Chat Transcript - Gary Housteau

Gary Housteau stopped by club chat today to discuss Buckeye football and recruiting, including lots of talk about this week's off-the-field news. Read on for a transcript of the chat.

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:06:35 PM)
Hi everyone, welcome to today's chat. What's on your mind? Shall I guess?

NEOLeo (May 20, 2005 1:09:41 PM)
Whatever came of Darrion Scott's brother's attempt to walk on at Ohio State?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:09:42 PM)
Hello NEOLeo, I was thinking the same thing as I looked at the Darrion Scott update. I don't know the answer to that. I'm not sure if Steve would either. I understood he had some academic concerns at the time but I never even followed up to find out if he even enrolled at one point or another. I'm sorry but I can't answer that one for you. He was going to be a grayshirt but I don't know if he ever enrolled like Boeckman did in the fall when he first grayshirted.

Palmer (May 20, 2005 1:10:26 PM)
Gary, in your opinion who do you think that we get for recruiting next year?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:10:26 PM)
Hi Palmer, I'm not sure of the context of that question if you could ask it in a different way it would be great.

Palmer (May 20, 2005 1:15:49 PM)
what do you think that our 2006 class will look like

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:15:49 PM)
It terms of what it might look like I would say that Chris Wells be one of probably two RBs, one QB Hartline or Davis, two or three receivers...Lyons is one. One tightend possibly two...I like Jake Ballard but he could be moved to a lineman. I like Cumberland as a possible wideout. Three or four O-linemen with Smith, Boren leading the way, two DL ill make Rob Rose one of them, two DE, three LBs in Homan, Gibson and someone else. DB's Small and Coleman. These guys could potentially all be the nucleus.

Tmoney (May 20, 2005 1:20:06 PM)
Hey Gary, I just got the new Ohio High magazine and I was a bit surprised to see that Miles Schlichter was rated only the sixth best senior to be QB in the state behind guys like Arvelle Nelson, Nate Davis, Rudy Kirbus, and Brennen Glass. I have been assuming he was right behind Hartline. Should I be surprised?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:20:06 PM)
Hi Tmoney. I was too only for the fact I believe Duane really likes Schlichter and I'm surprised to see so many others ahead of him. Here's my take on Schlichter. I just did a lengthy interview with him for an Internet feature story in the next day or so, and from what I know Schlichter would like to decide before the season starts where he goes. He's not caught up in all that whos the best QB talk. He knows his talents and is confident in his ability. He's a playmaker whether throwing or running and he's a winner. He would be happy in the MAC or the Big Ten, wherever he's most comfortable from his offers. Right now he has no offers to speak of. It will take time as other QB's in the pecking order decide. I like him behind Hartline and Davis in Ohio.

NEOLeo (May 20, 2005 1:24:34 PM)
How big of an impact do you think Chris Wells can have at Ohio State in 06?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:24:34 PM)
A very big one NEOLeo. I really judge kids on seeing their eyes during a game and making plays in a game. Being a playermaker is my first and foremost criteria. Then I look at the other things. I've been a regular at Wells games now and he can do some really spectacular things with the football. Only Reecie was a better back IMHO and Wells has another year. A player to watch for on that same Garfield team that gets no pub...he was injured last Cortez Jones. He had the absolute best football hit last year that I saw in high school against St. Vincent St. Mary St. James from his safety position. He's got good size, great speed and he hits. And he will get noticed this year because of Wells.

JimC (May 20, 2005 1:27:03 PM)
Hi Gary, Are the list of the players coming to our camp, available yet? Any big names?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:27:03 PM)
Hi JimC...if you're referring to the Scout camp next week then I believe Steve might have a partial list assembled. I do not know. I have a wedding to attend next week so I don't know if I'll be there as of yet. These weddings are always getting in my Also the Fitch regional is next week in track and I'm a regular there every year. You won't get all of the biggies because it's track season still. I'm sure Steve will provide names when he has them.

fotownbuckeye (May 20, 2005 1:32:26 PM)
Why do you say Boren when he already committed to scum?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:32:26 PM)
Hi fotowbuckeye...if I did say Boren then I obviously made a mistake. I'm working on a couple different things right now and I may have typed something wrong...forgive me if I did. I don't remember. Of course I know he's committed to Michigan. Sorry for the misprint.

