Friday Night Light Commitments Continue

Earlier we told you all about Josh Moore committing to Ohio State. Also it was the first ever live commitment to OSU during the annual Friday Night Lights camp. Less than 2 hours later and OSU has their 2nd commitment of the night. This one came as a shock to most but if you follow recruiting at all OSU has been putting in work to break up the pipeline of Cass Tech kids in Detroit going to Michigan. Last year they STOLE Damon Webb and tonight they took another Cass Tech Stud…

Joshua Alabi is a 6’5″ 270 lbs 3 star DL/OL from Detroit, Michigan. He is a huge kid with a lot of upside. He can play pretty much any position on the Defensive Line and Offensive Line. He brings a real toughness to the class and will help keep the pipeline going to Ohio State that is loaded with talent.

Lucky Number 13 is….

Well as we told you all week there would be some real excitement at Friday Night Lights the annual recruiting camp put on by OSU to showcase everything OSU has to offer. There has never been an actual commitment at this event in its history but that all ended tonight when Olathe, Kansas 3 star TE Josh Moore committed to play for the Buckeyes in 2015.

Josh Moore is a 6’5″ 250 lbs Tight End who brings a lot of athleticism to the position and fills a real hole for OSU. After missing on many of the TEs they coveted this year Josh took his time and waited for this event to showcase to the staff what he can bring. He may not be the only TE to commit from this event as CJ Conrad the UK commit is still there working out and trying to earn his offer.

OSU Mens Bball Schedules Perennial Power

According to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN Ohio State will play Memphis in 2015 at a neutral site in Miami, Florida. Here is part of that report…

The Hall of Fame will debut a new event in Miami in 2015 in which Kentucky will play South Florida and Memphis will face Ohio State, an industry source told ESPN.

The neutral site doubleheader will be played at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Nov. 27, 2015. The format of the event is that each host school will play three home games in addition to one neutral site contest.

This will add another marquee match-up for Coach Matta and an early season challenge to help prepare them for the B1G season and post season.

MotSaG Chat with Kieffer Longson

3star_recruit_iconCoach Meyer and Ohio State have proven over and over they will go anywhere in the country to find talent that can succeed at OSU. Offensive Line is always an area of need and the 2015 class is no different. There is however one 2015 OLman who is a little different than most of the guys OSU is recruiting. You see Kieffer Longson is LDS (Mormon) and recently he named OSU in his top 6 schools. But you see even if he does pick OSU he won’t be enrolling at OSU for at least 2 years as he goes to serve a mission for his church. The beauty of this is OSU has a chance to grab a kid who is very talented but it would not count against the 2015 class size.

Let’s get to know Kieffer who is a 6’7″ 290 lbs 3 star OG from San Ramon, California. See I told you Coach Meyer will go anywhere to find talent. I sat down with the young man and got to know him and we talked about all of the schools he is currently leaning towards.

I will let you decide which guy is Kieffer.

I will let you decide which guy is Kieffer.

I asked Kieffer about serving a mission and whether or not it would affect his standing with any of the schools he currently favors he said… “All 6 of my Top 6 schools have experience dealing with LDS kids and have no problem with me going on a mission.”. When you think about LDS kids most people instantly think about BYU and Utah so I asked him about growing up in the church and which way his family leaned in the Holy War he said… “Haha my family is happy whatever school I go to. They are not really a fan of either school but my dad went to BYU and UCLA so he is more of a Cougar fan but wants what is best for me.”. You see for any member of the LDS church you almost have to choose a side in the Holy War and while Kieffer didn’t come out and say it my guess is his family would chose BYU.

We talked about why of all the schools he is currently favoring Ohio State is the only one east of the Rocky Mountains and his answer was pretty telling… ” I really like the coaches and the place! It is a great way to get to the NFL. They put 4 guys in the NFL this year and I’d love to maybe be apart of the program.”. Kieffer visited OSU about a month ago and loved it and said… “I might take an official visit soon too.”.

