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The impact of a loss on recruiting
There’s a recurring question I’m often asked after an Ohio State football loss: “How does this impact recruiting?”
The short answer is this: It doesn’t. One loss doesn’t impact recruiting at all. Multiple losses? A losing season? A program in disarray and falling apart at the seams, completely visible to the world? Sure, that affects recruiting. But a loss like this past Saturday or like last November’s breakdown against Michigan State? Nope, not at all.
In a perfect world for Ohio State, they’d never lose a game so this wouldn’t be a question, but the facts are that a loss doesn’t indicate a culture problem or anything systemic, which does impact recruiting. So, no, rest assured Ohio State fans, the loss at Penn State doesn’t hurt the Buckeyes. Does it help Penn State? Absolutely, it does. The environment at Beaver Stadium was incredible, the support the fans gave to the Nittany Lions was evident from the start, and, even if they would have lost, the impact on recruits was palpable.
There’s one way that a loss impacts a recruit – and I’ve said this before – but it’s simple and true: If fans, frustrated with performance or coaching or whatever, make themselves look ridiculous on social media, in the stadium, etc.
More on Shaun Wade
The Shaun Wade circus continues. Last week, the discussion was that the 5-star cornerback from Jacksonville, Fla., may not take any more visits because he wouldn’t be able to visit Alabama last weekend, and Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26) wasn’t ideal for his family.
On Monday, though, it was widely reported that Wade would visit Alabama that weekend after all. It was also mentioned that the country’s third-ranked corner now may take an official visit to Virginia Tech sometime in November as well, presumably the week after he and his parents visit Ohio State (Nov. 5).
2017 5* CB and Ohio State commit Shaun Wade will be taking an official visit to #Alabama on November 26th for the Iron Bowl.
— Bobby Kunz (@TDALMAGKunz) October 24, 2016
So what gives? Why so much information/confusion? It appears to be just a matter of semantics. As of today, said his father Randy, there is only one school with an official visit actually confirmed and definite.
“No other tickets have been bought except for Ohio State,” Wade told Land of 10. “His ‘Bama visit is not set yet. We are supposed to go, but it’s not official yet. I have family coming, so I’m not going, but my wife may. It’s up in the air.”
As noted, Wade will visit Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 5, and both of his parents will be with him. That weekend will be a major opportunity for Ohio State’s coaching staff – which will host most of their commitments and their families during Nebraska weekend – to get the Wades more familiar with the parents of the players they hope their son will call teammates next year.
Wade has been committed to Ohio State since Jan. 12, 2015, longer than any other Buckeyes commitment.
Bolden sets official visit, officially
One player whose fate – at least as it related to Ohio State recruiting – may be directly tied to Wade is Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) defensive back Bubba Bolden. Ironically, both players will be making their official visit to Columbus the same weekend.
?️SU official set up for Nov. 5th!
— BUBBA BOLDEN (@BubbBolden) October 24, 2016
Bolden, the country’s eighth-ranked safety, will be one of three Bishop Gorman stars visiting Ohio State as it takes on Nebraska. Quarterback Tate Martell and wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey will also be in town that weekend. As it stands, Bolden’s 247Sports.com “crystal ball” favors Ohio State over USC, where he used to be committed, and Arizona State.
Ohio State has 17 commitments in its top-ranked 2017 recruiting class, and the questions about whether they’d have room for Bolden haven’t really stopped since the Buckeyes extended an offer his way in early September. His official visit will be as much about Ohio State getting to know him as it will be him getting to know Ohio State.