OT: Per Ace's twitter, Anzalone to Ohio
In case someone was asleep and didn't know who Anzalone was, he's a LB from Pennsylvania considered one of the top 5-10 LB's in the country.
Similar player to Gedeon. Both are very good. Gedeon brings a lot to the table off the field, so I'm more than happy with our commit.
From Anzalone's extensive video, I got the sense that he's a jack of all trades. From everything I've heard about Gedeon from all the experts, I've heard the same thing (both play LB and RB). Wish there was more video of Gedeon to confirm this myself.
Gedeon's sophomore film is him doing everything but play linebacker. Definitely an interesting watch:
In one day Ohio picks up commits in two different sports that were turned away by Michigan.
Here is to hoping neither of them come back to bite us. I was upset when Hoke and co backed off Alex...
I'll give you the hoops commit, but don't be telling me Michigan "turned away" Anzalone as if he was trying to commit and Hoke said "nope, we're full."
But I believe he was told they were full and he shouldn't visit, similar to Dorian O'Daniel.
Correct. Anzalone had a visit to Ann Arbor scheduled, and it was canceled because he was told Michigan was full at LB. At the time, he listed Michigan as one of his top choices.
But you imply that Michigan actually would have got him when you state that he was "turned away." It's also hard to say that you're full at linebacker when they are now pursuing Levenberry.
I know this guy has low credibility around here but a few of you know that he is often right. Here is a tweet from RivalsMike earlier: "nope, he always told me
#OhioState was tops“ @WolverineViper: @rivalsmike they led after Michigan told him that they were full. Get real...”"
"Turned away" means he wanted to come here for a visit and we said "don't bother" because we no longer had a scholarship for him. The coaches liked Levenberry enough that they told him a had a scholly waiting for him when he decided...apparently they didn't think highly enough of Anzalone to offer the same thing.
Maybe you are used to coaches turning guys away when they want to commit, but Hoke doesn't opperate that way. He doesn't let it get to the point of someone saying "I'm in" before saying "sorry, but we don't want you". He is up front with recruits and they know where they stand with him.
It's a novel concept in Buckeye land...living with integrity!
I was very high on Anzalone and was very disappointed when we stopped recruiting him. Ohio is getting a really good football player. I love his toughness. We're going to make sure he's blocked when we face them in a few years.
I dont think the International BigHouse Of Pancakes will have much trouble protecting the Senator.
It would have been nice if Anzalone had gone somewhere else, since he had offers from pretty much any school a football player would want offers from, including B1G schools like PSU, MSU, Purdue, and NW. He also had ND, Bama, Florida, Georgia, and USC - who I thought had been reported as his one time leader.
Anzalone is a beast, I've seen his tape and the kid can fly. I Trust the coaching staff knows something we dont. I was hoping he went to PSU, no dice.
Our recruiting class is still better.
For now. Don't lie to yourself, Ohio State is going to end up with a damn strong class. Maybe not as good only because they should end up with a smaller class, but they aren't going to sign scrubs.
Shhhh. Let him savor the moment. Lying to yourself is essential to the sports fan experience.
You got all that from his line. I think they will end up with a really good class, but he didnt say anything wrong for now.
"For now.... Don't lie to yourself... Only because..."
Yeah, because we don't look to be the favorite for the top class in the country or anything. Unless the bottom drops out we should be a lock for a top 3 spot.
"Let him savor the moment. Lying to yourself is essential to the sports fan experience."
For Michigan fans it usually seems to involve convincing yourself things are much worse than the evidence suggests. A defense mechanism I suppose... Or a misconception that it makes you more logical because you're above the bias.
In reality it's just wet blanket-ism.
Going to be a pretty serious battle for top class in the Big 10.
Where are you hearing Bosa committed too? Bosa+Anzalone would be HUGE for Ohio..
Yep Bosa just committed according to twitter. We knew that though. Isnt he the one who made a comment about "visiting that school up north?" Oh well. Cant win them all.
Where's the link to Bosa committing. I don't see anything about a commitment on his twitter.
Mike Farrell tweeted that Bosa "might very well have commited" to Ohio.
Some solid journalism there.
Very solid!! Mike Farrell might very well have been elected President of The United States of Wyoming.
Who the hell is analzone?
See the first reply to this thread.
Freud would be disappointed in you...
Yay for not catching on to jokes.
He is half-analyst, half-therapist.
This is the way it should be Ohio ans Michigan head to head for thr B1G and in recruiting. History is repeating itself gents.
