Chat Transcript - Duane Long (9-19)

Duane Long joined the Bucknuts Fan Club for a chat today... here's a transcript of what was talked about.

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 3:11:44 PM)
Duane's here... hi Duane

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:11:54 PM)
Sorry for the delay. I thought we were on for 3PM.

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:12:05 PM)
Hi Duane

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:12:24 PM)
Go ahead and fire away.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:12:35 PM)
What's the deal with Irizarry?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:12:57 PM)
He is concerned about the way the TE is used in the offense.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:13:18 PM)
How concerned??

RiceBUck (Sep 19, 2002 3:13:21 PM)
does ND use the TE any more

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:13:25 PM)
He does not want to be in an offense where the TE is just another lineman.

RiceBUck (Sep 19, 2002 3:13:53 PM)
doesn't tressel plan to the offense's strength?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:14:33 PM)
Yes, he does but under the circumstances that is going to be hard to get across to a 17 year old.

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 3:15:14 PM)
Is this an unofficial visit to ND?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:16:02 PM)
I am not sure if it is an official or an unofficial.

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:15:24 PM)
Throw to Hamby... Throw to Hartsock ...Throw to Hamby....Throw to Hartsock!!

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:15:35 PM)
I want to be clear here. I don't believe Irizarry is going to change his mind but he is concerned and that is not good.

moe (Sep 19, 2002 3:15:48 PM)
he is visiting ND when they are on the road?

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:15:54 PM)
Hamby has a TD this year...

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 3:13:31 PM)
Got a couple of e-mail questions for you here Duane...

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 3:16:06 PM)
This goes with the first e-mail question I wanted to post (from HoosierBuck): Duane, Do you think that there is a chance of losing Irizzary's commitment? Also do you think the coaching staff is still"showing him love" as it seems to be necessary these days to continue to do so.

moe (Sep 19, 2002 3:16:47 PM)
ND is showing him the $$$

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:17:01 PM)
With this being the case, where do we stand with Marcel Frost as a backup plan?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:18:00 PM)
To my knowledge the Buckeyes are not pursuing Frost anymore.

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:17:03 PM)
I have not spoken to Louis for some time so I am not sure about how much attention he is getting. I will check with him next week.

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:17:33 PM)
I know they were giving him as much attention as the NCAA would allow right before and right after his commitment.

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 3:18:11 PM)
Here's another e-mail question:

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 3:18:14 PM)
"With Todd Porter's (Canton Repository) report today that he has heard that Clarett's goal is to go to the NFL after his sophomore year (and the fact that he enrolled last January would probably allow him to do so) and the fact that there is a decent chance that one of the other 3 tailbacks may transfer at the end of this year, should OSU look to sign a running back in this year's class (such as a Justin Valentine) in order to have insurance for the 2004 season ? Otherwise, OSU could be stuck with just 3 on the roster next year and 2 experienced backs in 2004. I'm sure the staff is at least thinking of this possibility at this point."

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:18:47 PM)
Delbert Ferguson will be here in 2004 I hope!

moe (Sep 19, 2002 3:19:03 PM)
Delbert is a manchild

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:19:30 PM)
I think with it looking like a few more scholies will open up that pursing a back is in the cards. I don't believe all these backs stay. I can't see Ross content with his 3rd string status let alone Riley content to sit.

RiceBUck (Sep 19, 2002 3:20:05 PM)
IMHO, Notre Dame will come back down to earth this weekend, even after how bad MSU has looked the last two weeks. Hopefully, IZ will realize what is going on at OSU

A FAN (Sep 19, 2002 3:20:28 PM)
Do you think any of them (running backs) may reconsider changing position.

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:20:51 PM)
I would love to see Mo Hall at CB

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:21:24 PM)
I don't know about Ross. I don't see him anywhere else. Speculation was ripe that Riley would never play RB here. He could move.

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:21:41 PM)
I would love to see Hall at corner but he is adamant.

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:22:33 PM)
He would definitely have a better shot as an NFL corner

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:21:17 PM)
so what happened with Ray Edwards?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:22:43 PM)
I wonder about Edwards too. Mostly I am thinking that Mario Williams and TIm Washington sounding so positive could have the Buckeyes cooling on Edwards.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:23:20 PM)
How about that Ofa guy from Texas? Hear anything about him?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:23:51 PM)
Nothing. He is very hard to get in touch with.  

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 3:24:42 PM)
Same feeling on

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 3:24:47 PM)
Jorrie Adams?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:25:08 PM)
I can't see Adams leaving Texas either.

