Good afternoon to all on this beautiful Thursday from the Northeastern Ohio Bureau of Bucknuts.com. It's a beautiful day in this part of the state and football camp is just around the corner. I'll do my best to tackle any questions you might have concerning our beloved Buckeyes as well as any recruiting questions on your mind. Fire away when ready. Smile!
ohs (Jul 20, 2006 9:53:34 AM)
How good is this new OL?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 9:53:34 AM)
Hi ohs...you're referring to Blankenship I assume. I admit that I haven't seen him yet on tape but I have eyeballed him person and he looks okay. I've gotten mixed reviews from some people that I've spoken with about him but I yield to the staff on this one with an early OOS lineman offer like Blankenship. I think they liked him a lot for a long time so that's good enough for me. I will try to get out to see him either for a practice or a game.
Guest (Jul 20, 2006 9:57:38 AM)
good afternoon gary who do ultimately feel the following sign with? Clifford, Martin, Claytor, Odowd, Barksdale and Allen
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 9:57:38 AM)
Hi militarybuck...Clifford - OSU, Martin - right now I say ND but I hope to learn more that tells me otherwise. People who follow him closely on ND's site and others seem to think they have a good chance with him but so do different OSU people. I don't think anyone really knows right now. Claytor - OSU, O'Dowd - optimistically OSU (why not right?), Barksdale - OSU, Allen - I really want to say OSU at this time but I think English at Michigan has him in his back pocket. I think a nice whooping at the hands of the Buckeyes in Columbus this year could land him at OSU. I'm certain he'll be at that game. I hope I didn't sound too much like a homer there.
scribeohio (Jul 20, 2006 9:59:44 AM)
Not beautiful here in Chicago - rain coming your way Gary. Who from Ohio or your area will be Buckeyes in 2007?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 9:59:44 AM)
Hi scribeohio...just Danny Herron in 2007 in my hometown area...or do you mean 2008?
thegreatcornholio (Jul 20, 2006 10:06:53 AM)
Hi Gary, seems like you were part of a celebrity roast concerning the R. Small issue. I enjoy your input and sincerely hope that you will continue to deliver the goods. Can't please all of the people all of the time as they say.
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:06:53 AM)
Hi thegreatcornholio...A lot of times I can't share all of the information that I know or that I'm told but I try to let you all in on as much as I possibly can. It got to the point where I had to apologize because I thought the information I passed along about him getting in eventually was incorrect and that's when all the armchair QB's come out. They had no idea what I knew or was told but many of you know my information pertaining to Glenville, especially, is impeachable. Everything with Small worked out exactly as I was told it would. As you can see in hindsight that last ACT test score really helped him get in didn't it? Lol! Bottom line is that I couldn't be happier for Small who has a chance to make something of himself if he can handle the academic part at OSU. I wish him the best. I also think a redshirt year with no expectations on him would be beneficial for him! When TGII leaves, he can compete for that same spot.
Guest (Jul 20, 2006 10:09:54 AM)
Gary, who do you think the surprises on the recruiting front could be this year? That is, the Chekwa of this year's class??
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:09:54 AM)
DoctorSJ asked about surprises in this class and I think the surprises are still unknown at this time. In Chekwa's case, I just did a story on him for Bucknuts the Magazine and he wasn't even recruited until the very end of his season and that's because OSU was looking at his teammate at East Ridge, Richard Jackson, who went to ND. The surprises will evolve and will most certainly be from OOS.
Hicks74 (Jul 20, 2006 10:11:23 AM)
Sorry for referring to Nevada on this but he had some interesting rumors. He said Torrence is "already ours". Quite a statement. Hope he is on the money.
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:11:23 AM)
Hi Hicks. Nevada is on the money! You can add Torrence to your own personal commitment list.
Guest (Jul 20, 2006 10:15:16 AM)
Gary, you've made it very clear that you feel Coach T will run the ball till the cows come home to protect the young D. In the event we are behind and need to wing it, we can go 5 wide with Ginn, Gonzo, Hall, Robiskie, and Hartline. Scary mix of speed and size. Do you think anyone could put a enough quality players on the field to cover all of these guys?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:15:16 AM)
jimt09 asked this question before he departed. I do think JT will run the ball more than people believe this year and when defenses try to move people in the box to stop it is when TS will punish teams. This offense could be one of the best to ever perform in the Horseshoe. If teams can't stop the run then it will be a long brutal day for them, but OSU has the talent to bury anyone vertically if teams try to hard to take the run away. I really don't see this team getting so far behind that they'll have to just "wing it" as you say.
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:18:27 AM)
I was talking to Mark Brungard last week, a form two-time national championship QB at YSU in 1993 and 1994 (wow so long ago) and he just loves the potential of Ohio State's offense this year. He knows JT as well as anyone and he thinks the Buckeyes will make people stop the run to control the clock and keep the young defense off the field but he loves the firepower they have to go over the top when teams try to take the run away. Shades of YSU except Brungard never had this lethal of an offense to go vertical with.
MacAuley (Jul 20, 2006 10:21:26 AM)
Which "Herstreit Challenge" games are going to this fall?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:21:26 AM)
Hi MacAuley because of the conflict with OSU's game on Saturday. That basically wipes out all of the Saturday games. I would like to try to go to the Friday night games for sure in Cincinnati but I forget which games those are at this time. I may try to catch Ed's and Massiollon's games on the way home from OSU at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Also Mooney and Harding play that night at Harding. Brandon Beachum versus Danny Herron! I give the early edge to Beachum and Mooney in that one!
Guest (Jul 20, 2006 10:24:53 AM)
Great to see that Herron will be wearing the colors of the good guys. With him coming in, what position do you think Saine will end up playing at OSU?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:24:53 AM)
From jimt09 again. He posted a few questions and then left the chat. I think Saine's combination of size and speed at running back is fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing him play in week two to get a better feel. I consider him to be more speed and finesse than Beanie but still a dangerous runner in his own right. I'm not smart enough to know where he will eventually play but I hope he gets a shot at running back. Him and Beanie in the same backfield would be interesting.
hammbone1928 (Jul 20, 2006 10:26:40 AM)
What do you know about DT Luther Davis from La.
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:26:40 AM)
Hi hammbone...I know that he's a defensive tackle from Louisiana and he's a fine prospect just like Josh Brent is from Illinois is. Sorry!
scribeohio (Jul 20, 2006 10:30:00 AM)
Gary, just in general, there are several ways that a SA can try to improve ACT. What ways have you seen SA's use (HS sponsored classes, practice books/CD's, professional ed services, etc).
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:30:00 AM)
Nice question scribe...I just don't get it. If you break it down like a coach would a defense, you only need a certain percentage of the questions to get a passing score and there are certain fundamental areas that you could study to insure a passing mark. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to get a 20 on the ACT. It's all about preparation to take the test. Some use tutors and others use books and CDs. I'd study the basics and teach the kids how to pass that way. It's not that difficult and I think the football coaches should make a part of their cirriculum starting in the 9th grade.
kleintime16 (Jul 20, 2006 10:32:56 AM)
Hey Gary ... any updates on the Ginn Academy, or are things slowly progressing on that front?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:32:57 AM)
Hi kleintime...yes things are slowly progressing on the fundraising aspect of it. I'm sure things will begin to happen shortly but for now it's still in the planning and fund raising stages. I've seen the drawings and I've been informed on some of the progress but there's not a whole lot new to pass along now.
scribeohio (Jul 20, 2006 10:34:01 AM)
Gary, is Mark related to Dave who played for OSU in 1967 - 1968 and then xfered to Alabama? Thanks
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:34:01 AM)
please explain scribe...I lost you somewhere after Gary! Smile!
Guest (Jul 20, 2006 10:37:40 AM)
Sounds like Denlinger has really bulked up (to 290) as well as Barrow (280). Would like to develop some good depth at DT with us losing Pitcock, Patterson and Penton. A perm move of Barrow is intriguing. Always seemed to make plays.
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:37:40 AM)
I agree with you on this one Hicks74...if anyone is equipped to play inside from the guys on the end it would be Barrow. I think the kid could be a playmaker inside eventually. I think the depth at tackle is very solid even without Barrow. You only really need four. I would like to see Barrow inside. Denlinger is going to be a player similar to what Pitcock is now. Barrow could be similar to Patterson only bigger.
Royal Flush47 (Jul 20, 2006 10:41:41 AM)
What's the story on Mike Brewster (OL-FLa-08)? I keep reading here on bucknuts about how we are a major leader for him, but have never once read an article or update. Does he have some sort of tie to Ohio or Ohio State?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:41:41 AM)
Hi Royal Flush... I too have been hearing from inside that Ohio State is in big on Brewster as well. Adams and Sanders are great looking tackles to start with. I'll be happy with those two alone. It seems OSU has been stockpiling more guards than tackles recently so maybe 2008 will be a tackle year. And if they can get the kid from Texas also, that will be a tremendous year just as some on the inside have been alluding to. I have no first-hand info on Brewster to report however.
PigMan (Jul 20, 2006 10:44:59 AM)
I'm late. If this has already been asked then feel free not to respond. I heard that Small has been officially accepted. True?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:44:59 AM)
Hi PigMan...it seems to be true indeed. Until I see him at media day with number 6 on then I'll be feel secure about it. But yes all indications point to him being official including his name in the Find People area on Ohio State's web site.
marksgforce (Jul 20, 2006 10:48:58 AM)
Staying with G-ville ... what does Bryant need to do in his redshirt freshman season to get to the next level? What are specific areas of improvement OSU coaches will focus on IYO?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:48:59 AM)
Bryant Browning could be the most pleasant surprise of the class. Like Ginn says Bryant gets it. He's a team player and he buys into the program unconditionally. He's a quiet leader and a technician. I think he was way overlooked as a technician on the line. He doesn't make mental mistakes and he certainly doesn't get tossed around. He played pretty darn good over his career at Glenville and I would be surprised if he's eventually a three-year starter somewhere on the line at OSU. And he's a great kid!
marksgforce (Jul 20, 2006 10:51:16 AM)
Who gets their TD first -- Robiskie or Hartline?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:51:16 AM)
Hartline! I really like both of these two guys. Hartline kept his redshirt where Robiskie played last year. Never doubt a competitor like Hartline. He's been waiting so long for his time to shine.
ohs (Jul 20, 2006 10:53:01 AM)
Sports Ill in its on line preview lists are LB's as Lar, Kerr and Free but then the second unit as Grant, D'An and Spitler behind Free. I thought Homan was in the 2 deep?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:53:01 AM)
Yes Homan is the man and my peeps are telling me that he could play Will or Mike this year and neither Freeman or Kerr are immune to his prowess.
Guest (Jul 20, 2006 10:58:30 AM)
Is there going to be a QB taken in 07? If Belton has a monster season, would they offer?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 10:58:30 AM)
thegreatcornholio asked about a QB for this year. I tend to think not but they could consider Belton if he has a strong year I would guess. I happen to like Chris Smith because he has a nice arm and he's pretty mobile. I don't know a thing about his competition down there but I like his physical attributes. I like Belton also because he's been working so hard this offseason on the camping and combine tour. I expect him to have a great season this year. He may force OSU to consider him with a huge season.
marksgforce (Jul 20, 2006 11:04:36 AM)
Congratulations to Ray Small for his full acceptance to OSU! Gary ... any risk of him going the Darius Hiley rout and not "getting it" with classwork? Or is he a Troy Smith "graduate track" guy all they way?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:04:36 AM)
It safe to say that Troy Smith is probably the exception with the Glenville kids and not the rule. I fully expect Browning to be the next one for certain to get a degree from OSU. Whitner left early and I don't know his academic status. TGII is gone after this year and he's not likely to graduate on time. The thing that people forget is that it isn't over once these kids get in. Hiley was out, Curtis Terry is working hard at it, Robert Rose will have to work hard at it and so will Ray Small. Jamario O'Neal seems to be doing great. I never hear anything about him in the classroom. But Troy Smith is definitely a leader off the field as well as on. I hope all of these Glenville kids that are blessed to leave early, come back for their degree at some point.
jimt09 (Jul 20, 2006 11:07:51 AM)
Are we going to see the tight ends getting more footballs thrown their way, ala the spring game? I think that really keep defenses honest and puts a ton of pressure on them.
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:07:51 AM)
Hi jim09 welcome back...I've been waiting for that for many years. The TE has never been a major offensive weapon under JT and I just don't see that ever changing. The TE is a blocker first and a flat-area receiver, more as an outlet than anything else, later. I don't even recall many dump passes being thrown to the TE over JT's illustrious career as a head coach. I've been following him closely for about 20 years now.
Guest (Jul 20, 2006 11:08:49 AM)
Gary sorry if this has allready been discussed, anything new on Claytor and Davis?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:08:49 AM)
Flabuck asked about Claytor and Davis and I have nothing new to report on either.
Guest (Jul 20, 2006 11:11:00 AM)
Who gets more minues between the two Wells boys
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:11:00 AM)
Ytownridah asked a no-brainer...Beanie gets more minutes and more yards.
Guest (Jul 20, 2006 11:13:55 AM)
Since Small is in, my guess is he red-shirts for sure. My thinking is the coaches want to make sure he gets a good academic start in college. Agree?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:13:56 AM)
I agree with you PigMan...unless he's absolutely sick returning kickoffs or punts in practice...which he indeed can be...I would consider redshirting him. I like Small a lot and have watched him a lot over the past few years but I don't see him being the player Teddy is, as some people are predicting. I like him a lot don't get me wrong, and he's good, very exciting, but Teddy was the better high school player and Teddy will be the better college player. But Teddy is Teddy!
kleintime16 (Jul 20, 2006 11:16:29 AM)
speaking of numbers .... do you know the incoming freshmens numbers or is that assigned later ... i need to update my ncaa roster!
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:16:29 AM)
Klein I have the numbers listed somewhere but I don't recall right now. I do believe that Small is 6, Rose is 9 and Browning is 70. Gibson just told me his number in Hershey but I've forgotten it. Ask Steve that question tomorrow during his chat...he knows just about everything!
Guest (Jul 20, 2006 11:18:41 AM)
Sorry, Dave Brungard played for Woody in 67/68 and transfered to Alabama as a RB - had to compete with Hayden, Brockington, Zalena, etc. Wondered if you know Dave.
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:18:41 AM)
I don't know Dave Brungard, at least I don't think I do.
marksgforce (Jul 20, 2006 11:21:07 AM)
Petrey or Pretorius? I mostly hear the latter, but someone recently said it's absolutely wide open going into camp.
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:21:07 AM)
My guess is Pretorius...another solid placekicker for the Buckeyes.
Guest (Jul 20, 2006 11:24:30 AM)
Gary, how do you see our return game this year. Will we go with a twin set on punt returns...will gonzo replace Holmes. How about on kicks returns?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:24:30 AM)
AspenBuck asked about our return game... I do see a similar twin set on punt returns and I don't know who that person will be. I would love to see it be Jamario O'Neal on punts. I have very high expectations for this young man. I'm not sure about kickoffs either but I liked seeing Anderson Russell back on kicks in the spring game. I'm as anxious to find out who will be back deep with TGII as the rest of you all are.
jimt09 (Jul 20, 2006 11:26:28 AM)
Sorry, I had to leave the chat for a bit. I'm at work-have to make those duckets to pay for my Bucknuts subscription (smile). What is the most pressing recruiting need for next season?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:26:28 AM)
The most pressing need, IMHO, is wide receiver for the future and the offensive line. Every year you have to consider the OL as the most pressing need and recruit that way. And thanks for your hard-earned perscription dollars! Smile!
mckbuckeye (Jul 20, 2006 11:30:44 AM)
Gary - Late. Any new OL verbals upcomming? Blankenship was great but I would feel much more confortable with a few more.
