|C.J. Hicks, the College Football Recruit to Look Out For|
Who is C.J. Hicks?
C.J. Hicks is a high school senior football recruit from Archbishop Alter High in Dayton Ohio. Weighing in at 190 lbs., this 6 foot 4 inch young man caught the attention of colleges across the country with many recruiters trying to get him to commit. His skills include playing defense and offensive positions and excelling in all of them.
Hick’s talents have made him so widely known that he had received 28 scholarship offers from around the country before making his decision. These offers included Penn State, Notre Dame, Iowa, Cincinnati, Virginia, West Virginia, Purdue, Tennessee, Ohio State and many more. The choice was extremely difficult for him with the different scholarship packages and perks he was offered to attend some of these schools.
Which Colleges has CJ Hicks Visited?
In an interview, he mentioned visiting Purdue, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, and Ohio State for games in previous years, and had had great times at all of them. Alabama did invite him this year, however had prior engagements and was not able to attend that event. He mentioned enjoying Cincinnati, Purdue and Columbus Ohio for reasons such as their atmosphere, great football seasons, nice friendly people, and amazing crowds.
C.J. Hicks Commitment Choice
C.J. Hicks has ultimately decided to attend Ohio State University, and was recruited by Al Washington and Kevin Wilson. He stated he chose the OSU Buckeyes because of the incredible culture there. He also believes that going to Ohio State will help him to become the man he wants to become along with aiding his football career. He admitted the choice was hard, but after a discussion with his mother he knew what he wanted. He is already trying to recruit for the Buckeyes with friends, and other players he believes are a good fit.
With his long and lean body, this player is able to take long strides allowing him to cover more ground faster. Hick’s has had experience as a safety and sometimes as a cornerback, along with other defense positions. In high school he was even utilized as an offensive player, making him more versatile in how he played. College being the different ballgame it is, he will most likely have to bulk up to increase his strength, endurance and stamina. If you watched this past season you can see he is almost where he needs to be to be considered college football ready.
What does he offer Ohio State University?
With his experience in various positions on the field, he offers the Buckeyes a recruit who will be effective just about anywhere they place him. This can be a rare trait, most athletes excelling in offense or defense. His physique allows him to be fast and yet take a hit when needed, which is essential when playing this sport. He is also very determined to be the best, and his competitive nature helps ensure his dedication and motivation to achieving his football goals.
|5/17/2020 3:12:27 PM|
|Ohio State CB Jyaire Brown from New Orleans|
Ohio State got their first 2022 commit on Wednesday from New Orleans Warren Easton High School cornerback prospect Jyaire Brown. “Hollywood” Brown made the announcement on Twitter. The 6’1” 170lbs 2022 recruit is considered a 4 star prospect, the 16th best cornerback and the 122 best overall player in the country.
Many programs are just getting their 2021 classes started, but Ohio State has a class that is getting full and easily ranked the best in the country. Now they are beginning to look at the next class, making offers, and talking to recruits.
Jyaire Brown to LSU
Many thought he was headed to LSU including Billy Embody who had a crystal ball predication of 62% likely to stay in the South at Louisiana State. He also had offers from Florida State, Arkansas, Colorado, and Alabama. A total of 19 scholarship offers in all.
Brown’s family wanted him to wait a little before deciding but he went with his gut and pulled the trigger on the Buckeyes now.
Brown was born in Cincinnati and wanted to find his way back to the area with his college selection. His family is still a bunch of Buckeye fans and consider the school DBU.
Kerry Coombs was his recruiter at Ohio State and discussed coming back home with Brown. Warren Easton coordinator Munchie LeGaux knew Coombs from when he was a quarterback for the University of Cincinnati and Coombs was on the staff.
This is the first recruit for the Buckeyes in the area in over 15 years. Recruiting a sophomore early can be tricky but the staff must have liked what they see at this point.
