Chat Transcript - Gary Housteau (4/1)

Gary Housteau stopped by today to talk about spring ball, recruiting, and much more. Check out a transcript posted below.

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:07:28 AM)
I'm ready to take your questions from yesterday or recruiting in general. So if you have any then fire away.

buckgrad (Apr 1, 2005 11:08:28 AM)
Morning Gary, was the entire practice open to you guys yesterday?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:08:29 AM)
Hi buckgrad...yes the entire practice was open to the media yesterday and it was good to see those silver helmets running around again.

buckmark (Apr 1, 2005 11:11:54 AM)
gary, great pics from yesterday...what stood out the most during your time at practice?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:11:54 AM)
Hi buckmark, thanks for the props on the pics, I was amped watching the linebackers go through some of their drills. We really have a fantastic unit and they work so well together. Great talent, great leadership and great depth. Then TGII was amazing on the field and off. He's matured some more physically and he just handles the media so, so well. He is truly a special talent no question. And I was excited to see Pittman and Haw out there. It should be a great battle. And there was so much more to be excited about as well.

RockyMntBuck (Apr 1, 2005 11:14:27 AM)
I remember Boone talking about shadowing Bollman during spring ball as part of a senior project St Ed's offers/requires. Is that what he was doing at practice or was it just a visit ?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:14:27 AM)
Hi RockyMntBuck...I didn't have a chance to talk with Boone yesterday and I wanted to but I was busy trying to learn how to use my new camera equipment most of the day. I believe he was there for that and will be there most of the spring if not the entire time doing that. The requirements from St. Ed aren't very stringent, I understand, about being at school during that time period so he just needs to file a final report I believe. Correct if I'm wrong if someone who went there knows.

buckmark (Apr 1, 2005 11:16:26 AM)
gary...impressions of coach haynes?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:16:26 AM)
Coach Haynes seemed to be doing a lot of teaching both with special teams and with the defensive backs. I'm not sure of his role with the special teams but he seemed to be right in there during the punt portion of the practice. He seemed to have his players full attention when I was watching.

Carr (Apr 1, 2005 11:18:32 AM)
Gary, the front page of the buckeye 50 yardline says clarett is rejoining the team. I'm in the 'I'll believe it when I see it' category, but have you heard any rumblings of this? To me it just doesn't make sense.

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:18:32 AM)
Rejoining what team? No! I'm guessing you read something wrong. He'll be fortunate to join any the NFL...on the draft weekend. He might have did just enough yesterday to be taken in the 6th or 7th round. Maybe I understood your question wrong.

mulder (Apr 1, 2005 11:22:23 AM)
Gary, what's your assessment of the CB situation? Who's going to play? Will EJ be back? Any other observations>

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:22:23 AM)
Hi mulder...For now Donte Whiter is definitely at corner which is a complete surprise to me. I just see him as a rock and sock 'em safety. This is sort of neutering him like it was with Dustin Fox initially. I think he's out of position at corner but I'm sure they know a whole lot more than I do. Again, other than Youboty, who is fantastic, TGII is the next best corner on the team. But Whitner is intelligent and very talented and I'm sure he'll make the adjustment. I just don't think it's his best position. This is a move to help the team however and Whitner will surely do that. He's a bonafide leader no question. And a stud.

osufan26 (Apr 1, 2005 11:26:16 AM)
Out of the second tier of O-Line prospects left in Ohio who might get an offer?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:26:16 AM)
Hi unofficial second tier of linemen in Ohio is Lee Tilley, Ryan Palmer and Bryant Browning. Depending on how many of the big 3 actually commit to Ohio State, I think we might be able to take at least one if not two of these guys. Then you have the Nagy kid out of Hudson who some think is a top D-line prospect. He too can be an offensive consideration. I think we will end up with Ryan Palmer as well and I'm certain Ginn Sr. will be lobbying for Browning. I don't know much about Tilley at this time.

