|Mookie Cooper as a College Football Prospect|
Now that his playing days at Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis are almost over, wide receiver Mookie Cooper can look back on them with fondness. He made a lot of friends and he had a lot of good times. For it was there that early on in his sophomore year he established himself as a blue-chip star. Yes, Mookie might not even be 6 feet tall, but what he lacks in height he makes up for in sheer speed. That sheer raw talent is one of the main reasons that he was already getting second looks from colleges even when he was just a sophomore. Either way you look at it, the kid has talent. What do we know about him as a college football prospect? Who was looking at him closer? Who did he finally commit to? These are all questions that deserve an answer.
Just who was vying for Mookie Cooper's attention?
Early on, there were a lot of schools that were vying for this rising star's attention. Colleges such as LSU, Tennessee, Miami, Oklahoma, and Texas were all on the phone trying to get him to commit to their program. This doesn't count him being a strong consideration for Illinois, simply because of the fact that his lifelong high school coach and mentor Cory Patterson is now the tight ends coach with that program. At first, Mookie Cooper thought the process was very exciting. He remembers how it felt to be seriously looked at by all of these different programs in his sophomore year. However, as he got older, he realized that with his huge amount of talent there came a lot of responsibility attached. He knew that when it came time to commit he would have to carefully consider his choice and what he was looking for in a program. Who did he ultimately decide to go with?
How long and hard was the college recruitment road for Mookie Cooper?
The answer to that question is that is was very hard. However, it was through this process that Cooper demonstrated that he is not just a solid athlete on the field but also a great all-around mind that is wise beyond his years. Interestingly enough, Cooper did not go with the first program he committed to. He originally was going to go with the Texas Longhorns, but he later made the hard decision to de-commit. There were a lot of factors that went into this decision, but Cooper says he still has a lot of respect for what the Texas Longhorns program represents.
|7/12/2019 2:43:43 PM|
|Jake Seibert and His Ohio State Commitment|
The Ohio State Buckeyes picked up one of the top nationally ranked kicking prospects in the country, Jake Seibert.
Last year, Seibert made all six of his field goal tries with the longest being 47 yards. Additionally, 29 of his 37 kickoffs resulted in touch-backs. And he also made 22 of 24 extra point attempts. Ohio State offered the 6'1", 195 lbs. Seibert a scholarship on May 20th.
Cincinnati La Salle kicker Jake Seibert chose OSU over offers from Michigan State, Air Force, Temple, Pennsylvania and UCLA. Seibert is the 2nd Ohio State specialist to come from La Salle HS, after current punter Drue Chrisman.
|6/14/2019 3:38:28 PM|
|QB Gunnar Hoak Coming Home to Columbus|
Gunnar Hoak was dual sports player at Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio, playing baseball in addition to football. He led his high school as a quarterback, to the Division I Ohio state playoffs. Hoak has graded a 3-star prospect and saw scholarship offers from Toledo, Bowling Green, and Buffalo. After such accolades as being named Offensive Player of the Year for Ohio's Central District in 2014 and throwing for 4,000 plus yards with 44 touchdowns and just nine interceptions his junior and senior season, he was ranked as the number 40 overall pro-style quarterback in the nation for the class of 2016. Hoak eventually chose the University of Kentucky, the only Power 5 school to offer him a scholarship, though other programs like Toledo, Buffalo, and Bowling Green did make offers.
Hoak at Kentucky
At Kentucky Hoak was red-shirted his freshman year in 2016. Stephen Johnson was the QB for 2017 with Hoak third on the depth chart. Drew Barker was the backup, but in 2018 Barker gave up his final year of eligibility and Johnson graduated. This left Hoak in a battle with Terry Wilson for the QB job at Kentucky. Wilson was named the starter and Hoak saw little action during his redshirt sophomore season – throwing just 26 passes for Kentucky.
This lack of playing time led Hoak to enter the NCAA's transfer portal in mid-April. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was hoping Hoak would remain at Kentucky, but Hoak announced the weekend after Easter that he was transferring to Ohio State.
Urban Meyer leaving the Ohio State played a role in Hoak's decision to choose Ohio State. Under Meyer, the Buckeyes had primarily recruited dual-threat quarterbacks. But new head coach Ryan Day is bringing a pro-style passing attack to Columbus.