What Jyaire Brown Offers Ohio State
Brown is a true cornerback with length that will be able to play press for OSU. His speed also makes him able to play zone when needed. And his physical play is something Ohio State wants in cornerbacks coming in to make tackles.
Coombs feels that Brown will fit well with the culture of the team. The Buckeyes offered Brown a scholarship 5 days prior to him committing. No visits have been made as the current pandemic has made that impossible.
Brown played the entire season as a starter on a state title competing team. He also plays basketball and runs track at Warren Easton. Some have compared Brown to Marshon Lattimore, an Ohio State graduate now playing for the New Orleans Saints.
Jyaire Brown commits to Ohio State, becomes Buckeyes first 2022 verbal
|4/23/2020 7:02:02 PM|
|Bucknell Guard Jimmy Sotos Transfers|
Ohio State landed Bucknell guard transfer Jimmy Sotos this past week to help their depleted numbers after a number of Buckeye players entered the NCAA transfer portal. Ohio State lost Luther Muhammad, DJ Carton, and Alonzo Gaffney to transfers prior to Sotos selecting them. Sotos had the opportunity to play at Minnesota, Gonzaga, Butler, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Ohio State or Missouri in 2021. He will redshirt his first season in Columbus and will hit the hardwood as starting point guard CJ Walker graduates.
What Jimmy Sotos Offers
Sotos is a tall 6’3” point guard coming out of Illinois, Conant High School. He was born in Elk Grove Village Illinois. He is what Ohio State has looked for in guards the last couple of seasons, a seasoned veteran that will sit a year and then come in as a starter.
Sotos started 77 games at Bucknell in his three years with the Bisons. He averaged 8 points a game with 3.9 assist and 3.4 boards. He was 37.1% from behind the arc his third year in college.
Why Ohio State?
Sotos got along well with Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann and Ryan Pedon. Bucknell fans were a little surprised with the news of his transfer, but he feels this is the next step in his college career. He was only in the transfer portal for 3 days when his transfer to OSU was announced on his twitter account. Sotos felt that he could compete at a high level after having good games against Syracuse, Ohio State, TCU, Penn State, and North Carolina while at Bucknell.
With in-person visits banned during the COVID 19 pandemic, Sotos had to make a transfer decision without a visit. He relied on Zoom meetings and online research to determine the best location for his next two years.
Highlights: Bucknell at Ohio State | Big Ten Basketball
|4/9/2020 8:48:21 PM|
|Five Star Running Back TreVeyon Henderson from Hopewell Virginia|
Hopewell Virginia running back TreVeyon Henderson committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes tonight over offers from Oklahoma, Georgia, Penn State, Michigan and others. A 5’11” 195 lbs. prospect, Ryan Day has a great piece of his 2021 class settled tonight.
Considered the top player in the country by many, his motivation comes from his desire to help his hard working mother.
Running Back TreVeyon Henderson
Henderson was great on the field last year, winning a state championship with 2,424 yards and 45 touchdowns, as well as in the classroom, earning a 4.0 grade point average. He averaged 12.2 yards/carry during his junior season.
Henderson is the current Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia. He went from being a defensive back prospect as a sophomore to a 20 lbs. heavier running back with better speed as a junior.
He is able to change direction quickly and increase speed while breaking away from entire backfields.
TreVeyon Henderson Visits
Henderson was unable to visit Ohio State as he had planned in April due to the world-wide pandemic (the NCAA on-campus and off-campus visit suspension), but felt great about the coaches and the program at OSU. He mentions running backs coach Tony Alford as a reason that he feels very comfortable with the team today. Expectations were for Henderson to take his time with recruiting, but all that changed with the visit restrictions. Al Washington and Ryan Day were also pivotal in Henderson’s recruitment.
Many are comparing Henderson to JK Dobbins, who also never visited Ohio State before committing. He grew up watching Ezekiel Elliott and the Buckeyes during their great 2014 and 2015 seasons.
