Friday, May 6, 2022

Dijon Johnson 2023 Ohio State Corner Back

The 4-star corner back prospect from Ohio State is one of the top recruits in the country. Dijon Johnson a big, physical presence (6'2", 175 lbs.) on the field that can make an immediate impact for any team. Johnson is a highly sought-after prospect that will be a key piece of the Buckeye's future success. Steve Spurrior Jr recruited him for Mississippi State while Brent Venables and Jay Valai recruited him for Oklahoma and Tim Walton and Tony Alford pursued him for the Buckeyes.


 

The latest on four-star corner back Dijon Johnson

Dijon Johnson is one of the top corner backs in the country and he's just made his commitment to Ohio State official. Johnson is a versatile player who can line up all over the field, and he's expected to make an immediate impact for the Buckeyes. He will join a team with only 6 scholarship corner-backs on the roster and only two other defensive backs in the 2023 class, Malik Hartford and Cedrick Hawkins.

What Dijon Johnson's commitment means for Ohio State

Dijon Johnson's commitment is a huge win for Ohio State, as they beat out some of the top programs in the country for his services. Johnson is a talented player who will add depth and talent to an already strong Ohio State team. He had offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama, USC, and Auburn, in addition to 31 others.

How Dijon Johnson fits into Ohio State's plans

Dijon Johnson is a perfect fit for what Ohio State wants to do on defense. He has the size, speed, and athleticism to be a disruptive force in the middle of the field, and he'll be a key piece of the Buckeyes' defensive plans going forward.

The 5-star athlete from Wharton Tampa, Florida

Dijon Johnson is a 4-star athlete out of Wharton Tampa, Florida. He's ranked as the #46th athlete in the state of Florida and the #29 corner back in the country. He's now a big Buckeye fan, and he's excited to be able to play for the new defensive coaching staff that Ryan Day has put into place.

An impressive football resume

Johnson has an impressive football resume. He was an All-State selection, had 6 interceptions, 4 touchdowns for a 9-3 team that went into the third round of the Florida playoffs. As a sophomore he was a two way player for Tampa Wharton.

A versatile player who can make an impact on both sides of the ball

2023 CB Johnson is a versatile player who can make an impact on both sides of the ball. He played receiver and defensive back in high school, and he's been touted as a potential star at either position. He will play corner back for the Buckeyes in 2023.

Dijon Johnson Crystal Ball

Johnson had all Ohio State predictions leading up to his commitment including Bill Kurelic, Andrew Ivins, Steve Wiltfong, Parker Thune, Justin Thind, and Zach Blostein all coming out on April 16th and 17th. In addition, Rivals analyst Zach Carpenter, Josh McCuistion, Richard Schnyderite, and Kyle Kelly all felt Johnson was going to Ohio State the day he made the announcement.


 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Kicker Jayden Fielding Kickoff Specialist for Ohio State

 IMG 2022 product Jayden Fielding committed to Ohio State as a preferred walk on today.

According to GridironNow.com, Jayden Fielding has given a verbal commitment to Ohio State as a preferred walk on. The IMG Academy kicker just visited Columbus this past weekend and liked it so much that he committed on Sunday. He is 6'0" and 145 lbs.



Jayden Fielding’s hard work and dedication has paid off. The IMG Academy (Fla.) graduating senior announced his commitment to the University of Ohio State as a preferred walk on. He posted the following on his twitter page today: "Blessed and honored to say I am committed to The Ohio State University. Go Bucks!"

He did receive a scholarship offer from Florida State and Cincinnati, but accepted the rare invitation to join the Ohio State program as a Preferred Walk-On. Texas State offered him a additional scholarship on December 5th, but it was not enough for him to turn away from the top talent of Ohio State. He could quickly earn a scholarship as soon as the Buckeyes need him to be their full-time extra-point kicker.


 


Caden Curry Heading to Ohio State in 2022

Defensive lineman Caden Curry is one of the top 2022 Defensive Line prospects coming out of Center Grove High School in Greenwood Indiana. Caden stands at 6'4" and weighs in at 250 pounds this season. He has a great physical build and really uses his size to his advantage, making him very hard to block from the offensive line.


Curry, a Defensive Lineman out of Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana is one of the top prospects for the class of 2022. He will be enrolling into school as a Freshman to play Football at Ohio State. This lineman has been playing football since he was seven years old. Starting on his Middle School Defensive line Caden has played both Tackle and End but predominantly plays Defensive Tackle.  

Caden is an extremely hard worker off field doing everything he can to become a better player and person. He even spends his time doing something that helps him with both traits… working out. "I work out three times a week for about two hours each day," said Curry. "We work on strength and conditioning, and then we go over technique on film."

