Ok fine the title is misleading but you still enjoyed the video!!!
Ok fine the title is misleading but you still enjoyed the video!!!
So late last night I was able to catch up with 2014 safety Shelby Spence. As you can imagine the young man who is also considering Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Chicago was catching up on homework so our conversation was brief as I didn’t want to ruin his GPA.
As for his visit he had a great time at OSU and enjoyed his time in Columbus. He was hosted on his visit by early enrollee QB Stephen Collier. Spent most of his time with Mark Pantoni because unfortunately Coach Meyer was out of town all weekend.
As for an offer… He is still waiting for some info from the coaches on that issue and will be in contact with them later this week. He is not sure still if there will be an offer made whether it is full ride or preferred walk-on.
He can see himself attending Ohio State and that it would be a great place for him to spend his College years but just isn’t ready to make that call yet without more information that he hopes to have soon. He does not have a timetable of when he will make a final decision but hopes to know everything he needs to know soon so he can begin the process of finalizing his plans.
We will have more on his plans and info about his contact with the coaches later this week.
Well I wrote yesterday that Ohio State fans should be on commitment watch I wasn’t talking about the young man who became commit number three for Coach Meyer and his staff. Today’s news of a commitment comes from the state of Florida and Safety Ben Edwards a 4 star 6′ 200 lbs recruit from Jacksonville, Florida. Rivals ranks him a 4 star and the 5th best Safety in the country and the 149th best recruit overall.
Everyone, today I committed to the Ohio State University!!!! #BuckeyeNation Aaayyyyeeee!!
— Ben Edwards (@Ben_Edwards_) February 11, 2014
Ben Edwards is likely just the first of a few recruits from the state of Florida this year. Coach Meyer is making a major push to establish Florida as a recruiting base for OSU again. Last year the only recruit they landed from Florida was WR Johnnie Dixon while he is great you need Florida kids to succeed in CFB these days.
This past weekend we told you that Ohio State was losing another linebacker to transfer and as any good Buckeye fan can tell you, that is like eleventy million linebackers lost in the last five years to injury or transfer or leaving for the NFL. Ohio State took four great linebackers in the 2014 class and still has some really good ones left in the cupboard from past classes. The idea was that the 2015 class would not have to focus as much on the linebacker position but, with the news of Mitchell leaving, linebacker suddenly has become a major need again.
Insert who could be the best inside linebacker in the state of Ohio and a life long Buckeye fan who lives and plays 20 minutes from the Horseshoe. Nick Conner is a 6’3″ 225 lbs 4 star ILB from Dublin, Ohio. Nick is a prototypical hard nosed linebacker. As I was interviewing Nick last night, he talked about the fact that he is a run stopping linebacker but can drop back in coverage and cover a tight end. He also mentioned playing offense last season as a tight end and running back. He was very proud of his 13 touchdowns on both offense and defense. His stats speak for themselves: 129 tackles, 19 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, 3 INTs, and 2 defensive TDs as a standout LB playing the Stud position (Star for OSU).
Nick talked about what schools he has offers from and told me Illinois was his first offer and how excited he was to get that offer. He said the three offers he most seeks is Ohio State, Michigan State, and pretty much any big time warm weather school. Growing up a Buckeye fan in a family of Buckeye fans, you could hear in his voice when he spoke about Ohio State how excited he is for this visit. His main recruiter is Coach Fickell and although I think he would like more interaction with Coach Fickell, he spoke very highly of him and how he could tell Coach Fickell cared about him and his family and would always be there if he needed anything. He has his most contact with Mark Pantoni the man, the myth, and the legend of all thing Ohio State recruiting.
He has been to Ohio State for games and has recently been in touch with Coach Meyer who asked him to visit with his family this week. It made perfect sense to do it today with the huge OSU vs UM basketball game this evening. Nick and his family will head over to meet with Coach Meyer and Coach Fickell and Mark Pantoni to discuss a lot of things, I am sure. Nick is excited at the possibility of an offer being made today but knows it isn’t a sure thing. He has his head on straight and won’t get too excited before knowing if he has an offer or not.
Will Nick commit on the spot if he is offered? That is the million dollar question. He told me that he has considered all the scenarios but deep down inside he knows if he is given an offer today he could see himself committing if the moment is right for it. The important thing he knows is that he has to get the offer first and talk with his family to make sure it is right for him. But knows the gravity of being an Ohio kid and getting his dream offer. His excitement over possibly getting an offer from Coach Meyer was restrained but palpable at the same time.
