Hi everyone! As a prelude to this chat...in the past few weeks I've been to Akron Hoban, Akron Garfield, Alliance, Canton McKinley, Akron Buchtel, Copley and of course Glenville to size up some of next year's prospects...if you have any questions on those schools. I'll be around to more all around the state this spring.
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 1:05:31 PM)
I do have some sources about how spring is going so I'll try my best from what I know. I will be there the 17th and the 24th however.
Turd is Here (Apr 8, 2004 1:06:34 PM)
how is the timing coming with the QBs and the recievers?
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 1:08:52 PM)
Hi Turd...really all that I can tell you there is that all three quarterbacks are making strides this spring, even Boeckman is turning heads and guys like Hall and even Devin Jordan are doing the same on the receiving end.
redondo (Apr 8, 2004 1:08:56 PM)
Hi Gary - The Dispatch's article about Conley and recruiting seemed to downplay the role of the recruiting coordinator saying it's really the position or area coaches that do the recruiting. Your thoughts?
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 1:13:53 PM)
Hi redondo...being out at the schools that I've been to mostly, I have heard more than a ton of praise by both the high school coaches and players for Joe Daniels and Mel Tucker, so I guess that yes that is a true position in one aspect. That's the personal side of recruiting. But there's an administrative side that make sure everything moves along smoothly and I thought that was where Conley really excelled in addition to being a great personal touch recruiter. I've talked to many Florida High School coaches who think Conley is the greatest in person. So I think both ends are very important and I didn't think you could do much better than what a Bill Conley did at Ohio State.
bucknut13 (Apr 8, 2004 1:13:57 PM)
Gary - Since you stopped by Akron Garfield, how does Wells look right now and his feelings toward tOSU?
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 1:20:01 PM)
HI Bucknut...I'm glad you asked about Wells. I submitted a story on him for Ohio High magazine so for all of you who don't get that yet make sure you order it now. Wells looks great, unbelievable in person I might add. 6-2 223 ish right now. Stud. He's got a big smile, he's well-mannered, he's got loving and caring parents...I met his mom there, he's got a mentor like Butch Reynolds, etc. He's got his priorities in order, he really and truly does. He roots for Michigan I'm afraid to say, his cousin Billy Taylor played for Michigan in 1969 or so, but I will bet my mortgage at this point that his future will be at The Ohio State University. He likes Ohio State and he believes Ohio's best players should stay at home and play for the Buckeyes. This kid is a freak of nature and won't turn 16 until August.
Turd is Here (Apr 8, 2004 1:20:07 PM)
I would like to hear your thoughts on that lenix kid from glenville, he just seems like a player even if undersized for a LB, what do you see in his future?
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 1:26:20 PM)
I was standing in the endzone last year at a Glenville game against Strongsville and the Mustangs had the ball near the goal line and I watched Freddie's eyes as the play unfolded. He's got the eyes of a middle linebacker. That said, sure he's a bit undersized to play middle linebacker but here's two things to know: One is that he wants to make a statement as a running back this year and with him, Ray Smalls and Tim Conner running the ball this year, and a solid line, Glenville should run all over people this year...with Jamario at quarterback. Secondly, Lenix told me that he thinks his future at college will be at safety but he's okay with that. He's got speed to burn and he plays like a linebacker...it should make for a great combination back there. I would still love to see him be maybe an outside linebacker and run everything down from there. Bottom line is he's a football player and I think Steve will attest to the fact that like all the kids for Glenville, they're all good kids and very well mannered.
BuckeyeRick (Apr 8, 2004 1:27:17 PM)
Hi Gary - What names have you heard bantered about as possible replacements for Conley?
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 1:28:34 PM)
Hi BuckeyeRick...what names? How about Jim Tressel!
Turd is Here (Apr 8, 2004 1:33:12 PM)
I had dinner last night with nick saban and got to talking to him for a bit, he seems to be very high on tressel and very down on carrol with telling all these kids who trust what they want to hear and not always teh truth, overall a very nice guy i would tell you more but we are supposed to ask questions here. so what is your take on fox saying they are going to run a lot of dime D this year.
