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  • The Official Ron Zook 2008-09 Recruiting Thread

    So far, not a whole lot of action.

    Zook needs to lock up some talent at LB and OL. They will take another QB and an Athlete QB. They also hope to get Wingo or Oku at RB.

    "Experts" are saying that Zook is building a defense comparable to FSU and Miami in the late 80s, early 90s, so the focus on that side of the ball will be speed and depth.

    3 commitments. 1 kid de-committed and committed to tOSU, but many believe he will be in orange and blue.


    The players....

    Lendell Buckner






    Defensive tackle
    Chicago (IL) Leo
    Ht: 6-foot-3 (Event)
    Wt: 341 lbs
    Class: 2009 (High School)




    Rivals.com Rating: 5.8 (About)
    Position Ranking: 22
    Rivals.com Rivals250 2009
    Rivals.com defensive tackles 2009 (22)


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    The Latest: What's up with Buck? — 4/17/2008
    6-foot-3, 325-pound Chicago Leo defensive tackle Lendell Buckner committed to Illinois, along with teammate Leon Hill, in early February over offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Colorado, and several other programs. ...[details]




    COLLEGE CHOICESINTERESTOFFERVISITRECRUITED BY
    Illinois (solid verbal)COMMITTED
    (2/3/2008)
    NoneReggie Mitchell
    Michigan StateNoneNoneDan Roushar
    WisconsinNoneNoneRandall McCray
    ColoradoNoneNoneBrian Cabral
    and


    Leon Hill





    Offensive guard
    Chicago (IL) Leo
    Ht: 6-foot-4 (Event)
    Wt: 320 lbs
    Class: 2009 (High School)


    Rivals.com Rating: 5.8 (About)
    Position Ranking: 10
    Rivals.com Rivals250 2009
    Rivals.com offensive guards 2009 (10)


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    The Latest: Wells dominates at QB I Clinic — 5/14/2008
    North Chicago defensive end Anthony Wells wanted to test himself against Rivals250 offensive lineman Michael Schofield at Wednesday's QB I Clinic at Maine South High School. He passed the test and put himself squarely...[details]

    UpdatesCollege ChoicesVideosBioAudiblesScouting
    Illinois (solid verbal)COMMITTED
    (2/3/2008)
    NoneReggie Mitchell
    Kansas StateNoneNoneTim Tibesar
    Michigan StateNoneNoneDan Roushar
    Ohio StateNoneNoneDick Tressel
    OklahomaNoneNoneJames Patton
    TennesseeNoneNoneGreg Adkins
    WisconsinNoneNoneRandall McCray
    ArizonaNoneNoneBill Bedenbaugh



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    You guys gonna land those East St. Louis kids (WRs), Hawthorne and Appleton?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by El Birdo 1 View Post
      So far, not a whole lot of action.

      Zook needs to lock up some talent at LB and OL. They will take another QB and an Athlete QB. They also hope to get Wingo or Oku at RB.

      "Experts" are saying that Zook is building a defense comparable to FSU and Miami in the late 80s, early 90s, so the focus on that side of the ball will be speed and depth.

      3 commitments. 1 kid de-committed and committed to tOSU, but many believe he will be in orange and blue.


      The players....



      and
      You can forget about Fellows.
      You're being fucking dramatic. You own a TV and an air mattress. That's not exactly what I'd call "a lot to lose."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Charlie Sheen View Post
        You can forget about Fellows.

        Not what I hear, but not a make or break player. tOSU said the same thing about Cordale Scott.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by F the Cubs View Post
          You guys gonna land those East St. Louis kids (WRs), Hawthorne and Appleton?

          That is what the rumblings are, but long way to go.
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          • #6
            ~ something about Juice Williams goes here ~
            Dude. Can. Fly.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by El Birdo 1 View Post
              but not a make or break player
              Jim Tressel and his 15 commits before the end of May agree with you.
              You're being fucking dramatic. You own a TV and an air mattress. That's not exactly what I'd call "a lot to lose."

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              • #8
                proud fan/member of the most hated team and fan base in college sports.
                I think that would probably be the Yankees, and I'm guessing that's not who you meant. I'm not even sure tOSU cracks the top 3.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by InSighT View Post
                  I think that would probably be the Yankees, and I'm guessing that's not who you meant. I'm not even sure tOSU cracks the top 3.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by F the Cubs View Post
                    Good call, reading comprehension ftw.

                    Still, Duke is probably ahead of tOSU, and a couple others are right there.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by InSighT View Post
                      I think that would probably be the Yankees, and I'm guessing that's not who you meant. I'm not even sure tOSU cracks the top 3.
                      Just a couple snippets for you, I could post these for 12 hours straight if you need me too.


