Posey Pursues Perfection This Spring

Ohio State receivers coach Darrell Hazell has been telling reporters to watch out for DeVier Posey for going on three years now, and the 2008 five-star recruit says he is poised to meet those high expectations as a junior in 2010. This spring he works on improving without sweating the small stuff.

DeVier Posey's 2010 task is to balance the pursuit of perfection with the maturity to accept something less along the way.

Big things are expected this season from Posey, a junior receiver who came to Ohio State as one of the most-heralded recruits in a loaded class of 2008.

The Buckeyes' leading receiver last year with 60 catches for 828 yards and eight touchdowns, he says his desire is to go from good to great this season, and there are plenty of program observers who feel that is well within his grasp.

Seventh-year Ohio State receivers coach and assistant head coach Darrell Hazell sounds as if he shares those high expectations of Posey and fans alike. Hazell has mentored six NFL draft picks since joining head coach Jim Tressel's staff in 2004, and he says Posey belongs in discussions with the likes of first-round NFL draft picks Ted Ginn Jr., Anthony Gonzalez and Santonio Holmes.

"He's got a lot of characteristics of a lot of different guys," Hazell said. "He's got the explosiveness of Santonio Holmes, he's got almost the top-end speed of Teddy, he's got wiggle like Gonzo has in the slot, so he's got a lot of different characteristics of a lot of those guys. So it's pretty fun to watch."

Posey no doubt hopes to add his name to the long list of Ohio State receivers to matriculate through Columbus before joining the professional ranks, but he knows he is far from a finished product.

"I like to set the bar high," he said. "I don't like settling for anything less than that. Every day I'm out here, I'm hard on myself. I want to be perfect every single day. I don't want to have any missed assignments, no dropped balls. That's how I feel I have to be every day just to be the type of player I want to be."

Hazell sees both positive and negative a statement such as that one.

"Right now he's his biggest enemy because he looks for perfection in everything he does, so when he makes a mistake it kind of looms on him for a while, and he's got to learn to get over that because he's going to make a mistake," Hazell said. "He's an exceptional receiver, one of the best we've had since I've been here, but he's got to learn to put some of those things he doesn't do as well as he would like to do behind him so it doesn't compound from the next play to the next play."

Among the mistakes Hazell referenced are dropped passes and jumped snapcounts, two things the coach attributed to occasional lapses in concentration.

"Practicing hard was something that I struggled with last year, and that's something that you learn with age - every play matters and you take these reps as game reps," Posey said.

"I'm not afraid to admit that I get mad at myself, but I really can't do that once the season rolls around and I'm learning. I talk with Coach Hazell about that all the time. It's just about being mature and being poised in those situations when you mess up and being able to come back."

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