Helwagen Chat: July 13 Archive

We kicked off a week's worth of exciting Chat sessions with Bucknuts.com managing editor Steve Helwagen on Thursday. Gary Housteau will Chat at 2 p.m. Friday. NevadaBuck will Chat at 1 p.m. Monday and we'll have a special guest from Buckeye Legends, Raymont Harris, at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Here is the archive of Steve's Chat.

MBuck37 (Jul 13, 2006 9:51:41 AM)
Good Afternoon Steve. I just finished reading the Article on Ronald Johson. Do we have a legitimate shot at him? or is Dionte Allen more realistic? or neither? Thanks.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 9:52:58 AM)
I think Michigan may have the best shot at Johnson, although he did come out of his way to come down for the Ohio State Nike Camp. Allen is probably 51-49 in favor of UM as well. It's doggone hard to get the players -- the best players -- from Michigan to leave that state.

jsbuckeye (Jul 13, 2006 9:53:03 AM)
Do you buy all the hype on Robert Rose? Will he be a big contributer this year...

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 9:54:36 AM)
Yes, I buy the hype. He lived in the South backfield during the N-S game. He and Nate Davis became more than well acquainted. As far as this year? There is no pressing need for him deliver as a true frosh. But I'm sure the coaches will push him as far as he can go ... and also push the other players. If somebody in that 4-man rotation (Wilson, Richardson, Barrow and Gholston) gets hurt or falls off for some reason, it's good to know Rose can fill in.

MBuck37 (Jul 13, 2006 9:54:39 AM)
Will we make a clean sweep and get the committments of O'Dowd,Claytor and Blankenship? Why did we loose out on Schepis in your opinion.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 9:56:45 AM)
No, I doubt it. I think they'll get 1 of those 3 you mention. My feeling is Claytor may be the one they have the best shot at, although they need to probably get him in for an early season official (maybe for Penn State or something) to cinch that up. The Blankenship update was written by the Pitt publisher. I think that's 50-50 and Pitt is so close for him. O'Dowd, I think, likes OSU and OSU is in the running. Again, they need him in for an official since he is not making the planned unofficial this month due to schedule conflicts. Hard to lure a kid from so far away sometimes.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 9:56:52 AM)
Regarding Schepis ...

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 9:57:17 AM)
I just believe Bollman saw something he did not like and decided not to take him. He watched him from about as close as he could get during Nike.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 9:57:48 AM)
Maybe at some point he would have had an offer. But he obviously did not want to wait. Whatever.

KevboA22 (Jul 13, 2006 9:57:57 AM)
What can you tell us about the Aaron Johnson situation? It appears as though he does not have an offer and his dad is misconstruing the situation. What are your thoughts?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:00:49 AM)
Dave just posted a story where they claim they do have an offer. I have only spoken to Dave and not read it. It is, by all accounts, a very bizarre situation. Sounds like he would like to commit if he could, but I think they may not understand fully how the situation works. I just don't know. That was the impression Dave had. I am not in this business to disparage kids or their parents, so I don't want to say anything to cast them in a bad light. My feeling is OSU is now well aware of the kid's intentions. If the staff wants him and his academics are OK, my guess is we'll see a story in the next week or so that OSU accepted the verbal (complete with Diddy's requested quotes on how the staff "took the verbal"). If we don't see that story, then just consider the kid in a state of limbo until further notice

buckgrad (Jul 13, 2006 10:01:21 AM)
Steve, whats going on? Just viewed Herron's film for the first time today. He seems to have great vision, but looks a step slow out there. What do you think of him and form buckeye RB would you compare him to? thanks

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:01:32 AM)
Not much (in answer to what's going on) ...