                      Stewart: I'm of the belief that college football benefits from the presence of a perennial powerhouse to root for/against. This role has been filled recently by USC and, to some degree, Oklahoma and LSU. Do you see any team asserting itself in the next few years and filling the role?
                      -- Marc P., Somerville, Mass.

                      Steward Mandel: I'm pretty sure that team already exists -- and it's The Ohio State University.

                      In nearly a decade covering this sport, I've never seen such universal animosity toward a program (Notre Dame notwithstanding) than what currently surrounds the Buckeyes. Based on some of the e-mails I receive, you would think Jim Tressel has been caravanning around the country egging houses.

                      It's pretty interesting when you think about it. Normally, people root against the teams that win a lot; in this case, the ill will has been generated entirely by the Buckeyes having lost in consecutive national championship games.

                      The good news is, this should all be resolved fairly early this season. As mentioned earlier, Ohio State plays at USC the third week of the season.

                      If they win, no one will be able to accuse the Buckeyes of "backing into" the title game this time. (By the way, what's with the short-term memory, people? With the amount of complaints I receive about Ohio State's schedule you would never guess they played Texas as recently as 2006.) If the Buckeyes get crushed again, I give you my word as a pollster they will quietly disappear into the night.


                      Ohio State should now be permanently banned from the top five. If not that, at least keep them out of the top two. They DO NOT belong there.
                      -- Kevin Flagg, Alpharetta, Ga.

                      Stewart Mandel: See what I mean?
                      Here is another good read:

                      http://www.sundaymorningqb.com/story.../26/11129/4187
                      You're being fucking dramatic. You own a TV and an air mattress. That's not exactly what I'd call "a lot to lose."

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Charlie Sheen View Post
                        Just a couple snippets for you, I could post these for 12 hours straight if you need me too.



                        Here is another good read:

                        http://www.sundaymorningqb.com/story.../26/11129/4187
                        that's fine except he even says 'Notre Dame notwithstanding'. tOSU is hated, and with good reason, but Duke, Notre Dame, USC...all of these programs are hated to some degree or another.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Charlie Sheen View Post
                          Jim Tressel and his 15 commits before the end of May agree with you.

                          Umm, ok. He is a very good player. He is not a must get for the Illini. I still think he ends up in o & b.

                          tOSU has another incredible class. It's funny watching them work against Illinois this year and last year. As soon as Illinois offers someone in the state of Ohio, tOSU offers them immediately, probably a lot sooner than they would want.
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                          • #14
                            And on another note, ESPN agrees with El Birdo (and I and others) on the Illini 09 BB class.

                            http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recru...nio&id=3413915

                            Monday, May 28, 2007
                            North Carolina, Illinois lead early '09 rankings



                            By Antonio Williams
                            Scouts Inc.
                            With college basketball programs in the process of finalizing their 2008 recruiting classes, the focus has started to shift toward the 2009 recruiting season. While some teams secured commitments from 2009 prospects very early in the recruiting process, other teams have enjoyed recent success by gaining commitments from talented players who are just finishing their junior seasons in high school.
                            Currently, only 42 players listed in the ESPN 100 have given verbal commitments. With more than half of the 2009 ESPN 100 prospects, including the top prospect in the class, 6-foot-9 PF Derrick Favors (Atlanta, Ga.), still searching for their college basketball homes, expect the competition for pledges from these elite players to intensify significantly.
                            This list will likely be changed dramatically in the coming months. As more 2009 prospects select programs, the rankings for the top recruiting classes will start to appear in clearer focus. Many schools will move up the rankings or drop in the rankings depending on how well they fare on the recruiting trail. These schools have flexed their recruiting muscles in these preliminary rankings of the top recruiting hauls in the Class of 2009.
                            1. North Carolina, four verbal commits

                            North Carolina coach Roy Williams has managed to put together an outstanding 2009 recruiting haul. Six-foot-3 combo guard Dexter Strickland (Elizabeth, N.J.) leads a very talented group of four top-25 prospects. Strickland will get plenty of help from 6-9 PF John Henson (Round Rock, Texas) and very skilled 6-9 power forwards David (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Travis Wear (Santa Ana, Calif.).
                            2. Illinois, four verbal commits

                            After losing 2007 prize Eric Gordon, Illinois coach Bruce Weber has endured some criticism because of a perceived lack of success in his recruiting efforts for the 2007 and 2008 classes. Weber has struck with a vengeance thus far in the 2009 class, with commitments from four prospects, led by a top-50 player, 6-9 PF Tyler Griffey (Wildwood, Mo.). ESPN 100 guards Brandon Paul (Warren, Ill.) and D.J. Richardson (Peoria, Ill.) in addition to 6-4 SG Joseph Bertrand (Sterling, Ill.) will provide scoring and playmaking from the perimeter to complement the inside presence of Griffin.
                            3. Georgetown, three verbal commits

