Helwagen Chat: May 25 Archive

Here are excerpts from Thursday's Chat session with Bucknuts.com managing editor Steve Helwagen. He conducts these Chat sessions each week for Bucknuts.com premium subscribers. Stay tuned for the date and time of future Chat sessions.

MBuck37 (May 25, 2006 9:52:51 AM)
Good Afternon Steve. When it's all said and done will Clifford and Eavage(spelling) committ to Ohio State in your opinion. Thanks..

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 9:53:19 AM)
Man, that is hard to say ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 9:53:43 AM)
Clifford I think is 50-50 between OSU and Michigan. Could come down to where he is most comfortable ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 9:54:18 AM)
I think Evege likes OSU a lot. I think he may be coming to camp in June and if everything goes well and he likes what he sees then, maybe something happens with him at that point.

wwt (May 25, 2006 9:54:26 AM)
Any idea on when the OHSAA will make a decision on Walker's eligibility at NCH?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 9:55:02 AM)
No idea. That is a story that I have not followed that closely. I know that Kyle Lamb from our staff was the first to report it and everybody thought he/we were crazy for simply raising the question ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 9:56:26 AM)
It sounds like Walker's old school in Ky. sent some info to back the idea that he played there as a 9th grader. The various stories say that Barnes had Walker reclassified so he and Mayo could play together. That's been fine for 3 years, but now people are examining it to see if Billy should be eligible for the fourth year. We shall see. I don't have an opinion either way because I'm sure I don't have all the details.

MBuck37 (May 25, 2006 9:58:28 AM)
With Coach Tressel getting his contract extended that has to help on the recruiting front doesn't it? Meaning the Staff that's recruiting you will be there your entire career at Ohio State.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 9:59:23 AM)
Yes, Coach Tressel has 7 years remaining on his contract now and that solidifies his base. There is no question who will be leading Ohio State for pretty much the next decade. This can only help.

MBuck37 (May 25, 2006 9:59:28 AM)
Will Antonio Jerimiah be eligible? On tape he looks like the real deal.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:02:34 AM)
That tape is very impressive. I glanced at it myself yesterday when his number came up in the countdown. Yes, I feel he will be. He has offers already on the table from several schools. I think he'll get what OSU is looking for and more than likely see an offer at that point. The people around him are pretty confident that will happen and he has plenty of time to do it as well.

DaytonBuckeye (May 25, 2006 10:02:44 AM)
Good Afternoon Steve. Help me here. I have no idea how guys like Evege, Clifford etc could possibly even think of going anywhere rather than Ohio State. I know it is difficult, but what is going through their mind? The fact are rather obvious, JT and staff has a winning program which gets football players ready for the next level. I just don't see the same results from the Michigan staff. If I was being recruited by OSU and boy I wish I could go back 13 years and play football again, it would be a no brainer for me. You are close to these kids, what do you think it is?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:05:17 AM)
It's easy for OSU fans to ask that question. Why would anybody want to go anywhere else? Well, fact is, it's a free country and all people aren't wired the same way. Another fact can be playing time issues or a particular study major or any number of things that can influence kids this way or that way. The smartest thing these kids can do is examine ALL options and make an informed decision. For most of them, yes, it is a no-brainer. As an objective observer, I can tell you that the educational and athletic opportunities differ from school to school. OSU fans think it's a no-brainer ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:05:48 AM)
The fact is playing at ND, Michigan, Penn State and a few other places is just as big a deal as playing at OSU -- at least some people see it that way (ha ha).

Head (May 25, 2006 10:06:04 AM)
Hey steve #30 here. I got kicked out a few minutes ago and don't know if you seen my earlier questions about Matta and locking him down with a big contract like Tressel.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:06:15 AM)
I did not see that question but can respond ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:06:41 AM)
I think Matta has 6 years left on his contract. He was given 7 originally, it became 8 and he's been there 2, so that leaves 6. ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:08:08 AM)
I am hearing he will be getting a hefty bonus for the job he did this past year. Not sure if they are adding any more years at this point. (I could be wrong, he may get an automatic 1-year rollover for winning the Big Ten.) From OSU's standpoint, they need to lock up Matta and also up the buyout to $750K or $1M to dissuade anybody from sniffing around ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:08:46 AM)
The koufos verbal is the tip of the iceberg. Now they need Lauderdale, Roe and/or Buford to follow suit. That would set them up for the next 5-6 years.