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:04:02 AM)
That's a tough call because I don't recall them having many 5-9, 195 pound guys. Everybody I've talked to who has seen him play swears by him. Remember, Harding was 3-7, so he was the star of a team that did not win a lot of games and maybe his supporting cast was not so hot. He told me he ran a 4.52 40. That's probably fast enough if he is elusive. My guess is with the low center of gravity he can make guys miss well enough to where being a half-step slow won't hurt him so much. When you look at Pittman, Beanie, Mo Wells and now Saine and Herron, that is a GREAT collection of backs. I am excited to see how they will integrate all of them over the next 4 years.

ryan20 (Jul 13, 2006 10:04:17 AM)
The whole Aaron Johnson situation... whats the word? He claims some impressive offers for being so under-the-radar for scout.com. Plus hes a small 5'10 150lbs. Does he have an offer?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:05:35 AM)
They maintain he does. But I'm not sure what they perceive as an offer. "We like you" is not an offer. I am not privy to conversations, if there have been any, between Aaron and the coaches. As I said, stay tuned. If you don't see a "true verbal" (with all the bells and whistles) within 2 weeks, then he is a back burner kid.

buckgrad (Jul 13, 2006 10:08:42 AM)
Steve, when do you think we will get to see some film on Dane?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:08:49 AM)
Funny you should ask that ...

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:10:00 AM)
I just picked up the DVD of the state title game, where he had 4 catches, 4-5 runs and an INT, plus some other highlights from earlier in the year. The way we work video, Kirk posts most of it from Dayton around his other duties (site and mag work). I will be mailing it to him today. My guess is late next week at the earliest.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:10:25 AM)
It was doggone impressive I'll say that. This kid is cut from the Gonzo/Hartline cloth in that he just makes plays.

jsbuckeye (Jul 13, 2006 10:10:32 AM)
Do you think this freshman class will be better than last year??? With rose,homan,coleman,beanie it seems like a no contest.....

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:11:55 AM)
Hard to say. Helps having that one stud with Beanie, who has to be the highest rated player OSU has ever signed (hard to beat No. 1 overall). But Homan, Coleman and Rose are also studs. I am drawing a blank on last year's group. I think Boone and O'Neal seem like they are keepers. Keep an eye on Anderson Russell too. OSU beat Duke for him and everybody laughed. Nobody is laughing today. That kid is as serious as a heart attack.

MBuck37 (Jul 13, 2006 10:12:05 AM)
I talk to my uncle who lives in the Chicago Area and he seems fairly certain that the Buckeyes are still Recruiting Robert Huges from that area 6' 220lbs RB and we have a legit shot at landing him. I know it's a name we haven't mentioned in sometime but apparently OSU is still there talking to him. Any thoughts.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:12:41 AM)
My guess is Hughes will sign somewhere that doesn't already have a Beanie and 2 guys committed at RB. I like Hughes an awful lot, though. He is a man. He looked great at OSU Nike.

PigMan (Jul 13, 2006 10:12:45 AM)
Sorry if this has already been asked, but what's the latest on Ray Small?

ohs (Jul 13, 2006 10:12:48 AM)
sorry to be joining late. Is small ok and going to play in fall?

buckgrad (Jul 13, 2006 10:12:52 AM)
Time for the weekly Small situation question. Anything new?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:13:03 AM)
Everybody wants to know about Ray, huh?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:14:47 AM)
The jury is still out, my sources say. He told Gary before the Big 33 he would be taking classes. That did not work out, though, as his most recent test score did not seem to help his cause. I think this one is still in the hands of admissions and I imagine they will make a decision soon regarding the fall. If he doesn't get in, he could go to a CC for one quarter or try and retake the test, I guess. He is a potential great one, in my book. People who did not see him before the all-star game don't understand what he can do.

PigMan (Jul 13, 2006 10:14:51 AM)
Who's the next to commit?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:15:09 AM)
Well, Aaron Johnson wants to (ha ha) ...

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:16:38 AM)
Beyond him, maybe Devon Torrence although he may not pick a school until Sept. or so. I am not really sure who is close to pulling the trigger this month. The start of practice usually gets guys thinking about locking in their future and protecting them from injury, so you usually see 2-3 in August.

thegreatcornholio (Jul 13, 2006 10:16:48 AM)
Who are the actual bucknuts insiders that I hear about.? Seems like there are alot of wannabe's on the message board with nothing more than rumors to add when it comes to recruiting.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:16:58 AM)
nice name cornholio (ha ha) ...

