Chat Transcript - Duane Long (11/7)

Here is the chat transcript for the 11/7 chat with Duane Long.

Kirk (Nov 7, 2002 8:01:18 PM)
Hello everyone

BuckNutty (Nov 7, 2002 8:01:23 PM)

nbuck (Nov 7, 2002 8:01:30 PM)
duane early? my god

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:01:34 PM)
Looks like I made it early for once.

BuckNutty (Nov 7, 2002 8:01:39 PM)

BuckNutty (Nov 7, 2002 8:02:25 PM)
any news on the out of state OL?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:02:42 PM)
Except for the setup visits, no.

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:03:08 PM)
I can't help but think the Buckeyes get Holler.

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:03:26 PM)
Other than him I think an offer to Buford gets a verbal.

BuckNutty (Nov 7, 2002 8:03:24 PM)
What do you know of Jamal Muhammad?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:03:48 PM)
You mean Wali Muhammad? Nothing.

BuckNutty (Nov 7, 2002 8:03:57 PM)
Sorry *L* You're right!

nbuck (Nov 7, 2002 8:03:57 PM)
Is Ryan Poles is interested again in the Bucks and have you contacted him?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:04:16 PM)
I have tried but his coach never called me back. I would love to talk to that kid.

BuckNutty (Nov 7, 2002 8:04:48 PM)
Do you feel pretty positive about Michael Bush?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:05:15 PM)
Very positive about Bush. I will go out on a limb and say I would be surprised if he is not a Buckeye.

Marysville Buck-I (Nov 7, 2002 8:04:56 PM)
Duane, is Valentine getting many looks from bigger programs? What kind of year has he had?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:05:49 PM)
Valentine is not getting the attention I thought he would. Some like him better as a FB. he is a big kid.

Marysville Buck-I (Nov 7, 2002 8:06:13 PM)
It would be nice to get an RB in this class.

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:07:41 PM)
The RB situation is enough to make you want to pull your hair out. If all of them stay, that is one thing, but if players start leaving that is another thing. Your depth goes out the door. It is hard to plan for it.

zeek (Nov 7, 2002 8:05:02 PM)
Duane, realistically, what are the chance we get either Wimbs or Bain?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:06:22 PM)
I think the chances of Wimbs and/or Bain are better than most because they want to play right away. There is that chance here.

Marysville Buck-I (Nov 7, 2002 8:06:49 PM)
Duane, I know Boeckman was hurt, but did he make some strides this year?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:08:43 PM)
Boeckman didn't really get any better. The thing about him is he hasn't really gotten any better since his freshman year. He has not had the great surrounding class but he still should have become a better player over the last 3 years.

Marysville Buck-I (Nov 7, 2002 8:09:42 PM)
I guess I wonder why the Buckeye coaches went back after him after Quinn committed to Notre Dame

Marysville Buck-I (Nov 7, 2002 8:09:55 PM)
him being Boeckman

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:11:10 PM)
I think the Buckeyes went back after Boeckman because coach Tressel wants to upgrade the QB position. That is the only answer I have.

nbuck (Nov 7, 2002 8:07:02 PM)
it was quoted today by one of the defensive player's that Smith is going to be a great qb, do you believe he will be much better than Justin?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:09:34 PM)
I have always believed that in time Smith will be the better player. I really like Zwick, but Smith could really be something. Better arm and better all around athlete.

zeek (Nov 7, 2002 8:07:31 PM)
Duane, how good is this TE Jean from Florida?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:10:00 PM)
Jean is mostly an athlete. He is most likely going to be a DE not a TE.

Kirk (Nov 7, 2002 8:08:22 PM)
Boy, Bush + Smith + Zwick + Boeckman = I guess it would be what they call "a nice problem to have"

BuckNutty (Nov 7, 2002 8:08:30 PM)
Any news on Tavares Gooden?



nbuck (Nov 7, 2002 8:10:04 PM)
why no offer to Kirk Barton?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:11:33 PM)
Barton looks the part but has never really played like it outside of drills.

zeek (Nov 7, 2002 8:10:56 PM)
Duane, do you think of the current commits are really not OSU caliber?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:12:05 PM)
I am not happy about any of the verbals but Irizarry really. Look where we have them in OFS.

BuckNutty (Nov 7, 2002 8:11:44 PM)
Has Marcel Frost received an offer? Do you think he should get one?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:12:39 PM)
I think Frost should get one. I love him. If he has it is recent. I have been trying to call him.

Marysville Buck-I (Nov 7, 2002 8:12:32 PM)
Duane, what are you hearing about Crable? As a Buckeye fan, do you even want him? Seems like you can't pass on that kind of ability.

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:14:13 PM)
Crable is the one player in this class that is an enigma. I can't get excited about him. I was talking to someone a couple days ago about not having a highlight tape of him. The guy answered that there isn't one. He doesn't make enough plays to make a highlight tape.

WPBucki (Nov 7, 2002 8:13:31 PM)
Duane, whose verbal, accept OSU or elsewhere will break the lull in OL verbals. Looks like Adams, Sear, Mohetau, Bain, etc? How do you think the staff stacks the OLs

zeek (Nov 7, 2002 8:13:43 PM)
Duane, the coaches seem like such skilled judges of talent. Do you think they see something in the commits that you don't, or do you think they make feel they made some mistakes?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:15:14 PM)
I am sure they see something I don't. That happens. I like players every year that don't get offers and every year there are players I can't see what the fuss is about.

nbuck (Nov 7, 2002 8:14:04 PM)
how about andrew crummey? do you think any in state boys get offered and how many o line are you hearing they will take?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:17:43 PM)
I don't think Crummey gets an offer. I would be surprised if any do. Right now, it looks like Pribula if anybody.

stud (Nov 7, 2002 8:14:46 PM)
Duane, what does your gut say about holler

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:18:12 PM)
My gut says Holler is a Buckeye.

BuckNutty (Nov 7, 2002 8:15:44 PM)
What do you think of Sam Baker and Kevin Brown, the two California OL?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:18:40 PM)
Sam Baker would be a great get. I think Brown may be a reach.

zeek (Nov 7, 2002 8:15:47 PM)
Duane, who among the red shirts will be big-time players down the road?

HangOnSloopy (Nov 7, 2002 8:15:52 PM)
How does the overall crop of juniors look in Ohio?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:20:08 PM)
I am starting to see some juniors that are stepping up. It is still not as good as the last 2 classes but is making up some ground. Hopefully it will be as good as this one and there is a chance now.

greenfieldbuck (Nov 7, 2002 8:15:56 PM)
Duane, what position do you think Burgess will play, or what will be his best position, S or LB?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:20:58 PM)
Interesting question on Burgess. I think he is a better safety right now but will be a better LB in time.

nbuck (Nov 7, 2002 8:21:02 PM)
Duane, your sources close to Burgess, what can you reveal that makes you confident that prescott is more osu?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:22:03 PM)
My guys are really bored with it. They are so confident, and so close to the situation, that they are wondering where all this is coming from.

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:23:28 PM)
Look for the Buckeyes to have a special guest on the sidelines for the Michigan game.

WPBucki (Nov 7, 2002 8:22:16 PM)
if Miami takes 6 OL, are Bains, Wimbs, and Holler goners and will we go down the list?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:24:10 PM)
I have not heard Holler talk about Miami really. Wimbs has not been offered by Miami.

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:24:46 PM)
Last I talked to Bain he was mostly talking about Fla State. He wants to play early. It is highly important to him.

stud (Nov 7, 2002 8:23:47 PM)
why do you think holler is a buck? Anything we need to know

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:25:54 PM)
Just from talking to Holler. He knows a lot more about Ohio State than he should if he was not seriously looking at the Buckeyes.

BuckNutty (Nov 7, 2002 8:25:26 PM)
Any LB prospects looking promising?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:26:47 PM)
The Buckeyes could offer Reggie Smith. Outside of him and Jefferson, no.

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:27:36 PM)
The LB crop nationally is not as good as I thought it was early on.

Marysville Buck-I (Nov 7, 2002 8:26:54 PM)
Duane, have you seen Van Dyke from the state to the north of us? If so, impressed?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:27:15 PM)
I have not seen Van Dyke.

WBURGBUCKI (Nov 7, 2002 8:27:20 PM)
Duane.....Which defensive linemen end up Bucks?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:28:33 PM)
I feel confident about Patterson. I think the Buckeyes have a great shot at landing Washington from Texas. Getting one of Williams or Abiamiri would be a coup.