Given Hoak's pro-style and the Buckeye's new change in offensive philosophy both parties are receiving a benefit. Ohio State saw quarterback Matthew Baldwin leave the program and this created an immediate need for a quarterback. Hoak met with Ohio State coaching staff just three days after entering the transfer portal.
|5/9/2019 2:58:41 PM|
|Matthew Baldwin On Leaving Ohio State|
Matthew Baldwin is a gradually rising football star. He was raised in Texas by his parents, Michael and Mindy Baldwin. He was one of the ten from a 2018 recruiting class to join Ohio State in January 2018. His stay at Ohio State was a short one after he choose to transfer.
Matthew says the main reason for the transfer is due to home sickness. His transfer from Ohio comes after him nursing a knee injury from the 2017 Texas state playoffs.
Ryan Day, a quarterbacks coach played a vital role for Matthew to join Ohio State. He convinced Urban Meyer, then Ohio State head coach, to bring Matthew into the Buckeyes team. Meyer was impressed with Matthew after watching a film of him playing. He was struck by Matthew’s loyalty to his high school program at Lake Travis High School.
Later when Ohio State announced the retirement for Urban Meyer as the head coach, Ryan Day was made the head coach full time.Ryan runs the quarterbacks as a guru. He was once a quarterback too. He has played an integral part in molding Matthew and his other playmates like J.T Barrett and Dwayne Haskins, whom he had inherited form the former recruiting class of 2017.
Ryan nurtured Dwayne so vigorously that he went on to lead a record breaking Ohio State offense. Matthew watched him keenly learning lots from him. He saw Dwayne as someone he could emulate.
Ryan Day had the same expectations on Matthew, expecting better from him. Matthew took up the challenge and he was worked real hard.
When star Dwayne Haskins left the Ohio State team to contest for the 2019 NFL draft. Dwayne had been ranked as the top quarterback drafted for 2019 NFL and speculated to be 6th overall by the New York Giants. Dwayne had worked hard to take after J.T Barrett.
|4/22/2019 3:55:46 PM|
|Dawand Jones And The Late Push by Ohio State To Find Line Help|
Dawand Jones is arguably a force to reckon within the sports world. He majors in Football and Basketball in high school but will play football at the next level. From childhood Dawand Jones has been considered a big child. His early school years were not very interesting as his classmates would often tease him. At some point, he refused to go to school to avoid the hurtful things said to him by his classmates. His mother Ms. Deana encouraged him not to give up.
Little did he know, his size would be an advantage to him in his later years and make a career out of it. Dawand Jones loved basketball and pursued it. He began watching basketball outdoors at around the age 5. Dawand Jones went to Ben Davis High school in Indianapolis. While there his football coach has been Jason Simmons. Coach Simmons refers to him as a wonderful player. He is multi-talented because he also plays basketball and had tried Volleyball while on his 8th Grade at IPS School 108.
With a gigantic athletic body, measuring up to an astonishing 6 feet and 380 pounds, he started his career majoring in basketball.
Dawand Jones basketball career came into the limelight in his junior years at the Junior All Star Game. He averaged 13.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and shot 75percent when his team played with Warren Central in the regional level. Thou his team lost 21-6 against them.
Dawand Jones has made 3 football recruiting official visits, first on 9th November 2018 to USC, Second on January 19thth to Ohio State and January 27th to Penn state. He made an unofficial visit to Michigan State in early January. These visits limited him to take football visits within his tight schedule.
He had basketball offers from Ball State, Indiana, Cleveland state, Bowling Green, Mississippi Northern Michigan and Kent State.
Some sources consider him No 84 in the nation and ranked 13th within Indiana for 2019 prospects. On the first of February, Dawand Jones signed his letter of intent with the Ohio State football team. He will be a great asset for the team along the offensive line. He is a great player, with great experience, focused and looks forward to the 2020 Championships. He intends to focus his energy to his academics and sports.
|2/22/2019 3:19:25 PM|
|Buckeye Elite DE Jack Sawyer|
It comes as great news to all Buckeye's die-hard fans, the unveiling and most exciting commitment from the young and energetic Elite DE Jack Sawyer.
Ohio North 2021 defensive end Jack Sawyer (from Pickerington North) committed to the Buckeye after his visit to Ohio. The outstanding 6-foot-5 defensive end weighing 225 pounds, chose Ohio State over the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, and many others.
His outstanding capabilities have earned him favor making him among Ryan Day's team and the Buckeyes first 2021 commitment a huge step in the game.
