Urban Meyer’s Recruiting Should Put Fear into the Michigan Wolverines | Bleacher Report


Urban Meyer’s Recruiting Should Put Fear into the Michigan Wolverines | Bleacher Report.

 

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Browns QB Brandon Weeden eager for competition to remain starter – Cleveland Browns – Ohio


Browns QB Brandon Weeden eager for competition to remain starter – Cleveland Browns – Ohio (via http://ble.ac/teamstream-) http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-browns/cleveland-browns-1.270107/browns-qb-brandon-weeden-eager-for-competition-to-remain-starter-1.371653

Haha, somehow I doubt Weeden is excited as he’s leading on. He’s liable to lose his job depending who they bring in to compete.

Reviewing Ohio State’s 4 Star Recruits, Part III (LB/S/CB)


I’m pretty excited about the 4 star’s we picked up for the Secondary.  It was a sore spot last season, and these kids (with Vonn Bell) promise to upgrade our talent and potential there dramatically.

 

1.  Eli Apple, Cornerback

At 6′, 185 lbs, Eli Apple (formerly Woodard, but more on that in a minute) stands the best chance of the 4 star secondary recruits of seeing serious playing time this coming season.  He has uncanny instincts, has a remarkable understanding of route running (letting him play ice cold lockdown man defense), as well as playing to an elite level in the zone.  Factor in his 4.4 40 time, and the fact that he’s probably still going to pack on some muscle, and Apple could be a truly elite player at his position.  He’s got the athleticism  brains and instincts to be very, very good.  Outside of his skill on the field, he kept a 3.2 GPA in high school, and change his last name just prior to the All-Army game to honor his stepfather, who has had a major impact on his life.  This young fella has some serious character, and I’m honestly pulling for him.  Watch him do work:

 

2.  Cameron Burrows, Cornerback

At 6’2″, 195 lbs, Cameron Burrows brings a much more mature physical presence to the secondary.  He’s still fast for his size, but can really put a hurting on receivers.  He’s got excellent vision and is very good on the read.  He can drop back and play strong safety, but is comfortable on the corners as well.

 

3.  Gareon Conley, Cornerback

At 6’2″, 170 lbs, Gareon Conley is probably going to need to pack on some muscle over the summer and in camp.  That said, he has great speed, tremendous control and balance.  He has good instincts, and is comfortable in both man and zone coverages.  Should develop into a well rounded, solid defender.

 

4.  Trey Johnson, Linebacker

At 6’2, 220 lbs, the odds are pretty good that Trey Johnson will be put into a strength program pretty quick once he gets to campus to pack on a few more pounds of muscle.  Outside of that, Trey Johnson may be the second best steal OSU pulled off this NSD.  He had originally verbally committed to Auburn, but took a trip to Columbus and came away ready to switch to Ohio State.  He’s fast, extremely physical and very versatile.  A solid pass rusher and excellent tackler, he also is solid in coverage.  He’s smart, has some leadership potential and has outstanding character.  A solid pick up for the Buckeyes.

 

5.  Jayme Thompson, Safety/Kick Returner

At 6’2″, 185 lbs, the name of the game is speed for Jayme Thompson.  He’s got next level explosiveness, and can really turn it up in the open field.  This makes him a threat both as a Safety (he’s a ball hawk), and as a kick returner on special teams.  He’s got an outstanding vertical, and can play high on just about any WR.

 

6.  Darron Lee, Safety

At 6’2″, 205 lbs, Darron Lee has the size to play strong safety or even outside linebacker.  He’s got good hands, ball handling and timing when making a play on the ball, good angles and great closing speed, and can put good hits on opposing players.  He is a for sure tackler, and is great at making open field tackles.

 

 

Ohio State Football: 5 Recruits Who Will Start as Freshmen | Bleacher Report


Ohio State Football: 5 Recruits Who Will Start as Freshmen | Bleacher Report.

I agree with the above articles predictions on who will make the starting line next season.  And I think all of them will be impactful players actually.

Reviewing Ohio State’s 4 Star Recruits, Part II, (Linemen)


Lets get into the offensive and defensive linemen that Ohio State brought in:

1.  Evan Lisle, Offensive Tackle

At a massive 6’6″, 275 lbs, Evan Lisle actually looks a little thin because of how tall he is.  As tall as he is, he does a great job getting low to take away any leverage advantage defensive linemen may have because of his height.  He has great feet, can move well laterally, and is very quick off the ball.  Because he’s got some weight to gain, look for him to develop his strength through natural conditioning at the collegiate level.

