Chat Transcript - Gary Housteau

Gary Housteau stopped by club chat today to talk about the Buckeyes and -- what else -- recruiting and high school football. We have a transcript posted below.

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 1:04:25 PM)
Hello everyone. What a great weekend of football it will be in Stark County and if you have a chance make a weekend of it, visit the Hall of Fame and enjoy some good football. I can't wait. Hope to see you there. Let's talk football.

BuckeyeDave (Dec 2, 2004 1:05:21 PM)
Does McKinley have much of a chance against the juggernaut that is Coleraine?

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 1:08:08 PM)
Hi BuckeyeDave... a short answer is no! I'm not expert by far on Coleraine, I've only seen half of their first game in week one, but I saw enough to have a point of reference to and they seem to be almost impossible to beat. But don't count McKinley out on their home field. I just think Coleraine's defense will shut McKinley down cold and I know that their offense is certainly good enough to put some points on the board. They may win in a big way on Saturday. But I also thought Glenville would beat McKinley in a big way last week. Smile!

bucklover (Dec 2, 2004 1:08:23 PM)
Gary-youv'e heard it a thousand times but thanks for going above and beyond. Word was JT was with RInger yesterday, whats going on. Does JR join OSU?

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 1:13:28 PM)
Hi bucklover...I was told some time ago by someone who knows (these are real people I refer to..haha) that Wells and Gwaltney were OSU's top priorities. Although there's no confirmation anywhere about Wells, let's just say, hypothetically, that he's already on board. I feel really good about Gwaltney but that could change instantly when USC gets their slimy hands on him. I think Ringer however has been there all along and I believe they would love to grayshirt unless they discover there will be a schooly available for him because other guys didn't come through. I really believe, one way or another, in this class or next that Ringer will be a Buckeye. Pure speculation on my part mixed with some inside information.

buckmark (Dec 2, 2004 1:13:56 PM)
Gary, thanks for the updates last night. Good reading. There are some new names beginning to surface. How about in Ohio..are there any prospects that are surfacing now that the HS season is about over?

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 1:19:32 PM)
Hi Buckmark...that's for the kudos I appreciate your kind words. I'm sure Spitler was a new name to most people...some people are mentioning Brinson's name more than before but he's always been an academic concern. I still say OSU is missing the boat on our new Mr. Football in Ohio, Tyrell Sutton. Freddie Lenix isn't new but I'm hearing more and more positive inferneces being made about him. I'm really close to giving him a wink when I talk about him but nothing is able to be confirmed. I think Chris Rowell can commit any day but I think he might wait for a while. He would be more of safety candidate and not corner from what I'm hearing. Those are most of the instate names that are being tossed around the most right now from what I know.

TransexualTrousers (Dec 2, 2004 1:19:36 PM)
What has happened with that maurice wells rumor, is that good that there was a rumor going around that he verbeled and does that mean we have a great chance of landing him?

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 1:22:11 PM)
Wow...TransexualTrousers...interesting...hi there. Without saying more than needs to be said. Yes! Wink! Double Wink!

osufan25 (Dec 2, 2004 1:22:26 PM)
Hey Gary! Since coach Willingham is out at ND do you think we are now the front runner for Lawerence Wilson? He seems to have the pash rushing skills we need.

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 1:28:31 PM)
Hi osufan25 ... about Wilson...I think we are moving in that direction. I haven't spoken with him personally yet because I want to wait till all of the herd (media) has had a chance with him. I spoke with one of his coaches last night for some background and I know he has a football banquet tonight and a game tomorrow. I may speak with his dad today but I'll probably wait until next week. I know Michigan wants a piece of him now but his dad told me all along he would never go to Michigan and I hope they hold true to that. I think we have a great shot at Wilson but right now I have no new information. Stay tuned though. I will have the best information on him coming soon.

gobucks (Dec 2, 2004 1:28:45 PM)
Here is my thoughts on curent prospects and our chances - Beckman - Gone. Still can't believe we cancelled his visit. Hodge, Smalls, Daniels, and Wells-50% Lymon,Felder and McCoy 33%. Ashley 25%. Lenix 100% if we offer (I love this guy! What a hitter). What is going on with RB's Gwaltney and Stewart and who is LB Laurinitis (MN) and RB Brickus out of PA. Thoughts?

