Housteau Chat Archive: Feb. 3

Gary Housteau stopped by for a Friday evening chat this week and gave plenty of thoughts on recruiting as well as his trip across the state of Ohio on signing day. We have a transcript below.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:10:25 PM)
Good evening everyone! It's good to see there are a few of you on board already for the chat tonight so let's get started!

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:10:44 PM)
While I'm waiting on questions, I'm going to try something new tonight.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:12:27 PM)
I'm going to tell a story about my signing day experience this year and you can all feel free to interject any question at any time along the way. I'll try to tell my story, answer any questions you might have about signing day and then also answer any other questions. I hope I can juggle all of this and still make it interesting! I'll give it a shot. It might keep you on board with me for a while! Smile!

kleintime16 (Feb 3, 2006 9:14:23 PM)
Hey Gary, who do you think will be the next commit for the 07 class?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:14:23 PM)
Hi kleintime16...my gut feeling for some time now has been Nate Oliver and Donnie Evege. These two guys are just oozing with Ohio State in their blood and why not pull the trigger early and try to help convince other top recruits in Ohio and OOS to do the same. Oliver seems to be of that persuasion and I think Evege could do the same in Southern Ohio. The entire could be covered with those two guys committing early.

calibuck (Feb 3, 2006 9:17:53 PM)
How optimistic are you we can recruit the majority of our OL next year from out of state, since we have few instate to fulfil our needs for next year?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:17:53 PM)
Hi calibuck...I'm never optimistic about OOS guys unless their state boarders the great Buckeye State or they have some connection to the university. That being said, the OSU staff better identify their targets early like Oglesby for instance and give it the full court press. I'll go on record now as saying that Oglesby will be a domer but I would love to be pleasantly surprised if I'm wrong. In state seems slim pickings for O-linemater thiss year. Nick Schepis, Dan Barry, Mark Wetterer and Garrett Celek are a few that have caught my eye at this point.

Johnjackjoety (Feb 3, 2006 9:19:25 PM)
what are chances with John Clay he is one great player looking at his viedo. And who is he favoring at this time

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:19:25 PM)
Hi johnnackjoety...I haven't done any homework on him yet...sorry.

Palmer (Feb 3, 2006 9:21:35 PM)
Gary, I think its important that Dukes get heavily involved next year, not only because of his talent but to help keep the door open in Belle Glades. Your thoughts?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:21:35 PM)
Palmer my sentiments exactly. It's time for Dukes to live up to what we all have expected of him. From talking to some of the guys on the team, they believe Dukes is ready for a breakout year. And as Steve has said already a few hundred times...if Thompson sees his homey doing wicked things at OSU this year, he just may want to keep the pipeline flowing. I think it is his time to be in the mix in a big way.

buckeyeleaf (Feb 3, 2006 9:27:17 PM)
Gary - First, let me say that you guys all do a wonderful job.. I look at other sites and they don't even compare! Do you really think we really need to play any of our new LB's other than Grant with D'Andrea, Freeman, Hoobler, Kerr, Terry, and Laurinitis.. Seems we have plenty of backups to fill in for Mike, Marcus, and Larry... Don't you think Homan, Gibson, Johnson, and Moeller could use some time to get used to the system and put on weight/speed, and then back up Hoobler, Freeman, and Grant next year?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:27:17 PM)
Thanks for the kind words buckeyeleaf, we here all thank you for your support. I love our very deep and young LB corps. I still am into D'Andrea in a big way if he is healthy. I love Freeman and I still think Kerr may surprise a lot of people. That's pretty veternish if you ask me. Grant is probably the next ready to step in and I think Terry will surprise a lot of people. He looked to be in great shape at a hoop game I saw him at two weeks ago. Laurinaitis has some much needed experience but I still think he has a ways to go yet. I loved Hoobler on both sides of the ball in high school and he's filled out so well at OSU. His time is coming soon. And I love Homan and Gibson among the young crew. Gibson could be freakishly good in a year or two. He's got great size and ability and he's a stud on the hard wood.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:28:04 PM)
I'm excited about the LB's going forward despite losing two of the best to ever play at Ohio State this past year. If I missed anyone I apologize.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:30:21 PM)
About my recruiting visit. I called a few juniors the night before and I wanted to add them to my stops. Obviously St. Edward was one school because I've been talking with Oliver and I knew that he was thinking about being the first guy to commit. So I wanted to go there for sure. And I did. And I love Hubbard by the way too. In fact I liked him even more when I saw him Wednesday because he looked like a wide receivere with a few pounds missing. I sure hope Oliver can talk Hubbard into being a Buckeye...and I think he can.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:33:37 PM)
I also called Jordan Mabin and set up a visit with him at 8 a.m. sharp at Macedonia high school. It was about 5 minutes before 8 a.m. and I'm just down the street from his school on S. Bedford road and I get a call from Mabin. He wanted to know if I was at his school yet. I figured he was going to tell me he was running late but he said he stayed home because he was sick. Anyway I proceeded to his school because my friend and I, who came with me on the trip, were meeting another wacko who flew in from California on the red eye to join us and we were meeting at Nordonia High school. Any way, the trip got off to inauspicious start with the disappointment Nordonia but it was classy of Jordan to call ahead of time any way. Onward!

