Good evening everyone! Let's get things started. Fire away with any questions you have on your mind.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:12:39 PM)
I want to thank everyone ahead of time for checking in with tonight's chat and I hope that I can help to make this a worthwhile endeavor for tonight. Can I get a hello from someone so I know that we're on board together.
Palmer (Feb 17, 2006 9:13:18 PM)
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:13:18 PM)
Thanks Palmer! Hello to you as well and thank you! Smile!
lrb (Feb 17, 2006 9:13:48 PM)
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:13:48 PM)
Same to you Irb...Hello!
labuck (Feb 17, 2006 9:15:24 PM)
Gary, if there was one thing that you could change with the OSU football program, what would it be?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:15:24 PM)
great question labuck to start the night...wow...I guess more than anything right now...I would love to see this offense use the tight end as a weapon on offense for something other than blocking on a consistent basis. TEs open up the middle of the field and can only cause even more havoc for the opponent with all the weapons on offense this year.
Anotherbuck (Feb 17, 2006 9:15:45 PM)
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:15:45 PM)
scumstink (Feb 17, 2006 9:16:32 PM)
how about your day sir?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:16:32 PM)
Thanks for asking scumstink...if that one post was enough to draw you in tonight then I'm glad I did it...
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:17:01 PM)
It was interesting in that I found out some good information while just making a couple of routine stops...
Palmer (Feb 17, 2006 9:18:02 PM)
when does winter conditioning and spring ball start?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:18:02 PM)
Palmer I'm not sure about the winter part of it...but spring ball opens March 30 if I'm not mistaken and the spring game is on April 22...a Saturday.
Palmer (Feb 17, 2006 9:18:19 PM)
what info is that?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:18:19 PM)
...I'm getting to it in between questions...
rnpaullee (Feb 17, 2006 9:20:30 PM)
Gary, Bob L. calls Eric Thomas the best "Jumbo athlete "in the state. Your thoughts?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:20:30 PM)
Hi rnpaullee...I've watched Benedictine play on a consistent basis the past three years and I've really liked watching Thomas the past two years. Just for the record...it was ridiculous what happened to Jahmal Brown and Chris Austin this year. Two of the best players on one of the best teams in the state the past three years and I don't believe either made first team all-state. Both guys can ball big time and I know Bob would agree with me on at least Brown...
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:22:50 PM)
Anyway...I like Thomas a lot. He played a lot of fullback on offense as the lead blocker for their great running backs there the last three years. He's an imposing looking figure at fullback and defensive end...but he hasn't been stellar by any means on either side of the ball to this point. I like his upside with his size and athletic ability. I have some news I discovered today on Chris Austin and Troy Huddleston, who played QB for Benedictine this past season...
Anotherbuck (Feb 17, 2006 9:25:18 PM)
Gary, do you believe that Ray Small is more explosive than TG2? Do you think he will make it through Ohio State Admissions Office?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:25:18 PM)
I'm sorry to inform everyone who might have really high expectations for Small but although he is an explosive player, he's no TGII. No how, no way. And I like Small a lot. I'm guessing he will make it in but I thought Lenix would eventually make it in and that obviously never panned out. Small has the best smile I've ever seen on a young kid. He'll be a great Buckeye but no TGII. A poor man's TGII at best and that's not a slam on Small at all.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:25:42 PM)
Where was I last when I was talking about my day...
Guest (Feb 17, 2006 9:28:21 PM)
also, is lyons really that good at safety? i keep hearing great things about him
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:28:21 PM)
Palmer asked about Lyons at safety and after talking a lot with his father this past offseason...his dad really thought Lyons was the better defensive player in high school. I believe Duane thought he was a better defender as well. All I can say is that I watched him practice some at the Big 33 and then watched him play in the game that week and I thought he was going to be a terrific receiver. That was certainly my impression watching him in person at that time. I think he just a chance to get on the field earlier on defense and he's going for it. Whether he remains there or not will be determined in the future.
rnpaullee (Feb 17, 2006 9:31:14 PM)
Gary, if Mike D A. can avoid the injury bug what type of season would you expect him to have in his final year?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:31:14 PM)
I would think he can have a tremendous season if he stays healthy. The ability is all there waiting to be exploited...I still see him as that prototypical Andy Katzenmoyer guy in the middle of the field that can run sideline to sideline and punish anyone withthe football who comes into his sights. I expect a lot from D'Andrea but I've expected a lot since he's got here so this has to be his year.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:31:55 PM)
back to my day...keep the questions coming if you have any and I'll get to them.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:33:51 PM)
I didn't figure out there wasn't any school today until last night...I don't know what day it is sometimes. Anyway...before I knew I called Ted Ginn to let him know I was going to stop at his school today. He's been impossible to get a hold of for the past week with all this stuff going on with his academy and trying to get that off the ground so we've been playing phone tag basically.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:35:14 PM)
When he finally called me back later in the evening I knew there was no school but he said they were having track practice if I wanted to still come up. So I did. And they were practicing track when I got there...
