Recruiting Odds n' Ends

We have a quick recruiting article today, with a few updates and some thoughts on a player we have told you about in the past...

You may have noticed earlier last month when we posted questionnaires for recruits and their coaches.  We have gotten some good responses since then, and I wanted to share a few with you today as well as some thoughts on another talented prospect...

  • We get questionnaires sent in from out-of-state prospects from time to time, and one of the more interesting ones was from Vincenzo Giruzzi, a RB/LB/DE from Proctor High School in Utica, NY. There just happens to be a current Buckeye who went to Utica Proctor - DE Will Smith. Vincenzo lists his measurements as 6-3, 220 lbs and 4.45 40. The four schools he likes are Ohio State, Syracuse, Penn State, and Maryland, and he says that Syracuse and Maryland have offered. He had 12 sacks last season and had a good year at RB as well. He also runs track and wrote he ran 11.1 in the 100m. Now, I don't completely trust everything that is e-mailed to us (more on that in a bit), so I looked around the recruiting sites for more info on him, and it sounds like the height and weight is about right, and he does indeed run track and I did see times close to the 11.1 that he posted.  He did attend Penn State Nike Camp, but I cannot find any info on how he did.
  • Another one we got in recently was from Zach Slates, OL from Massillon Perry. Zach will be one of several candidates fighting for an OSU offer at camp this month. Zach already has some good offers that he lists -- Pittsburgh, Duke, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, and Miami (OH). He lists his three faves as OSU, Michigan and Pittsburgh. He lists himself as 6-3, 300 pounds and runs a 5.1 40. He projects as a guard on the next level.
  • Zach's teammate and OL-mate Kirk Barton also sent one in a while back, and he sounds motivated to show what he can do this year. He says that he is 6-6, 275 and has his 40 time down to 4.75. He lists MAC offers as well as offers from Army and Navy and lists his favorites as Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois, Purdue, Duke, and Florida.
  • Finally, I have told people here before that Jason Evans, RB/DB from Kennesaw, GA, is interested in Ohio State and that the Bucks have a good chance. I am now officially changing that to WE HAVE BEEN LED TO BELIEVE that he is interested in Ohio State and the Bucks have a good chance. We're becoming more skeptical as to whether or not it is actually true.

I remember once when Mr. Bucknuts and Mr. Ed from The O-Zone having a chat, and Mr. Ed said that a problem with covering recruiting is that the kids sometimes lie. At the time, we were still a bit new to all this and I didn't believe him at first, but over time, I began to see that yes, the kids do sometimes sorta stretch the truth a bit.

Now, I'm not saying that's happening here, but when you're told one thing and other reporters report something else, then you have to wonder. That's something that I think the fans out there don't realize -- when recruiting reports are conflicting (as they often are), it might not necessarily be the reporter that is at fault. The most obvious example is Duane Long's report last year that Kwakou Robinson had committed to Virginia, which was then disputed, throwing fans for a loop.  The easiest way to explain the disparity there is the fact that the two Ohio State recruiting reporters were just reporting what they were told.  Trust me on this -- it's in the best interest of recruiting websites and reporters to get the info correct because if we don't, we get dragged through the mud by the fans, and that's embarrassing.  No one wants to get a reputation of reporting erroneous information.

But at the same time, we can't jump to conclusions and get mad at the player for not telling the whole truth.  Not every instance is one where the kid is just messing around (like when T.J. Duckett was being recruited and he would go on to fan websites of teams he had no interest in and post under an alias and make people believe that he was interested as a joke).  The players are sometimes doing it strategically, or they may be doing it because someone else is asking them to (such as the coaches at the college they like). 

I went off on a bit of a tangent there, but back to the situation... in short, the info that we are getting on Jason Evans doesn't exactly match what other reporters are saying.  If it was just one other reporter who was reporting something different, then we would stick by what we are reporting.  But in this instance, there are multiple reporters who aren't reporting the same thing, so now I'm starting to wonder.  The biggest convincing factor for me is that someone else in the Insiders.com network has since removed Ohio State as a school of interest from Jason's page in the recruiting database, which tells me that someone is confident that Jason is not interested in Ohio State.  We will have to see what happens here. 

Anyway, the recruiting talk is starting to heat up, so we will have more recruiting articles coming soon.  Stay tuned!


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