Palmer (Feb 3, 2006 9:37:29 PM)
Gary, can you compare Ben martin to Robert Rose? what is it about Martin that makes him so special, and do you think he's a buckeye? Sounds like he wants to be but he's feeling a lot of pressure from his catholic school

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:37:29 PM)
I thought Martin was quicker, Palmer, until I watched Rose practice for a week in San Antonio. Wow! Rose abused a couple of good football players that week with his quickness and strength. I still think Rose hasn't touched the surface of his potential at this point. Martin's got game now but he can only hope to grow into the size that Rose is already at. I think both can be dominant book ends who can rush the passer first and foremast, but also learn to play the run better. Both of them. The domers think they have Martin all sealed up but I tend to think differently. He's still very much in play at this time. I like them both a lot...rose and Martin. Both will be studs at the college level.

calibuck (Feb 3, 2006 9:39:39 PM)
gary...you make my point or concern. We have a big need at OL. There are few in Ohio and we have not proven to be graet at OS recriuits. Especially when we are looking for quality and quanity and 'one' mposition.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:39:39 PM)
cali..OSU really needs to land a bumpercrop of lineman this year at least four good ones. Let's hope that Blankenship from Monaca, Pa. could be an early guy that might want to come aboard. He would help the cause immensely. He's a guy I need to go visit in the spring. I like Schepis from Walsh too.

MacAuley (Feb 3, 2006 9:40:00 PM)
What is the most important game to win on next season's schedule?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:40:00 PM)
At Texas early MacAuley...right?

buckiii1 (Feb 3, 2006 9:40:57 PM)
Gary did you enjoy your time in San Antonio?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:40:58 PM)
Love it buckiii1 and it was nice meeting you there. I loved the weather as much as anything else...you lucky dawg!

kleintime16 (Feb 3, 2006 9:44:29 PM)
In addition to OOS OL ... it seems that there is a plethora of OOS WR talent, and chance we land a very good OOS WR next year in the likes of Thompson, Benn, or Washington?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:44:29 PM)
You listed three potentials there. I hope Gant could work on Washington. That program must be something special. I'm hoping that Dukes success and SH in the pros will go a long with Thompson and I don't know much about Benn yet. I like Hubbard a lot in state but I too think he might eventually be a tight end. When I spoke with him on wednesday he said that he would have no problem moving there if that's where his future was but he's a wideout next year and probably the best in the state right now. He's got great hands and he uses his basketball skills so well to position that big body to go up and grab the ball. He's really a solid pass catcher.

Heater (Feb 3, 2006 9:46:19 PM)
By the way...the night time chats are the best thing. Thanks for listening to the customers.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:46:19 PM)
You're welcome. Make sure you thank Steve and Kirk for allowing me to pull this one off tonight. My work schedule is really sick right now and my day off this week I spent cruising around NE Ohio so my opportunities to chat are limited for the time being. We're glad you like it. Thanks!