TreVeyon Henderson: 5-star running back commits to Ohio State
|3/28/2020 12:57:07 PM|
|Evan Pryor Joins OH State Buckeyes|
Written By Connor Patterson
Evan Pryor Commits
Ohio State added running back Evan Pryor to its 2021 class. Pryor knew what he was entering when he joined in and knew all the stars.He choose Ohio State over Georgia and North Carolina.When Pryor enters he will be with the running backs Master Teague III, Marcus Crowley and Steele Chambers. Due to the Buckeyes recruits they will be ahead of the competition.
The Effects Of Evan Pryor
3 commitments in the month of March for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Pryor is the 124 overall prospect in nation. Because of Pryor, Ohio State has the most ESPN Junior 300 commitments in all FBS programs. Which is more than Florida, Clemson, Oregon, Notre Dame, and North Carolina. Pryor is a 5-foot-11, 190-pound back from from Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina.
Some Struggles for Ohio State
Pryor has became the 13th commitment to the Ohio State roster already locked and loaded for the 2021 roster and is the first RB to join the group. The buckeyes entered the cycle of recruit after missing the previous class and desperatly needed some top tier running backs that is where they got Evan Pryor. They are still on some good guys that are the No.2 and No. 3 which is TreVeyon Henderson and Donovan Edwards.
Some Issues With Evan Pryor
One big problem with Pryor is his blocking ability. Because Pryor is so used to using his passing ability and usually in the pocket and getting better leverage. In the film of him he is using his upper body to block which is not going to help him against the big ten line backers. He will need to work on his lower body strength and using a block only using lower body strength.
Evan Pryor Highlights 2021 4 Star Running Back OSU Commit
His Relationship With The Other OSU Players
Ohio State was unexpected for his choice because his sister went to Penn State. But he thought that it felt like a family and he loved the people. Due to the voice chat he became friends with his future teammates and he thought they were great. In a few days he is going to actually come to Columbus. He has already met the team in Columbus and just like the voice chat he felt like a family. He is very exited to come to OSU and wants to find out about his new home.
|3/21/2020 7:38:47 PM|
|Ohio State Spring Game 2020 Cancelled |
All over the U.S and across the wider world, sporting events are being cancelled and postponed due to concerns about the spread of the deadly coronavirus COVID 19. Already huge sporting competitions and iconic events like the La Liga soccer tournament, MLS games, and the remainder of the NBA season have felt the consequences of this virus. One of the most recent sporting traditions to fall victim to the Covid 19 pandemic was the Ohio State Spring Game.
The spring game is normally a joyous occasion for fans and athletes alike, where the best college football talent is on display. So, that being said, it was with a heavy heart that authorities at Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan have cancelled this long standing tradition. The spring game also acts as a launch pad for new players and helps to get fans and players hyped up and excited for the upcoming season.
The Ohio State Spring game was due to be played between the Scarlet and the Gray on Saturday April 11th. College authorities decided to make and publicize the decision well in advance to minimize the disruption to fans lives. The Ohio State university have also put in place other sporting limitations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. In a recent statement they announced that although they would continue to host inter-college sports events, only the athletes themselves and their immediate family would be allowed to attend. The move may be partly in response to the Governor of Ohio calling for a halt to 'mass gatherings' of people.
This year the 2020 Ohio State Buckeyes team will be playing in the top flight NCAA Division I football league. The Ohio State team has a number of important games upcoming, including outings against Penn State, Bowling Green and Nebraska among others. This will be the 131st season for this successful collegiate outfit, and no doubt players like Thayer Munford, Myers and Wyatt Davis will be hoping that they can capture some of the same success they have tasted in the past.
The annual Spring Game is generally viewed as an excellent showcase for upcoming talent and some of the most highly tipped players in the Buckeyes team for the 2020 season are Harvey Miller and Jean-Baptiste. Rest assured though, these fine players will have plenty of chances to show their talent when the season kicks off in earnest in September.
