Helwagen Chat: June 2-3 Archive

Here is the archive of Thursday night's (and Friday morning's) Chat session with Bucknuts.com managing editor Steve Helwagen. He conducts these Chat sessions each week for Bucknuts.com subscribers.

marinebuckeye (Jun 2, 2005 10:05:39 PM)
hey steve, should we be woried about brown or smith??

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:06:15 PM)
Remember, the moderation is on now so all questions come to me and I post them ... OK ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:07:20 PM)
No, I think Ohio State is in good to great shape on Smith and probably in good shape on Brown. John Peterson is making Brown a real priority get out of Cincinnati. he has some great offers, but OSU has as good a chance as anybody.

fasttimebob (Jun 2, 2005 10:07:28 PM)
ditto out in calif this is the only way i get to chat

Heater (Jun 2, 2005 10:07:43 PM)
Send them to you P2P or here?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:07:58 PM)
Send questions here, just like you're posting a message.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 10:08:02 PM)
What OOS players do you think OSU has got a good shot at, at this moment?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:09:44 PM)
Lot of comments about Devin Parrish liking OSU a lot. He may be a good possibility. Dorin Dickerson may be another from PA, particularly if OSU takes a strong early interest in his cousin, junior RB Jordan Mabin from Macedonia Nordonia. I hear some rumblings about the WR from Cali David Ausberry having connections in Cols. as well. Ditto for Reuland (born in Ohio, Williams coming here). Those may be the best 3-4 shots now, but a lot will change in the months ahead.

Heater (Jun 2, 2005 10:09:55 PM)
Some of the talk on the boards right now is about the OL. Some people (Duane included) have mentioned that Nick Mangold could be pushed hard at center so hard that he could lose playing time. Do you believe any of that? Is our line that good or has Mangold plateaued? Finally, just how good is our line? It is the 3-game losing streak line, the _ichigan game line or somewhere in the middle?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:12:09 PM)
I got booted, but I remember all of the questions submitted, so I'll tick them off.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:12:24 PM)
Starting with Mangold ??

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:13:19 PM)
No, Nick is the guy. He is a two-year starter at center. They may get Cordle some reps but Nick is their guy. This OL is the best it's been maybe back to 1998 IMHO. We'll see how it plays out this fall, but they have a ton of options.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:13:34 PM)
Somebody asked about bkb recruiting eclipsing ftb recruiting this summer ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:14:27 PM)
That is a possibility when you have a chance to bag the overall No. 1 in 7-foot Greg Oden and a great PG like Mike Conley Jr., then start in on juniors-to-be for the following year with Dallas Lauderdale and others. Football recruiting looks like a slow boil this year.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:14:44 PM)
Somebody asked about the deflating stock for the Ohio QBs ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:15:44 PM)
That's a tough question. I like a lot of things about these guys, particularly Hartline, Davis, Schlichter. I'm not sure why major schools have been so slow with offers. Maybe business will pick up during June. But the very real possibility is OSU will take a pass on all of them.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:16:02 PM)
Somebody asked about the lack of Ohio kids in the Rivals 100. ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:17:06 PM)
I did not see the list. Somebody said Wells may have been the only Ohio guy in the top 25. That's kind of weird. The offers alone would/should brand people like Rose, Small (USC offer), Gibson, Smith, Brown and Boren as top-100 kids with Coleman and Homan real close, too.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:17:33 PM)
There was a question about LBs, but please resend it (if you haven't already).

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:17:51 PM)
There was a question about the importance of Texas vs. Iowa (i.e. which game is really bigger).

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:19:03 PM)
This reminds me of 1995, when OSU hosted Notre Dame, then visited Penn State the next week. The ND game was 10 years in the making. And it was a great buildup, great game, great win. But, in the big picture, the win over PSU meant more and moved OSU closer to the Rose Bowl (that they didn't end up getting to go to). ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:21:29 PM)
This is a great argument. There is certainly a lot of clamor for OSU-Texas for the first time ever in front of 105K at the Shoe. And at night to boot. But if they beat Texas, but lose to Iowa, they are one loss closer to the Cap One or Outback. If the results are flipped, they still have strong BCS aspirations, if not title game aspirations

Fighter59 (Jun 2, 2005 10:21:41 PM)
How good is Todd Boeckman?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:23:02 PM)
Todd is a nice player. We'll start to find out more about him this year when the bullets are flying. The great thing is he is set up for a possible 2-year run as the starter in 2007-08. If they have somebody better than him at that point, they'll be in great shape. He may have the best football IQ of any of the QBs and is more athletic than he should be at that size. Great touch on his ball.

Heater (Jun 2, 2005 10:23:07 PM)
Here's another...what are some of the reasons that we don't recruit that well in Cincinnati and Youngstown and we do in the rest of the state? It seems that the Cincinnati is ALWAYS a stronghold for Notre Dame; _ichigan is strong in the Youngstown area? Luck? Targeted recruiting? Both? And why don't we press it harder in those areas?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:23:14 PM)
Great question ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:25:10 PM)
Those areas are on the periphery of what you'd consider to be OSU's power base. The fact is kids from Cleveland consider OSU as their school. Kids in Cincinnati are pulled to UC (a major univ.), Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Miami, etc. Youngstown is 3 hours from Cols. It is not just down the street. Coverage of OSU dissipates as you move away from Cols. I guarantee you if OSU football gets 2-1/2 minutes on the news in Cols., it only gets 30-40 seconds in those 2 cities. And "inside" coverage in the papers in each town (not front page sports). It all adds up ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:26:01 PM)
Listen to sports reports on WLW, a 50,000 watt radio station heard in 38 states. They only sporadically give the OSU score -- and that's after UC, Kentucky, Miami, maybe IU and Notre Dame.

marinebuckeye (Jun 2, 2005 10:26:14 PM)
do you see the current staff getting better at recruiting on the national level? Meaning we are pretty good in Ohio, but we seem to struggle with oos recruiting. Seems like scUM does so much better nationally than us....