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:49:48 PM)
After Mabin, I went to Glenville. Coach Ginn said 9:30 for the media but he told me to get there whenever because you never know what could happen. When I got there around 10 minutes before 9 I was truly amazed with what I saw. Down in the lower bowells of Glenville High School, Ginn had an entire room full of his assistant coaches and players and parents of the players all sitting together and getting their proper paperwork prepared to be faxed in. It was just truly amazing. I understand that some people like to take shots at Ginn for one perceived reason or another, but if you saw him in action with his kids and their parents, like I have, you might appreciate him a little more.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:53:51 PM)
I know some of you probably like to call me a shill or whatever for Glenville but I just try to call them like I see them. My track record for evaluating players I've watched isn't too bad over the years, in fact it's pretty darn good if I say so myself, and sending 8 guys to the Big Ten in any class is just ridiculous. And what people don't realize is that Raymond Fischer didn't play one play this year and Derrick Stewart who went to Iowa got hurt in the second or third game of the year. Whenever this program finds it's true identity, it's going to win a lot of big football games down the line. But Ginn is the man responsible for what he is creating on E. 113th ave. He works OT for his kids and his program.

buckeyeleaf (Feb 3, 2006 9:57:06 PM)
I wasn't impressed with M. Wells last year, couple that with Beanie coming soon, what are the chances he gets redshirted? I liked what I saw of Haw last year in his limited action and still think he could add quality depth..

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:57:06 PM)
I'm hearing from people who know that Erik Haw is starting to figure things out. And that could only be a good thing. I like his potential with all that speed and size in one compact package. I like how M. Wells came on strong at the end of last year. He showed encouraging flashes with his speed and quickness. I really think that OSU can have four solid running backs at their disposal and any major injury will not devastate this stable in the least. This is how the backfield should look at The Ohio State University. Of course, Beanie will just have to play at some point with Pittman. I like Pittman a lot and he's only going to get better, but I absolutely love C. Wells.

Johnjackjoety (Feb 3, 2006 9:57:41 PM)
well then how about Ben Martan. And who do you think he is favoring

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 9:57:41 PM)
50-50! My best guess.

Palmer (Feb 3, 2006 10:00:52 PM)
Gary, I know its gonna be tough at first losing Everret and Youboty at the corners, but in my opinion with Jenkins and Amos and Coleman playing the nickel, we just got a whole lot faster and will beable to cover better. The only question will be tackling and I believe that both the coaches and players will take care of that. Your thoughts?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:00:52 PM)
I like Amos a whole lot. I for one would love to see Teddy play corner at least some time there. A lot of time there actually. He's leaving after next year make no mistake about that. But I'll be happy with Amos there no question. Coleman has to show me something and I hope to get a gauge on him from spring ball. I'm not in any panic mode about the defensive secondary in any way. Nick Patterson and Anderson Russell are quality kids back there that we don't hardly ever talk about. And there are others. This is why there is spring football.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:04:24 PM)
Back to Glenville...the kids went from the basement after they all faxed their letters into the gymnasium where the media and a crowd of students and family of the players were waiting. The tables were lined up from baseline to baseline if you saw the photo...I even had chills from seeing that. They went from two kids when Troy Smith was a senior to 21. I think that speaks for itself. Anyway after the kids did their pseudo signing in the gym, I took off cause I knew that Thaddeus Gibson was still waiting for me at Euclid. They only had a half day of school on Wednesday and he would only be there until 11 a.m. It was almost 10:30 and Euclid is 10 minutes away from Glenville.

buckeyeleaf (Feb 3, 2006 10:06:32 PM)
How do you think Heacock's defensive strategy will change due to our 'percieved youth and inexperience'? I think it's best to continue to play aggressively with cover 1 and blitzes from the LB's... we are still talented and this would eliminate the thinking!

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:06:32 PM)
He has to keep the petal to the metal buckeyeleaf...that's his style and that's what the spring will be for. I'm sure there will be a few adjustments, but they can't tone it down too much. They need to fill the openings with players that are ready to step into the overall philosophy. There will be a learning curve no question but the expectations can't lessen a whole lot.