GP (Apr 1, 2005 11:30:06 AM)
What do you think of Steve Rehring? He looked like he has really developed physically...

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:30:06 AM)
Hi GP, it's interesting you mentioned that because Helwagen and I think Biddle and I were looking at how Boone compared to some of the other linemen and he sort of made Rehring look small, if that's possible. But Rehring's lower legs are like tree trunks compared to Boone's who are much thinner. But both of those guys are imposing in their own ways. Rehring just adds solid depth up front. Allowing Schafer to move back to the defense tells you how deep OSU is on the O-line.

buckgrad (Apr 1, 2005 11:33:06 AM)
Did you see how Roy Hall was getting his reps? Tight end, WR, both?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:33:07 AM)
Hi Buckgrad...Roy Hall was repping at wide receiver yesterday. II was told just a couple of weeks ago that Hall would be moved to tight end and he was even looking forward to moving there...and I was told that Marcel Frost may be the most talented pass catcher on the team at tight end. Yesterday again, someone told me that Hall might be moving to tight end but for now he's working with the WR's as best as I can tell. I think Marcel Frost is a special talent. I mean really special.

osufan26 (Apr 1, 2005 11:36:18 AM)
How did Erik Haw look in practice?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:36:18 AM)
Hi osufan26. I like Erik Haw a lot and I didn't see as much of him as I wanted to yesterday but I'm sure he has the full confidence in himself that Tony Pittman does at this time and the spring should do wonders for Erik Haw. I think Pittman is ahead of him mentally in all aspects right now of what to do and what to expect. But Haw is definitely talented. He just needs to be secure in his ability and know fully what is expected of him and then his talent will take over. I give the early edge to Pittman. This is his second spring now.

GP (Apr 1, 2005 11:40:43 AM)
What do you think of our recruiting relationship with WGH? In your opinion are we showing that program enough attention? Is there something we can do to get our foot in the door? There are some nice players coming up.....

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:40:43 AM)
Warren Harding is right in my back yard and it pains me to say this but I really don't care any more. If you're a talented Ohio kid that's wanted by Ohio State and you want to go to Michigan...See ya! Don't want to be ya! The biggest difference these kids don't see is that if you go to Ohio State you live there when you're playing days are over...for the most part. If you go to go back to where you came from when you're playing days are over...for the most part. All the former Warren players that went to Michigan are back in Warren...It just frustrates the **** out of me. Danny Herron is a stud running back for Harding and will be a junior next year. His brother is an LB at MSU...we need to get on Herron in a big way.

mulder (Apr 1, 2005 11:43:27 AM)
Gary, are you going to keep scouting western Pennsylvania for us? Any guys there you have your eyes on?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:43:27 AM)
I'll start with Lyons and Walls. I think we have Lyons if we want him but I don't think we will get Walls...Daniels really has his work cut out for him there. As more serious names start to come out that have an interest in OSU and OSU has an interest in them...I'll do my best to get over there and check them out. But it's just those two right now...that I have my radar on.

Guest (Apr 1, 2005 11:46:11 AM)
Have you heard anything new about Thaddeus Gibson ? He had talked about visiting during spring practice (I know, it just started).

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:46:11 AM)
RockyMntBuck asked about Thaddeus Gibson...I've made two attempts this year already to meet with Gibson but haven't been able to hook up with him yet. I will meet up with him before this school year is out and that's for certain. I really like him a lot...his upside could be huge. I don't know his intentions about spring ball at OSU but I imagine he will be there at some point. I'm guessing he's on the track team in some capacity. He's a great athlete.

JohnnyBuckeye (Apr 1, 2005 11:50:38 AM)
What time is the team going to be back out on the field today Gary? Would love to meet up with you to talk OSU football.

