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Skull Session: Zach Harrison Refreshing Recruitment, Justin Fields Potential in Ohio State, and Lost Recruiting Battles

If you read "ole recruitment rankings on this fine morning after teenage fox day, you'll find Buckeyes a little lower than their usual spot in the top five. This year they are a bit lower at No. 12. But do not you miss! See, this is not a bad recruitment class in any way, it's only a small one. Ohio State signed only 15 players in the class and held 16 federations, giving them the smallest class out of the top 30. However, on an average recruitment basis, Buckeyes actually traveled to the country's third best class, and is in line with Ohio State's former monster classes. Ohio states recruit classes since 201 2 ranked by average player rating: 2017: 94.592018: 94.292013: 93.142019: 92.162016: 91.562012: 91.472014: 90.592015: 90.31 – Bill Landis (@ BillLandis25) December 20, 2018 Everything is good. ICYMI Today's word: Diffident. IT HAPPENED. One of the most physically impressive individuals I've ever seen will play for my alma mater at least the next three seasons, which is a fantastic thing that happened yesterday. The first time I've ever heard of Zach Harrison, I had difficulty believing he was right. People told me about this child who was 6-6, 240 lbs. who ran a 4.5 40-yard dash and was the anchor in his 4×100 relay – in tennis shoes, because they did not make trackpikes in their size. It does not sound like a 17 year old that was in the same city as me, it sounded like a…

If you read “ole recruitment rankings on this fine morning after teenage fox day, you’ll find Buckeyes a little lower than their usual spot in the top five. This year they are a bit lower at No. 12.

But do not you miss!

See, this is not a bad recruitment class in any way, it’s only a small one. Ohio State signed only 15 players in the class and held 16 federations, giving them the smallest class out of the top 30.

However, on an average recruitment basis, Buckeyes actually traveled to the country’s third best class, and is in line with Ohio State’s former monster classes.

Everything is good.

ICYMI

Today’s word: Diffident.

IT HAPPENED. One of the most physically impressive individuals I’ve ever seen will play for my alma mater at least the next three seasons, which is a fantastic thing that happened yesterday.

The first time I’ve ever heard of Zach Harrison, I had difficulty believing he was right. People told me about this child who was 6-6, 240 lbs. who ran a 4.5 40-yard dash and was the anchor in his 4×100 relay – in tennis shoes, because they did not make trackpikes in their size.

It does not sound like a 17 year old that was in the same city as me, it sounded like a big saga in the same realm of “reality” as Paul Bunyan, John Henry or D.J. Byrnes.

But then I saw this photo:

That’s when I realized that Zach Harrison was extremely real.

My fascination only grew when I realized this man – I’m not convinced that you could accurately recreate in NCAA’s Road to Glory mode, because it would be unrealistic – hated all the attention and even had all their social media accounts set on private.

The whole recruitment was a fresh air. He had generational athletics, but was totally uninterested to be something besides a child playing a sport and deciding where he wants to go to college. And he thought it was weird that someone thought he would be something else.

Harrison has never refused who he is as a person and played the recruitment game through his own rules. And I respect everything about it.

I also appreciate that he will play for my team instead of the other team, and Larry Johnson also does:

How Good Are Fair Areas? To many of all, Justin Fields has probably popped up nowhere in the last few days and you are wondering why everyone is talking about this Georgia backup as he’s next upcoming Vince Young.

It is quite fair that you may not know much about him, but I urge you to consider the fact that he could still be extremely, extremely good.

From Kyle Rowland of Toledo Blade :

When Matt Dickmann, who coached Fields at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga., Was asked to describe Fields game style, he spoke continuously for 2 minutes, 37 seconds.

“What [Ohio State] would get – and you do not get it all the time – is a player who completely controls each box,” said Dickmann, an Indian from Napoleon and 1987 from the University of Toledo. “One of the things that distinguishes him from other quarterbacks is how intellectually he is, how articulate he is and how he can study things and do not forget it. He rarely makes the same mistake twice. He would diagnose why he made a mistake when he come to the sidelines. “

There have been speculations about how he would fit into a Ryan daybreak. The offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach and soon Ohio State Head coach have focused on the first quarter of recruitment and cast Haskins to a possible top 10 NFL draft.

“[Fields] would fit very well with the Ohio state,” said Dickmann.

Arm strength and accuracy are not weaknesses. Fields are comfortable to make any throw, while the legs work as an extra component. Dickmann said when Fields ran run-pass options, he made the right decision 99 percent of the time.

I do not mean that this sounds ridiculous hyperbolic – and it will – but I remember in the middle of #QBGeddon, a popular #take where “I wish we could only roll Braxton Miller, JT Barrett and Cardale Jones into one quarterback! “

People, see:

I do not mean disrespect to Tate Martell. Those who know me know that I’ve been #TeamTate then before he even had an Ohio State offer, but if Fields get to Ohio State and get immediate permission, he’ll definitely be starting next season.

It was not the shadow of Martell, as this year’s Gatorade player, never lost a game as a starter at high school and was the number 2 observer in the class, behind just Tua Tagovailoa. It’s just how good Fields are.

I’m not sure if Buckeyes will land him, but I’m sure they’ll try their best. And they should, because he is the best football player available right now.

And I have seen many #takes about how this would affect the changing room. Do you know what is good for a locker room? Winning.

THE LAST BATTLES. As good as things went yesterday, everything was not perfect. Ohio State lost two commitments as cornerback Jordan Battle turned to Alabama and quarterback Dwan Mathis turned to Georgia.

For Battle, it seems that he never really sold after Urban Meyer announced his retirement.

From David Wilson from Miami Herald:

It all opened to him when Urban Meyer announced he would retreat. This was the coach Battle initially committed and, last Wednesday, told the first star’s safety that incoming coach Ryan Day would take a look at other options. Day, today the Ohio State’s Offensive Coordinator, came down to visit Battle, but the defensive back was set to Alabama at the beginning of the week.

It stops for Buckeyes, because he was the only corner back in the class – their top goal – and now it’s too late in the process to do much about it. But that’s sensible.

Mathis flip makes much less sense. I’m not sure that the child has ever been in Georgia’s state of his life, much less visited campus and thought long and hard to spend his career career there.

But it can also stand a bit less, especially if Ohio State can land Fields.

All things lost, Ohio State lost only two commitments in the class following the full-time contract notice and took the fourth highest nominal outlook in program history along with a three-star defensive tackle.

It’s hard to ask much better than that.

ALL-NAME TEAM. While sorry for the release of Jordan Battle and Dwan Mathis, I’m totally furious, Buckeyes was never even involved in recruiting a colleague named Storm Duck.

They made my heart smile by at least signing Steele Chambers, which is a hell of a name, but how in the hell did Storm Duck pull through the cracks?

I understand they are limited to 85 scholarships and they must be selective while they take, but a name like Storm Duck comes once in a generation. I’m in pain

BEST SIGNING DAY MOMENTS. First, I appreciate Colin and give us a little look behind the curtain here. He also told me Jacoby has never even seen a fax machine that destroyed everything I thought I knew about teenage days.

And the most Stanford ever ever a player performing with his jazz band immediately after signing his letter of intent:

And then there was Coach O and yelled at people to be high during his press conference, which lay on the soccer field under what looks like an exercise of for some reason.

But this definitely takes the crown:

Now you get dust out of your eyes and have a happy Thursday.

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