Helwagen Chat: Jan. 20 Archive

Here are excerpts of Bucknuts.com managing editor Steve Helwagen's Chat session. He conducts these Chat sessions each week for Bucknuts.com subscribers.

bobby (Jan 20, 2005 1:04:42 PM)
steve-based on Jason Gwaltney's recent coments concerning early playing time ,it seems to me he is trying bait Carroll into a guarantee of early pt. it seems unfathonable that Coach Tressel hasn't already guaranteed him the same considering our lack of a big back next year.your thoughts?

ChunkyLover (Jan 20, 2005 1:05:10 PM)
I see Gwalty getting 2,000 yards next year.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:05:15 PM)
Ha ha, right

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:06:26 PM)
My feeling is Tressel hasn't promised him anything, per se. But he has certainly made it clear that he would be used a la Branden Joe vs. Michigan. He could be more than just the change-up back if he is effective in that role. But, remember, he and Wells will be freshmen. There will be a definite learning curve and physical limitation when they hit that wall.

ChunkyLover (Jan 20, 2005 1:06:32 PM)
Steve, will college football ever be the same with the advent of the internet?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:07:27 PM)
Nope, the toothpaste is out of the tube. Coaches do the best they can to keep their practice strategies off the web. But recruiting is a frontier nobody can really control. This two weeks are crazy.

fotownbuckeye (Jan 20, 2005 1:07:33 PM)
Assuming JG does choose tOSU over USC. What are his chances of actually touching the field and being a contributor at RB?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:08:11 PM)
As I said above, he'll be given a chance, perhaps, to start out as the change-up back when they need tough yards. When he starts breaking some longer runs, he'd get more carries. probably like that.

scribeohio (Jan 20, 2005 1:08:23 PM)
Steve, coach Conely seems to think that OSU doesn't get enough kids to choose from i.e. that we should have about 40 visitors in Dec/Jan but only had about 20. Seems we were low last year too. Thoughts on why?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:10:38 PM)
They aren't casting a wide enough net. I think the way this season went may be one reason. They worked so hard on coaching each week just to win the game that maybe some in-season recruiting duties were neglected. I was amazed at the small number of recruits at each game. The numbers speak for themselves. OSU usually visits 35-45 kids. This year, they have visited 25 and 15 of those are verbals. They have 20 spots. They probably would have done well to visit 10 more kids and have more to choose from.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:11:17 PM)
As a reminder to first-time Chatters, your questions come to me. I post them as I get to them and prepare to answer them. That's why you don't see anything when you hit send.

stemmshady (Jan 20, 2005 1:11:27 PM)
Steve, just read on hot news that Gwaltney is trying to talk Brian Cushing into going to college where he goes, any chance we can get an update on Cushing to see if he or Ohio State is still interested in him coming to Columbus?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:12:07 PM)
No I don't think Cushing is seriously considering Ohio State. Gwaltney told Dave Biddle yesterday he is down to USC and OSU. WVU and BC are not in the mix now, apparently.

Susan (Jan 20, 2005 1:12:16 PM)
Steve, if Troy remains suspended for the first game of the 05 season, will he be permitted to take part this spring and also, will he be permitted to practice, ie the scout team, once fall camp begins? The reason I'm asking is it seems some guys who get suspended are allowed to practice, while others, like Kerr and Trapasso, weren't. I'm wondering what determines which suspensions include practice, also. Thanks.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:14:01 PM)
Our understanding is, yes, barring any other transgressions, Smith would be permitted to go through the winter and summer programs, spring ball and preseason camp, even though his suspension continues (and remember, there is a long shot NCAA will lift it for the opener). The players you mentioned were on team rules violation type suspensions. Kerr was not going to play all year (for whatever he did or didn't do), so he didn't need to "clog" a spot in the 105 for preseason camp.

redondo (Jan 20, 2005 1:14:22 PM)
Hi Steve - do you think Coach Tressel is doing the in-home visits too early? Is he doing them earlier than other years or is it his pattern? If he is doing them earlier than other years and other coaches, any reason you think why that may be? Thank you.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:17:29 PM)
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SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:17:43 PM)
Sorry somebody called and I had to take it ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:19:31 PM)
I think too much is made of when Tressel schedules these visits. He works in concert with the recruiting coach for the area on when to come in and make his splash. They do the best they can to time it up the way they like to do it. They sometimes like to follow up after a kid's visit. But you have to look at the best use of his time and resources too. I don't know that they did it this way, but as an example if he's coming to Mnpls. to see Ashley he probably also sees Laurinaitis on the same trip. It may not be the best time for one of the recruits, but that's when it has to be done. ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:19:46 PM)
He can make 15 special flights all over the country for each "key recruit."

