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OL Nicholas Petit-Frere (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by MD Buckeye, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. Buckeye1

    Buckeye1 Senior

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  2. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    I think we should start calling him Saint Nic since he was a late Christmas present all wrapped up with intelligence, tenaciousness, physicality, athleticism, leadership ability and the heart of a lion.
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  3. bigdog3300

    bigdog3300 The G.O.A.T.

    It's been years since I've been this excited for a recruit. Future captain, great leader, fantastic head on his shoulders and future 1st round pick. Still stunned. Go to your nearest bar, have a beer on me, put it on my tab.
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  4. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    Okay, I've liked your post. Now PM me your Visa card number.
  5. Drubuck

    Drubuck What time is it?

    This. My beer will turn into 10 Woodford Manhattans and surf and turf lobster and filet dinner. Followed by superman icecream
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  6. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Thanks bro

    P.S. Be careful going to any bars in Philly in the near future. You owe a lot of money.
  7. MD Buckeye

    MD Buckeye BP Soft Verbal Staff Member BP Recruiting Team Bookie Former BPCFFB II Champ Former FF League III Champ

    Coach Day's son reacting to Nicholas committing.
  8. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    I want that to be my kid
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  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Buckeye Football Signee Impact: Offensive Tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere


    When Tampa offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere committed to Ohio State and signed with the Buckeyes last Wednesday, he gave the 2018 OSU recruiting class a very important piece that they had been lacking. Ohio State is thin at offensive tackle, and even though Tennessee tackle Max Wray signed in December, the Buckeyes still needed a second bookend to pair with him. In the end they may have landed the best offensive lineman in the country.

    Player: Nicholas Petit-Frere (Berkeley Prep/Tampa, Florida)
    Position: Offensive Tackle
    Ranking: 247Sports Composite 5-Star, No. 1 Offensive Tackle, No. 7 Player Overall

    Nicholas Petit-Frere is a 6-foot-6 272-pound offensive tackle who is still physically growing into the player that he will become. He comes to Ohio State as a consensus 5-star prospect and the No. 1 offensive tackle in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite. Now that he is signed, however, none of that means anything.

    The first thing that you notice when watching Petit-Frere is that he is not your typical high school offensive lineman. He is not even your typical high school All-American offensive lineman. He runs tremendously well, and frequently uses that athleticism to pull from his left tackle spot all the way to the right side of the offensive line. Despite a relatively slim frame, he was the strongest offensive lineman at the Under Armour All-American Game last month.

    Petit-Frere has the feet and balance to be an effective pass blocker, and the quickness and drive to open up running lanes for the ground game. While he was mostly at left tackle, he would also move to various spots on the line when the offense wanted to run behind him. Even with the defense knowing what was coming, he was still able to create lanes with power and leverage.

    The Comparison

    An easy comparison for Nicholas Petit-Frere is current Buckeye Isaiah Prince. Prince will be moving to left tackle this season after two seasons at right tackle. When Prince signed with Ohio State, he was listed at 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds, so he also had room to grow into his frame. He is now listed at 6-foot-7 310 pounds and is still getting better.

    The first time we got to see an OSU fall practice in Prince’s freshman season of 2015, his agility and quickness literally jumped off the turf at us. It wasn’t clear how good he was going to be, but it was clear that he had everything a future left tackle would need. The same can be said for Petit-Frere.

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  10. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Urban Renewal Project

    Looks more like a pass rush DE than an OT. Goodness
  11. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    Right on. NPF is actually skinny at 272.

    He's going to be a load after Coach Mick gets his hands on him.
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  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Nicholas Petit-Frere ‘Most Thorough Evaluator’ Urban Meyer Has Ever Recruited

    Ohio State went into the weekend before the February 7 signing day needing to land an offensive tackle, and they were in the thick of it with the nation’s best prospect at that position — Nicholas Petit-Frere (Berkely Prep/Tampa, FL).

    Petit-Frere took his time with his decision, using up each of his five official visits in a deliberate effort to make the correct decision. In October, he visited Notre Dame. The next month it was Michigan. In January, he visited Alabama and then Florida. The final weekend of official visits is when he made it to Ohio State, and Urban Meyer and his coaching staff knew they needed to hit a home run.

    Ultimately, Petit-Frere told Meyer the day before signing day that he wanted to become a Buckeye, which solved a major problem for Ohio State, and also sent a bunch of Buckeye coaches hoopin’ and hollerin’.

    Meyer gave credit to defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, but also credited Petit-Frere for being the most thorough prospect he has ever recruited.

