27 February 2011
We don't know how many scholarships we are going to have available for the class of 2012. We do know it is going to take a small miracle to get to 25. What a terrible time to have a limited number. Somehow JT always comes up with 20 so that is the number I think we are working with. I want to look at the strategy, the thinking behind the numbers.
ON the offensive line I think the number is four. I hope it is five but with a class that I have to believe is looking at a cap of 20 I can't hope to think there will be five. With verbals Kyle Kalis and Jacoby Boren in place I think we see an offer to Kyle Dodson and then wait on one of the national kids, Jordan Diamond ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GPhF3WMpVU ) Jonah Pirsig
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL9Xws9dkSU ). I would love for that number to be five. I think an offer to Centerville's Benny McGowan says that the Buckeyes are taking five since Dodson is known to be a clear Buckeye lean and I will believe a Centerville kid with a Buckeye offer chooses to go elsewhere when I see it.
Defensive line. I have returned to earth. After seeing the Buckeyes offer Ifeadi Odenigbo, which means Ohio State has offers out to five of my top six defensive line candidates, I was sky high thinking that the staff was going to go out of the way to get as many of this defensive line class for the ages in scarlet and gray. With Josh Perry already committed plus the lack of scholarships I think we start seeing calls to others wishing them luck wherever they go as out slots are filled after we get three more verbals. Maybe we see one more but I think the staff waits on Tommy Shutt, the outstanding DT from Illiinois.
Fans are salty about the lack of offers to this outstanding safety class in Ohio. First, Travis Blanks is the best safety in the country. As good as the safeties are in Ohio Blanks is better. He is one of the best safeties to come out of high school in recent years, if not the best. I don't know about the other out of state offers. With so many top safeties bunched together maybe the staff wants to see them in camp to sort them. I know that is what I was waiting on. Someone running better than someone else could be the difference. If someone doesn't want to wait or doesn't want to come to camp, well, that is the plus side of having so many talented players that some will be leaving the state anyway.
At wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and Juquay Williams are superstars. Players you don't say no to. I am not convinced that receiver is a need and I would not be surprised if Stanford is the only receiver we see an instate offer to. Someone is going to have to bust off a speed number that the staff cannot overlook. Otherwise I see it as a class of only taking kids that it is a no-brainer that you take them.