Chat Transcript - Gary Housteau

This year's recruiting class, players to watch next year, Maurice Clarett, and more... it was all covered in today's chat with Gary Housteau. We have a transcript posted now.

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 1:02:01 PM)
Thank you all for the kind words that were expressed on the message board and in the ezinbox and in my emails...I appreciate it immensely!

Buckeye$ (Feb 5, 2004 1:02:19 PM)
Gary Housteau....... Who do you see the buckeyes go after or if any RB's down the road even with the recruits we have this year coming in? Who's on the radar by your guess as to who looks promising in the future from the High School ranks, either from Ohio or elsewhere! I know some people are high on Haw, but I'm just not sold on any of are backs as of right now, R U optimistic about the future @ this position? Thanks Gary

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 1:08:31 PM)
I'm really high on Erik Haw first and foremost. He reminds me of Walter Reyes of Syracuse, temprement and ability, and that's a good thing. Tony Pittman is another kid with talent but not as heavy in the rear end as Haw. I like the flat out speed of both. I give the banging edge to Haw and slashing edge to Pittman. Both good candidates for the future. I really Tyrell Sutton of Hoban for next year. He is the Ben Mauk of the running back category. Prolific stats that you just can't ignore but he may be missed over because of his size or lack of it. I'll take him any day. Same with Javon Ringer. Similar in stature and ability to Sutton. May be even more explosive. Chirs Wells is a junior to be from Akron Garfield but he may grow out of the RB position and have to be more of DE or LB. That's just a quick glance at Ohio but everyone is pretty much aware of those guys already.

cb (Feb 5, 2004 1:09:24 PM)
can we talk about next years class? Who do you like in ohio, and throughout the country?

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 1:14:51 PM)
Hi cb...for now I'm just sticking with Ohio. I really like Super Mario and Jamario. O'Neal is already in the bag and he's looking forward to becoming a Buckeye in 2005. I had a nice talk with him yesterday at Glenville. It looks like Manninham is ticketed for Michigan, at least at this time. There was a strong rumor going around up here that he was going to verbal to Michigan yesterday. It's a shame to lose this kid. Major league talent here. Those two are the cream of the crop. There's Fred Lenix and Curtis Smith and a host of players at Glenville. I like Alex Boone of St. Ed's. I like Blaine Maag a RB/DB from the D-VI state champs last year. And throw in a couple of those RB's I already mentioned. How

debordj (Feb 5, 2004 1:14:58 PM)
G-Man - Any chance we see the Predator (Shavers) sign late in the class if he can get qualified?

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 1:17:31 PM)
hi debordj...about Shavers...I don't know much about his status other than what I've read here. I don't even know what JT said at his presser yesterday. I guess it's possible but I don't know really. Sorry! Obviously "qualify" is the operative word these days!

buckboy81 (Feb 5, 2004 1:17:38 PM)
Have you heard any definite news about what happened with Williams and Morgan?

edbuck51 (Feb 5, 2004 1:17:49 PM)
Were you disappointed in the situation with Williams/Morgan?

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 1:22:46 PM)
This Williams/Morgan thing has been a tough situation for me to deal with. In general however, my thoughts are once JT offers a kid a scholarship...that offer should be as firm as solid as can be. Ohio State should eat that scholarship if they find out later that a kid is not eligible. Period. Sure, kids change their minds, but universities should not, period. I think it's a shame what happened to these two young kids and to their families at the 11th hour. That's all I will/can say about that topic!

tsteele316 (Feb 5, 2004 1:23:10 PM)
with clarett gone, do you see any of the freshman running backs potentially challenging for PT?

ToledoBuck (Feb 5, 2004 1:23:16 PM)
Will MC go ahead with the NFL or is he going to be a Buckeye?

edbuck51 (Feb 5, 2004 1:23:30 PM)
Did ESPN treat Reecie fairly in their expose last night?

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 1:27:34 PM)
I will maintain as I always have the Reecie should come back for another year but it looks like now he won't or he shouldn't.'s your exit Reecie...Go! But he continues to be a thorn in everyone's side and it's shame. The thoughts of what he could have been at The Ohio State University are just haunting to me. I think it's time for Reecie to go and it pains me to say that! But Folks we're definitely in trouble in the backfield without Reecie. I say make Brandon Joe the featured guy. With a new QB and a new line up front, it's not time to break in either Haw or Pittman. Guilford had a great highlight tape in high school running with the ball but he didn't show anything really last year in a limited role. Maybe he and Joe can be a one-two punch this year.

windycitybuck (Feb 5, 2004 1:27:55 PM)
any idea why delbert didn't sign

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 1:31:14 PM)
Hi windycity...Delbert is one confused individual! My heart goes out to him really. I'm trying to reach him but I haven't had any luck earlier today. I know he wanted Braxton and Clark to join him at Cincy and since they didn't he must be contemplating the WSU offer very seriously. It's a long ways away but Josh Swogger was his QB there at Ursuline and he's out there now. I don't know what he's thinking right now. Cincy wants him bad I know that.

may may (Feb 5, 2004 1:31:34 PM)
It's supposed to be a week qb class in ohio what are the strongest position from ohio in next years class. reciever? manningham, hartline, robiskie.

