|When State Power Forward Kalen Etzler Became a 2021 Buckeye|
The OSU Buckeyes were the first in the Big Ten with a 2021 class recruit with the commitment of Kalen Etzler in May. Etzler, led Crestview HS to the Division IV championship last year, and tweeted his verbal commitment to Chris Holtmann a little over a month ago.
Etzler is a 6'8", 195 lbs. forward from Crestview (Knights), Ohio. He is rated as a 4 star prospect, 2nd in the state and 51st overall in the nation.
The Buckeyes beat out offers from Miami (Ohio), Bowling Green, and Duquesne. His brother plays for the Miami RedHawks.
Buckeye fever runs through the Etzler blood, his uncle Doug was a Buckeye basketball team member in the early 1990’s for four years. Doug became the head coach of Crestview days before Kalen became a future Buckeye. He has two years of high school before coming to Columbus.
|6/19/2019 2:51:00 PM|
|Ibrahima Diallo giving Ohio State More Center Depth|
Following a 20-15 season, the Buckeyes will need to regroup. This last season their tallest player was freshmen Jaeden LeDee, a freshman. But even he isn't a true center. It is hard to win a game without true size, but on the perimeter, but more importantly inside. Without a good defensive presence, your lane will turn into a freeway for layups. But, sadly for the fans of Ohio State, their basketball team will take another hit. Jaeden LeDee the former four-star recruit had decided to transfer from the school. Both the school and their second-year coach confirmed this. The coach called him a wonderful young man, and wish him all the best in the future. Ledee didn't match some of the hype and expectations the team had of him and obviously the expectations that he about playing time. He averaged only 3 points and a bit under two rebounds per game. Not every freshman wearing the number 23 makes a splash. He also struggled shooting the ball. In the age when more a more players shoot behind the line, Ledee barely shoots threes.
Ohio State Centers
The only player that can currently cover the center position is sophomore Kaleb Wesson. He had a great season averaging 14 points, 7 rebounds and shooting around 35% from three. He has entered his name into the NBA Draft. But, luckily for Ohio State fans, he isn't appearing on any Mock Draft Boards. This will probably lead him to return to Ohio State for another season, to boost his draft stock.
He could have a lot of help in Ohio's new recruit Ibrahima Diallo, a true seven-footer. Ibrahima Diallo is a native of the West African country of Senegal. He last played for Prolific Prep. Even if he is a three-star recruit, he is built more in the style of a modern NBA big man. He is more mobile than centers of the past and is sure to add weight to his 200-pound frame. The 211 recruit in the country will bring much-needed size to the Ohio State roster.
College Offers for Diallo
He is quite a raw prospect. He only played two games in his senior year of varsity basketball. But that did not stop coaches from top universities to approach him with offers. In total, he had five offers on the table. He had to decide between Ohio State, DePaul, Florida State, Pittsburgh, and USF. In the end, he committed to Ohio State.
|5/9/2019 2:36:57 PM|
|Why Lejond Cavazos Re-Committed to Ohio State|
Ohio state first got a commitment from the 2020 four-star defensive back Lejond Cavazos in June 2018. At the time he was ranked as the number 10 safety and Number 197 player by national rankings for 2020. For all his defensive exhibition during that time, Cavasoz was highly coveted with 21 other schools including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, amongst others with the top challenger being Oregon, Georgia and Miami Hurricanes.
That was then, Lajond Cavazos has since recommitted himself to Ohio state university again.
Why did he de-commit from the Ohio State University football team?
A lot has been said about Cavasoz de-commitment from the Ohio States in December 2018. Amongst the superior reasons was the retirement of Head Coach Urban Meyers who is highly reputed as a very successful college football coach in history.
Was it loyalty that prompted Cavazos de-commitment?
All in all, the controversy surrounding Head coach Urban Meyers retirement was vocally pointed out to be out of health concerns and not dismissal from how he handled his former receivers coach Zach Smith domestic abuse allegations.
Following Cavazos de-commitment, he was again highly sought after by 22 other teams, the top being Michigan, Alabama and Ohio State which still wanted him to commit to the program.
Why did he recommit to Ohio State?
During his de-commitment in December 2018, Cavasoz stated that Ohio State still remains his top choice. A number of players had de-committed following Head Coach Urban Meyers retirement because they wanted to keep their options open in case better programs came calling. For Cavasoz, de-committing was because he had a dream of playing under retired coach Meyer. The new coach was unknown to him and had to inspire new confidence in him.
When offensive coach Ryan Day stepped up as a head coach for the Ohio State, the de-commitments from Cavasoz and other players put him on the spot on his ability to reel in high profile, high-level players to Ohio State.
