|Everything About Ohio State Power Forward Recruit Zed Key|
Zed Key, a 6'7 215 pound power forward from Glen Head New York committed to Ohio State on September 22. Key, who attends Long Island Lutheran High School, is the 2nd commitment for the 2020 class for head coach Chris Holtmann. Key is considered the 185th best player overall and the 37th best power forward in the class of 2020 by 247 sports. Key chose the Buckeyes over Florida, Cincinnati, and Illinois among others. Key's commitment did not come as a huge surprise as Ohio State was the only school Zed traveled to for an official visit. Prior to his commitment Zed had unofficially visited Florida, St. John's, Virginia Tech and several other east coast schools.
Zed Key and the NBA Top 100 Camp
Key played this summer on the Adidas Circuit with the New York Jayhawks averaging 13 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game while shooting an impressive 62.4% from the field. Key does not have a 3 point shot as he attempted just 4 over the 13 games played (making 1), but he does show a nice touch from the free throw line for a big man making 28 of his 38 attempts (73.7%). It was his performance at the NBA top 100 camp in June that reportedly really got the Buckeyes attention. In a small sample size of 4 games, Zed scoring stayed about the same (13.5 points), but he upped his rebounding (6.5 rebounds) and especially his blocks (2.5 per game). While you have to again not the small sample size that ability to be a force on the defensive end in addition to his efficient scoring had to make Key that much more of an attractive target for Coach Holtmann.
Keys Official Visit to Ohio State
The Buckeyes have told Zed that they envision him playing the 4 and the 5 when he takes the floor in Columbus next fall. The Buckeyes view Key as a physical post presence, but also let him know that playing the 3 (small forward) is a possibility if his outside shot improves. I think that is unlikely as most big men coming to school want to play on the perimeter, so this is probably a case of telling a recruit something they want to hear in addition to what they need to hear. Expect Key to play exclusively at the 4 and 5 during his tenure at Ohio State and for most of his offense to come within 15 feet of the basket. The coaching staff and the basketball facilities stood out as major positives for Zed during his visit to Columbus and were major factors in his decision to become a Buckeye. Zed's parents were impressed with the family atmosphere around the Buckeye program which added to their comfort in having their son commit to a school further from home than many of his other options.
|10/9/2019 3:01:06 PM|
|What Cody Simon Had To Say About Ohio State|
Cody Simon is a four-star offensive linebacker who committed to Ohio State this summer. According to 247Sports, Simon is 6'1", weighing 218 pounds. He is currently in his senior year at St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, NJ. Simon ranks as the No. 155 prospect in the country, the No. 10 outside linebacker, and New Jersey's No. 4 overall prospect.
Simon announced his commitment by tweeting: "After much deliberation with my family and coaches, I have made the decision to attend The Ohio State University!! I am grateful to now be able to focus on my team and our success for the 2019 season."
With St. Peter's, Simon had 89 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses, and 4.5 sacks. Ohio State now has the No. 5 recruitment ranking for 2020, and Cody Simon is a big part of that, as one of seven four-star players who've committed to join.
What Options Did Simon Consider Other Than Ohio State?
Reportedly, 17 schools were pursuing Simon, and he narrowed his top three down to Penn State, Nebraska, and Ohio State, notably all Big Ten programs. Cody's brother Shane plays for the Fighting Irish, so everyone expected Notre Dame would make him an offer. If they did, it was assumed he would be impossible to get, so recruiters weren't wasting their time. When it became clear that Notre Dame wasn't pursuing Simon, the top football programs lined up to recruit him, among them Ohio State's Jeff Hafley.
Why Ohio State?
Apparently Simon's Relationship with head coach Ryan Day and defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley was on of the factors that made him choose Ohio State. Of Ryan Day, Simon reportedly said: "One of the things I like about [Day] is the way players talk about him when he's not around. I've only heard good things about him, and how much of a team guy he is. They really like him, and that really speaks to his character and how he is since his players talk about him with such a high opinion. That's what I like about him. He's a great guy and he's a team player. I just really enjoy him."
