Linebacker Reid Carrico Dreamed of Playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes

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Reid Carrico, a four star linebacker from Ironton, Ohio committed to Ohio State on September 10th. The 6’3 225 pound Carrico attends Ironton High School and previously camped at Ohio State in June. Carrico was offered a scholarship to Ohio State in April and the Buckeyes considered him their top in-state target at the linebacker position for the class of 2021. Landing Carrico is yet another early coup for the Buckeyes 2021 recruiting class which already features five star defensive end Jack Sawyer and four star offensive lineman Ben Christman. Carrico committed to the Buckeyes just two days after his first game day experience at Ohio State. The Buckeyes shut out in-state opponent Cincinnati that day 49-0 and it’s not hard to imagine Carrico being part of that type of defensive performance in the future.

Reid Carrico Top Inside Linebacker

Reid Carrico is viewed as the top inside linebacker prospect in the nation according to 247 sports while Rivals lists him as the 11th best outside linebacker in the nation. Reid has also played some on the offensive side of the ball for his high school further showcasing his versatility and athleticism. Given that Reid is already 6’3 and 225 lbs who won’t arrive in Columbus for another two years, I tend to believe inside linebacker is his more likely position at the college level. Carrico’s combination of size, speed, and football intelligence should allow him to make an early impact Buckeyes on special teams and perhaps in the 2 deep at inside linebacker for co-defensive coordinators Greg Mattison and Jeff Hafley.

Reid Carrico To Ohio State

Reid has called playing for Ohio State “a dream” and has stated his belief that the best players in Ohio are supposed to go to Ohio State. Carrico was recruited by linebackers coach Al Washington and the connection he made with his future position coach certainly played a role in his decision to commit as well. While Ohio State offered the Ironton product in April, other national programs soon followed including Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma. Carrico would take an unofficial visit to another school that offered, the Tennessee Volunteers, at the end of July. The biggest competition for Ohio State for Carrico ended up being Clemson and Kentucky, the latter of which offered a particularly attractive route to early playing time while still being close to home, In the end the lure of the in-state Buckeyes was too much for Reid to turn down and he decided to make his commitment official just days after his visit for the Cincinnati game.

Reid Carrico Ultimate Highlights // 2021 4⭐️ LB Irontown, OH // Ohio State Commit // Sophomore Yr

Ohio State Linebacker Depth

Ohio State’s current depth chart at middle linebacker features starter Senior Tuf Borland being backed up by Junior Baron Browning. Both Borland and Browning will have graduated by the time Reid Carrico reaches campus so the path to early playing time in the middle could be there if he continues to progress as a player. The Buckeyes currently have 5 commitments for the 2021 class and our ranked number one in the Big Ten and number three nationally by 247 sports. Perhaps as important for head coach Ryan Day, the Buckeyes have already received commitments from the number 1, number 2, number 3, and number 5 ranked players in the state of Ohio for the 2021 class. Coach Day is closing the borders and the result is the best players in Ohio are heading to Ohio State.

Darrion Henry as an Ohio State Buckeye

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Darrion Henry is a 6’5″, 280 pound strong-side defensive end from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a senior at Princeton High, and this year Ohio State received a verbal commitment from him that he will be attending starting in 2020, and playing football as a Buckeye. His recruitment was viewed as a major victory for Ohio State, as Darrion Henry has been heavily sought after by some of the top schools in the nation. He was recruited by associate head coach and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.

Darrion Henry DT from Cinncinati Ohio

How Good is Darrion Henry?

Oh he’s good. Darrion is the No. 2 prospect overall in Ohio, and the No. 11 defensive tackle prospect in the country. Last season he lead the GNC with 8.5 sacks.

What Other Options Did He Have to Consider?

Darrion Henry seriously considered and visited Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Pittsburgh, according to Dayton Daily News. These schools have some of the top football programs in the country, and they were all after him, so Henry knew what he was doing when he chose Ohio State. Reportedly he’s long thought of playing for LSU or Ohio State, and he chose to be a Buckeye.

What Does Henry Bring to Ohio State?