When foes he believe he will commit? He does not have a firm commitment date yet but he said… “The Sooner the better but at the same time I want to make sure I choose the best school for me.”. He would like Buckeye Nation to know that he is… “Very interested in OSU and that I’m looking for the best way yo get to the NFL while getting an education.”. At this point he says “Everyone is even” and he has no favorites but it is great for OSU that he has visited and is considering an official visit. If Coach Meyer can get him back on campus I have no doubt he can’t close the deal and land this talented kid.

You can follow Mt. Storming Mormon on Twitter by clicking @kieffer74

OSU Football Player Leaving the Team (Multiple Reports)

5th year Senior J T Moore has apparently left the team. Moore is a TE/DE who has played sparingly during his career has chosen to enter the real world rather than stay at OSU and play Special Teams.

Patrick Maks of Eleven Warriors had this to say…

Ohio State senior tight end J.T. Moore is leaving the Ohio State football team, sources told Eleven Warriors Thursday.

Moore, a fifth-year senior, will part ways with the Buckeyes due to chronic knee injuries. He played in 31 games during his career, including all 14 games in the 2013 season.

Bucknuts had this to say…

Sources at Youngstown Boardman tell us that J.T. Moore has given up his final season of eligibility and is already in the business/investment field.

Moore would have been a fifth-year senior this fall and would have provided depth at tight end. He played defensive end earlier in his career.

This is yet another reason why true freshman Sam Hubbard โ€“ who was recruited as a linebacker โ€“ will be playing tight end this season for the Buckeyes. Ohio State has good talent at the position with senior Jeff Heuerman, fourth-year junior Nick Vannett and redshirt freshman Marcus Baugh, to go along with Hubbard. Walk-on Chris Rock, a fourth-year junior who was formerly a scholarship player at Michigan, will also provide depth at tight end.

Dave Biddle of Bucknuts added this confirmation….

J.T. Moore’s football career at Ohio State is over, a team spokesman confirmed to Bucknuts on Thursday.

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Moore would have been a fifth-year senior this fall had he returned to the team.
Sources informed Bucknuts Thursday morning that Moore would not return to the team and had already accepted a job in the investments field, which we reported in the Boarding House.

Moore played in all 14 games for the Buckeyes in 2013 as a reserve tight end and special teams mainstay.
He started four games during the 2011 season as a defensive end.

We at MotSaG wish JT nothing but the best if these reports are true. It will have no effect on the 2015 class size as JT is on his last year of eligibility.

Want to own something OSU great Mike Vrabel once owned?

As everyone reading this post should know by now Mike Vrabel a Buckeye in the truest sense of the word has accepted a position coaching in the NFL and is moving his family to Houston, Texas. While this saddens so many of us Buckeye fans that he wont be standing on the sideline for OSU games anymore this was an opportunity he could not turn down and we understand that. What it does mean though is that the family has to move and when you move across country you have to get rid of some things because a purge is needed.

In there lies the awesomeness of this here post. You see the Vrabel family is auctioning off many of those belongings that they can’t take with them….

Who doesn’t want a signed Chevy Chase Caddyshack poster?

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How about the place where he kept his beer cold then after finishing them he probably smashed the cans on his forehead?

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How about the place where Coach Vrabel cooked copious amounts of meat products for himself and his players?

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You get the point I assume by now there are seemingly 100s of items for sale and anyone can bid and win some piece of the Vrabel family history. Curious how to bid? Let Coach Vrabel tell you himself…

MotSaG Chat with Ethan Tucky

Can you imagine what it is like to be a top 100 recruit in the nation? How about a Top Linebacker in the country? Now also imagine you grew up 30 minutes from Ohio State that has arguably become the greatest Linebacker producing school of modern football era. That is exactly what Ethan Tucky is dealing with right now. The 6’2″ 210 lbs LB from Delaware, Ohio is a 4 star recruit and a top 100 player in the country according to 247sports. I was lucky enough to talk to Ethan tonight and get his reaction to his visit to Ohio State today.

downloadEthan Tucky has been an OSU fan his whole life and who can blame him he grew up a stones throw away and during what has been a golden era of Buckeye Football. When I asked him about the pressure of landing a Buckeye offer and choosing OSU being a hometown kid he had this to say… “A little yes, I try to be very open with recruiting though. In the end I am just trying to find the right fit for me.”. Who does Ethan list as his favorite football player of all time none other than former Buckeye Great James Laurinaitis. A player that every OSU fan hopes the next LB will compare to even a little bit.

