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6/22/2008 10:24 PM
 

Buckeyes nab two more

After picking up a trifecta of rather unexpected commitments over the past month (Reid Fragel, Dominic Clarke, Adam Bellamy), order seems to have restored itself on the Buckeye recruiting front -- and, more importantly, my class of '09 predictions.

On Friday, perhaps the most well known name in the class committed to play for Jim Tressel.  Unlike guys like Terrelle Pryor and Greg Oden who were famous for their own accomplishments, however, the only reason that people will recognize St. Thomas Aquinas standout wide receiver Duron Carter is because of his direct family lineage.  The position "wide receiver" and last name "Carter" should ring a bell to just about everybody, but in case you're still missing the boat, just check out the eyebrows and that should seal the deal.  Not to sell Duron short, though, he is still a heck of a player that can be very effective at the Division I level.  Scout ranks him as the #40 receiver in the country, and although Rivals isn't so nice (#73), he has been selected to the Under Armour All-American game -- although that may have something to do with his father's current employer, ESPN, who just so happens to have the rights to the game.  Carter's frame stands at about 6'3" 185 lbs., very similar to a Brian Robiskie type of player.  His size should allow him to be a fantastic red zone target in college, and if that's the case, then I guess "all he'll do is catch touchdowns."

In a display of selflessness and humility, Terrelle Pryor promised that he would give up his #2 jersey if Duron wanted to follow in his father's footsteps, which would immediately make both players that much more likable right off the bat in Columbus (if it's even possible to like the biggest thing to hit Columbus since Oden and the son of the school's greatest receiver any more).

Duron Carter on Youtube


Additionally, the rich continue to get richer in Columbus as Floridian power halfback/fullback Carlos Hyde is expected to commit to Ohio State as soon as tomorrow.  As the top ranked fullback in the country with the ability to be a 20+ carry  per game back in the Big Ten, Hyde has drawn comparisons to the likes of Wisconsin standout PJ Hill and current NFL star Jamaal Lewis.  Additionally, Hyde's commitment will in all likelihood open the door for another tailback from the sunshine state to join the Buckeyes this summer.  Jaamal Berry currently has Ohio State as his leader, and he would be the perfect "lightning" compliment to Hyde's "thunder" game.  With Jordan Hall already on tap (who will probably factor much more in the receiving than running game), running back was a key position of need for the Buckeyes this year, and it appears that Tressel will get two marquee studs to replace the expected departure of the Wellses following the season.

Carlos Hyde on Youtube.  He's the semi-truck who doesn't care too much for arm tackles.

http://www.aroundtheoval.com/2008/6/21/556374/buckeyes-nab-two-more
 
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6/22/2008 10:25 PM
 

Carlos Hyde is ready to commit

Posted by Vico in Recruiting |

Update: It’s official. Just as Kurelic noted last night, Hyde made the call today and issued his verbal.  The reasons for the verbal remain the same, though apparently Dick Tressel got the news as he was in the middle of moving furniture and was ecstatic over the commitment.

Carlos Hyde
The second Florida prepster domino appears ready to fall. All recruiting eyes were on Columbus in anticipation of the possible tidal wave of commitments that may follow from the advanced camp, further considering the shrinking number of spots in the class. Duron Carter, as expected, secured his spot. Another heavy Buckeye lean, Carlos Hyde, looks ready to do the same tomorrow.

Bill Kurelic brings the news from his contact with Carlos Hyde. Hyde, originally from Cincinnati, had been in Cincinnati for the past week to visit his family. He grew up idolizing the Buckeyes, but moved down to Naples, Fla to be with grandma. Hyde had the Buckeyes practically at the top of his list when they offered, and may have committed earlier in the week if not for the delays in actually taking a tour of campus. Indeed, by spending a whole week in Cincinnati, he was in no particular rush to make it to Columbus. Hyde felt he had seen everything he needed to see upon finally making it to campus, specifically remarking how Tressel takes care of his players. He noted he would talk about it with his family, and since everyone agreed to Ohio State as the top choice, Hyde says he set to commit tomorrow. He explicitly stated he wants to let Jim Tressel know before heads back to Florida.

Carlos Hyde has a lot of people excited, myself included, over what he could bring to the table. The Buckeyes didn’t take a tailback in 2008 in the fallout of DeVoe Torrence, and with Beanie a possible candidate for entry into the NFL and Rasta Wells losing his eligibility after this year, the Buckeyes appear to have their sights set on two more backs to compliment Jordan Hall, who is arguably more of a receiving threat than rushing threat. For all intents and purposes, the Buckeyes only have two targets, with Hyde being one of them. I’ve encountered a lot of comparisons of Hyde, who Scout.com has listed as the number one fullback prospect in the country. These comparisons range from Jamal Lewis to our very own Beanie, which I don’t think is particularly accurate nor fair to Hyde. Hyde doesn’t have the breakaway speed of either and Beanie is Jim Brown incarnate, but Hyde shows a nimbleness of footwork and power running style that compares favorably with PJ Hill of Wisky fame. If Hyde is the power back of the two targets, Jaamal Berry is the home run hitter/lightning in a bottle target. I’ve been calling for a Dr. Berry and Mr. Hyde tandem in this class for awhile, and it looks like a very real possibility. With Mr. Hyde ready to enter the fold, the Buckeyes are one step closer to such a tailback tandem in 2009 to compliment other studs like Brandon Saine and Boom Herron.

