Helwagen Chat: May 26 Archive


Posted May 26, 2005


Here are excerpts of the Chat conducted by Bucknuts.com managing editor Steve Helwagen on Thursday. He conducts these Chat sessions each week for Bucknuts.com subscribers. Duane Long will conduct a Chat at 1 p.m. Friday. Check the home page after noon Friday for access details.

JimC (May 26, 2005 1:03:58 PM)
Hi Steve, How are we sitting with Reuland. Is his Ohio connection significant?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:06:08 PM)
I think it's good that he and his dad plan an unofficial visit in August. OSU is among 25 or 30 that have offered. Real good list -- all of the Pac-10, ND, Neb., FSU, Oklahoma, Duke, OSU, etc. He was born in Ohio, but moved at age 3. My feeling is those ties get OSU in the door. Their need for a good TE may get them to second base. Then we'll see if Ryan Williams and Coach Peterson can take them the rest of the way. But they are in the running ...

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:06:36 PM)
He was the leading receiver (47 catches) for the undefeated champs, plus he helped them rush for 3,300 yards as a blocker. When can he start? (ha ha)

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:08:16 PM)
Thanks for joining us today. We have so much great content we want to get on the site with more video interviews (Small, Gibson and Wells) and also video highlights of Coleman. Plus, I will have complete coverage of the Akron combine with more updates, video from drills and video of interviews. Don't touch that dial.

buckin' crazy (May 26, 2005 1:09:11 PM)
hey steve! chatting with you from Seoul, South Korea. i wanted to get your thoughts on Lee Tilley. He's a mountain of a man and other schools seem to be high on him. i hope OSU offers

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:09:33 PM)
Greetings in Seoul, this is truly the World Wide Web ... before I answer, what time is it there?

buckin' crazy (May 26, 2005 1:10:08 PM)
2am...i'm a die hard buckeye fan =)

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:10:15 PM)
Wow, you are ...

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:13:01 PM)
Regarding Tilley, I liked what I saw of him at Sunday's event at Ohio Stadium. You can see on the video, he is a big barrel chested kid, very thick. I can understand why so many schools have offered him. I think his pride is telling him he can't come to OSU's camp without an offer. That's too bad. He should make somebody very happy as an OL. I can't speak for the OSU coaches. All I can do is look at the roster and see they probably don't want to sign 4 OL, so they are probably being a little selective. But he is a good kid. The comments from his mom about "problems at OSU" have to be put into context, given the lack of an early offer.

mulder (May 26, 2005 1:13:10 PM)
Steve, give me a quick early assessment of Gene Smith. How is he handling this situation differently than Geiger would have?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:15:24 PM)
Smith seems to be proactive in managing situations like this. He and Tressel have now met several times during the course of this scenario. They are on the same page with increased drug testing. Those tests are not designed to trip people up as much as they'll be a deterrent to kids who get in situations where they may want to use. They give them a reason to say no. I'm not sure I can measure how his response is different than Geiger's, other than to say he seems to aggressively be managing it.

Palmer (May 26, 2005 1:15:35 PM)
Steve do you think that we have a need to recruit a stand out Defensive Tackle this year? What about a receiver, we seem to be pretty deep at the position but it never hurts to have some more?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:15:44 PM)
Good questions ...

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:17:55 PM)
Ohio has not been real good at DT in recent years. Todd Denlinger may fit the bill with some added weight, I guess. But with Green a senior and Pitcock a junior and Cotton and Maupin still kind of uncertain at times (Heacock says they are responsible for some of his gray hair) they need some new bodies inside. Receiver? Yeah, I think they need to nab 1-2 there again this year. Possibly Pascley, Lyons' brother Wes or Parris from St. Ignatius. Holmes could go after this year and Ted Ginn Jr. is almost certainly out after 2006, one would think.

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:18:53 PM)
I am working on my first installment of the preseason consensus poll. Could be up later today. So far, with 8 votes in, USC is the unanimous No. 1 ...

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:19:07 PM)
Then it's Texas and Tennessee ...

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:19:50 PM)
Then, less than 10 voting points separate OSU, Michigan and Iowa for slots 4-5-6 (that's how they fell, in that order). This Big Ten race is almost too close to call.

