Ohio State’s football season is officially over, but there’s always doins’ a-transpirin’ regarding the main attraction. The basketball season is still ongoing and deserves our undivided attention as the Buckeyes pursue their second straight B1G TEN championship in the shooty hoops, but there are some recent developments worth noting.
Chris Carter Signs with Ohio State
Chris Carter, Jr, an offensive line prospect from Cleveland, Ohio, committed to Ohio State in the middle of March last year. Eleven months later, and roughly three weeks after signing day, he finally signed with Ohio State.
The hangup was not a change of heart, nor some other development. I doubt Carter would have leverage over Ohio State if he tried that. Instead, the event of interest was his pre signing day arrest on a charge of sexual imposition, where he was accused of developing a ruse to fondle as many as eight girls under the auspices of measuring them for a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps uniform. As despicable as that sounds, there was insufficient evidence to proceed with criminal proceedings. The developments were pretty quick. Carter’s charges were dropped about five days after it became public. He was rumored to be signing with Ohio State any time thereafter, which has finally happened.
The university issued the following statement announcing Carter’s signature.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chris Carter, an offensive lineman from John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland, Ohio, has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend The Ohio State University.
A 6-6, 350-lb. offensive guard who led Cleveland’s Kennedy High into the Division II playoffs, he was selected as the Senate League’s Most Valuable Player while playing for Coach Scott Wodtly. A first team all-Senate League, all-region, and second team all-Ohio honoree, he was named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Top 20. Carter was also a letterman in weightlifting and track and field.
The student government president at Kennedy, and a member of the Army JROTC, peer tutoring program, 100 Kennedy Men, and Students of Promise, he is the son of Christopher and Arnetress Carter.
“We are excited Chris will be a Buckeye,” Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said. “He has had a great support system at home, as well as at his high school with the likes of his principal Maryum Sims, his athletic director Velma Pettiegrew, and his coach Scott Wodtly. They truly believe that Chris will have great success on and off the field at Ohio State.”
The Buckeyes begin spring practice March 31. The football spring game is April 23 at Ohio Stadium.
Carter’s arrest was eye-opening for a variety of reasons. The charge itself sounds awful, but it appears there was no violation of Ohio legal code (thus, the dropped charges). Further, most of the reaction in Columbus appeared to be total shock. Carter’s recruitment was a very easy affair for most involved. One assistant coach at Ohio State called Chris Carter the “nicest kid I’ve ever recruited” in the aftermath of all this. Everyone is hopeful something like this never happens again.
Chase Farris Kicked Off His HS basketball Team
Three members of the Elyria High boys basketball team have been dismissed after violating team rules, according to Pioneers head coach Brett Larrick.
The removed players include starters Devin Swidecki and Chase Farris — an Ohio State football recruit — and reserve Maurice Woods.
Elyria wraps up the regular season at Brunswick on Friday, then faces Medina in a Division I sectional opener Tuesday.
There is not much to add to this at this time. “Violation of team rules” is a very broad, general charge that could mean one of a variety of heterogeneous things that would fall under that category. Of course, none of them inspire a lot of confidence. It is hard to tell how disconcerting it is with no other information. For example, Along the Olentangy, via Tony Gerdeman of the O-Zone is saying that the cause is missed practice. Again, nothing to inspire confidence, but nothing damning.
Early Morning Reading Material
The O-Zone is always a great source of information that requires no subscription by the target audience. First, Brandon Castel has an article talking about the rehab process of CJ Barnett. Barnett supplanted Orhian Johnson as the starting safety opposite Jermale Hines to begin the season. Stellar play to begin the season, including temporarily flatlining Miami’s 6’5 wide receiver Lenoard Hankerson, made the 6’0 converted cornerback an early fan favorite. Then, an MCL-PCL tear in that same Miami game ended his season. He’s back on track to compete for a starting job in Ohio State’s wide open secondary. With Tyler Moeller entrenched as the star-back, Orhian Johnson, CJ Barnett and Christian Bryant will compete for the two safety spots.
Second, Devin Smith was subject of a Freshman Profile earlier this week by Tony Gerdeman. Devin Smith was a guy I singled out in a Block O Table feature here as an unheralded member of the freshman class that I expect will exceed his 3-star expectations. Gerdeman discusses a variety of things in Smith’s feature, including some of his track accomplishments. Interestingly, Smith will deny that any of his talent is “natural”. His on-field prowess, and the Ohio State offer he desired so much, are the end-result of relentless effort to fine-tune his craft. It also includes some comments made by his future position coach Stan Drayton, who played zero role in his recruitment but nonetheless liked what he saw. I have high hopes for Smith. Reading this will be a good introduction to him, for those unfamiliar with the wide receiver recruit out of Massillon.
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