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:33:13 PM)
I just read that and of course I meant Brown...sorry.

Tmoney (May 20, 2005 1:33:34 PM)
Did you just say Boren could commit to OSU? I could have sworn he verballed to scUM.

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:33:35 PM)
It was a mistake and I meant Aaron Brown.

LABuck (May 20, 2005 1:37:27 PM)
Did I read correctly on a chat yesterday that Louis I. is trying to get back in with the Bucks? And on top of that is Ira G. still in Columbus or is he done with OSU?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:37:27 PM)
Hi LABuck...yes Louis is home in Y-town. He's working out now. He weighs 255 pounds and he's trying to get into OSU if he's able to. If not he has three or four other options right now. He should know his fate by the end of the month. He and his family met with JT last Friday when he was released from his confinement. I don't know the status of Guilford other than what's been on our message boards. I like Louis a lot and hope he makes the most of his next chance whether it be at OSU or some place else. He will likely know soon if he will even have a chance or not to get back in to OSU.

redondo (May 20, 2005 1:43:51 PM)
Hi Gary - My question is about Louis I. Coach Tressel has apparently met with the family. Is there a clear path back to OSU, or somewhere else? What's the latest "411" and what would you personally do if you were JT? Thank you.

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:43:51 PM)
Hi redondo...that's an extremely difficult question for me because the Irizarry's are like family to me. I've been through pretty much the whole gamut with them throughout this ordeal and I haven't really commented on it. There is no clear path for Louis with OSU at this time but there remains a chance that he can get back into Ohio. He does have three or four other offers pending right now from what I've been told. But the family needs to act quickly and I'm certain JT knows what he needs to know to push the process along to a conclusion. If it's a no then Louis will move on but he wants to make it right at Ohio State and not run away from anything. If I were JT I would do exactly what he is doing...but it's not going to be up to him in the end. And the family is aware of that. I selfishly hope Louis will return to return but at the same time, I'm pessimistic the probability of that happening. But remember my feelings are biased by my relationship with the family.

osudrinker (May 20, 2005 1:49:04 PM)
With Haw going to be suspended, Wells has to be excited to be the backup for a Buckeyes with out ever practicing. Do you think he can step in and how much?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:49:04 PM)
Hi osudrinker...I spoke with M. Wells about a month ago for a feature that I have done on him with Bucknuts the magazine. We have as much as a month lapse in time from when we do the stories as to when they actually print so it seems like it was so long ago. I first informed everyone that he would be coming here in mid may to start getting ready for his career as a Buckeye, mentally as much as anything else. He's a confident person and he expects to challenge for a great deal of playing time, and this was before the Haw episode. He will wear number 34 also. He comes highly touted from people like Bill Conley so that's good enough for me. I think we're going to like him. He's not as big physically as Pittman or Haw but he's fast and aggressive and he's put together well. He had a tremendous junior season. He was slowed some in his senior year with an injury. I'm excited to see him in a Buckeye uniform. He will contribute as a true freshman in the backfield.

labsbeabmm (May 20, 2005 1:54:50 PM)
I don't understand how smoking a "joint" would tempt a player (see Ricky Williams) such as Haw to risk his possible future livelihood

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:54:50 PM)
Hi labsbeabmm...of course none of these types of transgressions makes any sense. I don't understand any of it. Playing at a school like Ohio State is a privilege that some of these kids don't seem to comprehend. I was a college student once myself so I understand the temptations as well as anyone...but these guys obviously do not fear the consequences of their actions.

GRIMES (May 20, 2005 1:58:20 PM)
How do you think is the late addition of new coaches going to hurt as far as 1. getting the respect of the players 2. changes in technique and strategy at certain positions 3. evaluation for playing time. 4. continuity in general of recruiting Thanks!