BobbleHead (Nov 7, 2002 8:28:42 PM)
Did Pernell Williams' "experience" at CJ remove him from OSU's list at all for next year?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:30:07 PM)
I can't say about Williams. I think the incident may not have been so bad. It is just a sign of the times with zero tolerance. It was a school rule not a criminal act from what I have been told.

greenfieldbuck (Nov 7, 2002 8:30:14 PM)
Duane, do you think Burgess could be in the two-deep as a true frosh?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:30:38 PM)
I think any LB who comes in will be in the 2-deep.

HangOnSloopy (Nov 7, 2002 8:30:48 PM)
Does Marcel Frost have a chance to get in this class?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:31:30 PM)
It seems Frost might. There has been a lot of talk recently now that it looks like there will be a few more scholies. He is a great player.

HangOnSloopy (Nov 7, 2002 8:30:51 PM)
What is the latest on Phillips? Is Jones off the radar?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:31:44 PM)
Phillips is definitely in the mix. Jones is not.

zeek (Nov 7, 2002 8:31:54 PM)
Duane, given the way Tressel and staff recruit, do you think within the next few years we will have more talent than Miami?

Kirk (Nov 7, 2002 8:32:37 PM)
The amazing thing to me is if you look at Miami's roster and see how much talent is from Dade and Broward counties. Unbelievable for a two-county area.

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:32:41 PM)
I think it depends on how well the Buckeyes do nationally. There is not as much talent in Ohio as Florida.

Marysville Buck-I (Nov 7, 2002 8:32:50 PM)
Duane, are you hearing anything about the Bucks having a legit shot with Kirston Pittman? And what the heck is going on with parents now a days....with the names their giving to their children?

Kirk (Nov 7, 2002 8:33:11 PM)
I just informed Duane today about a RB at Cincy Colerain named Mister Simpson :)

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:33:23 PM)
I keep hearing about Pittman but not from the right people.

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:33:43 PM)
I was about to mention that. A kid with the first name of Mister.

nbuck (Nov 7, 2002 8:33:37 PM)
duane do you think a pipeline will be established to cleve glenville with coach ginn, and do you believe that the dynamic duo will verbal to osu followed by ginn jr?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:34:51 PM)
I think the pipeline is already in place. I think the Buckeyes get at least 2 of the 3 and there are others. Don't forget Freddie Lennix. There are others up there. Jammal Benjamin.

BuckNutty (Nov 7, 2002 8:35:00 PM)
Are Mo Dampeer's grades so bad that Ohio St. doesn't even take a look? Even with the new oversigning rule in effect?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:35:31 PM)
Dampeer is in bad shape. I doubt the Buckeyes offer.

HangOnSloopy (Nov 7, 2002 8:35:39 PM)
Has Gooden eliminated the Buckeyes?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:36:18 PM)
I have not heard that Gooden has eliminated the Buckeyes and I don't believe that is true.

Marysville Buck-I (Nov 7, 2002 8:36:25 PM)
Duane...any scoop on D'Andrea from insiders? When I have isolated on him at the 'Shoe, he seems to make the wrong choices all the time. He looks extremely athletic, but he still looks sort of lost to me. Wonder if Hawk takes the #1 MLB spot next year?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:37:54 PM)
My understanding is D'Andrea has not come along as hoped. I would not be surprised to see Hawk in there. Not at all. Carpenter looks good. I could see him on one side for sure. Hawk will be a starter. Where is the only question.

stud (Nov 7, 2002 8:37:59 PM)
Duane, could us your version of this years class

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:38:47 PM)
I didn't understand your question, stud.

Kirk (Nov 7, 2002 8:39:01 PM)
I think he's asking for a guess at the recruiting class?

stud (Nov 7, 2002 8:40:03 PM)
sorry, give us your best guess at osu's recruiting class

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:41:14 PM)
Too early. So many of the top kids are coming in in January and I still can't get a grasp on how they are breaking it down by position. Let me give you an example. The OLs. All these stars being offered, but no Halls or Pribulas. Does that mean if they can't get the stars they are not going to take any OLs?