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 1:35:45 PM)
Hi gobucks...To be honest I don't really believe much in giving percentages but I'll play along and say Wells and McCoy are 99%. Daniels I have no idea but we'll go with 50-50. I'll try to pin him down Friday night after the game. I have heard that Smalls from Va. is still in the picture but I can't say any percentage. I have no insight into Lymon and Felder and I always thought Ashley would be USC in the end. Lenix is 100 percent guarantee if they offer and it's looking more and more like they will. He's patient. I'll give Gwaltney 50-50 between us and USC ... sorry West Virginia but Gwaltney wants to play big time football. Stewart I always thought no chance and I can't comment on Laurinitis and Brickus sorry. I think Hodge would also be 50-50 with us and Iowa. With his brother at Iowa that might be too much to over come but we will see. Mathis is in there too but I would say we have a better chance with McCoy, Lenix and Hodge before Mathis. This weekend will be interesting with McCoy and Mathis

MiniBus (Dec 2, 2004 1:35:53 PM)
Gary, who did you think was better with the ball in his hands Darues Hiley or Teddy G? Also if you line up Gonzalez, Ginn, Haw, and Fox at one goaline who gets the the other goaline first?

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 1:42:20 PM)
Great quetions minibus... hi there as well...Teddy G was the absolute best with the ball in his hands that I've probably ever witnessed in high school. Dareus could play but I think we all have seen that Teddy is a once-in-a-lifetime talent. Can't wait to see him on defense at this level. He's a great cornerback. If you line those four up at one goaline the only one that doesn't have a chance to win is Haw and 220 pounds now. I think Gonzalez and Fox both might beat Teddy right now in 100 yards but we would need a slow motion camera at the end of the race. Both guys are bigger and Ginn but I wouldn't count TGII out of any competition. Chuck Kyle told me the most special thing about Tony Gonzalez, the thing that separated him from all of the good ones at Ignatius over the years, was his speed. Kyle is the track coach at Iggy as well. Tony G. is a tremendous talent.

Bucknut23 (Dec 2, 2004 1:42:38 PM)
Gary, With the investigations now being re-opened. What is the message to the recruits coming. How do we calm there fears of any type of major sanctions?

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 1:42:56 PM)
I take that back...I pick Ginn...

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 1:46:08 PM)
Hi Bucknut23...the recruits can care less about the investigations. They all believe in JT wholeheartedly, 100 %. More now than ever. JT might have even benefited some from a sympathy factor. Unless there is any other shoe that drops, and I think it would have by now, it's a non-factor with recruits.

zman (Dec 2, 2004 1:46:19 PM)
I remember when Zwick was being recruited and we heard how JT engineered his offense according to the talent. How is that JT seemed to be so stubborn in bringing Troy in and opening things up a bit more in the last few games? It seems to me that JT just didn't want to face the facts about where his "chosen one" was in terms of on the field performance.

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 1:51:32 PM)
Hi zman...I think JT had no other choice to do what he did and Troy Smith benefited the most from hit. The heat about his offense, the one that he's presided over his entire career is a colossal failure at this level...period. Combine that with the fact that Teddy was able to be Teddy with more reps finally and JT opened up the offense by accident. Need I remind everyone if Teddy doesn't individually win the Michigan State game then this season would have been a disaster. JT really had nothing to do with that. I do credit him for trying other formations and plays with Ginn that helped this offense evolve some but JT was forced into that by an impotent offense prior to Ginn's arrival. I think Smith has done great and he deserves credit but Zwick likely would have done just as well under the same conditions late in the season. Zwick...wrong place, wrong time.

bucklover (Dec 2, 2004 1:51:38 PM)
You mentioned some juicy tidbits that you found out last evening....any hints or better yet, how many winks can you give us as to what may transpire?

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 1:56:36 PM)
Kids talk...I have a good rapport with a lot of the kids. Last year the kids were talking to me down in San Antonio because they believe certain things from being down there and I was foolish enough to jump the gun with it last year. X-Lee was one of the players our guys thought we had a really good shot at for instance. I've heard a couple things that were promising last night and I'll leave it at that for now. This year I will be in San Antonio so I will have a chance to confirm my findings down there first hand unlike last year. Nothing earth shattering I heard last night but I heard some positive things like McKinney for instance...which I shared with you. McCoy is a big positive in my opinion. I think we have him in the bag. I could be wrong but that's my thinking right now. Stay tuned.

Burt (Dec 2, 2004 1:57:03 PM)
Just arrived! If the Buckeyes are fortunate enough to land Gwaltney, do they lose C. Wells next year (same type of running back)? Worse yet, Wells'other favorite team is scUM!!!

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 2:00:34 PM)
Hi Burt...I'm all over Chris Wells and I have been for quite some time. I spoke with his coach at the Glenville game and told me that Chris really loved the Buckeye win over Michigan. Wells knows there will be competition wherever he goes...period. I can't believe he wasn't first or second team All-state in D-II. I still say 50-50 OSU and Michigan but I have a feeling its 51-49 in our favor right now. For the time being. Wells leanings change with the wind some time but he does like OSU a lot. I know this to be factual.

edbuck51 (Dec 2, 2004 2:00:53 PM)
What are your thoughts on Brinson? Is he a Big Ten level talent?