Well, to start, he’s clearly shown his stuff playing for Princeton High. He should bring a good balance of talent and athletic ability. Henry isn’t just a big guy to fill up the line; he’s quick and strong. Alabama and Clemson’s dominance has shown the importance of strong defensive tackle play, and Darrion Henry may be just what Ohio State needs to edge closer to their level on defense.

Darrion is a close childhood friend of offensive tackle Paris Johnson, another key member of Ohio State’s 2020 recruiting class. Apparently the two have long had plans of playing college football together, and there dream is coming true. Johnson played at St. Xavier his first three seasons, and is finishing his high school career at Princeton this fall, playing alongside Henry. As No. 1 in the state, Johnson along with Darrion means Ohio State will have to the two top picks in the state of the 2020 class. Ryan Day has been emphasizing in-state recruitment, and these two are evidence of it.

Darrion Henry Ultimate Highlights // 2020 4-star DE/DL // Ohio State Commit – Cincinnati Princeton

Cincinnati has fallen behind in recent years as far as recruiting by Ohio State, but they’ve made a comeback with 5 players already committing from the 2020 class. Darrion Henry and the others could be the beginnings of a new wave.

Darrion did suffer a pretty serious shoulder injury toward the end of his junior season, and also gained weight due to poor diet. This has raised some concerns about him living up to the expectations. Henry has recently turned things around though. He’s gone through intense rehab, changed his diet, and overall been working very hard to get back on track to be ready. The young man now seems confident, motivated, and ready to go.

Darrion Henry seems to be just what Ohio State needs, and it should be fun to see what he can do in the 2020 season.

Jayden Ballard Wide Receiver from Massillon Ohio

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Standing at an impressive 6″2 and weighing in at 175ibs, Massillon, Ohio based wide receiver Jayden Ballard is an exciting prospect and the latest in a line of great recruits for the Ohio Buckeyes. Highly regarded as a future NFL prospect, Ballard attended high school in Washington before signing onto the OSU 2021 recruiting class.

Jayden Ballard

What Makes Jayden Ballard a Great Prospect

Jayden Ballard is impressive in stature and through the Ohio fitness program, will undoubtedly look to bulk up, increasing his physical presence. Interestingly, he is something of an all rounder with an impressive athletic history, including playing Basketball but it is Football that he really excels at. Ballard has the potential to make it as the number one choice receiver for the college football team due to his very natural passing ability, impressive ball tracking, respectable speed and deep ball threat. Ballard was a huge standout performed in his respective classes in 2019 and 2020 making him a key target for the OSU recruitment class. The wide receiver was very impressive during the Opening showcasing his impressive skills and riveting potential. Still just a Sophomore, the receiver is boosted by his youth, his talent having caught stares since his breakout year in 2018. Away from the field, Ballard has been praised for his exceptional athleticism and is highly regarded as a very intelligent, polite student with a great academic future as well as that of his budding football potential. He is very popular amongst teammates and has built a fantastic reputation for his outstanding work ethic.

Ballard Had 20 Scholarship Offers

Ohio Buckeyes had to fend off over twenty other offers for Jayden Ballard to secure his services, testament to the fantastic future many believe he will have. The four star rated talent currently ranks as the 125th best prospect in the country, as well as the fifth best player currently in the state of Ohio. Unsurprisingly Ballard received offers from Notre Dame, Michigan State, Washington State, Maryland, Boston College and Pittsburgh. However it was Ohio Buckeyes that drew in the rare physical talent. It was his visit to Ohio on 21st June that was enough to convince him of its draw and he committed there are then, publicly declaring his commitment to the Buckeyes. Despite several alternative offers, Ohio always stood a great chance with Jayden Ballard due to a history of playing in the state. The connection has always been there and that in itself undoubtedly boosted the teams chances of his capture.

Jayden Ballard Ultimate Highlights // 2021 4⭐️ Massillon WR // Ohio State Commit

Ohio States 2021 Class

In regards to what his recruitment means for the OSU recruiting class of 2021, his press speaks for itself. It is widely believed that Ballard will be something of a special capture for the team with the potential to really make a difference. He offers great promise and is the kind of received the Buckeyes were really searching for to feed off their impressive quarterback Kyle McCord. Moving forward, Ballard is undoubtedly one of the most exciting captures so far for the Ohio State recruiting class of 2021. There is much excitement surrounding the potential that he has and having already made quite the name for himself, it is easy to understand why.

