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Ohio State keeps commit, adds another

Posted on: June 1, 2011 6:15 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 6:30 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's been a trying few days at Ohio State. From the bang-bang news Monday of head coach Jim Tressel resigning and a damaging Sports Illustrated article, there's been plenty of "down" moments for Buckeye fans across the country. It is, however, not all bad for the football program on the recruiting front as Ohio State reinforced the notion that the program is one of the few that can withstand major issues that would otherwise derail others.

The first sign of good news came Tuesday as the prize in the Buckeyes' class of 2012, Lakewood (Ohio) offensive lineman Kyle Kalis, planned on decommitting from the program but was convinced to remain a part of the class by interim head coach Luke Fickell over a 45 minute phone conversation.

"The only way I'd go to Ohio State is if Coach Fick is the coach," Kalis told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I know him pretty well. He knows the way I'm a fighter and I don't give up on things. He said he went through the same thing in college and ended up going to Ohio State, and he said if I go to Ohio State, it will be the best decision of my life."

Kalis is ranked 61st overall in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming, the only member of the OSU recruiting class to be ranked in the top 100. Like many players, fans and recruits, Kalis' initial reaction to hearing that Tressel had resigned was one of complete surprise.

"My first thought was shock. My heart sank and my stomach started hurting," he told the paper. "I turned my phone off and went back to bed. I had 87 missed calls from all over, the New York Times, ESPN. I didn't return one of them. I thought it would be disrespectful, like I was talking behind coach Tressel's back."

The 6-foot-5, 310 pound Kalis is one of two offensive linemen committed to the school at the moment. In another bit of good news, Kalis was joined in the Buckeyes' class by Bedford (Ohio) safety Tyvis Powell, who committed to the school Wednesday afternoon. A lifelong Ohio State fan, Powell was unphased by all that's gone on in Columbus.

"I made this decision, I'd say back in 2003," Powell told Bucknuts.com. "For eight years I've known where I want to go.

"I'm not going to take my talents to another state. It's about dedication to Ohio. I can't leave. I can't see myself going out-of-state to play my football."

Powell, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound defensive back who plays both safety and corner, becomes the eight commitment for the class of 2012 - all of whom are from Ohio. He selected Ohio State over offers from Cincinnati, Michigan State, Minnesota and West Virginia among others.

Things are not going well in Columbus with the NCAA circling around ahead of the school's August hearing in front of the Committee on Infractions and an interim head coach but at least there is a little positive news on the recruiting front.
Comments

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Ohio State keeps commit, adds another

BAHAHAHAHA!  I see the CNN -esque reporting is coming back on the board......  And go figure SI parent name is CNN/SI....using infactual information in your article trashing OSU and JT.  Shameful.  But par for the course from the likes of CNN, NY TImes, etc.

First off there will be no ruling on any of this until AFTER the season.  The meeting in August is simply for OSU to respond to said allegations. NCAA is lowering any axe , stop with the foolishness.

I'm glad the talk now is shifting to "paying players", Thank you Steve Spurrier.  See The grown ups realize this happens everywhere and the issue isn't the teams cheating, it's the rules/system in place.  Time to evolve.  ONce college football became a multi BILLION dollar industry the rules changed......but college football has failed to change along with them.  Oh and while they are blowing up college football and "fixing" it, they can add in the playoff we all want.  You will see the NCAA compliance dept start working on this.....as this falls under their scope of work, i.e IT'S THEIR JOB!!!!!!!!



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Ohio State keeps commit, adds another

coming from a clown with a north stars logo on his name! sweet dude that was an awesome hockey to bad they up and left for dallas over 10 yrs ago!! second i am sure you probably didn't even go to community college!! 

ps what does it feel like to get 3rd place in the special olympics??? 



Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Ohio State keeps commit, adds another

Tressel did everything above board in Columbus that was visible to Ohio State fans.  He also did/condoned many, many underhanded things in order to put his program at an advantage -- not the least was knowing using players who would obviously be declared ineligble in every game last year.  The thing that many feel more animosity toward Tressel is that he presented himself to be beyond reproach -- which he clearly was not in the real world.  Gee and Smith are greater scums in my opinion, in that they are responsible for the conduct of the head football coach, yet they were clearly NOT doing their jobs as far as institutional control goes -- further, Gee flippantly giggling that he hoped Tressel wouldn't fire him when approached.  Ohio State demonstrates the bigger/better programs cheat the most (see Alabama and Auburn). 