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:18:44 AM)
Well, the people on our payroll are me, Dave, Duane, Kyle, Nevada, Bill and Gary. I think I got them all. They all have different deals with Dave, Duane and myself all full-time. Anybody else who posts with info may or may not be connected. That HH fellow seems to be clued in as well as anybody on a lot of stuff. Certainly, there are others from time to time who chime in with golden nuggets they have been told or that they overheard.

ryan20 (Jul 13, 2006 10:19:00 AM)
Barksdale continues to maintain that he will announce his college decision at the Scout.com AA Bowl. But he also plans to enroll at school in January. Does he hold off his decision that late?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:21:17 AM)
I don't know how he'll be able to do that. Word usually leaks out from the schools that don't get it a kid, believe it or not. So let's say he is down to OSU and Michigan and on 12/30 he tells UM he's a no go and will enroll at OSU. Somehow, some way word will leak from Michigan he is not enrolling there and it will be out there before he makes his announcement at the game. He has to tell the other schools at some point when it comes time to enrolling. There may be a paperwork deadline at each school. Once that passes, forget it. He can also wait and enroll at OSU, say, in April for spring quarter/spring ball, which would allow him to wait until the A-A game to announce. I think OSU likes its chances with him.

ohs (Jul 13, 2006 10:21:23 AM)
are we reaching on the toledo WR? and is the louisiana WR definitely coming?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:23:07 AM)
No, Sanzenbacher is not a reach in my book. Good kid with a 3.3 and a 27 on the ACT. You won't be looking around in 3 years wondering what happened to him. Can't say if Aaron Johnson is coming or not. Sounds like the ball is in OSU's court. A pocket veto (i.e. no communication to the kid) would tell you they aren't interested or are at least unable to take him at this time (things can and do change in recruiting).

buckgrad (Jul 13, 2006 10:23:17 AM)
Steve, all of this skill position talent is great...but when will we land a big guy on the DL and OL? Are you worried yet?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:25:21 AM)
DL, not so worried. I want to see how Larimore does and then I'll panic at DT. They are set at DE for a couple years (though the great Bill Conley once said, "You can never have enough big guys who can run and make plays," so you ALWAYS take an impact DE if the possibility arises). I am concerned about the OL. Looks like no Ohio OL this year, unless something changes. Claytor would be a godsend, as far as I'm concerned. Duane believes the OL class of all OL classes is coming soon with Mike Adams, Brewster kid from Fla. (I think) and maybe the Shugarts kid from Texas (he was at camp, but hard to think he'd leave the state) and others.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:26:09 AM)
Those last few guys are going to be high school juniors. Duane hears Brewster may be the best OL in the country now.

PigMan (Jul 13, 2006 10:26:15 AM)
Any word on how D'Andrea's leg is holding up this summer? Will he be full go when practice starts?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:26:45 AM)
No, the workouts are on lockdown. No news emanating from there. We'll see what we can find out. He would certainly help them, that is for sure.

hammbone1928 (Jul 13, 2006 10:26:50 AM)
I've been in the Hosp. Any news about Small

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:26:56 AM)
Hope everything is OK.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:27:12 AM)
Small's case is still up in the air pending approval by admissions for the fall.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:27:17 AM)
That was the last I heard.

MBuck37 (Jul 13, 2006 10:27:33 AM)
Tony Clemmons to UM is a forgone conclusion from what I understand. What WR's will we land if any? I think we may need to land at least (2) in this Class. Do you agree or diagree. Thanks...

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:29:21 AM)
Clemons was gung-ho for Ohio State at one point, but for some reason OSU has not gone after him as hot as you might think. I see them signing at least 2 WRs. They already have one with Sanzenbacher and some think Saine may play there eventually as well. It looks like Devin Jordan is done, Hall will be done and Ginn could leave. They need some guys to replenish the depth. Maybe they still make a play for Clemons.

poolchicknut (Jul 13, 2006 10:30:15 AM)
Steve, what's the story on Brandon Lindsey? Where do you think he ends up?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:31:24 AM)
I think it's interesting PSU has not offered a star like this from Aliquippa. It says OSU, Pitt, WVU and UConn have offered. Again, LB would be a luxury in this class after taking 4 prepsters and a JUCO last year. Maybe he ends up at Pitt, hard to say. Again, need to get him on campus and go from there.