JimC (May 26, 2005 1:19:57 PM)
Steve, How do you see the available scholarships being alloted (by position)?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:23:34 PM)
They again figure to have 18 spots. I think they need 1 QB, 2 TBs (Wells verbaled), 1 WR, 1 TE, 3-4 OL, 1 DE, 1 DT, 2 LBs, 1 safety, 2 CBs, leaves 1-2 open spots. Maybe they take 2 QBs (1 athlete, 1 pocket).

mulder (May 26, 2005 1:23:42 PM)
For some reason I really want Chichester. How likely is he to get an offer?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:24:12 PM)
Great question ...

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:26:22 PM)
He really wants to hear from Ohio State. I'm not sure either program is that interested in a part-time player, although he could be dynamite in either sport from what I've seen. He's a Randy Moss-type receiver at 6-8, 210 who can run, too. He's not a TE. He has two-sport offers from the likes of Illinois, ND, Kentucky and Purdue, so he'll find a place to do his thing. I think he really likes Ohio State, though. May take a meeting of the minds between Tressel and Matta to make it happen. Matta, of course, would get him after a bowl game since he'd be on a football scholarship.

Palmer (May 26, 2005 1:28:20 PM)
Steve I have seen a couple of preseason polls on numerous websites and all of them have michigan, Iowa, tennessee, texas, and USC a head of us. I understand USC and Texas but I dont know about the rest of them. The way we finished last year should have sent a message to everyone especially with all the returning starters we have back. What are your thoughts

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:30:11 PM)
Yes, winning 5 of the last 6 looks better to me than, say, losing the regular season finale and the Rose Bowl, but what do I know? And the emphatic way OSU won those last 2 games should count for something, too. They'll take notice soon enough. The big thing is to open in the top 10 and be in striking distance to get one of the top 2 BCS slots at the end. Auburn showed last year you can't get there from No. 20.

marksgforce (May 26, 2005 1:30:20 PM)
Any chance of no in-state offers at quarterback? Strategically, even if you get the one you want from Chicago, should you still show some "love" to Ohio and offer Hartline?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:32:44 PM)
That may be, especially if some other scholarships open up and you have a class of 20-21. Go back and watch the Hartline video interview. You get the sense he knows if he comes to camp and does a good job he will be offered. I know they also like Williams as well as Henton from GA as well. This won't be a matter of "showing love". If he gets an offer, it will be because they think he can start for them one day.

mulder (May 26, 2005 1:32:52 PM)
Steve I think you have to add one FB to the recruiting mix. Any thoughts there?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:33:42 PM)
Yeah, you may be right. Losing Schnittker after this year, that leaves them with White and Johnson. That's not much wiggle room. The sets they ran in the bowl game and spring game with 2 FBs in the game together (one at FB, other at TB) were dynamite. They really moved the pile.

freebie (May 26, 2005 1:33:47 PM)
How serious do you think Coach Tressel's job security is in?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:35:48 PM)
Geiger was his security blanket. He and Smith seem to be on the same page. I think back to what happened at Maryland with Lefty Driessell after Len Bias died. Now, granted, nobody has died here. But widespread problems in a program usually come back to claim the coach if left unchecked. Smith isn't going anywhere. He just got here. I think Coach Tressel is fine ... provided he can show he is managing this situation.

freebie (May 26, 2005 1:36:00 PM)
Any news on why Santonio Holmes has not been playing/practicing to date?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:36:24 PM)
He missed spring ball due to an ankle injury, I think. Nothing serious. He should be fine for the fall.

marksgforce (May 26, 2005 1:36:32 PM)
What's your take on Tilley? There will be lots of debate on him on the board. The argument is that with that offer list, you have to be great. I've heard that at the Michigan camp he still played "soft" ...

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:38:03 PM)
Duane put him in his Ohio top 10, at No. 10, I believe. I defer to him on that. That's a pretty good ranking in a year of great OL in Ohio. The offers do give him some credibility. That many coaches can't be wrong, can they? For whatever reason, there seems to be a disconnect between him and OSU, though.

freebie (May 26, 2005 1:38:06 PM)
Chris Wells at a michigan spring game? Is he a lock?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:38:39 PM)
I think so. He talked Sunday about graduating early and enrolling early. He's tight with Antonio Pittman, who is also from Akron.

Palmer (May 26, 2005 1:38:46 PM)
steve do you think that we lead for Gibson out of Euclid? what are the chances that he slips away to the north

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:39:55 PM)
Gibson told me OSU, PSU and Michigan are his faves that have offered. Miami (Fla.) would be in there, too, when and if they offer. Of that group, OSU probably has the slight edge. We'll have his video interview up in the next few days and you can gauge it then by how he says it.

