Hi everybody...week number 10 is here already. Cold weather is just around the corner. I hate it. Anyway...Chris Wells is on my mind tonight as the winner of the Garfield-Buchtel games makes the playoffs and the loser likely goes home. The Buckeyes need a big win at home against the Nitts and we'll get it. If it's high school football or the Buckeyes...fire away.
goldpants (Oct 29, 2004 1:08:18 PM)
Will Anderson Russell be the October surprise?
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 1:11:49 PM)
Hi goldpants...Anderson Russell is surely a surprise to me. The only thing I can say about this kid right now is that it looks as if Doc Spurgeon is the man recommending him to Jim Tressel and that is as big an endorsement there is in JT's eyes. As I've already said, he's one of JT's oldest and most trusted advisors. I'm looking forward to seeing him tomorrow and finding out a little more about him. Nice political reference there with the election a few days away. Already I'm having anxiety attacks about that. Smile!
BuckeyeDave (Oct 29, 2004 1:12:01 PM)
Can anybody beat Colerain? Centerville is #1 in that region, but truthfully, its Colerain.
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 1:16:32 PM)
Hi BuckeyeDave...I had a brief chance to see Colerain in week one and I like their athleticism obviously. I'm really looking forward to seeing who wins that region this year because I've seen Moeller, X, Colerain, Elder but I haven't seen Centerville and I hear great things about the Elks. I have to say Division I belongs to anybody right now. The way Ed's punked Moeller last week, I was at that game, they looked liked the team everybody was fearing all year long. But Iggy beat Ed's and Iggy lost to X and Ed's beat X in week one, on the field. Maybe Centerville can top them all. I'll be there in week 15 to see how it all unfolds.
buckeye59 (Oct 29, 2004 1:16:40 PM)
Gary, Can you give us some insight into the Javon Ringer situation, since Petey and the USC boys plan to visit? I hate to see us lose another in state kid that really wanted to come to tOSU.
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 1:22:08 PM)
Hi buckeye59...I'm totally in the dark now with the intentions of OSU on Ringer. I had believed for the longest time that it was all about academics and now the injury really puts the whole relationship in jeopardy now. To be honest with you, Ringer should take the first good offer that he has now, be it USC or Tennessee or Florida, and commit to that school. As much as I would love to see him become a Buckeye, if they're not willing to commit to him by now or when the first academic grade period is over, then he should move on. He has to do what's in his best interest. Unless he knows the Buckeyes are with him for certain, then he needs to move on if they don't offer after the first grading semester, injury or not.
BuckeyeDave (Oct 29, 2004 1:22:21 PM)
I saw that Amos from Middletown had an INT for a TD against Cinti-Princeton. I was at that game. He's FAST! (My nephew threw that INT.)
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 1:25:29 PM)
I'm just finishing up a story on Amos for the next print edition of Bucknuts the Magazine and I reference that 68-yard reception in my story. Amos has the option of playing offense or defense at corner. At 6-1, 175 pounds, he sounds like he wants to put on a few more pounds and move over to defense at OSU. I think he's a major talent, hailing from Chris Carter's school, but he may end up being a defensive guy at OSU. This kid is a really good athlete and can run the 100 meters as well as the 800 meters in track.
edbuck51 (Oct 29, 2004 1:25:36 PM)
Did you get a little excited when #7 went in from 59 yards out last Saturday?
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 1:29:05 PM)
Hi edbuck....what do you think. Sometimes I admit that I get too close to these kids over the years and Ted Ginn is really one of those kids. I couldn't have been more happier for him because he's validating all the talent that he came to OSU with be it in a long punt return or a long and brilliant TD catch. I'm probably the only one who still believes he will even be a better a better DB because I know that's where his true passion is at. But I'm happy with any contribution he makes. The more the merrier. He's truly a great young man and he comes from a wonderful family.
bucknut (Oct 29, 2004 1:29:14 PM)
Hey Gary! We all know about Chris Wells but what other running backs in Ohio and around the country will get a look next year? As for Wells I'm thinking he might end up a Wolverine.