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:30:44 AM)
Hi mckbuckeye...nothing imminent that I'm aware of. The camp netted OSU Herron, Sanzenbacher and now Blankenship. Aaron Johnson seems to be marching to the beat of his own drummer. I would like to see Clifford be the next to commit. That would be nice. Maybe Claytor! I'm going to have to give Nate Oliver a call because he has his ear to the ground as much as anyone with respect to his fellow recruits. Oliver is well-connected.
marksgforce (Jul 20, 2006 11:32:19 AM)
Will you be in Columbus on Aug. 7 with your camera to get pictures of the guys checking in for fall camp?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:32:20 AM)
I'll be down there for media day, which I'm not sure yet what that day is, but probably not for when they report.
Guest (Jul 20, 2006 11:35:45 AM)
Ok, 2008 too. Thanks
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:35:45 AM)
scribe with a follow up question asked about who from my area will be big in 2008? I think Beachum will be the top recruit in the class. His teammates, Zordich, McCarthy, and Hill will be right there, Justin Brown from Ursuline will be right there. Those are all legitimate top of the class recruits for 2008 in Youngstown. Salvadore Battles, with a good year, could be included in that list. Those kids are all from Youngstown schools. Could be a real good year in Y-town in 2008.
Guest (Jul 20, 2006 11:38:08 AM)
Hi Gary ! Nevada buck seems to think we are the ones to beat for O'Dowd and Martin and so-so for Anthony Davis and WR Johnson. I would think the opposite for Davis and O'Dowd with Davis having his friend Malcolm Jenkins here and O'Dowd being from AZ !
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:38:08 AM)
Hicks74 asked this one earlier in the chat...Nevada knows his stuff so I hope he's right about O'Dowd and Martin. I too like Davis because of the Jenkins connection. I have no idea where this Johnson kid will end up!
Mike68 (Jul 20, 2006 11:41:49 AM)
After TG, Gonzo and Hall how do you see the pecking order falling for the remaining WR's: Hartline, Robo, Dukes, Lyons and oh yeah Ray Small (!)?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:41:50 AM)
Hi Mike68 sorry I missed your question the first time through. I think Hall will definitely have his best year. I've spoken with him recently and he's ready to be a major contributor. I like Hartline and Robiskie equally well. Dukes has a ton of upside and I've always been a big fan of Devon "The Hope" Lyons. As far as Small is concerned...he can play. He's exciting to watch. His own people at Glenville swear he will be the near equivalent to TGII but I'm not quite convinced of that.
kleintime16 (Jul 20, 2006 11:43:47 AM)
what true freshmen do you think get quality PT?
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:43:47 AM)
Wells and Homan for sure...Robert Rose... and Ray Small will either get a lot or none at all. Maybe Coleman will show up as well this year. I'm guessing that's about it.
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:46:55 AM)
I'm sorry but I have to stop right here...there are still more questions in the que but I have somewhere I need to be soon. Thanks to everyone for participating in the chat today and asking questions and thanks to all of you who take the time to read the chat at a later time. I wish Eric Haw nothing but the best at Jackson State! I hope that Ray Small makes the best of his opportunity at Ohio State now that it seems as if all of the drama is behind him. And I hope the players are all preparing to have a national championship type season. God bless you all and Go Bucks!
kleintime16 (Jul 20, 2006 11:47:37 AM)
Do you know of any 08 prospects that might recieve an early scholarship offer? If it is WAAAAY too early to know that I understand :)
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:47:37 AM)
Brandon Beachum is a likely candidate...things will be happening quite soon for this youngster. Very soon! Smile!
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:48:12 AM)
Thanks again and have a great day and a wonderful weekend. Smile!
kleintime16 (Jul 20, 2006 11:48:57 AM)
Thakns Gary - YOU THE MAN
GaryHousteau (Jul 20, 2006 11:48:57 AM)
My pleasure! And thanks!