Marysville Buck-I (Nov 7, 2002 8:41:21 PM)
Duane, I'm wondering why you have Hiley at just 60% chance of being a Buckeye. Is that taking grades into consideration or do you really think another school has a fair shot at him?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:43:11 PM)
Grades. No question. I was just making a tape for Jamie Newberg and looked at him again. What an incredible athlete. He is a human highlight film.

buckeyemurph (Nov 7, 2002 8:43:22 PM)
Duane, I've noticed we are in on quite a few offensive linemen. How many do you see OSU taking?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:44:36 PM)
I was told only 2 early on but things have changed and I think we could see more transfers. I see at least 3 now and probably 4 but like I said just a minute ago I am having trouble reading their intentions. To me 3 was a no-brainer back when they were saying no more than 2.

BuckNutty (Nov 7, 2002 8:44:52 PM)
Could Guilford, Whitner, and Youboty all commit on their visit together in January?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:45:53 PM)
Don't say it, BuckNutty!!! You might jinx it.

Kirk (Nov 7, 2002 8:46:22 PM)
That would sure help out the CB problem.

nbuck (Nov 7, 2002 8:46:34 PM)
how many scholarship's this year and how many offensive lineman do you expect to sign?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:47:05 PM)
Guilford is a safety with no dreams of being a corner.

WBURGBUCKI (Nov 7, 2002 8:47:47 PM)
Is Ernie Wheelwright a possibility for this class?

Kirk (Nov 7, 2002 8:48:12 PM)
Are we looking at about 20 spots right now?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:48:27 PM)
Check my second to last response.

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:48:34 PM)
I think if Wheelwright qualifies he is definitely in the mix. I love him. Game breaker with great size.

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:48:43 PM)
I think we have 18 for sure and 20 is likely.

buckeyemurph (Nov 7, 2002 8:48:59 PM)
Duane, Could Ryan Poles start immediately and if so, how high is Ohio State on his list?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:49:52 PM)
I have not seen Poles play and have so little info on him I can't really say. I would love to talk to him.

scooterbuck (Nov 7, 2002 8:49:10 PM)
duane, when all is said & done do you think bucks recruiting class will land in top 10 nationally?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:50:41 PM)
I think it is highly likely we will see a top 10 class now that it looks like there will be enough players in the class. It will be a late one in my opinion. I don't think we will see it happen until after the New Year.

WPBucki (Nov 7, 2002 8:50:54 PM)
how far down the CB list will we go; Oliver, Whitner,Hiley, Brown, Guilllford, Youboty, ?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:52:37 PM)
I think we could see as many as 4 but most likely 3. I think that is why Phillips has not been offered. I know the Buckeyes want him to hold off on a verbal. That tells me they want to hear from their top 4, Whitner, Youboty, Hiley and Brown. Who is Oliver?

Kirk (Nov 7, 2002 8:53:01 PM)
He means Paul Oliver... I don't think he's interested in OSU, but that would certainly be a lot cooler if he was

nbuck (Nov 7, 2002 8:51:04 PM)
duane do you think yobouty is waiting to verbal ?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:53:08 PM)
I think Youboty will wait until his visit. He told me to call him and let him know when Whitner is visiting.

greenfieldbuck (Nov 7, 2002 8:53:18 PM)
Duane, do you think Gonzalez will play WR since it looks promising for Whitner, Youboty, and Guilford?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:54:15 PM)
I have always believed Gonzalez plays WR. That is where I saw him make plays. He plays zone on defense. He has not shown he can play man.

zeek (Nov 7, 2002 8:54:23 PM)
Duane, what would you say is the percent chance that the Bucks win a national championship within the next three years?

Heater (Nov 7, 2002 8:56:05 PM)
Good question.

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:56:13 PM)
Considering this year I think there is a shot. It depends on the Big 10. If the Buckeyes continue to keep the talent level up and the rest of the conference continues to struggle it will make it easier.

Marysville Buck-I (Nov 7, 2002 8:56:20 PM)
Duane, how do you think OSU would match up against the Sooners or the Canes? And who worries you most...Purdue, with OSU having struggled on the road this year or TSUN?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:58:02 PM)
I think much better against Oklahoma. I think Miami is so much better than everybody else this year. It is all in their heads. No way should they be playing like they have the last 2 games. Oklahoma is not an impressive offensive team.

Kirk (Nov 7, 2002 8:58:30 PM)
I have a feeling Miami will make a statement Saturday. I hope I'm wrong.