I agree. I am certainly not excited that they are picking up two great recruits, but it sort of sets the stage, or builds the excitement for what is to come.
Bosa will go to Ohio. He says its between us and them, I read somewhere before his visit that he tweeted 'headed to that school up north' or something like that. Kinda of a dick move.
He tweeted he was "headed to that place up North" and that he didnt want to leave Columbus. He is a perfect fit for that program.
Joey Bosa's dad married his Dolphins teammate Eric Kumerow's sister. Kumerow went to Ohio, and I think his sister (Joey's mom) both have Ohio ties.
Check out these links. The internet is an amazing place.
Joey Bosa's Mom and Dad at an Exotic Dancer competition IN 2007:
Dolphins fans are not big fans of Kumerow and Bosa who both ended up being busts in the NFL:
Bosa, Kumerow, and Kumerow's sister (Bosa's future wife) were charged with assault of a police officer in a brawl in Ft Lauderdale:
I like his mom.
Damn, this is a 16-year-old kid and you are dragging his mom into this? Not cool, man. Recruits read forums.
Where in his post does he say anything negative about his parents?
But added the other links just because I found them interesting. How did I drag his mother into it? Did I say anything disparaging about her? Everything in my post was fact.
You posted a picture of his parents at an exotic dancing competition - something that has literally nothing to do with anything. Sure, it's a fact that it exists - but it doesn't make it appropriate. If you can't see why, then this isn't a discussion worth continuing.
It's not like a shared a private picture. This picture is on the internet for the world to see. If they had a problem with it, they would have contacted the dancer who posted it to take it down. If you search for John Bosa's pictures on Google, it is one of the first ones that comes up.
You're talking about the opinion of an Ohio fan. Of course it's perceived as you dragging his mom into this, and you're a horrible person for doing so. This is one problem with the posts about other commits, the Ohio lurkers on mgoblog start posting stuff like that. It's the only time they post, some even pretend to be Michigan fans.
Never said anyone should stop posting about other commits but was just pointing out a simple flaw. Was trying to explain why someone was complaining about Leaders And Best's post. Perhaps some misinterpreted or misread what I was saying.
Apparently, Bosa was born to be an OSU player. That is great!
I think the only other school that really had a chance was Florida.
Also don't be shocked when Joey Bosa (Mom and her brother who played for Ohio both have Ohio ties) and Mike Heuerman (brother on Ohio FB team) commit to Ohio in the next week or so. I had pretty much already penciled these guys into their class. The only guys I am following on Ohio's radar are Jaylon Smith, Ethan Pocic, & Laquon Treadwell. Those guys are truly in play and could go anywhere. But even Jaylon Smith's brother is currently on Ohio's FB team. If they lose Smith, that would be a huge loss for Ohio.
But Anzalone had similar rankings to McCray and Gedeon. Just like Michigan, Ohio is going to get good players (only Rich Rod could screw that up); it's only the true head to head recruiting that catches my attention.
Rich Rod reference, well played. #late
We went 11-2 last year. OSU went 6-7. They must have really been kicking our ass on the recruiting trail to end up with those results.
They played without some of their best players who were suspended for many of those losses and did not have the sense to start Braxton Miller until it was too late. If they had Terrelle Pryor, Mike Adams, Dan Herron, & Devier Posey for the entire season, they finish near or at the top of the B1G.
Take away Denard Robinson, Taylor Lewan, Fitz Toussaint, and Junior Hemingway, and what would have our record been last year? Recruiting isn't everything, but it has become a pretty solid indicator of team performance.
Urban Frank Meyer, III has grossly misshapen genetalia. That is all.
Ohio is going to get their share of highly ranked players. However, if (or when) Levenberry commits on Tuesday, I think UM's LB class will be one of the best in the nation (and if you include the 2012 class UM might have THE best haul of LBs over the past 2 years). Now it's just a matter of whom coaches them up the best...I like our chances with Mattison and Hoke.
it is not likely that he commits to Michigan on Tuesday.
but neither Rivals (both local and national) nor Scout guys think Levenberry is headed our way.
Didn't they also think that Garnett was heading to Michigan? I don't think they're dining with the Levenberry's every night. I'm holding out hope until Tuesday.
neither Rivals nor Scout thought Garnett was coming to Michigan.
I didn't say it's completely hopeless on Levenberry, but I can't remember the last football recruit both sites were pessimistic on who committed to Michigan (Carlos Brown maybe?).
Sam seemed pretty positive Friday...