Most of the people reading this story can imagine how he feels being an Ohio State fan the dream is to play for them. Nick has the ability and the grades 4.0 and 3.97 in the 2 quarters this year. He has the passion and talent to be a great LB for what ever team he lands with. If Ohio matters to Coach Meyer and landing the top talent in the state matters than I imagine Nick will get that offer and once he does can’t imagine him not committing maybe as soon as today but at least at some point in the near future.
Nick Conner will be at the Best of the Midwest combine in Indianapolis on Monday and will be tested in all of the normal things. We will update his stats info once we get them from him. Another interesting fact about Nick the kid loves him some A1 steak sauce and his last meal would include a steak dinner with a lot of it. He is undecided about what he would like to major in at college but his grades will allow him to go into any major he chooses. We will have a follow up interview with him when his visit ends and will update all of you on how it goes and where he stands.
One thing is for sure Jared Sullinger is finally finding himself in the NBA and guess what? He fits right in. The Former Buckeye star finds himself in the mix for being a bonafide NBA star. Last week he avg. 21 ppg, 13 rpg, and 2 shots blocked per game. He has 5 straight Double Doubles going right now as well.
Jared Sullinger named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) February 10, 2014
He also was recrntly named to the Rising Stars game for the NBA All-Star weekend.
For the season he is avg. 13.4 ppg and 8.2 rpg.
The saga surrounding Malik McDowell is not over and by the sounds of it will only get more crazy over the next 2 months. Rivals is reporting that Malik will most likely take unofficial visits to both OSU and FSU soon and they hope to have a decision made by the end of March on where he will go to school. Here is some of the highlights from the report…
McDowell announced a commitment to Michigan State over finalists Florida State, Michigan and Ohio State on National Signing Day. He did not follow up that commitment by sending a letter of intent to East Lansing, however.
The choice of Michigan State was McDowell’s, but his parents have been clear that they would like to see their son at one of his other finalists. Exploring those possibilities more in-depth is likely over the coming weeks according to his father, Greg McDowell.
“I know he is open to taking some unofficials to Florida State and Ohio State,” Greg McDowell said. “We plan on doing some unofficials and see if he and his mom can resolve this. It’s possible she’ll be open to Michigan State as well, so we’ll have to see.”
Greg McDowell also noted that Michigan is still in the picture, and conversations are ongoing with all three finalists he did not pick on National Signing Day.
“One thing I have to say about those schools is after hearing everything, they were calling — not on the recruiting aspect, but calling to see if the family was all right,” Greg McDowell said.
While last Wednesday is known as National Signing Day, it was technically the opening of the signing period, and prospects have until the end of March to send in a letter of intent before that signing period closes.
Suffice it to say the drama isn’t over and Ohio State is very much still in it to land the highly rated DE prospect from Michigan.
We are just a week or two past the moment when so many OSU fans were screaming OSU was not even worthy of a NIT invite and that Aaron Craft was having a dissapointing season… Fast Forward.
Today the Big Ten announced that Aaron Craft was named the Player of the Week his second of this season.
— Big Ten Men's Hoops (@B1GMBBall) February 10, 2014
Aaron had 17 points, 6 assts, 6 steals, and 3 rebounds while shooting 86% and 100% from 3 point range in a road win upset of #17 Iowa. He followed that up with a 7 pt, 3 rb, 4 assts, and 3 steal game victory over visiting Purdue.
The comeback that is Ohio State Basketball has been done mostly by Craft being more aggressive and making shots to open up others more. If he keeps playing this way the limits on this team will dissolve fast. Congrats to Aaron Craft and his roommates and enjoy Taco Tuesday and get that win over TTUN tomorrow night.
A few days ago I heard from a reliable source that Mike Mitchell a RS Freshman 5 star LB from the 2013 class was back in Texas and was leaving the OSU program. My source told me that Mitchells father was ill and that Mike had gone home to be with him and was not planning on returning. Today Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors confirmed this story in this report…
Linebacker Mike Mitchell has left the Ohio State football team and will transfer after the spring semester, sources told Eleven Warriors. Mitchell, who redshirted last season, plans to attend a college near his Plano, Texas home to be close to his ailing father.
In early January, Eleven Warriors learned that Mitchell had made an unexpected trip to Texas when he received word that his father was ill. But at that time it was unclear whether or not he’d remain with the football program.