Simon also highlighted Ohio State's style of play as a key factor in his decision: "What I like about Ohio State is they're aggressive. They let their linebackers be athletic and make plays, and that is really what I like to do and play hard and be aggressive."
Cody Simon: Buckeyes commit excited by new defense, Ohio State future
|10/3/2019 2:14:02 PM|
|Ohio State Buckeyes v Nebraska Cornhuskers 2019|
Ohio State Nebraska Game Time: On the road Saturday 7:30pm on ABC at Nebraska Memorial Stadium. ESPN College Gameday will be there for the game.
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Ohio State Should Be Challenged
Number 5 Ohio State gave up a ton of points last year against Nebraska (36-31 Ohio State). And Nebraska could be similar to Purdue last year with play makers that can challenge the Buckeyes. Hopefully Ohio State is more focused with Ryan Day as the head coach. The defense has taken a big step forward this year with the change of four defensive coaches in the off-season. Ohio State is Number 2 in the country right now for yards allowed per game.
Nebraska is a one score loss away from being 4-0 on the season. They beat South Alabama, Northern Illinois, and Illinois. Ohio State is not used to playing against a dynamic quarterback like Nebraska's Adrian Martinez so this could be a good challenge for the Silver Bullets. Playing against Justin Fields at practice could help them prepare but the one similar quarterback in Indiana's Penix wasn't able to suit up against OSU.
Ohio State Is Having a Great Year
Ohio State has dominated all their games so far this season. Justin Fields has been great with 880 passing yards for 13 touchdowns while rushing for another 6 TDs. Watching film, Ohio State should realize that the game on Saturday is going to be a bigger challenge than the previous games they have played.
Michigan is no good so Ohio State could go all the way with others teams being down this year. They just have to get past a few mid-sized challenges like Nebraska.
|9/25/2019 10:04:43 AM|
|Demetrius Meechie Johnson on Committing to Ohio State|
Ohio State's class of 2021 just got a big boost by getting a verbal commitment from local high school junior Meechie Johnson. OSU was at the top of Johnson's list of potential schools as they had offered him a scholarship before he played a single game of high school ball. ESPN ranks Johnson as the 40th best prospect and 2nd best in the state of Ohio.
Bio - Meechie Johnson Lebron James
Johnson is 5-11 and 160 pounds and plays combination guard. He projects as an NBA point guard. He is the son of Meechie Johnson Sr. who played for OSU assistant coaches Ryan Pedon and Terry Johnson in his collegiate career. Meechie is also the nephew of Garfield Heights coach Sonny Johnson. Johnson Jr. played his first 2 years at Garfield Heights before transferring this season, his junior year, to the International Sports Academy located in nearby Willoughby, OH. Johnson is often referred to as "nephew" by NBA star Lebron James as Johnson's father and James grew up balling together. Lebron has been seen at Garfield games alongside fellow NBAers Dwyane Wade and JR Smith.
Other Scholarship Offers
Johnson had received offers from several other schools: Local schools included Cleveland State, Miami of Ohio, and Youngstown State as well as the Big-10's Indiana, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. Other schools included the University of Miami and Florida. His only official visit was to OSU
ESPN Scouting Report
Varying sites have Johnson listed between 5-10 and 6-3. He is a scoring machine having averaged 23.0 points per game as a sophomore and dropping a 50-spot against the 4th ranked local team in just his 2nd game of high school ball. He has never played below the varsity level in high school. He'll be sitting out his junior year at the International Sports Academy while recovering from an ACL injury suffered in March of this year. ISA is prep school where basketball is played year-round. ISA enables players to play 5 years although Johnson remains committed to play for OSU in 2021.
|9/23/2019 3:05:32 PM|
|Ohio State v Florida Atlantic|
Ohio State kicks off their 2019 season this Saturday at noon in the Horseshoe against the mighty Owls of Florida Atlantic (Boca Raton). Catch the game of FOX for this first ever meeting. Fans should be pretty excited to see Ryan Day take over the program with the dynamic Justin Fields at quarterback. The Buckeye offense has reloaded with plenty of talent at all the skill positions and the defense has a new set of coaches to guide them to a dominating performance.
