Good afternoon to one and all! It
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 11:52:18 AM)
...It's a glorious sunshinny afternoon.
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 11:54:01 AM)
I have somewhat of an exciting weekend on tap beginning to night at the YSU spring game. Why not? I have been to one in years. LI isn't going to play but it will be nice to see him anyway. The Penguins haven't been to the playoffs in the post JT era but they are loaded this year and it's a good year for me to be a Penguin homer!
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 11:55:39 AM)
Tomorrow. I'm going to head out early to the Bedford track meet. Hope to see some of the top track athletes in the Cleveland area including theTarblooders. King James Classic is all weekend and I hope to check out a game or two on Saturday. And then Donte Whitner is having a draft party and I'll be attending that function in Cleveland. It all should be fun.
DantheMan (Apr 28, 2006 11:58:41 AM)
Can we talk about the Ohio State Spring game? I thought Tyler Whaley looked good. Duane Long liked Cordle and Boone. Boone gave up a sack and Cordle a safety. Your thoughts?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 11:58:41 AM)
Hi DantheMan, thanks for the question. Boy I hate to hold size against anybody but Tyler is a small guy. If you give me Doug Datish and the Cordle of last spring I'm happy at the center position. It's good to have him for a safety net however. Boone needs work still no question. Cordle may have to caddy for Datish this year. Overall I liked the offensive line candidates on Saturday.
Guest (Apr 28, 2006 12:02:18 PM)
So what is your take on Hines from Glenville? Will he be a Buckeye?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:02:18 PM)
Hi JohnnyBuckeye...when it's all said and done...yeah I think he will be a Buckeye. He'll be the one that has to keep the pipeline going this year. I know Duane is really high on Kyle Jefferson, I can't say the same right now, but if he puts it all together at receiver, with a new quarterback under center, he may have a shot. He's not nearly the caliber of a Daven Jones or Small. Even Milligan was pretty darn good for Glenville last year. I just didn't see it in Jefferson last year. Sturdivant is too small and Daniels may be too much of tweener on defense, DE/OLB. So it will be up to Hines and the internal pressure may be too much for him not to become a Buckeye.
buckeyeinsaline (Apr 28, 2006 12:04:11 PM)
Gary - Duane said Marcus Freeman didn't show him anything in the Spring Game. Can you give us some input as well? What happened?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:04:11 PM)
Hi buckeyeinsaline...No Marcus didn't stand out as much as I was expecting but then I look at Marcus down on the field and I see all I need to see. He's a stud no question. Homan did it all for me. This kid has it all. But don't worry about Freeman, he'll be fine in the fall. Too much physical ability.
mp23 (Apr 28, 2006 12:05:41 PM)
Gary, Good afternoon. Your thoughts on the USC situation please
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:05:42 PM)
Haven't paid enough attention to it. I'm sure Reggie Bush will be fine with the draft but I haven't really read up on anything else. Sorry.
hammbone1928 (Apr 28, 2006 12:06:31 PM)
C have 6 on their list. D Allen from TSUN,been to OS twice,changed from ND to OS spring game,A Gant is his cousin, thought we might have chance but I think he's M.No.2 A. BlackFl. Big time won't leave Fl. 3 E. Berry Ga. big time ?. 4 D. Evege goes OS. 5 R. Johson no . rec. TSUP. 6 P. Jones Al. Big time. Have we ever got a recruit from Al. O.S, Will probably take 2, 3 if he's really good
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:06:31 PM)
Bless you hammbone!
buckeyeinsaline (Apr 28, 2006 12:08:04 PM)
Gary - Could Homan start the first game? a.k.a. Andy Katzenmoyer good?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:08:04 PM)
In my opinion...yes Homan could start. Will he I doubt it. I'm guessing it's going to be Freeman, Kerr and Laurinaitis to open the season. I personally would have Homan somewhere! He's a monster linebacker and a play maker!
