Chat Transcript - Jamie Newberg

HunterdonBuck (Dec 19, 2002 2:23:21 PM)
Jaime, Dampeer? What is happening there?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:24:42 PM)
I have not talked with big Mo in a while but ILL could be tough to beat. I know he likes the Canes too. TN is trying to make a move for him.

hondo (Dec 19, 2002 2:24:47 PM)
Jamie, Have you heard anything regarding whether or not Ohio State receives a visit from LeRon McClain? What kind of shot do the Bucks have?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:25:40 PM)
First of all, I think ALA made a great choice in Price. I have a feeling he will keep all those kids. I need to get on the phone with McClain and see if he will take any other visits. I think he will end up sticking with Bama.

UABuck (Dec 19, 2002 2:25:47 PM)
Not sure if you saw this Jamie - please give us your top 5 non-Ohio prospects OSU has te best chance of landing.

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:28:08 PM)
Tim Washington, Sam Baker, Mike Bush, Jesse Holley are four to watch.

zeek (Dec 19, 2002 2:28:20 PM)
Jamie, if OSU gets the players you think they'll get, do we end up with a Top 5 class?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:30:00 PM)
I think Ohio State should close with all the top Ohio kids - Hiley, Whitner, Burgess, etc... hard to say where they fall because you don't know what the Miamis, Oklahomas, USCs of the world do in the end. Remember, just get your kids and fill your needs... that is the bottom line. Get them in school and coach them up. Rankings me NOTHING!

spbuck (Dec 19, 2002 2:30:09 PM)
Jamie, does OSU have a remote chance with Bain, or is he a lock for Miami?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:30:42 PM)
I think Bain is a lock for MIA and I think he commits sometime soon to MIA.

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:32:06 PM)
I should preface the Bain answer. I don't believe there are ever locks in recruiting b/c recruiting is too unpredictable. However, I would be shocked if he chose someone other than the Canes.

Susan (Dec 19, 2002 2:31:14 PM)
Jamie...what exactly is going on with the Buford verbal? Has he or hasn't he been offered?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:32:08 PM)
Buford told me he is committed.

spbuck (Dec 19, 2002 2:32:17 PM)
Jamie, what is your opinion of Jamesly Jean, is he a better prospect as a TE or DE, and what do you think our chances are with him. Who will be our toughest competition?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:33:10 PM)
The problem with Jean is grades. He is a good prospect. I like him at TE. They lost in the state championship game and that team is loaded!

AtlantaBuck (Dec 19, 2002 2:33:20 PM)
When does Countdown to Signing Day air on Fox Sports South?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:33:57 PM)
We started CTSD back in October (2nd) and we are on every WED night at 6:30 and they re-air the show on Fridays at the same time.

UABuck (Dec 19, 2002 2:34:05 PM)
Sam Baker - can you handicap our chances with him? He sounds like a heavy USC lean.

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:35:10 PM)
He is a heavy lean to So Cal but I really get the feeling that Ohio State and Florida have a shot. He visits in mid-Jan and I think he is really looking forward to that trip. If he lasts that long, I like Ohio State's chances but SO Cal will be tough to beat in the end. They are cleaning up out there.

spbuck (Dec 19, 2002 2:35:43 PM)
Jamie, what is your opinion of Buford as a prospect? Is he a reach?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:36:46 PM)
I have not seen him on film. I should soon b/c we are going to feature him on the show. He is HUGE and sounds like an OT that should have success in the BIG 10.

subgarland (Dec 19, 2002 2:37:01 PM)
Jamie - How is coach Tressel perceived on the national by high school coaches??

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:37:56 PM)
I have not had that much discussion with the high school coaches but I will say he and the Ohio State program has grabbed all the recruits attention everywhere. What he has done is so impressive.

