Helwagen Chat: Feb. 4 Archive

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

stemmshady (Feb 4, 2005 11:36:19 AM)
Hey Steve. You think there are any juniors in this weekend that we may offer that we haven't already. Ross Homan perhaps?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:37:12 AM)
I think Duane reported that Ross told him in an e-mail that he had been offered. They have apparently offered 7-9 juniors already. Maybe a few more will be offered on Sat. They don't want to go too far too early, but they have some areas they want to address.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:37:37 AM)
Rob Rose from Glenville sounds like a no-brainer to me. Big kid who can run and play DL, you can't have enough of those players.

BuckeyeDave (Feb 4, 2005 11:37:43 AM)
Beside TSUN, what the most important win for the Buckeyes next season? Texas probably?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:39:14 AM)
Everybody is putting their eggs in the Texas basket and it is important for national respectability and bragging rights and recruiting and staying in the NC hunt and starting the year right. It's easy to sit here today and say "They should win that game." They haven't lost a home nonconf game since 1990 to USC, so that will be a biggie, but ...

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:40:09 AM)
the Big Ten opener at home with Iowa, 2 weeks after Texas, may be the next most important game to Michigan. You could lose to Texas, but still have the inside track to the Rose Bowl (remember that?) if you beat both Iowa and Michigan.

scribeohio (Feb 4, 2005 11:40:22 AM)
Steve, your summary thoughts on the 2005 class after a couple days to reflect? Thanks

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:42:10 AM)
Bang-up job by the staff. It seems top heavy with Boone, O'Neal and Worthington, but I think they think they have some versatile athletes who they can plug and play at several spots, guys like Lenix, Russell, Amos and Washington. They didn't get the impact OLB they desperately need or that second RB, but, all things considered, I think this keeps the momentum going. Great group of kids as people. Somebody pointed out in all of Gary's photos they were all wearing jackets and ties. Impressive people as well as players.

crazynuts (Feb 4, 2005 11:42:18 AM)
Steve loved the password for today's chat... You guys did a Helluva job again! What are your thoughts on Wilson getting an early look at TE?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:43:38 AM)
Well, the basketball team does play (and beat?) Michigan tomorrow, so it is topical, even if the "real" Game is 10 months away. Thanks for the compliments. Total team effort with Kirk directing traffic, Duane getting the early offers, Dave helping out on Wilson, Gary traveling. Nobody and I do mean nobody does it better than this group of people ...

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:44:54 AM)
There have been rumblings that Wilson would be a TE. I think he gets his first look, however, at DE. They have a real need there with the open spot. They want Richardson, Gholston, Barrow, Worthington and Wilson (and maybe also Williams) to compete for time along with Kudla. The best 4 will play. TE is probably OK with Hamby, Nicol and Frost (keep him healthy).

ToledoBucknut (Feb 4, 2005 11:45:07 AM)
Steve... I just wanted to commend you and your staff for a tremendous job covering all the fun of NLOI day and buckeye recruiting. Makes the membership fees seem like stealing.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:46:08 AM)
Much appreciated. It was kind of a quiet day until that flurry in the late afternoon. Shhh, don't say that about the fees. We'll be like Ohio State and raise it a buck. Did you see they are raising ticket prices $1 this year and $1 next. How soon until it costs $100 to see a game?

stemmshady (Feb 4, 2005 11:46:16 AM)
Thanks Steve, just one more from me then I got to get back to work....Has there been any news on the Athletic Director front? I wonder if maybe bucknuts could contact Krebs to see if he would be interested.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:47:30 AM)
I did an initial interview with Krebs when Geiger announced he was leaving. I know he is interested, although he obviously does not say that publicly or campaign for the job. Now that signing day is over, I think there will be more attention paid to this search. They need to hire somebody in the next 30-60 days so that person can phase out of his/her job and be here when Geiger steps down in the summer.

getaback (Feb 4, 2005 11:47:44 AM)
Steve- I've been using the name getaback in hopes that we would.well, we did. problem is we needed three and at least one big one. I think coach Tressel has been doing a very good job, but i cannot understand how he could leave our buckeyes in the somewhat naked position of being thin at running back and with no bruiser

