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'Buckeye fans don't forget McVey's name...' (Photo via ESPN RISE)
Drew Thurman (7:36 pm)

The last two months the Buckeye message boards have been flooded with threads on how the staff could finish 2010 by grabbing the biggest names out there. Guys like Sharrif Floyd, Seantrel Henderson, and Jordan Hicks have grabbed all the attention, but in the process have we overlooked the class that Tressel and company have already assembled? Don't get me wrong, there are a few pieces that still need to be added, but some of the guys currently committed should garner more of our attention. Let's take a look at a few guys I call "The Forgettables."

1) LB Scott McVey -

Fresh off the Hicks to Texas commitment, let me remind you of Mr. Scott McVey. The guy is a hard-nosed Ohio linebacker, and the typical kind of athlete that becomes a big time player for the Buckeyes. For example, go compare McVey to Ross Homan out of high school and you might get goosebumps. Both are tackling machines that have a motor that never stops running. I love what Tim Warsinskey said of McVey. "Ohio State LB recruit forces offenses to change blocking schemes just to slow him down."

The biggest difference I notice that separates them, and others that fit this mold, is that McVey already has speed coming out. Not only is he listed at a 4.5 forty, but his play backs it up. Go check out McVey chasing after Latwan Anderson on the first play of this film. Latwan is a 4.3/4.4 guy, and McVey is holding his own behind him. Honestly, without injuries during his senior season, McVey is a much bigger name! All in all, Buckeye fans don't forget McVey's name. Players out of his mold get overlooked by the Hicks' of the world every year, yet I am sure none of us would trade Wilhelm, Hawk, Laurinaitis, or Homan.     
 
 
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Jordan Hicks announced today at his 12:30 press conference that he will indeed head to Texas. Even though he supposedly struggled over this decision (between OSU, UT, and USC), Texas always appeared to be the final destination. Anyone who watched the Under Armour All-American Game got a chance to see Hicks flash the Hook 'Em Horns sign (above), and got a sneak peek into where his heart really was. In the end, his childhood favorite was just too much to pass up.

His decision is a letdown for Buckeye fans, but not something to panic about. With the linebacker depth Ohio State currently has, offensive lineman are the top priority (even though Hicks would have been an added bonus). Now let's hope the staff can close strong with Henderson, James, and Moses left.

Source: http://bucknuts.com/index.php/Football-Recruiting-Article/hicks-picks-texas/menu-id-1346.html
 
 
Christian Bryant, of Cleveland Glenville High School, has announced today that he will be a Buckeye. The 5-10 175 pound prospect had narrowed things down to Ohio State and North Carolina. The Tar Heels made a huge push in the end for Bryant's services, and many feared that he would shock Buckeye Nation with his announcement. When the dust settled he picked Ohio State, which was important for the defensive back depth in this class (he joins safety Chad Hagen and cornerback Bradley Roby in '10).  

His commitment brings the 2010 class to 18 guys, and hopefully starts a late push to close this class out in a strong way. Not only that, but fans can rejoice that the Glenville Pipeline is still intact.

Source: http://bucknuts.com/index.php/Football-Recruiting-Article/bryant-is-a-buckeye/menu-id-1346.html
 
 
On FanNation.com's Truth & Rumors section, we get another opinion on where Seantrel Henderson is going to end up. Is this insider information, or are they guessing just like everyone else? You be the judge...

"New Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly brought along a No. 77 jersey for his Minneapolis home recruiting visit to Cretin-Derham Hall offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson the other day. But it still appears Henderson, who wore No. 77 for the Raiders, will end up at Ohio State with coach Jim Tressel, who also visited last week. Tressel's brother, Buckeyes assistant coach Dick Tressel, will visit Henderson again this week, as will new USC coach Lane Kiffin and coaches from Miami and Florida."

Source: http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/149031-irish-buckeyes-visit-top-recruit
 
 
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Dave Thurman (1:04 pm)

With recruiting in the home stretch and Buckeye fans understandably anxious, I have devised a foolproof strategy for JT and the staff.  Here is what they need to say and do in regard to the players left on the board:

Morgan Moses - Simple.  Tress just needs to tell Morgan that he was in his backyard in Columbus when one of his bushes caught on fire but didn't burn up.  Then a voice from heaven said, "Moses must come to Ohio State.  Tell him the Lord wants him in scarlet and gray."  How could the young man possibly turn down a call from above?

Seantrel Henderson - Send Orlando Pace to visit him, carrying a #75 jersey with Henderson's name stitched on it.  Tell him that after his brilliant college career that number will be retired in honor of the two greatest players to ever wear it at Ohio State.

Matt James - This one is tougher, but I think the key is sending him a little chart that compares the records of Ohio State and Notre Dame since 2000, side by side.  Indicate bowl destinations each year as well with a reminder, "Do you want to spend January in South Bend or out west in Arizona or California?" That might work.
 
 
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The Buckeyes need Bryant for a top ten class. // Via esoutroom.com
Drew Thurman (12:43 pm)

It has been a long month, and Buckeye fans have had to be very patient when it comes to recruiting news. That is part of the reason we have been MIA here at The Silver Bullet for the last week, because there has been very little to talk about. Not only that, but if you're like me, you're sick of talking about the same needs and hearing the same rumors. One can only open so many threads about Seantrel Henderson or Jordan Hicks before you finally get impatient and cynical. Needless to say, many Buckeye fans have become both in January.