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:27:28 PM)
That's the $64,000 question. The staff has had so much turnover (only 3 are left from the 2001 Tressel staff). That kills your continuity in high schools. They get a different message from a different guy every year. They need some of the new blood like Peterson, Beckman, Haynes, Hazell, Fickell to stay here for the next 5-10 years and then you'll have a juggernaut. They are back fighting for position in too many schools, and it's showing.

mark35 (Jun 2, 2005 10:27:39 PM)
I like Schlegel but IMHO Freeman has to play. Trust me he would at USC.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:29:36 PM)
Yeah, I think Freeman can play, too. But Schlegel was a beast over the last 7-8 games last year. I don't think the answer is as easy as you state it. They need six linebackers (3 starters plus Terry, Hoobler and Freeman) to play. It's a great problem to have. But I know Heacock and Fickell will solve it and get those guys ready for next year.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:30:09 PM)
The biggest issue is winning games THIS year (and I know you believe Freeman can help them do it this year, but so can Schlegel).

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 10:30:15 PM)
Hey Steve, Why is everybody else in the country so high on Lee Tilley (he has 30 some offers), and OSU hasn't show much interest?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:31:28 PM)
I will not run down Lee Tilley. He must have some ability or 30 schools would not have offered. There must be something the OSU staff sees (or doesn't see). South is a pass-first school, maybe they see a deficiency in the lack of run blocking he has done. I dunno. He's obviously going to land on his feet somewhere.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:32:59 PM)

Yankee Pride (Jun 2, 2005 10:33:09 PM)
Everyone seems to have someone as the person they turn to for counseling when times are tough;was Geiger this person for Tressel? Now that he is retiring is he still?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:34:53 PM)
No, I think Geiger has divorced himself from the problems and issues at Ohio State and is pretty much retired. That's the impression I get. I think Geiger and Tressel had a good partnership. Tressel deferred to Geiger on touchy issues like Clarett. Smith seems to say "He who creates the mess will clean it up" (and speak to the media, etc.). That may be why Tressel was up front with his roundtable meeting a week or so ago. Tressel has lots of his people around him. He doesn't seem to like yes men, so you hope they're giving him sound advice.

fasttimebob (Jun 2, 2005 10:34:58 PM)
think we'll see a power running attack with schnittkker with all the problems and lack of depth this year , I'm sure a lot will be based on wells but that should take a lil time to get in sync Also why don't we concentrate more on the cinn. area instead of letting so many get away to UM and others

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:36:28 PM)
Yes, looks like Schnittker will be more involved. I think against most of the teams they play, that power look with Johnson blocking for Schnittker will be effective. Agreed on Wells. He comes in almost on even terms with Haw now. Agreed in part on Cinti., although they really didn't want guys like Askew, Mignery or Simpson that ended up at UM. So go figure.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 10:36:38 PM)
Hey Steve, besides Homan and Gibson, what other linebackers are OSU targeting and what are their chances of landing any of these other guys to replenish the graduating upcoming class. Thanks

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:38:03 PM)
Good question. Gibson is the must-have athletic LB in this class. He's from right there in Cleveland. They have reportedly offered a bunch of good to great LBs out of state: Hunter from PA, Johnson from KY, Warren from Tenn., Ball from GA, Hebron from MD, Bradford and Mark Johnson from Cali. Next step is get them in for camp or, even better, an official visit. Then and only then do they have a chance.

mark35 (Jun 2, 2005 10:38:08 PM)
Does it seem as if OSU recruits alot of guys at safety and not enough true corners lately. Corner seems like a huge need position.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:39:06 PM)
Yes, but if O'Neal comes in and is a big hit at CB, they're in good shape. Brandon Underwood may still surprise and I liked the way Welch and Lane competed against good WRs in the spring. The formula has been good up until now. Kurt Coleman may be the key get in that dept this year.

Heater (Jun 2, 2005 10:39:11 PM)
I know it's not football, but Ohio State baseball team seems to be peaking at the right time. Any thoughts on how far they may go in the College World Series?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:40:30 PM)
The whole key is the first game. They MUST upset the top seed host Oregon State tomorrow night and get in the winner's bracket finals from the jump. That makes life so much easier. They're on a roll, but this could be like walking into a buzz saw on the Beavers' homefield. They have won tough 4-team regionals like this before. That would be phenomenal for a team that was dead in the water 6 weeks ago.

Fighter59 (Jun 2, 2005 10:40:39 PM)
Steve, do you get to attend every football game through Bucknuts?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:42:12 PM)
Yep, we staff every game home and away. In fact, between this gig and my previous engagement at BSB I missed just 3 games dating back to the latter part of the 1994 season, and all 3 were in 2001 when my wife was 8 months pregnant (I missed the Paterno record game, the tight win at Minnesota and OSU's first win at Michigan in decades ... but I did get a beautiful daughter out of the deal, so it was worth it).

pdm (Jun 2, 2005 10:42:25 PM)
Steve, If OSU passes on the Ohio QB's....who is the choice(s) from OOS?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:43:33 PM)
They liked Isiah Williams till he verbaled to Illinois. They reportedly like Georgia's Antonio Henton and Fla.'s Harry Betsey. Still unclear whether they have offered Fla.'s Tim Tebow. I say they only take one, unless some spots open up and somebody slays them at camp.

Yankee Pride (Jun 2, 2005 10:43:38 PM)
Now that Gene Smith is starting to settle in...what changes do you forsee or have you caught wind of?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:44:04 PM)
He doesn't seem to be in any hurry to make wholesale changes. he wants to assess. he said come back in a few months and he'd have some answers ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:44:31 PM)
I know a couple things he'd like to change (or at least not be asked about again) -- the NCAA probes and arrests of the football players.