Florida Atlantic Owls
Ranked fifth in the country, the Ohio State opener should not be close when the fourth quarter comes along. But Lane Kiffin (former Tennessee and Southern Cal coach) and the Owls are hoping for a very different outcome. Last season Florida Atlantic finished 5 and 7 but were able to score prolifically reaching an average of 31 points a game. The first test for the new Silver Bullet defense has arrived. The Owls can move the ball but allow their opponents to score at the same time. Florida Atlantic changed out their defensive coaches also, so we'll get to see if there is any improvement.
Florida Atlantic has a star tight end in Harrison Bryant, who some feel is the second best TE in the college game. They also have a number of transfers that can compete with Ohio State recruits. Included in this group are NT Noah Jefferson, RB BJ Emmons, and QB Chris Robinson.
Quarterback Justin Fields has some big shoes to fill and has not been at Ohio State very long. Dwayne Haskins has moved on to the NFL leaving the transfer to run the show. Fields will be watched closely by everyone and hopefully his skill level and understanding of the offense will make up for any lack of time in the program.
Chase Young on the edge will be fun to watch early on Saturday. Young was able to get over 15 tackles for loss last year along with 10 sacks. He hopes to continue that great performance on his way to an early NFL draft day next Spring.
|8/29/2019 3:00:45 PM|
|Michael Drennen Visits Florida State|
Michael Drennen is contemplating his options while many still feel he is headed to Ohio State. Kentucky is also a favorite. He is considered the 5th best all-purpose running back for 2020. Ohio State currently has one 2020 commit for the backfield. Last season for Dublin Coffman he got 927 all purpose yards with 14 touchdowns.
The 5'11" 195 lbs. running back from Dublin Ohio visited Florida State last week in a little bit of a surprise. After the visit to Florida State, Drennen reported that he would be returning for an official visit.
Florida State offered him a scholarship in January. He really enjoyed the people at FSU this past weekend. His father and uncle were with him on the visit, with his father being responsible for setting up the event. He did not get a chance to meet the head coach, Willie Taggart, while in Tallahassee.
Friday Night Lights in Gainesville
Drennen also visited the University of Florida while in Florida last weekend. He got an offer in the spring on a similar visit. He met with four members of the staff who like his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and make moves in the open field.
|8/8/2019 2:57:31 PM|
|Four-Star CB Clark Phillips III Headed to OSU in 2020|
Highly recruited four-star cornerback Clark Phillips III has committed to Ohio State University's football team in 2020, and will bring even more depth to an excellent recruiting class. Phillips attends La Habra High School in California, and he also lines up at wide receiver on his high school team. His excellent technique and ball skills will be an asset to a 2020 OSU recruiting class that looks stacked in the secondary.
Who did Phillips Consider?
Phillips was recruited by OSU Co-Defensive Coordinator and Secondary Coach Jeff Hafley. Cal and OSU were the front-runners from the beginning, but Notre Dame and USC were also in consideration. He was offered by numerous Power Five programs, but Phillips only visited Cal and USC. In the end, the chance to play for former 49ers Secondary Coach Jeff Hafley at OSU was too good of an opportunity for Phillips to pass up. He committed to OSU shortly after his June visit to Columbus.
Ohio State 2020 Class
The 2020 secondary class for Ohio State is shaping up to be a strong one, with Clark Phillips III at CB, and four-star safeties Lathan Ransom and Lejond Cavazos patrolling the field and providing protection for Phillips. Ransom and Phillips even took their official visit on the same day, and this played a part in them both selecting the Buckeyes shortly thereafter. With luck, this off-field friendship will translate to on-field performance for these two highly touted members of the 2020 freshman secondary.
