Excuses excuses. No one likes to make excuses as to why they haven’t lived up to expectations.
However, sometimes the excuses are true.
Every inside source we trust profusely reported to the Bucknuts that Ohio State lost a handful of recruits in 2023 to collegiate pools elsewhere offering up-front money something some young men felt they couldn’t pass up. And we don’t blame the youth at all for that. Bring your bag, young man.
On top of that, we’re told, those particular recruits wanted to play for the Buckeyes, but because the OSU cohorts were trying to play by the rules—due to the rigors of Ohio’s bloated and outdated compliance department—and not offer advance payments to recruits, some young men felt they had no choice but to Take the money and run. And that doesn’t make them jokers, Maurice. This is the reality of the situation.
At Ohio State’s signing-day press conference Wednesday, Pokents asked his head coach Ryan Day Roughly speaking, how many recruits in 2023 does he think his program lost because they couldn’t make upfront payments?
“That’s a good question. Depends on when you ask that question,” Day said. “No, I think, you know, it definitely became part of the conversation. But 19 men have already signed, signed today in the early period. I think it’s 12:30 now so the signing period is still open. So, we’ll continue to swing this thing.
“But I think for me on today’s day, well, those 19 guys who’ve signed now, they deserve recognition on a day like today, because it’s an amazing group. And I think when you look at the quality of the people we’re bringing in, I think that’s the focus now. I think It should be ours. You know what I mean? So, I’m proud of our guys and they’ll have an incredible opportunity here for sure.”
Speaking of the players who actually signed up for Ohio State’s class of 2023, of course many of them had other programs (again, collegiate teams, not the programs themselves) trying to poach them with big upfront money offers. But these recruits didn’t budge and signed on the dotted line with the Buckeyes.
“It says a lot about these guys,” Day said. “Seven guys from Ohio and 19 guys here, I mean, these are the guys who want to be Buckeyes. They know the opportunity here and there’s a lot that comes with deciding where to go to school. A lot of these guys did it for the right reasons. What I mean by that It’s focusing on the things that really matter and one of those things, first, is the development you’ll get at Ohio State.It’s the ability to come and get an incredible education, it’s part of a program that’s going to be in the national championship every year, but it’s also part of an incredible culture. And being in the city of Columbus.
“There are so many things that come with being a Buckeye that these guys learn about early on. And it has to do with relationships. And I think our coaching staff did an incredible job building relationships through that process. Because this year has been a unique season (because no Something) and it will also become, you know, a unique recruiting cycle next year, and every year it changes. This year, there were definitely a lot of changes. But in the end, it’s about relationships, and our guys did a great job at that.”
And let’s be clear. The Buckeyes signed a very good class that at press time is ranked No. 5 in the nation in ’23. Not too shabby. The point of this story is all the sources telling us the Buckeyes didn’t just miss out on one or two top players because there were no players in this circuit, they lost in “a handful” as one source said and “several” as another did. And by listening to Day’s answers to our questions, our sources seem 100% on point.
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