Ohio State Buckeyes 2020 College Football Schedule Preview
The team is widely considered to have good chances in the upcoming season, and will definitely be hoping to improve on last years performances, which helped them to win the Big 10 East division. There are some very significant personnel changes, but they will definitely be helped by the fact that their head coach Ryan Day will be returning to lead them in the 2020 season. Day has already built a solid relationship with this group of impressive college athletes, and will surely be hoping to channel that dynamic to victory in their upcoming games.
In summary, the 2020 Spring Game featuring Ohio State is another example of a much anticipated sporting event being cancelled in an effort to contain the deadly coronavirus. We can only hope that sporting schedules will return to normal in good time.
|3/16/2020 2:32:28 PM|
|How the Eleven Buckeye's in the 2020 NFL Combine are Performing|
The 2020 NFL Combine kicked off this past Sunday and is well underway. The workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN will come to a close on Monday, March 2nd. If you are looking for an update on the performances of former Ohio State players in the combine then you've come to the right place. A prospect grade of 8.0 is considered the perfect prospect and a grade of 5.0 is reserved for players that have a chance to be in an NFL training camp.
Ohio State Players In the 2020 NFL Combine
1. Damon Arnette, CB
Prospect Grade: 6.19
CB Damon Arnette has experience as both an inside and an outside corner. Arnette has shown that his greatest strength is his run support physicality. He has good upper body strength to defeat blocks. Arnette has NFL size and is very skilled at riding receivers with pressure and strength. He's also displayed a lack of burst at the combine which could limit him to being only a zone coverage cornerback.
2. J.K. Dobbins, RB
Prospect Grade: 6.38
Dobbins possesses solid contact balance to absorb hits and keep going. He has excellent vision once he has reached the second level of the defense. His vision at the line of scrimmage, however, is below average. What he does a great job of is running low to the ground and keeping his pads square. J.K. is effective at dropping and finishing runs with pop.
3. Jordan Fuller, S
Prospect Grade: 5.88
The bruising defensive back plays downhill and cuts off angles well. Fuller is agile and makes quick alterations to pursuit angles. One of his biggest selling points is that he has great leadership qualities. The safety is not fleet of foot when backpedaling. He lacks the range and long speed as a free safety. Often he has problems with man coverage.
4. Davon Hamilton, DT
Prospect Grade: 5.98
An athletic 4-3 defensive tackle, Hamilton sees blockers movements and reacts quickly. Hamilton has good feet and strength to set a strong edge. He has a great burst off the line and handles double teams relatively well. Davon is an above-average tackler. He doesn't shed blocks well. Additionally, he doesn't play with enough length to create advantages.
5. Malik Harrison, LB
Prospect Grade: 6.36
Harrison can play all LB spots. An aggressive downhill terror, he makes plays near the line. Malik uses his length and speed to leverage his gap. He's skilled at daring quarterbacks to use touch and throw over the top. Harrison is also a strong presence on special teams. His instinct and play recognition in the middle is average. He has limitations in man coverage.
6. K.J. Hill, WR
Prospect Grade: 6.17
Hill runs detail-oriented routes. He disguises his route intentions well. The wide out is willing to work in the middle of the field. He is not very explosive or dynamic with the ball.
7. Jonah Jackson, OL
Prospect Grade: 5.87
Jackson is flexible enough to play both center and guard. He possesses good width and lateral slides in pass protection. Jonah plays too tall when run blocking and can't sink to create good leverage. Has issues maintaining body control.
8. Austin Mack, WR
Prospect Grade: 5.87
Mack has NFL size and strength. He is intelligent at running routes and uses his hands well to free from jams. Mack works away from coverage with crisp out routes. He is not durable and is considered injury prone as he has missed significant time the past two years.
9. Jeff Okudah, CB
Prospect Grade: 7.15
A highly driven and self-motivated prospect, Okudah's measurements and speed are top of the line. He is great at crowding receivers at the point of release. Jeff possesses elite foot quickness. His instincts are average and needs to improve route anticipations.
