Housteau Chat Archive: Oct. 11

Gary Housteau stopped by Bucknuts subscribers-only chat this afternoon to talk Buckeye football and recruiting. We have a transcript posted below.

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 9:47:48 AM)
Good afternoon fellow Bucknuts. Hoping the weather picture improves this weekend but it is what it is. What's on your mind today?

ohs (Oct 11, 2006 9:49:43 AM)
do we get brent and barks?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 9:49:43 AM)
Hi ohs...let me be overly positive right now and say yes and yes. I hope to see Barksdale this weekend one way or another. I haven't decided if I'll head up early on Friday to see his game on Friday afternoon but he told me he will be at the MSU game on Saturday. So that bodes well for Ohio State if you ask me. He's not going there to see the Spartans play! No offense to Sparty!

Hawk Rules (Oct 11, 2006 9:51:05 AM)
Weather is fine. What's football without rain, snow and mud?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 9:51:05 AM)
Hi hear ya Hawk Rules...but to me this year the weather has been so ominous this year. I've been through the elements a lot already and it's only early October. Last week against BG was such a nice reprieve.

MacAuley Says BuckeyesBy17 (Oct 11, 2006 9:53:07 AM)
Hi Gary. Thanks for your time today. Whats your prediction for the game Saturday?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 9:53:08 AM)
Hi MacAuley...put a fork in the Spartans 42-14! They will have some early adrenlin kicking in no question but Ohio State will overcome and dominate. I'd like to see TGII get a hat trick again!

Heater (Oct 11, 2006 9:53:37 AM)
I know that the Michigan State crowd doesn't have the expectations that Ohio State or _ichigan carries with it, but how can the 21-21 John L. Smith still have a job? Is that a sign of the Apocolypse?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 9:53:37 AM)
The Steve Mariucci whispers are getting louder!

Heater (Oct 11, 2006 9:58:05 AM)
With all the injuries that Sparty has right now (and there are a lot of them): will they focus on running the ball with their back-up RB or passing the ball with their banged up QB?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 9:58:05 AM)
Jehuu Caulcrick (6-0, 260) is that the guy you're referring to? MSU will be all right for a while no question. They'll pull out any of the stops they have left. I personally would like to see Brian Hoyer from St. Ignatius get a lot of playing time but Stanton. They're just not a quality opponent for Ohio State right now...especially with their injury situation. Is David Herron out for this game? I didn't think he was but I haven't read anything about him lately. Great kid...great family.

ohs (Oct 11, 2006 10:01:28 AM)
any thougths thomas doesnt qualify?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:01:28 AM)
I'm guessing you're speaking about Solomon Thomas? As far as I'm aware he has another shot at the ACT this month as does Jermale Hines. Let's all hope they both can get a solid score as they both could be Buckeyes down the line. I think they're both just a qualifying score away. Thomas was ready to commit in week one.

Guest (Oct 11, 2006 10:04:23 AM)
I have seen forecasts that expect 14 mph winds for Saturdays game. I worry about wind as much or more than any other element (weather conditions).....Does the possibility of wind scare you and what effect would you expect this type of wind to have on the game?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:04:23 AM)
Buckeyeran4 asked about the wind before he left the chat...no I'm not really concerned with the wind because Ohio State should be able to pound away with Pittman and Wells if the wind becomes too big a factor. Ohio State just needs to play a solid football game as they are back in the Big Ten on the road. Turnover margin is such a critical stat for JT's team in this situation.

Heater (Oct 11, 2006 10:08:57 AM)
The weather? Come on...that is perfect football weather in the forecast!! Heisman vote...if you had to guess (and you do!!) how close is it right now?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:08:57 AM)
I'm guessing that if Ohio State keeps winning that the Heisman voting will take care of itself. I don't think you can expect a great statistical game for TS especially if the weather conditions aren't ideal. But as long as Ohio State keeps winning by a wide margin every week, beating the spread most every week, TS will be in the race because no one else, Wolfe are you kidding me, is really setting the world on fire.

Hawk Rules (Oct 11, 2006 10:11:57 AM)
I don't see much drop off with JO at safety. Do you think it will be noticable?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:11:57 AM)
I think JO will continue to get more and more comfortable each and every week. The work ethic will be there as far as film study and getting it done on the practice field, it just has to carry on to the game situation with him as he gets more into the flow of things. He's a big-time talent and I'm hoping time will prove that to be the case. Too bad for Anderson Russell though.