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 10:08:11 PM)
Hello Gary! I love your work! Is there any word on Terry.... and how he is progressing with the Buckeyes? Thank you in advance.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:08:11 PM)
Thanks for the kind words sandiegolovesthebucks...Terry is really being to flourish physically...three squares a day have done wonders forhim at Ohio State. He looks terrific at 234 pounds. He could be a beast if he keeps his speed.

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 10:11:29 PM)
I believe OSU's offensive and defensive lines will be stronger than last years, would you agree?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:11:29 PM)
Hi mycarjams...I sure think it has the potential to and that's saying a lot with some of the quality players that have been lost to graduation. I think the O-line could flourish this year and make the offense a true juggernaut. Defensively, I really believe that Pitcock and David Patterson are flat out two guys that cannot be blocked. I'll stick Penton along Pitcock and add one of the youngsters like Wilson, if he's up to the challenge, and I won't feel bad about that unit at all. But Pitcock and Patterson are two really special playmakers on the defensive line. And there will be solid depth in numbers behind the first unit.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:14:21 PM)
Gibson was there waiting as he said he would. I missed the media presser but I had made arrangements with him to stick around and he did. He looked fantastic and he looked in great shape. He's a real humble kid, very quiet and unassuming kid and is just going to play his heart out for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a tremendous late addition to the class and Ohio State was his first and really only choice.

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 10:17:24 PM)
Who do you see replacing Holmes as a Punt returner.... and kick off returner? Will Haw get a look as a returner?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:17:24 PM)
Sandie I know Shaun Lane is a guy that many don't expect much out of but returning kicks was his fortay in high school along with just being a treamendous offensive player in open space. He will be a candidate. Dukes will be a candidate. Haw should make himself be one. I think M Wells would do himself justice to try to return kicks also. Who knows. Don't know if Gonzo would be interested. Amos? Somebody will step up no question. Or they can just leave Ginn back there by his lonesome.

kleintime16 (Feb 3, 2006 10:19:46 PM)
Gary ... did you think mabin was another possible early commit, and was that the reason that you went to his school?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:19:46 PM)
I think Mabin still has to prove himself. After his performance down in San Antonio, he has to be a guy they are considering. Offense, defense, special teams, this guy can do it all. I saw him play Brush last year and he was just ridiculous in all three phases. Size is his only, and I repeat only, potential drawback. And he's not small...he's just not overwhelming by any means in that department. I'll take him in a heart beat and yest that was the reason why I stopped at his school.

Palmer (Feb 3, 2006 10:21:41 PM)
Hines from Glenville, is he a Buckeye?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:21:41 PM)
If you offer he will come! You know I kicked myself after I left Glenville because I didn't see Hines or Jefferson while I was there on signing day. Hines is rated just below Martin and just ahead of Oliver in my book right now. Jefferson needs to have a dominant season to get an OSU offer.

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 10:22:17 PM)
Are we going to lose Clifford to UM and Martin to ND?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:22:17 PM)
Let's hope not Royal Flush 47. I don't believe OSU should lose either of those guys and I hope the staff feels the same way.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:26:39 PM)
Where were we...just leaving Euclid. I had to go to St. Edward. I just knew Nate Oliver was ready to pull the trigger. I met with him and Hubbard and Edmonds and Morrow. I had no interest in seeing any of the senior there sign since no one was going to OSU. It's a shame that Joe Thomas wasn't in the class but that's water under the bridge at this time. Bottom line is Oliver told me that he was going to commit and it was either going to be Wed night or Thursday and when I left he told me he would call me if he was going to do it. He promised he would call and he did. About 6:15 p.m. on my drive home from my recruiting odyssey I spoke with Oliver and he told me he committed. I had to pull over on the road and find someone to call to get it on the message board. Helwagen was going on ONN at 6:30 and I couldn't reach anyone else. But I finally did get Steve and he called me after the show while I was still in the car and said it was ONN about Oliver.