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 1:36:09 PM)
Hi may, may. Yeah that sounds like a good place to start. Manningham at the top of the receiver crop in Ohio makes it a talented position to begin with. I like Robiskie and Hartline as well. Glenville seems to be the place to find the most talent for next year. They are loaded! No other word for it.

TheMinnesotaBuckeye (Feb 5, 2004 1:36:17 PM)
Gary, what did you think of Brandon Smith -- the unknown recruit!?

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 1:41:04 PM)
I couldn't have been more impressed with the young man that I met yesterday at Euclid High School. I got a twinge being in the school that produced Robert Smith and Pepe' Pearson and even Tony Fisher as it was. This kid was dressed to the 9's (is that the proper!) from head to his shoes and he was sporting a fabulous tie. At 6-3, 240 there wasn't even one ounce of fat on his frame. He was well spoken, very articulate in his thoughts and he's eager to prove that he belongs at Ohio State. He was/is a middle linebacker by trade but is versatile enough to play at any of the three positions. He instantly became a favorite of mine. With Freeman, 6-2, 240, Smith 6-3, 240, and the potential for Hoobler, 6-5, 232, as our future LB corps... I feel really good about that.

ClarettBreath (Feb 5, 2004 1:41:17 PM)
Gary-Give us a top 5-10 prospects aside from Boone & Jamario we can start following for 2005 signing day. Thanks too for all you did this year for us.

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 1:45:55 PM)
Hi Clarettbreath, I've barely recovered from yesterday but I can just rehash some of the names again...Ohio only. Manningham, O'Neal, Lenix, Boone, Sutton, Ringer, Maag and Curtis Smith off the top of my head. Robiskie could be right up there as well. Just a short quick list.

ladypanther (Feb 5, 2004 1:46:14 PM)
With the loss of Hollins, Childress, and most likely Holmes, we will have a lack of depth at the wr position next year although the talent level of the remaining players is extremely high. Who do you think we have a shot at getting? No knock on Lyons or Dukes because I think they will be stars. I just think we will have a lack of depth, unless Gonzalez and Hiley will be receivers.

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 1:51:53 PM)
Hi ladypanther...first off I want to make it clear that I think people are overlooking Devin Jordan so let's not forget about him. Manningham is tremendous, one of the best I've seen after the catch, honestly. If we could somehow steal him away from Michigan (how horrible did that just sound) we wouldn't need another receiver in next year's class. I'm going to concentrate on Robiskie and Hartline soon to see what we potentially have there. But I think we have a few guys already on the roster that are very capable. And then you have 2006 class of receivers that are just ridiculous already. Lighty, Jones from Glenville and the kid at Benedictine #80...I can never remember his name! All studs right now! So if we can bridge that gap for a year we will be okay. But Lyons did some ridiculous things last year so I'm very excited about him as well.

may may (Feb 5, 2004 1:52:26 PM)
Antwon Hight. Hear he is a beast! Will he be eligible academic questions are a concern. have u seen him play?

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 1:55:55 PM)
Hi may may...Hight is a beast. Very impressed from what I saw of him last year. I think he can be a tremendous and athletic defensive lineman at the next level and he's not too bad of a tight end either. I don't know his academic situation but if he's a qualifier, I'd say he's an early offer in my book. But if academics are a concern in any way...forget the early offer.

ClarettBreath (Feb 5, 2004 1:56:28 PM)
Is Ray Williams for sure a BUCKEYE in 2005?

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 1:59:08 PM)
About Ray Williams...because of academics being his major obstacle...and the pandora's box that was opened up at Ohio State because of academics...I'd say no, Williams cannot be considered a sure Buckeye in 2005.

OneBuckeyeFan (Feb 5, 2004 1:59:36 PM)
When you went to Glenville, how did Curtis Terry look as far as his size and frame?

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 2:02:56 PM)
Hi onebuckeye...Curtis Terry is a project no doubt about it. But the raw skills are there to work with. He's undersized for sure but here's a kid that's been through the worst of what life has to offer and he's still throwing punches. I hope to articulate his trials and tribulations well in a story about him that I'm working on. Curtis Terry is a real life success story and I couldn't be happier for him. He's a project but he's a kid everyone will want to root for!

redondo (Feb 5, 2004 2:03:17 PM)
Hi Gary - what is Mannigham's fascination with Michigan and/or dissatisfaction with Ohio State? Thank you.

