Baby Buckeyes - The 2008 Recruiting Class

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    Baby Buckeyes - The 2008 Recruiting Class

    2008 OSU Recruiting Report

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    A Season of Transition


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    This recruiting season figures to be one of the more important seasons in recent history, as the Buckeyes graduate a huge class of 20 seniors, and expect a few guys to at least look at a jump to the NFL.

    On offense, the most notable departures begin with Senior QB Todd Boeckman. With freshman sensation Tyrelle Pryor slotted as the starter for next season, and pushing for the job this year, the Buckeyes appear set at the QB spot, but where they have talent, they do not have depth. Expect the Buckeyes to go after a good young arm, but one belonging to a player who won't mind waiting a while for his shot. Look for whoever comes in to redshirt his first season.

    Coach Griffin just announced that Sophomore HB Brandon Saine will redshirt[imga=right]http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/63/638655.jpg[/imga] this year due to injury, but most think it has to do with the fact he won't see the field much after being moved to fourth on the depth chart. Look for the Buckeyes to move on a top-tier HB in anticipation of the departure of Junior Beanie Wells, who looks to challenge for the Heisman this year, and potentially be a top five pick.

    Coach Griffin says the Buckeyes will be thin at TE as well, with Senior Rory Nicol graduating and only Junior Jake Ballard left. With the new NCAA restrictions against player position changes in place, a TE is a must-have part of the OSU recruiting strategy.

    Things are a little better on the defensive side of the ball, though just about anyone could have a good year and bolt for the NFL. The linebacking corps and secondary are stacked with potential first-rounders, so look for the Buckeyes to simply go after the best available talent, and to do so evenly across several positions. It looks like anyone coming in will have to be the very best at his position to get any serious time on this defense, since starters and backups have established themselves over time. However, with juniors Kurt Coleman and Anderson Russell being called the best safety tandem in the Big Ten, one or both could make the leap, leaving behind them the best chance for a youngster to play.

    Look for the Buckeyes to be aggressive early, since the sheer number of guys they need will not allow them to waste much time. With the number of top guys interested, their board could start filling up fast.

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    Week One Signings

    2008 OSU Recruiting Report

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    The 2009 Freshman Class
    Name Position Caliber Height Weight State Week Best Stat Rank
    Larry Harrison
    OLB​
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    6’0â€ÂÂ​
    228​
    PA​
    1​
    A+ AWR​
    #240 (#17 OLB)​


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    Week One Signings

    [IMGa=left]http://www.mghelmets.com/helmets/NCAA/big%2010/ohio-state.gif[/IMGa] Coach Griffin: "We've been looking at this Harrison kid for quite some time. He doesn't dominate guys with superior speed or agility, but he's a solid tackler, and he's smart. With some time, and a little development, he could be a real asset. Harrison said he was OK with the possibility of redshirting his first year, and it looks like we'll probably go that route with him. But you'll see him on the field soon enough."
     
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    Week 3 Signings

    2008 OSU Recruiting Report

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    The 2009 Freshman Class
    Name Position Caliber Height Weight State Week Best Stat Rank
    Larry Harrison
    OLB​
    :4stars:
    6’0â€ÂÂ​
    228​
    PA​
    1​
    A+ AWR​
    #240 (#17 OLB)​
    Zach McGruder
    QB​
    :3stars:
    6’3â€ÂÂ​
    207​
    CN​
    3​
    A- THP​
    #418 (#37 QB)​


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    Zach McGruder

    [IMGa=left]http://www.mghelmets.com/helmets/NCAA/big%2010/ohio-state.gif[/IMGa]As you can see, we went up north for this kid. We're still looking into a some quarterbacks in the local area, since there are a number of good ones, but McGruder has a couple of things we really look for. First, he has a powerful arm (A-). This kid can really sling it, and his accuracy is right where we would expect it to be for a young kid (B). Throw in the fact that he can move a little bit (C+ speed, B- acc) and you start to wonder how this kid didn't get more attention. I don't think Terrelle's job is in jeopardy or anything, but with a redshirt year and some instruction, McGruder could start as a senior, maybe even sooner.
     