MBuck37 (May 25, 2006 10:08:51 AM)
Steve, do you think Troy Smith and TGII will get serious consideration for the Heisman this year if they each have a great season which I believe they will.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:10:39 AM)
Sure, Ohio State should be in the top five. I think Smith is the guy ... unless Ginn reels off 5-6 big plays (like a Rocket Ismail deal or something) and that captivates everybody ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:11:23 AM)
Smith is the QB of a team that could be No. 1 or No. 2 if everything goes well. Ginn needs to be a complete WR (70 catches or so) and also excel in the return game to "overcome" Smith, if that makes sense. Two great candidates.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:11:35 AM)
Maybe they are the Bush and Leinart of 2006. Hmmm.

hammbone1928 (May 25, 2006 10:11:39 AM)
Do you think OS will recruit a TE, any ideas

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:12:06 AM)
Would have to be a great one, IMO. Nicol is still just a soph and Ballard and Miller are coming in the fall. Not sure who it would be.

MacAuley (May 25, 2006 10:12:16 AM)
Do you think that kids that are good but not great college prospects, but that are honor-roll type kids, might start to see offers,just to boost a university's APR?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:13:10 AM)
No, absolutely not. There is no room for dead wood. I'd say this: If Player A and Player B are the same ability and A is a 3.8 student and B is 2.5, then A should get the offer. But coaches get fired if they take guys that can't help them beat their rival. That's the rule of the world.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:15:39 AM)
You fill every scholarship with a guy who helps you win, whenever possible.

manhattanbuck (May 25, 2006 10:15:48 AM)
Dear Steve, loaded question. I have 2007 class prediction of Hines, Hubbard, Gamble, Torrence, Thomas, Jeremiah,Schepis,D'Andrea,Evege,Arnold, and Barry instate to Join Oliver and Saine. OOS I have Johnson, Blankenship,Clemmons,and Barksdale. 50/50 I have Martin, O'dowd, Johnson,Wilson, and Williams. Who would you add or delete from any of these lists and what % chances in your opinion do we have

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:17:31 AM)
That would take a long time to sift through. Not sure about Hubbard, Gamble, D'Andrea, Barry. Those 4 OOS would be great. Martin and O'Dowd are key names, for sure. I think for need, Barksdale and Martin are the 2 key names on the board. Barksdale would be a huge get at DT.

MacAuley (May 25, 2006 10:18:03 AM)
Troy Smith has matured a lot over the past 4 years. Good to see that he is graduating in June. Any idea what his major is?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:18:42 AM)
Troy is a communication major. It is great that he will graduate in 4 years. That says a lot that a guy can persevere and get that done in 4 years. In this day and age, very few do.

Guest (May 25, 2006 10:19:02 AM)
I always ask this question of you Steve, even though it's way early I know, who has the possibility of being the Recruit we land that noone thinks we have a shot at getting.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:19:37 AM)
MBuck37 asks which recruit is the one OSU will land that nobody thinks they have a shot at ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:20:14 AM)
I would have said Oglesby because I thought he really liked OSU. So much for that. Barksdale might be that guy, although he has been effusive in his praise of OSU up until now so it may not be a big surprise.

manhattanbuck (May 25, 2006 10:20:28 AM)
What is the history of 100% recovery to an knee injury like the one Doug Worthington sustained and how much time does it take to get to 100%? Is this the same injury as D'Andrea suffered? With the dearth of Dt it would seem Worthington''s great potential would be needed for the 2007 campaign. Is this realistic?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:22:18 AM)
He tore the MCL and ACL, which is a pretty drastic injury. I think you just have to hold out hope that he'll be able to come back from it. I'm not a doc so I can't assign a percentage or compare it to what MDA has been through. I agree, maybe Doug could help them at DT someday. I am sure he still sees himself as a DE, though.

manhattanbuck (May 25, 2006 10:23:23 AM)
Seems like turnovers on offense vs.Mich St., Michigan and Notre Dame prevented OSU from dominating. On defense seems like the problem was turnover ratio. Is this coaching, luck ,or the type of offense and/or defensive schemes. How can we improve both in 2006?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:23:36 AM)
It's all coaching (ha ha) ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:25:17 AM)
It's a mind-set thing. I don't think OSU, under Tressel, has been real good at forcing turnovers. The defense is stacked to stop the run and react to the pass, it seems. To get INTs you need pressure on QBs. In the spring, we saw the defense force a few TOs. They need to keep that heat up in the fall.