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:48:56 AM)
That's the biggest downside of this class. They did not meet that important need. Gwaltney would have been a godsend. They will have to make do. Chris Wells looks like he would be that guy and he definitely lists OSU as the slightest of slight leads over UM and Oklahoma now.

redondo (Feb 4, 2005 11:49:02 AM)
Hi Steve - sigining day came and went without another shoe dropping, particularly from ESPN. What is the sense of the staff? Any rumors about other things or is the program finally ready to move on? Thank you.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:50:37 AM)
Sounds like they are ready to put everything behind them and get on with the future. Here's a thought: OSU won the NC in 1954, then came back and won it again in 1957. Could a 3-year split between titles happen again? If the egos that are on that USC staff splinter apart, it could happen. But that was a scary machine this past year.

skeelo (Feb 4, 2005 11:50:40 AM)
hey steve good job as usual)

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:50:46 AM)
Much appreciated.

skeelo (Feb 4, 2005 11:50:56 AM)
heard they have offered hollman and gibson what can you tell me about these prospects

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:51:07 AM)
I assume you mean Ross Homan and Thaddeus Gibson ...

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:53:00 AM)
Homan was the driving force behind Coldwater's great year, 12-1 or 13-1 I believe. Undefeated champs in the MAC, even though it's a small school league, that's pretty good. I believe he is roughly 6-1, 230. Just a nice LB prospect. Gibson comes from Euclid, same school as Brandon Smith. He is 6-3, 205. Probably projects as an OLB once he fills out. (Keep lifting and eating ... ha ha). Those are the top 2 LBs in the state.

yooperbuck (Feb 4, 2005 11:53:08 AM)
Hi Steve-Since we didnt load up on linebackers, do you know if J. Kerr practices this spring and will be available this fall or does he still reside in the dog house?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:53:49 AM)
As far as I know, he is in good standing with the staff. I didn't bring his name up on Wed., but I think he is full-go. He can help them at least on special teams and provide depth at LB.

skeelo (Feb 4, 2005 11:53:55 AM)
also is guliford still in columbus taking classes? what are the chances of him wearing the scarlet and gray next season?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:54:13 AM)
Guilford's name never came up on Wed. I am not aware of where he is or what he is doing.

labsbeabmm (Feb 4, 2005 11:54:18 AM)
Unless Gwaltney out and out lied to them, how do they not take a serviceable guy like Collington or Collins

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:55:47 AM)
They never offered Collington even a visit, so they must not have really liked him that well. They went deep in the process with Collins before saying no thanks. But a lot of schools did that as well. He landed at Pitt. Let's see if he qualifies, plays, etc. before we get too broken up about it. And I want to even qualify that answer by saying the times I talked to Conredge he seemed like a great kid, so those things happen.

scribeohio (Feb 4, 2005 11:56:04 AM)
Even though Tenn/USC are rated #1's now they both have kids not qualified and not likely to be qual'd come next fall - same with many other schools. JT's versatile student/athlete kids help leverage a class of 18. Your're thoughts?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:57:11 AM)
I agree. Allen Wallace always takes academics into account when he does this. Notre Dame's tightened situation was probably a result of what happened with Randy Moss, etc. In the real world, you have to take kids who qualify and will play. If you don't do that, you're wasting time.

yooperbuck (Feb 4, 2005 11:57:18 AM)
Steve,do you think any redshirts, latest recruits, or walkons get a look at tailback?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:58:13 AM)
I think Anderson Russell will get a look. Freddie Lenix may get a look as well. He isn't going to play defense his first year and will certainly be the "other" Welch on special teams. Not sure about any walk-ons or redshirts.

mack35 (Feb 4, 2005 11:58:19 AM)
Do guys like Gowland still have offers on the table? Or once NLI day is over is recruiting over.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 11:59:38 AM)
Gowland is just a glitch in the database. He may have had an offer early in the process, but OSU stopped recruiting him a very long time ago. The process is actually not over. This signing period that began Wed. stretches until April 1 or so. Then, players may not sign again until the summer. Some remember that Diggs, Berry and Rambo were all late signees after signing day for OSU.