MFTodd (Jun 2, 2005 10:44:39 PM)
during the game is Tressel solely calling all the plays or does he listen to Bollman and others, and do the defensive coaches notice something and comment too the offensive coordinator about what might work?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:47:08 PM)
No, the defensive coaches are not involved in offensive game planning. The entire offensive staff meets and formulates a game plan for a particular opponent. They may select a percentage, say 25 percent, of the plays in their playbook each week that could be run and slot them into down and distance categories. As they run the first down play, Tressel is already thinking about what they'll run on second-and-long, second-and-short and, if they get 10 or more yards, the next first down. The offensive coaches are in constant communication on the phones. They may be solicited for suggestions or offer them unsolicited. But the final play call comes off Tressel's lips and the backup QBs signal it in (or the QB comes over and gets it if convenient). That's my understanding of how that goes.

sandiegolovesthebucks (Jun 2, 2005 10:47:38 PM)
How much do the insidersthat cover each school (ie you guys and the iowa guys) communicate. Do you have any good information on some of the other big ten teams as far as new players to watch out for? Who will be the top 5 teams in the big ten this year? Thanks

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:48:44 PM)
I have great partnerships (for lack of a better word) with the publishers at Michigan, PSU, Iowa, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and other places. We work together on content, recruiting coverage, etc. That saves everybody a lot of time and makes it better for all of you.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:49:03 PM)
What we need are stronger Scout sites at the other Big Ten and top 25 programs.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 10:49:10 PM)
Hey Steve, What position do you feel the Bucks need to focus on most this upcoming recruiting season?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:49:59 PM)
Defensive line, running back, cornerback those are probly my top three areas. The D-line controls so much (go back and watch how Smith, Anderson and Scott controlled games).

mark35 (Jun 2, 2005 10:50:06 PM)
What are they going to do with all the receiver talent? Lions, Robisky, Amos, Hartline may never get the kind of reps they need. Dukes, Gonzo, Ginn etc. own the next two three years.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:50:48 PM)
No, don't think that way. The best players will play. It is a great collection of WRs, no doubt. There is room for six receivers in this offense.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:51:00 PM)
Who would have thought I'd ever say that? (ha ha)

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:51:31 PM)
Great Chat and great questions everybody ... you know some sites do this in the middle of the day and struggle to get even a fraction of the people and the questions and here we are at 11 p.m. with 35 questions in the queue ... here we go.

deepthreat (Jun 2, 2005 10:51:37 PM)
Any new information about the Mike Doss gun incident??? The whole story seems way out of character for him. Something just doesn't seem right here.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:52:25 PM)
Mike always had kind of a dark side to him, maybe more mischievous than bad kid. He had an edge or an attitude to him. He was a no nonsense kind of guy. For him to be caught up in nonsense like this ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:54:13 PM)
I have not read a full account of what happened and what people he may or may not have been hanging with. I hope he was just out, living it up and clowning a bit. I hope there was no purpose to those shots. There is no excuse for that behavior or even being in that position. The Colts are saying they'll deal with him. My guess is he'll get a reduced charge and nothing all that serious from the legal system as a first time offender, provided there was no malice or intent to scare or hurt someone with those shots. Will be interested to get his side of exactly what the heck was going on.

OPbuck (Jun 2, 2005 10:54:22 PM)
How will Connor Smith's recent offers from Oklahoma and Florida affect things? You yjonk he will give them due diligence or are they on the outside looking in?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:55:17 PM)
Great for him. Somebody got a hold of that title game tape when he buried the big kid from McKinley play after play. I think OSU, with his dad's ties, is the school to beat. Stranger things have happened (see George Cooper's kid, when Coop played for Tressel).

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 10:55:25 PM)
Because of the loss of Mel Tucker to the Browns...and Mel locked down Cleveland, how badly do you think that will effect the Cleveland area recruiting with the Glenville kids and Gibson from Euclid?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:56:17 PM)
It hurts, but it is obvious from Tressel's immediate attention on the Lenix matter that he considers Glenville and Cleveland to be the highest priority. Beckman and Fickell and probly Haynes will nail it down.

mark35 (Jun 2, 2005 10:56:31 PM)
I think and hope that Worthington is going to be hard to keep off the field. He may be the next beast. He vs Boone every day in practice. That may be the future and the present.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:57:12 PM)
That would be a good one. Worthington has all the potential in the world and a great head on his shoulders to boot. I think he has a chance to help them this year.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 10:57:15 PM)
Who recruits Florida for Ohio State? Who at this point, do we seem to be in on from the sunshine state?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:57:43 PM)
Hazell and Haynes and Beckman will be among the group of coaches charged with keeping the Fla. pipeline up and running ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:59:05 PM)
Some Fla. prospects they like are QB Harry Betsey, RB C.J. Spiller, WR Devin Parrish, OL Sam Young, DB Jamar Hornsby (long shot it sounds) and others. I know that more names will surface as June unfolds.

sandiegolovesthebucks (Jun 2, 2005 10:59:14 PM)
How many LB's do you think tOSU needs to recruit this year? We lose our three starters with a chance MDA may also leave. I know we have some great young talent.... but depth has to be a concern. How do you see the 3 lb positions personel lining up next year?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 10:59:52 PM)
They obviously wanted more last year with McCoy and many others on the wish list. That may explain the preponderence of offers made to LBs. Gibson is a big key, but they need probly 3-4 in this class.

fasttimebob (Jun 2, 2005 10:59:57 PM)
What about hoobler.. he seems to have excellent instinct and a nose for the ball

Yankee Pride (Jun 2, 2005 11:00:01 PM)
What are chances of D'Andrea getting a fifth year ?What about Hoobler redshirting?Seems to me that with that much depth at mlb you would want to protect your future as well as winning this year.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:01:25 PM)
Hoobler does have a great instinct. I think D'Andrea has a good shot at the fifth year. My intel was he'd wait and see how this year goes and how he may be drafted before making that call. Believe me OSU would love nothing more than him to be back in 2006. I don't see Hoobler redshirting. The best players will play. He will be so valuable on kick and punt teams and even on defense, too.

sandiegolovesthebucks (Jun 2, 2005 11:01:31 PM)
Which single game concerns you the most this year as a loss. PSU at night for me!