ohs (Jul 13, 2006 10:31:34 AM)
Do we get clifford and martin?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:33:27 AM)
Yeah, I think so. The Buckeyes need some true star power in this class and those 2 guys would bring it. OSU's situation at end is good for a guy like Martin to come in and play his first year (with Richardson leaving after this year and so on). I think Clifford is 60-40 for OSU over Michigan and I'd say Martin is the same for OSU over ND. Let's see what happens. I am anxious to see both in action during the Crosstown Showdown in Aug. down in Cincinnati.

PigMan (Jul 13, 2006 10:33:37 AM)
Everybody else ok with admissions?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:33:47 AM)
I think so. Haven't heard anything different.

ohs (Jul 13, 2006 10:33:50 AM)
how are 08 and 09 shaping up in Ohio for recruiting?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:36:17 AM)
I think 2008 should be another great class with Mike Adams and Zebrie Sanders on the OL. Reggie Comeaux at Massillon is another strong lineman. Nathan Williams from Miami Trace is a beast. I have not looked as far down the line to 2009. Football is different than bkb. A freshman can come in and show you in AAU ball, varsity games he can play. You don't see many freshmen make that spark in football. We'll know more about 2009 after we see how they do as sophs this fall.

jsbuckeye (Jul 13, 2006 10:36:30 AM)
Do you think Ted Ginn gets a 1000 yards receiving this year...it just seemed like he wasnt used enough early last year especially against texas.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:37:16 AM)
Possibly. He can get 50 catches for 20 yards and have 1,000. That's possible, I guess. I wouldn't worry about Ted.

buckgrad (Jul 13, 2006 10:37:21 AM)
Do you think Antonio is the starting CB against NI? How about when B10 play starts? (With all due respect, I hope not)

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:38:38 AM)
Yeah, he probably starts the opener and then they see how it goes. Somebody would have to supplant him in practice. Nevada thinks Donald Washington could be that guy. I think the coaches like him a lot. Don't count out Andre Amos, either. I'd be guessing if I said who'd start against PSU. Depends on how Smith does against Texas, I'd say.

cowboybucki (Jul 13, 2006 10:38:56 AM)
This is a wierd question, but I was wondering how has the hiring of Thad Matta and more specifically the frenzy that he has stirred up in OSU bball driven the investment in Hoops coverage at Bucknuts? Are there more good things planned for the future while the wave is cresting? Keep up the good work that you and Kyle are providing for the Hoops side...

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:41:14 AM)
We appreciate the comments. Yes, we think there is a whole frontier out there with bkb coverage. We staffed Nike and ABCD and hope we were able to share some nuggets from each stop (and we should have more from both in the days ahead, just some more timeless stuff). ...

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:42:26 AM)
When I was at BSB, they did surveys that showed that basketball was not a high priority with the readership there. But that was probably 10 years ago when they didn't even have a program. I've seen a rebirth with the teams O'Brien had and the Schott and now Matta's guys. So we'll do what we can to report all the comings and goings in men's basketball.

MBuck37 (Jul 13, 2006 10:42:37 AM)
Since it doesn't look like OSU will be taking any LB's in this Recruiting Season, will we resume that next year? or our we so deep we can hold off until 2008? Thanks.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:43:48 AM)
They may snag an LB of some sort this year. That is my guess. Not sure who it would be. Maybe the aforementioned Mr. Lindsey. I talked to a kid who played against Nathan Williams, who will be a junior at Miami Trace. He was impressed. Says a lot when OSU has a kid at games when he is just a soph. I bet he'll be job one for 2008 (along with those OL we mentioned).

MacAuley (Jul 13, 2006 10:43:52 AM)
Following up on cornholio's question...What are the odds that we could get an article on BuckNuts Staff Bios?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:44:11 AM)
Great idea. We should do bios and pics on our people. One of these days we'll see if we can do that.

rbuck (Jul 13, 2006 10:44:23 AM)
Hi Steve, Sorry if this is already addressed. I saw the interview with Oden this morning on Cold Pizza. He says that he will not have the screws out for another 6 months? Is this worst case scenario, or is it more realistic?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:45:40 AM)
I am not a doctor. I don't know if he can play with the screws in or not. Six months from today is Jan. 13. That's pretty deep into the season. I don't know how invasive surgery would be to remove the screws. I guess this is something we need to delve into.