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:20:21 PM)
I meant to say he "can't" make 15 special flights ...

stemmshady (Jan 20, 2005 1:20:27 PM)
Steve, I was wondering about the upgrade of the WHAC. Is that something that is coming along? Can we expect any delays with Geiger retiring?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:21:25 PM)
Nothing has been said about that critical project. They unveiled the plans and needed about $8-10 million in funds to make it work. I think everything is in limbo until they solidify this department. If one of these programs goes on probation, that could be devastating.

Guest (Jan 20, 2005 1:21:32 PM)
kearny, is he worth getting excited for...? we need another lb, is this kid the guy?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:21:46 PM)
osudrummer asks if Kearney is worth getting excited about ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:22:56 PM)
I think so. He has Georgia and South Carolina after him. He pretty much eliminated South Carolina. They have Spitler and Laurinaitis in this class as MLBs or BLBs. But they need a WLB who can really run. Maybe he's their guy. I enjoyed talking to him yesterday.

Guest (Jan 20, 2005 1:23:07 PM)
Steve: I am so tired of hearing abour recruiting questions at this time of the year so I am going to ask you BB questions. Up until last nights game, I think the team has played pretty well. Thoughts on the team and how Matta has done? Future looks like bright, I think for BB team

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:23:33 PM)
Arlin asks about basketball, noting that up until last night they played well and the future looks bright ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:25:26 PM)
Yes, Arlin, last night was a step backwards. They made 18 treys on Sat. and just 2 at home with their own rims last night. 19 turnovers, including 6 straight down the stretch. Unacceptable. They just had nothing to give last night. Now they go to Indiana. Looking long-term, they need to get some juniors in the bank this summer (Cook, Lighty, Morgan, Dews, Chichester and Conley from out of state would be great). They have 5 or 6 schollies to give. Could also use an impact JUCO center or PF in the spring for next year as well. If Mayes and Lewis are as advertised, they'll be in the dance next year.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:26:10 PM)
Clock is ticking on that recruiting. Now is the time some basketball juniors will start to verbal. They need one impact kid who is a Buckeye deep in his heart to start the avalanche.

yoyo (Jan 20, 2005 1:26:18 PM)
Hi Bucknuts. I am looking forward to a great 2005. I was searching for the date for the spring game this year. Do you know the date?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:27:22 PM)
Have not heard a date for the spring game. By my calendar, spring quarter starts March 28. Spring ball should start a few days later and the game could be April 23. They are also talking about doing a "traveling game" in Cleveland as well, but have not heard anything definite on that.

rockmason29 (Jan 20, 2005 1:27:27 PM)
Steve,of the class that we have so far ,who....if any will have a major impact? ....Ginn impact

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:27:42 PM)
Ginn impact? You're not asking for much are you? (ha ha)

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:28:44 PM)
My feeling is Jamario O'Neal could get an early shot at corner. Boone will be hard pressed to crack the top 5 early, but might by the end of the year. I'm not convinced they have impact ends, so Worthington, should he stick, could have a great chance right away as well. Those are the notables ... plus Wells and Gwaltney if he signs.

Guest (Jan 20, 2005 1:28:54 PM)
Steve. I have been impressed with the play this year of Matt Sylvester. Any reason for the turnaround other than he is healthy?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:29:05 PM)
Arlin asks about Matt Sylvester's turnaround. ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:29:25 PM)
I joked last night is that Hondo or Sylvester by the tear he got on in the second half ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:29:55 PM)
Yes, it is complete health and it's confidence. He just needs to keep working hard and stay healthy. He could be a real nice player next year as a senior.

BuckeyeDave (Jan 20, 2005 1:30:07 PM)
Coach Tressel was at Cinti-Princeton on Saturday, meeting with Aaron Brown and/or his coach!

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:30:28 PM)
Great to hear. Duane really likes Brown and thinks he'll be one of the top OL in a great Ohio OL class next year.

stemmshady (Jan 20, 2005 1:30:33 PM)
Steve, does anybody know the status of Louis Irizarry, I hope the kid learned his lesson and gets his life in order and goes on to do something great.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:31:08 PM)
Gary would be the one to ask about that. I heard he was at YSU. Not sure if football is still in his sights as much as survival. Hopefully he'll be back on the field somewhere this fall.

