Bucknuts Media Network Welcomes Gary Housteau

Youngstown-based Housteau is one of the state's leading authorities on football recruiting and high school football. He will conduct his first Chat for Bucknuts.com subscribers at 1 p.m. Eastern time Thursday.

The Bucknuts Media Network is proud to announce the addition of Gary Housteau, one of Ohio's leading authorities on football recruiting and Ohio high school football.

Housteau, who has spent the last eight years as a contributor to Buckeye Sports Bulletin and the last five as a key figure on the BSB web site, will begin his work today as a recruiting analyst and reporter on Ohio high school football.

"We are extremely pleased to bring somebody with Gary's energy and enthusiasm for Ohio State football and Ohio high school football on board to the Bucknuts family," said Steve Helwagen, managing editor of Bucknuts.com.

"Over the past eight years, I have worked closely with Gary during our time together at BSB. When I came to Bucknuts, I made it a point to contact Gary almost immediately because I know first-hand what his impact can mean for our web site. He is just an incredible resource."

Housteau's duties at Bucknuts will include filing Internet reports on Ohio's best prospects. He will also provide articles for Bucknuts The Magazine and Ohio's Future Stars.

He will also be active on the Bucknuts message boards and will conduct occasional Chat sessions. His first Chat session will be held at 1 p.m. Eastern time Thursday for Bucknuts.com subscribers. (Check the home page Thursday for access details.)

"As we gear up our coverage on the JJHuddle.com web site, we expect Gary to be involved on that site as well with reports on Ohio high school football," Helwagen said. "And, I am sure that he will also be a presence on the Bucknuts Radio Hour as well as the JJHuddle radio show."

Housteau was born and raised in Youngstown, where he still resides. He played football and baseball at Woodrow Wilson High School, where he earned two-time all-conference honors as a middle guard in football.

He is a 1986 graduate of Division III Adrian College in Adrian, Mich., where he played four years of college football.

Housteau worked as a stringer for the Youngstown Vindicator before his family started The Valley's Playbook in 1989. That newspaper, which ran successfully until 1998, covered prep sports in the Mahoning Valley as well as Youngstown State athletics.

He began writing for BSB in 1995, initially providing detailed recruiting features on key prospects. He broadened out to provide features and news reports on Ohio State football.

In recent years, he has been one of they key figures on the BSB web site.

In fact, he was the first reporter to break the news of top Ohio junior Jamario O'Neal's potential transfer from Mansfield Senior to Cleveland Glenville.

Housteau and his wife have a daughter, Chloe.

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