likes what he sees. That's why he's flying in for a closer look Monday and Tuesday.
Montana has indicated he likes the coaches and environment at Ohio State. And he certainly recognizes the quality of the program year in and year out. The Buckeyes already have offered the senior-to-be a scholarship to be part of the 2010 recruiting class, as have LSU, South Carolina, Stanford and California, to name a few. Texas, Alabama and Tennessee are said to be leaning toward an offer.
Montana, 6 feet 3 and 190 pounds, led Oaks Christian to a 14-0 record and a 2008 state title in his first season as the starter after he transferred from Concord De La Salle. He threw 33 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions last season, and he barely played in the second half of nine of the games because of blowouts. He is not like Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State's running-throwing quarterback, but Montana said he has been impressed with Tressel's ability for adjusting his offense to suit the quarterback.
"I caught a pretty good amount of their games last year and the year before, and I really like their offense," Montana said. "I think it would be a pretty good match."
But he's promising nothing. With a week off from school, he is going to visit Texas after Ohio State, and he would like to work in a visit to Alabama and Tennessee because he expects to make his decision before the upcoming season. His older brother, Nate, last year walked on at Notre Dame, where their father starred before moving on to the San Francisco 49ers. Nick has shown a preference to go elsewhere.
OSU Reports Third Verbal For the Class of 2010
February 5, 2009 8:00 pm EST
No sooner had OSU closed the book on the Class of 2009, sources reported their third commitment for the class of 2010. Offensive lineman Andrew Norwell of Cincinnati Anderson has decided on OSU. Recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com said he predicts Norwell will be among the top five overall prospects in the state.
Turner From Youngstown Chooses OSU
December 18, 2008 10:30 pm EST
Defensive end Jamel Turner of Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline became the second member of Ohio State’s class of 2010 when he pledged his services to OSU. Turner, a 6-2, 200-pound prospect with 4.78 speed in the 40-yard dash, becomes the second member of the class behind fellow Youngstown native J.T. Moore, who attends Boardman High School. Moore, a four-star outside linebacker, became the first member of OSU’s class in September just days after he officially received his offer.
Turner, who made 23 sacks as a sophomore, visited Ohio State to see the Buckeyes battle Penn State on October 25th. He was named to Scout’s All-Ohio Championship team for this year’s state championships as Ursuline won the state title.
Class of 2010 Gets it's First Name
September 11, 2008 9:00 pm EST
It might have taken a few days longer than last year, but the Ohio State coaching staff has accepted its first verbal commitment from a high school junior. J.T. Moore of Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman is a 6' 3" 215lbs Defensive End candidate.