Guest (Jan 20, 2005 1:31:16 PM)
Steve. Any chance with Geiger retiring, that we would try to schedule BB games now with UC. Seems Geiger is the last link to the past problems with UC and us. It sure would be great games to see.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:31:29 PM)
Arlin asks about scheduling UC in basketball with Geiger leaving ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:34:01 PM)
I know this is something everybody has been clamoring for since 1962 (ha ha). Geiger and O'Brien did not want a nonconf game to "overshadow" their Big Ten games, which that certainly would have. Huggins' policy is he would play OSU (or anybody) anywhere any time. UC is going to the Big East, too -- a huge step up for that program. OSU competes for so many kids against UC. Do you give UC more credibility by playing (and possibly losing to) them? I don't know. I think Matta and Huggins are reasonably cool (as cool as rivals like that could have been). Matta said he was in no hurry to schedule UC or Xavier. Maybe in a few years ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:35:10 PM)
It's always been my thought they should go in together on a two-day tourney like the one Maryland throws in D.C. every year. Rotate it between OSU, UC and maybe Cleveland or Dayton and play one of the A-10 schools (Dayton or Xavier) and one of the Ohio MAC schools with UC and OSU in separate semifinals.

scribeohio (Jan 20, 2005 1:35:26 PM)
Steve, is the Scout completely hopeless or can Bucknuts save them - re the after the AA rating changes, southern favoritism etc?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:36:41 PM)
I'm not giving up on them. They staged this event last week that was fabulous. They are capable of so many great things, then they go and do a dumb thing like this. I even had the president of the company remark to me that it was wrong to drop a kid that far in January. So we are committed to change from within. And I will reiterate Jamie Newberg and Allen Wallace are the best in the business.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:36:58 PM)
How's that for a political answer (ha ha)?

BuckeyeDave (Jan 20, 2005 1:37:31 PM)
I know a kid that wants to attend this summer's Ohio St QB and Receivers camp but his coach wants him to stay for team practices. The kid is the QB, will be a JR next season and the coach is putting in a new offense. Do you have any idea how coaches and players usually work out these kinds of conflicts?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:38:59 PM)
Maybe he can come to Ohio State for one or 2 days instead of the full 4. OSU runs 2 4-day camps. One of them includes Saturday and Sunday, I believe. Maybe he can check the dates and come over the weekend and not miss any time with his team. The kid needs to be with his team as much as he can. But the kid also owes it to himself to get professional tutoring from a college coach on what he's doing wrong and to also show himself if he is a potential recruit.

AustinRick (Jan 20, 2005 1:39:28 PM)
It seems a shame that the enduring feeling about this year's recruiting will be Gwaltney - overshadowing all the great results we've had

fotownbuckeye (Jan 20, 2005 1:39:41 PM)
The world is falling again on the boards.....most think we have no shot as JG.....what are the odds he is a Buckeye?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:41:27 PM)
Well, Gwaltney, Wilson, Worthington and maybe Ashley are the ones fans will be asking the most about. If they can keep Worthington and get Gwaltney and either Wilson or Ashley that would be a good finish. My odds on Gwaltney 60-40 Ohio State, but I've been wrong before.

AustinRick (Jan 20, 2005 1:41:35 PM)
I read somewhere this morning that Willims from CA was wavering. That's not true, right...it's just Bernoll?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:42:00 PM)
To my knowledge, Bemoll committed to Cal yesterday. Have not heard anything new on Ryan Williams, assume he will still sign with OSU.

yoyo (Jan 20, 2005 1:42:04 PM)
Steve, what do you think the probability is of Mike D'eandrea getting another year of eligibility?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:42:48 PM)
Probably pretty good. He only played 4 games. The NCAA is trying to be more lenient. One source told me Mike may not want it, though. He may see himself moving on without playing that extra year. We shall see.

osudrummer (Jan 20, 2005 1:43:03 PM)
steve, of the returners, namely the red-shirts... who do you see stepping in and making an impact (not necessarily a ginn-pact). thanks

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:44:31 PM)
Of the redshirts? There were high hopes for Albert Dukes at WR before his arrest. I'm curious to see if Todd Boeckman can really push the big two at QB. On the OL, Mitchum and Person could be two-deep bound ... at least. Barrow is a name I consistently hear at DE. Patterson is a nice player, but safety is loaded. May be another year (when Salley and Everett will be gone) before he breaks through.

