It is a time problem. They do not have the time to put into recruits that are not showing interest. That has been good part of the problem with the recruiting effort this year. The staff pursuing players who are not coming this way. Look at how the recruiting board has changed since we started on the class of 2010. Too much time spent on players who were not seriously considering us early on. Look at tight end. We have a couple of national level kids in Ohio. We did not get into the fight for one, Alex Smith, and waited too late to get involved with Welch. I don't know if we could have gotten Welch. I think he was Notre Dame all the way. I think we could have made an impression Smith. We sat back and let UC convince Smith that he wanted to play in that offense. We never even made a pitch. If a coach is spending any time on the phone with a kid that is not interested when he could be on the phone with a kid at least open to the conversation, it is a wasted opportunity to help this football program. There are limits to how much time there coaches can spend with recruits. We want them to be ones we have a legitimate shot at. no comments
Here it is, straight no chaser. I think we could see this team go 9-3. That is a worst case scenario but one I think could happen. You cannot underestimate the advantage of home field. We play Penn State and Michigan at their joints. These teams are going to find another level playing the Buckeyes at home. That is an advantage but the biggest mistake fans are making is not factoring in experience. Look at this team by position and look at the players that are being asked to step up. Not alot of game reps beside too many of those names. Experience is big at any level but in college it means so much more than in the pro game. We have seen a couple of recent examples. The NFL choosing quarterbacks who have the most college experience. There was a betting angle last year, an angle I won a tidy sum on early in the season, that shows the value of experience on the offensive line.
What do I think is going to happen? 11-1. I would love to push our home end of the USC home and home to next year. It is so early in the year that some of the players who are just now earning playing time are not going to be ready for such a match-up. If the Buckeyes can win that game I think we will have the rest of the college football world exactly where we want them, screaming their bloody lungs out that the Buckeyes are in the national championship game again. no comments
I did this blog post about Pryor on April 6th.
<<<We always want to compare Terrelle Pryor to Vince Young. There are so many similarities that the comparison is a good one and tells us alot about Pryor. It goes beyond their athletic ability. They are very comparable in size. I remember who fans took the pictures of Pryor that circulated on the internet of some testing done prior to fall camp. Fans were surprised at how big he is. Not just tall. He is big just like Young. Both were not the most polished passers coming out of high school. That is where I see Pryor becoming something Vince Young has not yet become. I think Pryor can become a complete quarterback. I think he can be the prototype for a new generation of quarterbacks.
My first impressions of Pryor as a junior was he could never be a quarterback for a top 20 program. His motion was such that I did not think he could iron it enough to be effective. I saw him again as a senior and could see just how much he had progressed. He was not there yet but he had made a leap that I thought put him securely in the quarterback position and no longer an athlete. I saw Young as a high school senior. He was still looking more like an athlete than a quarterback to me. Last year Pryor threw the ball even better. There were times when he looked like he was well on his way to being a finished product. Consistency is his biggest problem. Young was still a kid that I stated at the time was a Hall of Famer but not as a quarterback as late of his sophmore year. I did not see a quarterback until he was a junior. Pryor is past that. He is a couple of years ahead of Young, a top 5 pick that could still be worthy of that pick if he becomes the mentally tough player who led his team to a game winning touchdown to win the national championship. When Pryor throws the ball every time like he throws it on occasion he becomes the most dangerous player in the game.<<<<
This was before the spring game. I watched the spring game again for the third time. I focused on Pryor for the first time. I kept reviewing in my mind the throw at the end of the half for a touchdown that nobody is soon going to forget. I asked myself was that a fluke. As I watch the game I see he threw the ball all day that well. It was just how spectacular the throw was that made it such a focal point. He was accurate and threw with great velocity all day. Tight spirals. He does have a hitch in his delivery, but would you still call it an ackward delivery? I wouldn't. The last line of that April 6th blog is what has me excited. I saw Pryor step much closer to being the most dangerous player in the game. The athletic quarterbacks we are seeing emerge are still so dependent on their legs. The one who becomes more dangerous with his arm than his legs becomes the next generation. The quarterback I saw in the spring game is further down that road than I thought he would be.no comments
Yesterday Adam made this comment:
[quote=Adam]The interesting question is whether this change in defensive recruiting philosophy makes us more likely to win the big bowl games but less likely to get there because we'll have more trouble beating a Wisconsin in Madison in an inch of snow.[/quote]
Madison has not been the only problem. Look at what Ron Dayne did to us here in '99. They did not really need to huddle. They just ran Dayne down our throats. I think that day will always stick in the Buckeye psyche. Winning week in and week out in with a speed defense in this conference has always been a concern. I think the conference is changing though. Outside of Wisconsin and Penn State, where are the power running teams in the conference? I think the staff may have come around to believing we have a better chance of winning against the Big Ten teams with a speed defense than we do of beating USC and Florida with our physical teams. The way the Buckeyes are dominating the Big Ten right now, not difficult considering that the conference top to bottom is not as strong as it was just 5 years ago, it is a very sound strategy.