The NCAA is a complete sham if they don't consider a penalty for Ohio State equal to SMU.  Further, they should follow that with a "death penalty" rule to for-life penalty for head coaches, i.e. Tressel, Calipari, Calhoun, Pearl, etc. for serious NCAA violations.  Either they want it to be clean, or they should communicate that all bets are off.  If the new NCAA chief isn't just playing, he needs to get serious. 



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Ohio State keeps commit, adds another

Buckeyes44......you must be living in a delusional world if you think sanctions arent comiing. Do you realize there's  an investigation going on right now . Wait tell Aug when the axe is lowered. You must not listen to what's  going on right now with the NCAA. By Tressel leaving certainly hasnt ended this matter. This is going down as one of the biggest college football scandels in history. Yes you will recover but certainly not over night as you may think.Oh by the way we all have pride when it comes to our college or universities in our states. you may recruit Ohio kids   but dam few out of state.



Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Ohio State keeps commit, adds another

Hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang on . . .  Let's see what happens with recruits who weren't born (or bred) in the state of Ohio. When the going gets tough, prized athletes tend to think of themselves first.  I wonder how they'll feel after the NCAA hands down what promises to be some very tough sanctions for OSU.  There won't be any bowl games where they can showcase their talents, there will be a loss of scholarships which will decrease the pool of available talent over a series of years, and even scarier, there will be no more perks.  Sloopy will be hanging on by her fingernails.



Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: June 3, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Ohio State keeps commit, adds another

sporthc, your completely wrong, Ohio State will not be down for 3 years, even with sanctions. We wont get penalized as much as USC did, and they are still getting really good recruits. You can't take away from a program that has been great for 100 years. Kids will get in trouble, but it doesnt take away from any prestige the university has, or the football program. The OSU community remains strong, it bends but it wont break. Another thing that contributes to our success is we have the nations largest alumni. You can hate all you want on OSU, but it doesnt mean anything, because opinions dont matter, facts do, USC is still good even with sanctions, and they will return to normal form in the next few years, OSU will do the same. You can think that OSU is corrupt all you want, but just because there is nothing else going on in sports, so all the focus is on OSU right now, dont let it fool you. Its really not as big of a problem as you think. It was this time last year and the year before all we heard about was Brett Favre. That wasant big news but theres a drought on sports news right now. Now with the nfl lockout theres even less to talk about. Yeah it sucks Tressel resigned and is getting a bad rap, cuz hes a well respected guy to many people outside the OSU community even, but the buckeyes are ready to move on. You can speculate all you want about OSU, but no sanctions have happened yet. Its not about arogance, its about pride, and that pride wont change ever, no matter if we have OJ Simpson at running or not.



Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Ohio State keeps commit, adds another

@louts8wings
wow this just shows how dumb people are who are from out of ohio! majority of the kids in ohio are born and raised as buckeyes. it doesn't always mean they become buckeyes but a large amount of them do. you want to know why ohio state will still great the good recruits with or without sanctions?? the facilities, campus, the opportunity to get to the nfl, and college experience. you can put as many sanctions on osu but that's one thing the ncaa or ESPIN can take away from them!
Besides the fact your comment has just proven why most outside of Ohio think O-St is more of a community college with walmart fans than a real University.

Yes, UM, Wisconsin, Penn St. all have lousy stadiums (ever hear of the Big House) and a crappy campus not to mention none of them have any players in the NFL. What flavor is the kool-aide do they put in your cup? Must be buckeye flavor, makes sense though I mean it is a nut just like most of The Ohio State Community College fans.

Besides who cares how many players for Ohio stay in Ohio, it's only one state and in case you didn't know they are 49 others. We all know how you Pryor you know your starting QB was a big Ohio kid, Oh wait he is from PA.


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Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 4:03 pm
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Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Ohio State keeps commit, adds another

wow this just shows how dumb people are who are from out of ohio! majority of the kids in ohio are born and raised as buckeyes. it doesn't always mean they become buckeyes but a large amount of them do. you want to know why ohio state will still great the good recruits with or without sanctions?? the facilities, campus, the opportunity to get to the nfl, and college experience. you can put as many sanctions on osu but that's one thing the ncaa or ESPIN can take away from them!



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Ohio State keeps commit, adds another

LOL.............Restoring greatness you idiot????????? Ohio State will be down for the next 3 years because of sanctions.Trust me you will hurt when it comes to recruiting do you really think these high school seniors will play for a school that they cant partisipate in bowl games??????????? Arogance Arogance this is why you buckeyes are in so much trouble!


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