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 10:27:21 PM)
Do we have room for all the LB's we have recruited and that we already have in place? For a team that just lost all three starters the position seems awfully crowded all of a sudden.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:27:21 PM)
It is crowede mycarjams and I love it that way. Competition only brings out the best with three positions wide open. May the best three win.

Mycarjams (Feb 3, 2006 10:28:47 PM)
Gary.................... Can Small make a big splash like TG?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:28:47 PM)
Not for at least one year. He's really good but I just don't have the same vibes like I did for Teddy. Give him a year and he will be ready to be a playmaker. Anything sooner will be a pleasant surprise for me with Small.

murphdawg (Feb 3, 2006 10:29:14 PM)
most important game to win? that would be the Michigan game!!!!!

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:29:14 PM)
First Penn State at home...then Michigan.

labuck (Feb 3, 2006 10:30:58 PM)
Gary, how ready do you think our offense is going to be to carry the load early in the year on the road in places like Texas and Iowa for an inexperienced defense? Do you think they can pick it up where they left off this year or will it take a few games?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:30:58 PM)
No question labuck. The offense will be rip-roaring from week one, there is no doubt in my mind. There is just way too much talent period. Any brand of ball they want to play, it's done. Depth...you name it...OSU has it.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:33:39 PM)
After I left St. Ed's, I had to get to Garfield. Chris Wells was on the clock at 1 p.m. But it was already 12:20 and I knew that I wouldn't be able to see Dave Arnold of Copley now. I was hoping to catch him and even Delone Carter, our state's Mr. Football award winner for 2005 going to Syracuse. But time wasn't going to permit that. Arnold is going to be a good two-way player at Copley next year and I really think OSU has a good chance with him. I was enlightened recently and I feel that Ohio State has a better than good chance with Arnold.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:37:57 PM)
I got to Garfield a tad bit late and I had to go to the other side of the school for his presser but I wasn't too late. He had already did his signing by the time I did get there and he was answering questions from the assembled media. He really handled everything well if you ask me. This kid is going to be a delight for OSU watch over the next three or four years. After the presser he posed for pictures with everyone and it was just a wonderful sight. Am I a bit biased after watching him so closely the past few years? You bet but I still try to be as objective as I can if you can believe that or not. I think my closest friends know that because of the conversations that I have with them all the time.

Helobuck (Feb 3, 2006 10:39:07 PM)
Gary, First time chatting, thanks for all the great insight and photos. Do you have any idea when the next junior day will be? Is it by invitation only?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:39:07 PM)
Hi helobuck...I can't say honestly other than I think I just read somewhere that there was another Sunday basketball game or maybe Saturday and there may be a few invited kids in for that. I'm not sure of that answer though sorry.

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 10:40:36 PM)
Hey gary how many commits do u think we get this year and will we be a top 5 class

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:40:36 PM)
Wow...you're killing me johnjackjoety...I have yet to recover from this year. It will be a top heavy class but again the quantity might be a bit of a concern. I think JT will always have a top 10 or 15 class at the very least. This is Ohio State after all.

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 10:43:39 PM)
Gary I did not realalize who that was setting with you. I thought Mr. Boren was going to jump on me for a minute. Ha Ha. He still looks like he could play. To bad Coach T couldn't change thier decision.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:43:39 PM)
Buckiii1 is talking about Mike Boren. I was shooting the breeze with him and his two young sons who are so Michigan brainwashed it's unbelieveable. But I respect that. I really like the Boren family and it's too bad that Mike and Justin both could be Buckeyes. Justin is going to be a tremendous player at Michigan. A three-year starter at the minimum. The freshman son just loves Michigan, him and the younger one both had Michigan garb. Mike Boren was at every practice every day. Great guy! And no buckiii everyone there enjoyed meeting you.

Palmer (Feb 3, 2006 10:45:47 PM)
Gary I have a feeling that the coaches arent going to be able to keep Small off of the field. You watch his tape and half the time he looks like he is jogging while everyone else is moving full speed and not even coming close. I atleast hope he returns some kicks and punts. Your thoughts?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:45:47 PM)
I would love to see it Palmer and I think he's more than capable of doing great things but he's no Teddy and it took Teddy a while to make an impact in his first year. I don't see Small even getting close to the chances TGII got so I think they should just keep him under wraps for a year. It's just a gut feeling I have. Give him a year and he'll be ready to step right in where TGII leaves off...well not quite.

