Chat Transcript - Gary Housteau

Today in club chat with Gary Housteau, we discussed a little of everything, from what to expect next year to upcoming recruits to Maurice Clarett and more. Check out the transcript posted now.

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 1:03:22 PM)
Hello everybody...looks like a small crowd to start with but let's try to get it going as best as we can.

birdiemosh (Feb 19, 2004 1:03:43 PM)
When does Spring practice really start heating up? When is the Spring Game?

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 1:05:48 PM)
Hi birdiemosh...the Spring Game is April 24th but practice begins on the 1st of April. There will be a lot of interesting battles come Spring ball so it should be interesting from Day 1 to 15. There is that Nike Camp on the April 17th that I'm looking forward to as well.

MBuck37 (Feb 19, 2004 1:05:51 PM)
Gary how do you feel realistically that the bucks will do this year?

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 1:09:28 PM)
Hi MBuck37...there are so many open questions to be answered especially on the offensive side of the ball, but defense and special teams should be strong enough to keep us in every game and that's all that JT ever asks for. I guess we need a good punter as well in case our offense does sputter early. But now is the time for all of the talented offensive players that have been recruited since JT came aboard to step up and perform. A lot of these guys are from Ohio and I for one am hoping that they can all develop and be productive, from the quarterback position to the open spots on the offensive line, to a few receivers added to the mix as well. I think we'll be solid for sure.

osugrad21 (Feb 19, 2004 1:09:37 PM)
There has been alot of talk on the boards about Louis Holmes and Stanley McClover...any inside info yet?

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 1:13:28 PM)
Hi osugrad21...It seems like Louis Holmes has been around forever and his saga continues. He was never a guy that I really tracked at any point, especially over the past year or so but it seems like the interest in him is renewing. I can't really say. There is a scholarship or two still open to add him but I don't know his real status right now. It doesn't sound as promising about the chances to add McClover. Again McClover was a kid I had all but in the commitment class of last year before he pulled the switcheroonie on us at signing day. So for Holmes there looks to be a chance...McClover I doubt it. No real inside info on either of them unfortunately.

scribeohio (Feb 19, 2004 1:13:35 PM)
Gary, who do you think gets OSU offers and who are likely Buckeyes and who will require work? Thanks

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 1:19:37 PM)
Here a just a few names that I hope that OSU pursues heavily. Tyrell Sutton from Hoban, Javon Ringer from DCJ, Justin King from Pittsburgh Gateway, Harrison from DCJ, Myers-White from Hamilton, O'Neal, Lenix, Cirroni from Harding, Robiskie, Hartline, Boone, Haas for starters. Maybe Brandon Jones from McKinley as well. I think we got a good shot at all of them but Justin King. I also like Hartung as well but I need to see more of him this spring. How's that for starters.

PeteCarrols#1Guy (Feb 19, 2004 1:19:42 PM)
Gary, How would you rate the loss of Ray Williams? Should OSU have offered?

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 1:25:36 PM)
Hi PeteCarrols#1Guy...Don't count out Ray Williams necessarily. First of all I'm glad he was able to sign a letter of intent because he deserves it based on what he's done the past two years on the gridirion. But the classroom obviously is where he is failing. I liken the situation to Troy Smith a few years back when he was faced with going to West Virginia as an out of state nonqualifier or going to OSU as a nonqualifier. Fortunately for Smith he qualified in time and was going to go to Ohio State anyway, but Williams likely would have opted for OSU if he had the grads from the outset. So Williams is not committed to West Virginia if he doesn't qualify. He will have to enroll there out of state tuition and pay for it himself or go to a prep school and pay for it as well and then be in the recruiting pool once again next year. There's a chance the latter scenario could still happen. We will have to see. The only thing that seems for sure is that Williams has a lot more work still to do before he qualifies

MBuck37 (Feb 19, 2004 1:25:55 PM)
Also how good is this young man Eric Haw? From all I've seen from highlight film etc. he looks like he could be special. What do you think? Thanks for taking my questions.

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 1:31:05 PM)
MBuck37...judging the total package that is Erik Haw I say it's a no-brainer that this kid has bigtime written all over him. On or off the field, this kid is a pure winner. I love his speed. I love the fact that he ran hard between the tackles as a junior when he played some fullback. I love the fact that he still feels that he has a lot to prove despite proving so much already. I love his size. I love his attitude. And I love the fact that like Pittman, he wants so very much to be an Ohio State Buckeye. Watch and enjoy! Again the name Walter Reyes from Syracuse always pops in my mind when I think of Haw and Reyes is a special back at Syracuse. I think Haw is tougher than Reyes who always was a great athlete with a ton of speed.

BuckeyeDave (Feb 19, 2004 1:31:15 PM)
Gary - What do you know about Orton from Dayton - Wayne? Is Wayne (and dayton - Centerville) becoming another pipeline to Ohio St the way Glenville seems to be?