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:01:39 PM)
I rank them for you ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:03:26 PM)
at Michigan, Iowa, Texas, at PSU (playing there at night will be no small task), at Minn. (ditto, though not at night per se), MSU, NW, Miami, at IU, Illinois, SDSU.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:04:08 PM)
Do you think that all of the bad press OSU has been receiving nationally has and will hurt the 06 OSU recruiting class? In addition to the Notre Dame awakening, and Zook recruiting exceptionally well over there in Illinois.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:04:36 PM)
Yep, it doesn't help. They have to do a lot of damage control when they go see kids and coaches. But most people know what Ohio State stands for.

mark35 (Jun 2, 2005 11:04:46 PM)
Who will be the biggest OOS get this year? I know its early but humor me. Also how hard is it to bring in another quality RB now that they have a verbal from Wells?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:05:21 PM)
The RB recruiting will be a challenge. They need to find a serviceable kid who wants to come to OSU who merits being at this level. Biggest OOS get? ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:06:20 PM)
Maybe one of those LBs or a DE. Maybe Ausberry or Parrish at WR, but that is not a desperate position of need.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:06:41 PM)
Or, obviously, a potential future starting QB. That goes without saying.

skeelo (Jun 2, 2005 11:06:45 PM)
hey steve do you think we will offer m. hartline?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:07:50 PM)
Mike seems to be a great kid. I think he thinks if he wows them at camp he'll be offered. I have no idea what the coaches are thinking (we don't compare notes). I like him. I think he excelled late in the year against good competition. Long way to Feb. We shall see.

skeelo (Jun 2, 2005 11:07:55 PM)
have you seen gibson on film yet? if so what is your evaluation?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:08:34 PM)
No, have not seen action tape on him. We are working OT to try and get that. Met him and interviewed him and he has the LB mentality. Go back and watch that video interview if you think I'm joshing you.

Guest (Jun 2, 2005 11:08:40 PM)
What was your impressions of C Wells at the combine? Do you believe he is the best back in the country?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:08:54 PM)
jowags32 asks my impression of Chris Wells at the combine ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:10:06 PM)
The Scout people said he was a stud. He's 230 and ran a 4.5 40 on a slow track. At 230, that's all the faster you need to be. His game tape speaks for itself. If he's not No. 1, somebody must be real good. I'm interested in seeing how he punishes people this fall. Great to hear he wants to enroll early next spring.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:10:12 PM)
Steve, OSU seems to be getting a good foot in the door in California and Florida, why have we not sought out to recruit more out of Texas? Youboty and Schlegel are monsters, but besides that we have not continued to supplant ourselves in that region.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:11:15 PM)
Texas is like the question earlier about Cinti and Y-town. It's on the periphery. Down in Texas they don't talk about Ohio State. It's all Texas and A&M. Those are the only 2 schools on the planet ... then Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan, etc.

Yankee Pride (Jun 2, 2005 11:12:54 PM)
HUGE THANK YOU for night time chat.Can't get to the other ones and really enjoy this format.Please do more in the future and convince some of the other Bucknuts staff to do likewise.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:13:37 PM)
Well, it's easy for me to convince myself to do them at night because I'm the boss (at least of the editorial staff). Asking others to give up free time can be hard to do. But we'll do what we can.

marinebuckeye (Jun 2, 2005 11:13:41 PM)
I know Cooper recruited great, but what is your opinion on how he recruited overall compared to Tressel? Like multi position players? Speed, etc????

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:15:29 PM)
I did a comparison to this in the Buckeye Grove after signing day. I measured Coop's last 5 years and Tressel's first 5 and the results were a complete wash. The results were almost identical (national top 100, Ohio top 15, etc.). Coop's last 5 classes were ranked, on average, higher than Tressel's first 5. But that's only because Tressel had one small class ranked like 24th nationally. Speed? I think Tressel's classes have the speed they need to compete.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:15:49 PM)
Steve, obviously Chris Wells was HUGE get at the running back position, given the Bucks lack of depth at the TB position, what other RB's are we looking at if any this year?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:16:28 PM)
C.J. Spiller is a name from Fla. you hear from time to time. But other than that, they may go to the next best in Ohio when/if somebody emerges and catches their fancy.

Yankee Pride (Jun 2, 2005 11:16:37 PM)
How are the internet media sites treated in comparison to the traditional media(radio,tv and print)? I know in the past it was not very well. Has that changed?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:18:02 PM)
It gets better every year, to be honest. It has helped us (when I was at BSB and now here) that we were/are not strictly Internet. We have a printed publication. That is the litmus test most schools use to decide on credentials, access, etc. You have to be someone like O-Zone, who is committed to almost across-the-board web coverage of OSU sports, to get even a few credentials for football and basketball without a printed pub. ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:19:10 PM)
But the Internet media has made great strides. It also helps us that our content is syndicated to places like FoxSports.com, CNNSI.com and other national sites. It is incumbent on us to maintain high journalistic standards and NOT be considered strictly a fan site to keep that momentum going. ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:20:20 PM)
Believe it or not, that is something as simple as not saying "we need RBs" when referring to recruiting. It has to be "Ohio State needs RBs" because "we" can not be "them" (OSU), if that makes sense. We MUST keep an arm's length relationship to be considered a serious news source in the "real" world.

fasttimebob (Jun 2, 2005 11:20:36 PM)
who do you think the biggest surprise will be and what kind of impact do you think he'll have this year

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:20:49 PM)
OSU's biggest surprise in 2005? Hmmm ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:22:12 PM)
I'm still an Erik Haw believer, provided he puts his issues behind him. Maybe Alex Barrow at DE. He had a great spring. Ditto for Vernon Gholston. They need guys to track down slippery QBs. If those 2 show they can do that -- and both are fast, smaller DEs -- they could be your guys. Tony Gonzalez will catch 8 or more TDs just because of the attention Ginn and Holmes will command. Does he qualify?