While preparing for college football, the graduating senior spends most of his time in the weight room getting stronger and faster so that he may be ready when he makes it to Ohio State next year. Curry's height, weight and strength are all attributes that he uses to his advantage while playing high school football. He has the frame to put on 30 plus pounds of muscle too.

Curry's top of the line athleticism and quickness allows him to throw offensive lineman off balance in an instant. Once Caden gets through the offensive lineman he looks to get after his quarterback or make a play behind the line of scrimmage. He's comfortable playing both with his hands up or with his hands in the dirt. Curry is a strong player that finishes off his opponent on nearly every play. He's a heavy hitter who can take over games when he plays with intensity.

In the 2022 season Caden had 53 tackles,13 Tackles for Loss and 5 Sacks in 10 Games. He has stated that his goal for this upcoming season is to be known as one of the most ferocious defensive players in the Midwest.



Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Wayne HS Offensive Lineman Joshua Padilla

Joshua Padilla has offers from Ohio State Buckeyes, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Indiana Hoosiers, Michigan Wolverines, Oklahoma Sooners, Penn State Nittany Lions, Tennessee Volunteers, and Virginia Cavaliers. The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder has been high on OSU for quite some time, and had attended the Bucks' Junior Day in February. "I've always liked Ohio State," Padilla said. "It's a great tradition there."


Statistics

Joshua Padilla has recorded 25 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 4 QB hurries, 1 fumble recovery, 3 forced fumbles, 36 tackles for loss.

Joshua Padilla Visits

Josh left the state of Ohio Saturday, June 19th 2021, at 8:45 am for his unofficial visit to Penn State. The Buckeyes have offered and are also recruiting him hard. Penn State has offered and he has said he wants to take an unofficial visit to Penn State this weekend before he goes to Miami Florida on June 24th.

Bill Kurelic's Prediction

"We think that (Joshua Padilla) will be playing for the Buckeyes," BSB's Bill Kurelic told 247Sports. "(Padilla) really fits what Ohio State is trying to do on the offensive line. He's very athletic and explosive. He's got a nasty edge about him."

With offers from schools such as Michigan and Illinois, and interest from schools such as Wisconsin and Notre Dame, it seems like Padilla has plenty of options to choose from at this point in time. But he had a pretty simple answer when asked what his top schools were right now. "Ohio State and Michigan," Padilla said. "Those are my top two schools.

He went on to say, "I appreciate having an in-state school in the Big 10." "I'm very set on Ohio State now."

What Ohio State gets in Padilla

Padilla stands out for his technique, toughness, and general desire. He's a little undersized right now, but that will improve as he works his way through Ohio State's strength and conditioning department.

Padilla has started at right tackle for Wayne High School since he was a freshman, but he will play inside at the next level. He is rated the No. 9 offensive guard and No. 51 overall player in the state according to 247Sports.com.

Joshua Padilla has always been a physical presence on the football field, but his size and strength have always been a question mark. That was until the two-way lineman from Wayne, Ohio answered those questions at Ohio State's one-day camp earlier this year.

"You could tell he was a better player and a better guy after it." Wayne coach Benji Madden said. "You could tell he walked away from there as a better person and a better player."

"That's going to show up once I get on campus," Padilla said. "I want to work hard and earn a spot on the team."
Padilla will close out his high school career with a lot more attention on him as a Division I recruit. 



Tuesday, November 23, 2021

2023 Pickerington North Safety Sonny Styles

Sonny Styles from Pickerington Central Ohio recently committed to play Safety at Ohio State in 2023. The standout will stay in state after some felt he might be leaving to play elsewhere. The Buckeyes landed a great player who should get on the field early and become an important part of their defensive backfield in the future.

Army All American Bowl

Styles, who will play safety for Ohio State, was selected to play in the 2020 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

A standout performer in the classroom, Styles carries a 3.88 GPA and scored a 22 on his ACT.
Styles is the son of Shaunte and Jacqueline Hill. He has four siblings: Anderson, Jada, Jessica and Aidan. His grandfather, Sonny Hill Sr., played at Ohio State from 1979-1982.

Ohio State three-star safety commit Sonny Styles was among several players named to the ESPNHS Junior All-Ohio Football Team. Styles along with teammate and cornerback, Dylan Singleton, were honored by the publication for their play this past season.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back collected 56 total tackles and four interceptions in helping the Vikings to an Ohio Division I state runner-up finish as a sophomore.

Styles, who is ranked as the No. 99 overall safety nationally by ESPN, has reached double digit tackles four times this season including 19 against Cincinnati St. Xavier. Styles will join Pickerington North’s Steven Threet (Michigan) and Wayne High’s Jason Thompson (Cincinnati) as the newest members of Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class.

