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tOSU Recruiting Discussion

Discussion in 'Football Recruiting' started by Smudger, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    Jakailin Johnson had been rumored to potentially be on the verge of committing in November or December, but when Jeff Hafley left for Boston College, those flames quickly died down.

    Hafley’s departure put players like Johnson in a bit of a holding pattern, as everyone waited to find out if the rumors of Kerry Coombs’ return were going to prove true.

    When asked at December’s Fiesta Bowl media day if there were any recruiting concerns without a defensive backs coach in place, assistant secondary coach Matt Barnes shook off that notion – and the reason why brings us back to what Washington said above.

    “I know we’re gonna go out and get a great secondary coach as well, but we recruit here as a staff,” Barnes told Eleven Warriors at the time. “I’ll certainly be involved, but depending on where they’re from and who has a relationship with a particular player, our entire staff will be involved. And Ryan Day is probably the best recruiter in the country.”

    Fast forward to May 6, and the Buckeyes continue to hold a huge lead for the No. 1 recruiting class in America. At the core of that success is a staff that seems to be as well-synchronized as any in the country – and one that seems to genuinely get along with each other.

    After the Buckeyes had landed their 17th commitment in the class just two days prior from Jantzen Dunn – who was the latest example of a group recruiting effort from Coombs, Barnes and Day – Coombs was on a teleconference in April enthusiastically describing what makes it all go.

    “You get with a recruit with a bunch of people that are like that and are having fun, they love the kid, they work really hard and really well,” Coombs said. “We’re all recruiting – a bunch of us are recruiting on Sunday night at 9 o’clock. There’s a bunch of effort being put into it, there’s a lot of thought being put into it. … I have just been so excited to watch and be a part of the way business is being done. It is a fantastic thing, and I really have never seen anything like it.”

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  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    Back in October or November, the recruitment of Troy Stellato did start feeling like a “when, not if” scenario, and there was a strong sense in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center that the Florida slot receiver would eventually be committing to Ohio State. That same feeling was present in February, too, when that prediction was made – a prediction, we would like to point out, that was revisited in April and updated to reflect the craziness that has happened on the recruiting trail sparked by the coronavirus-induced shutdown of visits.

    Things change so concretely and fluidly on the recruiting trail as is, and in this case, the shutdown put things a bit more up in the air for Stellato, as he was able to make an unofficial visit to Clemson before the shutdown but was unable to make another visit to Ohio State.

    Stellato is no longer a “when, not if” scenario. It's an actual battle between Ohio State and Clemson, and neither pick would surprise me whatsoever. From what I'm told, Ohio State's heralded receivers haul that it signed in 2020, plus already having two major receivers in 2021, are factors in Stellato's decision. How much of a factor is obviously going to be seen over the next two or three months, as Stellato nears what is likely to be a summertime decision.

    I don't have any information about whether Emeka Egbuka or Stellato are opposed to playing at the same school. But I do not believe they will both end up at Ohio State, especially if Stellato is looking at the Buckeyes' stacked receivers room in 2020 and 2021 as a potential roadblock. It's Egbuka or Stellato, one or the other. I am very confident that one of them will be a Buckeye, and it certainly could be a matter of who wants to commit first – because the Buckeyes would love to have either one.

    Egbuka is Ohio State’s top target at the position. It’s not any sort of massive gap between the two, but we have heard that Egbuka is higher up the board. The current Ohio State commits in the 2021 class are doing a good job of making impressions on Egbuka, and the decision could come down to how his father views the program and the academic pathways it provides.

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  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    OK, serious question for those that follow recruiting very closely. What's your take on the comparison between Rivals' FutureCast and 24/7 Sports' Crystal Balls? Is one site usually better and/or more accurate than the other?
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  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  6. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

  7. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    Just sayin': It will be interesting to see how the finances work out. Over the years numerous players have worn the same number. Now if the player's name is on the back of the jersey it is a different matter. However, if a fan buys a jersey with a specific number this year, how do you know it's because of the current player, of a past player, or the buyer just likes that number (i.e. who gets what royalties)?

    I can envision Ohio State and Nike running some sort of "jersey sale/autograph signing fair" events where the participating players gets some compensation, etc.
  8. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    That is going to be interesting. But at OSU certain numbers certainly bring a majority of fans to knowing a specific player(I.e.: 45, 27, 10, 12, 16, 15, 33, 41, 7, 13, etc; but a number like 2 or 97 would be tricky)
  9. Bill Lucas

    Bill Lucas Senior

    Isn't the jersey number rule for purchase still in effect? #1 and the year only?
  10. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    Yes, but things could/will change due to the NCAA ruling on players being allowed to profit from their likeness.
  11. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    IIRC that likeness can't be in uniform.
  12. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    if you think about it, do you really think 7, 10, and 12 aren’t tricky?

  13. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    Depends on the age of the fan
  14. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    unfortunately, even 45 is tricky if you include young fans with zero knowledge of Buckeye history

    my sister-in-law is frequently irritated by compliments on her “katzenmoyer” jersey
  15. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    :lol: Fair enough

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