What Does Phillips Bring to OSU?
Phillips is best known as island defender who can lock down his receiver in man-to-man coverage, and should help the Ohio State defense despite numerous changes to their defensive coaching staff. Phillips will bring an elite athleticism to the position, and his quickness and explosiveness allows him to play in the slot when needed, or as the nickel cornerback when the situation calls for it. Despite playing WR in high school, he isn't expected to see any time on the offensive side of the ball at the next level.
Phillips III has average size at 5'10" and 178 pounds, and solid but unspectacular straight line speed, with a 4.54 time in the 40. However, he possesses excellent technique and physicality, and an unbreakable competitive spirit. His time catching passes has helped him develop excellent ball skills and solid hands, which gives him an edge on 50-50 balls and will allow him to make some interceptions that less sure-handed CB's wouldn't be able to come up with.
|7/17/2019 1:11:23 PM|
|Getting to know Cameron Martinez|
Cameron Martinez is one heck of a prize for the Buckeyes. A Player who can excel at multiple positions. But there is a lot left unanswered about this newest 4-Star recruit to call Ohio State home. So let's breakdown why he choose OSU and more importantly where he might play.
CAMERON MARTINEZ HAD HIS LIST OF SUITORS.
29 scholarship offers in fact.
- Notre Dame
- Boston College
- Florida State
- Penn State
- Michigan State
And, oh yeah, MICHIGAN.
He also visited Northwestern, Minnesota, Iowa State, Kentucky and the aforementioned Penn State.
HE GREW UP A MICHIGAN FAN AND HAD DREAMS OF DONNING BLUE
"I think it was definitely hard, being in state, being from Michigan. Michigan and Michigan State were always schools I thought about playing for and dreamed of playing for growing up-- So it's definitely hard, but just the way the process was going. But thinking about it, it was definitely a sacrifice not playing in state and going out of state to a program that is going to be playing those teams."
BUT HE WANTED TO BE A BUCKEYE.
Though Ohio State was one of the last teams to offer him a scholarship, it's what OSU offers beyond the field of play that lured Martinez to become a Buckeye. "I think a lot of it was life after football It's what a lot of people don't know." Martinez recently said. "That coaching staff really puts you in position to be successful not just on the field but of the field." It seems Cameron Martinez is looking to join the "O" Hall of Fame.
WHAT POSITION WILL HE PLAY?
Though very successful as a QB in High School, rushing for 1500 yards and 24 TD's on a 140 carries and throwing for 481 yards and 9 more touchdowns, he will probably play on the other side of the ball at Safety. But that won't stop OSU at lining him up at WR, HB, RB and CB where he had success in the past. The Buckeyes coaching staff must feel like a kid in a candy store.
THERE HAS BEEN CONFLICTING REPORTS ON HIS HEIGHT AND SIZE
Some scouts had him listed at 5-11 and 185 while others had him at 5-10 and 174. He has also been listed at 6-0 and 195. There is a big difference between being 5-10 and 174 compared to 6-0 and 195. Whatever his true size will surely dictate where he plays on the field.
|7/9/2019 2:19:42 PM|
|DE Ty Hamilton is Versatile with a High Motor|
Pickerington Central prospect Ty Hamilton verbally committed to play football at Ohio State in 2020 after a visit to Columbus this past weekend. He comes to OSU with the versatility to play an end or a tackle on the defensive line.
His brother, Davon, is a senior for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2019. He was a three-star d-line prospect and has added about 35 pounds since leaving the Pickerington Tigers and coming to OSU. The older Hamilton was a part of the tackle rotation in 2018, starting games in place of Robert Landers when he was injured. He racked up 16 tackles, with 3 and a half for loss. He is slated to start this year on early roster projections.
Other pairs of brothers to come through Ohio State include the Bosas, Borens and the Hookers.