4-1versusCarr (Feb 17, 2006 9:38:17 PM)
According to Brian Schwartz (aka, Laguna), jersey number assignments were handed out yesterday (Feb. 16). His son, Grant, for example, got #23. Can staff make a few phone calls to find out which numbers our 2006 Buckeyes will be wearing? (I have to adjust my Playstation 2 roster, ya know :) ) Seriosuly, though, if this decision has already been made, why do we have to wait until August to find out which upperclassmen has obtained the coveted #4, for instance? With this being such a slow time for football news -- witness the recent thread on Olympic curling -- it would at least give us Bucknuts something to talk about... and I can't believe it would be too difficult for staff to do. It may be time consuming, but not difficult. Thanks!!!
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:38:17 PM)
Hi 4-1 versusCarr...I'll be in North Canton tomorrow for the autograph session with past present and future Buckeyes all there and I'm sure I'll find out as much as I can about that. BTW...I hear that Ross Homan is a just a jewell already. He's a maniac. He's a stud. They love him down there already from what I'm hearing. There's a really neat autograph session run by the Logan family if you're not doing anything tomorrow in NorthCanton. The location has been moved right down the street from their store but you'll have a great chance to meet players and get autographs.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:39:35 PM)
The last I heard...Pittman, Kudla, Downing, Everett, and Dustin Fox and Chris Wells will be there also. Maybe one or two more players that haven't been announced. It's become one of my annual stops now.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:44:25 PM)
At track practice...I noticed two new players practicing with their relay hand offs. Chris Austin and Troy Huddleston were practicing with Glenville and will run in the school's first indoor meet as Tarblooders on Sunday. Otis Merrill, a speedster from Warrensville, is now a Tarblooder as well and he'll help the school as they go for their fourth consecutive state championship. But that's not all. Watch out for the name Christopher Young, running back from East or some school like that. He's running track for them as well. Ginn thinks Young could be his team's Chris Wells next year and at a sturdy 6-0, 210, I can see him fitting nicely into that one-back spread offense. A lot of speed he has also.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:45:05 PM)
Kids want to play for Ted Ginn Sr. despite what his detractors might say.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:46:30 PM)
Their track team is loaded again this year. Jermale Hines will join the track team after basketball. He's a three-sport star and will be the top Tarblooder on the football field next year.
Anotherbuck (Feb 17, 2006 9:49:40 PM)
Gary, is it going to be a good year of talent in Ohio this coming year? Up or down compared to last year?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:49:40 PM)
I think it will be every bit as good at the top as last year's but there obviously is no Chris Wells, the nation's number one recruit there, and the offensive line prospects leave a little to be desired this year. I think I'll give a slight edge to this past year's crop in state. The linebackers were tremendous in the 2006 class.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:51:07 PM)
Back to my day...I've been so interested is stopping by the Euclid Sports plant for the longest time now so I went there after I left Glenville...
Anotherbuck (Feb 17, 2006 9:54:29 PM)
Gary, last year at this point, Ray Small and Robert Rose had received an offer from Ohio State already. But this year, none of the Tarblooders has received one from Ohio State. What is going on? How many do you think will get one eventually?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:54:29 PM)
Truthfully, I'll be surprised if someone other than Hines and possibly Jefferson get an offer. I know a lot of you like Sturdivant, and I do too, but I just don't see the fit there. There might be another player or two once their roster is settled for next year but those two are the top candidates. I think Hines will get an offer before the season and Jefferson will have to earn one with his play during the season. He's going to play cornerback this year so that could help his chances with his size and his wingspan. Their junior class next year is going to be 'off the hook' as they say.
Royal Flush47 (Feb 17, 2006 9:58:00 PM)
How soon before OSU offers Jermale Hines and Eugene Clifford? Hopefully Clifford is better friends with Smith and Moeller than Mixon and Simpson.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 9:58:01 PM)
Royal I'm guessing that recruiting is in full swing for the staff this year. I think players like Hines and Clifford need to be identified early and pursued aggressively. I'm guessing they may have learned a lesson or two from this past recruiting season and they will apply what they've learned to the 2007 class. Sure Clifford is important to this class and I think he will know that he is important to this class. Ben Martin needs to know how important he is to the 2007 class. I'm confident in state.
rnpaullee (Feb 17, 2006 10:00:42 PM)
I wonder what the OHSAA thinks of Ted Ginn's academy as their acceptance would seem crucial for scheduling purposes.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:00:42 PM)
This isnt going to be an overnight thing. It's going to be eased into gradually starting with a 9th and 10th grade initially. I think it will take a good four years maybe five before the academy comes anywhere close to being what Ginn is envisioning for it to become. I think there will be plenty of lead time for things like scheduling. Things still are far from being settled. That was another reason why I wanted to go to Glenville today. Nothing is even close to being a certainty at this time.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:04:08 PM)
...back to the sports plant. I was hoping to catch up with Donte Whitner there since he works out there on a regular basis. But it was after 1 already and he was there and left for the day. But much to my surprise...Rob Sims was there finishing up his work out. I had a chance to chat with Rob and take a few photos while he was there. He's really excited about his near future and he is expecting to be a first day pick. He looked to be in great shape at 6-3 and 310 pounds.