Guest (Oct 11, 2006 10:15:24 AM)
2 questions regarding Dionte Allen: 1) Will he be taking an official visit to OSU for the UM game? 2) How good of a shot does OSU have at changing his committment?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:15:24 AM)
Royal Flush asked about Dionte Allen and if he will be taking an official visit to OSU for the UM game...I don't know that answer for sure yet but if it fits into their schedule this year, my guess is he will come with Taurian Washington to the game. Don't know if it will be official. That would come in December I'm guessing, if he does make one. And two...I believe they have a legitimate shot at changing his commitment. I'm not going to say it will happen but I will not be surprised at all if it does end up happening.

buckgrad (Oct 11, 2006 10:17:16 AM)
Is Hines getting closer to having his grades/test scores up to where they need to be? Im assuming that is the only thing keeping him from an OSU offer.

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:17:16 AM)
Hi buckgrad...his 2.9 GPA isn't a factor...it's the test score. He won't get into Ohio or Michigan for that matter unless he gets that up. He's suppose to take the Oct test date. Whatever date that is. I too am assuming that is the only thing keeping him from getting an offer.

kahuna825 (Oct 11, 2006 10:19:49 AM)
Do you see TS having a great game against a weak MSU secondary. Also, will TS be judged in the Heisman race against what Brady Q did against them? Kind of a comparison game between them?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:19:49 AM)
Hi kahuna825...I think Quinn's numbers will keep going up and up every week while TS numbers could remain flattering at best. I think by the end of the year, even thought TS could possibly have three wins over Michigan under his belt, the stats will favor Quinn over Smith no question.

Heater (Oct 11, 2006 10:24:46 AM)
Hot topic on the boards is Schafer's weak play last week. What's your take on who should go if Barton can't this week? Also, your take on OL depth in general this season?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:24:46 AM)
Barton told me last week that he will be playing this week but then he came back out with a boot on his foot. It seemed more precautionary than anything that he didn't play last week. It seemed like TS had a few words to say to Schafer on one or two of those sacks he gave up. I would like to see Skinner get some more reps but I'm thinking Barton will be back and ready to go. As far as the depth question...I'm not crazy at all about bringing in the entire second unit like OSU did again in the third drive. It sort of stalled the momentum I thought. But it's a new JT-ism I guess. It's good for the O-line recruits sitting in the stands but I don't think it's the best thing to do for the team! Build the depth in practice and make them earn their time with the first unit.

kahuna825 (Oct 11, 2006 10:26:05 AM)
Do we blitz alot against Stanton? Or do we let the front 4 try and get pressure?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:26:05 AM)
Bring on the big Kahuna...you bet. Be aggressive. Dictate the flow of the game. Let their offense adjust to what you're doing. Got to get after Stanton from the outset.

edbuck51 (Oct 11, 2006 10:32:54 AM)
Devoe Torrence sounds likes the Buckeyes as much as Devon. He is supposed to be better than Devon. Devon is a Buckeye. Is Devoe signed, sealed and delivered, or does he have hurdles to overcome?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:32:54 AM)
Hi edbuck...I don't know either of the Torrence brothers so I can't give you any inside information. According to others who do, Devoe is just as solid as his brother as far as his desire to become a Buckeye. I believe that academics is the only hurdle for his. My guess is that if OSU offers him, he too will be become a Buckeye...like his brother. I saw Devoe in week one and he was very impressive. I couldn't figure out why they didn't ride him way more on offense. But that was only one week. I'm not the person to ask about either of the Torrence brothers.

edbuck51 (Oct 11, 2006 10:38:19 AM)
Who are the top thre high school players you have seen so far this year regardless of their class rank?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:38:19 AM)
The top three high school players this year that I've seen are Clifford, Saine and since I didn't Martin yet this year..I might have to go with Allen or Oliver.

buckgrad (Oct 11, 2006 10:41:13 AM)
Gary, any surprise offers in Ohio for the 07 class that could come up? Or do you think the staff is done in Ohio for this year (except Hines because Im assuming its all about his test score).

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:41:13 AM)
I don't see any major surprises buckgrad other than when it comes to fill out the class. I still believe that Jefferson could possibly be a late addition to the class. I will be shocked if Hines is not in. Maybe, just maybe, Jeff Spikes is a late-comer. Spikes is the huge O-lineman from Harvey.

Hawk Rules (Oct 11, 2006 10:44:14 AM)
That Peterson kid isn't looking too bad and has good stats, will the lack of stats for TS hurt him?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:44:14 AM)
That Peterson kid isn't too shabby indeed. The Heisman is out there for the taking. I do think Troy's stats could hurt him but I truly believe he's not playing for stats. He is what he is regardless of what the stats say. If he beats Michigan three times that's good enough for me whether he wins the Heisman or not. That stuff will take care of itself. But it's hard for me, following JT for so long, to actually see one of his QB's be a legitimate Heisman QB candidate. I'm not the only longtime YSU fan would admit that I'm sure!

labs (Oct 11, 2006 10:47:06 AM)
I'll be glad when this game is over. On paper it doesn't appear close but I remember the 90's when they upset us with inferior teams.

