Kirk Herbstreit thinks Ohio State might be better off without recruits who openly criticize the program — no matter how highly ranked they are.
Jackson Carman, a 5-star offensive tackle in the 2018 class and the top-ranked recruit in Ohio, has made headlines this week for calling on Ohio State to make a change at quarterback. Carman, one of the top remaining Ohio State targets in the class, wants the Buckeyes to play Dwayne Haskins over J.T. Barrett after a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma.
Carman made this known on Twitter, and one person who took notice was Kirk Herbstreit. Carman and the former Ohio State quarterback-turned-ESPN analyst had a back and forth.
Can someone get a memo to ALL RECRUITS of EVERY SCHOOL to please keep quiet and worry about their own teams. Not a good look for these guys. https://t.co/5NLH5PXBHV
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 12, 2017
Pretty sure I wouldn't have any problems in Dabo Swinney's or Clay Helton's locker room for my OPINION on OSU's qb issues. 🤔 https://t.co/FMVwGpAJ2J
— T H E J I A N T (@Jackthejiant) September 13, 2017
Herbstreit was on the Ryen Russillo Show on Thursday afternoon and elaborated on the matter.
“I’m a big respect guy. And I think some of these 5-star guys, they get a little full of themselves because nobody talks real to them,” Herbstreit said. “Everybody plays pretend because they live in a world where everyone pats them on the back.
“I don’t even know that kid. I don’t follow recruiting, I have no idea who he is. I didn’t like that he thought he had an opinion about a guy who was a three-time captain, the only one in the history of a school, and was like ‘get him out and get my guy in.’ ”
Herbstreit added that he thought the Buckeyes might be better off without someone like Carman on their team.
“And then he says he’s gonna go to Clemson or USC. Good, that would be a great decision for you. I think it’d be better for Urban Meyer to not have a guy like that on his roster.”
Could Carman or 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons — who also called for a quarterback change — still join the Buckeyes? Land of 10’s Jeremy Birmingham answered that question in his latest recruiting mailbag.