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 1:37:23 PM)
Hi BuckeyeDave...I spent some time down at Wayne last year visiting Marcus Freeman on a couple of occasions and I got to meet and greet Orton. I watched him practice there as well. He's tall and fast so that's two really good things. He's a real hard worker and Jay Minton has nothing but great things to say about him. I know that John Hollins was as good as it got in high school and he has still yet to have a major impact at OSU but you can't hold that against Orton in anyway. I say he's a legitimate receiving prospect at this particular time and he's a guy Ohio State is well aware of. About the pipeline question...I don't think anyone will come close to what Glenville is going to do with what they have there now and what Ginn Sr. will continue to funnel up through his program. Call Glenville OSU junior high...smile! But if Wayne happens to emulate the pipeline to OSU like Glenville, then that's a good thing obviously.

rockmason29 (Feb 19, 2004 1:37:41 PM)
Gary, how many TBs will the Bucks go after this year ,or will they be talent that we will not take a chance on because grades...and oh last thing .......Why did we not go after Brandon Braxton? thx

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 1:43:45 PM)
hi rockmason29...speaking of tailbacks I already mentioned Sutton and Ringer but forgot Marcus Wells. Give me those three, with or without Ray Williams or any three of the four and I'll be a happy guy. I really, really like Sutton and I think more people will too after they learn more about him next year. I like Ringer a lot as well but I haven't been exposed to him as much being from the north. And I like all I know about Wells right now. And there's always an outside shot still at Williams. Ohio State gave up on Brandon Braxton because he pretty much gave up on himself. I wish Braxton well, he's a really nice kid and I know him pretty well, but he needs a whole new mindset and I think he doesn't know what Stoops has in store for him at Oklahoma. But you can't coach size and Braxton has an abundance of that. I hope he makes it big but he showed no signs of doing that while he was in high school. I saw him play many games in person.

PeteCarrols#1Guy (Feb 19, 2004 1:43:52 PM)
Gary, Is there any advantage to offering early? Looks like Osu has offered 7 recruits for 2005 so far. Two have verballed, One went up north, and the rest are waiting. Does it make sense to make sure a kid is going to verbal before offering? And does Michigan and Iowa have an upperhand when they offer early?

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 1:53:58 PM)
Hi Pete again... I know this isn't going to be a popular answer but after what happened at Ohio State this year... I think an early offer means nothing any longer. The Buckeyes yanked an offer both in state and out of state. That's just something you don't want to known for once, let alone twice....in the same year...my gosh! It's undefendable! Period! If you offer you stick with it come hell or high water. O'Neal and Boone are solid commitments so that's good obviously but the whole episode dealing with Morgan and Williams...both wide receivers....really left a bad taste in my mouth. Of course that will all blow over because it's The Ohio State University we're dealing with but I would think long and hard before accepting a scholarship offer to OSU if you're not the cream of the academic crop as well. As far as Michigan and Iowa are concerned...I don't know about them having any upperhand in any way and I don't really care either. I think Ohio State University speaks for itself

dcbuck (Feb 19, 2004 1:54:10 PM)
What are your predictions for the Big Ten next year, i.e. order of finish? Michigan seems to lose a bunch, but still have a bunch, same w/ Purdue and Wisconsin

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 2:00:53 PM)
Hi dcbuck...With Michigan at home this year, I'll take the Buckeyes to win the Big Ten. Shocking! I just think there is too much talent again on defense this year but we will find out just how good and important Mark Dantonio was. Here's a guy that I have a ton of respect for as a D-coordinator but admittedly don't have as high expectations for him as a head coach. Ohio State hasn't lost at home in two years now and if we can get past the early growing pains on offense we should be solid contenders for the title. That's how it should be every year. If we had to count on offense winning the championship then I would be concerned but with JT in charge of the offense that unit will never be the one pulling the wagon any way.

Goofy (Feb 19, 2004 2:01:18 PM)
Hey Gary...have you gotten any info on Tyler Horner from Northmont, yet?

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 2:04:05 PM)
Hi goofy... in a short answer...no. Other than I'm pretty certain that Duane and Steve think pretty highly of this guy. I don't know if we really need a quarterback this year but I am interested in Stull from the Pittsburgh area because he's pretty talented and he's originally from the Youngstown area. I wait to let Horner impress me with numbers before I jump on board.

PeteCarrols#1Guy (Feb 19, 2004 2:04:16 PM)
Gary, Thanks for the great feedback. Are there any names being rumored for the RB coaches position? How about an IL college coach?