10. Binjimen Victor, WR
Prospect Grade: 5.50
Victor utilizes long strides and separates well. His mechanics in the air are smooth on catch attempts. His release is ineffective though and he struggles to re-accelerate after slowing down.
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|2/27/2020 3:42:28 PM|
|Analysis on Recent Four Star Commit Mike Hall to Ohio State|
The approximately month-long NCAA football recruiting dead period has gotten underway as of this past Sunday. Ryan Day and the Ohio State Buckeye's were able to capitalize just before the downtime by securing a verbal commitment from a four-star defensive tackle from Streetsboro, Ohio, Mike Hall. What can fans expect from Hall as a member of Ohio State's 2021 class?
Mike Hall on Rivals
With six of the Buckeye's 10 commitments for 2021 residing in the state of Ohio, the commitment of Mike Hall further entrenches Ohio State as having the No. 1 ranked recruiting class. Hall is listed at 6'3", 290 lbs. and grew up in Northeast Ohio. According to Rivals.com, he is the 75th ranked player in the country, 6th ranked defensive tackle in the country, and 4th ranked player in the state of Ohio, respectively.
Mike Hall Scholarship Offers
Mike Hall has been feverishly sought after throughout his recruitment process from some of the most successful programs in college football. The list of schools that recruited him included Georgia, Penn State, Arizona St., Florida State, Indiana, Kent State, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia. Hall was offered scholarships from all of Akron, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Toledo according to ESPN.
Why Select Ohio State
When the larger than life Hall had a sit down with head coach Ryan Day and defensive line coach Larry Johnson Saturday afternoon, he was convinced beyond a reasonable doubt Ohio State is where he wanted to be. In a recent interview, Mike Hall was asked what he liked about Ohio State and what helped him make the decision. This is what he had to say regarding that as told to Jeremy Birmingham of Lettermen-Row:
"It has always been a childhood dream of mine to play for Ohio State. I was just impressed and in awe of the atmosphere on campus and all the facilities. The coaches and recruiters are really great people that want their players to succeed in life beyond football. Coach Day is an influential person that makes you feel at home." Hall said.
One respected and highly acclaimed scout, went out on a limb to proclaim Mike Hall as the greatest defensive tackle prospect from the state of Ohio over the last decade. The Streetsboro high school standout's most glaring strengths are undoubtedly getting off of the ball and pushing through the line. A dominant and bruising force, Hall admitted in the same interview he gets more of a thrill from rushing the passer than stuffing the run. Before taking the field at the next level, a couple of weaknesses he could focus on improving are hand placement and hip technique.
Mike Hall on decision to commit to Oho State, plans as a recruiter for Buckeyes
|2/6/2020 2:06:15 PM|
|Coach Kerry Coombs The Bull Goes Home and Recruits Martinez|
What's your favorite Kerry Coombs moment from the Ohio State archives? Coaching in only a shirt during a snow storm in Minnesota? Body guard for Ohio fans when Jabrill Peppers loses his temper? Well before you decide, keep in mind the best is yet to come. Yes, the Red Bull is back in Ohio’s Red Nation.
Kerry Coombs in the NFL
After a two year stint with the Titans in the NFL and a run deep into the playoffs and while OSU held its breath and their phone calls to any other coaching prospects, they were able to bring Coombs back home as Defensive Coordinator for the 2020 campaign. Coach Coombs proved his point to the NFL and himself. He belongs in football and he belongs wherever he wants to be in football.
Jeff Hafley Leaves For Boston College
Looks like that is back at OSU after a 15-1 season under new head coach, Ryan Day, Ohio is already in the driver's seat for the 2020 BCS season. The Buckeyes had a big hole to fill with DC Jeff Hefley moving on to head coach at Boston College. January 20, 2020 Buckeye nation dreams came true as Kerry Coombs more than took up the open space.
