The amount of cheese you get when you order nachos at an Ohio State basketball game is, in a word, unnecessary. I learned that on November 29, 2011 – the night Ohio State hosted Duke as part of the ACC-Big Ten challenge. I was carrying the nachos I had just ordered back to the media room, careful not to spill any of the piping-hot cheese that was threatening to flow over at any moment, when I rounded a corner to the main hallway. I didn’t see Dick Vitale coming.
Ohio State apparently believes Mike Gesicki, a 4-star tight end out of Manahawkin, NJ, is the missing piece in Columbus. Gesicki is the No. 4 tight end nationally and the No. 7 player from New Jersey, according to 247Sports. He has great size at 6’5”, 236 pounds and has an interest list (247Sports) that features Duke, Florida, Miami, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin and, of course, Ohio State. He’s obviously a big recruit, but is he really that important for OSU? Perhaps Gesicki isn’t actually the missing piece for Ohio State, but at the very least, Urban Meyer and his recruiting staff found a great way to make the 4-star tight end feel like he is. Gesicki posted a picture of this puzzle he received from Ohio State on his Instagram account. Notice that his face is indeed the missing piece of the
Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class is on pace to rank in the top two or three of the country, but if Thad Matta lands another top prospect or two he could put the finishing touches on the No. 1 group …
The nation’s top-ranked Class of 2014 recruit Jahlil Okafor cut his list to eight schools Wednesday, with Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State and Ohio State remaining in the mix for the ridiculously talented center. But like every other great post, Okafor will be dependent on a player – primarily the point guard – to deliver the post feed or drop-off pass on time and on target for him to be in the best position to score.
The nation’s top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2014 narrowed his list to eight schools on Wednesday. Center Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young) tweeted out his list of finalists by declaring, “In no particular order: My final 8 Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State, Ohio State.” This past season, Okafor helped Whitney Young to the Class 4A sectional finals, where the Dolphins fell to Chicago power Simeon in March.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New Ohio State women’s basketball head coach Kevin McGuff has announced the hiring of Patrick Klein and Joy Cheek as assistant coaches. Klein begins his third year as an assistant after working under the fired Jim Foster. He also served as an assistant at Illinois 2007-09. Cheek comes to Ohio State after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Duke. She was one of two recruiting coordinators for the Blue Devils, in addition to also overseeing the perimeter players. The hiring of Klein and Cheek leaves one more assistant position open on McGuff’s staff.
Recruiting is a tricky deal to figure out sometimes. There’s Duke, which knew it had to replace seniors Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly with a stud frontcourt player in this recruiting class. But conversely, did the thought of potentially having to replace sophomore Shane Larkin even enter Jim Larranaga’s mind at the beginning of the season? I know Larkin is not likely going anywhere, but still, the point is that it can be hard to know exactly what you’re going to need to replace in recruiting.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a sophomore or senior. When you put up 2,050 all-purpose yards in a season, someone is going to notice you. That’s the case with 2015 running back Traveon Samuel (Phenix City, Ala./Central), who has exploded onto the scene as of late. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound back is fresh off a solid sophomore campaign and already has offers from Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Jacksonville State, Ohio State, South Florida, Tennessee and UAB.
It has been an up-and-down season for the Ohio State Buckeyes’ basketball team, but no matter how this year ends up, there is hope on the horizon on the recruiting front.
Thad Matta’s greatest strength during his tenure in Columbus …
Jerome Baker (Cleveland/Benedictine) can’t remember what his stats were last season. He just knows they were good. Apparently, everyone else knows, too, as the sophomore earned the rare moniker of All-Ohioan as a 10th-grader. In Massillon, Ohio, for Saturday’s Nike SPARQ Combine, he proved his worth by posting a top-10 rating of 106.35. Some big schools have already taken notice, with Arizona, Duke, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin showing interest.