DaytonBuckeye (May 26, 2005 1:40:15 PM)
Steve, I know everyone is calling this a possible National Championship season and I agree with the type of talent OSU has. I only have one problem, do the players have that same mindset? Here is my reasoning, it seems like and I know there are 85+ guys on the team, but 4 guys have gotten into trouble in 3 weeks. Seems like there mentally not into it. What is your analysis of the situation? To compete for the NC not only do you have to have the talent but also the mentality to be able to compete.

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:41:25 PM)
I agree with you 150 percent. That was the question I asked the seniors yesterday at the roundtable discussion. I essentially asked, "There has been talk you could have a championship team. You guys as seniors, this is your last go around. Do you get the sense that this season and those dreams could unravel if you don't take control of this situation now?" ...

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:42:18 PM)
They said the idea of a championship season wasn't in their thinking. They are mainly tired of being embarrassed and they want to set the right example for the underclassmen. But if things like this linger into the fall, they have to have some kind of impact, don't they?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:42:46 PM)
The flip side is there are enough solid coaches and players on this team that they can withstand it when the backup kicker or DT or somebody else has a minor scrape.

freebie (May 26, 2005 1:42:59 PM)
The current topic of "drugs" is interesting. Has the press touched upon the use of steroids at Ohio State?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:43:22 PM)
Not really, but those drugs will also be a part of OSU's increased testing regimen, we understand, which is good.

marksgforce (May 26, 2005 1:43:25 PM)
Chris Pool has Smith as #1 prospect in midwest. Our board has given more attention by far to Boren, probably because of the uniqueness of his situation. Do you consider Smith #1 lineman in the state? Is he an OSU lock?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:45:32 PM)
You could put Brown, Smith and Boren in almost any order and make an argument. They are all that good and all seem to have that kind of ability. Brown is a raw-boned, athletic looking kid. Smith just plays nasty. Same with Boren. Boren may be the strongest of the three. ...

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:46:30 PM)
It's funny you bring that up about Pool. After he named Brown No. 1 in the Midwest, he went back and watched Duane's Ohio No. 1 (Wells) again and said he could see why Duane went that route and he contemplated changing his rankings, too. ...

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:47:50 PM)
As for Smith being an OSU lock, I don't usually do percentages. But I'd give OSU a 75 percent edge there. Dave Biddle spoke to Connor and his dad Sunday and was left with a strong impression OSU is likely the school to beat. That report will be up in the next day or two, I assume.

Palmer (May 26, 2005 1:48:01 PM)
Steve, it seems like minnesota and michigan are creating some nice pipelines out of Ohio (Brookehaven, Harding). In your mind how do we put a stop to this and get some of those kids wearing Scarlet and Gray?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:51:01 PM)
It's a concern that Minnesota has now beaten OSU for a kid it wanted in Alex Daniels. Michigan has held its own, too, with Burgess, Boren and Crable, among others, although OSU did not offer people like Mister Simpson, etc. OSU's staff shake-up seems to be complete for now. This staff, as constructed, should be stable for a year or 2. That's the big key. Get an assistant entrenched in an area, make him a fixture at places like St. Ed, St. Ignatius, Harding, McKinley, GlenOak, Glenville, Colerain, St. X, Moeller, Brookhaven and the Cols. schools that consistently produce high end D-I talent. I don't think OSU has had that type of continuity, and it's hurt them. There is no secret to any of this. It's just continuity and hard work.

marksgforce (May 26, 2005 1:51:31 PM)
Living in Big 12 country, I know that Texas is absolutely loaded -- and they have the same "feeling" as OSU does about this being a year to make a run for the NC. I think our fans are underestimating them. What's your early prediction?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:52:27 PM)
Yeah, I need to write this down and remember it. But I think I'm saying something like OSU 37, Texas 24. Should be another great football game, but OSU just wears them down at the end. The defense will do well to hold UT to 3 touches. UT's defense will have problems with Ginn, Gonzo and Holmes.

freebie (May 26, 2005 1:52:51 PM)
Columubus seems to have a feeeling that with Ted Ginn, Smith Holmes, etc on offfense we will be explosive out of the gate. I find it hard to believe we tip our hand against early against Miami. Texas? When do you think we go all out?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:54:01 PM)
They'll go all out in the second half against Miami if they're struggling, trust me. You win the first game and worry about the second one beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Miami is no slouch team. They've been one of the winningest programs around these last 3 years. They will give OSU a good to great test in the opener.