MacAuley (Jul 13, 2006 10:45:51 AM)
I spoke with a guy that is a family friend of Larrimore. He is EXCITED about Ohio St!

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:46:33 AM)
That is good to hear. Larimore is a Tressel recruit through and through. I think he will help them sooner rather than later. He's all but guaranteed the two-deep in 2007 (unless Worthington or others move inside).

Guest (Jul 13, 2006 10:46:39 AM)
Who are the starting linebackers come midseason, in your humble opinion?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:46:59 AM)
Mr. February (welcome, Mack Brown), asks who the LBs will be by midseason ...

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:48:44 AM)
They start Freeman and Laurinaitis outside and Kerr in the middle. My guess (if D'Andrea can't go), that Homan will move into the lineup at some point and Laurinaitis would move inside. Just a guess. If D'Andrea can go, maybe he supplants Kerr. Either way, I think the clock is ticking for Kerr. He needs to produce early and often. Homan is too good to be watching. Maybe they play some 3-4. Who knows?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:49:11 AM)
Somebody said Mack Brown is actually now Mr. January after back-to-back Rose Bowl wins.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:49:27 AM)
Hard to believe Texas has won as many Rose Bowls in 2 years as Ohio State has in 30.

jsbuckeye (Jul 13, 2006 10:49:41 AM)
Do you see Texas being able to run the ball on our defense??? and what your feel for that game in Texas.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:50:42 AM)
No, Texas will not run the football against Ohio State. Nobody ever does. (OK rarely do we see it). My guess is OSU will stack 8 men against the run and dare UT to pass. Problem is if the young QB has time and can get it to Pittman or Sweed in single coverage, OSU could have a problem.

MacAuley (Jul 13, 2006 10:50:51 AM)
Whats the latest on Tyson Gentry? Got an addresses that we can send cards etc, too?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:52:03 AM)
I heard that Tressel said on WBNS yesterday that he is back living at his place now and getting around a little bit. I did not hear the interview so I don't know what that means (walking, wheelchair, I don't know and I can't say). My guess is just send cards to the OSU football office at the Fawcett Center for the time being.

poolchicknut (Jul 13, 2006 10:52:37 AM)
Steve, what's the word on Devon Still?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:53:25 AM)
Nice 6-5, 250-pound DE from Delaware. Has a flock of nice offers. Again, with all the OOS guys, key will be getting them on campus. Miami, Michigan, PSU and nearby Maryland have all also offered.

kleintime16 (Jul 13, 2006 10:53:54 AM)
Hey Steve - You just mentioned a few of the 2008 O-line prospects, I am wondering if you could name a few more (if you know). Nevada has stated on the boards that 2008 will be a MONSTER O-line class for OSU.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:55:30 AM)
I gave you the names of the 4 I have been told to look out for -- Adams, Sanders, Brewster and Shugarts. If they get 2-3 of them, then it will be considered a great haul. I am sure others will pop up. Comeaux may also be in that group. Great situation for OSU to be in.

mcbuckeye (Jul 13, 2006 10:55:36 AM)
Steve, Oden screw removal - six weeks or months?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:56:03 AM)
Even Dave said it was unclear from the ESPN News interview if it was 6 weeks or 6 mos. We'll have to keep digging.

thegreatcornholio (Jul 13, 2006 10:56:07 AM)
When we offered Andy Miller the TE from PA last year, it seemed to me that he was hesitant that he was OSU material. That seemed to lack the alpha dog mentality that I like to see in player. Was he a reach? Don't see a big body that might grow into an OL in the future

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:57:56 AM)
No, Andy Miller is a great kid who understands,let's say, the mission of being a football player at OSU. Again a 4.0 or thereabouts kid. A prototype Tressel recruit. He will give them 4-5 years of great effort. Whether he ever stars or starts or is just a practice player, I can't say. But he will be a positive addition to this program. I'd bet on his future.

mcbuckeye (Jul 13, 2006 10:58:14 AM)
Steve, will the OSU offense be able to do much in Texas. We couldn't last year - what makes us any more confident this year?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 10:59:37 AM)
Good question, they have 7-8 starters back. But the OSU offense was not as evolved by the end of the year. Smith was not fully in the flow. That offense did not have Beanie Wells as a change-up back, either. If you read Buckeye Grove last few weeks, you know I studied that game backwards and forwards. That offense bears little resemblance to what we saw at the end of the year.