Joey Naples (Apr 28, 2006 12:08:46 PM)
Good afternoon Gary....how did you get started in the recruiting business, i assume it sprung from your passion for the game?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:08:46 PM)
Joey Naples...the second mafia name in two weeks. I'm from Youngstown so I know stuff like that! Smile!...
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:10:15 PM)
Well Joey...I attribute my initial success to my family for starting a publication called the Valley's Playbook, in 1989. I strung games for the Vindicator and then my two brothers, Ray and Chuck, and I started our monthly tabloid that lasted for 10 years.
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:11:04 PM)
Through the Playbook, I met Steve Helwagen with Buckeye Sports Bulletin. We would send our publication to BSB every month, we had a swimsuit issue, so I'm guessing that's the one Steve would read every year...
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:13:29 PM)
Anyway, everytime I was in Columbus, I have relatives who live in Victorian Village, I would stop by the BSB office just to say hi. Eventually I started writing recruiting stories for them and became somewhat of a regular. When Steve came to Bucknuts, he asked me to follow and I was honored. But my passion for high school football led me to what I do today. I've been at it since I graduated from Adrian College in 1986. It's hard to believe I'm getting old. But I love working for Mr. Bucknuts and Steve in particular.
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:13:38 PM)
Thanks for asking.
JohnnyBuckeye (Apr 28, 2006 12:16:18 PM)
What are you hearing on Josh Oglesby and Dionte Allen?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:16:18 PM)
Johnny...right now I'm hearing that Oglesby could actually stay home and become a Badger. ND thought they had him all locked up so that's a bit of a shocker. But Weis is still going hard after Olgesby so don't count them out. If he still comes to OSU's camp then JT still has a shot I presume. Allen's chances doesn't sound great either at this point. But Gant still is his cousin and you never know. JT really spent some quality time with him on Saturday and how could he not like what he say in Ohio Stadium?
JimC (Apr 28, 2006 12:19:36 PM)
Hi Gary, Are any of the Big Names that are going to camp known?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:19:36 PM)
Hi Jim C...it depends what big names means. Barksdale is a big name and he's on the Ginn tour bus. I believe that Arnold is going to OSU. With only one verbal commitment right now I think everybody in Ohio should be there, especially if they're an offensive lineman. I'm sure we will start identifying more as camp gets closer. I think the second senior session will have the most talent because the state track meet is on the same day as the first session.
Guest (Apr 28, 2006 12:22:30 PM)
Gary, Do you think Ross Homan sneaks into the starting lineup by the end of the year?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:22:30 PM)
yeah I do rbuck. I think the cream rises to the top and the best players will play. The thing with Homan, and I watched him do this at Coldwater too, when he has you firmly in his grasps, he wrestles you hard to the ground. And he's so strong that he really punishes you. He showed me all I needed to see on Saturday. Just love the kid. And you know what. I think he's even a better young person than he is a football player. He's an incredible young man.
JohnnyBuckeye (Apr 28, 2006 12:23:57 PM)
Just by chance, have you been by the WHAC to see how the renovation is coming along. if so, can you give an update?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:23:57 PM)
Hi Johnny, no I haven't been to the WHAC to give any kind of an update but I'm looking forward to seeing it when it's finished. There can't be a university anywhere in the country with better facilities...anywhere.
hammbone1928 (Apr 28, 2006 12:27:45 PM)
Safety. Ohio is loaded, probably no.1 position N.Oliver committed,Clifford Cincy Colerain battle betweem tsun &O.S but I think he goes OS>M Wright Fl probably won't leave Fl. Gamble from Massillon how are grades? What's your take on this position
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:27:45 PM)
Hammbone...I have to say that I love all three of the players you just mentioned and I'd like to see OSU get them all. I think Ohio State has a good chance at Clifford from everything I'm hearing and I'm not sure if Gamble needs some more work to do in the classroom still or not. All are worthy from a football standpoint IMHO. Throw Evege, and Torrence and even Mabin in there - I love Mabin as a RB and I hope he holds true to himself be it at OSU or somwhere else - and there's at least 6 solid defensive backs. I'd love to have them all for starters.