MuskieBuck (Feb 4, 2005 11:59:56 AM)
Steve, great finish to what was a recruiting season that seemed to have a few obstacles-NCAA investigation, bad press by ESPN, etc. But I see the inability to snag a power running TB like Gwaltney as a potential problem for next season when we appear to otherwise be geared up for a national title run. How do we use our three speed backs to beat IA, TX and U of M at their place?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:00:45 PM)
Good question. The answer is you'll probably be running your 6-1, 205-pound bull of a QB as well. That worked well down the stretch as I recall.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:01:15 PM)
Plus, I think improved OL play will open holes for the smaller backs to be more explosive. They won't need to grind meet with a Branden Joe as much.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:01:44 PM)
I misspoke earlier on the question about the most important game besides Michigan ...

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:02:04 PM)
I made the comment that they could lose to Texas and beat Iowa and UM and have inside track to the Rose Bowl. ...

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:02:58 PM)
Obviously, the title game is at the Rose Bowl. One loss will probably cripple those hopes. But if they would lose to Texas and still go 8-0 or 7-1 in the Big Ten, they would be in the BCS somewhere, likely the Orange as the displaced Big Ten champ. Sorry for the mistake.

BuckeyeDave (Feb 4, 2005 12:03:10 PM)
We'll see U$C in the Rose Bowl in 11 months or so. Then they'll find out what a real defense is.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:03:50 PM)
I agree, I think Ohio State would be head and shoulders better than that defense Oklahoma put on the field. They were flying a white flag, and it didn't have that crappy red OU logo on it.

yooperbuck (Feb 4, 2005 12:03:54 PM)
Steve, any news on Redgie Arden and his status?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:04:13 PM)
Didn't ask about him, but coach said in Dec. he expects him for spring ball. We shall see.

MuskieBuck (Feb 4, 2005 12:04:21 PM)
Steve, the OSU OC says that Russell is is a "steal" and is very underrated as a TB. To what extent is this a coach's hype and to what extent may he actually be a potantially good TB prospect?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:04:59 PM)
The coaches are usually conservative in their comments about players, so that's good to hear they are high on him. I have seen no film of him, so I'd have to reserve judgment.

mack35 (Feb 4, 2005 12:05:10 PM)
I dont agree that you are wasting time in every situationif a kid doesnt qualify. If he is a five star guy that can go to a prep school and get his grades in order why would it hurt to offer. Semi red shirt ?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:06:12 PM)
I know, you have to do some of that. But you are setting yourself up for a lot of heartache down the line if the overall academic profile of your class isn't strong. You want to be able to look around in 3-4 years and know the guys you're bringing in are still here, still going to class and still eligible.

jowags32 (Feb 4, 2005 12:06:19 PM)
What is your overall impression of the Iowa class? It seems as though Lemming could have overrated some of the players from Illinois.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:09:59 PM)
They got some cornerstone guys with the TE Tony Moeaki and OLs Dace Richardson and Dan Doering. I have never held bad all-star game appearances against a kid. You don't know if he was truly in shape, had lingering injuries or what. Doering got toasted in SA, but let's see how good he is in 2 years after they've worked with him. Ferentz has a system, kind of like what Neb. had in the 80s and 90s. He's developing players into bona fide stars and winning. They took 3 good kids from Cleveland with Stross, Travers and Rowell. Stross could be a keeper, I think. He cracked Scout's top 100 after San Antonio. It's one of the best classes Iowa has had, certainly. And, yes, Lemming is slightly biased to the guys he sees each week in his home state, just as we would be to Ohio guys and the guys down South are to their guys ...

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:10:39 PM)
The problem is you want to "tout" the guys you know about who maybe nobody else is propping. So some bias creeps in there from time to time.

Guest (Feb 4, 2005 12:11:10 PM)
A question about the development of Haw-is he a combo speed/power back or does he have the ability to get the tough yards? And does he have the attitude right now to come in and perform?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:11:24 PM)
MuskieBuck asks about Haw's ability and attitude ...

