10 May 2011
Some players I would have liked to see still on the board when the staff learned the Buckeyes would not be getting some offered players are no longer on the board. I had hoped the staff would have realized the national offensive linemen that have been offered were tough wins in any year but with the NCAA sniffing around like a pig looking for truffles that those players were longshots and come back to offer Benny McGowan.That did not happen. Now another kid that was on the back-up wish list, Evan Jones, the versatile big from Ridgewood has joined McGowan at Michigan State.
That does not mean the Buckeyes are running out of options, that this is an all or nothing class.We have talked about how deep the class is. I mentioned some players a few days ago who could be target players. There are some other potential gems out there who could pop up on the list with good summers.
I hope to see Cardale Jones wear scarlet and gray but I have reservations about his ability to qualify. I think with two senior quarterbacks and the odds too high that one of the underclassmen might transfer that a quarterback is very important to this class. One quarterback has emerged above them all with an outstanding junior film. He is not a known name to most fans. Eric Williams is a transfer into St. Ignatius from the northwest, Washington or Oregon. I can see Austin Appleby, Tyler O'Connor, Tyler Eden and Mason Schroeck could all end up with Big Five offers with good summers. Eric Williams, 6-3, 195, is a Bi Five kid right now. He will get nothing but better in the St. Ignatius system, playing against the competition St. Ignatius plays against. The only offer I am aware of is Toledo.
Arlington McClinton is a 6-6 220 lb defensive end from Midview. I just shake my head when I look at his film then look at his offer sheet. If he were at a bigger program he would have Big Ten offers.
Myles Hilliard is a player I have not talked about but he caught my eye several months ago. He is a big framed long-limbed kid who has serious growth potential. He is strong at the point of attack. He fits best as a five-technique end in a 3-4. His offer list is starting to blow up. His offer list is a bit stronger than the other players on this list but he could blow up to a possible Big Five kid with a great summer.
Here is another name I have not brought up but there is alot to like. He is another Brush kid. His name is Carlutorbantu Zaramo. 6-4 290 rarely looks this good. You hope 6-4 280 moves this well. Has a reported laser timed 5.0 Of all the players I have been talking about Arlington McClinton and this kid are the ones I am most baffled by the lack of offers. Akron is the only offer I am aware of for Zaramo. He could be a defensive tackle. I would try him there first but I think he likely ends up being a great find as an offensive tackle. He has the length you are looking for in a pass blocker and very good feet.
This is a Mark Porter special. He has been encouraging me to take a look at Western Hills receiver Josh Smith for months. There is not a great deal of film out there on Smith but what is out there shows a player second only to Dwayne Stanford. He is that spectacular. He is 6-2 and has a reported 4.43 forty. His only offers are Toledo and Kent so far. If he proves those numbers at upcoming camps an combines he could move into Big Five offer status. He looks like he could be a fine safety too.
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