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:24:53 PM)
What about Abiamiri and Van Dyke? ANy chance with these two?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:25:59 PM)
I can't get a read on Abiamiri. He seems to not be in a hurry to narrow his list and is completely non-commital.

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:26:23 PM)
Duane, if I had to get your best guess on who we will get at OL, who would you go with?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:28:11 PM)
I think Kenyon Buford is about as sure a get as I could speculate on with the O-line. The other best shots, Mazan and Ty Hall, have not been offered.

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:28:38 PM)
I am optimistic about Joel Holler. He is a possible.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:26:33 PM)
Would Michael Bush look to play QB at Ohio St?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:27:10 PM)
Bush told me he wants to play QB wherever he goes.

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:27:32 PM)
I'm guessing Bush goes to Louisville.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:25:14 PM)
Is there any news on Dan Mazan?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:26:44 PM)
I want to call Mazan in the next couple of days. I want to know what kind of contact there has been since the contact period started.

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 3:27:35 PM)
At least OSU would be in good shape at QB for a while if he came to Columbus :)

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:28:43 PM)
Duane, you dont seem to mention Shawn Crable the Buckeyes have no chance with him?

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:29:13 PM)
With the stud freshmen lb's, do you really think we have a shot at Wesley Jefferson? Prescott Burgess also. (Or do you see him staying at SS?)

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:29:24 PM)
I think there is a chance but I see him as a Michigan lean and I am not as high on him as some are. He could be a tweener.

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:30:21 PM)
I believe the Buckeyes land Burgess. I am very confident about that. I believe Jim Tressel has a shot at Jefferson. He just seems like a kid that would really like coach Tressel.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:30:28 PM)
Are there any out of state RB's Ohio St. is looking at closely?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:31:10 PM)
Ty Moss, Demetris Summers. They have both been offered. I think the Buckeyes could get a visit out of Moss.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:34:18 PM)
Do you think seeing a lot of freshmen play or the big win over Washington St. mattered more to the recruits at the game?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:35:31 PM)
It definitely helps. Recruits see that they will get a chance to play early.

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:36:17 PM)
I know this is one complaint I am hearing from the UM fans. They want to see their freshmen get more playing time.

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 03:36:33 PM)
Penn State has been hurt recently with recruits because coach Paterno continues to play upper classmen over the younger kids.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:37:09 PM)
So is early playing time more important then winning to some of these guys as far as recruiting goes?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:37:52 PM)
I wouldn't go so far as to say early playing time means more than winning.

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 3:37:14 PM)
Duane, what Ohio juniors do you think the Buckeyes have the best shot at?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:38:58 PM)
Delbert Ferguson, Marcus Freeman, Ted Ginn jr and Fred Davis would be the ones that have shown some Buckeye leanigs at this early stage.

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:40:01 PM)
That's a pretty awesome 4 duane!!!

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 03:39:14 PM)
Do you think Ohio St. gets a visit from Ashton Youboty?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:40:21 PM)
Yes, I think Youboty visits. I would love to confirm it but he has been hard to get in touch with. He camped here . That says a lot.

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:40:33 PM)
Of those 4, do you see any of them being Top 100 nationally?

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:40:34 PM)
is there anywhere you can read about these juniors?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:42:18 PM)
It is too early to look at a national top 100 juniors.

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 3:42:20 PM)
It's getting closer to the time of year when we start looking hard at the juniors (Duane probably has started already), so pretty soon we should have some items to talk about here on the site

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:42:45 PM)
Subscribe to OFS. We have the juniors in there.

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 3:42:19 PM)
You may have already addressed this....but is Louis Irizary still firmly in the buckeye win column?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:43:19 PM)
Irizarry is solid for right now.

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 3:43:33 PM)
Good to hear

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:44:12 PM)
Do you feel Whitner & Burgess are good enough that they would start next year for OSU?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:45:17 PM)
Whitner definitely. Burgess has more competition who will have a year under their belts. I am sure he would be in the 2-deep. He is special.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:45:23 PM)
What do you think of Brandon Maupin?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:46:32 PM)
I think he is a very special raw talent. He needs a lot of work but is off to a good start and showing he is improving. His upside is tremendous. 

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:46:12 PM)
I saw OSU is taking both Justin & Troy to Cincy this week-end. DOes anyone feel this is being done so Tressel doesn't have to tip his hand as to who 3rd string is, or hurt egos and/or confidence.