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 1:58:20 PM)
Hi Grimes...I'm certain these new coaches fit the parameters established by JT so I'm comfortable with them from that aspect. I think the player evaluations will be the most difficult aspect for the coaches but they will follow the guidelines for being an assistant and they will know what JT expects of them from the outset. There will be no radical changes in technique or strategy. On defense, they need to instruct their players to keep the play in front of them and get to the ball. It should be a smooth transition in all aspects including recruiting. I'm not concerned in the least.

redondo (May 20, 2005 2:07:25 PM)
Hi Gary - Has the dust settled in the aftermath of the Lenix situation? Any lingering hard feelings from the player or coach perspective? Any additional details you could share? Thank you.

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 2:07:25 PM)
Boy word spread fast that Lenix wasn't going to be eligible in time to clear admissions. I first heard of it last Friday from my source and it was public knowledge by Tuesday I believe. The ironic thing is that I just recently sat with Ginn Sr. and Lenix at Glenville and they obviously were not expecting this. With the sliding scale, they knew that Lenix was good with the clearinghouse. Unfortunately that's not an acceptable standard for OSU admissions now. I like what someone on the message board said...this isn't the IVY League. Guys like Lenix come to Ohio State to major in football. It's what gets them in. Then it's up to them to make the most of it. Don't expect them to become rocket scientists. Obviously Lenix has some work to do with his ACT. Let's hope that Lenix can make the most of this setback and move forward in a positive manner. I'm sure he will. He wants to be a Buckeye .

redondo (May 20, 2005 2:09:41 PM)
Hi Gary - Someone posted a link to the 'Canes site interview with Lyons that he is now a Miami lean based on ability to get on the field earlier. Still think he dons the S&G? Thank you.

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 2:09:41 PM)
Yes I do...for now! But remember I was confident that Boren would be a Buckeye and McCoy and so on and so on.

abuck37 (May 20, 2005 2:13:20 PM)
With the Haw incident and Freddie Lenix grayshirting, I would imagine that Maurice Wells would see some additional early time at TB. Do you see any others in the mix right now? What about Anderson Russell with his RB highlights and success on the track?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 2:13:20 PM)
Hi abuck37...I too believe that Anderson Russell could be the wildcard in this whole scenario. He's a good kid and comes highly recommended to Ohio State and he's having a really good track season. He's a football player from a really good program. We shall see. Remember Brandon Schnittker looked pretty good carrying the ball and if OSU goes to a spread with one back for any amount of time, that lessens the need for multiple tailbacks. It's just surprise Ohio State doesn't have a whole stable of quality tailbacks...three and four and five deep.

LABuck (May 20, 2005 2:18:40 PM)
Gary, I feel like I'm the only person who doesn't know exactly what happened with E.J. to put him in the situation he is in. Was it just his schoolwork and grades or was it something else that I missed?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 2:18:40 PM)
E.J. has obviously been in the doghouse for lengthy period of time regardless of how optimistic the Reverend may sound. And I'm close with the Reverend and he's a wonderful man. But the first telling sign of his troubled history was the fact that he went from number 2 back to number 29 in midseason last year. The was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back...back then. That was the last chance to get through to him. So there is a lot of work to be done by E.J., not only in the classroom but off the field, before he's able to be unconditionally welcomed back by the team. I'm hoping he is so he can fulfill the potential that we've all seen in him and heard about him, but has yet to really surface at OSU.

osudrinker (May 20, 2005 2:20:45 PM)
I have been able to obtain 4 extra Iowa tickets. Hopefully they will both be undefeated when they play. How much do you think I can get. I was thinking all together around a thousand. What's your take?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 2:20:45 PM)
Sounds like a pretty fair number. 200 to 250 sounds like the going rate...especially if Ohio State beats Texas and are 3-0. Can I have a cut?

