Chat Transcript - Gary Housteau

We have a transcript of today's chat with Gary Housteau now posted. Today's chat? All about recruiting...

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 1:03:02 PM)
Hi everyone...what's on your minds???

redondo (May 13, 2004 1:04:03 PM)
Hi Gary - thank you for taking my question. Regarding "gray shirt". Is someone like Bauserman officially "in the fold" from an NCAA perspective? Can JT and staff contact him and visit with him whenever they want? Has he actually signed any thing?

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 1:09:34 PM)
Hi Redondo...I don't want to mess up or mislead on a technical question like this but from looking back on Boeckman's situation, he came in with the team in the fall like the rest and practiced until school started and then he wasn't able to practice no longer until the fall term was over. So I believe that Bauserman will have that same opportunity to come in with the team and do what Boeckman did. But if he's playing baseball in the summer, JT might allow him to complete his baseball season, just guessing, and then report in time for school to start and not do any football until January after the season is over or in time for the Bowl game next year. So I think he should be treated like Erik Haw and the other 's who will be coming in in the fall. I stand open to be corrected if that is indeed the case.

Wizzle (May 13, 2004 1:13:17 PM)
Gary, If O St. signs O'Neal, Myers-White, and Lenix, do you think that OSU will again have one of if not the best DB class in the country. Also, who would you like to have in order of preference

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 1:18:27 PM)
Wizzle if you're assuming that Lenix is safety material and not better suited at LB then yes that's three solid players to begin any secondary with. I'd love to throw Harrison and King into that mix also...Harrison is real possible and King is not. I still think that Lenix will turn heads at running back this year and he's more than capable at linebacker as well. Very fast and great instincts. There is a ton of potential to be another great DB class again this year. As far as order of preference goes...I'd have to say O'Neal first with White and Lenix listed 2a and 2b. I really like Freddie as a football player but you can't ignore what White brings to the table in any way. I really like all three.

tsteele316 (May 13, 2004 1:18:39 PM)
does osu have a genuine interest in talonnie russell from michigan? he seems to like us, and michigan has already signed 2 WR. it seems he could very well be ours if we go after him..

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 1:22:20 PM)
tsteele I spoke directly with Talonnie Russell at the Nike camp and my impression was that he was more of Michigan lean than anything. I was quite surprised when I would keep reading that they think he's more OSU than Michigan. I didn't find that to be the case after talking with him. In fact I got the impression that if Michigan offered he would be ready, willing and able to accept. I'm not sure OSU is really high on him anyway. He's a talent no doubt but I would say the chances are far greater that he stays in Michigan then they are of him being in Ohio. That's just my opinion.

labsbeabmm (May 13, 2004 1:22:38 PM)
why do we delay offering players we obvious want? are we waiting for sats etc

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 1:28:52 PM)
Hi labsbeabmm...I'm not sure what that answer is. I'm happy that we have O'Neal and Boone...couldn't be happier... I also like having Cordle in the fold after learning about him as well. I'm certain we all will be happy when Denlinger commits. Those sound like solid and sure pickups and they'll all be in the fold before long. I like the progression. Myers-White is there also whether he's committed or not. So that's a great top five. There's nothing wrong with the pace here folks. I'm sure many of us would love to get Ringer and Harrison both in the fold soon and that could happen soon. That's a great start. I love to lock up Ohio's finest first and then move on. I'd like to see Alex Daniels realize the opportunity that he has to become a Buckeye and forget about what else is out there. He's another great pickup. I think JT has most of the guys he wants offered and the remaining ones will come at camp. That has to be an awesome experience to get an offer in JT's office while at camp. 

Wizzle (May 13, 2004 1:28:58 PM)
Gary, do you think that landing a big time Wide Receiver would be a priority for the bucks, it doesn't seem like we've offered any so far to my knowledge?

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 1:35:01 PM)
Yes Wizzle I agree that landing a big time national receiver would do wonders for the psyche of the Buckeye faithful but it's not a priority. I think Lyons and Dukes were two big-time pickups last year so we're not really doing so bad in that department. I'm a big time Manningham fan, he's a freakin magician, so I'm already not a happy camper in that department this year. I like Hartline and would love to get him. He's like one of those scrappy Purdue receivers you see every year that do nothing but make play after play. Alex Daniels could end up being a great receiver. I know Duane loves him as a running back but I certainly see him more as a big, fast, athletic reciever type. Give me those two guys this year and I'll be able to somewhat overcome the loss of Manningham to that school up north. Again let's secure our own state's very best and then sprinkle in a few others.

blitzer (May 13, 2004 1:35:15 PM)
Gary, I just read where HelpingHand said Holmes just missed the clearinghouse. Do we still take a chance on him or, if true, is it over for this kid as far as OSU is concerned.

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 1:36:45 PM)
Hi Blitzer...please with all due respect to HH I've about had it with the Holmes saga...enough is enough! Smile!

edbuck51 (May 13, 2004 1:37:04 PM)
Do you think the Bucks can get the big tight end from KY.? Do you think TE is a critical need position in the '05 class?

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 1:44:16 PM)
Hi edbuck...Yeah I think the TE is a position of need in the 05 class if indeed LI's days are over with at OSU. I'm hoping Jason Caldwell can be the guy to step his game up and somewhat fill the chasm that Irizarry has created. I'm not sure OSU would ever have a prolific pass catching tight end in JT's offense anyway but they surely won't now with Louis not around. I like Hamby to fit in perfectly with JT's offense but we still need that TE on the backside as well. So yeah the kid from KY would be a nice pickup because the talent level in Ohio at that position is close to nil for the class of 2005. Jim Ramella is the top rated tight end in Ohio by DL and he's listed as his 35th best prospect in the state. Antwon Hight could play TE and be big time but he's better on defense and he has issues.

russisbuck (May 13, 2004 1:44:33 PM)
Hi Gary, Is Miles Schlichter going to be up there with the top QB's in the country?