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:47:33 PM)
I think he is being very smart about it. We are talking about 18 year olds. If one feels he is not the go to guy he could get very negative. I would do the same thing.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:47:52 PM)
do you think Hiley and Whitner will be a package deal?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:48:23 PM)
I don't think they will be a package deal.

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:48:32 PM)
I hope Coach Ginn sends all 3 this way!

JohnnyBuckeye (Sep 19, 2002 3:47:56 PM)
Burgess in 2 deep at LB or SS?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:48:46 PM)
Burgess at LB. I have always believed that.

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 3:49:10 PM)
Will we get Ginn Jr. next year?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:49:38 PM)
Coach Ginn wants all his kids to go to Ohio State. He believes in coach Tressel.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:49:24 PM)
Are the Buckeyes recruiting any safeties or do you think they will move Fox over from corner and maybe use Tony Gonzalez?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:49:48 PM)
Fox moves over. No question.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:50:31 PM)
do the coaches tell a Whitner or other corner prospect about a possible Fox move or no?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:50:44 PM)
They would tell the recruits.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:51:59 PM)
Will Gonzalez be a CB or S?

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 3:51:59 PM)
Kind of a strange question but.....If one of the current assistants moves on, do any of the HS coaches that Tressel is connected with have a shot? Who would be first?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:52:35 PM)
Not a strange question. I feel like it could happen.

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 3:53:07 PM)
McDaniel maybe

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:53:16 PM)
You got the man.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:53:41 PM)
Who is Ohio State's best recruiter in your opinion and why?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:54:48 PM)
Bill Conley is the best. He is the RC for a reason. Charisma to burn and he believes in Ohio State.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:55:19 PM)
do they use him on the top guys they really want?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:56:22 PM)
Not really. They have assigned areas and they stick to it. Sometimes important players get to talk to their position coaches regardless of area.

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 3:56:57 PM)
With classes approaching......any inside scoop on D. Morris (you may have already discussed this)?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:57:10 PM)
Nothing new on Morris.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:57:28 PM)
do you think there is a chance Morris leaves at all??

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 3:58:38 PM)
I really can't speculate on Morris. I know even less about him than coach Tressel does and he seems to know little about what is going on with him.

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 3:59:15 PM)
A better question is if Morris qualifies, how long will it take for him to have an impact?

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 3:59:26 PM)
I bet he enrolls and pays his own way. I can't imagine just giving up after moving your family

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 4:00:19 PM)
No way Morris has an impact this year. Not after missing all of camp. He was out of shape when he was working out with the freshmen this summer.

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 4:01:07 PM)
Update - Clarett is practicing today FWIW

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 3:59:13 PM)
What do you think of Justin Valentine?

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 4:01:15 PM)
I like Valentine. He will probably be the top back in Ohio this year. Good friends with Wheelwright too.

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 4:04:24 PM)
Clarett should not play!!

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 4:05:01 PM)
After hearing about the Cincy field I am convinced that he shouldn't play.

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 4:05:47 PM)
If he is healthy but doesn't play might that not send a message to Ross etc... saying we want to protect him.....but not you

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 4:06:07 PM)
Ross doesn't have a torn meniscus

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 4:06:20 PM)
I am saying if he is healthy

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 4:06:49 PM)
Players don't look at it that way. He will just see it as an opportunity to play.

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 4:06:53 PM)
ie., no medical reason to hold him out

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 4:07:09 PM)

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 4:07:11 PM)
I agree with that

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 4:07:25 PM)
well thanks for the answers Kirk and Duane

NuttyBuck (Sep 19, 2002 4:07:46 PM)
bye all

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 4:08:15 PM)
Take it easy, Nutty. See you on the boards.

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 4:08:42 PM)
If we think the hype is amazing now........what if he plays and gains about 150-200? Can you imagine what the media will do with that........

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 4:09:24 PM)
I still don't see him getting the Heisman. They won't give it to a freshman.

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 4:10:06 PM)
I agree, I don't think that would be the best for him either. I know that he is level headed but that would be extremely difficult to handle.

buckeye98 (Sep 19, 2002 4:12:26 PM)
Thanks for the great chat guys!!!!!!!!! See ya later.

Kirk (Sep 19, 2002 4:12:33 PM)
Any last questions? We'll be wrapping it up here in a bit...

HangOnSloopy (Sep 19, 2002 4:13:22 PM)

HangOnSloopy (Sep 19, 2002 4:13:26 PM)
Have a good afternoon

A FAN (Sep 19, 2002 4:13:46 PM)

Duane (Sep 19, 2002 4:14:14 PM)
I want to apologize again for being so late. It won't happen again. Good talking to all of you.

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