while we anxiously await news on Beanie’s status — news which should
come tomorrow and should, hopefully, be somewhat positive — I thought I
would take a look into what’s been going on with future Buckeyes in the
class of 2009.
First, in a news update that absolutely floored me, Jaamal Berry was on hand for the Youngstown State game
with his mother. If you remember, Jaamal Berry had hoped to make it to
Columbus earlier this month, but had to cancel that arrangement given
the cost and the inability to squeeze in a family friend on the trip
for a reasonable price. I just kind of assumed he would wait until the
Michigan game, when he’s scheduled for his official visit, to take his
mom with him to see the campus for herself. Apparently, the Berrys
couldn’t even wait that long. Along with his mom Eartha, one of his
teammates and a family friend, the Miami, FL prospect flew to Atlanta
and then drove
from Atlanta to Columbus in time for the game.
How about that? The group will be in Columbus until tomorrow, with
Eartha Berry meeting Jim Tressel today. I’m not saying Berry is ready
to pull the trigger for the Buckeyes, but I’m certainly thinking it
UPDATE: In an exclusive interview with Scout.com,
Jaamal Berry confirmed that he gave his commitment to Ohio State,
becoming the 25th verbal in the class. Berry, like just about everyone
who commits to Ohio State, fell in love with the family atmosphere
around the program. The love affair started in the spring when Berry
took a trip up to Columbus for the Spring Game and never stopped. Berry said later
that he committed today in part because it’s his mom’s birthday and
that he will still take his official to Ole Miss, though, because he
told them that he would.
Second, the other big story for me is the repeated inability of college football programs to leave Jordan Whiting alone.
Jordan Whiting, if you remember, was the first commitment in the 2009
class, committing the very day he received his written offer on
September 1, 2007. However, notwithstanding repeated confirmations of
his verbal to Ohio State, many programs around the South won’t let the
issue die. The biggest offenders here are the instate schools
(Kentucky and Louisville), Tennessee and, curiously enough, Alabama.
In fact, Jordan just volunteered this little tidbit about how Saban’s approaching Jordan Whiting about playing for Alabama.
Alabama, for example, has sent pictures of coach (Nick) Saban with writing on them, ‘We want you,’ ” Whiting said.
A little creepy, right? Especially considering that Whiting has been committed to Ohio State for almost a year now.
I used what little connections I have to the program down here and
actually got a copy of the exact pic Saban uses. It’s actually worse
than I would have imagined.
Saban wants u
Don’t get too upset. I could’ve used Burt Reynolds’ Playgirl spread instead.
- Justin Green was at the game with Jaamal Berry. He’s confirmed his commitment to Ohio State in spite of Clemson’s best wishes. I can’t imagine Clemson helped themselves yesterday either.
- John Simon was in action against Covington Catholic, though did not
see a lot of action. Cardinal Mooney rolled over Covington Catholic
57-0 in a Herbstreit Challenge game in Canton.
- Duron Carter had 4 catches for 131 yards and a TD in a 35-24 victory over Cincinnati Elder. The game was part of the Herbstreit Challenge and was played in Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati).
- Jack Mewhort suffered a right leg injury before halftime in a game against St Francis DeSales.
- CJ Barnett had a bad day against St Ignatius in a 23-3 loss for the Thunderbolts.
Back to furiously looking for Beanie updates.