While I would never guarantee anything when it comes to recruiting, Mike Farrell has stated that he is "not as confident" as he once was and it is a coin toss. Also from ESPN, there are writers saying that they like the odds of Michigan getting good news.
My feeling is this....why would Levenberry move up his recruiting from Signing Day to August to now late April if it was not due to scholarship availability? Florida St last time I checked only had 1 LB commit out of a class of 8 (so far). It would seem to me that they have a 12-16 scholarships left and are not in danger of "filling up" at the postition (ONLY took 2 LB's last year).
Therefore, my theory is Coach Hoke at the spring game told EJ: Listen we want you, but we need you to make up your mind because we are ready to close down LB recruiting as we either want YOU or NOBODY! The negative side of why he moved up the date is that from what I have read EJ's father REALLY respects Coach Hoke and therefore may not want his son "stringing" Michigan along if he already knows that FSU is choice.
Either way...whether EJ commits or he doesn't our LB depth looks to be in good shape. While missing out on him might "tick" some fans off for telling other highly recruited LBs to not even visit, I feel that the last 6-7 recruits in this class are all going to make us happy (whomever they may be)!
Thats a BIG 'if', dont know about Levenberry but I hope your right homes.
Over the next decade I believe that Michigan will have the best defense in the big ten and Ohio will have the best offense.
Can you imagine life without Coach Mattison? Damn I wish he was 10yrs younger.
With each passing day, I think Michigan has better chances with Levenberry. I'd be disappointed if he didn't commit here, but it won't really matter because our LB haul in the last two years.
This is going to be just like old times, the kind of fierce competition that earned our rivalry the top ranking in all of sport.
Pretty shrewd of Meyer to get the Anzolone commit before Levenberry announces Tuesday.
Urban: Ok, Joey, now you're gonna hold off on committing and say we're in your top two with Michigan. And Alex, you're gonna commit now so we can say we didn't want Levenberry when they get him. Small victories boys, small victories. We have to make it look like Hoke isn't kicking my ass head to head. Oh yeah, Alex, Hoke never pulled your offer either.
Man, Michigan and OSU are gonna have some battles for the next few years.
GOD I HATE OHIO!!! Makes me sick to read this crap. I couldn't even make it to the bathroom before I took a dump after reading this horse manure!! PLEASE God let us finish strong!!
Sigh. I remember what it was like to be 12 years old…
you mean last year?
You know how some people on here like to go onto 11W and RCMB to revel in the schadenfreude? Well it's not a stretch to think the Ohio fans will come here as well. You're making their good day better. Don't.
I agree. Everyone is acting like bitches in here.
Gotcha. Let 'em have their fun today.
MLive is a site I would reccomend....
It's a damn shame that we didn't get a commitment from a guy that we once offerred but stopped recruiting because two other guys our coaches liked an equal amount, if not more, jumped on board first.
Your spartan is showing.
And hopefully will get who we want. Good luck to him, except against us.
I'm so happy Hoke and co set a high standard for toughness and character. I wish anzalone all the best, but I hope his character will be enough to withstand the negative elements that Urban permitted while at Florida.
Harvin punching a coach, sure, but a hell of a lot of that story was about pot which A. who cares? and B. the University of Michigan does not have much room to talk.
Maybe they think that, but it's still a 50-50 shot. It's not like a 5 percent shot he comes here.
If it makes anyone feel any better, the other LB that buckeye fans were counting on for this class canceled his visit to ohio's spring game. Courtney Love... 3* LB out of Ohio is now felt to be a Nebraska lock. This would be a pretty big recruiting loss for Meyer as they were going after this guy hard. Of course, now the talk has turned to flipping McCray to fill their other LB spot.
Some more swings and misses for Meyer this weekend... there were high hopes for a commit from OG Marcell Lazard who, like Love, was felt to be a buckeye lean. Well, he just commited to WVU. Of course, suddenly he went from being a "lean" to having a "non-commitable offer." Miraculous!
There wasn't as much buzz about 4* OT John Montelus, but he did have a Meyer offer, and now that he commited to ND today, fans are getting a little unsettled about their 2013 OL prospects.
McCray you mean the LB that Urban Meyer didn't want?
Good luck to him, he's a good player and has a good coach. His coach is slime but the fan base only cares about wins so he'll be around for a bit.
Looks like Ohio isnt the only ones getting recruits. Nebraska just got a verbal Love a 4* LB from Ohio. Damn we could use some good news on Tuesday Mr. Levenberry.
This is what happens with our class filling up this early, we're going to have to hear about our rivals getting big time recruits while we have little to no news. It'll be alright when we're beating them on the field.