Guest (Feb 17, 2006 10:07:50 PM)
What do you think that Troy really needs to work on this sring/summer to become a complete QB and avoid any early season slumps in 2006?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:07:50 PM)
teambuckeye asks about Troy and what he needs to do better this year...I just think he needs to understand the offense inside and out, what every player on offense is doing on every play, if truly wants to be a great quarterback at Ohio State. The talent is obviously there, he's proven that already, now he needs to take the offense to the next level. It needs to perculate from week one and on and he's the guy to make it happen. He has an opportunity to be one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play at Ohio State if he has a great year next season. Wow...can you believe that? Amazing! And I expect him to have a good year and everyone else should as well...from week one.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:11:46 PM)
It was good to see Sims so excited about his future. He has the same agent as Will Smith and Kenny Peterson and those guys have. From what I'm hearing, Whitner and Sims are both excited from what they've been told by the NFL about their prospects. Whitner could go round one, which hardly anybody on these message boards thought was possible, and Sims could possibly go late second but probably third. Sims is cautiously optimistic but he thinks he'll impress everyone at his pro day on March 9.
Royal Flush47 (Feb 17, 2006 10:12:22 PM)
Will Troy's off the field trouble in the past keep him from being selected as a captain?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:12:22 PM)
No at all royal...past history and another Michigan victory under his belt since then.
Royal Flush47 (Feb 17, 2006 10:15:11 PM)
Can you tell us a little about the lineman that is in the 2008 class from Kurt Coleman's school. I remember reading he could be better than Alex Boone by his senior year. I don't remember who wrote it, though...
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:15:11 PM)
I think Duane may have suggested that but I have no first hand knowledge of him at this time other than what you have also read on these boards. I do like a junior offensive lineman to be from Licking Valley...big offensive tackle there. He'll be a junior next year...and I think you all will like this Marcus Hall from Glenville...he'll be a sophomore next year. He can play anywhere on the line on offense or defense.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:17:27 PM)
I was impressed with the Speed and Strength plant and had a chance to talk to one of the original owners today, Tim Robertson. He and Eric Lichter are responsible for making the Euclid Sports plant what it's turned into today. I hope to write a story on that very soon.
Anotherbuck (Feb 17, 2006 10:21:10 PM)
Gary, would you feel comfortable with our pass defense if Andre Amos is our starter at corner next year?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:21:10 PM)
You know I think Anotherbuck. About as comfortable as you can possibly be with a first year redshirt freshman quarterback. The skills are there but there's no substitute for experience. I think the way that Jenkins learned as a true fresman was the best way possible. They threw him in the fire but he wasn't in a do-or-die position like any first-year corner will be next year. The Buckeye secondary will have to rely a lot on pure talent next year and talent they will have. That's why I think guys like Mitchell and even TGII would be invaluable to the defense next year. You guys just don't know what you're missing by not seeing TGII on defense. Trust me on that one. He'd be my starter from week one. Charles Woodson with more speed. Ridiculous!
Royal Flush47 (Feb 17, 2006 10:22:46 PM)
Mel Kiper has projected AJ Hawk, Bobby Carpenter, Santonio Holmes, and Ashton Youboty has 1st rounders. He mentions Nick Mangold could sneak in..Now Donte could sneak in too? 6 first rounders?? That would be absolutely amazing!
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:22:46 PM)
Amazing Royal...I agree! It could happen.
stuck_in_memphis (Feb 17, 2006 10:24:36 PM)
Is it too soon to talk about who some of the Ohio HS football state title contenders may be?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:24:36 PM)
Steubenville has a lot of people back. X the same. Yeah it's early but that's the fun part of it. Mooney will be really good again this year. There's three for sures next year.
Royal Flush47 (Feb 17, 2006 10:30:39 PM)
You mentioned that the junior to be class at Glenville is "off the hook," who are some of the Glenville studs of the future?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:30:39 PM)
For right now...names like Cordale Scott, Dewawn Whitner, Shelton Lundy, Tory Gibson, Kevin Johnson, Bruce Davis, the younger Hines brother...they may add one or two before than. There will be more to transfer in at the end of this season. There's just a lot of young talent. Eric Simmons is another big lineman. A lot of speed. Cordale Scott could be a great receiver the next two years. He's got to be 6-4 and Jefferson is also 6-4 so what bookend receivers they will have next year.