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:47:07 AM)
Hi labs...I was in the stands for the 1998 game against Michigan State and that was a horrible game. And I covered Bill Burke in high school, the QB at Michigan State at the time. But I've said it before, this is a special team and a special year. Wire-to-wire. It could really happen. It won't be easy but it really could happen. Is that neat or what? Ohio State just needs to go to East Lansing and take care of business.

ottobuck (Oct 11, 2006 10:49:47 AM)
With all the talk about the BCS standings how do you rate the confrences, top teams? No way is pac 10 as good as BIG 10. The sec seems overrated too!

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:49:47 AM)
Ohio State and Michigan just might be the two best teams in the country so that's good for the Big Ten. The SEC looks pretty daunting to me. But I don't really follow college football in general like Steve or some others do so I can't claim to be any type of an expert on this topic.

rbc (Oct 11, 2006 10:52:32 AM)
gray is there any player from the lima are doing anything

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:52:32 AM)
I see Jamiihr Williams at the Ohio State game every week so I'm assuming he is legitimately on their radar. Williams seems like a great kid and he's a pretty good football player. I've seen him at camp and I've watched some of his videos. I believe he would be more of a defensive recruit at LB or possibly a safety. He's not big in stature by any means but he's no midget either.

edbuck51 (Oct 11, 2006 10:53:39 AM)
So you think Clifford, Saine, et al. are better than Adams at this point?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:53:39 AM)
My bad...I take that back...Clifford, Saine and Adams are the top three I've seen this year. Then Allen and Oliver. Thank you for pointing that out Ed! Love Adams!

mckbuckeye (Oct 11, 2006 10:57:28 AM)
Gary - Late in - what is the status on Manningham for scUM and will this be a lingering problem when we play them? Seems to me that 2 partial tears is kind of serious.

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 10:57:28 AM)
I was speaking to Coach Ginn just last night and we were talking about that same topic. Donte Whitner had arthroscopic knee surgery and two games later he sacked Henne in the Michigan game. I have not heard the extent of the injury but I don't believe it will be a lingering problem. Manningham has always been a favorite of mine since the first game I saw him play against Massillon in his sophomore year. Lights out. Four TDs. Two receiving and two punt returns. That was his first high school start. He's a different dude so he belongs at Michigan but I personally still like him, nonetheless. I wish him a speedy recovery and would like to see him at full strength by the OSU game. May the best team win.

Guest (Oct 11, 2006 11:04:31 AM)
now that we are more than half way through the high school year who are your top 3 2008 ohio prospects at this point?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:04:31 AM)
Hi woody68...I don't carry any lists around with so I always forget certain players at times. I can only go by the players I've seen in person in a game or at camp. It's impossible for me to get a real feel for a player unless I've seen them in some fashion in 3 dimensions. The top three prospects that I've seen in the 2008 class are Mike Adams, Cordale Scott and Justin Staples. I also like all four of the Mooney kids a lot, Beachum has been hurt, and I like Shawntel Rowell a lot. Mike Spooner is a football player. I saw Nathan Williams play last year and I saw him at an OSU game and he's a good looking player. Brandon Moore I saw at Ohio State last week and he looks great. Nick Schneider, Fred Craig and Darius Ashley look great from St. X. I like Zerbie Sanders. Justin Brown from Ursuline. Williams from Lima Sr. Sal Battles from Rayen. Those are some of the players that come to mind.

Guest (Oct 11, 2006 11:06:56 AM)
Bob L. said yesterday he thinks E.Blankenship is a project. Many said the same about Barton, who is arguably our best lineman. Since the coaches had Evan in several camps, do you think they look at him as a project? Your thoughts?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:06:56 AM)
Edbuck asked this question before he left...I would hope they wouldn't view Blankenship as a project since he was such an early offer. I hope they saw something at camp they definitely loved about him and made him an offer because of that. I would consider someone like Jeff Spikes a project worth looking into.

rbc (Oct 11, 2006 11:08:54 AM)
what about his teammate ryan nathan heard he was having a good year

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:08:54 AM)
I've saw his video on ScoutingOhio.com but that's about the extent of what I what I know about Ryan to be honest with you.

