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QB CJ Stroud (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by HotMic, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Thread moved
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  2. LordJeffBuck

    LordJeffBuck Illuminatus Emeritus Staff Member

  3. BuckeyeTillIDie

    BuckeyeTillIDie The North Remembers

    His ceiling seems to be very high. Adding him late in the class could prove to be huge for the program in a few years.
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  4. LordJeffBuck

    LordJeffBuck Illuminatus Emeritus Staff Member

  5. Bill Lucas

    Bill Lucas Senior

    He’s shown nice feet so far in the Army AA game. Bresee has him in his sights and he escaped easily. Also has a 15 yard scramble for a first down.
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  6. NorthCoastKid

    NorthCoastKid Senior

  7. HotMic

    HotMic Mr. so-and-so Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    It's a game day during his senior season, and in the hours leading up to kickoff, C.J. Stroud unlocks his iPhone, taps it to play the song that motivates him most and begins getting his mind ready on a Friday night playing for Rancho Cucamonga High School.

    Whether a home or away game, it's always the same song that allows him to zone in — Meek Mill’s “Wins and Losses” pounding into his ears, as he envisions scrambling for a 37-yard rushing touchdown and tossing an 80-yard touchdown pass in California’s Division 2 state semifinals.

    Listening to this song is an all-day routine on game days for the blue-chip quarterback, but the final minutes before kickoff are when those lyrics and beat create its biggest impact.

    He stands in the locker room, shoulder pads and helmet on, and watches as a Cougars assistant coach motions to the team and yells “Three minutes! … Two minutes! … One minute!...” before he walks to the field with his teammates.

    A sampling of those lyrics:

    You have to eat the dream, you have to sleep the dream, you have to dream the dream … you have to see it when nobody else sees it / Mama told me if you fall, never stay down / Stand up, I can never lay down / Wins and the losses, it come with being bosses...

    Those three minutes are when Stroud gets goosebumps, the chills heavy enough that even six weeks after the final high school game of his career – on a beautiful early January afternoon on a San Antonio practice field in preparation for the All-American Bowl – there are still thrills in his voice as he talks about it.

    “I play my song, and I go crazy,” Stroud says. “I go out, and I got this look on my face. … I start thinking about my life and think about the things I’ve been through, and I just go out there and play. All the things I’ve gone through. And I’m doing it for my mom and my brothers and my sisters; my family at home. Just those things.”

    Before Stroud won MVP at The Opening Finals last July, kick-starting one of the fastest national recruiting rises in the country, jumping him from three-star to five-star prospect in a matter of months…

    Before he led Rancho Cucamonga through the forest of an 0-4 start to six straight wins and an improbable playoff berth and first-round upset win as a junior, and before he threw for 3,878 yards and 47 touchdowns as a senior, taking the Cougars to their deepest playoff run in three years with that semifinals appearance…

    Before he was offered a scholarship by more than a dozen major college football programs, including Oregon, Georgia, USC, Michigan, Baylor and Ohio State…

    Before all of that, Stroud was a kid, angry and confused about the adversity hitting him while growing up under rough circumstances in Southern California.


    So years later, after making it through some of the darkness, as his Beats by Dre headphones pump those lyrics and adrenaline into his body and brain, Stroud thinks of his freshman math teacher who, when Stroud told him he was going to play in the NBA or NFL, grabbed a marker and on a dry-erase board wrote the number “0.078,” representing the tiny percentage estimate of high schoolers who move on to play professional sports. (“Now,” Stroud says, “he’s, like, my biggest fan.”)

    He thinks of his mom, Kimberly, the mother of four – Isaiah, Asmar, Ciara and the youngest, C.J. – who was so impactful that one of his future goals, hopefully after reaching the NFL, is to start a charity for single mothers and have his own mini ESPN “30 for 30” documentary. One that would show other kids who may be going through the same things as he did that there are success stories born from the dark times.

    He thinks of his dad – his best friend and the man who taught him how to play basketball and how to play quarterback, putting both sports into his life at the age of 5. He thinks of that man who means so much to him and whom he “loves to death” and is still close with but now has to have most conversations with through the phone – ever since his dad was taken away to prison when C.J. was still in middle school.

    There are countless other past experiences Stroud remembers from his days growing up in Los Angeles that he saw or heard that he doesn’t wish to share. Not yet, anyway. He doesn’t feel ready to talk about them, but he says he will one day. It’s important to discuss them so that he can show others they can emerge from what they’re going through, too.

    “It’s typical stuff, but it’s hard. It’s hard,” Stroud said. “People read it and are like, ‘Oh, that’s a regular black kid’s story.’ But it’s not. It’s really hard. You go through things you don’t wanna do and see things you don’t wanna see. You can’t eat. It’s little things like that, that people don’t know.

    “My life has been like a roller coaster. It’s been up and down. I’ve been through hell and back. I’ve been through so much in my life. … I was young. I was a kid when this stuff happened. I had to grow up early. I had to grow up really fast.”

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    Definitely one of the better 11W articles......:nod:
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  9. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    I don't know who will be the QB1 after Fields leaves but whether its Miller, McCord or Stroud we are in good hands
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  10. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    If I'm honest I like McCord the best... very Baker-esque. That said I think Stroud is going to be here for 3 years and go in the 1st round before McCord gets his shot.
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  11. OregonBuckeye

    OregonBuckeye Semper Fi Buckeyes

    You couldn't compare him to someone who isn't a total douchebag?
  12. bucknut502

    bucknut502 Senior

    Stroud, to me, is Marcus Mariota. I think he’ll be great in Day’s offense.
  13. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    That's going to be a heck of a battle and I wouldn't count any of those 3 out. We're blessed to be in a position where we have to make that decision though. Gun to my head, I'd say Stroud wins it with his style and mechanics (plus having a year under his belt compared to McCord), I think he'll fit perfect in our offense. But it's going to be fun to watch that position battle. And if we have some blowouts this season, it'll be interesting to see who comes in to spell Fields.
  14. CFPBuckeye

    CFPBuckeye Turned down a Harbaugh sleepover '17 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Which one is gonna be Joe Burrow?
  15. Systems_id

    Systems_id Senior

    Considering how good Burrow turned out to be, hopefully none of them (unless they play for OSU).

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