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 1:37:52 PM)
They've got enough defensive backs to run anything in the secondary but playing a dime D more than not means that you're in passing situations or you're simply playing against offenses that abandon the run. I think their first concern is going to be stopping the run and that's just because of the relatively new personnel up front. But Simon Fraser will be a big enough force himself for any offense to reckon with so I think that will help the other younger guys up front to get acclimated quicker and become a force of their own. But as far as DB's go, I hear that even Tyler Everett is going to have to be on the field more often than not as well if his spring is any indication of his worth to the team. We shall know more about the personnel after the scrimmage and Spring Game.
gonuts (Apr 8, 2004 1:37:59 PM)
Gary - Since we have already had 2 top-tier offensive linemen commit, do you see us offering any more with our limited scholarships this year?
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 1:43:03 PM)
Hi Gonuts...I really don't right now and I will be surprised if they do. Unless someone at the Nike Camp or the Summer Camp really jumps out at them, I think they need to really conserve their scholarships for now. I'm sure there is a pecking order already for Ohio Lineman and they got their top two obviously but I think they need to have a moratorium on offering offensive linemen now until the fall. The remaining guys in Ohio are so close to each others level I think that it's hard to take one over the other without seeing a few games in their senior season.
bucknut13 (Apr 8, 2004 1:43:21 PM)
How much playing time to do you see for Devin this year? How is Hiley coming along?
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 1:48:34 PM)
Hi bucknut13...I'm in Jordan's corner big time! In addition to all of his talent he's a classy young guy and scores big in my book. He's big, fast, sure-handed, loves to block...what's not to like about him...and I believe he's got his number 82 back after Roy Hall went back to his number 8 from high school. Devin's a player. Hiley is 'Superman' and at some point in time, I think his skill with the football in his hand will have to come out. I'm thinking more and more it will be on offense as it looks to be with Tony Gonzalez and these two guys were just super talents at the high school level. It's just a matter of confidence and playing time. If Bam can hang around and still be considered a playmaker going into his senior year, then these two guys can be even better than that (Hiley and Gonzo).
Turd is Here (Apr 8, 2004 1:48:37 PM)
what about bam also, i always like to see him get in there always a possibility of a gamebreaking play when they get it to him. he has waited in line and seems to be quiet are they going to get him more involved this year?
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 1:52:12 PM)
Bam is a typical example of the player that needs to step up big and have a career season in his senior year. He's been the best spring game player on the field for the past three years and he needs that to translate that to the regular season. It's his time and he has to make the most of every opportunity. Again I seen Hiley and Gonzalez in similar roles down the road, if not sooner. Bam will have chances to succeed.
Turd is Here (Apr 8, 2004 1:52:32 PM)
gary what is your early season guess on our record? and if you see us stumbling, where and why?
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 1:56:41 PM)
It's me and you Turd one-on-one. Smile! Boy I haven't even thought that far. We have to settle on a quarterback, an offensive line, and our defense will have a whole new personality under Snyder and Tucker than it did under Dantonio. Those are all big unknowns. I expect Ohio State, on the other hand, to play like champions as always under Jim Tressel because there is not a void of talent and the Buckeye fans are the greatest. So I can't get specific in anyway other than to say we have to lay it on Cincinnati. Nine or 10 wins should always be the minimum. Slip up more than twice and it's not a good year.
ILBUCK (Apr 8, 2004 1:56:50 PM)
I assume Hiley is back playing offense, based on the number, but where does he stand in terms of pecking order at WR? Also, how is our return game looking under our new coach.....who are the front runners to win the position and boost our return game?
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 2:01:18 PM)
hi ILBuck...looking at the return game, can you say Ted Ginn. Our kick off return game is already better than it has ever been under Jim Tressel just by having Ginn on the team. As far as punt return goes, I'm not sure Ginn will excel in that role or even have the opportunity at first. Catching the ball in traffic, without fail, is the number one trait needed for that position. I'm sure that all sorts of guys from Hiley and Gonzalez to Holmes and Hall will all get a chance at it. I don't know the pecking order for Hiley as a probable slot receiver but I think you have to look at Holmes, Childress and then Hiley and Gonzalez there now. Again after the scrimmage and Spring Game we will have a better idea of Hiley's role.
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 2:02:06 PM)
Hiley was number one in high school and number one last year.
bucknut13 (Apr 8, 2004 2:01:27 PM)
Which kids are you looking forward to seeing next weekend at the NIKE camp? I am very eager to see as many as possible, if the camp is still open to the public.
