Welcome Gary! Thanks for stopping by today.
RossfordBuck (Sep 11, 2003 1:03:51 PM)
Gary - As a long time reader of the print version of BSB, I am really excited to have both you and Steve here at Bucknuts! :)
RossfordBuck (Sep 11, 2003 1:04:05 PM)
Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:04:25 PM)
Thank you. It wasn't easy leaving BSB but now I'm happy to be on the team.
RossfordBuck (Sep 11, 2003 1:04:44 PM)
WE're extremely pleased to have you!
Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:05:18 PM)
Thank you Rossford. I'm glad to be here.
ODOGG45 (Sep 11, 2003 1:04:31 PM)
Gary..... are there any hs kids starting to make a name for themselves with big senior seasons that could end up with a scholarship offer from TOSU
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:14:52 PM)
Raymond Williams is the biggest name out there. He's off to a monster campaign after being runner-up for Mr. Football last season. He has some academic issues to iron out but he loves the Bucks. I love this guy. Other than Clarett, he's the best high school running back I've ever seen with my own eyes.
OrlandoBuckeye (Sep 11, 2003 1:08:01 PM)
Gary- Any sleeper kids in Ohio that have not been mentioned much?
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:16:52 PM)
Hi Orlando. I really love Brian Hoyer. He's over 800 yards already in 3 games. He's committed to MSU but I'd like to try and pry him away if possible. After all, OSU is St. Iggy extension. Daryll Clark from Ursuline is having a pretty fine year also. He likes West Virginia and some other big schools.
Chester (Sep 11, 2003 1:16:58 PM)
Gary, is the "Reecie" saga over, or is there more to the story?
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:19:44 PM)
Hi Chester. I've been pretty close to the Clarett saga from the beginning but I've chosen to stay off the radar screen on this issue. I was told by people close to him from the beginning when I first alerted everyone to this debacle, that Reecie could be in a lot of trouble. I haven't said much more since then, but I've been proven to be right.
edbuck51 (Sep 11, 2003 1:19:59 PM)
Was Jamario's indiscretion an anomaly, or is there a pattern there?
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:22:28 PM)
Hi edbuck. I've gotten to know Jamario and his father pretty well in less than a month or so and I can assure you it's an anomaly. A big mistake. He'll flourish under Ted Ginn, Sr. at Glenville. Both in football and track. Jamario seems to be a really good kid from my interaction with him. Look out when/if he becomes eligible for the Tarblooders.
ToledoBucknut (Sep 11, 2003 1:22:45 PM)
If Clarett were to return to the Buckeye fold next year, no matter how unlikely, would his suspension year use up a year of eligibility, thus making him a junior or could it be a redshirt year? (I know he'd leave for the draft after next year anyway, making it a moot point... but just curious)
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:24:25 PM)
Holy Toledo...smile... I'm not the guy to ask legal or technical issues but he'll only be around for one more year if he's healthy anyway whether he's a sophomore or junior. I would guess he would be redshirted anyway and have three years left if he chose.
RossfordBuck (Sep 11, 2003 1:24:53 PM)
Gary - are you familiar with the kicker from Rossford? Kicked a 50 yard FG the other night. Where do you think he'll end up? MAC?
RossfordBuck (Sep 11, 2003 1:24:57 PM)
Rossford kicker's name is Eric Soltis
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:27:44 PM)
Hi again Rossford...a simple answer in no I'm not familiar with the kicker from Rossford. I have heard that OSU is very interested in a punter from Canfield, Justin Kuseck, who has been to both home games. I'm going to see him against Miles Williams of Austintown Fitch this Friday. Kuseck has a boomer leg I'm told and he's a strong candidate to get a scholarship at a later time.
PasadenaBound (Sep 11, 2003 1:28:21 PM)
Hi Gary. I hope all is well with you. Do you see any new OL in the state of Ohio on the radar besides Braxton that OSU is interested in? Thanks and Go Bucks!!
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:31:41 PM)
Hi Pasadena, there was a great Pasadena poster on BSB. No I don't see any major candidates on the line in Ohio now at this time anyway. And I've also been told by a good source that OSU's interest in Braxton is waning. OOS, I like Jeff Byers first and foremost. Then I'd concentrate on Mitchum and Gallimore and see what happens with those guys.
Buckaholic (Sep 11, 2003 1:32:03 PM)
What's the latest with Ray Williams, are his grades good enough Ohio State could possibly offer?
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:33:53 PM)
As of now, no. But that's not stopping a school like Nebraska who is making a big play for Williams. This kid glides. His coach compared him to Tony Dorsett who he blocked for at Pitt during the national championship year. I think this kid is the best back in Ohio this year bar none.
mcorf (Sep 11, 2003 1:33:58 PM)
Gary, do you think Haw or Pittman can become STUD backs? Also, who else do you feel we will go after? Does Delbert get a look after seeing that the Mo Hall type just won't cut it?