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:13:24 PM)
I think he will develop his power over time. He showed me great speed in the all-star game last year. I think with the urgency they have at RB they will make him serviceable and he will be in the mix.

jowags32 (Feb 4, 2005 12:13:30 PM)
What kind of personal issues is EJ Underwood dealing with?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:14:57 PM)
Well, it's documented he broke curfew at the bowl game and that was a big part in why he did not play. Coach Tressel did not elaborate and I would only be speculating. But with a CB job wide open, he is blowing a real good opportunity with this team right now.

jowags32 (Feb 4, 2005 12:15:21 PM)
I like this recruiting class. I believe they will be a good compliement to what we may have coming in 06. Your thoughts

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:16:13 PM)
I agree, next year is already stacking up nicely. Wells is the linchpin and I know they will add 2-4 quality OL and should get their pick of the great array of QBs.

mack35 (Feb 4, 2005 12:16:20 PM)
It seems like every guy that is less than four stars we want to believe is under rated or a steal. Buckeye colored glasses?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:16:44 PM)
Probably. But the staff has their reasons for every guy they took, too.

yooperbuck (Feb 4, 2005 12:16:59 PM)
I remember Lemming speaking highly of Russel and that he had seen him several times.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:17:10 PM)
Yes, I heard that as well.

jowags32 (Feb 4, 2005 12:17:16 PM)
Well put Steve. I just have a hard time with 7 players in the AA game from Illinois and what? 3 from Florida. I would gladly take the top 7 players from FL over IL.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:17:42 PM)
I agree on that, they need to spread the field a little bit more for that game. It is really becoming a national showcase now.

edbuck51 (Feb 4, 2005 12:17:48 PM)
Do you think the Buckeyes will focus all their RB recruiting effort on just Chris Wells, or will they want more of a safety net than that? He sounds way less than a 50-50 proposition at this point in time.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:19:21 PM)
He'll be their top choice. They will certainly recruit other backs. I know they'd probably want to bring in 2 this year. They are after Ray Small, but at 6-0, 170 he projects at WR or DB, likely. Warren JFK's Anthony Elzy was well over 2,000 yards last year. He's 5-10, 195. Keep an eye on him.

chas15 (Feb 4, 2005 12:19:30 PM)
Is there anyway our kicking game will be above average next year without extra years for our two players? I've heard names of backups, but haven't heard a great deal of "wow."

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:20:55 PM)
There usually isn't a lot of wow attached to kickers coming out of high school. I think Huston is pretty much guaranteed a sixth year. But he has consistency issues, no question. Would Skeete, Pretorious or Pettrey do better? We shall see. Trapasso looked great to me in warmups all year. Big, strong kid can boom it high. I think he'll do fine.

edbuck51 (Feb 4, 2005 12:22:07 PM)
I'm not sure I ever bought Notre Dame's excuse of higher academic standards being at the core of their decline on the football field. With their tradition, there should be plenty of intelligent guys who want to play there. Do you agree? Do you think OSU is treading toward higher academics at the risk it may effect on field performance?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:23:37 PM)
I agree, you can't use something like that as an excuse, especially when every one of your games is televised nationally. I think Ohio State is in a 3-4 year transition period with all of this. It will take some time for the staff to be comfortable working under these new conditions and find their niche -- great players who also have the academic profile.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:25:21 PM)
Who has a question?

yooperbuck (Feb 4, 2005 12:26:10 PM)
I can't remember a bad snap on punts, fg's, or extra points. Who is the heir apparent long snapper?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:26:30 PM)
Probably Drew Norman, a walk-on. He's been the backup for a while.

DantheMan (Feb 4, 2005 12:28:30 PM)
Is kickoff return too dangerous a position to risk Ginn; or is it not much different than punt returner?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:30:36 PM)
With Mo Hall gone, I would imagine you might see Ginn take a few kick returns. If anybody remembers, Greg Pruitt was a KR early in his career with the Browns. Later in his career, though, if the Browns were behind late and needed a big return, he would go back there and invariably bring one back to midfield. Maybe that becomes Ginn's role, to be a spot kick returner. You do get smacked around on those because unlike punts where you need a few yards to reach top speed, you're running full bore when somebody collides with you. There is usually less cutting involved. You're trying to go north and south.

chas15 (Feb 4, 2005 12:30:42 PM)
What's the Big 10 ranking projection for next year?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:30:50 PM)
My Big Ten, top down? Hmmm.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:31:48 PM)
OSU, Michigan and Iowa in the first group ...