Carr (Jan 20, 2005 1:44:41 PM)
Steve, A.J. Hawk and Ashton Youboty were both 3 star recruits. Who of our lower rated recruits excites you the most?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:46:06 PM)
The only 3-star guys they have are Laurinaitis, Spitler, Russell, Jenkins and Williams. Of that group, I think Laurinaitis 180 tackles have to be given some credence. I want to see if he's the next Hawk (ha ha).

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:46:13 PM)
Rest are all 4 and 5 stars.

Susan (Jan 20, 2005 1:46:21 PM)
Steve, can they "do" two spring games? or will the Cleveland one, if it happens actually be one of the other spring scrimmages, such as the jersey scrimmage? What do the NCAA rules say about spring practices, scrimmages, etc?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:47:40 PM)
Yes, to my knowledge they can do 2 spring games. The NCAA doesn't dictate "spring games," although it allows for a certain number of full padded scrimmage practices (or some other terminology; there are rules). The jersey scrimmage they have the week before the spring game could be the one they're talking about moving away from home (if that even comes to pass).

Susan (Jan 20, 2005 1:47:57 PM)
stemm, louis is currently incarcerated. He's actually doing well and is expecting and looking forward to being released in May.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:48:24 PM)
There is your answer. I hope for the best for this guy. He's made some bad breaks for himself, obviously. I hope he can pull it together.

stemmshady (Jan 20, 2005 1:48:32 PM)
Steve, do you think Ross Homan gets an early OSU offer, or will they wait til camp with him? I love the way that kid plays!

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:50:18 PM)
Wow, I can't really speak for the staff and whether they share the love for Homan. He is quite a football player and a big part of Coldwater's immense success. You don't go unbeaten in that MAC league by accident. The competition there is so intense with so many great coaches. It's small school football, certainly, but it's the best small school league around. I need to see some film to see what all the fuss is about, but I like everything I've seen and read about Homan so far. He was at a game last year, so they know all about him.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:50:54 PM)

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:51:24 PM)
I just posted an answer on Ross Homan, but it did not take (never a good sign, that's a precursor to getting the boot). I'll try again.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:52:33 PM)
I like everything I've seen and heard about Homan. I need to see some tape. They had him at a game so they know all about him. He strikes me as a Fickell type of guy. He was the driving force on the Coldwater team that went unbeaten in the state's toughest small school league. That says a lot, too. My guess is he gets an early offer.

Swope (Jan 20, 2005 1:52:42 PM)
Do you see the Warren Harding tunnel to Michigan being plugged anytime soon? I would love to see them join Glenville in Buckeye loyalty.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:54:31 PM)
For some reason, there are people in that community who favor Michigan and they wield a lot of power in shuttling kids to UM. I won't call it an unfair advantage or illegal. Just part of the landscape. Have to think among the "great athletes" there they weren't happy about the way Reecie got "messed around" by O-State. Again, this would be their perception, not reality (Reecie messed himself around, obviously). That may now be a factor as well.

Swope (Jan 20, 2005 1:54:52 PM)
I absolutely love our class thus far, considering it's Coach Peterson's first crack at recruiting after years of the legendary Conley. I'd love your take. Also, do you see steep recruiting improvement next year, evidenced by more official visits, etc.?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:57:06 PM)
I think things will improve over time. They will refine their methods. There is no special formula. It's just good old hard work. Making the calls, writing letters, visiting the schools, getting to know coaches and kids and parents. It's a grass roots effort all the way. You can't fake it because the other guy will outwork you (and I'm not saying that's happening). Sometimes you pull out every stop and it still doesn't fall right for you. The off-the-field allegations have obviously hurt. But if anybody stopped to examine what's real and what isn't, I don't think there is all that much there ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:57:50 PM)
I like Coach Peterson a lot. His track record at Miami speaks for itself. He'll do a fine job. Remember, he came in in midstream in April. I think you'll see him become more assertive with those duties in the years to come.

Jkrop (Jan 20, 2005 1:58:01 PM)
ARe we going to lose Worthington? And in reality, do we get Gwaltney?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:58:44 PM)
Hey, the gloom and doom updates I'm supposed to be reading on Worthington continue to say "if nothing happens, I'm OSU." I think they keep him and have a 60-40 edge on Sneaky Pete for Gwaltney.

stemmshady (Jan 20, 2005 1:58:49 PM)
Steve, tell susan thanks for the Irizarry update !!!!!