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 2:08:50 PM)
Again I'm out of the loop being up here in Youngstown so I don't even know any of the whispered names for the RB position coach. I have said I would like to see one former Buckeye added to this staff just because but like the recent hire who should help recruit in NJ and along the East Coast... I think JT might go with another hire that could help recruit out of state as well like an IL coach as you alluded to. I don't think it will be a high school coach from Ohio but again, I'm out of the loop and can't say one way or the other.

MBuck37 (Feb 19, 2004 2:08:59 PM)
I've heard that Jamario O'Neal from Cleveland Glenville High School is a better Cornerback than Ted Ginn Jr. What have you heard Gary? If this is true WOW! Also do you think that Ted Ginn Sr. would make a good College Coach,despite his pheonominal work at Glenville.

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 2:14:14 PM)
I get asked about Jamario and Ted a lot. I think one is more power and the other is more finesse. Both are extremely fast. I think Ginn is a more natural corner of the two but both have different styles. Jamario is very physical. But Ginn isn't afraid to stick his helmet in there as well. I think both guys are tremendous talents. Ginn will definitely have more of an impact as a special teams player and maybe even more on offense as well but O'Neal is big and fast enough to have an impact as a wideout or a slot back on offense as well at the next level. I think Ginn Sr. is right where he needs to be at Glenville and I hope most of their games continue to be on Friday nights so he can see his son and other former Tarblooders play for OSU on Saturday. He's a great man!

osugrad21 (Feb 19, 2004 2:14:33 PM)
Gary Miles Schlister looked impressive on his film clips. As premature as this may be, do you personally think he will end up in Columbus?

madman (Feb 19, 2004 2:15:04 PM)
Gary, when will the next issue of Bucknuts arrive as well as Ohio High?

Kirk (Feb 19, 2004 2:15:04 PM)
Next Ohio High will be out likely in April... look for Bucknuts to arrive within 3 weeks or so.

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 2:17:03 PM)
About Schlichter...Yes I do! He smiled pretty big and nodded affirimatively when I asked him if he liked OSU and would like to play for the Buckeyes someday...so that's what I'm basing my answer on. I spoke with him briefly at one of the home games last year.

edbuck51 (Feb 19, 2004 2:17:13 PM)
Are you surprised at the size/style of back the Bucks have been looking at since MC? These guys all seem to be between 5'10" and 6', and between 180 and 195#s. Is this a strategy or coincidence?

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 2:22:37 PM)
Reecie is/was an anamoly so you can't group him in with any category period. I just think these are the sizes of the best backs that have been on the radar screen for OSU to select from. Really Ferguson and Glatthaar (Elder) were the only two big backs on the radar this year and OSU passed on both of them. The ironic thing is, regardless of size, JT needs a back that can break tackles initially and then get more yardage (yardage after contact) so that his offense can click on all cylinders. Breaking tackles is even more important than speed from looking at all of JT's feature backs through the years at YSU and now at OSU. Hardly any of his best backs, even in the championship years he had at YSU, were easily confused with being speed burners or speed merchants. That's just a fact.

madman (Feb 19, 2004 2:22:59 PM)
Gary, when is the next "junior day" activitiy? Is it true that the Nike combine is the same day as the spring game? Can the OSU coaches watch the combine?

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 2:26:17 PM)
Hi madman...to the best of my knowledge the Nike camp is the 24th and the Spring Game is the 24th. Steve can tell us if it's otherwise and fill us in on the roll of the OSU coaches. I believe they can and do participate in the camp. It's a great evaluation tool for them. As far as the next junior day...I don't have any real information on that to give you. Sorry.

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 2:27:05 PM)
Nike camp is the 17th not the 24th...my mistake...

ToledoBucknutty (Feb 19, 2004 2:26:42 PM)
Good day Gary! Do you think the new coach from Rutgers (Sorry, forgot his name) will really be an impact NJ recruiter in the future and help us land the likes of Jarrett?

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 2:32:59 PM)
Hi Toledobucknutty...that crane collapse in the Toledo area must have had a horrible impact in the community up there. Our condolences to the familes there as well as the Caity Matter family on their horrible and tragic loss. I'd like to think having Hazell, the new coach, around could have made a difference in landing Jarrett last month but I'm sure he has a wealth of knowledge of and connections on the East Coast that could be beneficial at some point in the future. Let's hope he's a good enough football coach alone to help make a difference at OSU...the recruiting aspect of his hiring would obviously be a bonus. Guys like Jarrett don't grow up wanting to be a Buckeye so it's good to have a coach that knows the mindset a little better on the East Coast and knows high school coaches there to have a greater impact recruiting there.

GaryHousteau (Feb 19, 2004 2:35:11 PM)
Thanks for chatting everyone...hopefully along with Steve and Duane and the guys that we will continue to have information on the top juniors in the coming days and weeks and months ahead. Again my mistake on the Nike date...I meant to type 17th but I put 24th instead. I'm looking forward to Spring football...it will be here soon. Have a great day and see you right here next week.


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