    “Yeah, well Greg Schiano was knee deep in that one, as well as Greg Studrawa,” Meyer said. “And it was one that this had been going on for a couple years. He’s the most thorough evaluator I’ve ever recruited. From A to Z, we sat in my office for about two hours and I had him go through each program and he kind of volunteered all kinds of information I’ve never quite heard.”

    Petit-Frere told Meyer that one of the major factors that swayed him was the relationship that players had with the coaches, citing J.K. Dobbins’ closeness to strength coach Mickey Marotti.

    Relationships are always key in recruiting, and Petit-Frere had a previous relationship with Schiano, who spent time helping out at Berkeley Prep for a couple of years after his stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came to an end.

    “I have a lot of, obviously, a lot of friends down there,” Schiano said on signing day. “I said to one of the guys I worked with, ‘That kid right there, he is going to be a special, special player.’ Now, he was probably 6’4″, 205 pounds at the time. Heck, he came to our camp, he was 6’6”, 227. This is kid who has committed his life to becoming a big time Division I offensive tackle. And that kind of work ethic, usually things work out.”

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  13. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    We conclude the Better Know a Buckeye series with its 26th and final installment in 2018. Here, we profile Nicholas Petit-Frere, an offensive lineman from Tampa.

    • Size: 6-5/288
    • Position: OT
    • Hometown: Tampa, FL
    • School: Berkeley Prep
    • 247 Composite: ★★★★
    • National Ranking: 7
    • Position Ranking: 1 (OT)
    • State Ranking: 3 (FL)
    • Under Armour All-American
    Petit-Frere had a unique recruitment. Urban Meyer even called him the most thorough evaluator of schools that he ever recruited. Ohio State, a thorough evaluator of talent itself, identified Petit-Frere as one of the top offensive tackles in the 2018 recruiting cycle and started recruiting him early in 2016. However, Petit-Frere chose to be tight-lipped through his recruitment and saved most of his evaluation until the late fall and early winter. A last-minute recruiting blitz from Ohio State, spearheaded by Greg Schiano, was enough to get Petit-Frere to sign with Ohio State on National Signing Day over Alabama, Florida, Michigan, and Notre Dame.

    I retell this story below. I offer a scouting report for the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 overall prospect. I suggest, despite his credentials, we may not see much of Nicholas Petit-Frere in 2018 and a redshirt is most likely this year. I close with some senior-year highlight film for the reader to watch at the end of the feature.

    Petit-Frere is the top offensive tackle prospect in 2018 and the crown jewel of Ohio State's recruiting class. He's not exactly a diamond-in-the-rough prospect either. Ohio State knew of him early into the 2018 recruiting cycle through Greg Schiano, who enrolled his children at Berkeley Prep when he was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ohio State's scholarship offer in the spring of Petit-Frere's sophomore year was among the first he received, preceding Florida by a week and predated only by Michigan from the previous October. However, much of Petit-Frere's recruitment operated at a low simmer for several reasons.

    One factor was Petit-Frere's own decision-making. He chose to keep things quiet through much of his recruitment as he focused on important matters on and off the field. He made a few visits in the summer after his junior year to Alabama, Auburn, and Ohio State. He took two unofficial visits to Alabama and Notre Dame in the spring of 2017 and visited Michigan, North Carolina, and Ohio State that June. However, Petit-Frere's recruitment only kicks into high gear late into the cycle. He took official visits to Notre Dame and Michigan in October and November and focused most of his energies on his recruitment after the early signing period.

    Jackson Carman was the other reason Petit-Frere's recruitment was quiet from the perspective of the Ohio State fan. Petit-Frere is the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in 2018 but Carman was No. 2 and from Fairfield, Ohio. It made him higher priority for Ohio State's coaching staff, especially as Petit-Frere kept his recruitment in neutral, all things considered. When Carman shocked Ohio State's coaching staff by signing with Clemson during the early signing period, it led Ohio State's coaches to invest all their energies into courting Petit-Frere into Ohio State's recruiting class.

    It started with an immediate visit from Greg Schiano and Greg Studrawa to Petit-Frere as soon as the recruiting dead period ended in mid-January. There, both assistants were able to convince Petit-Frere to schedule an official visit to Columbus to see Ohio State's program one more time. What followed was an eleventh hour recruiting blitz for Alabama, Florida, and Ohio State in which Petit-Frere visited each on successive weekends.

    Ohio State had the last word on Feb. 2, just five days before National Signing Day. That worked out for the Buckeyes.

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  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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