Tag Archives: Recruiting

Cincinnati native Luke Kuechly has risen from 2-star recruit to NFL star 

From the weekend:

Luke Kuechly’s high school coach knew early on he could be a special player, but the rest of the world needed more time to catch on.

Source: Carolina’s Luke Kuechly has risen from 2-star recruit to NFL star | FOX Sports

The Super Bowl’s representation of Ohioans is not limited to those players who played for Ohio State.

Downtown Cincinnati viewed from the southwest
Downtown Cincinnati viewed from the southwest

Maybe the highest-profile player from the Buckeye State did not even have an offer to be a Buckeye.

That would be Luke Kuechly, whose coach told me last week he knew early on he had a potential pro at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.

He was a two-star recruit heading into his senior year and ended up a three-star after picking Boston College over Jim Harbaugh-coached Stanford among others.  Continue reading Cincinnati native Luke Kuechly has risen from 2-star recruit to NFL star 

Ohio State had a huge day on the recruiting trail

There haven’t been many days like Monday in Ohio State recruiting.

Urban Meyer’s class jumped from No. 5 in the nation and second in the Big Ten (behind Michigan) to the top of both by adding a trio of four-star recruits from out of state. Ohio State entrance

First came a pledge from Binjimen Victor, a big receiving target from Florida who will suit up for the Buckeyes this fall.

Next was a double-dose of good news as quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. and linebacker Keandre Jones both dropped Maryland, their home-state school, in favor of becoming Buckeyes.

Read more: Ohio State raids Marylands recruiting class for two top prospects | FOX Sports

Some thoughts on Jim Harbaugh and Michigan’s next new era

(I wrote this Thursday morning, but a never-ending stream of news precluded me from getting it posted in a timely fashion. Nevertheless, nothing I saw in Michigan’s loss to Utah changed my long-term opinion. See thoughts on the game at the end.) 

The Jim Harbaugh Michigan Experiment begins tonight on FOX Sports 1.

I think I’m contractually obligated by my employer to point out that last part, but this opinion is solely mine.

Michigan Wolverines football coach Jim Harbaugh at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago
Michigan Wolverines football coach Jim Harbaugh at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago

Call me crazy, but I’m going to take a wait-and-see approach on the Wolverines’ perceived savior. Until I read the fantastic Lars Anderson story at Bleacher Report this week, I thought I might be the only one.

It’s not that I don’t think Harbaugh will win a lot of games at Michigan, but the certainty he will WIN BIG in Ann Arbor seems a little out of step with reality to me.

So are the comparisons straight up to Urban Meyer’s arrival at Ohio State because prior to 2012 Meyer had won more and for a longer period of time. Meyer also took a job where it’s not as difficult to win*.

That said, if it isn’t Harbaugh who can make Michigan national title contenders, it might be no one, so I don’t blame anyone for going all-in with him, either.  Continue reading Some thoughts on Jim Harbaugh and Michigan’s next new era

This Week in the Big Ten looks at early offers conundrum

This Week in Big Ten Football may or may not be weekly, but it is back with more thoughts and links about what’s going on around the conference lately…. 

At an otherwise typical spring press conference last Tuesday in Columbus, Urban Meyer touched on what is becoming a major issue in college football: early offers and commits.

As he has done a few times before, Meyer lamented the calendar has been pushed up to where more kids every year seem to wrap up their recruiting even before the end of their junior year. He’s not a fan of this for a few reasons.  Continue reading This Week in the Big Ten looks at early offers conundrum

Ohio State football recruiting Mike Weber: Winners and losers

Am I the only one who feels like Mike Weber probably handled the whole circus surrounding his recruitment and the related coaching change better than anybody else?

Granted, his Tweet about being “hurt as hell” was a catalyst for the first wave of reactions, but it’s hard to blame anyone for having an emotional reaction to something affecting his or her future and expressing that reaction. That’s especially true with a teenager who just made a big life decision then saw some of the information he probably used to make it change almost immediately.

Feeling and expressing emotions is an important part of life no matter our age. But actually being part of the process is also kind of key to having an emotional attachment, isn’t it?  Continue reading Ohio State football recruiting Mike Weber: Winners and losers

Champion Buckeyes a product of Tressel and Meyer

Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer have plenty in common — more so now than ever since they’ve both coached Buckeye champion squads — but few would disagree the former and current Ohio State football coaches’ methods and philosophies diverge in plenty of ways, too.

Yet the 2014 national champions could not have been built without heavy influence from both.

As an example, take the defensive line that started the title game victory against Oregon: Four different bodies, four different talents, four different personalities — three Ohioans of varying natural ability and one out-of-stater with almost supernatural talent who just happened to be pulled north by the magnetic Meyer. Of course, Joey Bosa also possesses one of those ties to the Buckeye State that so many people all across the country seem to have, too, but that’s another story.

The result was championship football forged through talent meeting hard work and perseverance with a final game that featured Meyer’s formations but a game plan that could have fit Tressel’s style pretty well.

Read on for a full rundown of how the roster breaks down between Tressel guys and Meyer men: Link