The former five-star recruit was one of the crown jewels of the Buckeyes’ acclaimed 2013 recruiting class. But an injury in fall camp set him back and contributed to his redshirt.
I will add that my source told me that Mickey Mitchell the highly rated recruit for Thad Matta’s 2015 class will most likely decommitt as well but as of right now no official word has been made from the Mitchell family on Mickey’s status.
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We are a full 48 hours past the National Signing Day for the 2014 class and it feels like I am already behind the 8 ball on 2015 coverage. Just want to take a look at what to expect class size wise and what our area of needs will be and who we believe OSU will be targeting hardest. So lets get started on this.
The Class Size
Here is what we know for sure as of today. There are 15 Seniors on the team. Also the scholarship reductions for the NCAA violations ends so OSU has 3 extra scholarships to offer. That puts OSU at 18 spots right off the bat without any early leavers for the NFL draft and transfers and players kicked off the team. Lets take a quick look at who could leave early for the draft. There are 3 semi-likely players Noah Spence, Adolphus Washington, and Taylor Decker. You can count on 2-4 other players leaving due to natural attrition.
So for the 2015 class size it will be at least 18 players and could easily get up to 25. For the sake of this article though we will use the number 20 as a benchmark.
A look at the positions of need here is where I think OSU will use those 20 spots…
QB- 2 DB- 2
RB- 2 LB- 2
TE- 2 DL- 3
OL- 4 ATH- 1
The biggest areas of need for the 2015 class is QB, RB, and TEs. OSU didnt take any RBs or TEs in the 2014 class so they have to double down. OSU will also lose Braxton Miller and only took 1 QB each of the last 3 years.
So lets breakdown who OSU will pursue the hardest to fill these positions at least based on early interest on both sides the players and coaches.
Quarterbacks- 5 star QB Torrance Gibson is the top target for OSU. They are also chasing 4 Star QBs Brandon Wimbush, Lorenzo Nunes, and Jarrett Stidham. Look for OSU to push hard to land 2 of these guys.
Running Backs- 5 star RBs Damien Harris, Taj Griffin, and Soso Jamabo plus 4 star RBs Mike Weber, Jacques Patrick, TJ Simmons, Larry Scott, and Andre Robinson are the main targets as of today but could change as the year goes on.
Tight Ends- Chris Clark and CJ Conrad are the top targets but look for a few surprise names to pop up soon because OSU needs at least 2 of them this cycle.
Offensive Line- High 4 star Steven Gonzalez is the top target for OSU and that is very apparent by the attention he has gotten from all of the staff. Other targets are 5 star Martez Ivy and Mitch Hyatt (Clemson Commit) also 4 stars Sterling Jenkins, Chuma Edoga, Austin Clark, Joshua Alabi, and a host of other players. OSU will most likely take 4 OL every year including 2015.
Wide Receivers- 5 star George Campbell and 4 star guys Brian Cole, Devante Peete, and CJ Sanders are the main targets.
Defensive Backs- OSU already has CBs Eric Glover-Williams and Jamel Dean as commits. They will continue wo pursue 5 star Minkah Fitzpatrick, Kevin Tolliver (LSU commit), and 4 stars Tarvarys McFadden, and Jordan Whitehead. There will be others for sure.
Linebackers- Malik Jefferson, Justin Hilliard, Jefferey Holland, Rickey DeBerry, and Nick Conner are the main targets.
Defensive Line- Tim Settle, Trent Thompson, Shy Tuttle, Terry Beckner Jr, and Jashon Cornell are all 5 stars with OSU offers. There are again a ton of other targets that will be pursued much like OLmen.
Athletes- Jerome Baker is the top choice here the LB/RB fills the need for 2 spots and being from Ohio is a must get. There may be others who fall into this category but Baker is such an important recruit I am leaving him on here all by himself.
The 2015 class will be Urban Meyers 4th class but only his 3rd class with his recruits solely. We know that Coach Meyer will fill positions of need and will pursue top talent all over the country. New Jersey will likely be a big source of players in the 2015 class. OSU would like to have their QBs locked up before the summer ends. Look for a lot of surprise players as always and for the class to fill up over the entire year and not by May like Brady Hoke loves to do. I really believe the 2015 class could be the best ever but then again I say that every year don’t I? Enjoy the ride because Urban Meyer is driving and he isn’t driving a junker.