When Kerry Coombs came to Ohio State
Since his 2004 Ohio State Championship as head coach of Colerain High School, where the lifelong Ohioan also is a graduate, Coombs has been synonymous with Ohio football. With success at the University of Cincinnati under Brian Kelly and Butch Jones, Coach Coombs already had the eye of now Ohio State legend Urban Meyer in 2012. Coach Meyer saw not only a great football coach but also an outstanding people person. Amazing with players on the field, Coach Coombs also had a talent for recruiting. Coombs quickly set the standard at OSU bringing in top quality prospects, setting the tone at OSU, and then sending great talent straight into the NFL. Coach Coombs sent 5 first round picks into the NFL from 2014 to 2018.
Recruiting Cameron Martinez
Coach Coombs wasted no time hitting the recruiting circuit immediately and heading to Muskegon, Michigan to the home of Cameron Martinez. A four star prospect who had verbally committed to OSU, Martinez had a four year varsity run as Quarterback for Muskegon and a high school record of 48-4. Martinez is seen as a Division I defensive back, wideout prospect with a clear football future. This is a cautious and pragmatic athlete with 29 scholarship offers, and with changes at OSU and a few weeks to decide where to ink his talent he is in no hurry to tie himself down. Penn State, Norte Dame, Boston College? Decisions, Decisions.
Cameron Martinez: Dynamic Michigan athlete commits to Ohio State
|1/31/2020 3:06:16 PM|
|Buckeye Sam Hart Tight End from Aurora Colorado|
Tight End Sam Hart from Cherokee Trail HS recently committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes for 2021. His quick commitment is somewhat of a surprise as 2021 prospects could not talk to schools until September 2020. "Why Wait, it feels right to commit to Ohio State." he told reporters when making an announcement. Hart is the 15th ranked TE in the country, 4th in Colorado overall. He had 22 scholarship offers including Penn State, LSU, Oregon, and Notre Dame.
When it came to committing he called coach Tony Alford and said he was ready to be a Buckeye. Then he called tight ends coach Kevin Wilson and head coach Ryan Day. Everyone was "super pumped up" Hart said.
Sam Harts College Visits
Hart has taken two visits to Columbus, one during the Penn State game. He was recruited by Kevin Wilson (TE coach) and Tony Alford (who handles the Colorado area). On the most recent visit, his family drove around Columbus and liked everything there is to do. He thought the campus itself was beautiful. Hart hasn't met any kids from 2021 yet. But he did meet a 2022 tackle prospect on campus. He liked Roosters near Ohio State for a meal choice. His high school coach is from Ohio State and recommended the spot.
What Sam Hart Liked about the Buckeyes
The coaches at OSU stood out and talked to him a lot during his recruitment. No other school talked to him as much as Ohio State. And It felt like home when he was on campus. He likes that the room at Ohio State for TEs in 2021 is wide-open. He also feels that he will get to player early if he works hard. Even with a 2nd Tight End in the same year class he can get on the field.
He felt Ohio State was a better fit than Notre Dame, that OSU would make him a better person and football player. He also liked that TEs from Ohio State go to the NFL even though they don't get too many passes. OSU Tight Ends learn blocking and the full role in an offense he reported.
|1/7/2020 2:05:45 PM|
|Chase Young Heisman Trophy Finalist|
Chase Young has been dominant all season long. Look at his stats. 44 tackles, 16.5 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles. Not to mention that those 16.5 sacks are a school record that he achieved despite missing two games this year due to suspension. This has been one of the most dominant seasons for defensive player college football has seen. There's a reason why he's a candidate and a lot of people think he can win despite only one defensive player has ever won the Heisman.