Guest (May 20, 2005 2:27:39 PM)
Do you feel that with our lack of tailbacks, opposing defenses will clearly know which direction to exploit in our offense? Given that Tressell may have no other options but to run a spread. Will Justin Zwick or Troy Smith be able to overcome the much larger target that is on their backs now? Or is Teddy the difference maker that allows us to say nothing matters as long as he's healthy?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 2:27:39 PM)
Hi Florida Buckeye...First of all Teddy is and will always be the difference maker. He gives Ohio State a chance to score from any where at any time on the field be it on offense or special teams. I think JT can get as creative as he wants to with all of the talent he has at his disposal and if the spring is any indication, with the closed practices and such, they will employ a more wide open look more often then not. But JT loves the bread and butter smash mouth brand of ball if he's able to win that way he will go that for certain. I'm confident that both Zwick and Smith will be able to lead the offense in whatever direction JT goes. Just don't expect 30 plus passes a game or anything like that over a sustained period of time. He'll take the 11 of 17 for 130 yards passing any time he's able to get away with it.

silverbullet (May 20, 2005 2:31:50 PM)
Hi Gary, how do you think the shoe is going to be on sept. 10th, do you feel this game will be a bigger deal then when we played notre dame.

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 2:31:51 PM)
Hi Silverbullet...I really remember the Northwestern night game of about four years ago being a really big and exciting game. That was my first night game down on the field and there was nothing like it. This game with Texas is going to be so good for so many reasons so I can't wait to experience that. But Notre Dame is Notre Dame and that was a special game no doubt because there are many Ohio people that are Notre Dame fans. I would do anything I can to make it to that game. Mortgage rates are still low. I actually have a friend getting married that day...big mistake. Smile!

Guest (May 20, 2005 2:42:37 PM)
What do you think is the absolute way to handle Haw as well as any other player that violates the law, team, university or NCAA policies? This microscope we are under will only get worse if we don't put a stop to this. Should Tressel play hardball with these kids? If so, what will that do for recruiting?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 2:42:37 PM)
Florida Buckeye asks what I think is the best way to deal with Haw and others...Someone I know told me yesterday that maybe Ohio State is just better at reporting transgressions than other institutions because the same stuff happens at every school. And I don't doubt that it does for a minute. The situation is what it is at Ohio State for whatever reason, microscope or not, and the players have to become more concerned with the consequences. That's one reason why it will be hard for someone like Irizarry to get back in at OSU. Someone else said to me that it's not holding if a flag is not thrown to use a football analogy...! But JT's image will continue to neutralize any negative recruiting that other schools will try to use against OSU. And beating Michigan on a regular basis also helps these types of things to be overlooked as well.

Guest (May 20, 2005 2:47:55 PM)
I have the utmost faith in Coach Tressel and I know we will have a great recruiting class again this year, but I remember seeing you, Steve or Duane saying back in March that the next commitments could be around the end of spring ball. Given what you know, who do you think will be the next commit and when do you think it could happen?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 2:47:55 PM)
I personally think OSU will net a few right before, during or after their camp. It's hard to say who it might be because a lot of these Ohio kids want to go the distance and visit schools and then decide. Maybe Connor Smith will surprise us all and commit but he sure sounds like he wants to look around and not limit his options. It's hard to say. If Hartline gets an offer he would commit. I'll have a better idea on where a lot of these guys stand after this weekend. Next weeks chat could be interesting.

Guest (May 20, 2005 2:51:47 PM)
Is our running back situation hopeless now? Is Wells good enough to come right in and keep us afloat through the Texas game?

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 2:51:47 PM)
Florida Buckeye asks if OSU's running back situation is hopeless now. Of course not with Pittman at the top of the pecking order for starters. I truly believe he will surprise a lot of people with how productive he will be this year. Haw obviously hurt himself but he can bounce back. He did have a bit of troubled first year so this latest incident is definitely a setback. But M. Wells can be a tremendous addition to the team this year and C. Wells next year. Anderson Russell may be a pleasant surprise if they insert him in the backfield. But Wells will be good enough if he gets some early opportunities.

GaryHousteau (May 20, 2005 2:54:58 PM)
That's it for today. Thanks to all the participants in today's chat. I really appreciate your involvement in the chat. And thanks to those of you for reading through the chat at a later time as well. Tomorrow my brother, from the Amazing Race for those of you who watch, is getting married to Deana from the show so it looks like I'll be hanging out with Rob and Amber from the show as well. They're both in the wedding. Should be a neat time as other cast members of the show are supposed to attend the wedding as well. That's all for now. Have a great weekend. I sure will. Go Bucks!

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