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:39:46 PM)
I think Haw and Pittman are just the type of backs OSU is looking for. They're pretty similar in size and speed. They both are around 6-0 but Haw is a little bigger at about 210. Both can fly but you get much faster than Haw. They're both breakaway threats who like to run inside and don't go down easily. Delbert is still trying to find himself at Harding after his injury that has hampered him in the preseason. He's been humbled by blocking for Richard Davis but he does get a few chances per game to show his stuff. I saw some Delbert of old on a couple of carries at the Harding-Buchtel game. He can be a really good back at the next level. He's very instinctive although not a burner like a Haw and Pittman. I think Delbert will help carry Harding in the playoffs and OSU might save a scholarship for him.
Buckaholic (Sep 11, 2003 1:40:02 PM)
Gary, what's the latest with Mike Massey. Speculation was that he was waiting for Michigan to offer, and now they have, and now it appears he's waiting on Notre Dame's offer. Is he Ohio State's to lose, or is he a Michigan or ND lean?
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:44:08 PM)
Hi again Buckaholic...I saw Massey in person in week one and I was very impressed. I put him right up there with Simon Fraser in high school. He's really awesome and he's having a pretty solid year on offense as well at tight end. Him and Hoyer have hooked up for some big gainers. I haven't gotten close with Massey yet so I don't have any first hand info but from talking with some others around him, I hear he really likes OSU. OSU has been there the longest and I think that bodes well for the Buckeyes in the end. Can't really say at this point with ND now lurking in the background.
MiniBus (Sep 11, 2003 1:44:26 PM)
Gary, What do you think the chances are of landing Marcus Freeman, and how has he looked so far this season?
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:46:53 PM)
Hi minibus...I like Marcus Freeman a lot, on and off the field. What a fine young man. From the beginning I've put Freeman, Davis and Ginn in a box and put an OSU sticker on it and stored it away. I personally think it's all OSU for the winning trifecta. He's having a pretty solid year
mcorf (Sep 11, 2003 1:47:05 PM)
Gary, I live in Poland and want to know if you have ever seen Lock Beechum's grandkid play yet. He is only in the 8th grade but he would start on the varsity team if he could.
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:49:50 PM)
hi mcorf...it's funny you should ask because I was standing on the sideline in week one on that first Thursday night with Lock Jr. and his son watching Ray Williams play Howland. I haven't seen him play however. Reecie was the only junior high player I made it a point to see. Sorry. I live in Youngstown, BTW.
Kirk (Sep 11, 2003 1:49:57 PM)
Question from Coop: "Gary, why the lack of commitments?? Seems like we were spoiled when the Hawk and Zwick class had them pouring in. Are these kids going to commit soon? Coop."
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:53:30 PM)
Hi again Coop, no one is in a big hurry unfortunately to make a commitment. They all want to take their visits and I can't blame them. Freeman and Davis are strong candidates to enroll early at OSU so they will visit all five like Whitner did last year and then commit. Ginn told me the other day that he will decide formally around signing day. He's going to run track and try to earn an Olympic birth next summer so he's in no hurry. He'll likely redshirt his first season at OSU. I don't know if there will be any forthcoming. All the remaining kids want to take their visits it seems.
PasadenaBound (Sep 11, 2003 1:53:43 PM)
Have you had a chance to speak with Louis Irizarry since practice started. I really hope he becomes a big part of the "new" offense in the future because it is already clear that the sky is the limit for him. I followed you and Steve over from BSB- you both do awesome work! Go Bucks!!
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:56:36 PM)
Louis is a personal friend of mine and I try to talk to him before every game as a friend not as a reporter. He's shared some personal feelings with me about how things are going of which I will not divulge. I can say that he is eager to make a big contribution at OSU sooner rather than later. He's an immense talent and I hope JT will utilize the tight end more in his offense. It's time for JT to use the TE as a weapon and not just another blocker.
jpertz (Sep 11, 2003 1:56:48 PM)
hey gary what is the story on Chris Wells?
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:58:40 PM)
Hi jpertz, I absolutely love him and I'm waiting to see him in person on the gridiron. I saw him at the OSU game week one and was impressed with his physical size. From all accounts, he's the next stud in the pipeline.
(Sep 11, 2003 1:58:45 PM)
Hey, Gary, I just got here (I had a pressing family matter). Thanks again for coming over and we're going to have a lot of fun, I know that.
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 1:59:25 PM)
Thanks for bringing me on board Steve. I'm already having a blast. Smile!
scarlet (Sep 11, 2003 1:58:54 PM)
Gary, do you have any inside word on how Super Mario Manningham is leaning? I've heard he is a strong Michigan lean and very good friends with Burgess. I caught the game against Buchtel and he looks like he has grown this year. He is going to be one of the best to come out of this state in awhile...
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 2:03:56 PM)
Hi scarlet. Mario has told me face-to-face he's 50-50 and he has friends on both sides. I know a few of the assistants at Harding and have some pretty good insight into the situation. Mario's grandfather loves Jim Tressel and OSU so that's a good thing. Yes he does like Michigan and was disappointed that Harding plays Saturday because he wanted to go to the Michigan Notre Dame game. Mario and one of his assistants, a good friend of mine, were at the OSU game against Washington. He's pretty impressive and is playing DB as well this year. Michigan offered him number 1 and that went over big. OSU was offered before Michigan and that was a big deal for him at the time as well. I'll keep you posted as the year goes along but yes he is a big time talent. He caught a 36 yard TD against Buchtel that he simply ran under.