Sawyer is among the most productive athletes in the state of Ohio emerging as one of the top basketball and football players in high school. In addition to this, he can shot a 3 point shot and keep the crowd chanting, A huge fun base awaits him from the crowd. However, Sawyer joins Buckeyes as a football player ,a star in the making.
Ohio State had to work harder to earn Sawyer's services. Ohio State had to beat out Notre Dame, Penn State, and many others. However, the results were extremely pleasing to the fans and the team in general.
How Things Rank
According to national ranks, Sawyer managed a 4-star prospect in the 247 sports rankings, he is also 3rd overall in 2021 and number 1 strongside defensive end, not forgetting number one in Ohio.
On the other hand, Buckeyes already have in their possession seven 2020 commitments, among them is Jack Miller (quarterback) Darvon Hubbard (tail back ) Gee Scott and Jaxon Smith ( wide receivers) Luke Wypler ( center ) and Paris Johnson and Jakob James (offensive tackles). The team is currently appearing in the top 3 position according to composite recruiting rankings, but the team has a lot to offer in the forthcoming games.
|2/8/2019 3:23:58 PM|
|Three-Star S Bryson Shaw and What He Means for the Buckeyes|
OSU's recent acquisition of Bryson Shaw has given the college another safety who isn't afraid to take matters into his own hands. A native of the Chesapeake Bay State, Shaw is a ball-hogging player who can provide some needed help when it comes to defending against the run.
Ironically, the three-star player was once committed to the Badgers and may have even ended up playing lacrosse had things gone differently. Watching Sam Hubbard's play in the NFL was more than enough to get him to change gears, however.
Those who follow recruitment news weren't necessarily as familiar with Bryson Shaw, but the Buckeyes staff wanted to add him next year for a few reasons in spite of less-than-perfect rankings.
A recent composite poll had him slotted at #47 in total safeties nationwide. The same poll had him rated as the tenth overall in his home state.
Those who watch a ton of tape can tell that he used to run when he was in high school. The 6' 2" future OSU player looks speedy in highlight reels to say the very least. His thin build makes him look more like an athlete than a player in some instances, but Shaw has already stated that he's willing to work.
If anyone doubts this, then they should consider the fact that he's a former three-sport athlete who is quite physical in spite of his lack of size. He's willing to make a tackle and tries to make contact whenever he's got the chance to. Since he plays downhill, Shaw is able to make some pretty impressive moves in spite of his comparatively diminutive size.
|1/4/2019 10:05:34 PM|
|Jaden McKenzie Makes An Impact At OSU|
The most recent OSU recruiting class added another vital player as Wake Forest (North Carolina Campus) DT Jaden McKenzie has committed to the college. McKenzie is the first DT that Ryan Day has grabbed for the 2019 class.
Larry Johnson now has the defensive tackle that he's wanted for some time, and both he and Day see a ton of opportunity in McKenzie since he's got both strength and the ability to play between the sidelines.
McKenzie is a large beast of an interior DT. He adds both size and athleticism to the other side of the ball, and he can run pretty well for a man of his size. This gives him the ability to take on blockers and produce takeaways.
Most importantly, McKenzie isn't afraid to do whatever it takes to get the job done. His previous academic team took home countless wins, and this eventually got them to the big one on three different occasions.
|12/24/2018 1:52:00 PM|
|Eichenberg Commits To Ohio State's 2019 Recruiting Class|
Tommy Eichenberg has officially committed to Ohio State's Recruiting Class of 2019.
Getting a commitment from Tommy Eichenberg, four-star linebacker from St. Ignatius in Cleveland has been a top priority for Ryan Day and the Buckeyes since he received the offer this fall. The Buckeyes see Eichenberg as a great fit for their football program and were thrilled when Eichenberg backed off of his Boston College pledge when the Wolverines and Buckeyes took an interest. Since then everyone pretty much expected he would pick one of the two rivals. What impact will his decision to commit to Ohio State have on the Buckeyes?
Adding a little weight and muscle mass to his 6'3" 225 pofund frame should not be an issue under the strength and conditioning program and Mickey Marotti. On film, Eichenberg appears to possess great instinct and doesn't flinch when it comes to making the tackle in space. The Buckeyes have had issues with the position, so getting a commitment from the top inside linebacker in the state is a real win.
|12/10/2018 2:07:44 PM|