gbms29 (Apr 28, 2006 12:28:50 PM)
What are our chances with olgelsby?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:28:50 PM)
I would say less than 50 for sure and probably less than 30 percent as well. I'm guessing not very good.
hammbone1928 (Apr 28, 2006 12:30:37 PM)
Do you thiink Evege will be the next commit.? If not who?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:30:37 PM)
I've been expecting Evege to commit since signing day so yeah but if things could get straightened out with Derrell Johnson before camp then he very well could be the next one! Early May still seems to be the time frame.
gbms29 (Apr 28, 2006 12:34:08 PM)
Hello Gary. What is your oppinion on the running back from Piqua High. Do we get him?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:34:09 PM)
Love Brandon Saine. First saw him at the State track meet last year and was told by some people that he wasn't really a football guy...hard to believe with his speed and body. But it looks like things certainly changed with his success in his junior season. He's my top back in Ohio. Right now I have him, Mabin, Herron, Morgan Williams and Hosea Simpson as my top five running backs in Ohio. I don't have the inside 411 on Saine yet, I hope to speak with him at the state meet this year, but I think Ohio State still has a shot. Ohio State has to have a shot with the state's top running back.
hammbone1928 (Apr 28, 2006 12:36:37 PM)
You just mentioned Mabin do you think he's better at RH or Def.B?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:36:37 PM)
hammbone...if you were around and trusted me on Tyrell Sutton, then trust me with Mabin. He's a fantastic running back. He will have 2,500+ plus yards and lead Nordonia to the state title game. He might have 3,000 if he stays healthy. But like with Sutton, that won't be good enough for some schools. I think Mabin is a tremendous talent on both sides of the ball and on special teams.
gbms29 (Apr 28, 2006 12:38:35 PM)
I dont know about you, but im tired of hearing about all the other coaches in the country but nothing about tress. Why is that?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:38:35 PM)
I kind of like it that way gbms29. We all know what we have in Columbus so that's all that matters. I've been around him for 21 years now and he's getting better with age...no question. He's even becoming a better recruiter. This guy is the real deal as long as he has the right guys to run his offense. And he sure has the right personnel this season that's for sure.
buckwish (Apr 28, 2006 12:41:04 PM)
Hi Gary! First time but long time reader. Do you really feel that the class of 2007 instate lineman are a weak group? I have seen Cory Pigg play and he seems to be very good. He was sick at the Pittsburg combine but he hopes to redeem himself in Louisville.
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:41:04 PM)
Hi buckwish...I was at the Pittsburgh combine and I eyeballed Cory and he was okay. I like his versatility on the offensive line that's always a good thing. I would say his name should be in the mix for consideration but nobody really jumps out at you in state. I think Schepis from Walsh can be as good as any of them in Ohio this year. I just wish he attended some of the combines I was at.
Frostbuck (Apr 28, 2006 12:44:10 PM)
Gary hope things are going well down in the land of all things Buckeye,anyway my question is are Dionte Allen and Ron Johnson any better DB prospects than what we have in Ohio this year and why?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:44:10 PM)
Hi Frostbuck...according to all the gurus out there, Allen might be the best of the lot and Johnson is pretty special. You don't really hear of two top guys in any position being from the state up north too often. I personally liked Allen when I saw him at the spring game. I just got a good initial vibe from him, maybe because I was expecting to have a good vibe from him. I haven't seen Johnson in person so I can't really give you anything on him. Anyway...to answer your question, the guys that get paid to rank players nationally think Allen and Johnson are two of the best. I'm happy with Oliver and Evege and whatever else comes Ohio State's way.
gbms29 (Apr 28, 2006 12:45:59 PM)
In your opinion where does Kudla go in the draft tomorrow?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:45:59 PM)
I would love to see Mike go in the first day because he's such an inspiration. I've admired him for the longest time now and he's overcome so much with hard work and determination. He's literally willed himself into becoming a first day selection and I truly hope he will be. Just love the kid and he has a tremendous family. Great people.