Heater (Oct 11, 2006 11:13:49 AM)
Can you explain why coming into their senior years in high school some kids are high, high, high on the radar screen (the recruitniks radars anyway) and then wind up getting lesser offers? For instance: Hartline, Schlichter, the Delbert Furgerson, etc. Is it overhype? Performance on the field? In camps? What gives with the precipitous drops?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:13:49 AM)
I'm not smart enough to answer that Heater. I've been told by some that I should just stick to feature writing and stay away from evaluating players. I've seen so many good players and teams over the years...every week I see some of the best players in the state...and the really good ones always seem to stand out. When I see a player do something that excites me I let people like yourself know about him. If they don't pan out...I don't know that reason for it. Delbert is one great example. He was on the fast track to stardom since his freshman year at Ursuline. He made plays. But he might have been a step slow all along and the transfer to Harding and then his injury certainly didn't help his cause. I don't know the reasons. What I can promise you is that if you read some of my stuff you'll learn some interesting stuff about some of the good players around the state.

MacAuley Says BuckeyesBy17 (Oct 11, 2006 11:16:53 AM)
A lot of folks are saying that a come from behind win would be a healthy obstacle and would do the Buckeyes a lot of good in the stretch run. Your thoughts and do you realistically see that happening prior to Nov. 18th?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:16:53 AM)
This team is too good MacAuley to have any come-from-behind wins. Yes they could be called upon to do that in the Michigan and if they are then they will need to take care of business then. But Texas and Iowa would have been the games where a come-from-behind effort could have been required and we saw how those games turned out. I hope and expect OSU and Michigan will win out and play an historic game in Ohio Stadium for a chance to play for all of the marbles. Oh what a season this could be!

ohs (Oct 11, 2006 11:20:40 AM)
if barrow and worrington move over do we have needs at DE then? does it hurt dt recruiting to move them over?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:20:40 AM)
I don't see the DE positions being a problem at OSU for years to come. I really don't think Ohio State could recruit any better at DE than they have been doing and if you add Martin and Thomas this year...it's not fair! Sure move Barrow and possibly Worthington inside if needed. Ryan Williams is still around. Robert Rose. Lawrence Wilson and Gholston are still around. It's an embarrassment of riches at DE going forward.

ohs (Oct 11, 2006 11:22:33 AM)
i think we have a great line coming of rose and martin at de and barks and denlinger at DT. or vernon and martin at de and rose and denlinger at DT. thoughts?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:22:33 AM)
Vernon is the man right now. Next year will be his money season if this year isn't. Rose, Wilson, Denlinger, Larimore. The line is solid even without Martin and Thomas and Barksdale and Brent...if things should fall that way.

mckbuckeye (Oct 11, 2006 11:24:23 AM)
Gary-You might have already addressed this but what is the prognosis on Patterson?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:24:23 AM)
Hi mckbuckeye...I believe it could/should be a week to week thing but that's not any official prognosis. That's just what I've heard through certain sources.

Farmer Buck (Oct 11, 2006 11:27:14 AM)
Gary, What kind of a prospect is Storm Klien from Licking Valley? Here great things about him. Is he OSU caliber?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:27:14 AM)
Hi Farmer Buck...I like Storm Kline and Tim German to be honest with you. Both were at the OSU game this past week. Kline's been there a couple of occasions. Kline's size is really amazing for a sophomore. He is really big. German is a speciman and an under-the-radar offensive lineman. I think both are OSU caliber. Unfortunately I saw Storm play against Steubenville last year in the playoffs and he had a pretty subpar game against the eventual state champion Big Red.

ohs (Oct 11, 2006 11:28:02 AM)
so u are not concerned about olivers time? is he the real deal?

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:28:02 AM)
Oliver is a football player regardless of what the clock on a 40-yard dash says. He makes football plays...and a lot of them.

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:32:01 AM)
And with that question I have to call it a wrap for today. I haven't decided on a weekend schedule for my week of high school yet so I will play it by ear. Glenville plays Cleveland South for all the Senate marbles but that will be a blowout. I still haven't made plans to go to Michigan early on Friday so I don't know what direction I'll go in as of now....

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:35:16 AM)
...for anyone in the local Y-town viewing area, Ted Ginn Sr. has committed to be on the television show I'm a guest on for Thursday night but depending on his schedule it will be either in studio or over the phone. I was hoping it to be in studio but he hasn't committed to that yet. I'll know more later today. He will be on the phone for the entire half hour if he's not in studio so please try to call in with questions if you're in the Youngstown area ...Armstrong channel 13 and whatever Time Warner station it's on. It should be a fun time if he's in studio...

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:36:37 AM)
So have a great weekend...stay warm if you go to a high school game on Thursday or Friday and enjoy the Buckeye game on Saturday. Ohio State should really have no problems in the end up in East Lansing. Go Bucks!

Guest (Oct 11, 2006 11:37:03 AM)
Thanks Gary...solid work as always!!

GaryHousteau (Oct 11, 2006 11:37:03 AM)
Thanks Heater! Go Bucks!

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