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:32:38 PM)
Penn State, Purdue, NW, Minn and MSU in the next group ...

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:32:53 PM)
and I left out Wisconsin there, too

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:33:23 PM)
Indiana and Ill in the last group (again), but both will be markedly better within 2-3 years. This is becoming a pretty good football conference (ha ha).

edbuck51 (Feb 4, 2005 12:33:35 PM)
Sure wish we could get some good news on how Nader Abdullah is progressing.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:34:39 PM)
Believe it or not, I heard the Muslim holy period of Ramadan may be factoring in on him (i.e. he has to fast each day). Not sure if that's been good or bad for him. We'll see where he's at in the spring.

DantheMan (Feb 4, 2005 12:34:51 PM)
Is the DL haul of Worthington, Williams, Wilson and Denlinger the best DL haul for many years.. I cannot recall one better for some time.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:35:40 PM)
Agreed, not sure when they did this well on the DL. The Pitcock, Kudla class was probably pretty good, too. Smith and Scott came in the same year, but Scott was originally an LB.

edbuck51 (Feb 4, 2005 12:35:46 PM)
Tressel said they would need to move some people around to man the RB position. Any inclination of who those players might be?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:36:08 PM)
Russell and Lenix, probably. Not sure about moving any returning players. Not sure who those would be.

yooperbuck (Feb 4, 2005 12:36:13 PM)
I'm really anxious to see Boekman in a game. How is his speed and quickness? I hear he can toss the ball down the field pretty well.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:37:12 PM)
Great arm and pretty good presence for a kid coming from small school ball. Great feel for the game, great touch on his passes. Just makes plays. For a kid who is 6-5, he does have pretty good scrambling ability. He would have a plus-arm as well.

DantheMan (Feb 4, 2005 12:37:18 PM)
Why is UM getting so much love nationally in preseason rankings? (#2) Was it there impressive defensive performance in their last two games?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:39:07 PM)
I'm not sure either. They have to start over at a lot of key positions. Henne, Hart and Breaston and Avant will power the offense. Losing Shazor hurts a lot. Woodley will be a star at OLB and it's time for Crable and Burgess to step up, too. I think they have to find some secondary help with Shazor and Jackson gone or they could give up a few big plays. They also must improve the pass rush. They were atrocious last year in that facet.

BuckeyeDave (Feb 4, 2005 12:39:21 PM)
Will the NCAA declare Troy Smith eligible for the Mimai game?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:41:54 PM)
I have no idea. First of all, Smith had to do restitution and jump through some hoops before they appeal it. Not sure where that stands. This was OSU's hope that the bowl would count as 2, so it seems kind of unlikely from the jump that the NCAA will see it that way but they might. And my buddy Ken Roda from WKNR raised the point "Do you want that suspension lessened?" His point being, yes, it helps from continuity sake and football-wise for him to play against Miami. But do you want to send the message that taking money is not a serious thing by lessening the penalty? These kids obviously aren't seeing any deterrents so far in their behavior, are they?

BuckeyeDave (Feb 4, 2005 12:42:20 PM)
What is your guess as to the time frame for the curent NCAA investigation?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:42:51 PM)
When Jim Tressel doesn't know (or won't say), how would I have any idea? Not busting your balls, but nobody at OSU knows. It's indefinite.

redondo (Feb 4, 2005 12:43:01 PM)
Hi Steve - Season opener w/ Miami, Zwick the qb, Buckeye offense driving the ball. It's 12st and goal at the Redhawk 5. Does JT call run or pass? If run, who's gonna run it? If run, who's gonna be the tight end(s) that support the run? Thank you.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:43:54 PM)
He runs his best play ... the quarterback draw. Zwick gets down to the 1 before he gets smacked. Then they find a way to power it in from the 1 with Pittman or Haw doing the honors.

yooperbuck (Feb 4, 2005 12:44:03 PM)
Is this comming years team the fastest ever for tOSU?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:44:41 PM)
Yes, Ginn, Gonzo and two 100-meter placers with O'Neal and Lenix. This team has a ton of speed. Holmes and Youboty can also go.