Mycarjams (Feb 3, 2006 10:46:59 PM)
Gary...... With all the players from Glenville going to D1 programs this year, it amazes me that they lost any games last year, what gives? They had what 15 players go to D1 schools, that has to be unheard of.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:46:59 PM)
They're learning how to win games. I have a feeling once it happens, it might not stop for quite a while. I offer no excuses except I think they've beaten themselves the past two years. I truly believe that.

TDBuck (Feb 3, 2006 10:48:30 PM)
Sorry if previously covered, but just joined. What top OH kids are OSU leans at this point?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:48:30 PM)
I think it's safe to say that Evege is an OSU lean right now. I don't know this for a fact but I think Gamble is an OSU. Torrence is an OSU lean. Herron is an OSU lean. Mabin could be. Hines is. Anyone at Glenville is. How's that for starters.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:49:59 PM)
After leaving Garfield, I have to try to wrap this up, the thought was to try to see Morgan Williams, Devon Torrence and then Brian Gamble and Andrew Dailey. I didn't do any pre planning with this group because I didn't know if time would permit. As it turned out, time did not permit.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:56:03 PM)
First stop was Canton McKinley. I met up with Brian Cross and he informed that Morgan Williams had left for the day a little while ago. I missed him. I had a nice conversation with Cross however and he said that they lost everyone on the O-line but there center and it won't be easy for Williams to have the same kind of season as last year. He likes his quarterback Dan Grimsley, who is a returning starter, and they may have to throw the ball more than last year. He said Shaler, the DB who had a big pick in the first McKinley-Massillon game and the defensive end who was a playmaker in that game as well are some of his better returning players next year. We also talked briefly about Ryan Brinson, Antwon Hight and his younger brother Steven Hight. It doesn't look right now, that Hight will be in the program next year but that could still change. Cross is from Warren so we had a few things to talk about in that regard. He played on some great Warren Reserve teams in his day.

labuck (Feb 3, 2006 10:58:30 PM)
How many Glenville kids are going to play divsion I football next year off of this years team? If I'm not mistaken there are 8 players going to Big Ten schools alone. Is this correct?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:58:30 PM)
Right now labuck...I would say just two but that number could grow. I really like Eddie Mason but he's a bit too small. Sturdivant probably won't make it big either. Ask me in a couple of months and I have a better answer but right now I just think Hines and Jefferson will each be somewhere in the Big 10 next year. And you are correct about 8 this year.

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 10:59:01 PM)
gary if albert dukes has a big season what are chances with Denote Thompson

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 10:59:02 PM)
I don't know the percentage johnjackjoety...but it will certainly help the cause.

tom57 (Feb 3, 2006 11:01:27 PM)
Hi Gary Maybe this has been asked but i'm wondring about your read on Coach Conley's comments that this class was slow. Boy the 40 times, the film and the players we had at the AA game look good.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:01:27 PM)
Hi tom57, I can't really comment on the times in general, I know Small can run for instance and so can Rose and Gibson and Homan...etc. I love the coach's insight and I'll just leave it at that. Wells is pretty fast with a football in his hand no matter what his time is. I've seen break a lot of long runs in his career at Garfield and I don't recall him ever being caught from behind.