RossfordBuck (Sep 11, 2003 2:04:15 PM)
Do you place Hoyer at the same level as the current QB's on schollie at OSU?
mcorf (Sep 11, 2003 2:04:20 PM)
Gary, I have read that B. Hoyer is a better QB prospect than J. Zwick. If so, why didn't we offer?
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 2:08:17 PM)
All that I can say about Brian Hoyer is that I was very impressed when I saw him in week one. Very poised, strong arm and made good decisions. He completed his first 12 or 13 passes of the game before throwing an interception. He was 15 of 20 for 270 some yards. He just threw for over 300 last week. I like that kid and he'll flourish in John L. Smith's offense. Hoyer was second choice at Pitt, Michigan and obviously OSU. They offered Bauserman out of camp and not Hoyer. I don't have that answer but Hoyer is a good one. Nate Szep will be at OSU so maybe we have one to many Iggy quarterbacks??? He's a good one.
Coop (Sep 11, 2003 2:08:41 PM)
Gary, how big of a talent is Joe Bauserman? I haven't seemed to hear much about this kid? How serious is baseball? Can you talk about him for a second and tell us what you have heard? Thanks--- and I said I wasn't going to ask any questions.. LOL
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 2:11:25 PM)
Thats 2 now coop...smile...don't know much about Bauserman, out of state recruiting is not my forte obviously. I heard he's a multi-talent and his football future isn't necessarily a certain thing. Really don't know much else. I'm sure Duane Long would know more about Bauserman.
mcorf (Sep 11, 2003 2:11:50 PM)
Gary, do you think Ira Guilford would be an upgrade at RB this year? Also, assuming Clarett doesn't return(which I believe would be a HUGE mistake) do any of the freshman have a chance to start next year?
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 2:15:57 PM)
Guilford, with Youngstown roots, had a big-time highlight video so you can't help but be enamored with his potential at running back. But he's known for his Jack Tatum like ability on defense and I'd love to see him have a shot on that side of the ball. It would be nice to have running back that we brought in to play running back, play running back. I think Ray Williams could step right in and play next year. I'm that high on him. I'm not saying that Haw and Pittman aren't the answer but I do think Williams is.
bucknut13 (Sep 11, 2003 2:16:15 PM)
Gary - I know you don't want to divulge any information Louis shared with you, but can you say if he is frustrated or sees things coming around for him?
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 2:18:15 PM)
Hi bucknut, he's probably more frustrated because he wants to contribute, not because he thinks he should be number one or anything, but he wants to contribute. And that's a good thing. Patience is a virtue they say.
SteveHelwagen (Sep 11, 2003 2:18:38 PM)
Gary, you did hundreds of recruiting stories for us while we were at BSB. Aside from your local favorites in NE Ohio, many of whom you got to know, who did you enjoy talking to the most??
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 2:21:32 PM)
Ty Hall from Cincinnati Anderson was one of my favorites. Very outgoing and engaging personality. It's hard to scan 7 or 8 years in a quick answer but he was fun to talk to. I really wanted OSU to offer him.
mcorf (Sep 11, 2003 2:21:43 PM)
Gary, I'm thrilled Louis came to OSUas well. With Greg Olson transfering to Miami the move is even better for him. I don't know Louis but I grew up with his dad and uncles in Campbell so I know he comes from a good family. Hopefully he starts getting some balls his way real soon!
DOGGIE (Sep 11, 2003 2:21:53 PM)
What about Todd Boekman. Is a better QB then Zwick, and do you think he did the right thing by taking the Grayshirt? I saw where he was Scout team player of the week last week.
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 2:26:58 PM)
Boeckman is impressive in size first and foremost. He's a big kid. I think it's great that he can practice with the team and even dress on game day until school starts. He has two more games before school starts so he still has time to hone his skills before he has to leave the team as a grayshirt. It will be interesting to see how the QB battle plays out next year. I like Troy Smith a lot, he's from my adopted school (smile), but I just think JZ is more of a fit in JT's offense. Smith is more exciting but I think JZ will get the first shot under Tressel. Boeckman will join the team in January and have a couple of years separation between himself and the other two.
Kirk (Sep 11, 2003 2:27:24 PM)
Ok, we'd like to thank Gary for joining us today... Thanks so much for the chat Gary! I am going to turn off the moderation now and everyone can hang around for a bit and chat if you'd like. I'm also going to post Rossford's questions and we can fire away at them if we'd like...
Buckaholic (Sep 11, 2003 2:29:28 PM)
Well Gary, Steve, welcome aboard fellas!
G. Housteau (Sep 11, 2003 2:29:41 PM)
I want to take a moment to say thank you for participating in my first chat with Bucknuts. I'm sorry that we couldn't get to all the questions in the allotted time but we will do this again shortly. Thanks again. Gary