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:50:38 AM)
I don't know what time the team works out today but I would guess it's at 3:30 again today. Tomorrow is the hoot and holler drill in full pads for the first time. I won't be down in C-bus again until one of the scrimmages and then again for the spring game. I don't think the media in general has many opportunities now to watch practice but I'm not certain of that... Steve knows all that information. The spring game is a certainty and beyond that I'm not sure of any other times at this time.

bucknate (Apr 1, 2005 11:52:13 AM)
Good afternoon! Nice to see Albert Dukes out there yesterday...Is our receiving corps going to be really scary this year or what? Do you think this may be the deepest talent we have ever had at the position? Should bolster our running game too! Add that defense, try not to get too screwed up in the kicking game, and uh-oh...could be making a serious run for the roses this year!! can't wait!!!

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:52:13 AM)
Hi bucknate....I agree with all that.

buckmark (Apr 1, 2005 11:55:57 AM)
gary... hoobler should get lots of work this spring with the injuries to AS and MDA. How did he look yesterday?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 11:55:58 AM)
Hoobler looked great buckmark. I think he's a tremendous talent that is just flying under the radar right now with all the other ridiculous talent in front of him. He will get some good quality reps this spring and cream does rise to the top no question. Look out next season. But yes he looked fantastic running around out there. So did Marcus Freeman. Absolute stud. Curtis Terry looked great physically.

buckgrad (Apr 1, 2005 12:01:34 PM)
Were any of the in coming freshmen there, other than Boone. Any ex-players? Thanks

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 12:01:34 PM)
I talked some with Brian Hartline and he's coming along great with his leg injury. He's even doing some hurdles already in track. Mike Hartline was there. The big lineman from Strongsville was there...I was also told that Anthony Elzy might have been there but I didn't ID him. Lance Smith was suppose to be there as well but I didn't see him either. I thought more recruits were going to be there with school out for the most part. But I bet on Saturday with the pads on they will have a few recruits there. Ginn Sr. and his guys will be there today. They have a track meet against Brookhaven on Saturday which should be a big time event. And I was talking with a Brookhaven person yesterday and Ohio State has no shot at all with Cumberland or Jackson...they're all going to follow Dominic Jones to Minnesota. DJ is the man they all look up to. That's why Daniels went to Minnesota...that and the fact him and Massie have been best friends forever.

rockmason29 (Apr 1, 2005 12:05:38 PM)
Hey gary ,....who do you feel will be the guy who fills fox's place at corner?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 12:05:38 PM)
Hi rockmaso29...right now it looks like Whitner is option one and they've also moved Sirjo Welch over to corner. Ginn said again he would like to get some time on defense and he tells the coaches that but he will play where they want him to play. He's a team player first and foremost but he'd love to have a chance to play some corner. I've heard that he may get some time at corner in the red zone in the fall but that might be the extent of it unless nobody else steps it up. If you want to have the guy with the most self-confidence along with the most natural ability to play corner then the guy you want is TGII. Period.

osufan26 (Apr 1, 2005 12:10:26 PM)
Do you think we offer Lance Smith or Anthony Elzy?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 12:10:26 PM)
Probably lot. With Wells already on board, I think we will be very picky to add the next running back. I like both of these guys...Elzy could really be a special back and Smith reminds me so much of Ray Williams so I'll take either of them but I don't think we go after either of them. Time will tell. Both would be a good complement to Wells.

osufan26 (Apr 1, 2005 12:12:58 PM)
Are we in trouble with Aaron Brown? His feelings seem to be luke warm toward OSU right now.

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 12:12:58 PM)
I don't think Ohio State is in trouble with Aaron Brown in any is Ohio State afterall and he is one of the top linemen in Ohio. I just don't know if he's a sure thing by any means.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 1, 2005 12:17:16 PM)
How many reps do you think Haw and Pittman will see in the Scarlet & Gray game? (Still jhave not received my March issue of Bucknuts!?)