Josh Fryar Improves Ohio State’s 2020 Line

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Independence day was one to remember for Ohio State Buckeyes this year as they secure their second recruitment of the day. Standing at a towering six foot five and a half, Josh Fryar serves a very talented, up and coming offensive center for Ohio State Buckeyes. A formidable talented, the college football recruit is flexible, full of raw talent and by all accounts: a blank canvas. His solid build and height makes him a shoe in for almost any position up front. The 18th member of Ohio State‘s 2020 class, the team fought off stiff competition from Indiana, Florida State, Washington and Penn State to snap up the versatile player. However it was the unwavering interest of Ohio and his own gut feeling that convinced Josh Fryar that it was the place for him. Rated currently as the no.8 guard in the entire 2020 class, Josh Fryar has the stature and potential to prove a real capture for the Buckeyes. While there is little doubt there is plenty for the 300 pound player to work on such as conditioning and strength, he is a man who will be ready to play in no time at all.

Josh Fryar

National Ranking

With an ESPN rating of three stars in his current state, Josh Fryar was an appealing option for many teams. Ranked 3rd in state and 55th regionally, he was a big name for 2020 recruitment and so this is a player that Ohio State will have been incredibly satisfied to secure the services of.

Official Visits

After official visits to Indiana, Penn State and Oregon, Ohio looked like an outside bet for the player however the second day of his visit there was enough to convince him that it was the destination for him. With the promise of great education and a real prospect at NFL football, Josh Fryar found himself enticed by the prestigious establishment. With a really keen eye for broadcasting, education is just as important to the player and with the promise of an education that could really give him a boost into the industry, it was a no-brainer for the talented player. With formal offers received from Indiana, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Oregon, Penn State and Purdue, Fryar certainly wasn’t short of interest, testament to the importance of this capture for Ohio State, the place which Fryar himself admits to have fallen in love with.

Ohio State’s 2020 Class

Defense is the name of the game for the Buckeyes who have worked hard to recruit a number of very talented players including five defensive recruits for the OSU 2020 recruiting class. Alongside Josh Fryar, they look set to be a highly competitive side as they seek to replicate previous successes and aim for Championship victory – something that is certainly not out of the question.

Josh Fryar Ultimate Highlights // 2020 4-star OC // Ohio State Target // Beech Grove HS

With players such as Beech Grove bred Josh Fryar, times are exciting for fans of the team as they look to show that recruiting raw talent, such as Fryar, the second highest rated recruit from his state will give them the competitive edge, a move that has been approved by fans and critics alike.

Ohio State Basketball adds transfer Justice Sueing from Cal

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Justice Sueing transferred from California to the Buckeyes. Head Coach Chris Holtmann informed everyone of the addition of Sueing, a 6’7″ forward originally from Honolulu Hawaii. Sueing posted his transfer destination on May the 10th on Twitter.

Justice Sueing
Justice Sueing

Sueing played two years for the Golden Bears and will have two years of eligibility with Ohio State after red-shirting this upcoming season to comply with undergraduate NCAA transfer rules.

Cal had few bright spots last season finishing 8-23 overall, but Sueing was one. The Golden Bears completed Pac-12 play 3-15 with their head coach Wyking Jones being let go by the school after the season. Sueing entered the transfer portal shortly thereafter.

He arrives in Columbus following a productive two seasons in Berkley. He led his team in scoring (14.3 points per game), steals (1.7) and rebounds (6/game) last year. As a true freshman, Sueing had 13.8 points/game and 5.4 boards/game.

He also brings the ability to get free-throws, something Ohio State has lacked. In 2018/2019 he averaged 5.3 attempts per match. Only Kaleb Wesson average more last season for the Buckeyes.

Sueing will become eligible at the right time for OSU. Andre Wesson will graduate at the end of this coming year leaving an opening for a forward of his size and ability.

JUSTICE SUEING California Berkeley FRESHMAN Season Highlights!

Holtmann has suggested that he would like to have someone red-shirt after a transfer every year he is coaching Ohio State. Point guard CJ Walker was on the bench last season after moving from Florida State. Sueing will continue this trend in 2019.