hammbone1928 (Apr 28, 2006 12:50:18 PM)
I would like to know how many RB' do you think OS tak e?s
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:50:18 PM)
I personally would take two, or one and a guy that play either side of the ball. Pittman could have a monster year this season and decide to jumpship so that's my main reasoning for wanting two. You figure Wells will only be here three years so you have to have young depth in the program who can redshirt a year for separation with Wells. And I appreciate your first part of your question that I deleted per your request. Thanks for taking your time to participate in the chat today!
irish guest (Apr 28, 2006 12:55:24 PM)
Dear Gary, I played for ND undergrad, and went to graduate school with manhattan buck whose invited me to make one observation about your guys chances next yr. Firstly, I want osu to make to the nc game with ND so we get another shot at redemtion. But as good as an offense as you will have next year, without fast, proven corners and safeties (see Notre Dame 2005) you will run into the same problems we did getting scorched by the pass. I think get the nc game you have to move Ted Ginn Jr. to cornerback. Wasn't he the no. 1 rated cb in the country? All your key games are early so waiting until half way into the season to do what you did with Chris Gamble a few years back might be too late. Ginn is one of the most impressive athletes I have seen in a decade. He will be better than Gamble but he needs time to practice and learn the position He could not only be an allamerican, more importantly he will be the key lockdown youll need at an away gamewith a veteran qb like Iowa, home games with real good qbs vs Mich
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:55:24 PM)
Hi Irish guest...thanks for your question. I agree and disagree. The part I disagree is comparing OSU's defense with NDs. Ohio State is known to play good defense every year for starters. ND still hasn't figured that out yet and might not again this year. Secondly, all these guys stepping in are stud recruits that we've longed to see play on the field. OSU's defense will be just fine this year thank you! Smile! Second part...I've always been a proponent of TGII playing defense. He'll probably be a top five pick as a cornerback next year and return man. His number one position since day one here should have been cornerback and then you can say Teddy go run this pattern or Teddy go run that pattern whenever you wanted to. He's a freak and underused here at Ohio State. He's a terrific cornerback. What are they waiting on? They need him in September not when the weather gets cold.
Guest (Apr 28, 2006 12:56:28 PM)
gary will you be at the columbus nike camp? and if so will you have some pictures for us?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:56:28 PM)
Yes I will Joey Naples and yes I'll have some pictures from the Nike combine. We may have limited access because we are from Scout but we will have access.
mh29 (Apr 28, 2006 12:59:05 PM)
I saw Clay Belton play last year. If we dont offer him and he gets away we might be looking back at him and kicking ourselves.
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 12:59:05 PM)
I have heard similar sentiments mh29. Some like Belton, some like Chris Smith. I hope to see them both in action this year. I've seen them both in camp and I actually think Smith is the better in camp quarterback. Belton's a real nice kid. I spoke with him in San Antonio for the first time and I was admittedly impressed with him. Both Smith and Belton are good looking prospects if you ask me. Belton obviously plays against stronger competition.
hammbone1928 (Apr 28, 2006 1:00:10 PM)
When will be your next chat?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 1:00:10 PM)
Not sure because of the Nike combine next week. Stay tuned for the chat schedule.
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 1:01:47 PM)
I'm looking into attending the combine at Cleveland Browns stadium on Tuesday but I don't have all of the details on exactly when it is. Anyone with information on that combine please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And anyone with any solid player information can email me any time. I welcome you to do that.
Guest (Apr 28, 2006 1:03:11 PM)
I see that Skylar Jones, a teammate of Cory Piggs has received multiple offers. Are the Bucks looking at Skylar as a QB or do they maybe want to switch his position with that 4.4 speed
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 1:03:11 PM)
Hi buckwish...I'd like to see him at OSU's camp...do you know if he'll be attending?