marksgforce (May 26, 2005 1:54:18 PM)
Any new stories on Chris Wells as a recruiting assistant? He said earlier he was going to call Brown and others. Will that happen more during camp season?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:55:14 PM)
Probably. As kids get out of school they'll have more time to work the phones and see kids at camps, etc. I have never asked Chris about that, but it would be great for OSU if he does like Zwick did and actively gets involved in talking to other recruits.

freebie (May 26, 2005 1:55:37 PM)
From your honest observations, where do you see Justin Zwick in this current team. Is he regarded as a leader by his teammates or a Tressel prodigy that didn't pan out. Therefore lack of respect. Is he still mentally "in it"?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:57:59 PM)
It is kind of a strange dynamic, certainly. Everybody is waiting to see Troy Smith get back out there and do the things he did to beat Michigan. And yet, Ohio State NEEDS Zwick to stay solid and be that kind of leader until Smith is green lighted. He is still in the program, and that's the best sign. I think he earned a great deal of respect from his peers for his behavior and play at the Alamo Bowl. He has now started 7 games. It's great to know that if Smith gets stung, say, running the ball or something that Zwick can go in and they would not miss a beat.

Palmer (May 26, 2005 1:58:22 PM)
Steve, do you think that Dukes could see some time in the WR rotation? he certainly has the ability of holmes and is also faster and 2 inches taller.

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 1:59:49 PM)
Yes, this past spring was like deja vu to the spring of 2003, when Holmes flashed a ton of ability but still fumbled occasionally, etc. Dukes did the same in the spring game. He is part of the future at WR, no doubt. This WR rotation is something with Ginn, Holmes, Gonzo, then Hall, Lyons and Dukes. They should all play. Their presence makes it much easier for Tressel to go to more 3- and 4-wide receiver sets, certainly.

marksgforce (May 26, 2005 2:00:50 PM)
There was a thread with the question of how well our second team would do this season. I see an awful lot of depth and competition for every position ... could our second team, if healthy, go 7-5 or 8-4 this season? Other than RB, are we thin anywhere?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:03:08 PM)
No, other than RB, they have 2-3 guys at every position who can play. The hope is they can jump on some people, put some games away and get guys like Boeckman, Boone, Cordle, Mitchum, Person, Nicol, Haw, Wells, Dukes, Barrow, Wilson, Worthington, Hoobler, Freeman, Welch, Patterson, Lane, O'Neal some meaningful playing time.

freebie (May 26, 2005 2:03:42 PM)
Are we smart enoughat WR to run a solid Spread offense. I noticed our coaches took some trips this off season to spread schools. Is "the spread" the next great catch phrase in NCAA football or does Ohio State offense utilize it because of great potential at WR ,a speedy QB ,and mediocre RB's?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:05:08 PM)
Well, at Ohio State, they will always try and establish the run first. It is the surest way to win football games and put football games away. Having said that, your analysis of depth at WR, the fast QB and mediocre RBs, if accepted at face value, would show that OSU should accentuate the spread.

marksgforce (May 26, 2005 2:05:20 PM)
Forget ESPN and internet bloggers ... and nobody is loved by everybody ... but do you think, as one of our board posters does, there is a significant and powerful anti-JT "minority" within the power structures of the university?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:07:03 PM)
I know the president does not like seeing athletics at the top of the 6 o'clock news, so let's start there. The word was she was all over Geiger this last year about that, so that's one reason why he stepped aside so suddenly. Are their anti-Tressel factions, per se, that want the coach censured or terminated? No, I haven't seen that. But the president sets the tone. She wants excellence across the board, and athletics has been substandard with this array of off-the-field issues.

Palmer (May 26, 2005 2:07:24 PM)
Do you think that Tyler Everett had the speed to play the other cornerback position? I kind of like Welch myself and of course O'neal when he gets here

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:07:33 PM)
Speed is somewhat of a misnomer ...

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:09:14 PM)
Fox had great speed, so it does come in handy. But playing the boundary corner in the Dantonio/Snyder/we assume Heacock defense is about closing speed and tackling ability. I give Everett above average marks for that. In most of their coverages, he should have help over the top from a safety on a deep ball. I agree, Everett's name should be in pencil. Whoever performs the best in fall camp, be it Welch, Everett, Lane, O'Neal, perhaps an Underwood or whoever, will be the starter.

marksgforce (May 26, 2005 2:09:35 PM)
Will Bill Conley be back with bucknuts in the fall? I s he doing well? Any talk of a return to coaching?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:11:09 PM)
We had Bill working with us from September through April. From our standpoint, we'd like to do that again this fall. He is doing well, the last time I spoke with him. I have not heard anything about him getting back into coaching. Glen Mason dangled a good opp for him at Minnesota, but he did not go. That had to be very tempting, particularly if they get their own on-campus stadium and put a real program in there.

