Signing Day Talk: Issue One

This year, each member of the Ohio State coaching staff took turns introducing the members of the school's 2010 recruiting class. In the first edition of "Signing Day Talk," find out what the coaches were saying about defenders Darryl Baldwin, Christian Bryant and David Durham.

This year on National Signing Day, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel had each of his nine assistants discuss two of the team's 2010 recruiting class. Highlights were shown of each of the team's 18 signees as one of the coaches talked and answered questions about the two players he was responsible for introducing.

Take a look back at what was being said about the newest Buckeyes on signing day with this first installment of "Signing Day Talk."

Darryl Baldwin, DE – Listed at 6-7, 260 pounds, Baldwin was introduced by defensive coordinator and line coach Jim Heacock. Among the first words out of Heacock's mouth was the point that Baldwin has the frame to add more weight before he starts playing at OSU.

"He's keeping on the light side," Heacock said. "Look for him to put on some weight and be a nice (strongside defensive end) like Cameron (Heyward), Doug Worthington, that type of guy for us."

Baldwin's weight has fluctuated throughout his prep career because he has also played basketball and thrown shot put and discus for his school's track team.

"He's really a big kid," Heacock said. "He's big boned. I would imagine he could put on 15, 20 pounds and you wouldn't notice it much. We haven't spent a whole lot of time with them and they haven't been in the weight room yet. A three-sport guy, you don't have a whole lot of time to eat and put on some weight. I imagine he'll put on some weight."

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Christian Bryant, CB – Cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson said the 5-11, 178-pound Bryant brings more to the table than just his ability to play football.

"We're very excited about this young man," he said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge. He does a great job in the classroom learning the game. He's a student of the game. Great family. He's a tremendous athlete and he brings another physical presence for us. He has a lot of pop when he comes up to strike opponents. He's very fast."

In addition, Johnson noted that Bryant is the first graduate of the Ginn Academy – an offshoot of Cleveland Glenville started by Ted Ginn Sr. – to attend OSU.

The coach said there are no worries about Bryant's size.

"Some people may say he's too small, but we had a guy playing in the NFC Finals by the name of Antoine Winfield and people said that about him initially," Johnson said.

Johnson said the Buckeyes look for cornerbacks with speed who have great hips and can play physical with good ball skills. It also helps to be mean, Johnson said.

Asked if Bryant is more of a cover corner or a physical one, he said, "I hope he'll be both for sure. He'll have to learn how to cover some bigger receivers and do some different things, but we want him to do both for sure."

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David Durham, LB – Linebackers coach Luke Fickell opened up his discussion of Durham by relating the long story of how he came to land an offer from the Buckeyes. The short version is that Durham's prep wrestling coach called OSU and let them know they would be in the area for a tournament. Durham visited the program, the coaches watched film on him and the end result was a scholarship offer.

"Do you think more people would've been recruiting David Durham?" head coach Jim Tressel said later. "You didn't hardly have a chance to recruit David Durham. He saw a place he liked and that's where he wanted to go."

Fickell pointed out that Durham has a twin brother who is about half his size who has accepted a full ride to play tennis at Ole Miss.

As for OSU's Durham, Fickell said he is a player who could project to more than one position.

"He's a great kid," the coach said. "He's a kid that we think can play a lot of different positions. Both his junior and senior year he played both standing up and with his hand on the ground. He's a versatile kid. Where we'll start him at is obviously linebacker, but he's a kid that we think has the ability to move around. He's a student of the game. He's going to be an exciting addition to whichever group he's with."

In addition, Fickell said he feels the 6-3, 225-pound Durham could add up to 15 pounds.

"He'll start off at linebacker, probably more in the middle," Fickell said. "He's got a lot of flexibility there (with his weight). He could be a big stand-up guy. It remains to be seen. When we saw him on his junior film, the thing he did best was rush the passer. Hopefully he could be a guy who could move around and do some different things for us.

"If he stayed in Texas, would Texas and all those guys have been all over him? I don't know. That remains to be seen, but we think he fits exactly what we want. We love the ability that he has and the person that he is."

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