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 12:17:16 PM)
Hi Buckeye Dave...Haw and Pittman will be get a lot of reps in the spring game, barring injury of course, and they're both looking forward to it. It will be a big stage for each of them no question. And I don't have anything to do with the magazine getting out in time...sorry!

redondo (Apr 1, 2005 12:20:50 PM)
Hi Gary - Calling on your experience with Coach Tressel and the Y-town days, it seems Coach T has to decide on an offensive philosophy for the upcoming season. It seems like he has to feature his talent at wideout, particularly Ginn and Holmes, or risk media crucificion if he reverts to the tailback up the middle style. What are your thoughts? Which way will he go?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 12:20:50 PM)
Hi redondo...Ted Ginn Jr. that's his philosophy. Ginn saved the offense last year when he emerged. He'll help the running game this year with a veteran offensive line and he'll help the return many kickoff returns for scores do you think he will have this year? I recommend that philosophy for any coach who is lucky enough to have a Ted Ginn on their roster. JT might be stubborn as an offensive coordinator but he's not blind. Ginn is his philosophy of choice for the next two years.

osufan26 (Apr 1, 2005 12:26:03 PM)
Are there any of D-Line prospects emerging at this time in Ohio?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 12:26:03 PM)
Yes my notre dame guy has told me that they offered Kallen Wade the DE out of Winthrow that Duane has talked about. The only other Ohio guy that ND has offered is Javoni Chappel the smallish corner from Trotwood.

buckgrad (Apr 1, 2005 12:27:17 PM)
Are there any players that you like in northern ohio, from the Sandusky Perkins area east to Avon Lake. Within that area on the lake?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 12:27:18 PM)
Sorry but there's no one early on from that area that Ohio State is in on at this time. At least I can't think of any at this moment!

BuckeyeDave (Apr 1, 2005 12:30:14 PM)
Any plans for a Bucknuts subscriber event on the horizon? What should we watch for at the spring game?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 12:30:14 PM)
Hi BuckeyeDave...I always like when we have a chance to meet and hookup with our scribers and the spring game is a great time for's not as busy of a time for us as it is during the season. Keep mentioning it to Steve and we'll try and make something happen.

BuckeyeDave (Apr 1, 2005 12:34:29 PM)
Have you heard anything new on the R. E. Lee - Colerain game? Who are your early, early picks fro the HS Football championships this fall?

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 12:34:30 PM)
If it can work out...I hope to attend the high school game and then the OSU-Texas game. What a great afternoon that will be. My way too early predictions are St. Ignatius, Tallmadge, Benedictine for the upper three divisions. Pretty shocking that they're all from up north. I think Glenville will be really good again and I'll get to see a lot of the Cincinnati teams in that first weekend I hope at the Skyline chilli Crosstown Classic. And I'll get to see Colerain I hope against the Texas team so I'll have a more accurate assessment later in the year. But those are a few teams to watch for.

rbuck (Apr 1, 2005 12:38:13 PM)
What position will TGII play in the league? The more you listen to Kiper and the other big names, they're saying that with all the rules changes, there's no such thing as a lock down corner any more? Just wanted to get your thoughts. Thanks.

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 12:38:13 PM)
well if he wins the Heisman as a wide receiver/kick returner in one of the next two years, it would be hard to not play those positions at the next level. Bottom line is if he never gets a chance to play corner at this level, he likely won't have that chance at the next level. I'm sure PAC man Jones, for instance, will make a pretty good living as a corner in the NFL and I'm sure Ginn has more raw ability to play that position that even he does. Leave the receiving to the 6-3 studs and in the NFL...and it takes guys with Ginn's ability to cover them. That's just my humble opinion. Corner is Ginn's natural position.

GaryHousteau (Apr 1, 2005 12:39:27 PM)
With that question...we will call it a day. Thanks to all of you for chatting with me today and thanks to those of you who have went through and read the chat at a later time. Have a great day and enjoy the Final Four this weekend. Go Bucks!

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