He and his other candidates will be at the PlayStation Theater in New York City. It has been held there since 2005. Here are the other candidates that will be there and their stats:
Joe Burrow, QB for LSU
77.9 cmp%, 4,715 YDS, 48 TD, 6 INT
Justin Fields, QB for Ohio State
67.5 CMP%, 2,953 YDS, 40 TD, 1 INT
Jalen Hurts, QB for Oklahoma
71.8 CMP%, 3,634 YDS, 32 TD, 7 INT
All Offensive Players for Heisman
Every single candidate excluding Chase Young is an offensive player. Although many believe he deserves the award, in today’s age of football, people are big fans of explosive plays on offense. Don't get me wrong, people love seeing a player disrupt the offense with their abilities, but many people prefer an offensive shootout over great defensive play. This is why the past two Heisman winners have been from Oklahoma as they are known for great offense, but terrible defense. This year, like many before it, is to see who the best QB was by looking at their stats and how their teams are playing.
His team is #1 in the nation and my favorite to win the Heisman. He has massively improved from last year. Many people believed that if they had a decent QB, they would've beaten Alabama last year. What happens this year? LSU goes into Tuscaloosa and dominated Alabama because of their great offense. The thing is, Joe Burrow was the QB both years. To go from being considered an average to a below-average player, to the Heisman Favorite, shows how much he can improve and it showed in the SEC Championship Game as he dominated Georgia.
Speaking of Georgia, Justin used to play at UGA last year. He was the back-up to Jake Fromm and barely got any action and decided to transfer. All he has done this year is show UGA and everyone in the country why he was the #1 recruited player out of high school. His chance to win the Heisman is hurt by the amazing year Joe Burrow is having as well as having a teammate like Chase Young.
|12/13/2019 2:46:21 PM|
|Justin Fields Rehabbing Injury, Plans to Play in Big 10 Championship Game|
Figuratively speaking, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has a target on his back headed into this weekend's Big 10 Championship. In reality, the target is much closer to his left knee.
Fields suffered an injury to the knee in the form of an MCL sprain as the Buckeyes battled then-No. 8 Penn State on November 23, leading the scarlet-and-gray to a 28-17 win. He appeared good to go by the next game, as he would lead Ohio State to a 56-27 win on the road against archival Michigan, but the injury was re-aggravated on a third-quarter hit, sending Fields to the sideline.
He would return with a brace on the knee after a few plays, and it now appears Buckeye fans have no need to worry about missing their starting quarterback as they travel to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this Saturday to face Big 10 West champion Wisconsin to determine a conference champion.
Will Justin Fields Rest?
"In my mind I'm playing on Saturday. I don't care how much it hurts," Fields said.
"No, not at all," added Buckeyes' head coach Ryan Day when asked if Fields will rest. "He'll get rehabbed this week and be fine. He'll be playing. We'll use him all 60 minutes."
For Fields' part, he has been spending extra time each day this week working with the trainers inside the program to make sure he is as healthy as he possibly can be when he takes the turf on Saturday.
"I just come in every morning and do different exercises with the trainers. I try to once it a lot and do different things to strengthen my knee and my quad and my knee to get it back to normal," he said.
Fields' prescience on the gridiron cannot be overstated - a leading Heisman Trophy contender, Fields has thrown for 2,654 yards this fall, tossing 37 touchdowns while tallying just one interception. He has also added over 400 yards and ten touchdowns with his legs on the season.
Can Justin Fields Still Run?
A main concern is how effective Fields will be at both maneuvering in the pocket and handling designed run plays with the injury and the brace -- he acknowledged Tuesday that while he definitely isn't the same athlete as he is when he's healthy, he has to make the safe choice when it comes to his own health.
"It definitely limits you from running, but at the end of the day you have to stay safe when you're in the pocket. You're going to be limited or be safe, and you have to decide what's more important," he said.
|12/6/2019 11:07:30 AM|
|Ohio State Buckeyes Men's Basketball Season|
It won't be long before the talented Ohio State Buckeyes team makes another go at it, this time against Purdue Fort Wayne. There are a lot of returning players and the biggest name is Junior Center Kaleb Wesson. He actually threw his name into the NBA draft last year but decided to return for another year. Last year, he averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds. The only scholarship senior with the basketball club is Kaleb's older brother Andre who is a premiere force on the defensive end. Since he is the only senior on the team, he is expected to be a leader for the team. The freshmen and sophomores will certainly hear a lot from him as the league goes along. Walk-on Danny Hummer is also returning as a red-shirt Senior for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State Returning Starters
Two more starters are also returning in Forward Kyle Young and Guard Luther Muhammad. Muhammad is poised for a breakout year after his production took a dip last year with a shoulder injury. He is expected to bounce back this year after he noticeably put a lot of work in before the season started.
