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Potential impact of Bob Stoops’ departure on Ohio State
One of the two men who held the title of college football’s longest-tenured head coach unexpectedly retired on Wednesday afternoon. Yes, in case you missed the surprising news, Bob Stoops stepped down as Oklahoma’s head coach, leaving a country full of pundits and experts shaking their heads and wondering why now and what for.
I don’t personally care why now nor what for. Like most of you, I am concerned only with how this affects the world of recruiting.
I know, I’m a simpleton with a one-track mind … and I’m totally fine with that.
To put it rather bluntly, I don’t expect Stoops’ decision to have any impact on the Buckeyes at all. Yes, Oklahoma is one of the schools trying to rip safeties Jaiden Woodbey and Josh Proctor away from Ohio State, but the odds of that happening aren’t dramatically raised or lowered either way. Yes, Stoops is the headliner for the Sooners, but the rest of the staff will remain intact. In fact, that staff will get significantly “younger” and “cooler.” If either of those players were going to consider flipping from Buckeyes defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs to Sooners defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks, I don’t think their mind was made up Wednesday, eighth months from signing day.
Beyond those two, there a few recruits to consider when it comes to potentially flipping. The first is 247Sports 5-star tackle Brey Walker. The country’s third-ranked offensive tackle is the top player in Oklahoma and has been committed to the Sooners since November … of 2015. If he’s got any inclination of re-opening his recruitment, a handful of the country’s top programs would quickly get involved. If that does happen, however, Texas would most likely find itself in the best position. Walker’s quarterback at Southmoore High (Moore, Okla.) is Casey Thompson and he’s committed to Tom Herman and the Longhorns.
One other player who could potentially be impacted is another offensive lineman … but one from Texas. Darrell Simpson is the No. 12 offensive tackle recruit in the Class of 2018 and considered a heavy Oklahoma lean. But he has Ohio roots and family that still lives in the Buckeye state. But his primary recruiter for the Buckeyes was Tim Beck, who is now at Texas!
Do you see how this could drive a person bonkers?
Bottom line: Not much is going to change with Lincoln Riley at the helm for the Sooners, at least this year. And though this is a seismic shift in the college football landscape, I don’t expect Ohio State to feel too much reverberation.
One more good look at Master Teague?
Now on to actual Ohio State-related recruiting fodder.
Murfreesboro (Tenn.) 3-star running back Master Teague III has been talked about a few times here throughout the last few months as a player to watch if the Buckeyes were to decide he was worth an offer.
To this point, that has not happened. But Teague is attending the Buckeyes’ first one-day camp of the summer on Friday and if puts on a show like he did at Alabama last weekend, Ohio State may be forced to pull the trigger.
I give God the glory 4 my performance 2day at Nick Saban Camp.
Long Jump=10ft 10in.
Short Shuttle=4.0O pic.twitter.com/h8BaV0TfTn
— Master W. Teague III (@33_blackman) June 5, 2017
Yet even after that outstanding performance, the Tide did not offer. Georgia is the leader to land Teague, with Auburn and Tennessee battling the Bulldogs. But Ohio State and Alabama are both potential flies in the ointment.
Teague’s interest in Ohio State is well documented. But with a solid top-3 list and a plan to announce a decision “sometime soon,” it doesn’t seem likely he’s making another visit to Columbus (Friday will be his third visit since October) unless he’s absolutely hoping to seal the deal between he and the Buckeyes. Tony Alford and Urban Meyer are interested — the repeated trips Ohio State has taken to Murfreesboro indicate that — but the question is whether or not a potential offer to Teague rests on the decision of Zamir White.
There is a real sense that if the Buckeyes would offer Teague, the county’s eighth-ranked tailback in 2018 according to 247Sports.com’s rankings, he’d accept it and commit to Ohio State. That would, of course, likely eliminate the Buckeyes from the sweepstakes for White, the country’s No. 1 running back — and undoubtedly Ohio State’s top choice at the position.
Can Teague prove to the Buckeyes on Friday that he’s worth it?
Buckeyes commitment doesn’t visit ‘Bama, after all
Recruiting can be a tedious — and often times frustrating — pursuit to keep up with. But that’s what makes it fun, right?
Ohio State 2018 commitment Brenton Cox, a 5-star defensive end from Stockbridge, Ga., was expected to visit Alabama this week (Sunday through Tuesday). We reported that on Sunday night but added, “Hey, don’t sweat it. Visits are going to happen, pal.”
But then sometimes … they don’t happen. Cox did not visit Alabama, after all, only furthering this claim that he made to Cleveland.com’s Ari Wasserman Saturday when the planned visit was made public.
“I mean, it doesn’t matter because I’m done with recruiting,” Cox said. “I’m straight. I was just going just to go. … I’m not looking to de-commit or go to Alabama. I’m going to Ohio State.”
Ohio State would love for Cox to be totally done with recruiting and take no visits anywhere else. That’s still pretty unlikely, but avoiding a three-day stay in Tuscaloosa is a big bonus for the Buckeyes.