kdog (Feb 4, 2005 12:44:49 PM)
What are your feelings on the class we just signed?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:45:24 PM)
As I said earlier, maybe a little top heavy with 3 great players (Boone, O'Neal and Worthington) and filled out with some role players who could develop into stars.

kdog (Feb 4, 2005 12:45:32 PM)
How is the talent in Ohio next year? How will this slew of offers the past few days help in getting some of this talent?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:46:40 PM)
Next year should be better. Best QB class I've seen in Ohio. Good to great OL class. A true big impact back with Chris Wells. I think they'd like to have 4-5 verbals by spring ball, get 4-5 more after the camp, 2-4 more before the season, then concentrate on the 4-6 more guys they need to close it out.

DantheMan (Feb 4, 2005 12:46:49 PM)
I don't think we should mitigate his punishment. It will look bad!

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:47:30 PM)
I would probably agree, I think that would hurt them football-wise. But there has to be some type of deterrent to this behavior.

DantheMan (Feb 4, 2005 12:47:42 PM)
Speaking of Kenny Roda (great OSU fan), are you a regular on WKNR and when can we hear you on his show?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:48:07 PM)
Not on any regular day or time. Usually when something develops with Ohio State they call. We try and promote the appearances on the message boards.

chas15 (Feb 4, 2005 12:48:19 PM)
Do you think the Ginn in the backfield situation from the Alamo will become a change of pace element in next year's offense? It seemed like a gimmic, but it sure was effective.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:48:51 PM)
I agree, anything you can do to diversify the offense and make it harder on the defense to where they have to react to what you do and not dictate what you're doing is a plus.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:49:11 PM)
Ginn just puts tremendous pressure on a defense. He needs 10-15 touches a game between returns, catches and carries.

BuckeyeDave (Feb 4, 2005 12:49:20 PM)
Are any of the handful of Jrs that were offered on Wednesday likely to commit early?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:49:41 PM)
Possibly. We'll see what shakes out on Saturday. That could be when it happens.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:50:36 PM)
Haven't heard any specific names. There were rumors that Homan, for instance, had been offered and verbaled, but we had not confirmed that. Most of the prep coaches are in Cols. this weekend for the state coaches association clinic at the Easton Hilton (I bet the bar bills there are astronomical ... ha ha).

Mike (Feb 4, 2005 12:50:50 PM)
Steve, Off the football topic...The women hoopsters are tearing it up. I keep seeing articles in Bucknuts the Mag., etc. Can you Ohio people bring some more fans to the Big Ten Tourney this year?? Living in Indy I saw quite a few last year, but this should be the year to pack Conseco. This could be a special year to follow the women!!!

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:53:57 PM)
I agree, that event should be their showcase and a jumping off point, you hope, for a Final Four run. Davenport is on pace for an All-American season and Matter has been good as well.

yooperbuck (Feb 4, 2005 12:54:05 PM)
Wait till Ginn throws the ball a few times! As if the defenses didn't have enough to worry about with him on the field.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:54:28 PM)
Yep, they had a pass play in for the bowl game, but it did not work out because they had 12 men on the field.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:55:41 PM)
If there

edbuck51 (Feb 4, 2005 12:55:47 PM)
Those high school coaches don't have bar bills, they take 12 packs back to their rooms.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:56:11 PM)
Yes, they do work on a short budget. Two beers at the bar cost the same as 12 in their room, so that's a no-brainer.

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:56:30 PM)
If there is nothing else, I am going to scoot. It's been fun. We will see you next time.

edbuck51 (Feb 4, 2005 12:56:45 PM)
Do you think the Bucks are in on Konrad Rueland?

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 12:58:32 PM)
Yes, definitely, with them being at Mission Viejo this past year, they know all about Reuland. I think he is listing OSU, Stanford and USC right now. No offers. He's a big 6-6, 240 TE that would look good here.

Guest (Feb 4, 2005 12:59:35 PM)
Thanks a ton for everything.

yooperbuck (Feb 4, 2005 1:00:49 PM)
Thanks Steve! Great context. Also, I believe in the power of happenings in threes. NC coming right up. GO BUCKS!

SteveHelwagen (Feb 4, 2005 1:01:11 PM)
Take care everybody and have a great weekend!! Enjoy the Super Bowl!

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