Day silenced his critics by adding a Five-star player to his ranks. The signing of Defensive Zach Harrison during the transfer was a bold move. He again signed Quarterback Justin Fields and went further ahead to solidify his first two classes with five-star players.
These bold steps made players recommit to Ohio State and to Day as it inspired confidence.
|4/19/2019 3:56:06 PM|
|Is Daniel Giddens a Good Choice for Ohio State|
April Fool’s Day
I thought it was an April Fool’s Day joke when talk of previous Ohio State and Alabama player C Daniel Giddens having enthusiasm for coming back to Ohio State. Ohio State is keen on taking Giddens back in Columbus. This comes after first year recruit Jaedon LeDee's name sprung up in the NCAA exchange window on March 28 and OSU declared the forward leaving.
Ohio State Roster Need
When you get over the underlying stun of Ohio State having enthusiasm for the arrival of a previous Buckeye that did not light the world ablaze, the move really bodes well from the program. Chris Holtmann is in urgent need of a backup for Kaleb Wesson and a good edge defender, and Kyle Young can't do it. Ibrahima Diallo could be that person, however not as a first-year recruit.
Center Giddens was a four-star player and the nation's tenth rated big man in the 2015 class. As a green bean, Giddens played in 33 matches, opening seven for an Ohio State group that went 10-7 in the Big Ten and 22 of 14 overall. Giddens averaged 3.6 on the boards with 3.8 points.
Playing a Role
If not for the name and reputation related with him, Giddens feels like an incredible fit for the job. His tenure at Alabama didn’t break any records as they played small ball and Giddens struggled with a wrist injury. But he can block shots and fill a defensive void when Wesson sits on the bench. He won’t be looking for big minutes and will understand his role on the team.
In the wake of playing three years, Giddens will have one year of qualification remaining. Even though Giddens knows about the Buckeyes, the Scarlet and Gray training staff has changed since the last time he was in Columbus and Tuesday's visit will permit Giddens to become acquainted with Chris Holtmann and see if there is a fit.
|4/5/2019 11:00:37 AM|
|Why Jonah Jackson transferred from Rutgers to Ohio State|
Rutgers is widely considered to be one of the worst teams in the college Big Ten conference, and the woes of its coach Chris Ash grew, when its leading player Jonah Jackson announced that he was taking a graduate transfer to Ohio State. Ohio state is one of the leading teams in college football, having won conference championships and is the defending champion. Jackson was one of the three players who had opted for a transfer from Rutgers in the NCAA transfer portal, weakening the team further but the other players have not committed to any other team.
The Rutgers player Jonah Jackson is six feet four inches tall and weighs 305 pounds. He played a total of 31 football games for Rutgers and started at sixteen games. In the last season, he played for a total of eleven games for the Scarlett Knights. He was valued as a versatile football player, who could could play at either of the guard positions if required, and also at the center. He was widely regarded as the best lineman in the Rutgers team for offense. He has won a honorable mention in the All-Big Ten in the last season by both the coaches of the teams and the media.
|3/4/2019 2:25:18 PM|
|Offensive Tackle Jakob James Will Join Ohio State in 2020|
Sixteen year old Jakob James has committed to playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes in the colleges football program for 2020.
James will be turning 17 in February, meaning he can officially sign and become a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes by December. Jakob James is the son of Elder offensive line coach, Craig James, and reportedly has had a great rapport with Ohio State coach, Ryan Day, and offensive line coach, Greg Studrawa. James, who sports the number 78 jersey, says that playing for the Elder Panthers in The Pit, and being able to be a part of Buckeye Nation is something that he had dreamed of ever since he was a child—a legacy he can’t wait to uphold and is honored to be a part of.
Jakob James wears the 78 jersey in honor of his late cousin, Matt James, the Notre Dame signee and St Xavier All-American, who tragically died after a fall from a balcony during spring break in 2010, weeks before he was due to play for Notre Dame.
The Buckeyes had actually given Jakob James a soft offer last summer, at camp, where it was agreed that if he was able to gain some more weight and come back to camp next year, Ohio State would re-evaluate him. Coach Day says James is right where he needs to be physically, and extended the offer last Monday.
|2/8/2019 2:53:35 PM|
|Dawand Jones Offers Visits and Basketball|
Dawand Jones, the 6ft 8 inches, 360lbs Ben Davis football offensive tackle and a talented basketball player is at crossroads with choosing the college to go play for, following an overwhelming pool of full scholarship offers from several universities across the country. He also has offers in basketball as well; although he loves basketball, he’s beginning to develop a stronger interest in football.