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:22:20 PM)
Is there a concern with the lack of depth at Defensive Tackle for the 06 class? It seems that there might be a need for the Bucks to pick up one or two this recruiting year. Also who might we be targeting?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:23:38 PM)
Yes, particularly if people like Cotton and/or Maupin are not doing the things they need. OSU is close to turning the store over to those guys and if they flame out, that hurts a bunch. Abdallah is a promising guy, too. Denlinger should help inside. But they need a stud in the middle, no doubt, Rose could be that guy if he a, verbals, and b, gains 20-30 pounds.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:24:29 PM)
Do you think OSU coaching staff was out-hussled for the services of Justin Boren? It seems as if Boren was OSU bound until Michigan put on the full court press.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:25:55 PM)
I guess some people might say that. Michigan pulled out all the stops. The visit by Bo, however legal because of the preexisting relationship with the dad, was a nice touch. You have to tip the cap to them on that one. I'd like to see a log on how many former players in a 3-hour radius Bo travels to see on a regular basis ... or, better yet, if he'd ever been to the Boren home (since the dad was a recruit).

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:26:54 PM)
I'm looking for questions that haven't been asked (i.e. no repeaters). Check the transcript if I didn't get to your exact question. There is a real good chance somebody else also asked it ... here we go ...

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:27:02 PM)
I am so worried about the Iowa game this upcoming season! We got man-handled upfront on both sides of the ball last year. Do you think that Iowa has recruited D and O-linemen better than OSU, or are they just taught to be more physical at the point of attack?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:28:21 PM)
Iowa kicked Ohio State around the moon. They had no spark at all for that game. Could not contain Tate and he murdered them. I don't know if Iowa has outrecruited OSU on the O and D lines, but they have done a great job of developing and producing linemen. My belief is Tressel will remind the team of that 33-7 shellacking and have them ready to go.

fasttimebob (Jun 2, 2005 11:28:40 PM)
can you explain why Lindy's has Purdue ranked 4 in conf. 13 overall, ahead of Iowa,PSU,Wisc. Is there something that we on the outside lookin in diont know about.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:30:01 PM)
That is a good one on me. They can't be ahead of Iowa and, based on what Wisconsin has done over the last 10 years, not ahead of the Badgers, either. I think PSU is a good dark horse team. Purdue may take a small step back this year. They missed their window with Orton.

crazybuckfan40 (Jun 2, 2005 11:30:16 PM)
Hey Steve I see we are getting some attention from some oos players. Who do you think we have a good shot at. Also what states do you think we will be able to pick players up from this year. Any chance we can get a couple out of Pennsylvania like we did a couple years ago.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:31:00 PM)
We've talked about some OOS targets already. I agree on PA. Daniels needs to work his magic there again. Lyons, Dickerson, Hunter and maybe Walls would match up nicely with that Lyons, Mitchum, Nicol, Skinner haul from 2 years ago.

Yankee Pride (Jun 2, 2005 11:31:06 PM)
I've read many times about what a great athlete Hartline(the older one) is...any thoughts on him playing corner?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:31:54 PM)
Hurdlers make good corners, that's what Ginn Sr. says. They have that flexibility and athletic ability to do a lot of different things. I guess it's possible, but I know Hartline craves the football. He's a receiver first. Maybe a bigger Tony Gonzalez.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:32:04 PM)
What is your opinion of Robert Williams and Jovani Chappel? You had previously said that CB was a top 3 need, wouldn't these two guys along with Small from Glenville solidify that position? NO WAY YOU LET THEM GO TO NOTRE DAME, or even worse...THE DREADED SCHOOL UP NORTH!

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:32:52 PM)
Corner is a need, but small corners are not high on this staff's list (see Harrison last year). I trust the staff will figure out who they want and go after them.

crazybuckfan40 (Jun 2, 2005 11:32:56 PM)
Who do you think will get offered at camp. Do you think guys like Nagy, Pascley, Weber will get offers.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:33:57 PM)
They are in the running, I guess. The competition will be heavy. We need to start canvassing and see what recruits are hearing from the staff about such chances. Great to hear that Ballard has been offered. he seems like a nice prospect that could play a number of spots at the next level.

OPbuck (Jun 2, 2005 11:34:02 PM)
How much more time does Hellickson have after last year's disaster? Is the noose tight around his neck, or will the AD switch buy him some extra time?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:35:13 PM)
The AD switch may help him. The last 2 years, other than the NCAA meet a year ago, have been a disaster. It's too bad that OH is such a great wrestling state, and he hasn't been able to mine it.

crazybuckfan40 (Jun 2, 2005 11:35:20 PM)
Besides the obvious guys Wells, Homan, and Cumberland who impressed you the most at the Akron Combine.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:36:10 PM)
Ballard looked good. Some of the out of state kids, but I need to get my bearings on who they are. Mark Jackson from Brookhaven is a college center somewhere. The junior QB Chris Smith also turned some heads.

fasttimebob (Jun 2, 2005 11:36:16 PM)
what are the chances tress institutes a 3-4 defense to get all of those great athletes on the field at once

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:36:45 PM)
They may mess around with that look, like they did early last year. The great advantage of the 3-4 look is the offense has no idea where the pressure is coming from.

fasttimebob (Jun 2, 2005 11:36:59 PM)
Minnesota and Auburns situation and success would seem to be a great tool in recruiting multiple backs if done right do u agree or if no why

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:37:29 PM)
Yeah, they made 2-3 backs work so effectively. OSU just needs to get back to establishing one feature back and backs will take notice.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:37:37 PM)
Steve, do you think that Tressel is looking to the multi threat QB, as opposed to the traditional drop back QB that we have normally had in the past? Seems like if we were looking for a good drop back passer Hartline would already have an offer

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:38:25 PM)
They have Boeckman and Schoenhoft in the pipeline to play the Zwick role. But Smith helped them beat Michigan, so yeah, they want one of those type QBs and that backs up their offers to Williams (Illini verbal), Henton and Betsey.