You would think being so close to OSU he would have visited a million times but in reality today was his first visit ever to the campus. His impression of the campus was surprising to me he said of it… ” It wasn’t as big as people told me. I mean it is not small or anything but once I got on it the size didn’t matter to me.”. That tells me he wont be intimidated by OSUs vast size and that it wont be a negative factor for him.

What part of his campus tour did he enjoy the most? This also was very telling in my opinion. He said of the visit to OSU that he enjoyed the most… “The coaching staff feel, they really felt like good friends. So I enjoyed being able to open up and be comfortable with them.”.

It didn’t take long from his visit today for Ethan to list his Top 10 schools as he tweeted this message out shortly after our interview ended…

Even that list which he clearly claimed had no order was telling. Sure he put Ohio State #1 which has at least some feeling of being his favorite. But to not even list Michigan in his Top 10 shows you how much he loves OSU as a fan and how much an offer would be for him. The staff told him an offer is forthcoming once they see him play this fall in his new position as an OLB. He played DE last season but every school is chasing him as a LBer at the next level.

He doesnt have any visits scheduled for the rest of the summer but may travel to Michigan State to see their campus if he can arrange it. If I was a betting man I would put all my money on Ethan getting his offer pretty quickly into this coming HS FB season and him committing not to long after that. He is exactly the kind of person and player that Meyer loves and that OSU fans will enjoy watching play for years to come.

Ohio State lands #10 via a flip

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Kevin Feder is the newest commitment of the 2015 class and this time it is via the flip method that all OSU fans have grown use to seeing since Urban Meyer became the head coach. This time he went after a recruit committed to Miami of Florida. Kevin Feder is a 6’9″ 305 lb GIANT of a kid from Ramsey, New Jersey. The 3 star commit has just recently converted to OT from DT and will be able to play both at the next level but projects to OT. Feder had committed to Miami back in January but attended a camp at OSU this past week and was offered. It didn’t take long for Kevin to make the decision to flip to become a Buckeye and announced it on his Twitter just a few minutes ago…

New Top247 For 2016 Released

Our favorite recruiting site here at MotSaG 247Sports has released their newest rankings for the 2016 class and there are quite a few people to cover. So lets break it down by commits, leans, and targets.

COMMITS
George Hill- 43rd in the nation, #3 RB, and #3 in Ohio.
Tyler Gerald- 143rd in the nation, #7 OG, and #11 in Ohio.

LEANS
Tommy Kraemer- #36
Dwayne Haskins- #42
Brandon Ferns- #60
Prince Sammons- #63
Nick Bosa- #64
Nate Craig- #71
Patrice Rene- #78
Justin Layne- #97
Ethan Tucky- #99
Jarrett Guarantano- #100
Demario McCall- #110
Austin Mack- #120
Jonathon Cooper- #162
Zach Sandwisch- #169
Jake Hausmann- #207
Luke Farrell- #228

TARGETS
Rashan Gary- #5
Keion Joyner- #7
Liam Eichenberg- #8
Ben Bredeson- #20
Daelin Hayes- #53
Sam Bruce- #67
Stephen Smothers- #72
Brandon McIlwain- #106
Miles Sanders- #133
Tyrece Speaight- #190
Malik Barrow- #230

Urban Gets A Speedster For Commit Nine

My hand is starting to get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from writing all of these commitment posts this week. I literally have lost count of all the guys who have committed to the 2015 and 2016 class. This is not a bad thing to have and camps are always a great place for guys to earn their offers and commit. It happened earlier with a 2016 kid and now we have one with a 2015 kid.

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Denzel Ward committed to Ohio State as was first reported by…

Denzel Ward is a 5’11″ 165 lbs 3 star CB from Nordonia, Ohio. Denzel is a barn burner cover guy. He was clocked as a 4.31 40 yard dash at the OSU camp back in March. He went in to camp today and earned his offer impressing the coaches all day long with his athleticism and speed. He proved he was worthy of an OSU offer and once offered instantly committed.

You can see his highlights by clicking Hudl.