Ohio State 2020 Class
The Pickerington Central defensive lineman is the 12th player in the 2020 Buckeye class and 5th from Ohio. The class is loaded with offensive talent at this time and ranked 7th nationally based on those players.
Ty Hamilton Rankings
The 6'3", 250 lbs. high school senior is a 3-star recruit according to national rankings and the 26th best player in Ohio. He plays defensive end at Pickerington Central and will most likely move inside like his brother at OSU.
He will come in as a project for Larry Johnson but plays at full effort every down. Johnson likes versatile lineman like Hamilton, who can play on the edge or inside.
He has developed his technique over the years working with Johnson at camps and getting insight from his brother. He looks forward to staying close to home.
|6/20/2019 4:01:55 PM|
|Michigan Offensive Lineman Grant Toutant flips to the Buckeyes|
A Penn State Loss
For the second time in 14 days, Ohio State has hopped in to remove a top recruit from Penn State. Dissimilar to five-star receiver Julian Fleming, four-star tackle Grant Toutant had given his pledge to the Nittany Lions, just to shockingly flip to the Buckeyes Sunday night. A long-term Penn State commit Toutant stunned the world, posting on Twitter that he was decommitting from the Lions, and going to Columbus.
Toutant was verbally dedicated to Penn State since November a year ago.
The 6'7", 320lbs lineman from Michigan has seen his rankings rise and now is a top 25 tackle and one of 300 players ranked highest in the country. Toutant focused on Penn State yet was offered by both MSU and OSU in January. His footwork, following quite some time of playing b-ball, will enable him to exploit a major sized frame.
While Coach Studrawa is the o-line coach, previous Michigan coach Greg Mattison is the one credited for his enlistment, which means those new Michigan staff members are beginning to win players for the Buckeyes.
With a genuine o-tackle body, Toutant can play inside, yet is fit on the edge and that is the place Ohio State intends to put him.
|6/13/2019 2:42:29 PM|
|Ohio State Buckeye Schedule for 2019|
The Ohio State University has announced the football kickoff times of 6 matches on its 2019 schedule. Included in the list was the contest at Michigan on November 30th, which will start at 12:00 PM ET, and will be on FOX.
Other game times that were released include: August 31st Florida Atlantic Noon on FOX, September 7th Cincinnati 12:00PM on ABC, September 14th Indiana away Noon on FOX, October 5th Michigan State 7:30 PM on ABC/ESPN and October 18th Northwestern 8:30 PM on FS1.
The Buckeyes cannot make any mistakes this year if they want to make it to the playoffs. Other major teams in the CFP have easy paths while OSU has to finish out strong. One loss on the season makes it difficult to get an invitation but Ohio State could possibly be an exception. Its always better to not have a blemish when teams are selected. They need to win the last three games of their year convincingly.
The non-conference schedule for the Buckeyes does not present a challenge this year. Luke Fickell and Cincinnati will be interesting but an easy win for Ohio State.
Penn State and Michigan await them at the end of their schedule. Win those match-ups plus the Big10 Championship (against Wisconsin, maybe Nebraska) and they will get their spot in the final four. Michigan and OSU are the favorites to win the Big Ten title in 2019.
|6/6/2019 2:02:25 PM|
|Best Receiver in the Country Julian Fleming Commits to Ohio State|
Julian Fleming, the No. 1 receiver in the nation, and the No. 6 generally speaking prospect, reported his promise to Ohio State on Friday morning.
Fleming turns out to be only the fourth five-star wide wideout to join Ohio State since 2000, joining Ted Ginn Jr, Jalin Marshall, and 2019 recruit Garrett Wilson.
A visit to Columbus the few days around March 22 was the one event that put the Buckeyes up for good in this blue-chip fight. Clemson was in the drivers seat preceding that outing and Penn State was viewed as the one to beat from the get-go all the while. He reported his pledge to the Buckeyes on Friday morning in a very emotional video, where he stated, "Ohio State is home."