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 1:34:24 PM)
Hi Bucknut...I'm going to have a nice talk with Wells tonight after the game if he's in the right mood. Last year when Garfield lost to Buchtel, he was in tears and I couldn't get two words with him. So we shall see. Right now the names Danny Herron from Warren Harding and Jordan Mabin from Nordonia are two top juniors next year but I'm not really sure about any other top seniors-to-be for next year.
qbatheart (Oct 29, 2004 1:34:34 PM)
Will Tressell use Boeckman and burn his redshirt up if Smith is not effective this week
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 1:38:21 PM)
Hi qbatheart...No under no circumstances do I see Boeckman losing his redshirt this season. If something happened to Troy Smith injury-wise...I'm sure Justin Zwick would have a miraculous recovery and step right in. It would make no sense at this juncture to burn Boeckman's redshirt. As far as Troy Smith being ineffective...I'm sure JT will stick with him just as he did with Zwick. These are our two guys now and they'll both have quality game experience for the next two years to come.
JohnnyBuckeye (Oct 29, 2004 1:38:34 PM)
Gary... Have you had a chance to see Ross Homan at Coldwater? I was interested in what you thought of him, who he reminds you of, and if he is leaning towards OSU?
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 1:42:34 PM)
Hi JohnnyBuckeye...I haven't seen him play but I'm hoping Coldwater goes deep into the playoffs and I'll get to see him then. I did meet him briefly at an OSU game and for some reason, he reminded me of a young A.J. Hawk when I saw him at OSU prior to becoming a Buckeye. I don't know anything about his early leanings right now but I know he's interested in OSU from talking with his father.
Kirk (Oct 29, 2004 1:42:40 PM)
bigbuck18 asks about your thoughts on why OSU hasn't offered Ringer:
bigbuck18 (Oct 29, 2004 1:42:44 PM)
I was just asking why they don't offer, I did my student teaching at C-J and he is a great kid, just like Tressel likes. I just don't understand the delay, I know he is hurt but if anyone can bounce back it is Ringer
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 1:45:38 PM)
Hi bigbuck18...two of my favorite players this year in state are Tyrell Sutton and Javon Ringer and it would be terrible if we didn't get at least one of them. Both real solid young man. I think it's terrible that Ringer was injured but I'm sure he'll overcome it. He's a very determined young man and class individual as you mentioned.
labsbeabmm (Oct 29, 2004 1:46:02 PM)
I'm becoming worried about this year's recruiting class. After a fast start, not much promising seems to be happening
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 1:51:14 PM)
hi labsbeabmm...not to fret my friend...I'm thinking that the guys that we wanted to be Buckeyes are already Buckeys and now the rest are on the fence academically and we need to wait on their grades or test scores or they're truly undecided like Lawrence Wilson or Dan Doering or even Ronnie Wilson. I think guys like Ringer and Lenix and Collington for example are all on the academic bubble and could be Buckeys for instance. There's a guy like Justin White from Erie McDowell that we're interested in to a degree but he would need to have to become a blocking fullback and Iowa might be a better fit for him. He would love to be a Buckeye. I'm sure there are other prospects dangling out there like Russell that we are not even aware of .
Kirk (Oct 29, 2004 1:51:26 PM)
I'll add a note here: There are a lot of people who ask about this, but this is just a slow time of year. Check out the last couple of classes and the dates of their commitments, and you'll definitely see that the majority of stuff happens after Dec. 1: http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=145&p=9&c=8&yr=2004
Swin (Oct 29, 2004 1:51:48 PM)
Gary, a lot has been said about JT the offensive co-ordinator, but what about him the quarterback coach? Has he been able to develop in quarterbacks good techniques. Like a proper play action fake or looking off of a receiver.
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 1:53:51 PM)
Hi Swin...I think JT is an awesome head football coach!
Goblin (Oct 29, 2004 1:54:07 PM)
Gary, sorry if this has been asked, but has anyone heard what the deal was with Ron Earhart meeting with the coach's? Rumor, lie, or no big deal.
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 1:57:16 PM)
Hi Goblin...Steve would be able to answer that one better if you post it on the message board I'm sure. I don't think it was mentioned in his chat yesterday but I heard the same story/rumor as you have. I have to take a pass on that right now. I would rather get younger than older on the staff. I'm a little worried about teaching old dogs new tricks.
bucknut (Oct 29, 2004 1:57:33 PM)
Gary, If we don't land Ringer who else is there? I'm not convinced that M. Wells or Stewart are coming here. I don't know what JT and his staff are doing.
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 2:00:27 PM)
I think Ed Collington is a name everyone keeps forgetting. He is a consideration. I too don't really understand what JT and his staff are up to at this time. I'd take Sutton...look at Hart at that school up north. I'm watching and waiting like you are.
Swin (Oct 29, 2004 2:00:32 PM)
Thanks Gary. Your mother taught you well...if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all. Have you found JT to self evaluate a situation. by that I'm not talking about his assistant coaches, but him personally. And I agree he is an AWESOME head coach.
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 2:05:26 PM)
I have to believe that JT evalautes everything he comes in contact with in his life to nth degree except for his own offense! Now I say that with my tonuge firmly planted in my cheek but that's truly what it seems like. Why he won't make the tight end a regular staple of his offense for instance, is beyond me. He never did at YSU and other than last year with Hartsock to a small degree, he hasn't done it at OSU. That's a simple improvement that can be made to even his offense. But again, instead of making defenses have to defend a new wrinkle using the tight end and be aggressive, he chooses to uses the TE to help him not lose by having him as a blocker and having a passive offense. I'm still trying to figure his offense out and I've been around it as long as anyone.
Seabus (Oct 29, 2004 2:05:39 PM)
Gary, one thought I had today about or RB situation. I remember watching Jamario O'Neal's soph year highlight reel and thinking that this kid is actually a RB. He's the right size, certainly has the speed, loves to hit people ... your thoughts??
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 2:09:29 PM)
Hi Seabus...nix the thought. Don't see it happening. He doesn't have the pure running back mentality or probably even the true instincts needed to be one. Forget it. Nice thought however.
BuckeyeDave (Oct 29, 2004 2:09:37 PM)
Whats the latest on Kerr?
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 2:13:05 PM)
Mums the word! I haven't really asked recently but he's obviously his own worst enemy. Look at the opportunity he could have had this season with the injury to D'Andrea and even Schlegel last week. He could have had a chance to prove himself but he ruined it. Maybe next year?
bucknut (Oct 29, 2004 2:13:17 PM)
Gary, who do you think rounds out this class?
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 2:18:22 PM)
I'm going to say right now that we look good for Ronnie Wilson and even Lawrence Wilson. Ringer would be another. The best receiver left in Ohio might be Robiskie. Lenix if he gets his ACT up...that's five. McCoy is six. Have to say Wells is seven. Then the rest are from Collington, Doering, Russell and whoever else we're not even aware of yet. I really don't know. Wells and Ringer aren't even close to sure things.
trolley (Oct 29, 2004 2:18:23 PM)
This time of year we always start to hear about "committed" recruits wavering a bit -- do you hear any rumblings of our current commitments jumping ship or any recruits committed elsewhere looking at us?
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 2:20:00 PM)
Hi trolley...O'Neal..no. Amos...no. Boone...no. Cordle...no. Hartline...no. We're fine I'm sure.
GaryHousteau (Oct 29, 2004 2:22:53 PM)
Thanks to Kirk and everyone for chatting today...I have some business to finish before I set out on my way tonight. I'm picking Garfield to get over that hump tonight behind Wells and Council although Buchtel will be no easy task for them to handle. I plan on making a stop at the Hoban Harding game nearby to see Sutton get honored before the game and watch the first quarter. I'll take Hoban in an emotional win over my Harding Raiders. Tomorrow Ursuline needs to win against Erie Prep. I'll see Mathis for the first time tomorrow night. I'm taking Ursuline here cause I'm a homer and Erie is out of state. Go Bucks!