Guest (May 25, 2006 10:25:24 AM)
Do you see the hoops squad winning at UNC or FL next year. What are the chances that Oden sticks around for 2 years?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:25:47 AM)
Head asks about chances OSU hoops will win at UNC or Fla. He also asks about having Oden for 2 years ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:27:03 AM)
I think they have a better chance at UNC of pulling off the upset. UNC lost at home to Illinois in the challenge last year. It will be early in the year. But UNC has had 2 great classes back to back. It will be hard to do, certainly. Oden would have to standoff Noah for them to win at Fla. That seems a long shot. My guess is Oden ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:27:44 AM)
... will be told he is the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft and that will be that. But stranger things have happened. Enjoy this first year and if that's all there is, that's more than you could have expected from him as little as 2 years ago.

manhattanbuck (May 25, 2006 10:27:59 AM)
With the great job our coaching staff is doing on getting lineman into the NFL, why cant we get them into OHIO STATE?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:29:46 AM)
That's a good question. I think most people would like to see OSU land some higher profile names on the OL. I don't think the staff cares about that. They just want guys who can play and/or develop into players. Their track record on OL signings seems to be good so far.

hammbone1928 (May 25, 2006 10:31:22 AM)
J. Elliott, O'Dowd, & K.Latif OT's, what can you tell us about Latif & what are our chances on the 3?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:32:56 AM)
Elliott is from New York. He has a lot of East Coast offers. Key will be to get him to visit. Latif seems like a big, athletic player. It looks like he can go pretty much anywhere he wants. He is from Va. and favors the nearby schools -- Md., Va., VT. Key, again, will be getting him on campus ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:33:18 AM)
O'Dowd seems headed to USC or UCLA, maybe one of the AZ schools unless OSU makes a strong late push.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:33:35 AM)
So, honestly, I would not rate OSU any higher than 20 percent on any of those kids.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:34:19 AM)
Which goes along with the previous question ... when will they get a marquee OL. Connor Smith and Alex Boone would each fall under that category, though, so I don't think there is cause for concern just yet.

ohs (May 25, 2006 10:34:26 AM)
is torrence likely to play baseball and is donnie everge going to committ?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:35:29 AM)
I think Torrence will verbal and sign somewhere for football. I have sources who think he is OSU's to have when they're ready to offer. Evege, as I said at the outset, may come over for camp in June and, if he's happy and they're happy, he could end it then.

ohs (May 25, 2006 10:35:37 AM)
Do we understand that Boone is cleared to play in the fall?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:35:50 AM)
That was the report, without much elaboration, from Coach Tressel.

hammbone1928 (May 25, 2006 10:35:59 AM)
Academic question : was what are standards in broad terms to gain admission, & is OS the 2nd toughest school to gain admission in the B10?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:37:38 AM)
OSU's admissions standards are pretty involved. I can't sum them up in one sentence. Fact is they have some standards with GPAs, test scores, class ranks, etc. that they are looking for, but everything is a subjective call by the admissions committee. To lay the recent "issues" off on them would be a complete misnomer, in my book. No idea if OSU is easier or tougher to get into than any other school in the conference.

ohs (May 25, 2006 10:37:49 AM)
Why haven't we offered any DT? we need them.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:38:29 AM)
They offered Barksdale. They will offer others. It's still real early.

ohs (May 25, 2006 10:38:32 AM)
Where will Torrence play next year?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:39:11 AM)
Canton South this coming year. After that, could be Michigan, PSU or OSU. Those seem to be the best three schools that have come in.

ohs (May 25, 2006 10:39:20 AM)
What's the deal with Clifford from Colrain? is he going to be a buck?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:39:40 AM)
I think it's 50-50 between OSU and Michigan with some other schools trying to crash the party.

bigmanbt (May 25, 2006 10:39:44 AM)
It seems as if Coach Tressel has started to recruit FL heavily this year. How many do you think we will get from FL, and of those, who do you think they will be?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:41:07 AM)
They're after some corners like Art Evans and Ahmad Black. They have some other guys they are after. Really, OSU's ability in Fla. has been able to take kids ranked 30-60 in the state that aren't going to their big 3. They've done well with the Holmes, Gamble, Jenkins, LRoss type group.