The embarrassment of riches that comes with being a Buckeye these days.

http://www.ourhonordefend.com/2008/06/21/carlos-hyde-is-ready-to-commit/

 
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6/22/2008 10:29 PM
 

Buckeyes pick up 19th in the class of 2009

Coveted Florida running back Carlos Hyde visited Ohio State this weekend and became the 19th member of the Buckeyes 2009 recruiting class. Hyde, a rare blend of size and quickness, has long favored the Buckeyes as he he once lived in the Cincinnati area. At 6-1, 230lbs the native from Naples, FL fits the mold of current Ohio State running back Chris Wells, a four star rated player and the #2 overall fullback in the class of 2009. Hyde chose the Buckeyes over offers from West Virginia, Florida, Florida State, and Clemson.

http://www.absolutepigskin.com/2008/06/buckeyes-pick-up-19th-in-class-of-2009.html

 
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6/23/2008 9:59 AM
 
OSU football: Class of 2009
Monday,  June 23, 2008 3:08 AM
High school football prospects who have committed to be part of the 2009 Ohio State football recruiting class:
PLAYER POS HT WT HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL
C.J. Barnett DB 6-1 180 Clayton, Ohio (Northmont)
Dorian Bell LB 6-2 220 Monroeville, Pa. (Gateway)
Adam Bellamy DL 6-4 275 Aurora, Ohio
Zach Boren LB 6-1 245 Pickerington Central
Duron Carter WR 6-3 185 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Aquinas)
Dominic Clarke DB 5-10 170 Frederick, Md. (Tuscarora)
Melvin Fellows DT 6-5 255 Garfield Heights, Ohio
Chris Fields WR 6-1 180 Painesville, Ohio (Harvey)
Reid Fragel TE 6-8 258 Grosse Pointe, Mich. (South)
Justin Green ATH 5-11 178 Louisville, Ky. (Male)
Jordan Hall RB 5-11 190 Jeanette, Pa.
Adam Homan LB 6-2 230 Coldwater, Ohio
Carlos Hyde RB 6-1 235 Naples, Fla.
James Jackson WR 6-0 175 Grand Ledge, Mich.
Storm Klein LB 6-2 225 Newark, Ohio (Licking Valley)
Corey Linsley OL 6-4 285 Boardman, Ohio
Jack Mewhort OL 6-6 285 Toledo (St. John's)
John Simon DT 6-3 265 Youngstown (Mooney)
Jordan Whiting LB 6-1 230 Louisville, Ky. (Trinity)
Jamie Wood ATH 6-2 185 Pickerington Central
 
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6/23/2008 10:00 AM
 
OSU football notebook: Buckeyes add two recruits
Brother of former player, Florida running back born in Ohio join class of 2009
Monday,  June 23, 2008 3:07 AM
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Ohio State picked up two more commitments from out-of-state prospects with in-state ties yesterday to push its 2009 recruiting class to 20 members.

Carlos Hyde, a power running back from Naples, Fla., whose parents still live in Cincinnati, and speedy receiver/defensive back Justin Green -- younger brother of former Ohio State defensive tackle Marcus Green -- picked the Buckeyes over several other schools.

"I basically like everything about that city and the school," said Justin Green, who, like his brother, is from Male High School in Louisville, Ky. "The tradition of the program is outstanding, the fans are great.

"I remember every time I went up there when I was little to watch my brother play I had a great time. I just thought it was time to make up my mind."

Hyde was sent by his parents to live with his grandmother in Naples, Fla., several years ago so "he wouldn't get caught up in anything bad (in Cincinnati)," said his mother, Dermidra. "You could tell he had talent that could take him places, and we didn't want anything to distract him from developing that talent."

That didn't stop her from lobbying hard for that talent to bring him closer to home once major colleges started showing interest, including Florida, the University of Miami and Florida State, especially after Naples won the Florida 3A title last year.

"Every time he'd call and say someone else was interested in him, we were always on him, reminding how nice Ohio State was, and how nice it would be for him to be close to home once again," Dermidra Hyde said, laughing.

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/06/23/OSUfb0623.ART_ART_06-23-08_C3_0EAIHPO.html?sid=101

 
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