Palmer (May 26, 2005 2:11:22 PM)
This isnt a question, but I am from Jim Tressel's home town (Berea) and I know him and I can say for a fact that there is not a better person/coach that OSU could possibly have

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:12:05 PM)
At the end of the day, that's been my sense, too. He definitely has a unique world view. He sees things differently than anybody I know, in fact. Great point was yesterday he was asked about his constant references to family ...

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:13:59 PM)
He said that he's had assistant coaches say they've felt the teams they've worked on have done too much "family building" and not enough X's and O's from time to time. But Tressel said it was his experience that the more team and family building exercises they've done in a given year have led to more success on the football field. There aren't many football coaches who would see the world that way. But the man has 5 NC's (and counting?) to show for his efforts. Hard to dispute it, huh?

freebie (May 26, 2005 2:14:28 PM)
I'm going to throw this out there for what it's worth. We need a legitimate RB's coach. With Eddie George close to retirement, have you heard any rumors with his name being mentioned?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:14:37 PM)
Going after the HC's brother, huh?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:15:53 PM)
Hey, I like what Dick Tressel did in recruiting this past year. He opened up Minnesota and Indiana with Laurinaitis and Washington. Next is Chicago. I want to see how the RBs he molds (young guys) do before I say he shouldn't have that job. I think Ross and Joe were kind of set in their ways or hurt or ineffective or whatever. Not a good gauge.

marksgforce (May 26, 2005 2:16:21 PM)
Enjoyed the interview with Rev. Underwood and appreciated his tone. He's indicating E.J. will make it back. I just never hear anything coming out of the OSU camp on him. A deafening silence. Anything new from the team's perspective?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:17:24 PM)
That's because he isn't with the team. He's ineligible and can't work out there with the strength coaches. He has to do it all on his own. Even since that interview with the Rev, there were rumblings that E.J.'s climb academically is straight up a large hill. Can you be skeptical and cautiously optimistic at the same time?

marksgforce (May 26, 2005 2:17:40 PM)
I'm assuming others aren't asking questions today, so I'm going to keep plowing while you're online! One of the recruits was talking about Michigan's "incredible" weight room. My understanding is that OSU is ahead of Michigan in facilities in almost every way, EXCEPT weight room and coaches' offices ... is that accurate? Any new word on updating our weight room?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:20:52 PM)
I know Michigan has upgraded some of its stuff. I'm not sure where the arms race stands for facilities. I was down at N.C. State and their facilities were awesome for the football program. The WHAC renovation will be one of Gene Smith's big projects ... once the funding is complete. Geiger told me a year ago that was a $15 million project and they were halfway there. Maybe in another year they'll have what they need to get that going.

fotownbuckeye (May 26, 2005 2:20:56 PM)
if you were to lay odds on EJ what would they be? 50-50?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:21:25 PM)
His dad sounds so certain. I want to believe him. But a good source said it's somewhat unlikely. I'll hedge and say 50-50.

Palmer (May 26, 2005 2:21:31 PM)
Steve, an out of the box question....Mel Kiper said that he would like to see Ted Ginn jr. and Bush race. I dont think Bush stands a chance! what do you think

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:24:13 PM)
They are both in the 4.3-4.4 range I imagine in the 40. It would be a great match race. Ginn has football speed. Go back and watch those plays in the Alamo Bowl. Six TDs on the year of, not 50, but in excess of 57 yards. Nobody can turn a game like that. He may be the most explosive player in OSU history, I would say.

freebie (May 26, 2005 2:24:22 PM)
Right now ,if you had to rate linebackers at Ohio State, could you make an argument that Carpenter is every bit as good as Hawk.

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:25:41 PM)
Carpenter is close. Hawk with 4.48 speed in the 40 has to be considered one of the nation's best. Coach Fickell talks about putting Carpenter in position to use his tools (4.5 speed) and smarts. Carpenter, like Hawk, has the potential to be an All-American player and real good pro as well.

freebie (May 26, 2005 2:26:03 PM)
Is it just me or is Marcel Frost the most imposing TE we have had since Dudley? Whats the word on Frost?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:26:50 PM)
Possibly, possibly. That position has been kind of quiet. Hartsock was just a solid contributor. But, yes, Frost would be the biggest pass catching threat they've had there in a while. He can rumble with it when he gets it.