                            After assembling a top-10 recruiting class in 2008, the Hoyas continue to stockpile talented prospects for their 2009 class. Georgetown coach John Thompson III has demonstrated great recruiting range by getting verbal commitments from two ESPN 100 players: 6-6 SF Hollis Thompson (Los Angeles, Calif.) and 6-11 C DaShonte Riley (Detroit, Mich.). This class gets a huge boost from 6-8 PF Chris Braswell (Baltimore, Md.), an ESPN 100 player from 2008 who will reclassify and enroll in 2009.
                            4. Louisville, three verbal commits

                            The beat goes on at Louisville as coach Rick Pitino continues to bring in quality players for his program. In 2009, the Cardinals will welcome one of the best point guards in the class in 6-foot Peyton Siva (Seattle). Meanwhile, 6-8 PF Rakeem Buckles (Miami) should produce plenty of highlight-reel plays with his explosive athleticism, and 6-4 SG Mike Marra (Smithfield, R.I.) should have plenty of chances to get off his smooth jump shot in Pitino's high-octane offense.
                            5. UAB, three verbal commits

                            Having UAB on this list is not a misprint; coach Mike Davis has delivered some monumental verbal pledges to Birmingham. One top-5 prospect, 6-9 PF DeMarcus Cousins (Mobile, Ala.), has the talent to not only build a program, but his presence could help shift the balance of power in Conference USA. ESPN 100 combo-guard Tamir "Pops" Jackson (Newark, N.J.) should have plenty of room to operate on the perimeter due to Cousins' interior presence. Juco 6-10 PF Maurice Bolden will add depth along the front line for the Blazers.
                            6. Connecticut, two verbal commits

                            One top-20 prospect, 6-8 PF Alex Oriakhi (Lowell, Mass.), has the ability to dominate games on both ends when he decides to play with intensity. ESPN 100 6-6 SF Jamal Coombs-McDaniel has a college-ready physique already and plays the game with great exuberance.
                            7. Florida, two verbal commits

                            Florida coach Billy Donovan has attempted to duplicate the success of his recent NCAA championship teams by accumulating incredible depth on the front line. In his 2009 class, he has added two top-40 power forwards in 6-9 DeShawn Painter (Norfolk, Va.) and 6-10 Erik Murphy (South Kingstown, R.I.). This talented and versatile 2009 duo will only add to the interior talent that the Gators recruited in their 2008 class, giving Donovan the ability to use multiple looks up front for Florida.
                            8. Kansas State, two verbal commits

                            Kansas State coach Frank Martin continues to have success recruiting high-major talent from the famed D.C. Assault AAU organization. After having Assault alums Michael Beasley and Ron Anderson as members of last season's squad, Martin will add two more talented D.C. Assault players in 2009 who are also ESPN 100 prospects: 6-7 SF Wallace Judge (Jacksonville, Fla.) and 6-4 SG Rodney McGruder (Washington).
                            9. Michigan State, two verbal commits

                            Spartans coach Tom Izzo has two physical inside players -- 6-10 PF Garrick Sherman (Kenton, Ohio) and 6-9 C Derrick Nix (Detroit, Mich.) -- who will serve to anchor the pressure defense that he loves to employ. Both members of the ESPN 100, Sherman and Nix should provide Michigan State with space-eating inside muscle and scoring from the low block.
                            10. Purdue, four verbal commits

                            Purdue coach Matt Painter has rather quietly built a nice program in West Lafayette. He will welcome ESPN 100 6-4 SG D.J. Byrd (Crawfordsville, Ind.) to campus in 2009, along with highly regarded 6-5 SF Kelsey Barlow (Indianapolis). The Boilermakers will also have interior depth in the 2009 class provided by two power forwards who hail from Indianapolis: 6-8 Patrick Bade and 6-9 Jeff Robinson.
                            • Rutgers would have ranked very high on this list, but 6-9 C Gregory Echenique (Newark, N.J.), a top-10 prospect, graduated early, reclassified in the Class of 2008, and will attend Rutgers this year instead of in 2009. Despite "losing" Echenique, the Scarlet Knights have a solid 2009 recruiting class, which features ESPN 100 6-7 SF Dane Miller (Rochester, N.Y.) and 6-7 PF Austin Johnson (Blairstown, N.J.).
                            Antonio Williams is a recruiting coordinator for Scouts Inc. He previously worked as an NBA scout for Marty Blake Associates.

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                            • #15
                              On the Ohio State thing, I never bothered to like or dislike them until they started with the THE thing.
                              Dude. Can. Fly.

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