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:58:39 PM)
The bowl game worries me most. I said at the beginning of the season that the Buckeyes would go 13-1. They would win all their regular season games and lose the bowl game.

zeek (Nov 7, 2002 8:58:10 PM)
Duane, how worried do you think Carr is about Tressel's success in recruiting may of the players he wants? How much does that hurt Michigan?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 8:59:45 PM)
I know the rest of the Big 10 is very worried. They are so frustrated that Ohio State has the state locked down. It is key to Big 10 recruiting. I know Michigan and Michigan State are especially bothered.

WPBucki (Nov 7, 2002 8:59:59 PM)
Do you have a feel of how many of the 45 or so offers out there would be accepted by Coach tonight, with no ifs, ands or buts

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 9:00:59 PM)
I would say there are about 10-12 kids who would be accepted with no hesitation.

nbuck (Nov 7, 2002 9:00:08 PM)
if Michael bush verbal's does that mean no qb's for next year's classs?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 9:02:37 PM)
I think it depends on the development of Turner, Clarke and Hoyer. If they continue to develop who they take this year won't matter. QB is the most important position on the field and part of the reason Ohio State was not as good a football team the last few years under Cooper. Offensive line was a big problem but lack of a good QB was just as big.

Marysville Buck-I (Nov 7, 2002 9:02:49 PM)
Duane or either of you want to join me in climbing to the top of Morrill Tower and jumping off if we lose one of these last three games? God help me (and the other disturbed Buckeye fans who take things way too seriously.)

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 9:04:16 PM)
I won't make it to Morrill Tower. I will just walk out in front of a truck or something before I get there.

Kirk (Nov 7, 2002 9:06:40 PM)
Marysville Buck-I, with the experience I have cheering for the teams I cheer for, I don't think heartbreaking losses have much impact on me anymore

nbuck (Nov 7, 2002 9:02:55 PM)
duane how many verbals could happen right after the michigan game?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 9:03:58 PM)
I don't see any players who are ready to verbal right after the Michigan game. The kids are taking their time this year.

nbuck (Nov 7, 2002 9:04:26 PM)
you said that Brandon Maupin's first choice was important, that being said does he still visit tenn and is notre dame still in it?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 9:05:27 PM)
I have not heard if Maupin is going to set those visits. Bet the farm the Buckeyes try to get a verbal and put an end to it right there. It could happen.

WPBucki (Nov 7, 2002 9:04:30 PM)
where does the database info come from; M Bush is High interest without a BB offer, but Medium for FB with an offer. at 180 lbs???

ohiobuck (Nov 7, 2002 9:04:37 PM)
I may have missed the answer to this question. Where will the Bucks end up in the ranking of recruiting this year?

greenfieldbuck (Nov 7, 2002 9:04:50 PM)
Duane, do you think Hiley is a better WR than Gonzalez and/or Jordan, do you think he will be a WR, and do you think WR will be his best position?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 9:06:45 PM)
Hiley is better than all of them but he doesn't have the hands. If he did we would have him at WR.

BuckNutty (Nov 7, 2002 9:04:52 PM)
Any word on Dan Mazan?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 9:06:48 PM)
Nothing on Mazan.

scooterbuck (Nov 7, 2002 9:04:56 PM)
duane, it's my feeling that the great year we are having on the field will help us more with next years recruits, your opinion?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 9:06:55 PM)
It will definitely help more with next years recruits. No question.

BobbleHead (Nov 7, 2002 9:04:57 PM)
Have a score prediction for this weekend?

pazbuck (Nov 7, 2002 9:05:03 PM)
do we have any silent verbals/ best guess

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 9:07:37 PM)
If there is a silent verbal I am not aware of it and I doubt there are any.

pazbuck (Nov 7, 2002 9:07:45 PM)
when will next OFS be out?

Kirk (Nov 7, 2002 9:07:53 PM)
Mid-December hopefully?

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 9:08:10 PM)
December. Probably the second week.

Kirk (Nov 7, 2002 9:08:22 PM)
What's your score prediction Duane? Can't let you leave without one...

Duane (Nov 7, 2002 9:08:56 PM)
24-3 Buckeyes. Great being here surrounded by Buckeye fans. See ya!!!

Kirk (Nov 7, 2002 9:09:29 PM)
Thanks Duane for chatting with us! I will turn off the moderation now if anyone wants to stick around for a few.

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