** Miller time is coming ... According to a current offensive player, after studying the film from the various practice sessions - including the scrimmages - Ohio State's coaching staff has determined true freshman Braxton Miller is going to play right away.
Now, does this mean Miller will start the season-opener against Akron? Probably not. The coaching staff will likely ease Miller into action the first two games of the season. Then, if he plays well, he could be getting the majority of the snaps - or might even be the starter - for the game at Miami.
"Well, there is no way he's going to redshirt," the player said. "They've already told him he's going to play, they're just not sure how much. But he knows he's going to play right away. The only thing keeping him from being the starter is knowledge of the offense, but he's going to get that down more and more each day. Getting here for the spring was big for him and then he played pretty well when he was out there."
This player also thinks redshirt freshman Taylor Graham will be in the mix.
"They (the coaches) like him and that big arm," the player said. "He's still going to get his chances, but I don't see how he holds off Brax. Probably what's going to happen is (Joe) Bauserman, Brax and Graham will all play that first game, and maybe the second game, too. Then for Miami they might give the job to one guy."
Will that guy be Miller? Stay tuned, but early reports are positive. It sounds like he's going to get the majority of snaps until senior Terrelle Pryor returns for the sixth game of the season against Nebraska.
** Where does this leave Guiton? ... Two current players inform us they expect third-year sophomore Kenny Guiton to transfer following spring quarter. Guiton fell to third on the depth chart during spring practice (behind Bauserman and Graham, but ahead of Miller) and while he's not openly disgruntled about the situation, he has expressed unhappiness to a few teammates.
"He's knows he's too good to never play," an OSU player said. "Once they dropped him to third on the chart, that was a clear sign to him. And he knows it's probably only a matter of time before Braxton passes him, too. [Guiton] didn't tell me he was definitely going to leave, but he said he's looking into things."
Another player was a little more blunt.
"He's gone," the player said of Guiton. "He wants to play and he knows he's not going to play here. He's still thinking over things and won't make a final decision until summer, but I just don't see him coming back. The chances of him playing are not good and all he wants to do is play. He likes it here at O-State though, so we'll see. But I'm pretty sure he's going to transfer."
If that's the case, it would leave three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster for 2011, in addition to walk-on Justin Siems. Cardale Jones is expected to join the team in 2012 after a year at Fork Union Military Academy.
**Macon the grade? … Ohio State only has one basketball scholarship available right now for 2012 high school grads, although that total figures to grow to two when/if Jared Sullinger leaves school after the 2011-12 season.
We had a staffer at the Spiece Run ‘N Slam event in Fort Wayne, Ind., this past weekend and one of the top performers there was Columbus Marion-Franklin power forward Elijah Macon. He was joined on the star-studded All-Ohio Red team by Michigan State verbal Kenny Kaminski and Columbus Northland forward Jalen Robinson. They reached the quarterfinals in the competitive 17-and-under bracket.
The 6-8 Macon is an athletic four who can hit threes, score inside and hit the boards. (He also has great dreads, but we digress.)
The one thing Macon lacks is a strong academic profile, likely the main thing keeping the hometown school from getting too involved with him. Yet. Macon has a relationship with Sullinger, in particular, and is trying to stay in touch with the Buckeyes.
He plans to attend Huntington (W.Va.) Prep this coming school year to improve his academic standing. He verbaled to West Virginia two years ago, but decommitted last year. WVU is still in the running for him as well as Memphis, Tennessee, Nebraska, South Florida, Cincinnati, Dayton and Xavier.
Keep an eye on Macon. If he gets his academics in order and OSU has a spot for him in the spring, he could be a guy that still ends up in Scarlet and Gray.
**Mocktastic … Now that the 2011 NFL Draft has come and gone, you know what comes next: A year of 2012 mock drafts.
Yes, they are completely speculative. But people do check them out and it does give a sense of what clued in scribes or analysts got about next year during the recent go-round.
We checked out three – Walter Football, SI.com and ESPN.com – to see if there were any early themes are it pertains to the Buckeyes. Here is what we learned (if you can call it that):
- It may not be a one-man show on Thursday night. Cam Heyward was the only Buckeye in the first-round mix before the Steelers gobbled him up with the 31st overall pick. In two of the 2012 mocks, Mike Adams is slated to go in the first round. ESPN’s Todd McShay has him going No. 26 overall, the third OL picked. SI.com has him at No. 20, the fourth OL off the board.
Walter Football - the only mock that did two rounds not one – has Mike Brewster going No. 27 as the first center taken and fourth OL. It projects Adams at No. 56 and DeVier Posey at No. 49.
- All three mocks do have this in common: The top Ohio native in all three is Jerel Worthy, the Michigan State defensive tackle from Huber Heights. McShay has him fifth overall, while Walter Football and SI.com project him 12th and 13th, respectively.
- Which sparks a rational question: Why is Worthy in Green and White rather than Scarlet and Gray? We checked with a source in the know: “He wanted to be a Buckeye in the worst way, like many Ohio kids. But he developed a little late and by that time the Buckeyes had already gotten commitments for their defensive line class and probably did not see it as a good fit at that time.”
Grades were the second factor. Worthy had a sub-2.0 GPA but graduated with a 3.0. In regards to Ohio State missing out on him given his college production: “That probably happens every once in a while, but he sure is one they would probably like to have.”
**QB migrates East … You’ve heard plenty of stories the last few years of heralded prospects heading out West to play for Oregon. Could Ohio State benefit from some reverse migration in this case?
Maybe so. A source tells us there is a new “hands down” No. 1 quarterback in Ohio’s Class of 2012 and his name is Eric Williams. The 6-foot-3, 191-pound signal caller has transferred from Jesuit High in Portland, Ore., to Cleveland St. Ignatius. Sources inside Iggy’s walls tell us college coaches have been flocking to see him throw and lift weights and all have emerged impressed. Toledo offered on the spot.
Williams completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,405 yards and 13 touchdowns with five interceptions in leading Jesuit to the state semifinals. He was also a guard on the school’s Class 6A champion basketball team.
Could he find himself on the OSU radar? Certainly – and he boasts a 3.98 GPA we hear, which fits the ideal profile. Is he the best senior quarterback in the state? See for yourself.
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