Buckeye Freshman Class
The freshmen class is pretty deep with Center Ibrahima Diallo, Forward Alonzo Gaffney, Forward E.J Liddell and Guard DJ Carton. All these players are expected to contribute right away. In fact, Wesson, Carton and Liddell are known to be called State Mr. Basketball in the past so they are expected to play a lot of minutes this year. We've already seen Carton play a significant amount of time at Point Guard with Liddell coming in to relieve Kaleb Wesson when he needs a break.
Coach Chris Holtmann is entering his third season as coach of the Buckeyes and things turned out the way he hoped it would be in the past two years. He guided the team to the NCAA tournament the past two years and they are expected to do so again this year. Last year was a little rough after the loss of JaeSean Tate (Graduated) and Keita Bates-Diop (NBA). They finished 20-15 and 8-12 in the Big Ten conference.
One player who won't be returning this year to the lineup of the Buckeyes is CJ Jackson but the Buckeyes already have pegged CJ Walker as his replacement at point guard. He missed the entire year with an injury but he figures to return this year better than ever.
Ohio State v Cincinnati
The Buckeyes lead Cincinnati all time in their head to head matchup and the first game of the season was no different for Ohio State. In fact, the Buckeyes won the last 3 games against the Bearcats so they were expected to be favored in the game. It was held in a different place this time around than prior years. And the Bearcats did not have too many players returning from last year. They had a lot of new faces coming in and were welcoming the challenge of facing the Buckeyes prior to the defeat. For the Cincinnati game, all eyes were on Jarron Cumberland and Buckeyes threw a lot of good defenders at him. Only time will tell if he will be able to be successful operating in the low post in later games this season.
In Ohio State's exhibition games, the Buckeyes showed a lot of depth. They have a lot of players who can excel when they are needed. The game with Cincinnati was expected to go down the wire since the Bearcats don't go down without a fight. Last year, the Buckeyes started the year with a 12-1 record but they suffered a few losses after that. With most of their good players returning, great things are expected to come.
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|11/20/2019 3:31:25 PM|
|Jacolbe Cowan as the next great Buckeye Pass Rusher|
Ohio State football already had one of the top 2020 recruiting classes in the country, and just a couple weeks ago they added to it by recruiting Jacolbe Cowan, a 4-star defensive end. You might say the rich got richer. Cowan was a highly sought after senior, and his commitment makes him one of now 23 recruits for Ohio State's 2020 season.
Jacolbe Cowan is in his senior year at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. Cowan stands at 6'5'', weighing 262 pounds. He's ranked by 247Sports as the No. 163 overall prospect and No. 15 defensive tackle in the country, and the No. 7 overall prospect in the state of North Carolina. He's been a quarterback's nightmare, racking up 10 sacks last year as a junior, and quickly recording three this year in his first four games.
He will be joining Cincinnati Princeton defensive tackle Darrion Henry and defensive end Ty Hamilton from Pickerington Central. This trio will give Ohio State substantial depth up front.
Jacolbe Cowan chose to make his announcement on the corner of his high school's football field following Providence Day's loss to Arden Christ School. He even had a video presentation prepared to go with his announcement. Cowan was recruited by Kevin Wilson, the recruiter for his area, and defensive line coach Larry Johnson. He will play the position of defensive end.
RCS CLT: Jacolbe Cowan interview
|10/25/2019 3:32:52 PM|
|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|