MBuck37 (Jul 13, 2006 11:00:38 AM)
How close is Eugene Clifford to making a decision in your opinion. I think he is an absolute must have in this Class. When will he decide and will he choose OSU? I think he will be an amazing SS or FS in Collgeg.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:01:49 AM)
I think OSU is the team to beat. My guess is he verbals before or during the season. He says he wants to make an official to OSU and maybe one to Miami and FSU as well. Says he does not need to make one to UM because he was there 4 days for camp. I understand Colerain is coming to OSU for a retreat before its camp begins. That can only help OSU's cause.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:02:48 AM)
Anything else today? As I said, we have Gary H. tomorrow at 2 p.m., NevadaBuck Monday at 1 and tentatively Raymont Harris at 1 p.m. Wed. (please, no recruiting questions for Storm, OK? ha ha). ...

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:03:50 AM)
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SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:03:54 AM)
Time for a few more ...

Byars (Jul 13, 2006 11:04:00 AM)
Ben Martin? Tyson Gentry?

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:04:36 AM)
I discussed Gentry's status. Tressel said he is back living at his place, which means he is out of Dodd. I did not hear if that meant he is walking or in a wheelchair or what. ...

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:04:56 AM)
Martin is on my list of guys to call and see where things stand. I think OSU is still in good shape there, though.

Loose Louie Riggi (Jul 13, 2006 11:05:08 AM)
steve who do you think our biggest targets for O-line are, and do you know of any '08 lineman that some folks are so high on

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:06:20 AM)
This year, the OL targets seem to be Claytor, O'Dowd and Blankenship. They have also offered Anthony Davis from NJ, who Scout has No. 1 nationally. Looks like they'll be happy to sign 2 and none will be from Ohio, apparently ...

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:07:06 AM)
I have mentioned the '08 targets several times -- Adams, Sanders and Comeaux from Ohio and Brewster from Fla. and Shugarts from Texas. Signing 3 of those 5 could be the best OL class going back to Pace-Gohlstin.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:07:29 AM)
That was in 1994, if you're scoring at home.

Loose Louie Riggi (Jul 13, 2006 11:07:43 AM)
when will duane do a chat again? or dave biddle too.....you and gary are great, but lets get some more insiders to chat

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:08:20 AM)
Duane did one a week or two ago. We try and get him in once a month or so. Biddle was doing them once a week during last season. We had him doing night Chats because the people wanted them when they weren't at work.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:08:27 AM)
Anything else today?

kleintime16 (Jul 13, 2006 11:08:30 AM)
Good Stuff Steve, keep it up

MBuck37 (Jul 13, 2006 11:10:58 AM)
Take Care thanks as always

ohs (Jul 13, 2006 11:11:00 AM)
Thanks Steve

ohs (Jul 13, 2006 11:11:10 AM)
Any change to the starting LB for next fall

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:11:49 AM)
No, it's still Freeman, Kerr and Laurinaitis for now. But I think Homan or a healthy D'Andrea could bump Kerr out. He's on the bubble, for me, and must do everything right.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:12:06 AM)
Great that he's there and everything but Homan is a real comer.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:12:38 AM)
Again, Gary Friday at 2, Nevada Monday at 1 and Raymont (we believe) Wed. at 1. Then me again probably next Thurs.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:12:54 AM)
And upgrade to annual. You get lots of cool stuff (ha ha).

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:13:06 AM)
Moderation is off. Feel free to discuss among yourselves.

SteveHelwagen (Jul 13, 2006 11:13:22 AM)
Take care everybody!!

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