UABuck (Dec 19, 2002 2:38:07 PM)
Where do you see Wesley Jefferson heading?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:39:05 PM)
Wesley Jefferson? Hmm. That is a tough one. I honestly do not know. But I will say this, he is the BEST MLB I have seen this season and the biggest hitter I have seen. He is just a great player.

spbuck (Dec 19, 2002 2:39:20 PM)
Jamie, what is your opinion of Holley, how does he compare as a WR? What are our chances with him?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:40:20 PM)
Another one I have not seen and I have just recently found out about him. He sounds like a player. I get the feeling he favors UVA but he has tripped there. I also think he makes a decision between UVA and Ohio State after he trips to Columbus in JAN.

brett (Dec 19, 2002 2:40:33 PM)
would whitner, hiley, and guilford along with youboty and gonzalez give the bucks the #1 DB class in the nation

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:41:04 PM)
Brett - I would think so! But again, we have to look at what others schools do in the end as well.

zeek (Dec 19, 2002 2:41:10 PM)
Jamie, isn't Tim Washington an Oklahoma lean?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:42:07 PM)
Washington may be and Oklahoma does so well in TX. But he has said all along that he wants to visit Ohio State and some others... FL, UCLA I think. We'll see. He is a super DE.

subgarland (Dec 19, 2002 2:42:13 PM)
What is your opinion of Tim Washington - Sugar Land Dulles HS? I saw him play three times this year and he wasn't dominant.

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:43:00 PM)
I really like him!

spbuck (Dec 19, 2002 2:43:27 PM)
Jamie, Please rate our chances with the following prospects: Bush, Guilford, Burgess, Bolston, and McBride. Thank You!

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:44:53 PM)
Bush's chances just got better with Ohio State b/c the Louisville coach left for MICH St..., I think Burgess ends up a Buckeye... OSU has a great shot at McBride... not quite sure on Bolston and Guilford. I have not talked with Bolston in a while.

zeek (Dec 19, 2002 2:45:04 PM)
Jamie, what are our chances with Wesley Jefferson?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:47:56 PM)
I think Ohio State has a good a chance as anyone. They get their visit in JAN.

UABuck (Dec 19, 2002 2:48:12 PM)
How long before Nc State is investigated by the NCAA for recruiting violations?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:48:38 PM)
What has NC State done? Are you referring to Derek Morris?

UABuck (Dec 19, 2002 2:49:43 PM)
No - Amato is awfully slick - Richard Washington's recruitment (among others) comes to mind.

zeek (Dec 19, 2002 2:54:32 PM)
Jamie, any chance Brady Quinn changes his mind and goes to OSU? I hear the Bucks are still courting him.

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:55:41 PM)
I wouldn't be surprised if Quinn changes in the end. Again, you never know b/c recruiting is so unpredictable.

Buckeye97 (Dec 19, 2002 2:55:48 PM)
Out of Patterson, Irizarry, and Youbouty....who has the potential to make the biggest impact for OSu next year?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 2:58:24 PM)
All. Honestly, I do not know Ohio State's depth situation so it is hard for me to say.

zeek (Dec 19, 2002 2:58:29 PM)
Among football recruits, is Michael Bush the best athlete in the country?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:00:06 PM)
Bush is among the top athletes in the country no doubt! I wish he would play WR. He is amazing.

zeek (Dec 19, 2002 3:00:15 PM)
Jamie, how good is Ali Highsmith and what are the Bucks chances?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:04:00 PM)
His stock is rising once again and there is a good chance he could end up there.

Albin (Dec 19, 2002 3:04:18 PM)
Jamie: Youbouty and Whitner have both said they want to graduate high school early and start college in January and participate in spring ball. That's also why Ferguson transferred to Harding. What are your thoughts on that new trend?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:06:28 PM)
I don't like it for anyone. Let them enjoy being seniors in high school.

ronbuckss (Dec 19, 2002 3:06:23 PM)
Jamie, Do the southern conferences still have the stereotype that Ohio State is a bunch of "slow farmers"

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:07:08 PM)
ron - that is changing with Ohio State and the Big 10.

spbuck (Dec 19, 2002 3:07:22 PM)
Jamie, the most important question, who do you like in the Fiesta Bowl? The national pundits don't think do much of our slow athletes. How do you think our poor 13-0 team matches up with the 12-0 miami team full of all those all-word football players?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:12:23 PM)
Honestly, I like MIA like everyone else... But I like the matchups and I think Ohio State can run on them as long as Clarett is healthy. I also like Ohio State's chances as long as they keep the game close going into mid-3rd QTR...