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 2:06:46 PM)
Which kids at the Nike camp? Again I'm not certain which kids are coming even if they've already told me because it's hard to remember who is whom sometimes. I don't know if Justin King is coming or not but I'd love to see him. I want to see Harrison and Ringer from DJS, Myers-White from Hamilton, a couple of the big lineman, I want to the see the defensive lineman from Troy, I want to see a couple of the running backs from the Dayton and Cincinnati areas. I want to see Greg Keys. There's a lot of guys, some I've already seen in person at OSU games but I want to see them in action. The two offensive linemen from Butler Pa. I want to see. I'm looking forward to the 17th.
Turd is Here (Apr 8, 2004 2:07:10 PM)
well gary thanks for your time bro, after you answer my last question i am out of here. hopefully i will see you on the message boards soon ;) i just want you to tell me why our 3 young QBs are going to be better than SCums, i don't know much about their new guys that are in line.
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 2:13:03 PM)
Turd, I'm a big believer in once a playmaker always a playmaker and I believe in Justin Zwick a bunch after watching him at Orrville and then again at Massillon. This kid is a schoolboy legend in Ohio, that says a ton to me. Ben Mauk is a schoolboy legend in Ohio and I think he's going to be tremendous in college. You just forget how to make plays, it's innate in you. It's what made you who you are. Then there is a guy like Smith who hasn't had the opportunities to make all the plays that Zwick has but he has tremendous physical ability and has the potential to do great things. Some say he's looking better than Zwick right now. Boeckman is a three-sport star and coach's son...again he's been a playmaker all his life in all sports and especially at the quarterback position. So I just think all of the ingredients are there. As far as Michigan goes, their offense is more suited to a prolific quarterback than JT's ever will be so they have an even bigger upside. They play to win on offense...JT plays not to lose...
ILBUCK (Apr 8, 2004 2:13:29 PM)
Who do you feel will really step up on the DL between Pitcock and Patterson? I look for one of the two to have a breakout year.
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 2:15:16 PM)
Again Pitcock and Patterson are two playmakers at the high school level and big time playmakers as well. They know how to get it done in the trenches. In addition to that, both guys last year showed brilliance at times when they were in the game.
redondo (Apr 8, 2004 2:15:32 PM)
Hi Gary - regarding the kick scrimmage, we'll we be able to discern any difference in return startegy, approach, technique at this juncture or is this an issue for later on or this scrimmage does not have this issue as a primary focus. Coach Tressel acknowledged this area as a weakness, just wondering when we'll start to see changes. Thank you.
redondo (Apr 8, 2004 2:15:34 PM)
Hi Gary - Now that the pundits have had their say about MoC's workout, what was the take among the OSU coaches on how well he did? And, also, Chris Gamble.
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 2:22:31 PM)
At YSU kick scrimmages were always a way to put your kicker and punter in close to game like situations and let them perform or execute. It was also competative in a fun way for the players in the Spring. I really don't know if it's evolved in any way since JT has been at Ohio State. I don't think they're seeking to find the holy grail in the kick scrimmage in any it's more or less a chance to get timing down in the spring. We do need to have a better idea about the punting situation coming out of the spring. And as far as Reecie's performance goes...it hasn't been anywhere near the top of my list of things to spend time on right now. I've just read general accounts in the media as we all have. I hope to talk with him or his people before the actual draft. I don't know if he'll grant me an interview or not. I hope so.
toledobucks (Apr 8, 2004 2:23:05 PM)
what do you think about our quarterback situation in next years recruit class, i hear a lot of good things about stull and that kid out of deleware, are we gonna have to get 2 in this class?
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 2:27:28 PM)
Hi Toledo, when you see that Boeckman potentially has five years ahead of him at OSU I really don't see a big need for a quarterback in this class. I like Stull for instance, but when you have Schlichter and the younger Hartline already at the top of the following year's quarterback, I think there is enough separation between Zwick and Smith and then Boeckman unless a top rated national QB comes around. If Stull plays out of his mind this year then I'm interested...because he wants to come to Ohio State and it wouldn't take much to get him. Other than that, I'm already focusing on Miles Schlichter and Mike Hartline.
GaryHousteau (Apr 8, 2004 2:28:12 PM)
Thanks for the questions everybody. Have a great Easter Weekend. Drive safe if you're on the roads. Can't wait until the Nike camp and the first scrimmage and then the spring game....after that we will know much more about the potential next year. Have a great day and Smile!