In this episode of the Buckeye Weekly podcast, Tony Gerdeman and Tom Orr have a discussion about Ryan Day’s approach to recruiting in the state of Ohio. Basketball commit Ibrahima Diallo is also a topic, as is a rule proposal involving graduate transfers. Playoff odds are also talked about, specifically Michigan being more likely to make the playoffs than Ohio State. A handful of listener questions are also addressed, including where former Buckeyes might play in today’s game.
+ Spring is over and we’ve covered it all.
+ There was more to talk about last offseason for some reason.
+ Ohio State offers 3-star Ohio safety Rickey Hyatt.
+ Ryan Day continues to show he is serious about recruiting Ohio talent.
+ A surprising offer?
+ Day’s Ohio approach isn’t going unnoticed by Ohio coaches and the people around the players.
+ Some Buckeye fans want this, others dread it.
+ Tom makes an objection.
+ Ohio State has lost Urban Meyer, so that is going to lead to a downturn initially in recruiting.
+ Ryan Day isn’t just throwing offers out to Ohioans willy nilly.
+ Willy Nilly has not yet been offered, for instance.
+ This recruiting class could be a one-year blip due to Ryan Day not being a known commodity.
+ This could end up like the 2012 class that bridged three head coaches.
+ The Ohioans in that class were some very big names who weren’t highly rated.
+ This defense needs a lot of safeties, so offering the best in the state isn’t a bad move.
+ Maybe they just like Rickey Hyatt.
+ The commitment of Ibrahima Diallo.
+ He’s listed at 7-0 200, but he has to be heavier than that because he’s visible.
+ He’s raw and tall.
+ What kind of impact can he have next year?
+ He’s insurance.
+ It could be significant if Kaleb Wesson doesn’t return.
+ Chris Holtmann doesn’t want 13 guys on the team who think they’re going to play 20 minutes a night.
+ NCAA talking about tying up the scholarships of graduate transfers for two years.
+ This is punitive and bullcrap.
+ The NCAA wants to cloak this in academics and it has never been about academics.
+ This would punish players who graduate, so how can this be about academics.
+ These are all big boys.
+ Why disincentivize graduation?
+ It would also cost freshmen the opportunities to play at big schools because there would be one less scholarship slot available.
+ We will not stand for this.
+ Why punish athletes by forcing them to stay at Rutgers?
+ ESPN’s playoff predictor has Michigan much more likely to make the playoffs than Ohio State.
+ Michigan’s schedule is no joke.
+ How the hell is Tennessee on this list?
+ Michigan is too high.
+ Ohio State is understandably low?
+ Michigan does have a quarterback, quarterback whisperer, and an offensive genius. Can Ohio State say that?
+ Don Brown is back as is his mustache.
+ The Game is in Ann Arbor this year and Ohio State has never won five in a row in Ann Arbor.
+ Will Jim Harbaugh get out of the way?
+ That doesn’t fix the fact that they have a fullback playing defensive tackle now.
+ Michigan’s defensive line is going to have a rough day against Army.
+ Was Tate Martell booed at Miami’s spring game?
+ No, it was just an open practice.
+ Martell is not a lock to start this season somehow.
+ Miami fans are some of the most well-reasoned in the nation.
+ Tom ruins the moment.
+ Listener questions!
+ Which is in better shape right now: Ohio State’s offense or Ohio State’s defense.
+ This comes down to Thayer Munford and the linebackers.
+ Justin Fields’ 4-of-13 wasn’t that bad.
+ Everything boils down to how Thayer Munford is doing.
+ The Buckeyes have guys who can make it work on defense.
+ There is confidence that the defense has the pieces they need.
+ Tony still wants to see the defense look like an Ohio State defense.
+ The defense can’t be worse, but could the offense be better?
+ How would some former OSU greats fare in today’s game?
+ Craig Powell?
+ Matt Wilhelm?
+ Roger Harper?
+ Eddie George?
+ Imagine Larry Johnson having Eddie George coming around the edge.
+ What about Nicky Sualua? Robert Landers-type of nose tackle?
+ Steve Bellisari?
+ The kids today don’t appreciate the legend of Steve Bellisari.
+ He was gonna be Mike Doss before Mike Doss was Mike Doss. He could have been Tim Tebow before Tim Tebow was Tim Tebow.
+ Steve Bellisari in an Urban Meyer offense would have been good.
+ Joey Galloway in Ryan Day’s would have put up 2,000 yards receiving.
+ What about Dwayne Haskins on the 1995 team?
+ Bobby Hoying was very good, but he wasn’t Dwayne Haskins.
+ What about Antoine Winfield?
+ A slot stopper?
+ Put Antoine Winfield at nose tackle or middle linebacker and he’d be just fine too.
+ How different was the offense from the spring game and the spring practices we saw?
+ No under center stuff in the spring game.
+ No Bullets at linebacker either.
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