With National Signing Day looming just a couple of weeks away, fans will finally get some answers. The commitments from Jonathan Hankins and Bradley Roby this month have been nice, but we are all waiting for Tressel and the staff to pull in one or two big names. The Buckeyes currently sit at the back end of the Top 25 class rankings on Rivals and Scout, far removed from the top five classes we have all become accustomed to seeing the past few years. There is little chance that this class can climb that ladder with the remaining names left, but it is very realistic for the Buckeyes to put together a top ten class when the dust settles.

So, what will it take?  
 
 
As Tressel and the staff look to close out the 2010 recruiting class in a big way, all the speculation is surrounding Seantrel Henderson, Matt James, Jordan Hicks and Christian Bryant. This week we have learned that there are a few other names to keep an eye on though. First is athlete Dominique Brown, who finally picked up an offer from the staff. The Cincinnati native is a rising prospect, who has recently crept into the Rivals 250.

The other is offensive tackle Chaz Green. Most had written Green off to SEC country, but the news from Urban Meyer and Lane Kiffin may have opened things up a bit. In fact, Tressel has an in-home visit next week with him, according to his high school coach. Green was in Columbus for the USC game, so this isn't his first go around with the Buckeyes. Obviously Florida and USC will be hard to beat, especially because Green was leaning towards Kiffin and UT before all the chaos, but keep an eye open for what Tressel can do.

Source: http://hometeam.tampabay.com/recruiting/2010/jan/15/new-usc-brass-visit-tcs-chaz-green/
 
 
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Posey had eight catches in the Rose Bowl
Dave Thurman (5:10 PM)

By all accounts DeVier Posey had an excellent sophomore season.  Not that much of anyone outside of Ohio noticed, as he failed to receive even honorable mention All Big-Ten recognition.  After being a huge recruit out of Cincinnati LaSalle, Posey had a quiet freshmen year backing up a number of upperclassmen.  But he really came on in 2009, gaining steam throughout the year and winding up with 60 catches for 829 yards and 8 touchdowns. 

So what can he do for an encore?  I think he just might become Ohio State's first 1000 yard receiver in nearly a decade.  That is, of course, pretty rarified air for a receiver at a school known for running backs.  Consider that in the history of OSU football only four players have ever had 1000 yards receiving in a season, and each only did it one time.  Those four are: Cris Carter (1127 in 1986); Terry Glenn (1411 in '95); David Boston (1435 in '98); and, Michael Jenkins (1076 in 2002).  Such notables as Doug Donley, Gary Williams, Joey Galloway, Santonio Holmes, Ted Ginn Jr., and Anthony Gonzalez never had 1000 yard seasons.  Interestingly, at that school up north, a receiver surpassed 1000 yards every season from 1998 until 2005 (that is eight straight years if you are counting).  So even though we are spanking the Wolverines every year like a rented mule we do have some catching up to do in this area.

The good news is that I think DeVier Posey surpasses that barrier next year if he stays healthy. When you think about it, he might have passed the 1000 yard mark this year, but for two factors.  One was a slightly slow start.  He was injured against Navy and only had 2 catches for 14 yards, then only caught 2 for 22 in week four versus Illinois.  The second factor was the deep freeze Tressel put on the passing game in the final weeks of the Big Ten season.  DeVier simply didn't see the ball much in those important cold weather games, which included only 2 catches for 17 yards in the Iowa game.  So just the time Posey was really heating up, JT took the air out of the ball.  Thankfully the passing game was resurrected for the Oregon contest, and Posey closed with a huge game of 8 catches, 101 yards and a touchdown.
 
 
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Drew Thurman (3:02 pm)

I don't know if I remember a more turbulent offseason when it comes to big name coaches. In the matter of a few weeks the college football world has been rocked as names like Brian Kelly, Urban Meyer, Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin have shaken things up with their comings and goings. While the news has been exciting and surprising, it goes to show how much college football has become centered around the head coach rather than the players. Even worse, these men have become CEOs, many times leaving their players in the dust. Forget their promises or even their talk about the importance of education, these guys are out for number one.

At what point will fans and players finally have enough?

I personally feel for the players and families that bought into the promises from these egotistical guys. Cincinnati players had to watch a dream get flushed down the toilet as Brian Kelly decided to head to Notre Dame. He didn't even have the dignity to finish out the season and coach them in the bowl game. I wonder how many times he told his players they needed to buy into the team and give 100 percent? I think he needed to listen to his own advice.

Maybe the biggest smack in the face to the Bearcat players was the words Kelly left them with. He thanked them for how they had put him in a position to go to Notre Dame. Sounds great huh? I am sure every college football player wants to be used as a pawn so their coach can get a promotion.  
 
 
The Buckeyes have picked up a commitment from defensive back prospect Bradley Roby. He comes from Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree High School, where Cameron Heyward once dominated. Roby is listed at 6-0 170 pounds, and recorded 40 tackles and six interceptions this last season. He also played some wideout, where he had 570 receiving yards and five touchdowns. The Buckeyes will use Roby in the defensive backfield, but there is a chance he may see some time on special teams (also a punt/kick returner in HS).

With his commitment the staff has their second defensive back in 2010, and fans can now forget Latwan Anderson. If the Buckeyes can also grab Christian Bryant, it will be another nice class for the defensive backfield.

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