Yankee Pride (Jun 2, 2005 11:38:33 PM)
Thanks Again for doing this at night.I especially like the 10pm start time(wife and kids in bed).Please do more in the future.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:38:52 PM)
We'll see, this is one of the best ones we've done. We're 93 minutes in and no shortage of great ??? ...

fasttimebob (Jun 2, 2005 11:38:58 PM)
with calif being 1 of the top 5-10 talent pools who do we have recruiting the west coast (meaning other than SoCal)

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:39:33 PM)
Peterson will be out there some. They'll do what they can, but it's hard to make that jump more than 3-4 times a year.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:39:54 PM)
Besides Ray Small, who would you like to see OSU offer to try and get depth back at the CB?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:40:31 PM)
Duane is raving about Kurt Coleman, so start there, I guess. They have offered 5-6 OOS DBs. I assume somebody in that target group fits what they want.

grimes (Jun 2, 2005 11:40:41 PM)
Will Boone have a MoC or Ginn type impact this year? Is he an equivalent talent at a different position?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:41:14 PM)
Possibly. Thing is, there is no urgency to rush him in. Sims and Barton were borderline great at the end of last year. Boone will get a chance to learn and ease his way in, if he even plays this year.

Buckeye4u (Jun 2, 2005 11:41:21 PM)
If OSU coaches land Troy Smith-type qb recruit, will they stop recruiting? Or they will take Troy Smith-type and Justin Zwick-type at same time?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:42:06 PM)
My feeling is they right now just want one. If scholarships open up because of injuries, arrests, flunkouts, etc., maybe they get one of each. But my feeling is run/pass is a higher priority (that is obvious by the reported offers).

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:42:18 PM)
Maybe if we hand Texas their horns in the SHOE...they will be talkin about us in Texas!

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:42:36 PM)
There you go. I still say something like 36-21, home team.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:42:43 PM)
Why is Rivals so seemingly biased against the Buckeyes, and players that join the Buckeyes on their website? It seems kind of unprofessional on their part

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:43:55 PM)
I don't know. I know people on this side of the aisle were howling about what happened to Mo Wells after his OSU verbal (he dropped 15 spots at RB). Their top 2 recruiting people are from Texas. That's what they know. Their network is based in Tenn. That's their power base and what they know. That's the only thing I can figure. ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:45:49 PM)
If I did a top 100 list, I'd need to see tape of guys college coaches have on a consensus top 250 list. Then I'd do my position rankings, look over the last 10 years where the talent has come from and balance things in each way accordingly. That's how I'd do it, in a perfect world. Problem is, nobody has the time or resources to be so thorough. They try to be, and this is what you get. I'm not going to call anything anybody else does unprofessional because they could say that about us if we do something you or they don't like tomorrow.

fasttimebob (Jun 2, 2005 11:46:22 PM)
Northern Calif and farther north seem to be the ugly stepchild but yet every year there seems to be No Cal boy finds himself in the tops of the 100 board, not to mention De La Salle still produces exceptional college athletes (saw them against Mission viejo and they are every bit as good as the so cal powers, just ask LBeach poly) would love to see some interest in recruiting there, seems like the world wide web would ease that.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:46:50 PM)
Yep, the world is a much smaller place now because of the web. You know these coaches are working IM messages and e-mails to these kids as often as they can.

AtlantaBuck (Jun 2, 2005 11:46:55 PM)
Thanks for chatting this late. There have been rumblings that other players may be name in the Skeete fiasco. Have you heard anything that concerns you?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:47:30 PM)
That was the initial thing, but we have heard of no other arrests yet. I've learned to only believe a small fraction of the things I hear and see on message boards.

fasttimebob (Jun 2, 2005 11:47:45 PM)
after last years 2nd half of the season it 'll be hard for AG to "sneek" up on anyone this year.....maybe OSU 05' most improved?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:48:20 PM)
That's hard because at the end of the year everybody, almost to a man, was doing their job. Maybe Pittman.

Yankee Pride (Jun 2, 2005 11:48:28 PM)
What have you heard about changing the seating in the Schott fo B-ball? Also how did hthe NCAA rate the performance of the Schott and Columbus for the Frozen Four?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:48:34 PM)
Two great questions ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:49:31 PM)
I know Smith will be actively looking at the Schott. He may not find any way to change it, but he will be examining it. I think most returns on the Frozen Four were favorable, but NCAA had a chance to give them another and did not, as I understand it.

Heater2 (Jun 2, 2005 11:49:44 PM)
Did you get my Fickell question?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:50:07 PM)
Yep, but when you leave the Chat, it doesn't show up for everybody. I'll recycle it now ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:50:49 PM)
Heater asked about whether Fickell is a rising star or more like a Tim Spencer, who some thought had the job as a legacy and not because of his coaching skills ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:52:09 PM)
First, I didn't think that way necessarily about Spencer. He helped Eddie improve 10-fold from 94 to 95, when he won the Heisman. Granted, they didn't really follow up on that great run or capitalize on it until Reecie reared his ugly head. You don't get an NFL job unless you know what you're doing. ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:53:15 PM)
Regarding Fickell, I think he is a rising star. You could say he and Beckman are the coordinators in waiting now at OSU. Fickell has no desire to leave his alma mater or his hometown. he could be another Esco Sarkinnen and be a lifer. Great guy, very enthusiastic, has the respect of his players, becoming a good recruiter as well.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:53:33 PM)
Are you worried about OSU defending the spread shotgun this year? Teams like Northwestern and Purdue feasted on our defense when they spread us out and then effectively ran the ball against us

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:54:12 PM)
Yes, they struggled mightily against the spread. That's why Beckman's hire was so important. He has some theories on how to contain it. We shall see what impact he has.

crazybuckfan40 (Jun 2, 2005 11:54:18 PM)
Hey Steve do you guys have any say on the Army All Star game, since you are affiliated with Scout. I think it would be wise of them to let some local guys like you and Duane help them out when trying to indentify the best players b/c they have to look over the whole country and sometimes miss players. If not who would you nominate from Ohio to play in the game.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:55:33 PM)
No, we don't. I honestly don't know how those teams are decided. I think Tom Lemming was involved heavily with those calls, nominating players, etc. Yeah, we could help them and give them our 10 best from Ohio each year, but that has to be a hard job to get the best 80-90 players in the country for that game ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:56:21 PM)
This year from Ohio, I'd say Wells, Brown, Gibson, Smith, Boren, Small, Rose, Homan, Coleman, Cumberland and maybe Tilley.