Offers and Visits
Within the past couple of months, Dawand received offers from the football teams of some prestigious schools like USC, Florida State, Auburn, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, TCU, etc. with a full scholarship offer in most cases. Jones has visited Ohio State, Michigan, to pick up offers from these universities. He made an official visit to Florida State on the 15th of December 2018. Herb Hand the co-offensive coordinator for Texas visited Ben Davis in order to offer Jones a hand in the team. He has also made an official visit to some other schools USC, etc.
In Basketball he also picked up a division 1 offer from Northern Michigan and some division 2 offers from the following schools like Cleveland state, Bowing state, Kent State, Ball state, etc. According to Jones, basketball is a game he loves and would love to play in college. He made official visits last summer to two of the universities mentioned above like Ball State and Kent State. He seems to be putting into consideration his interests in both basketball and football in order to determine the best fit and which school best serves his interest in both games.
Dewand's mum would prefer the son to be more of a basketball player because she feels it suits him more and she believes he loves the sport, however, she has left it for him to make the choice. She believes the ball is in his court so the decision should be his.
|1/14/2019 8:58:10 AM|
|Gee Scott, Eastside Catholic High-school’s WR to Play for Ohio in 2020|
The recent move by the four-star wide receiver of Eastside Catholic High-school (Washington) Gee Scott to play for Ohio in 2020 has just left many Americans in surprise. This is after he committed to join the Buckeyes for the 2020 games. Considering his wonderful gaming skills, there’s no doubt that this move is really going to be a huge win for the state of Ohio.
Scott (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) has just the right body size, height, and the needed speed for a desired performance in the field. Gee Scott currently ranks at position 2 in the Washington state and on the 70th position nationally. Also, he is at number 15 based on the 2020 recruitments report.
Gee’s decision to be one of the Buckeyes in 2020 has seen Ohio’s position improving from 5th to 3rd in the composite state recruitment rankings. This just supports how amazingly the Ohio state has gained following the commitment.
Scott’s October 2018 Visit to Columbus, Ohio to Watch Buckeyes Play Indiana
The visit by the wide receiver Gee Scott seems to be where all the interests began. Gee was extremely amazed by whatever he saw at the Columbus campus. First, he found the environment quite conducive for learning and at the same time really promising for his future football career. Besides, he could not manage to underestimate the school's deep history in football. As he was watching the match, there's a time he even envisioned himself playing in the field for the Buckeyes. According to him, all the moves and passes were just so amazing and he got hooked up even much more.
His Relationship with Rob Sims
The connection between Scott’s family and Sims is way beyond powerful. It was founded about a decade ago when Scott Sr. (Gee’s father) was in a really tough life situation. Scott Sr. was really down financially to an extent that he could not manage to rent a house for himself. So, he resorted to using his car as the home.
|12/29/2018 10:28:35 PM|
|Ohio Receives Local Linebacker Tom Eichenberg|
The Ryan Day era receives its first big BOOM as Tommy Eichenberg commits to the Ohio State University. The four-star St. Ignatius linebacker declared that next fall he in face will head to Columbus for college football and play for the Buckeyes.
Eichenberg's announcement is welcome news after two de-commitments followed the retirement announcement last week of Urban Meyer, Ohio's head coach for the past seven years. the 6'3" 225-pound senior is rated as a four-star prospect by most services, and is ranked as the country's 319th best overall player, as per composite rankings. He is also ranked as the 19th inside linebacker and the 8th best prospect from Ohio.
|12/10/2018 1:43:40 PM|
|Jaxon Smith-Njigba Brings 4-star Receiving Talents To OSU|
Well, it looks like another WR out of the state of Texas is headed to OSU.
Slow Month for Ohio State
The Buckeyes have been fairly quiet lately. After the Zach Smith scandal and Urban Meyer's suspension, it didn't seem like the college had much time to recruit in the month of August. Commits started to slow down with the regular season starting, so OSU was only able to nab Jameson Williams in that time.
They've broken their recruiting drought in a huge way after grabbing 2019 RB Marcus Crowley as well as 2020 WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
That makes Smith-Njigba the seventh member of the 2020 class at OSU, and he's notably the only receiver so far. He'll more than likely get to know OSU's future QB Jack Miller very well over the next year before he formally signs with the team. His commitment should help to keep the Buckeyes in contention for the top 2020 class nationwide even though things are pretty early at this point.
Joins Another Texas Receiver
2019 WR Garrett Wilson should also be a familiar face to Smith-Njigba. They're both from Texas and both seemed to get along pretty well while they were on campus watching OSU edge out a victory 36-31 over Nebraska.
|11/9/2018 1:43:10 PM|