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 2:05:08 PM)
As a defensive player I really think he is. Brinson's a solid tackler and he's very quick and fast. And he'll hit ya! I know one guy in particular who works for a publication that scouts for colleges just loves Brinson on defense. Brinson's a football player no doubt. I only hope that academics don't rob him of his potential future. I know this time a year ago he was having trouble. But he'll surface somewhere in the Big Ten I'm sure.

BUCK35 (Dec 2, 2004 2:05:49 PM)
How does Oneal compare to Ginn?

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 2:10:16 PM)
O'Neal's a much bigger hitter period. That's why I see him as more of safety than corner. It would be a shame to waste his talents running around chasing wide receivers all over the field. He's fast and strong. I still don't believe that Glenville didn't use his talents on offense somehow. Ginn is a protypical cover corner who is good enough to bait the QB and pick it off in the other direction for six. I've seen him on a full sprint pick off the ball and go the other way. He can do that on this level. Jamario will seek and destroy. He told me last night he will play either postion at or corner. He thinks he might have a shot at corner first because of the lack of depth there at OSU. Not if Teddy is playing corner next year. Smile!

labsbeabmm (Dec 2, 2004 2:10:20 PM)
it seems as if osu has put collington on the back burner suggesting to me they think they will land at least one blue chip back and don't need him

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 2:13:48 PM)
Hi labsbeabmm...I have to concur with your thinking. I don't know Gwaltney well enough for him to let me in on his thinking. To him I'm just another reporter although I did go out of my way to make sure he knew who I was when he was visiting here. And I called right after his visit to touch base with him. I'll keep working on building a relationship with him and by the AA Bowl I might have his full trust. But yes if OSU has not interest in Collingtonw any longer that bodes well for our chances with Gwaltney. USC however could totally change the landscape.

dully (Dec 2, 2004 2:14:39 PM)
Will Brandon Harrison eventually be a Buckeye because of the situation at ND?

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 2:16:46 PM)
Hi dully... I don't think so but now there is a slight possibility where there was none before. I just wish Harrison would have indulged the Buckeyes and went to their camp this summer. It might have changed everything. My guess now however is no. I think Harrison will remain at ND. Just a guess.

gobucks (Dec 2, 2004 2:16:56 PM)
Wow McCoy 99%. Thought he cooled on us somewhat. We are in on quite a few LB's. That is why I was surprised at Spitler. Daniels is playing the recruiting game by "waiting" on other offers. Do you think that turns OSU off? Would me. Have you seen him in person? I have twice and was disappointed vs seeing him on film.

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 2:22:09 PM)
I can't speak for OSU but maybe they have cooled on the flakiness of Daniels up to this point. Here's a kid that could have his spot locked up in this class a long time and yet he talks about everybody but Ohio State. I do think his better days as a football player are ahead of him but he is an active player on the football field. I saw Brookhaven against Lake and he was dominating by any means. He actually was in coverage quite a bit as an outside backer. Not many straight ahead plays he made where he tore someone's head off. Mabye Spitler, McCoy and Lenix are at the front of the class now. We shall soon see. I'm looking forward to Brookhaven and Avon Lake tomorrow night thats for sure.

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 2:23:50 PM)
....I meant to say Daniels wasn't dominating by any means in that last answer.

trolley (Dec 2, 2004 2:25:34 PM)
Are you getting a sense that our "new", more wide-open offense is having a postive impact on recruits. Or do you think we've only showed this for 11/2 games and they are not sold on it yet?

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 2:30:46 PM)
Hi trolley...let's not get carried with what we saw yet. A leopards spots never change or it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks. I've always been a big proponent of believing in your talent and playing to win and not playing not to lose. When in doubt...JT will always play not to lose...that's just in the fiber of his being. He needs to incorporate the tight end into his offense regularly and we'll be even more wide open. Sure Hartsock had a good year last year but that was an aberration and that wasn't really prolific by any means any way. There's just way too much talent not to utilize it and I truly believe our offensive line will only get better and better over the next few years. We're in for about three really good years of football in front of us. Smile. Guys like Dukes and Lyons haven't even been used yet and we will have running backs and veteran QBs. You got to love it. Even JT can't mess this talent up. Smile!

GaryHousteau (Dec 2, 2004 2:33:32 PM)
Have a great weekend everybody and thanks for chatting and thanks to Kirk, our unsung hero at Bucknuts, for making this chat possible. I'm taking Colerain, Avon Lake, Benedictine and Mooney in the top four divisions over the weekend. Don't know enough about the others yet. I'll have to read up on JJ Huddle later today. Have a great football weekend and see ya next week. Go Bucks!

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