Yankee Pride (Jun 2, 2005 11:56:31 PM)
Will Coach Conley be back for articles/chats in the future?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:57:12 PM)
We hope. Our arrangement was from Sept. through April. We will see in August how things shake out. I assume we will have the same arrangement again. I know no reason why we would not.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:57:30 PM)
I haven't heard much about the Nagy kid from Hudson, what does he possess that makes him a high priority in OSU's plans?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:58:09 PM)
I liked his tenacity when I watched him on tape. Duane even likes him better as a DL. He is 6-5, 295.

crazybuckfan40 (Jun 2, 2005 11:58:13 PM)
Are you guys aloud to attend camp. If so can we expect some great content like we recieved from the Akron Combine.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 2, 2005 11:59:28 PM)
We have been able in the past to cover the OSU camp in person. We tend to be a little more low key at camp. It is not our event, as the combine was. We had carte blanche to talk to kids during drills, etc. at the combine. We do not want to disrupt what the schedule is at the camp. We work the edges the best we can and do a lot of follow up as opposed to interviews,etc.. there on the premises.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 2, 2005 11:59:46 PM)
What is the deal with Cumberland, the guy ran a 4.47 FORTY! OSU needs to bring this guy in as a big play pass receiving TE. Is there a chance we lose him to Minnesota along with Alex Daniels?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:00:49 AM)
The impression I had was Cumberland needed to improve his academic profile to get the offers he wants. He has a year to do it. We'll see. Cumberland said it might be a pull to play with his friends at Minnesota. Minnesota beat OSU for an Ohio kid last year for the first time since the FDR administration.

grimes (Jun 3, 2005 12:00:58 AM)
Are OSU football players put into the general dorm population or is there a Jock dorm or area to minimize celeb status affecting them? Seems like that is done at some other schools.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:01:15 AM)
No jock dorms at OSU, as far as I know. They are in the "general population".

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 3, 2005 12:01:23 AM)
STEVE YOU ARE THE FREAKING BOMB DIGGITY! THANKS FOR ANSWERING ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS! This is my first chat expierence with you and it has been epic!

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:01:44 AM)
Hey, I appreciate it. We are now up to 4 minutes shy of 2 hours and having a blast. Just a few more left.

fasttimebob (Jun 3, 2005 12:01:49 AM)
seems like the 3-4 would also hide our lack of a pass rush we so desperatley needed last year.or do you think that has been answered this year with our DE's on roster?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:02:31 AM)
Good point. I liked what I saw from Richardson, Patterson, Barrow, Gholston in the spring and you have to like Wilson and Worthington coming in. Go back and watch the Alamo Bowl and tell me what you think of Mike Kudla.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:02:42 AM)
Pretty good player who plays his assignment well.

osufan26 (Jun 3, 2005 12:02:47 AM)
Steve, when does scout come out with its top 100?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:03:13 AM)
I was told sometime in June. So should be any time. They always want to make a big splash and have video of all 100, so that adds some time to the process.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 3, 2005 12:03:54 AM)
What is it about Kurt Coleman that has Duane raving? What are his strengths?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:05:34 AM)
He seems to be a lockdown corner who makes plays all over the field. Those kind of guys are in such low supply that you get excited when you see one. He is 5-11, 190. He had 10 INTs last year, so his highlight film is gonna catch your eye. 4.4 40 and 91 tackles on defense to boot. You tell me (ha ha).

Yankee Pride (Jun 3, 2005 12:05:46 AM)
I have a suggestion. How about a Bucknuts Chalk Talk or Film Study. After a game have someone breakdown the film or game and pesent to us at a site where it can be reviewed.Don't know the legality of using someone else's tape(expressed and sole purpose of the viewing audience etc...) but I for one would be very interested.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:06:04 AM)
Could be interesting. Maybe if we could just do something with the 3-4 key plays or something. I dunno.

osufan26 (Jun 3, 2005 12:06:08 AM)
Steve, who do you think will emerge as another RB in Ohio this year.. Do you think Jahmel Brown or Delone Carter will get any serious consideration?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:06:43 AM)
Probably. This is OSU's best. I think it will be a hard sell on any great OOS RB to come in alongside Chris Wells. They need a kid who deserves to be here, but will basically accept his role.

fasttimebob (Jun 3, 2005 12:07:08 AM)
after 2002 NC and what we are doin this year and last, wouldnt you think they would be knockin at our door for an invite to the party. Isnt success the best recruiter you can have

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:08:01 AM)
Yeah, but to win NC's you need to be beating Oklahoma, FSU, Miami, Michigan, USC for kids. Those schools have had good continuity with their staffs. That's hurt OSU, in my opinion. Sending a different coach to a school 2-3 years in a row just kills you.

osufan26 (Jun 3, 2005 12:08:09 AM)
Have you heard if Devon Torrence will pick baseball over football.. I hope not because he seems to have an affinity for OSU.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:08:35 AM)
No idea, he's still a young one. He could be a high draft pick. That may decide it if he can sign for big bucks out of high school.

fasttimebob (Jun 3, 2005 12:08:46 AM)
steve thx for the late night chat, this has been great, only way for the working west coasters to be involved and it was much appreciated and enjoyed. look forward to the next one!!!

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:08:52 AM)
No problem.

Pastor Jack (Jun 3, 2005 12:09:03 AM)
If it has been referenced, then please forgive me. On ESPN website, the supposed football experts gave their top 10 preseason for football. tOSU was only listed by two of them: Gottlieb had them 2, and another at 8 or so. Mark May did not have then listed. But most all had scUM rather high. TEXAS averaged number 2 in the list. What do you thing=k tOSU team will be ranked going into the season??