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    Week Seven Signings

    2008 OSU Recruiting Report

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    The 2009 Freshman Class
    Name Position Caliber Height Weight State Week Best Stat Rank
    Larry Harrison
    OLB​
    :4stars:
    6’0”​
    228​
    PA​
    1​
    A+ AWR​
    #240 (#17 OLB)​
    Zach McGruder
    QB​
    :3stars:
    6’3”​
    207​
    CN​
    3​
    A- THP​
    #418 (#37 QB)​
    Jim Kent
    CB​
    :4stars:
    6’0”​
    201​
    CN​
    7​
    A- AGI​
    #44 (#6 CB)​
    Preston McDonald
    OLB​
    :4stars:
    6’0”​
    226​
    VA​
    7​
    B+ SPD​
    #217 (#14 OLB)​


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    Jim Kent

    [IMGa=left]http://www.mghelmets.com/helmets/NCAA/big%2010/ohio-state.gif[/IMGa]It appears that the country to our north has been good to us this year, as we signed our second Canadian prospect of the year in week seven. Kent is a good solid kid, bigger than the average corner (6'0", 201 lbs) but as fast as most (B+ SPD, B+ ACC), so we expect him to start as a nickel guy on third down, but as his skills develop, we expect him to start on the outside and do just what Jenkins does now, shut down opposing receivers with a combination of speed and physical play. We look forward to seeing this kid develop.
     
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    Preston McDonald - OLB

    [IMGa=left]http://www.mghelmets.com/helmets/NCAA/big%2010/ohio-state.gif[/IMGa]I just can't accurately describe how excited we are to get this kid. McDonald is the kind of raw athlete coaches just love to have coming up. He's perfectly sized (6'0", 226 lbs) to play the outside linebacker spot, yet he outruns most of our defensive backs during sprints (B+ SPD, B+ ACC). On top of that, he makes very few bad reads. (A+ AWR) A kid with his kind of athleticism, and a head for the game as well, is sure to be a huge asset in the years to come. McDonald has a big future in front of him.
     
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    Week Ten Signings

    2008 OSU Recruiting Report

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    The 2009 Freshman Class
    Name Position Caliber Height Weight State Week Best Stat Rank
    Larry Harrison
    OLB​
    :4stars:
    6’0â€ÂÂ​
    228​
    PA​
    1​
    A+ AWR​
    #240 (#17 OLB)​
    Zach McGruder
    QB​
    :3stars:
    6’3â€ÂÂ​
    207​
    CN​
    3​
    A- THP​
    #418 (#37 QB)​
    Jim Kent
    CB​
    :4stars:
    6’0â€ÂÂ​
    201​
    CN​
    7​
    A- AGI​
    #44 (#6 CB)​
    Preston McDonald
    OLB​
    :4stars:
    6’0â€ÂÂ​
    226​
    VA​
    7​
    B+ SPD​
    #217 (#14 OLB)​
    Jeff Carter
    FS​
    :5stars:
    6’4â€ÂÂ​
    220​
    OH​
    10​
    B OVR​
    #2 (#1 FS)​


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    Jeff Carter

    [IMGa=left]http://www.mghelmets.com/helmets/NCAA/big%2010/ohio-state.gif[/IMGa]Jackpot! Jeff Carter is a can't miss kind of prospect. He's big (6'4", 220 lbs) and he's fast (B+ SPD, B+ACC), so he's basically a linebacker with the speed of a corner. He's an absolute hurt machine, and he'll likely challenge for a starting spot as a true freshman. There aren't many freshen who can step right in and play for the Bucks. This kid is just that kind of rare. A warning to Big Ten receivers - don't come over the middle, ever.
     
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    2008 OSU Recruiting Report

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    The 2009 Freshman Class
    Name Position Caliber Height Weight State Week Best Stat Rank
    Larry Harrison
    OLB​
    :4stars:
    6’0â€ÂÂ​
    228​
    PA​
    1​
    A+ AWR​
    #240 (#17 OLB)​
    Zach McGruder
    QB​
    :3stars:
    6’3â€ÂÂ​
    207​
    CN​
    3​
    A- THP​
    #418 (#37 QB)​
    Jim Kent
    CB​
    :4stars:
    6’0â€ÂÂ​
    201​
    CN​
    7​
    A- AGI​
    #44 (#6 CB)​
    Preston McDonald
    OLB​
    :4stars:
    6’0â€ÂÂ​
    226​
    VA​
    7​
    B+ SPD​
    #217 (#14 OLB)​
    Jeff Carter
    FS​
    :5stars:
    6’4â€ÂÂ​
    220​
    OH​
    10​
    B OVR​
    #2 (#1 FS)​
    Matt Williams
    QB​
    :4stars:
    6’0â€ÂÂ​
    200​
    MI​
    11​
    A- THP​
    #56 (#5 QB)​


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    Matt Williams

    [IMGa=left]http://www.mghelmets.com/helmets/NCAA/big%2010/ohio-state.gif[/IMGa]This kid has everything we want in a Buckeye quarterback. He's smart (A AWR), he has the kind of arm that can stretch a defense (A- THP) and his accuracy is good, perhaps better than the most incoming freshman quarterbacks (B THA). He's not very mobile, and he won't spend much time outside the pocket, but his arm and his brain will probably make him a starter in the near future. Not sure if he'll redshirt in his first year on campus, or if he'll see some time as a true freshman. We'll just have to wait and see.
     

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