Palmer (May 26, 2005 2:27:05 PM)
Steve I really like our back up linebackers, Freeman, Hoobler and especially Terry! I think that they are all special players. IF you had to rate there speed, where would you say each of them are? do you think that there faster than our starters right now?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:29:21 PM)
That's hard to say. I'm guessing, but I'd think Freeman and Terry are probably somewhere in the 4.5 range, right with Carpenter and Hawk, and Hoobler is around 4.6 or so, maybe faster. Freeman could be the fastest of the lot. They are all special players and should be there when the flag goes down in 2006. They'll be good backups and heck on special teams this year.

freebie (May 26, 2005 2:29:33 PM)
With the Skeet fiasco where is our future at Place kicking. Huston is an old man by now!

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:30:42 PM)
After Huston, they have the walk-on Pretorius. Nobody has bothered to ask Pettrey where this development leaves him. My feeling is Skeete, at most, will get a one-year suspension. Maybe the school expels him for dealing on campus grounds, I dunno. So he is still somewhat in the picture.

freebie (May 26, 2005 2:30:53 PM)
D-line! D-line? Outside of Pitcock who is going to step up and allow our LB's truly dominate? Our D-line in 2002 allowed Wilhelm to thrive. Do we have a D-line to do that this year?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:32:07 PM)
Yeah, I think so. Green and Pitcock are solid at DT. Richardson is coming into his own. Kudla was real good late last year. That first four is not bad. Then you have Patterson, Penton, Barrow, Gholston and the rest. Pretty good group that shows flashes. Now they need consistency.

Palmer (May 26, 2005 2:32:15 PM)
Steve I was lookin at other scout.com websites and I saw that Michigan had offered Jamar Hornsby the #1 jersey if he were to come here. Do you think things like that help to recruit players? How do you think the rest of the team would react to something like that

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:33:46 PM)
They must really like him to promise him Braylon's coveted No. 1. I think it's just another thing a school can do to get a kid's attention. OSU allows the upperclassmen to have first dibs on numbers, then the newbies get to pick what they want. That's typically how it's done.

freebie (May 26, 2005 2:33:51 PM)
Any word on the progress of Nadar Abdullah? He was an exciting recruit and I have been waiting for a buzz. Any word?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:34:33 PM)
He's there. He'll be back as a RS freshman in 2005. We'll see how he grows and matures. His first real shot at playing time will probably come as a soph in 2006 after Green is gone.

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:35:39 PM)
90 minutes has come and gone so quickly. I hope it's been entertaining and informative. I understand Duane Long will be pinch-hitting for Gary Housteau tomorrow at 1. Duane is the guy to ask about Ohio recruits, no doubt.

Palmer (May 26, 2005 2:35:43 PM)
I saw Mangold the other day and he really look solid, do you think that he could be the best center in the country this year?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:36:28 PM)
I don't know what else is out there. I imagine a 3-year starter like that at that position will get a strong look for the Rimington Award. Then if he earns it, he'll get it. Bentley was a great choice, I thought, in 2001.

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:37:01 PM)
Anything else ...

freebie (May 26, 2005 2:37:12 PM)
Is Steve Rehrings confidence growing? Talk about a man child. Willl he see a ot of PT.

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:38:19 PM)
Yes, seems like Rehring is coming into his own. He's not a big gangly kid anymore. He can hold his own and has the confidence of his teammates. Play a lot? The starting tackles are Sims and Barton. If they move Sims to guard, maybe he factors in. Remember, they may want to get Boone some time, too.

freebie (May 26, 2005 2:38:23 PM)
Thnaks Steve! Good chat!

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:38:36 PM)
Much appreciated. Please come back and see Duane at 1 p.m. Friday.

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:39:23 PM)
Have a great Memorial Day weekend as well. Between swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking and whatever, stop back and check the site Sunday and Monday for complete coverage of the Akron combine. We should have video from there up next week as well.

JimC (May 26, 2005 2:39:32 PM)
Did Kyle Turano ever hear back from the NCAA?

SteveHelwagen (May 26, 2005 2:39:46 PM)
Never heard on that. Huston did and he's good. I assume not.

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