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:09:50 AM)
In my first consensus poll it was like USC, Texas, Tennessee, OSU, Michigan and Iowa. The three Big Ten teams were tightly bunched at 4-5-6. I can't see OSU opening lower than 6 or 7 in the big preseason polls.

Yankee Pride (Jun 3, 2005 12:10:02 AM)
What do you think about Tressel's long term plans? He doesn't strike me as the kind of person who plans on coaching forever. I see him as having plans beyond football(AD,politics,ministry) Where do you see him down the road?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:10:43 AM)
Coaching at Ohio State as long as he wants, probly another 10 years. he is roughly 51 or 52 now. He can stop when he gets to 10 NC's as far as I'm concerned (ha ha).

Heater2 (Jun 3, 2005 12:10:54 AM)
Well, I REALLY appreciate the night time chat. Thank you very much for responding to our requests...I think it was very, very successful. Lots of people and of questions. Thanks again, Steve.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:10:58 AM)

osumack (Jun 3, 2005 12:11:07 AM)
I read somewhere that in states that have no coach assigned to them, the positional coach will do the recruiting. How come Fickell has recruited Mission Viejo? I heard he's the one recruiting Reuland. Speaking of Reuland, what are our chances? USC just got a commit from a juco TE.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:12:23 AM)
Reuland has a ton of offers. The key will be his visit in August. If he sees the place and falls in love with it, they are in the ballpark. That is true they do spot recruiting out of the key states (Ohio, PA, Midwest, New York-N.J., Fla and GA).

grimes (Jun 3, 2005 12:12:32 AM)
Do you think having a natural grass field at the Horseshoe helps prevent injuries? The last few years it seems as good as any field I have seen. The newer fake turf is really good but it would seem to me that could be a recruieting tool ie. "you'll have a longer career with us."

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:13:08 AM)
I think it was a factor when UM and others played on the real hard stuff, that was like concrete. Now the stuff is lush like grass. I doubt it's a factor, really.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 3, 2005 12:13:27 AM)
Hey Steve, I am 20 years old and am a student at Harding University, I am majoring in Broadcast Communications and a die hard Buckeyes fan since I could contemplate what Ohio State was. I am very knowledgeable in OSU affairs and was wondering what I could do, if anything to get into this business? I would do anything and everything to work for a great website like Bucknuts!

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:14:03 AM)
Get all the experience you can, as soon as you can. I practically had to volunteer my services coming out of college. But the good ones move up quickly.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 3, 2005 12:14:08 AM)
When Scout's rankings do come out later this month...how many Ohio kids do you see ranked in the top 100?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:14:16 AM)
Tough one, probably 5 or 6

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:14:36 AM)
Boren because of the UM verbal and Wells because of his combine, they'll be there for sure.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:14:46 AM)
Smith and Brown because of their offers.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:15:10 AM)
That leaves 1-2 spots for Gibson, Small, Rose, Coleman, Cumberland, Tilley.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:15:24 AM)
I can't make that call, but I know they LOVED Cumberland at the combine.

osufan26 (Jun 3, 2005 12:15:31 AM)
What would it take for us to have a top three class this year?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:16:21 AM)
Probably need 6-7 top 100 players in there. They've been running 4 a year with most of them coming from Ohio. They need to step out and get some players. Ohio alone, if the players are properly ranked nationally, will assure them of the top 10.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:16:35 AM)
Two hours, 11 minutes ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:17:05 AM)
I've hit most of the original questions. Check the transcript if I didn't get to yours. I'm sure somebody else asked something similar.

Yankee Pride (Jun 3, 2005 12:17:23 AM)
When can we expect an announcemnt on any additional games?Looks like YSU?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:19:06 AM)
In due time. They will stick with the 11 they have this year. Tressel stumped for YSU this year. I like Coach and all, but I disagree. This is OHIO STATE, not Indiana or Minnesota or Vanderbilt or N.C. State. Those schools play I-AA teams almost every year. Ohio State should aspire to swap paint with the best in I-A every year. I don't expect another Texas-caliber game, but something that will be more than a glorified scrimmage, especially when you're charging $60 (and more in years to come).

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:19:37 AM)
My two cents from somebody who doesn't pay a dime to see the games (ha ha).

osufan26 (Jun 3, 2005 12:21:00 AM)
How good is this McBride kid from PA.. He seems to really like OSU.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:21:28 AM)
Travis McBride, 6-1, 195 RB from PA, does have some offers like Iowa and others. Has a strong interest as well in OSU. We'll see, but he would fit that bill perfectly, it seems.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 3, 2005 12:21:38 AM)
Why is Penn State getting top recruits like Justin King and Derrick Williams? They have been waning the last 4 years and Joe Pa has been around since the beginning of time it seems. And he seems to be losing his edge...why is Penn St still bringing in these guys to a losing program?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:22:36 AM)
Those kids had their reasons. The stars aligned just right. Don't discount the chance to come in and play immediately. Both went through spring ball. They can be part of a resurgence. Some kids see what Paterno and that program is all about and they go for it. What can I say?

Yankee Pride (Jun 3, 2005 12:22:43 AM)
Need someone to carry your bag?

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:22:50 AM)
I get that a lot (ha ha).

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:23:06 AM)
It has now been two hours and 18 minutes and I think I'm going to bed ...

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:23:27 AM)
State track will be early in the a.m. (9:30 at the Jesse). We'll have photos and more on the site.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:23:50 AM)
Thanks for staying up late and the great questions. I'll turn off moderation and you should be able to talk among yourselves.

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 3, 2005 12:23:55 AM)
You earned it man!!!

ZUKEBUCKNUT (Jun 3, 2005 12:23:57 AM)
Thanks for the time

Yankee Pride (Jun 3, 2005 12:24:00 AM)
Thanks for your time.

SteveHelwagen (Jun 3, 2005 12:24:18 AM)
Good night!!

AtlantaBuck (Jun 3, 2005 12:24:29 AM)

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