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 2:10:03 PM)
Hi redondo...I can't get in Manningham's head obviously but I know that when you combine the strong Michigan presence around the football team with the many allusions being made to him from those same guys of which of the two offenses he will thrive in the seems to be a losing cause. Warren is a Ohio State area make no mistake about's my back yard, but there are a few Michigan people with influence, however subtle they may try to pretend is the case, that are close to the program. There are other factors both good and bad for OSU but I think those two are the major ones. And obviously, he's not a player that is from Ohio that wants to be a Buckeye! He has to be presuaded. I hope we don't lose him...he's a special talent...another Breaston to say the least.

windycitybuck (Feb 5, 2004 2:11:12 PM)
gary, with the tight ends coming in what are your thoughts on moving louis izz. to receiver, does he have speed/ability to make move?

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 2:17:02 PM)
Hi Windycity...I like Rory Nicol as a true, Ben Hartsock type tight end with more potential in the speed and athletic category. I like Hoobler in the same category as well. Almost similar prospects. And they both can ball on defense...really. But I think Hoobler would be moved to defense first of the two. He's got a defensive mentality and a nose for the ball. But Hoobler has been schooled by Kirk Lowdermilk in the art of blocking so you'd almost hate to see that talent wasted. I loved Hoobler on both sides of the ball when I saw him in person. I gave the edge to offense because he can block. Nicol can too. Irizarry will never be the blocker that either of them will be, but if wants to be a complete player and an NFL prospect, he better learn to block well and fast. Yes he could be split out wide and I think they will do that with him this year as a quasi-tight end. But for his own good, Izzy needs to learn to block well. He's tremendous after the catch.

cgbuck (Feb 5, 2004 2:17:16 PM)
Gary, I missed the question, but in the answer you mentioned Blaine Maag from Columbus Grove. Is it possible that OSU would even look at him, since he comes from D-VI.

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 2:20:01 PM)
cgbuck...He's a talented football player that makes big plays and I like that at any level. He also has great size. I would think he would need to be a defensive safety prospect if he is to get a look by the OSU staff. Good player...not really sure if he is a top notch kid or not, but he's someone to keep an eye on. He's earned it.

ToledoBucknutty (Feb 5, 2004 2:20:18 PM)
We missed out on a few, but do you not feel as though the class of the ones we got (along with a lot of talent) surely makes this a great class?

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 2:23:58 PM)
I sure do like this class from top to bottom. Ginn, Freeman, Nicol, Lyons, Mitchum, Person, Skinner, Haw, Pittman, Hoobler, Smith, Underwood, Abdallah on down. What I like most about this recruiting year is that we made tremendous inroads into the state of Pennsylvania, that's the biggest victory of them all. We have expanded our natural recruiting base into Pa. where it belongs. I thnk that's the best thing about this class by far.

BigSpeed (Feb 5, 2004 2:24:29 PM)
Is Bauserman going to play baseball for OSU in the fall and sign on with the football team come 05. I read somewhere that Boeckman was also a ball player. Are they both following a similar path?

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 2:27:28 PM)
Hi bigspeed...I'll yield to Steve or Duane on Bauserman...that could indeed be the case with him I do not know! I really like Boeckman's package that he brings to the Buckeyes. He's a coach's son which is good. He has great height and tremendous athletic ability. He could be a diamond in the rough down the road if he stays with the program. He has to be thinking that no matter he will start for two years at Ohio State after Zwick and Smith are gone. That has to be his mindset right now.

Kirk (Feb 5, 2004 2:28:31 PM)
One more post then we'll let Gary go... sorry if your question didn't get answered today; I will stay after a bit if you'd like to ask more questions and try to address topics that we didn't get to.

birdiemosh (Feb 5, 2004 2:28:42 PM)
It looks pretty obvious that MoC will not be a Buckeye next year. Do you realistically see this team competing for the Big 10 title this year and possibly another National Title? We seem to have a lot of tough games on the road this year!

GaryHousteau (Feb 5, 2004 2:31:15 PM)
Hi birdiemosh. It's defense...defense...defense and then let JT figure out how to keep pulling the rabbit out of the offensive hat every week. If we're in the game with a good defense and good special teams, the JT is as good as anyone in finding a way to win. That's just how he coaches football! It's not pretty but it wins championships.

Kirk (Feb 5, 2004 2:31:36 PM)
Ok, thanks for joining us today Gary. We'll see you again next week!

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