Guest (Apr 28, 2006 1:06:02 PM)
Would you agree that the no. 1 position of need is Def. T.? Barksdale has been here 2 times & I think he'scomming this summer. From what I've read we have a good shot. What's your take? J Hunter has a lot of offers 10 I think. R Wheat what do you think of him ^?& J Jackson of Fl., + Hatcher of Hamilton.
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 1:06:02 PM)
Hammbone has a lot of good information but I'm mostly an instate guy especially this time of year. But I have recently talked with Barksdale and I think OSU is in pretty good standing with him. I like Hatcher but again I don't know enough about him at this stage. I'm really looking forward to seeing a lot of these names at the Nike camp next week.
mh29 (Apr 28, 2006 1:08:08 PM)
Way to put that ND fan in his place Gary
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 1:08:08 PM)
Wasn't trying to mh29, just trying to honestly respond to his question. If I offended him with my answer it wasn't intended.
Guest (Apr 28, 2006 1:09:18 PM)
Isen't Smith more of a Dual QB than Belton?& Because of T Smith's success don't you think that's the way of the future?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 1:09:18 PM)
That's sort of why I'm giving him the edge right now hammbone. Smith does seem more mobile with a strong arm. I like his overall package. But Belton is very capable as well.
yooperbuck (Apr 28, 2006 1:12:32 PM)
Hi Gary. Brandon Saine, the video. His quickness and cut back ability is outstanding! In the video, pt.2, he catches a kick returner, who was "gone" so quickly out of nowhere, I thought it must be TGII. I think he is absolutely a MUST GET! Your thoughts?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 1:12:32 PM)
Hi hear ya yooperbuck. He's a must get in my mind but I'm sure Saine sees Wells as an impediment for playing time at OSU. But there are Wells' at every school. Competition at the elite programs is the same at every school. He can come in and redshirt and have two years of separation from Wells. And if Well's leaves early, Saine could have a chance as a sophomore. I think Martin, Oliver, Clifford and Saine are must-gets. Saine could be really special with his ridiculous speed.
Guest (Apr 28, 2006 1:15:44 PM)
Gary there are many concerns about our defense this year, and rightly so but not from me.I have been watching the Bucks since Woody and I'm as excited as I've been about this defense in along time, these ballers are to good to struggle very long, and if we get the penetration and pressure on the QB that I think we will this D will dominate. This is the fastest defense that I have seen in my thirty five plus years of Buckeye football. And tell everybody it aint kool-aid its JT champane.
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 1:15:44 PM)
I actually think the offense is going to help the defense. I look for ball control, move the chains offense this year despite it's high octane components. I've watched smashmouth football win four national titles at YSU under JT and this year's team will have to play like his Penguin team of old, early on in the season. Then when the players get settled into their comfort zone by midseason, this team will really be unbeatable.
mh29 (Apr 28, 2006 1:17:16 PM)
I know this kind of a weird question, but what day is OSU's midnight madness next year for basketball.
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 1:17:16 PM)
If my name was Kyle or Steve I would surely be able to answer that for you but it's not so I'll guess and say like Nov. 1. Am I close?
yooperbuck (Apr 28, 2006 1:21:33 PM)
Who do you think had the best overall spring on both sides of the ball and in the special teams area?
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 1:21:33 PM)
I'll just throw two names out there and say on offense that Brian Hartline really helped himself a lot this srping and on defense I would say that Homan made himself a serious candidate on defense. The same for Anderson Russell. On special teams I thought Pretorius looked good. But keep in mind that I only saw the spring game live all spring.
GaryHousteau (Apr 28, 2006 1:26:19 PM)
Well that's going to do it for this afternoon. Thanks to all of you for participating in the chat today. I really appreciate you all taking the time to send in questions today. And thanks to those of you who took the time to read through the chat at a later time. Have a great week end. Let's hope as many as six Buckeyes go in the first round tomorrow. It should be a great day for Ohio State. Go Bucks!