82dBuckeye (Feb 3, 2006 11:04:00 PM)
Good evening, Gary. Got here late. I was wondering if you could talk about when the coaches find time to take some time off? Obviously, we've gone from camp, to the season, to the bowl game, to recruiting. And now, we have to get a jump on next year's class. I'm assuming it's time for a vacation. Thoughts?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:04:00 PM)
They don't 82dBuckeye...I hear they might have had a day off after signing day but were right back at it today. I don't know. I do know that JT and his staff worked long hours at YSU and now at OSU so I guess there isn't a lot of down time. He wins a lot of games for a lot of reasons. There's not a better man on this planet to be the head coach at OSU than JT! I've won 5 national championships because of him.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:08:42 PM)
Back to my journey...I hope I'm not boring you....I went to Canton South next. School was out but I got a lot of help from an assistant basketball coach. He looked all over for Devon Torrence because he just saw him minutes before I arrived. When he couldn't find him, I gave Torrence a call on his cell phone. He was in the weight room and he told me that his coach didn't want him to speak to anyone at his school. I was a bit disappointed not to get a chance to get his photo and speak to him while I was there, he just was on Bill Green's radio show the night before, but I thanked him for taking my call and moved on.

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 11:10:38 PM)
why isn't Sirjo Welch talked a/b as being in the mix for the defensive backfield in 06?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:10:38 PM)
murphdawg asked about Sirjo...it seems he was pretty much in the dog house most all of last year after a stellar freshman year on the special teams. But maybe he, like Haw, will be able to figure things out a little better in his third year with the team. Let's hope. He then would be in the mix back there.

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 11:11:34 PM)
Gary does this years team have the ability to be the best offense ever? I am not that concerned with our defense either. I can't wait, is it September yet!

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:11:34 PM)
Yes on the first part buckiii1 and I too am not concerned with the defense when the rubber hits the road for good. I can't wait for Sept. either.

Palmer (Feb 3, 2006 11:12:59 PM)
Gary, do you like the way that they are splitting things up for the Big 33 game and the Ohio north south game?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:12:59 PM)
I hate it Palmer to be honest with you. I'll likely cover the Big 33 game again this year but I'm going to miss the North-South game...I had a nice consecutive streak going there. I'd rather they pull out of the Big33 if they intend to keep it this way. And I love the Big 33 game.

Blutowski (Feb 3, 2006 11:13:45 PM)
Gary - FYI...The questions to your answers are not being posted.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:13:46 PM)
That's news to me. Sorry... How long has this been going on?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:15:34 PM)
I better end things now. If you can still read this. I headed to Massillon just hoping that the team would be practicing after school or something...but caught a train that was broken down on the tracks south of the school and after waiting for 15 or so minutes...decided to find another way there. When I finally got there, the school was closed and there was no chance to see Gamble or Dailey. Bummer!

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:17:35 PM)
I'm going to call it a night now. I hope I haven't been typing in vain all this time! Thanks for those who participated in the chat. I hope you like my story that I wove throughout the chat. And thanks to those who were able to read it at a later time. Go Seattle in the Bowl. I work in New Castle and I've had all I can stand from the Pittsburgh fans. The most obnoxious of them all. Good night and God bless. And go Bucks!

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:18:16 PM)
There are still so many questions I didn't get to and I'm so sorry but thanks for your participation.

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 11:18:34 PM)
Do you think Ted Ginn Sr will ever have a roll at OSU?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:18:34 PM)

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 11:18:42 PM)
Who is our starting QB after Troy Smith is gone?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:18:42 PM)
Rob Schoenhoft.

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 11:18:54 PM)
Hey, what are our chances with Bradley Stephens, the kid from Texas?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:18:54 PM)
decent but not likely!

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 11:19:28 PM)
How good is the rb out of Warren? What are our chances and do you forsee an offer?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:19:29 PM)
I like him, Danny Herron, he likes Ohio State, I don't see an offer materializing. I hope I'm wrong.

BuckeyeSource (Feb 3, 2006 11:20:13 PM)
I saw an interview with TG Sr. and although it may have been a "father/son" thing. He said that Small can be better than TG Jr. What are your thoughts?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:20:13 PM)
He's very hard on his son...in a good way!

Guest (Feb 3, 2006 11:20:52 PM)
Gary, What are your thoughts on Hubbard? Is he worth an offer? Does he come if offered?

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:20:52 PM)
I love him and I think OSU has moved to the forefront now...I think he comes eventually. Gut reaction.

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:21:26 PM)
Got to go now!

GaryHousteau (Feb 3, 2006 11:21:40 PM)
Thank you again! Go Bucks!

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