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tBBC Heard Around the ‘Shoe – 8/3/2016

Discussion in 'News' started by Ben van Ooyen, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. Heard Around the ‘Shoe – 8/3/2016
    Ben van Ooyen
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here


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    Welcome to your tri-weekly dose of Ohio State recruiting news and notes! Heard Around the ‘Shoe will now be posted on Monday-Wednesday-Friday.

    New Social Media Rules in Effect:

    In case you hadn’t noticed or don’t follow recruiting, the way that coaches can interact with recruits on social media changed starting August 1st. Coaches can now re-tweet, like, share and repost anything from social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Coaches are still not able to comment on or tag a student athlete in posts on social media, so at least there is still that restriction. I follow quite a few prospects on Twitter, and the amount of re-tweeting done by coaches now fills my timeline with old posts and things I don’t need to see again and again. Lucky for us there is a way to turn off re-tweets from specific people as to not clutter the timeline. You can see below the new rules and how they effect coaches and their interactions with the student athlete before they sign a letter of intent and then after.


    Coaches: see our handy chart for new social media rules! pic.twitter.com/7Sby0Fgz7x

    — Kala Andrews (@Kala_Andrews) August 2, 2016


    I for one agree with Landof10’s Jeremy Birmingham that this will soon get out of hand.


    “Well, I was going to go to that school, but their coach didn’t RT me as much as this school did. That sealed the deal for me.” #Soon

    — Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) August 3, 2016


    August 22nd a Good Day for the Buckeyes?

    The end of August is shaping up to be another banner few days of recruiting news for Ohio State as Tyjon Lindsey and Trevon Grimes are set to make their announcements. Lindsey had said earlier that he might change his date to an earlier time, but has since backed off that and posted this yesterday on twitter announcing his intentions to commit on the 22nd of August.


    T H E D A Y . ®
    Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, & USC. pic.twitter.com/eDzViedLdQ

    — Tyjon A. Lindsey ® (@tyjonlindsey) August 1, 2016


    While he has 10 teams listed, it is likely a battle between Nebraska and Ohio State for this talented 4-star receiver out of Calabasas, California. Be prepared for some sort of video reveal on Bleacher Report, hopefully it is as cool as Emory Jones video from last week.

    The continuing saga of Shaun Wade:

    Possibly the most interesting story in Ohio State recruiting is the continuing drama of Shaun Wade. Wade has been committed to the Buckeyes for over a year now, and yet he continues to take visits to other schools and flirt with other programs across the country. Most recently it has been Michigan that has been on the radar for Wade, and he was rumored to be visiting for the big BBQ that is taking place this weekend, which is a huge recruiting tool for the Wolverines. It doesn’t look like Wade will be making the trip this weekend, but he will be getting up to Michigan for an official visit (October 1st) according to his father who spoke to Landof10.com. It was once thought that Alabama was the second team in the equation, but they have offered a few other defensive backs in the last couple of weeks, and maybe saw the writing on the wall that Wade wouldn’t end up in Tuscaloosa. Is Michigan a viable threat to Ohio State for Wade’s services? I don’t think so, but as we have seen in recruiting over the years, anything can happen.


    #1 Athlete in New Jersey Announces Top 7:

    2017 Athlete Markquese Bell out of New Jersey released his top 7 yesterday and the Buckeyes made the cut. The Buckeyes are probably not in a position to take a commitment from Bell if he wanted to, as they are putting all their chips in the basket of 5-star recruit Jeffrey Okudah from Texas.


    Top 7

    Bell says in the video above that he will visit Ohio State for the Michigan game on November 26th, and make his decision shortly after on December 1st. All signs are pointing at Rutgers for this one.


    2018 Ratings Bump:

    Two high profile recruits that the Buckeyes are pursing for the 2018 class got a bump from 4-star status to 5-star status in the recent release of the 247 sports recruiting rankings. Westerville, Ohio’s Jaelen Gill and Bellflower, California’s Jaiden Woodbey both got moved up to 5-star status. Gill is 100% projected to be a Buckeye by all the recruiting experts, and Woodbey who was trying to attend for Friday Night Lights and couldn’t make it, has 50% of his crystal balls to USC and 33% to Ohio State at this point. Woodbey is still trying to get to Columbus to visit, and getting him on campus would go a long way toward showing him what Ohio State has to offer.

    New Offer Out for 2019:

    One of the hottest names in 2019 is Devyn Ford, a class of 2019 running back out of Stafford, Virginia. Ohio State became his 19th offer yesterday, joining Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia and Michigan State among others.


    #OhioState offers elite back Devyn Ford. https://t.co/Vfi732qq2Z @Mangano0073 @Bill_Kurelic @alexgleitman

    — Ryan Bartow (@RyanBartow) August 2, 2016


    Another 2018 name to keep and eye on:

    Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada seems to be a hot bed of Ohio State recruiting right now. With the commitments of Haskell Garrett and Tate Martell already in the books, the Buckeyes are looking to lock up their current teammate and class of 2018 star linebacker Palaie Gaoteote. Gaoteote has 16 offers so far, and seems to be favoring the Buckeyes, Fighting Irish and USC Trojans as of right now. Yesterday he received another offer from TCU.


    God Is Good! Excited to say that I have just received my 18th offer from Texas Christian University

    Gaoteote is ranked as the #1 outside linebacker in the class of 2018, and the #1 overall prospect in the state of Nevada. I imagine that Martell and Garrett will be in his ear during this season trying to persuade him that donning the Scarlet and Grey is the way to go.

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