|Ben Christman On Recruiting and Staying at Home|
Yes, recruiting for the 2021 college football season has already started. Ohio State's fourth recruit is Ben Christman, a four-star offensive tackle, making him the school's first offensive line recruit for 2021. Christman is currently in his junior year at Revere High in Richfield, Ohio, so he's another home state recruit, which seems to be the trend at OSU right now. He's a big guy, at 6'6", 299 pound, according to 247Sports. Christman was recruited by Greg Studrawa and Tony Alford.
How Christman Ranks
Christman is considered one of the best lineman in the state. He's ranked as the No. 9 offensive tackle in the country for 2021 and No. 44 overall. In the state of Ohio he's rated No. 2.
His recruitment also means that OSU has recruited the top two in-state prospects for back to back years. This kind of homegrown talent sticking around is exciting to see. "You can make the argument that Ohio's the best state for high school talent," Christman reportedly said. "You have so many guys that go on to play Division I and in the NFL. It speaks for itself. Ohio's where football was originated so you have to think that it's the best."
Back in June, Christman took to Twitter and announced his commitment: "COMMITTED!! I'm staying HOME…" He's obviously thrilled to stay in Ohio and be part of Buckeye football!
What Other Options Did Christman Have to Consider Outside of Ohio State?
Ben also had offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, and Notre Dame, all known for their football programs, so it says something that he chose Ohio State.
Why Christman picked Ohio State?
Christman is clearly a big fan of Buckeye football (I mean, who isn't around here, right?!), and joining "The Brotherhood" as he put it has been a dream of his. Now it's come true. The young star also seems very pleased to be staying in his home state, and is also excited about the wave of other recruits from within Ohio.
Ben Christman: 4-star recruit on why Ohio State is home
|10/11/2019 4:03:51 PM|
|Malaki Branham : Highschool Baller Sensation Primed for the Big League|
The pedigree of high school basketball is getting more and more potent over the years, and schools are cramming more than ever to recruit a young athlete whom they think will fit their system. One of the players that stands out above the rest is Malaki Branham, a four star high school basketball player from St. Vincent-St. Mary HS in Akron (which is the exact school LeBron James came from) whose size, length and motor for a guard is already making schools salivate.
What Malaki Branham Offers
Easily one of the nation's top 40 college prospects, Malaki Branham is towering over his high school adversaries with a height of 6'4 and weighs in more than 190 pounds and is very quick and agile for his size. His length adds a different dimension to his game to help him contour his way inside the the other teams defense and sky over them. This helps him as well defensively to guard the passing lanes and disturb shots. But like all prospects, the kid needs guidance from a school and a coach to hone his skills on the college level where the competition kicks up a notch.
Offers and The Ohio State Buckeyes
Recently, a handful of teams already reached out to Malaki to offer him a scholarship to join their respective team. They are aware of the impressive build, skillset and work ethic this kid has. Duquesne and Akron has sent out their offers as well as Miami (Ohio) and Ohio University to try their luck in snagging the prized athlete. Though there is one major program who had offered Malaki a scholarship that is making headlines today, the Ohio State Buckeyes which already made deals with Kalen Etzler, the first 2021 recruit and Justin Sueing, a transfer. But unlike Etzler who decided right away to commit to Ohio State the same day he was offered the scholarship, Malaki Branham wants to sit down and look at his options.
If ever Malaki ultimately chooses the Buckeyes, he'll be parading the team with Etzler and potentially fellow four-star recruit Keon Johnson and will form instantly a formidable lineup for the Ohio State.
|9/20/2019 1:52:27 PM|
|Ohio State New Addition: Kourt Williams|
Kourt Williams is a young football athlete who has recently committed to the Ohio State football program. He began his football career at Saint John's Bosco High School in California. Kourt Williams plays the Outside Linebacker position with aggression, as well as strong tackle power. His knowledge of the game, and play recognition, has made him a standout prospect for numerous colleges. Kourt Williams is also in excellent shape as of February 2nd. Proof of his athleticism is a 4.6 second 40-yard dash time, 39.3 inch vertical jump, and 4.09 second shuttle. His build is also perfect for the position he plays, and helps make him a force to be reckoned with on the field. Kourt Williams stands tall at 6-foot-1, and weighs 209 pounds. Kourt Williams was rated a four star talent by a number of services. Add to that into his traits mentioned previously, and you have the recipe for true talent.
Other College Offers for Kourt Williams
Kourt Williams has talent, and this is known by the numerous college offers that he received prior to committing to Ohio State. Williams took immediate interest in Penn State, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma as his top three choices from the start. Penn State was among the top prospects for Williams, and it should be noted that he did visit the campus twice to talk things over with coaches and players. As time moved forward the list eventually grew to 5, and Ohio State began to look like his number one choice. The California native then began to look at the offers and choices that were presented to him. During the spring season he visited several of his top prospects: Texas A&M on April 26th, Oklahoma on May 3rd, Penn State June 7th, and finally Ohio State on June 21st. All of the schools mentioned have excellent football programs, and even offered him scholarships (among 20 other schools). It became clear that Ohio State was starting to win the battle after his attendance at the 2020 Buckeyes recruiting barbecue. The recruiting deal included a scholarship of course.