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 1:59:08 PM)
Yes, it's not the best of news, obviously, but we want the best for him. Thanks again, Susan.

ncbuckeye (Jan 20, 2005 1:59:13 PM)
Of the linebackers that have commited, will they red-shirt any or will they get them some game experience by having them on special teams (example Freeman)

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:00:13 PM)
My guess is they would redshirt unless there are severe injury problems. They have plenty of LBs to get through 2005 with Hawk, Carpenter, Schlegel, D'Andrea, Kerr, Freeman, Brandon Smith and Curtis Terry. No need to burn Spitler or Laurinaitis this year, in my mind.

BuckeyeDave (Jan 20, 2005 2:00:26 PM)
How much do you thinks Wells's committing to Ohio St affects Gwaltney's decision? In reality, he's looking at a realisitic shot at getting some PT at Ohio St, or waiting behind L. White and R. Bush at U$C for a year. Do you think anybody has reminded him about the "promises" Coach Carroll made to Davis, and what actually happened?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:02:15 PM)
Wells' verbal, if I read this situation correctly, should help OSU. They are well acquainted and reportedly had conversations about being a big/small combo. USC has to be a tempting situation for a kid who thinks he can be an NC caliber football player. The flip side of Fred Davis, though, is Dwayne Jarrett, who he also made promises to and delivered. As Coop used to say, "Guys, the best players play."

Swope (Jan 20, 2005 2:02:29 PM)
Any prediction on whether our recruiting success over Notre Dame will continue under their new coach?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:03:59 PM)
My inclination is that Weis has assembled a pretty good staff. Whoever came up with the idea to send all 7 traveling assistants to Wilson's house last weekend deserves a couple extra rosary beads or whatever they serve. Some asked "Why doesn't OSU send all 9 assistants and Tressel?" That's because 7 is the limit a school can have on the road at any time. That also maintains some sanity for the assistants who will rotate weeks off the road. ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:04:34 PM)
Back to the original question, I think it all remains to be seen. If Weis comes in and turns ND around and gets them back on track, watch out. Things can get hot real quick.

cliffosu (Jan 20, 2005 2:04:58 PM)
Steve, JG seems to have a lot of confidence in his potential as an immediate impact. I was wondering if the coaches were steering his confidence, letting him know that the OSU is one of the chances he has to take down the newest dynasty in USC. He could be a very fundamental part of a NC run that very well might be against the Trojans come January '06. Perhaps he would like that scenario better than just being a part of what USC already has, to be a part of what tOSU can be.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:05:38 PM)
Good point, not sure an 18 year old (even someone as bright as Gwaltney) will think quite that deep. He just wants the rock. I know that is an oversimplification, but that's probably where the truth lies.

BattlingBucknut (Jan 20, 2005 2:05:59 PM)
Hi steve, 1st time chater, long time reader, love your contributions, thanks. Question, why not try and move Roy Hall to a TE, kind of like LJ Smith of Philly eagles? He isnt going to all sudden beat out Holmes, Ginn, Gonzaloes, or maybe even Lyons.. so why not make him a mismatch on offense for some helpless LB trying to defend him? He has the size, but does he have the desire, blocking ability? Thanks. Go Bucks.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:07:27 PM)
I don't think Roy has any interest in moving full-time to TE, Maybe he can be a "flex" TE. I would question his ability to block the off-tackle play like Hartsock. I'll say this, if they can jumpstart his career in 2005 and he becomes the big receiver they need to go with the smaller, faster guys, they could have the full package. He's a big part of their plans.

TexasBuckeye (Jan 20, 2005 2:07:32 PM)
Do you think Steve Kerr will see the playing field this year? Is this his last year of elegibility?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:07:59 PM)
Steve Kerr retired from the NBA a few years ago (remember when the Arizona fans used to chant "Steve Kerr" when he'd make a 3?) ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:09:09 PM)
But John Kerr will get a shot, at special teams at worst. Let's get this straight: Kerr played as a freshman at IU in 2002. He then transferred to OSU in 2003 and sat out (for reasons that may never be clear) in 2004. He has 2 years of eligibility left.

osudrummer (Jan 20, 2005 2:10:13 PM)
how does bobby schoenhoft campare to the likes of jake christianson... i wasn't very impressed by him (jake) in san-antonio

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:11:58 PM)
I think Schoenhoft has a big upside, great frame, strong arm. He needs a year to develop. Coach Conley floated the idea he might grayshirt. That would be good to get 2 years separation between he and Boeckman. Now that's long-term thinking. No idea how he compares with the once-vaunted Christenson. I didn't check the rankings but if he and Doering, the 2 Iowa commits, didn't drop like a Wells ... er, rock after that game, then I don't know anything.

