One never knows how college football recruits will turn out, but from all indications, Ohio State football coach Ryan Day did very well with the 2020 class – his first without former coach Urban Meyer. Classifying players as three-, four- and five-star recruits is like trying to figure out what round a player will go in the NFL Draft. It is difficult to predict how players will grow two or three years after they graduate high school.
Day undoubtedly knows something about recruiting at Ohio State – even though it doesn’t look like it in the list of 2020 commits – and that is Cleveland players produce at an incredible level in Columbus. I’ll buy the fact that this may not be a great year for Cleveland-area players or some players chose to go elsewhere, but as of now - a couple of weeks before the 2019 season begins - Day has come up empty in Cleveland. It appears that seven players from Ohio have committed to Ohio State, with none coming from Cleveland.
In recent years, Ohio State has become more of a national school, but you can’t forget about Cleveland high schools. Avoiding Cleveland is bad for performance on the field, at the box office and in the culture of the team and its alumni. Day must make time after the season to court many of the great high school players in Ohio. They have egos, too.
MEYER TO BE ENSHRINED
Meyer will keep busy now that he is not coaching. He’s got a new television gig, for which he is a natural and an investment in a new restaurant-sports bar. But with all of that going on, he will take time to come to Cleveland Sept. 18 to be inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. Several people have asked how the former Buckeye coach qualifies for the Cleveland hall of fame and there is an easy answer. When the hall was established in 1976, it was set up to include a five-county area, including Ashtabula County, where Meyer grew up. Obviously, he was never able to attend an induction ceremony in the fall.
Other 2019 inductees are: Otis Chapman, racquetball; Tom Lucci, tennis; John Malloy, hockey; Tony Miller, basketball and football; and Rob Moss, golf.
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‘BRUSH’ING UP ON BROWNS
My alma mater, Brush High School, has produced at least four Major League Baseball players and at least two NFL players, but could be sending its first player to the Cleveland Browns as tight end Pharaoh Brown could soon be a member of the team. The scouting report on him is that he has trouble catching the ball, but is an excellent blocker.
Place kicker Greg Joseph has clearly outkicked fifth-round draft pick Austin Seibert. Not many kickers get drafted unless they are outstanding and Seibert wasn’t great at Oklahoma. I expect Seibert to be released and General Manager John Dorsey will find another kicker to challenge Joseph, who also is good at kicking off into the end zone.