His enrollment has been a battle, and for a long while many trusted that he would add to Clemson's great class. To such an extent that Fleming was enlisted by the current Clemson recruits and needed to break the news to his friends that he wouldn't go along with them at school.
Practically identical to previous Buckeye Michael Thomas, Julian Fleming effectively isolates. Quickness and physicality make him world class after a catch, plus his ball abilities are remarkable.
The 6-foot-2, 199-pound Fleming is a fabulous mix of size, quality and jumping capacity. Fleming flaunts a 4.63 40-yard dash, 37.4-inch vertical hop and a 23-foot long-jump.
The Catawissa (Pa.) Southern Columbia five-star player unequivocally considered Clemson, Penn State, Georgia and Alabama among others.
Fleming is a prospect who could come in and play immediately, yet in spite of the fact that he is trusting that is the result, he is eager to hang tight and work for a chance.
|5/31/2019 3:58:08 PM|
|Buckeyes Snap Up Kyle McCord|
O-H my! In an early commitment for the class of 2021 Ohio State snaps up 6'3 and 204-pound quarterback Kyle McCord. McCord, who is finishing up his sophomore year in Philadelphia, Pa at St Joseph's, has verbally committed to the Buckeyes for 2021. Ohio State's quarterback coach Mike Yurcich has been recruiting him along with 15 other colleges that have given him offers. Kyle who received his first scholarship offer in the summer before his high school career began has been a strong and successful player on the field. His career thus far has been quite impressive and the accolades are expected to grow over his next two years of high school. During his first season as a varsity starter, he threw 38 touchdowns, completed more than two-thirds of his passes and set the school record with 2,883 passing yards. He holds a Penn State Class 6a title and will have an opportunity for two more before Ohio State even has the opportunity to have him in the locker room as a Buckeye.
Why McCord Liked Ohio State
|5/23/2019 1:09:52 PM|
|Another Crop of Buckeyes Looking to Conquer the NFL|
Ohio State had 9 players drafted in 2019, and have had at least five players taken each of the last six years. Now, those players will look to have an instant impact in the NFL.
Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers, Rd. 1, Pick 2
Bosa should instantly upgrade an anemic 49ers pass rush, and the scary thing is that he could be even better than his brother.
Dwayne Haskins, Washington Redskins, Rd. 1, Pick 15
Haskins is walking into a situation with an injured Alex Smith, and not much else behind him. At this point, he may have the inside track to the opening day starting job.
Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts, Rd. 2, Pick 59
Beyond T.Y. Hilton, there's not much in the Indianapolis WR room, so the speedy Campbell can contribute right away.
Dre'Mont Jones, Denver Broncos, Rd. 3, Pick 71
In 2018, the light came on for Jones and he put together a great junior season, landing him near the top of the third round. He is extremely athletic but can be a feast-or-famine type player.
Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins, Rd. 3, Pick 76
McLaurin enters a WR room in Washington with a lot of players who haven't really reached their potential, and can contribute quickly.
|5/3/2019 12:06:48 PM|
|Ohio State OL Malcolm Pridgeon Greeted by Cincinnati at Pro Day|
Ohio State Pro Day
The Cincinnati Bengals are one of the groups that met with Buckeye OL Malcolm Pridgeon.
Pridgeon is anything but a major name heading into the draft, in light of the fact that Ohio State's line was frustrating in 2018. In any case, as an individual prospect, Pridgeon stands up without anyone else. Not at all like 10 of his Ohio State colleagues, Pridgeon was not welcome to the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this Spring. But that didn’t stop him from preparing.
He invested energy at Kennesaw, Georgia PRIME Athlete Development, and has also worked out at Deer Park, New York Xceleration Sports Training, close to the place where he grew up, working out 3 times each day to plan for the weight lifting, athletic tests and line drills that he experienced at Pro Day.
|4/3/2019 8:49:02 AM|