Guest (Jan 20, 2005 2:12:04 PM)
steve, do we go after commited guys (to other schools) the way that other schools come after our commits?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:12:17 PM)
stemmshady asks if OSU goes after verbals to other schools ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:12:43 PM)
Coach Conley said typically only if the kid initiates it. Marcel Frost was an Iowa verbal and he came here late in the game.

stemmshady (Jan 20, 2005 2:12:59 PM)
Steve, Do you see Bollman going back the NFL anytime soon? Maybe to the Browns?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:13:17 PM)
That was osudrummer who asked the verbals question above, sorry

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:13:33 PM)
No, I think Bollman will be right where he is through the end of the 2005 season.

edbuck51 (Jan 20, 2005 2:13:41 PM)
Do you think John Kerr will ever be in the mix for the Bucks? Are his issues his talent level, or is it more than that?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:15:32 PM)
There are varying opinions on that. Gary and I watched Kerr in a scrimmage last year and were very impressed. Those who watched him in high school (some of them) say he will not make an impact here. But that was so long ago, too. I think it's more than talent that has hamstrung him. I think he'll add competition at LB the next couple of years and should really help on special teams.

edbuck51 (Jan 20, 2005 2:15:41 PM)
Didn't Tressel send a boatload of assistants to call on Mike D'Andrea?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:16:01 PM)
Yes, good memory. Mel Tucker arrived and said hold on and the rest showed up a minute or 2 later.

Swope (Jan 20, 2005 2:16:07 PM)
Conventional wisdom says that this fall Troy will start at QB, followed by Justin 2 and Todd 3. Care to go out on a limb and predict otherwise?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:16:49 PM)
Nope, that's how I'd do it. Zwick earned his varsity letter for coming through in the clutch in the bowl game.

edbuck51 (Jan 20, 2005 2:17:00 PM)
The LadyBucks reminded me of the 2002 football team on Sunday. No panic, just play your game and win at the end. You gotta love Matter's three?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:17:40 PM)
Yes, the defense was astounding. The defensive rebounding was absent at times. Matter had a rough game shooting, but she made the one that counted. She's a winner. ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:19:05 PM)
Before the men's game last night, one of the conversation topics was the women's team. The feeling was if somebody could man up on Matter and not let her shoot 3's and deny Davenport the ball, they could beat them. But it's my contention that's what people are already doing and can't get it done. Plus, OSU got several good transition baskets (that's where Hoskins figures in) and Blanton quietly had a nice game as well.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:19:19 PM)
That would be woman up on Matter, sorry (ha ha).

DaytonBuckeye (Jan 20, 2005 2:19:29 PM)
Steve, Based on years experience, how many super prep kids really panned out and lived to the expectations? When looking at the recruiting data for some schools have recruited a ton of 3 star guys. Is there a philosophy out there that a 3 star kid might have something to prove rather than a 4 or 5 star stud coming out of High School? Can you remember any guys that were recruited for Ohio State that were good High School Football players that became All American studs at the college level? Thank you!

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:21:21 PM)
Yeah, it's probably a 50-50 proposition. For every Jefferson Kelley, there is an Andy Katzenmoyer. Obviously, some guys who translated it from high school to college were Katzenmoyer, Clarett (while he lasted), Pace, Robert Smith and so on. The busts are also many: Buster Howe, Joe Pickens, Kelley and so on.

BattlingBucknut (Jan 20, 2005 2:21:34 PM)
steve, got in late, has anyone asked about d'Andrea? I hear rumors he might switch to a DE? I think a healthy d'andrea needs to be on the field. He looked great before the injury..it seems like he is better coverage than slagel, but c'mon you cannot take out slagel now! thoughts? thaks again!

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:22:14 PM)
They have some schemes where one of them lines up as a visiting lineman or as the fourth lineman. I like Snyder's creativity to get the best 11 for each situation on the field. They will manage this situation all year, I'm sure.

mackv (Jan 20, 2005 2:22:20 PM)
Why would rivals lower J Oneal to a four star prospect? I dont understand.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:22:57 PM)
No idea. I thought he played well in the game and helped lead Glenville to the state semis.

ncbuckeye (Jan 20, 2005 2:23:09 PM)
I remember reading in the past that Geiger allowed one at risk student-athlete per-recruiting year. If this this is true, who do you feel is this years at risk student-athlete if any because of all the ESPN madness.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:24:01 PM)
Not sure about that "quota" system. All of their verbals are in good shape academically, but we will reexamine that over the next couple of weeks. Recent flameouts like Reggie Smith and Dareus Hiley show there is a risk in taking at-risk kids.

edbuck51 (Jan 20, 2005 2:24:08 PM)
What do you see in Steve Rehring's future? He sure has come in and worked hard on his game and to silence his detractors. Do you think he can be All Big Ten before he is through?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:24:52 PM)
All-Big Ten? Uh, I think he has a long way to go still to be at that level. He needs to crack the starting lineup first. There will be plenty of good competition with Barton, Schafer, Boone, etc.

Swope (Jan 20, 2005 2:25:18 PM)
If memory serves, Eddie George was plucked from a military academy in Virginia. This might be a great time to duplicate that feat. What are the chances we look apart from high schools for a last minute addition? What is the chance for picking a winner this way?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:25:43 PM)
Coach Conley mentioned that the other day. That's a possibility, but nobody is due in this weekend as I understand it.

fotownbuckeye (Jan 20, 2005 2:25:46 PM)
Any news on the Underwoods? transfering/staying????

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:26:13 PM)
No, all previous numbers I had for them aren't working and there is nobody to ask at OSU probably until Tressel speaks on signing day.

rockmason29 (Jan 20, 2005 2:26:27 PM)
steve - who are the top 5 players in the state at this point , for the 2006 class....any Idea

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:29:04 PM)
Any list has to start with Chris Wells, the TB from Akron Garfield. After that, maybe OL Justin Boren from Pickerington, maybe Ross Homan the LB from Coldwater. So many good to great QBs and OL to choose from. And Glenville may be as loaded as ever. We will be getting into juniors before you know it. Chris Pool sent us a story on OL Cody Faulkner from Indiana that will be posted later today. And Gary tells me he has a ton of photos and content to share, there just aren't enough hours in the day sometims.

edbuck51 (Jan 20, 2005 2:29:10 PM)
Hartline sounded a little disappointed in the AA combine in the Canton Rep. Did Gary express an opinion of how the camp was run? The game itself seemed to take a step back over previous years to me. It seemed more about selling recruiting and little about playing football.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:31:06 PM)
Yes, it was a cluster. I attended the Nike camp with 150 kids at OSU and saw it's hard with 2 fields to get that many kids the work they need and get them through all the testing stations. They had over 500 kids and that was too many. They maybe need to put a cap on it and make sure they have the right 300 or 400 and not just whoever signs up and buys a plane ticket to San Antonio. ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:31:51 PM)
As for the game, one team was woefully unprepared for the game. That kind of ruined the experience. People want to bag on Wells, but he was never really put into the game or used properly. One example of all that was wrong with the East side.

Guest (Jan 20, 2005 2:32:09 PM)
do you think schoenhoft will get redshirted next year

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:32:23 PM)
ginn4 heisman asks if Schoenhoft will be redshirted ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:32:42 PM)
At the least and, as Coach Conley said, a grayshirt would even be more preferable.

BattlingBucknut (Jan 20, 2005 2:32:55 PM)
steve, just curious, what does JT wear to in home visits? Is it his game day v-neck sweater, a suit, casual? And how many in home visits can head coach JT make in a season? thanks. PS- sounds like Mel tucker was best pick up for OSU - all positive comments coming from recruits about mel tucker

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:33:59 PM)
Probably casual clothes with the Ohio State stuff on it as you describe. Maybe a suit in certain settings. may depend where he's going and what they'll be doing. Agreed on Tucker, he is doing a nice job in Cleveland as well as in Georgia.

stemmshady (Jan 20, 2005 2:34:36 PM)
Do you think Ginn see's time at corner this year? I think he's a natural WR, and Return man, but do you think doing all three is just too much.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:34:59 PM)
Yes, they will use Ginn at corner, at least as a situational player. Maybe more than that if deemed necessary.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:35:37 PM)
Doing all three would be a lot, but this is Ted Ginn Jr. we're talking about, right? His dad is calling Tressel late in the year and saying he isn't working him hard enough (ha ha).

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:35:44 PM)
Teddy's special.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:36:07 PM)
To invoke Randy Ayers' old comment about Jimmy Jackson ("Jimmy's special").

TexasBuckeye (Jan 20, 2005 2:36:35 PM)
Sorry, my bad on Kerr's first name. Regarding the 05 season, I am already having to hear the chatter and trash talk concerning the matchup between UT and tOSU this September and will be enduring the endless rhetoric from the UT fans around here up until the September game. This could be a match up of top 5 teams (depending upon poll and opinion) but nevertheless a tremendous matchup so early in the season. Your thoughts on the keys to the matchup? Would this be an E$PN "game day" matchup? How would that go over considering the recent circumstances?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:37:34 PM)
Key match-ups: OSU obviously must contain Vince Young. The OSU offense must continue to grow. OSU's new kicker and punter must not shrink on such a national stage. (Likely a prime time game on ABC). ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:38:07 PM)
Regarding ESPN, my thought is if they were adamant they wanted to come, they'd be welcome. Remember, Michigan-ND is the same day, so that could be their out to go to Large House instead.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:38:37 PM)
Geiger never said they weren't welcome for OSU-Michigan. Snapp said they were never asked officially by ESPN.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:38:54 PM)
Anybody saying otherwise does not have the true story, if their words are to be believed.

qbatheart (Jan 20, 2005 2:39:10 PM)
what is a grayshirt? And why do you think they should grayshirt Schoenhoft

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:42:08 PM)
A grayshirt would be what they did with Todd Boeckman. He graduated from high school in June 2003. He then went through preseason camp in 2003, but did not enroll full-time until January 2004. His 5-year eligibility clock began in 2004. he redshirted last year and now has 4 years left, two after Smith and Zwick will be gone in 2007-08. ...

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:42:54 PM)
The thought is if Schoenhoft grayshirts this year, redshirts next year, then has 4 years to play, he'd be here two years after Boeckman is gone in 2009-10 where he'd project as a possible starter. Just gives them better spacing with their QBs.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:43:09 PM)
No indication whether that will happen, though. Just a thought.

mackv (Jan 20, 2005 2:43:19 PM)
I saw on espn a blurb that if every player in the country were able to be drafted who would go TG was the second name behind A Peterson. Teddys Special and next year everyone in the country will understand.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:43:24 PM)
Good point.

Pastor Jack (Jan 20, 2005 2:43:29 PM)
Has John Cooper commented about the MC situation. I have not heard him say much at all about it. Is he honoring the time old tradition of not making critical statements about your successor?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:44:57 PM)
We had John on our radio show a few weeks back. I'm not sure that came up. But John has largely taken the high road when talking about Tressel and OSU. He appreciates that Tressel has continued his April fundraiser for Alzheimer's Association. John's biggest beef is that Andy fired him after the Jan. 1 bowl. That left him and his staff a hard time getting new jobs right away because most were filled.

qbatheart (Jan 20, 2005 2:45:12 PM)
With offers from other "big time" programs, do you think Schoenhoft would commit to us if they offer a greyshirt??

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:46:00 PM)
They would do it with his consent. That's how it was done with Boeckman. he saw the big picture and knew he'd be prime time in 2007-08 to be the starter, so he signed on for that plan from the start. Takes a special kid to put the program ahead of himself.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:46:40 PM)
Guys, thanks for all the great questions. I have got to run. This has been so much fun. We will see you next time!

Swope (Jan 20, 2005 2:46:53 PM)
Any chance of an early verbal from Chris Wells?

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:46:58 PM)
Hmmm ....

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:47:44 PM)
I know Chris is mostly looking at Ohio State and Michigan. The key for him will be to get to each school in the weeks ahead, study the RB situation at each school. Of course, others may still get in there, too. Never rule that out.

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:48:09 PM)
I don't see him doing anything early ... but if he did, you'd see an avalanche effect, kind of like with Reecie and Zwick in 2002.

Pastor Jack (Jan 20, 2005 2:48:16 PM)
or has Chris Wells already given his verbal????

SteveHelwagen (Jan 20, 2005 2:48:23 PM)
That is not my inclination.

ncbuckeye (Jan 20, 2005 2:48:26 PM)
Thanks Steve...you the man

TexasBuckeye (Jan 20, 2005 2:48:28 PM)
Thanks Steve. Great job. GO BUCKS !

Swope (Jan 20, 2005 2:48:31 PM)
Thanks Steve! Great job as always!

Pastor Jack (Jan 20, 2005 2:48:41 PM)
Thanks again!!!!!

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