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DE Zach Harrison (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by Smudger, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  2. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    You can probably throw Tyreke Smith into the mix here as well, but the Zach Harrison expectations are sky high after he flashed as a true freshman in 2019. While his numbers didn't compare to Thibodeaux's, he'll have the opportunity to take on more of a featured role following the departure of Chase Young.

    Mario Cristobal played offensive tackle at Miami, and he's now got the best lineman in the country in left tackle Penei Sewell. He became an immediate starter in 2018 and captured the Outland Trophy and All-American honors as a sophomore. Is it a little too soon to expect Harrison to put on a show against one of the top players in the country? That may be the case, but this will still be a fun one to watch and we'll really get to see the development under Larry Johnson.
  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    The bar for DEs at Ohio State has been set pretty high recently by Bosa, Bosa, and Young; but, with Harrison and Cooper (or maybe Smith, Jean-Baptiste, Friday, or Potter) Ohio State will have a very formidable pair of DEs (with depth at the position too).
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  5. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Lofty Expectations for Zach Harrison Already Being Met


    When you are a 5-star prospect in college athletics, you have a certain level of expectations placed upon you.

    And when you’re a 5-star defensive end who signs with Ohio State and follows in the footsteps of recent 5-star Buckeye pass rushers like Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa, and Chase Young, the expectations are lit up in neon and wrap around Ohio Stadium like a scoreboard ticker.

    Such is life for Ohio State sophomore defensive end Zach Harrison, who was the No. 12 player in the 2019 class and the No. 2 strongside defensive end prospect in the nation.

    It was a closely-watched recruiting process, as Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State all seemed to hold the edge at one time or another.

    One of the coaches recruiting Harrison was OSU linebackers coach Al Washington, who was Michigan’s linebackers coach at the time.

    According to Washington, Harrison was just as impressive off the field as he was on the field.

    “My take on Zach was number one he’s highly intelligent. He’s very bright, very engaging. He had a passion for football,” Washington said. “You’d hear stories about him meeting with his high school head coach one on one, going over coverage concepts and the things that typical D-linemen wouldn’t ask. I was a defensive lineman and I wasn’t asking about coverage. I could care less in high school. And so I thought he was unique in that way.

    “I saw him run track and I saw him running a 10.7 100 meters with sneakers on in the rain. So, I mean, for a kid that size, he can run. Always knew he had the physical attributes. And then his character, you know he’s a leader on his team. He cared about his team, those things, so I had a high opinion of Zach, as a person, and a player. I think what you saw this year was from game one to game whatever, you saw a guy fundamentally grow.”

    Harrison became a Buckeye and immediately bore the responsibility of being “the next in line.” The weight of those expectations can be too much for some, but that has not yet been the case for Harrison, who had a freshman season on par with both Nick Bosa and Chase Young before him.

    Harrison finished with 24 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks last year. As a freshman in 2017, Young produced 19 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. One year earlier, Nick Bosa posted 29 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, and 5.0 sacks as a true freshman.

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  6. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears

    I see Harrison being able to follow in the foot steps of his predecessors at DE. On paper he is the most athletically freakish of all the elite DEs that we've had. If he can put it all together(watching film, strength & conditioning, technique, etc) than we should see little fall off in the pass rushing category with him alongside Cooper, and a rotation of Smith, JJB, Friday and Potter
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  7. TS10HTW

    TS10HTW Senior

    Don’t forget...SPECIAL POWERS.
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  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    “It is a huge honor to be nominated out of all the Ohio State students and faculty to represent this university for this necessary cause,” Harrison said in a university-released statement. “As a member of the Big Ten Conference’s Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, my goal is to take a stand against racism and all forms of prejudice. I hope to help educate people about the serious effects that hate produces in this world. We need to make change, and I am extremely proud to use my platform as an example of that change.”
  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    “I am way better than I thought I was going to be last year at this point in time, to be honest with you,” Harrison said after the Big Ten title game. “The crazy part is that I’ve still got so much to grow. That’s exciting for me. Everything can improve. Everything.”

    He’s showing signs of living up to that five-star recruiting tag. And he’s becoming a leader for the Buckeyes; Harrison is representing Ohio State on the Big Ten’s Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition. Harrison’s on-field potential and sampling of leadership are just two of the reasons to be excited about the future of Rushmen at Ohio State.

    “When he was recruited, I was like: ‘What are we doing?’” strength coach Mickey Marotti said of Harrison. “He was so quiet, he didn’t want to talk, he wouldn’t look you in your eye — so awkward. I’m like, there’s no way. I don’t care if he runs a 21.2-second time in the 200 with no cleats on. What are we doing?

    “But it’s weird, because the first day he was here it was completely the opposite. I asked him why he was like that in recruiting. He was like, ‘I hated it, I didn’t want to talk.’ Now he’s like J.K. [Dobbins]. You see him, you feel him and you hear him. His ceiling is pretty high. He’s got that high-basement ceiling.”
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  12. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    They talk about a lot more than Zach...

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