The Ohio State 2020 Class
Ohio State had recently received offensive talent prior to Williams committing to their university, and it was clear that they were looking to add some defensive talent to their roster. Ohio State is recognized as one of the top football schools in the nation, so it is clear that they wanted the 12th ranked outside linebacker in the country for that particular recruiting year. The Ohio State roster after this current recruiting year is looking very strong with an abundance of four start talent on both sides of the football.
Kourt Williams Ultimate Highlights // 2020 St. John Bosco 4⭐️ LB/DB // Ohio State Commit
|9/6/2019 2:30:57 PM|
|Safety Lathan Ransom's College Decision|
Lathan Ransom is one of the best players coming out of Arizona in the 2020 recruiting class. The 4-star safety is ranked 190 nationally out of the ESPN 2020 Top 300 and 6th at his position. Lathan Ransom boasts some impressive physical attributes standing at 6-feet and 2-inches weighing in at 183 pounds.
Lathan Ransom Scholarship Offers
Ransom committed to Ohio State University on July 16th of 2019, choosing OSU over a star packed list of colleges including: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma, Indiana, LSU, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, UT Austin, UCLA, Michigan and MSU, Texas A&M, University of South California, Utah and Washington. In addition to OSU, Ransom made official visits to UTA, Notre Dame, LSU and Oklahoma. Lathan Ransom used his last official visit to OSU where he would fatefully end up committing to.
Why he selected Ohio State?
In an interview with Bucknuts, Ransom stated he chose the OSU program due to his belief in what coaches Jeff Hafley and Ryan Day are accomplishing there. He also stated he was in constant contact with the two and that they were actively making an effort in recruiting.
Looking at the OSU recruiting class now, it is visible Coach Day is attempting to assemble a super class for the upcoming year. Just before the spring period came to an end, the Buckeyes had only one defensive player commit, but with Lathan Ransom choosing OSU, the class roster now boasts eight defensive commits.
Ransom will play the free safety position at OSU and will be counted on to turn around the OSU defensive blunder that cost them many yards, points and big plays in the 2018 season. Lathan Ransom is set to be a primary mover of the Buckeyes defense and is seemingly their lead player on that side of the ball.
OSU 2020 Class
In addition to Lathan Ransom, the Buckeyes 2020 super class includes commitments from quarterback Jack Miller, star wide receivers Gee Scott Jr. and Julian Fleming, a stacked lineup of offensive linemen and a few other defensive stars including 4-star defensive end Darrion Henry, 4-star linebacker Cody Simon and 4-star cornerback Lejond Cavazos.
|7/19/2019 1:15:27 PM|
|Why Mitchell Melton Chose Ohio State|
The 2020 recruiting class for the Ohio State saw a number of fantastic prospects join their ranks for the upcoming season. One of the most prolific names to surface from this is that of Olney based Mitchell Melton. Standing at six foot three and weighing a very respectable 235 pounds, the outsider linebacker is one of several coups for the Buckeyes. A stark contrast to the more recent shift of OSU towards smaller, faster linebackers, Mitchell Melton is a larger linebacker than what fans have been used to seeing in recent recruits. Not that that means, by any accounts that he will have any less of an impact for the college team.
Mitchell Melton's Strengths
Despite his bigger stature, Mitchell Melton is certainly not missing much in terms of speed with very respectable showings in testing, something which will undoubtedly only increase once he is integrated within the Ohio State fitness program. Perhaps the greatest attribute this young man brings however is that of agility, with a great set of stats to accompany his profile. Mitchell Melton moves well, he's perfectly apt in regards to pace and very agile, particularly for someone of his stature. With a great tactical brain, Melton is a great defensive prospect who had a good track record with ensuring plays are defended to the very best standards. While he needs work on coverage and has plenty of room to grow, OSU will certainly be content with this recruit.
College Scholarship Offers
With offers coming in several directions, from Michigan, Notre Dame, Air Force and Duke, there was only one real challenge to OSU coming from the offer from Michigan. With visits at Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan respectively, it was OSU that really caught the linebackers eye with the decision seemingly unanimous. Seemingly falling in love with Ohio State's infamous program, it was a shoe in for Mitchell Melton, with very little challenge coming from elsewhere.
Why He Chose Ohio State
A man who is guided by his faith, Mitchell Melton seemed ecstatic to announce his decision with his passion and commitment to OSU evident in his social media activity. Having played his football with Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, this was a huge step for the young linebacker but one both the team and himself will be delighted with. What makes him stand out, as well as his devout and very obvious faith is his devotion to education, with the aim to study within finance and sports marketing, something which heavily influenced his decision to join the OSU 2020 recruiting class.
|7/12/2019 2:05:21 PM|
|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|