BigBuckFan (Dec 19, 2002 3:09:57 PM)
Jamie, where do you think the confusion over Kenyon Buford's offer and verbal to Ohio State is coming from. Would Kenyon have to confirm it to Tressel himself in order for it to become an official verbal commitment?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:13:05 PM)
All I can say is that Buford told me and Duane that is committed. Maybe others have sour grapes b/c they were wrong. I do not know.

spbuck (Dec 19, 2002 3:13:29 PM)
Jamie, if you have to pick one Florida player that you think signs with OSU, who is it?

spbuck (Dec 19, 2002 3:15:02 PM)
Jamie, how do you rank the following DE's that OSU is involved with and who do you think each one signs with in the end? Crable, McBride, Washington, Edwards, Bolston. Thanks!!

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:17:26 PM)
DEs 1.McBride 2. Washington 3. Crable 4. Edwards 5. Bolston is a DT

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:17:29 PM)
Sorry to slow down guy.. my phone is ringing off the hook

Kirk (Dec 19, 2002 3:17:58 PM)
It's almost time to let Jamie go here... in a bit I am going to post some of the remaining questions (there's a ton of them) and Jamie can answer and then we will let him go...

zeek (Dec 19, 2002 3:18:09 PM)
Jamie, when you say you wouldn't be surprised if Quinn changes his mind, have you heard anything to indicate he is still considering the Bucks? Or are you just saying that recruits in general often change their minds?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:18:55 PM)
I will go to 3:30 if you want

Kirk (Dec 19, 2002 3:18:55 PM)
Ok :)

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:19:02 PM)
I am hearing that Ohio State has NOT stopped recruiting Quinn and it would not surprise me if he were to change. But he has said nothing about that and he is committed to ND.

hondo (Dec 19, 2002 3:19:19 PM)
Jamie, where does Ohio State stand with Kevin Brown and Aaron Sears? What are you thoughts on both as players?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:20:31 PM)
I think if FSU offers Brown they will get him... although there are some problems in Tally right now. Not sure on Sears because he doesn't answer his phone.

Albin (Dec 19, 2002 3:20:38 PM)
Jamie: Thoughts on Kyle Thornton the OL from Texas.

zeek (Dec 19, 2002 3:20:47 PM)
jamie, how good is Kyle Thornton and what are the Bucks chances?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:21:39 PM)
Good player from a tiny school. Brother at TX. I have not been able to reach him since his trip to Columbus.

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:22:07 PM)
I think Ohio State has a good chance with him,

Burt (Dec 19, 2002 3:21:53 PM)
Jamie, What's Michael Bush's "best" position?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:23:22 PM)
Bush's best position is WR. He is AWESOME! But he has gained some weight and must be around 240 now. He looks good at QB. I have seen sr. film. That kid is just a flat out player! He could play WR, TE, QB, DE, LB, S... He doesn't play WR because he says he is bored with that position but that is b/c he is a man among boys out there.

riderbuck (Dec 19, 2002 3:23:54 PM)
in your opinion why has the advent of these recruiting pools hurt coaches like mack brown and john cooper who consistently produce top 2or3 classes and then cannot produce a national championship, or a key victory over the major rival>

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:25:39 PM)
riderbuck - not sure I understand the question. There are many things that happen... some teams recruit great every year but there is parity out there. First you sign the kids... then get them in school and coach them up. Bottom line is you have to have good coaches and good athletes. Some kids pan out and others don't and there are a variety of reasons for that.

hondo (Dec 19, 2002 3:25:59 PM)
One of the players you here very little about is Garrett Webster out of PA, of course he is the son of former Steeler Mike Webster. What is your impression of him, is there any chance Ohio State would offer him an Scholarship?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:26:31 PM)
hondo - I do not know.

Seabus (Dec 19, 2002 3:26:34 PM)
Jamie, what about Bolston as a OT instead of DT? He looks like the perfect body type to me, long arms and athletic.

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:27:33 PM)
Sign that Bolston to play DT and if it doesn't work out, make him an OL. That is what Jimmy Johnson did all the time when he was at MIAMI and that is why, in my opinion, more teams should sign DLs than OLs.

Burt (Dec 19, 2002 3:27:42 PM)
Jamie, Are you a Jim Tressel fan?

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:28:55 PM)
I am abig Tressel fan!

Kirk (Dec 19, 2002 3:29:55 PM)
We're going to wrap it up now... I want to thank Jamie for stopping by. Jamie thanks for the time and we will talk to you soon!

Jamie Newberg (Dec 19, 2002 3:30:33 PM)
Thanks guys. Good luck in the recruiting wars and against the Canes.

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