Sonny Styles in College

Sonny is a safety that can play both strong and free safety. Sonny has good size at 6 feet tall weighing 215 pounds. He runs the 40 yard dash in 4.62 seconds. Sonny has good instincts and ball skills. Sonny has good tackling ability showing he can lay the big hit.

Tom Loy Getting it Wrong

 Here’s what Rivals’ Tom Loy had to say about Sonny Styles before he’d even played a down of high school football:
Have heard rumblings for a while now that Sonny Styles will indeed be a Notre Dame guy in the end. I know he grew up a huge ND fan and loves the place so if that is his decision it would not be a huge shock at all. I have been told there have been recent talks between the two parties but nothing solid yet. He does want to hear from them one more time before he makes his decision. I think Ohio State is in great shape here obviously, but I am not ready to eliminate Notre Dame quite yet.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Ohio State Tight End Mitch Rossi


 

Mitch Rossi's Touchdown Reception Is The Fruition Of Years Of Effort

Mitch Rossi, a fifth-year senior tight end for Ohio State, grabbed his first career touchdown pass in Saturday's 52-13 victory over Rutgers.

And, while it was only one of many Buckeyes goals on the day, it meant a lot to Rossi and his family.

From Walk-on to End Zone Pass Catch

Rossi walked on to the program in 2017 and spent years in a limited role on offense and special teams. He was offered a scholarship before the 2021 season began, and he was given even more after the play in the end zone was called for him.

In four years with Ohio State, he has recorded 12 receptions for 146 yards and has scored one touchdown.

Mitch Rossi: The Undying Record Of Big Ten Pass Catchers

It was a moment that was coming. And one that, for Rossi, meant a lot.“I’ve been dreaming of this since I was five years old,” he said. “I had no clue that it was going to happen today, but I’ve been working for this moment for a long time. My family has been working for this moment for a long time.

When he was a kid, Mitch Rossi’s father, Tom, began taking him to football practice. There, he would catch tennis balls tossed by his father. His parents are from the Tiffin Ohio area and he grew up a fan of the football program. When his teammate Max Wray received a scholarship to the school, he tagged along.

“When I get emotional, I get to get emotional. I get emotional when I get emotional. That’s me.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Chris Holtmann and Terrence Dials at Ohio State





The Ohio State University picked up Chris Holtmann from Butler just a few seasons ago and is finally ready to dominate under his leadership. Holtmann grew up in Nicholasville KY and played basketball for Taylor University. As a senior at Taylor, he was an All-American award receipient for the NAIA. He quickly jumped into coaching as a graduate for Taylor U. He moved on to Geneva College after a season and then returned to Taylor in 1999. He really got recognized at Gardner-Webb in 2002 and coached for their program for 5 years. A couple of years in Ohio and then back to Gardner-Webb as their head coach. In 2013 he lead them to their first Division I postseason ever. He was the coach of the year for that achievement.

Holtmann at Ohio State



2019 is Chris Holtmann's third season at Ohio State. Success marked his time at Butler and Gardner-Webb and the plan is the same with the Buckeyes. 2018 was a great year for the new coach as he was able to finish 25-9 overall, 2nd in the Big Ten Conference, with a second round finish in the NCAA tournament. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Last year was not as good although the team did finish with 20 wins. The schedule for 2019 has been set and the Ohio State team is stacked with almost all the point scores from last year and a top 10 recruited freshman class. Ohio State should contend for a Big Ten title again and hopefully finish well in the NCAA.

Recent Happenings with Holtmann



Most noteworthy during a recent press conference was news that Just Ahrens missed time over the summer with a back injury, according to Chris Holtmann. His weight is a little bit down and his return is expected soon. Also mentioned was that Player Development coordinator Scoonie Penn has left the program for a job with the Memphis Grizzlies. Another famous Ohio State alum, Terence Dials, will be replacing Penn on the staff.

So, who is Terence dials?


Terence Dials Jr. (July 15, 1983) is an former American basketball player who played high school hoops for Boardman HS in Ohio. As a power forward he played college ball with Ohio State scoring over 1500 points while getting 875 boards. In 2005 he was the Big Ten Player of the Year. He has been playing professionally since 2006 for different countries outside of the United States including France and Switzerland.

Dials originally from Detroit, Michigan moved to Boardman, Ohio early in life and went to Boardman High School. There's a famous story from high school when the power forward broke a backboard during a group practice in secondary school. He was offered a scholarship to play for The Ohio State University and did not look back. During his four-years here, Dials played in 132 games. Dials went undrafted in 2006 in the NBA Draft.
 

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