2.  Tim Gardner, Offensive Guard

Coming in at 6’5″ and a whopping 320 lbs, this is actually the trimmed down Tim Gardner.  He’s fairly athletic for his size, and has a ton of punch in initial contact.  A lot of natural strength with this kid.  That’s scary, because he really hasn’t been developed through a good strength and conditioning program yet, so look for him to really add some power to his already impressive athletic abilities.  I couldn’t find a set of his highlight videos, so enjoy these cats being adorable instead:

3.  Michael Hill, Defensive Tackle

6’2″, 305 lb Michael Hill is an extremely athletic defensive linemen who specializes in versatility.   His natural talents allow him to play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 type scheme, and he can play interior or exterior.  He’s quick off the ball, has an extremely quick first step, and gets into the backfield regularly.  While he has a ton of lower body strength, he’s going to need to develop his upper body strength in college (you’ll notice that trend amongst linemen a lot).  Here are his highlights:

4.  Billy Price, Defensive Tackle

At 6’3″, 285 lbs, Billy Price is remarkably quick.  He’s definitely going to need to work on his size and strength at the next level.  There wasn’t much available online in the way of a bio for him, so I took to watching film.  And I was impressed.  He’s extremely quick off the ball, makes great initial penetration, and has a fantastic second effort to get to the ball carrier.  He might be one of the most relentless young defensive lineman that I’ve watch.  He just does not quit.  He has a great vision, and look beyond blockers to keep the ball in his sight.  Watch how he does not bite on fakes and draws, and how he repeatedly fights through double and triple teams to get to the ball:

5.  Donovan Munger, Defensive Tackle

At 6’3″, 290 lbs, Donovan Munger makes it easy to think he’s a slow, lumbering lineman.  And this seems to be the false assumption most of his opposition are under, because he moves incredibly fast off the ball and really gets fast penetration.  He plays hard, and has good size.  Once he gets some coaching and time in a strength and conditioning program, he’s going to be a monster.  Watch:

6.  Tyquan Lewis, Defensive End

At 6’4″, 230 lbs, Lewis is one of the faster big men in this recruiting class.  He’s clocked at a 4.6 40, and played both linebacker and defensive end in high school.  He’s expected to take most of his reps on the line for the Buckeyes, but expect to see him run a few with the linebacking corp.  He’s fast, so very fast.  He’s quick off the line and does a great job moving past the tackles.  He’s probably going to need to bulk up if he wants to stay at DE for the NFL, but that shouldn’t be a problem in Ohio State’s program.  Watch:

Reviewing Ohio State’s 5 Star Recruits


The Buckeyes landed four 5-star recruits this National Signing Day.  Let’s dig in and see what these four kids are bringing to the team.

 

1.  Mike Mitchell, Linebacker.

At 6′ 4″ and 225 lbs, Mitchell is a monster.  What makes him special is his 40 time, which is listed at 4.39.  That’s sick.  A kid that big who can move that fast is destined to create chaos all over opposing offenses.  He’s aggressive, highly athletic, and extremely fast (not even just for his size).  His only caveat is some issues in pass coverage, but that can probably be chalked up to youth and lack of experience.  Need more convincing?  Check out his highlight reel:

 

2.  Vonn Bell, Safety

Vonn Bell was without doubt the biggest steal the Buckeyes pulled off this NSD.  He was expected to commit to either Alabama or Tennessee, though most reports had him going to Alabama.  At 6′, 190 lbs, he’s a little small, but he makes up for it in speed.  He’s fast.  Very fast.  His ability to close and quickly cut into passing lanes makes him lethal in sideline and middle of the field passing situations.  If a QB lofts the ball at all, you better believe Bell is going to get hands on it.  Speaking of which, he has great hands, and is a heck of a ball hawk.    Enjoy his highlights:

 

3.  Joey Bosa, Offensive Lineman

At 6’5″, 270 lbs, Joey Bosa gives the impression that he might not have the speed to get off the ball fast.  That assumption is likely to get you sacked or tackled behind the line however, as Bosa has shown time and time again a remarkable quickness for someone so big.  He also has excellent technique and moves to shuck and shirk off would be blockers.  He is also known for a high degree of intensity, and a lot of heart/endurance.  His only draw back is a tough time in lateral moves, but again that can be coached out of him.  Here are some highlights:

 

 

4.  Jalin Marshall, Wide Receiver

At 6’1, 190 lbs, Marshall is a standout athlete from Middletown, Ohio.  Though he played Quarterback in High School, he’s going to be playing Wide Receiver for Ohio State.  That means that he’s going to need some coaching on route running, but that’s an easy fix.  His natural abilities with regards to balance, change of direction and body control indicate that it should not be difficult to work out, as he is exceptional in these areas.    He is highly competitive, and is one of the most dangerous players in the country after the catch.  Most of his highlights are as a QB, but he can get a pretty good idea of why he’s so dangerous once he gets an opening: