Housteau Chat Archive: April 22

Gary Housteau stopped by earlier this evening for a chat session with subscribers. We have a transcript below.

hammbone1928 (Apr 22, 2006 2:48:42 PM)
Def. ends looked real good today, will play a huge part of the def. line, plus the T the def. line will be the heart of the def. this yr.What do you think?

USFbuckeyeBG (Apr 22, 2006 2:50:33 PM)
Where there any commitments today??

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 2:54:05 PM)
What a great day for a college football game. The weather was terrific and so was the crowd. What a tremendous atmosphere for a spring game. Is this the best place in the world for college football or what? If you have any questions about the game today or about any recruits in attendance, fire away. I'll be here to try to entertain you for a while. Are you with me?

worthbuck12 (Apr 22, 2006 2:55:10 PM)
did anybody esle get burnt at teh game today?

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 2:55:10 PM)
I got some color myself today down on the field? Sunshine was splashed all over Ohio Stadium this afternoon.

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 2:56:02 PM)
I'm sure it will rain on my drive home tonight worthbuck12 but thanks for opening up the chat this evening.

worthbuck12 (Apr 22, 2006 2:57:12 PM)
gary do you have any update on nick patterson i think it was he who left on the cart during the 3rd-4th quarter

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 2:57:12 PM)
I heard it was cramps with Patterson. He was walking around on his own power after the game. I'm sure he'll be fine going forward.

sameye (Apr 22, 2006 3:00:35 PM)
I didn't get to stay for the second half. Did the grays figure out a way to block Jay Richardson??

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:00:35 PM)
Hi sameye...what on earth made you leave before the end of the game? I have some unofficial tackle numbers and it looks as if Richardson had four unassisted tackles of which two were QB sacks. Both he and Lawrence Wilson really seemed like they were playing well. Wilson was causing havoc even when he wasn't making a tackle. It seemed to me that Vernon Gholston was pretty active as well.

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:02:40 PM)
Ross Homan was all over the field. These unofficial tackle numbers have him with 8 total stops but it seemed like he was still at Coldwater and had 30 some tackles. He's so strong when he raps you up. And he had a hand in the goal line stand right before the half ended on both of the final two plays. He's amazing.

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:03:09 PM)
If you have anything on your mind please send in your questions to get this chat going.

hammbone1928 (Apr 22, 2006 3:08:27 PM)
The little bit of info. that has been offere so far this spring came true today. Backs looked good particulay Beanie when hole was plugged he went outside, Haw was impressive, def. line strengh of def. Seconday looked pretty good considering how green

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:08:27 PM)
Hi hammbone1928..I think Beaning showed a little bit of everything that makes him so special. Speed, power, balance. The stat sheet I have has Beanie as the top rusher with 11 carries for 48 yards. He's really special and today confrimed it. He will be a great complement to Pittman. He's clearly the number 2 back if the spring game is any indication. Denlinger made a great play on the safety and I've already talked about the end play. Anderson Russell was very active in the secondary. J.O and Coleman both had interceptions. Nick Patterson will contribute. The talent is there no question.

hammbone1928 (Apr 22, 2006 3:11:27 PM)
Don't like to be negative, But Frost has to hold onto the baill dropped 2 1 for td

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:11:27 PM)
Yeah he definitely dropped a touchdown catch. To his defense he was coming off of a break in his pattern when the ball was delivered but nonetheless it was still very catchable. Rory Nicol had a nice afternoon, at least early on he did. Nicol had 2 catches for 33 yards, both on that first drive I believe. Frost had three grabs for 12 yards.

muratduke (Apr 22, 2006 3:15:50 PM)
Hi Gary ... recruiting has been great the last few years but if you had to pick one part that could be better in terms of recruiting, what area would that be ?? ie OL, RBs, secondary ??

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:15:50 PM)
Great question muratduke...boy I see talent stockpiled almost everywhere. I personally think the recruiting has been great under Jim Tressel. He always had good talent at YSU but it was still like leftover talent that didn't go division I-A. I couldn't be happier with the recruiting recently. The defense is young but a lot of talented players are there no question. I guess the only major concern every year now needs to be on the offensive. There can never be too much talent on the offensive line IMHO. Maybe that's my answer to your question.

worthbuck12 (Apr 22, 2006 3:20:17 PM)
a question on Coleman...is he playing his way into the Nickel spot now?? and who would he beat out if he did

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:20:17 PM)
The might be a bit premature but again maybe it isn't. He is the real deal. So is Homan, Wells and lets not forget Larry Grant. He certainly looks like he can contribute sooner rather than later. All four early enrollees look fantastic. Somehow I think Brandon Mitchell may be the nickel guy when the season gets underway but maybe Coleman could actually make a play for that other corner opposite Jenkins. Washington didn't stand out today but I'm not sure he had a lot of opportunities to. I still like TGII at the other corner. He's your best athlete on the entire field and why not use him both ways. He doesn't know the meaning of being tired. But I thought Coleman looked good out there.

muratduke (Apr 22, 2006 3:23:52 PM)
Gary .. top 3 RBs from Ohio we should go after this year and why ?? which one or two do you think we get in the end, whats your hunch say ??

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:23:52 PM)
My top three backs in Ohio this year are Saine, Mabin and either Morgan Williams or Danny Herron. We already know that Saine and Herron are going Big 10 based on their early offers. I think Mabin will go Big 10 but it might be for defense. I love him as a running back. He will lead Nordonia to the state final in Division II this year. Williams looks really good too, not sure though how he is faring in the classroom. Saine, hands down is my top back in Ohio with Mabin is much better than everyone else gives him credit for. He has ridiculous talent with the football. Mark Wooldridge was the only RB off the top of my head that I saw at the game today.

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:27:25 PM)
Nate Oliver, OSU's first commitment for the class of 07, was there as well. Jim Tressel went out of way to spend time with Dionte Allen and his teammate Trumaine Washington from St. Mary's Prep. Those two were there with Gant at the game. Good sign huh?

Sept2 (Apr 22, 2006 3:30:42 PM)
Dont know what questions were asked yet. But who did you think looked really good

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:30:42 PM)
Hi Sept 2. I thought Ross Homan looked terrific. I thought Beanie played well. Lawrence Wilson stood out so did Richardson and Gholston. I actually thought Boeckman may have outplayed Schoenhoft today but Robby showed that he's athletic enough to be an effective rusher on the option, yes I said option, and that could give him an edge over Boeckman next spring. Brian Hartline looked terrific. Anderson Russell was active. Hows that for a few names.

Guest (Apr 22, 2006 3:32:35 PM)
Sure seemed like Josh Kerr had a long day. Those defensive ends did cause a ruckus. Didn't Todd Denlinger spend some time at linebacker in high school? He is really quick.

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:32:35 PM)
I believe Denlinger was an LB for some time in high school but he's settled in nicely at DT. JT even spoke highly of Denlinger after the game at the presser. He thinks Denlinger will help out on the defense this year.

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:33:10 PM)
Sameye asked that last question before he left the chat.

osufan26 (Apr 22, 2006 3:36:39 PM)
Hey Gary, What's the word on D. Johnson? Does he committ in the next few days?

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:36:39 PM)
Hi OSUfan26. I saw DJ. today and I saw his father for a brief moment as well. He looked terrific physically I might add. Things still need to happen if he's going to come on board. Stay tuned is all I can say. I honestly can't say either way at this very moment so I'll just leave it at that for now.

lenny strollo (Apr 22, 2006 3:42:59 PM)
gary, who should we keep our eyes on this fall from glenville besides hines....

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:42:59 PM)
lenny strollo...I'm from Youngstown and that's a very interesting name... but to answer your question...Glenville had a track meet today and so hardly any of their guys were there. LeBron Daniels was there and he's going to be a player. He may be a tad bit undersized for OSU but he's a football player DE/OLB. Daniels was at the game today. Kyle Jefferson is likely to get a look at WR. He's having a really good track season thus far and so is Ray Small. I'm hearing more and more comparisons between him and Teddy G., from people at Glenville, that it's really becoming scary. Let's all hope Small makes it in. I spoke with Rob Rose yesterday, who throws the shot and disk for Glenville and he tends to think Small will be okay. Let's hope. The junior class at Glenville this year will be loaded. Save some ships for that class...no kidding. But Hines, Jefferson and Daniels are probably the only three big time prospects for this year.

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:48:16 PM)
By the way, I don't know if Steve mentioned this or not but TE Andy Miller was also there at the game. My initial impression of him seeing him in person for the first time is that he'll need to put a lot of weight on. He was hanging our with Ballard and Larimore before the game. Thaddeus Gibson was at the game and he looked really good. Tyler Moeller and Connor Smith were there too. Smith looked to be in great shape.

osufan26 (Apr 22, 2006 3:50:42 PM)
Gary, Is Tomaz Hilton from your area gonna get a look?

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:50:42 PM)
I iike Hilton a lot but I think he would really have to play at such a high level if he's going to have any chance at all to get a look from OSU. I think he has great talent and he's going to play both ways this year so it's possible but not very probable IMHO. I like him and Gary Thornton and Salvador Battles a lot at The Rayen School.

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:51:13 PM)
Home of former Buckeye Craig Powell.

lenny strollo (Apr 22, 2006 3:54:42 PM)
what did you think of the new lb's. homan looks solid, as does grant, freeman and terry. also i thought that terry and jame L. looked much bigger from the end of last season......you agree?

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:54:42 PM)
Lenny I honestly love all of our linebackers. Laurinaits and Terry both look terrific out there this year. Chad Hoobler was making plays. I even spotted him at Carpenters position on the outside during the game. If Homan and Freeman can play on the field together on the same time, that would be great. I think Homan could possibly be your started at Mike from game one on. I think he needs to be on the field from game one and he's so physically strong that he can play in the middle. He's a monster. Either him or Freeman has to switch positions.

osufan26 (Apr 22, 2006 3:56:23 PM)
I didn't see the second half but I was really impressed with the d-line (Richardson, Denlinger and Gholston.) I hope that carries over to the season..