Guest (Feb 17, 2006 10:34:04 PM)
Who do you think will be the best football team in the Ne Ohio?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:34:05 PM)
cjdjbucknuts asks this question about the football team in NE Ohio next year...I take a lot of criticism for my early predictions but I give them with conviction and I have fun with it. Iggy might be down, Glenville might be down, Ed's could be up, Massillon could be up, McKinley may struggle losing four offensive lineman but I think they'll be there...Harding could be up but I don't see them being elite...Boy I really don't know yet.
murphdawg (Feb 17, 2006 10:35:35 PM)
TG Jr. is faster than Charles Woodson, but can he tackle?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:35:36 PM)
Is the pope catholic. Ginn's a lot tougher than people give him credit for. His father demanded that he was tough and aggressive on defense in high school. That's what put him over the edge in his senior year. He's a freak of nature. He can play football. Offense, defense, you name it.
Anotherbuck (Feb 17, 2006 10:37:07 PM)
How is Brian Hartline doing in his rehab? Is he good enough to be in the rotation next year?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:37:07 PM)
The skills are unquestioned in my opinion. He can be a great football player if he can keep stay healthy. He's had two major breaks in two years. But he looked really good at the Big 33 in practice and in the game. He'll be a player before it's all said and done.
murphdawg (Feb 17, 2006 10:37:55 PM)
well said about Ginn Jr., Gary! Lmao!
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:37:55 PM)
I just call them as I see them! I'm not hip to the Lmao!
Guest (Feb 17, 2006 10:42:24 PM)
Could the same thing happen this year with the QB recruits from Ohio? It seemed last year Ohio was loaded at the position, but none of the Ohio QB's even came close to being offered by OSU....
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:42:24 PM)
There's definitely some intriguing prospects next year and I think as a group there is much more upside potential than last year at this time. I need to see Chris Smith play in person because he really looks like a good one. I like Belton but need to see him play...he looked okay at the AA combine. I don't know them all like Duane probably does at this time but I'm aware that there are some good ones. I have to go see the kids at Dover this year. Gardener and Ifft.
Guest (Feb 17, 2006 10:43:27 PM)
met Marcus Marek the other day in NH...good guy...was in a PE class w/ him @TOSU...
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:43:28 PM)
nhbkye...Marcus Marek is from my neck of the woods. Loved him at Brookfield high school before he starred at Ohio State. One of my all-time top Buckeyes. Never met him in person.
Anotherbuck (Feb 17, 2006 10:45:22 PM)
Gary, but is playing TG2 at corner wise though? You know he is going to be a tired duck at some point. No tired duck is going to be fast. We need him to catch and run for us, first and foremost.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:45:22 PM)
Ginn can wake up and get out of bed and run fast. Injuries are a part of the game as well, granted. OSU has him for one for more year so if he has a game that he has one catch for 8 yards, for instance, and he only plays on offense, then his talent is wasting away. He needs to play both sides of the ball because he's an elite player, period.
Guest (Feb 17, 2006 10:46:55 PM)
why so many TE recruits?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:46:55 PM)
nhbkye asked about the TE....Some or one may become an offensive tackle. I think Miller is the likely one of the two... I think Nicol and Frost can really be two good TE's next year. Really good.
Guest (Feb 17, 2006 10:49:39 PM)
Thanks for the night chat Gary. Did the qb coach Loeffler leave SCUM? If so how do you think the staff shakeup will effets thier recruiting in Ohio and has Notre Dame become our chief recruting rival?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:49:39 PM)
cjdjbuckasks about Loeffler...the last I thought I read he was on his way to New England but I never followed up on that. If he is than good for him. I know he's an aggressive recruiter and some people like him for that while some people don't. I don't think he does as well witht he parents as he does with the players. I just know ND will be a bigger force than ever in Ohio going forward and OSU has become aggressive to retain most of Ohio's finest talents.
Anotherbuck (Feb 17, 2006 10:51:42 PM)
Gary, where will our pass rush come from next year?
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:51:42 PM)
Quinn Pitcock and David Patterson for starters. I tend to disagree with Steve in the fact that Patterson needs to be on the outside. Patterson and Pitcock are two major forces to be reckoned with on the DL.
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:54:16 PM)
That's going to be it for tonight. I want to thank everyone for participating in the chat and also thank those of you for reading the chat at a later time. Next Friday might be another chance for me to hit a few schools with the top juniors so for now I'll play it by ear. Hope to see some of you tomorrow at the autograph session in North Canton. All Buckeye fans in that area should try and go to that. The proceeds go for a good cause. Have a great weekend. Go Bucks!
GaryHousteau (Feb 17, 2006 10:54:42 PM)