osufan27 (May 25, 2006 10:41:15 AM)
Steve, Do you have any updates on guys like Dailey, Peake, Givens, Shepsis, Belton and Skylar Jones who preformed well at recent camps. Do you think any of them now has OSU's attention?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:42:56 AM)
I think Peake and Schepis have some chance with OSU. Peake was right near 4.6 at both camps (OSU Nike and Louisville). At 210 pounds on a slow track, that's not bad. He's on the rise. Schepis is getting a lot of play. I know Coach Bollman watched him a lot at the OSU Nike camp. Jones turned a great 4.3 40 at OSU. Can he play DB or WR? Dailey has a PSU offer, I believe. Givens did well at Louisville. I think he's on the rise. ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:43:21 AM)
I'm not sure if OSU will take a QB this year unless Belton or somebody else really wows them at the camp.

osufan27 (May 25, 2006 10:43:24 AM)
Are they waiting until camp to evaluate the QB's for this class?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:43:33 AM)
Ha, didn't know that was next question ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:44:46 AM)
But, yes, they will look at some guys at camp. I wonder if they just try and get through 2007 with the three they have and then take another one in 2008. As I said, it may take a Herculean effort at the camp to get it done for somebody this year.

ohs (May 25, 2006 10:44:54 AM)
any more thoughts on who will be starters at LB and DB next fall? Same thoughts as last mnth?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:45:34 AM)
My LB starters are Laurinaitis and Freeman outside and Kerr or Homan inside (or Laurinaitis inside and Homan outside) ... some combo of those 3. ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:47:02 AM)
The DB spots seem set from the start, but I bet a lot changes in the first 2 weeks of camp. Now it's Smith and Jenkins at corner and Patterson and O'Neal at safety. I think Jenkins and O'Neal are in concrete. But I think Amos or Coleman or Washington could push Smith at CB. And I think Russell and even Mitchell still have to be in the mix at safety. They each had a great showing in the spring game.

manhattanbuck (May 25, 2006 10:47:13 AM)
I have over 100 games taped/tivo'd in the past 15 years, but dont know how to purchace games I couldnt record (like PURDUE 2002.) through Amazon, or OSU... Steve, do you know of any web sights or stores in Columbus next time I go out there from New York that I can look up?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:47:57 AM)
Yeah, individual games are not for sale through the school or stores. Your best bet is to go on the boards and ask for help with games you need. You'll be surprised people will make you a dub or charge you a small fee to send you a tape or DVD, I'm sure.

osufan27 (May 25, 2006 10:48:16 AM)
Are there any new OL recruits popping up on radar in state or OOS?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:48:53 AM)
Nick Claytor from GA is a guy to watch. He says he will be up next week (June 3) for the one-day advanced camp. He seems like a big timer with a ton of offers. Great for OSU to get him on campus.

osufan27 (May 25, 2006 10:48:56 AM)
Do you think Kyle Jefferson from Glenville has a good shot at an offer if he turn's it up a notch this fall?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:49:28 AM)
Needs to probably turn it up 2 notches. Clemons may or may not have an offer yet and he's pretty good, although grades could be the factor there (I dunno).

hammbone1928 (May 25, 2006 10:49:39 AM)
It seems (except for Smith & Boone )their philosphy regarding off. Line is to recruit kids who have potential & build them ex. is K Barton who was something like the 42nd player in Oh. the yr. he was recruited & a 2 star I think

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:50:04 AM)
Barton was a high school TE but Bollman saw something with his body shape that said future OT, and 3-1/2 years starting later the rest will be history.

osufan27 (May 25, 2006 10:50:09 AM)
Who are we looking at for WR's this year? Seems like we may need at least two if Teddy leaves after this year..

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:50:56 AM)
They have an offer to Aaron Johnson from La. Maybe they go after Toney Clemons, he was awed by the 60K-plus at the spring game. Maybe an instater like Chris Givens gets a look.

NCBUCK (May 25, 2006 10:51:00 AM)
If Herbie is doing the Saturday night gig, will he still be part of ESPN gameday?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:52:18 AM)
Yes, Herbie's primary responsibilities each week will be the Thursday night game and the game day on Sat. morning. On days when the ABC 8 p.m. game is at the same site or within a short flight of the game day site, Herbie will be in the booth for that game. That will probably happen 60-70 percent of the time. But if Game Day is on the East Coast and ABC's game is at USC, don't look for him to be there.

marksgforce (May 25, 2006 10:52:32 AM)
USC's record in 06? Florida's? LSU's? Meatchicken's?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:53:27 AM)
They all lose at least 2 games. USC has too many grad losses to overcome. The SEC will prove too tough once again for anybody to run the table. Michigan's sked (at ND, at PSU, at OSU) is awful tough.

jv (May 25, 2006 10:53:41 AM)
What teams do you think bring the most flat out talent to the field and do you think one of those teams will win it all this year, or do you see a team with very good talent pull it all together and go on a magical run like LSU, OSU, recently?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:55:02 AM)
I have spent no time hardly looking at the national picture. Some like ND, Auburn, WVU (by default if they can run table in BEast). It's OSU's to win as much as anybody's.

osufan27 (May 25, 2006 10:55:06 AM)
When are the june camps?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:55:42 AM)
For reasons unclear, the advanced camps are June 3 and June 23. There are also two three-day all-position camps as well.

marksgforce (May 25, 2006 10:55:57 AM)
A ton of enthusiasm on the Michigan board about a cutting edge development in their football program -- conditioning! (Growing up in Ohio, that was introduced in first grade.) IYO, has Lloyd lost "it"? Is he just going through motions? Some rumors float around about his health -- anything you've ever had confirmed?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:56:34 AM)
You hear a lot of rumors that this will be his last year. I don't buy it. He's a pretty steady and defiant guy. He'll go out on his own terms, I imagine.

NCBUCK (May 25, 2006 10:56:38 AM)
If the Purdue game was November 9, 2002, I have it on VHS.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:56:56 AM)
There you go, as I said, any number of people usually help out with that as needed.

marksgforce (May 25, 2006 10:57:00 AM)
Is Troy the heart and soul of the entire OSU team? Anyone else similarly command attention and influence the work ethic of the team -- especially from the defensive side of the ball?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:57:38 AM)
Yes, he's THE guy. Heard he recently addressed the team in a meeting and laid down the law that they need to get their butts in gear even in the weeks before summer conditioning starts June 19.

osufan27 (May 25, 2006 10:57:53 AM)
Any recent news on Ben Martin? I guess no news is good news?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:58:54 AM)
He gave a great interview on the Mike Frank radio show last Tuesday. He says he is looking at a lot of schools but UM, ND and OSU are probably three he is most intrigued with, as well as Fla. and Tenn. Says he has no timetable. If he knows this summer, he'll end it. If not, he'll take visits.

marksgforce (May 25, 2006 10:59:03 AM)
When we chat in December before the Fiesta Bowl, who will we be discussing as the surprise player-of-the-year for OSU's offense? defense?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:59:11 AM)
You mean before the Champs Bowl?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:59:14 AM)
Ha ha ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 10:59:20 AM)
Uh ...

marksgforce (May 25, 2006 11:00:19 AM)

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:01:06 AM)
Surprise player of the year on offense could be Brian Robiskie or Brian Hartline, whichever one steps it up. Right now, I'd say it will be Robiskie. On defense, could be Alex Barrow or Vernon Gholston, or Ross Homan. Maybe Antonio Smith if he has a miracle year out of nowhere. Anderson Russell was pretty unheralded as a recruit (OSU beat Duke for him, I believe), but he looks like he can play a little.

hammbone1928 (May 25, 2006 11:01:12 AM)
I was recently on a ND Webb site, they have a list of the 10 they had to have & B Martin wasen't on it ?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:01:52 AM)
That's weird. I don't know why they'd think that. My thought is he will be anational top 25 guy and he likes ND as much as anybody right now. Was that from a poster or one of the gurus there?

manhattanbuck (May 25, 2006 11:02:09 AM)
I notice that Notre Dame, (like Duke has successfully done at Madison Square Garden in hoops) is looking to play the additional game added to cf schedules at various nuetral sites around the country to increase national exposure and touch alumni base. Taking advantage of the large OSU alumni base, I would love to see OSU take the same strategy annually in large tv and metropolitan markets like the Meadowlands or Baltimore/DC where no big time programs are. The New York/NJ/Md corricor I live in has talent that if nothing else we should be reducing ND and Penn State's lockhold there, while increasing OSU's name on the populated East Coast and establish us more as a national program. Is there any down side to an strategy like this?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:03:25 AM)
In principle, what you're saying is a great idea. That's why they signed San Diego State to a 2-for-1 (one in SD). Then, when they caught wind that SDSU to balance its budget wanted to sell the game to Cleveland, it kind of defeated the purpose and OSU bought them out and brought them to Columbus. ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:05:45 AM)
The fact of the matter is this -- Ohio State owes $200 million in stadium debt and every home game they net some outrageous amount of money they put toward that debt. If they can make $2-3 million playing a home game at the Meadowlands, they can probably double that by playing a game at the Horseshoe. That's why I bet you'll see them play 7 home games in years like this (when they have agame at Texas) and as many as 8 in other years (when USC and Miami come to Cols.).

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:06:14 AM)
It's just mathematics.

manhattanbuck (May 25, 2006 11:06:22 AM)
Thanks nc buck and Steve for help on Purdue 2002, and other games

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:06:38 AM)
You guys should hook up offline or exchange PM info.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:06:43 AM)
Anything else today?

NCBUCK (May 25, 2006 11:07:35 AM)
No problem

manhattanbuck (May 25, 2006 11:07:40 AM)
how do I contact you ncbuck?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:07:57 AM)
My suggestion is one of you should post something on the board and the other can send a PM back.

jcer (May 25, 2006 11:08:02 AM)
steve - just hopped on - what are odds Matta secures Dallas Lauderdale?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:08:48 AM)
Pretty good, I imagine. I think Lauderdale may be spooked by the thought Oden could play more than one year. But OSU is assembling some talent. My guess is if it's going to happen it will happen soon.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:09:29 AM)
Anything else?

NCBUCK (May 25, 2006 11:09:38 AM)
I'll post info on the board Manhattan.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:09:44 AM)
Good deal.

jcer (May 25, 2006 11:09:46 AM)
what about Devon Lowe or Rowe? Kid from cleveland area

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:10:51 AM)
Delvon Roe from LSE. He is a great player and a great talent. Watch the video we posted of he and Koufos from King James and you'll fall in love. There is only a few seconds of tape, but you see how hard Roe plays. That's half the battle for coaches -- getting kids to play that hard. That's what stood out first for me. ...

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:11:30 AM)
I know Roe is tight with Koufos, but he may also be tight with Raymar Morgan and Izzo was watching him closely at Akron. I imagine he will take his time and find the right situation but Matta will be all over him.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:12:25 AM)
Dan Peters did a good job, it seems, with Koufos. Maybe he'll be there to put the fullcourt press on Roe as well. William Buford from Toledo Libbey and Yancy Gates from Cinti. are also big timers with Mullins and Offutt in that class.

manhattanbuck (May 25, 2006 11:12:30 AM)
thanks again, I'll check board Go bucks!

JimC (May 25, 2006 11:12:32 AM)
Hi Steve, Any news on the strength and conditioning coach?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:12:45 AM)
Have not heard a peep. Maybe something will come up this week.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:12:59 AM)
Important thing is to have somebody there by June 19.

JimC (May 25, 2006 11:14:37 AM)
I head some rumors about the tailback from TX that comitted to T&AM might be looking around. Any truth to that?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:16:04 AM)
I see that ND offered Bradley Stephens, but that dad said he is 100 percent committed to Texas A&M.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:16:42 AM)
Looks like Texas got Damion Jones, the prep PF from down there who looked at OSU for about 30 seconds, by the way.

ohs (May 25, 2006 11:16:49 AM)
Is Homan an inside or an outside LB? I can't believe Homan is an inside but maybe he is?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:17:11 AM)
He's outside now. But as he adds weight and strength they may look at him at MLB as well. We'll see.

rbuck (May 25, 2006 11:17:14 AM)
How athletic is Koufas? Also how do you pronounce is name? Is it pronounced Coasta Kufus?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:18:46 AM)
He was very athletic before the foot injury. He is still somewhat hobbled from it. He is working his way back into shape. It is pronounced Koo-fose (at least that's how I pronounce it).

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:19:09 AM)
Anything else today?

manhattanbuck (May 25, 2006 11:28:06 AM)
Our middle LB seems blurry with D'andrea injury. Schlegel's coverage in space was a weak point that D'andrea could improve on ... But if his knee is done how would you stack up Kerr, Laurenaitis, and Hoobler'a ability to replace AS?

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:28:49 AM)
Kerr is holding the spot warm, in my opinion. I think Laurinaitis has the size to handle it. Homan makes a lot of plays. Hoobler did something to lose the coaches' trust, not sure what. Maybe he can come through it.

SteveHelwagen (May 25, 2006 11:28:55 AM)
I gotta run. It's been fun!!

Guest (May 25, 2006 11:28:58 AM)
Thanks for the chat Steve.

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