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World Famous Pool Hustlers

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Buddy Hall Famous Pool Players

The game of pool, or in some places known as pocket billiard, has been around for a very long time. It’s one of the most popular, and most stylish indoor sports, and since it’s been discovered, there have been many great players that made their contribution to the game, and that are nowadays considered legends. That’s why, in this article, we will talk about some of the most famous pool hustlers and how they’ve changed the game of pool.

Vernon “Burnie” Elliot

The first entry on our list is arguably one of the greatest pool players that have ever played this game. But, the strange thing is that Vernon Elliot always wanted to stay under the radar, so he never really cared about tournaments that much. All that he ever wanted was to play against the best competition possible, demolish them, and take their money along the way. And to say that he managed to accomplish that would be a huge understatement. Not only that he was able to beat history’s greatest players, but he also hustled almost anyone he encountered, from the beginning of his career, until the end.

Buddy “The Rifleman” Hall

Buddy Hall has been around the game of pool for a good two decades. And just like our previous player, he practically hustled every single player he met. But, Buddy and Vernon aren’t really the same type of people. For buddy, taking money from strangers in pubs in joints wasn’t enough, he wanted more. That’s why he often played big tournaments and proved he can go head to head against anyone. Over the last 30 years, Buddy won 28 titles and showed that he’s a member of Hall of Fame for a reason.

Efren Manalang Reyes

If you were to ask 100 pool experts: “Who’s the greatest player of all time?”, at least 95 of them would respond: “Efren Reyes”, and you can’t really blame them. Born on August 26th, 1954, Efren Manalang Reyes is a without any doubt the greatest player who has ever picked up a pool cue in his hands. Ever since he first started playing this game, he showed that he has great potential, but later on, he proved everyone that it’s much more than just raw talent, he proved everyone he was destined for greatness by beating every opponent he came across and by winning over 70 titles.

Ron Dooley

We don’t know many things about Ron Dooley’s personal life, but one thing is for sure, he is one of the greatest American pool players of all time. When he started playing pool, he was a notorious hustler, he could take money from pretty much everyone. But, later on, he realized that there’s more to life than hustling people, so, he decided to do start making videos about trick shots, many of which he invented.

Shane Von Boening

Shane Van Boening is one of the youngest players on our list, but don’t let that fool you, because he’s incredible. Even though he is hearing impaired, Shane is currently in the top 10 players in the world. But, when we take a look at his family, we shouldn’t be surprised that he turned out to be a pool prodigy. Four of his family members are professional players, so, no one is really shocked that Shane is one of the best players to every play this game.

Earl Strickland

Considered one of the best 9-ball players of all time, Earl “The Pearl” Strickland is an absolute legend when it comes to the game of pool. He has almost 60 championship titles under his belt, he won pretty much everything a pool player can win and has proven himself to be a worthy member of billiards Hall of Fame.

Johnny Archer

Nicknamed “The Scorpion”, Johnny Archer is another American pool player on our list who is considered to be one of the most successful nine-ball pool players in the last 20 years or so. During his career, he won multiple titles and tournaments, and in 2009, he was inducted into Hall of Fame.

Mika Immonen

Mika Immonen, or, as some of you probably know him as “The Iceman”, is a professional pool player from Finland who has won almost 40 titles during his career. But, not only that he is an amazing pool player, but he is also extraordinary when it comes to snooker, considering he racked up over 100 century breaks.

Francisco Bustamante

Bustamante is a Filipino professional pool player who won several major titles in Europe and Asia, which turned him into an international superstar. He started playing this game when he was only 10 years old, so it’s not surprising that he’s one of the best players we’ve ever seen.

Darren Appleton

Just like Francisco, and many other players on our list, Darren started playing pool when he was a young boy, to be more precise when he was just 12 years old. His skills helped him win over 25 titles and he was even number one player in the world in 2013.

Alex Pagulayan

Last but not least, on our list of the most famous pool hustlers, we have another Filipino sensation, Alex Pagulayan. Not only that he is extremely successful when it comes to pool, but he also won two titles in Snooker too. Wherever he plays, Alex is always a fan favorite, and without any doubt deserves a place on every list that ranks best or most famous pool players in the world.

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