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 3:56:23 PM)
I agree with your sentiments. I think Richardson, today, made a lot of people feel really good about the defense this year.

springgame (Apr 22, 2006 4:02:22 PM)
Hey Gary, I hope you enjoyed T. Smiths TWO deep throws to the TE as much as I did, knowing well have to utilize every offensive weapon to make up for inexperience at LB and DB. Bobby Carpenter said today he'd take experience over talent as it took the defense two seasons to finally succeed as a group in the heat of real game battle. I know we have great talent and the best coaches in the country defensively, My question is what recent national champion can we study that had rookies at every linebacker cornerback and safety spot and how can we successfully copy them and avoid repeat of 2004

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 4:02:22 PM)
Hi springgame...yes I did enjoy the TE action early on to Nicol in the game. Let's hope that just wasn't a bone thrown out there today. And about the defense, sure experience helps a great deal but that's something this group defensively, in the back seven will be lacking. That's just a fact. So be it. I still like the talent overall with the players on defense and I believe they will learn to survive and thrive very quickly this season. I don't know enough about other teams to answer your last part of that question sorry. I really like size, speed and athleticism and the secondary will have a lot of that, albeit inexperienced, so I'm happy with that.

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 4:02:48 PM)
I think I'm having problems with none of my answers showing up.....

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 4:03:34 PM)
Hello....can anyone read me!

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 4:04:12 PM)

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 4:05:26 PM)
Are we all still there?

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 4:06:04 PM)
I'll try to answer what I can and see which answers, if any will populate....

MacAuley (Apr 22, 2006 4:08:50 PM)
Hi Gary. Thanks for the taking time out of your Saturday for this chat. I'm an hour late so I apologize if this question has already been asked. Were there any performances in the game that changed your mind, for better or worse, about any player/players?

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 4:08:50 PM)
Hi MacAuley...I think Boeckman made more of favorable impression on me today. I'm not saying he outlplayed Schoenhoft, I'm sure both guys did some things that they would like to do over again, but Boeckman did some good things today. I've said it 100 times already, Homan played better than I expected him to. He looked like a veteran, calling the plays in the huddle and everything. Richardson played well so did Wilson and Gholston. I've mentioned quite a few names already. Denlinger helped himself.

Guest (Apr 22, 2006 4:10:11 PM)
any comments from the st. mary boys?

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 4:10:12 PM)
USFbuckeyeBG asked about the St. Mary's boys and there's obviously nothing official about their trip at this time but I think it was definitely a good thing to see Allen and Washington at the game with Gant.

lenny strollo (Apr 22, 2006 4:13:44 PM)
i thought you might like that........one more.........since you mentioned his name, what does ray small do if he doesnt get in........would he still want to go the jr college route and get back to osu?

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 4:13:44 PM)
lenny I'm afraid if OSU loses Small that he might turn into another Lenix. He's working on his ACT test score very hard from what I've been told and he can take it again in June if he still needs to. He just took the one in the beginning of April. He certainly wants to go to OSU but so did Lenix so you never know what could happen.

muratduke (Apr 22, 2006 4:16:03 PM)
Gary, how many of the top 10 and top 20 of Ohio do we need to keep this year to be considered extremely successful ?? and who are the 3 guys that are an absolute must for this upcoming class ??

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 4:16:03 PM)
I don't know if there's any certain number muratduke of the top 20 guys but I would hope OSU would always be able to land their fair share of them. The three must gets this year from my perspective are Martin, Oliver and Clifford. Oliver is already on board.

Guest (Apr 22, 2006 4:19:13 PM)
and when will deont thompson come up to osu?? i seem to ask this every chat.. do we haev a shot with him? or should i stop considering him as a possibility?

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 4:19:13 PM)
USFbuckeye asked about Deonte Thompson the WR from Santonio Holmes and Albert Dukes school....I would think OSU has a decent shot with Thompson still but I wouldn't really count on him coming aboard. If he does it would be a tremendous bonus no question.

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 4:21:27 PM)
Guys I seem to be having a great deal of trouble with the question and answers showing up on the screen in the chat and it's really throwing off my concentration at this point. We're about an hour and half in and I'm really sorry because there's still more questions to answer, but it's too much of a distraction to continue on. I'm not at my home base so I'm not use to the computer here at the office on Lane Avenue, but there's a tremendous delay happening and I'm going to call it a wrap now.

GaryHousteau (Apr 22, 2006 4:26:19 PM)
I'm sorry if I didn't get to your question or questions but I do want to thank those of you who participated in the chat for doing so. And as always I want thank those of you who read the chat at a later time. What a great day in the Horseshoe it was today and if you were one of the 63,000 in attendance today then I'm sure you can attest to that. I'm going to call it a wrap and head back to Youngstown tonight. I'll try to sort through all of my photos and post some type of gallery either late tonight or tomorrow. The Cavaliers won today so I couldn't be much happier than I am now. And in case I didn't mention it...Troy Smith looked great in his only series today. What a terrific college player he has become! Goodnight and Go Bucks!

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