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 1:48:26 PM)
Hi russiabuck...wow that might be a stretch with Miles. There are a lot of conflicting reports about him at QB...some rave about him and some aren't so certain. His name is going to attract a ton attention to him and make him very appealing to OSU fans. I thought he looked pretty good at the Nike camp but I'm not convinced he will be one of the top rated QB's in the country. He needs to have a huge season this year no doubt. I like the potential of Mike Hartline next year just as much. I think those two have to be considered right up near the top of the wish list for 2006.

Wizzle (May 13, 2004 1:48:43 PM)
Gary, what is the reason why it seems like no players from Illinois have a genuine interest in the bucks. They have a great class this year and coming from Big 10 country, you would think at least a couple of them would be interested in the best team in the Big 10

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 1:54:21 PM)
Wizzle I guess there is really a lot of competition for that state's top players whether we see it or not. Those kids have no ties to Ohio State and are being pursued by all of the schools around them like Iowa, Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan, Purdue, etc., in addition to all of the national biggies. Ohio State is just another national option to them and if we don't hit first or hit hard enough on them, it's hard to stand out from the group of suitors. Sure I'd like to snatch a player or two from that state every now and then but we'll do quite well without Illinois's finest I'm sure.

edbuck51 (May 13, 2004 1:54:28 PM)
You have always expressed disappointment in MM going to UM. Do you think there is anything the Bucks could have done to get him? He's seemed dead set on Michigan from the get-go. Are we missing something here?

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 2:00:24 PM)
First of all Manningham had to have liked Michigan in the first place if he wanted to go there. He liked it at Ohio State and Michigan...I've been told that. I would hate to think his decision was made from peer pressure or any other reason other than Michigan was the school that he preferred to go to. If that's the case I respect his decision even though it disgusts me. If he sees more opportunity as a receiver at Michigan than at Ohio State, then that's his perception and that's all that matters. I don't know the real reason. I haven't spoken with him since before he committed to Michigan and I don't really intend to in the future. I have this thing about Ohio's finest going to play for that school up north. But no, I don't think there was anything OSU or JT could have done about it because they knew the story ahead of time...just as they were aware of the Burgess scenario. Everyone knew that Burgess and Manningham were Michigan bound from the outset.

skeelo (May 13, 2004 2:00:30 PM)
gary whats the word on lenix does he get an offer

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 2:03:44 PM)
Hi skeelo...I would guess at this time that yes Lenix will get an offer and yes Lenix will be a Buckeye. That's what I'm being told at this time. Again, Lenix is going to be even more valuable when they see him as a running back this year. Even though Glenville has Conner and Smalls at RB already, Lenix will get more than his fair share of yards this season at RB. Watch him go! But he's likely to be offered on defense no doubt.

tsteele316 (May 13, 2004 2:03:56 PM)
what LB's is osu targeting hard this year? I would think they may want to get one or two in the fold this year with hawk and co. leaving in two seasons.

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 2:08:08 PM)
Lenix would be one although he may move to safety...and I think they may go completely out of state for any other linebackers. The only real exception that I could see is if Brandon Long can play well enough at LB and TE that they might look at him to fill either position at the next level. I'm anxious to see how Long performs this year with the spotlight on him. People will already be looking at GlenOak because of Hartline so it will be neat to see if Long can take advantage of that. I would generally say the LB position is pretty weak in Ohio this year. B.J. Travers from Westlake is a player to keep an eye on and others will surfact this year I'm sure.

Guest (May 13, 2004 2:08:33 PM)
I know the skill players spend a lot of time throwing it around in the summer. They get their timing down, polish routes, and get in sync. What do the lineman do? Do they just lift weights and run, or do they get together to work as a unit?

Wizzle (May 13, 2004 2:08:51 PM)
Gary, do you think that if Tressel opened up his offense alittle more passing wise this year that we would start to get some more attention from some big time offense players (WR, QB), also would we have lost Davis and Jarrett if he would have done it in the past. Sorry in advance for bringing those names up

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 2:15:23 PM)
Wizzle I'll continue to say this until I'm blue in the face...opening up the offense is not something that really is in the JT offensive handbook. As Buckeye fans, we are faced with the alternative of winning ugly Tressel's way or winning ugly Tressel's way. It's the only way that he knows how to control a football game. He has the ultimate control of every single aspect of the team but the defense, or so he's been known to say himself over the 19 years that I've been watching him closely. And even then I don't fully believe that. JT micromanages everything including every aspect of his offense. It's a proven formula for winning big football games over the years and I don't ever see him changing his style for anyone. When the talent goes south in any given year, however, the record could plummet right with it. But the better the defense he has the more by the book his offense will be. So it's a moot point about bringing in "big-time" talent on offense. He'll work with what he has to execute his bra

kael (May 13, 2004 2:15:36 PM)
is there anything we need to worry about as far as shaun lane is concerned

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 2:20:15 PM)
Hi Kael...good last question. I've seen Shaun Lane do some great things with the football in his hands over the past two years. He's smallish but he's tough and very aggressive, just like his dad. I think by his redshirt sophomore season, you'll see Mr. Lane doing some big things for the Buckeyes. He's great in open space like Bam but he's also a solid defender. He can legitimately contribute in all three facets of the game. I think you'll like him.

GaryHousteau (May 13, 2004 2:20:57 PM)
Thanks everyone for contributing to the Chat session, I really appreciate you taking some time out of your day to participate. Have a great day! Smile!

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