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2023 GA TE Jelani Thurman is a Buckeye!!!

Discussion in 'Football Recruiting' started by LordJeffBuck, Jul 13, 2022.

  1. Abenaki

    Abenaki Ohio against the world.

    Man, would have guessed Dudley had more catches and yards than that. I really thought Ruckert was gonna be the guy that got production too.
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  2. sparcboxbuck

    sparcboxbuck What happened to my ¤cash?

    Not bad numbers from a guy who played in the paint tho…
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  3. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU Senior Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    An amazing pickup and honestly very surprised we landed Thurman seemingly out of the blue given the stated under utilization of the TE here. But yes, we do have several TEs in the league and being on the big stage at OSU gets you the chance for some big moments. In either event, we now have 2 excellent TEs in this class and the position is of no concern moving forward in finishing this class and the next one frankly.
  4. gracelhink

    gracelhink Senior '13 Bowl Pick Champ

    What is different in recruiting TE quality and quantity? Sounds like Hartline has embraced his new passing game coordinator role & title with fresh passion.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2022
  5. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    Use every weapon you have that punches an opponent in their weak spot and force them to defend the entire field.

    The key is to have all these unique and lethal weapons at every skill group to exploit whatever is weakest on the other side of the field.

    It’s just my opinion but that’s how I imagine Day, Wilson and Hartline would be thinking with this potent offense. Thurman is another great weapon to have.
  6. billmac91

    billmac91 Senior

    Allegedly Thurman asked point blank if he’d learn route running and WR technique from Hartline.

    Not that he doesn’t want to bang inside as a TE. But he understands the level Hartline can take him to as a route runner at TE.

    Hartline is a beast.
  7. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    I would still temper any expectations of a TE at OSU though.
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  8. billmac91

    billmac91 Senior

    I’m not sure I agree.

    Day is slick…..just wait. Teams are getting ready to load up on 4 wide and I’m not sure I see it. Spring Game was so interesting to me…..gonna be a fun year.
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  9. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU Senior Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    In terms of production, Ruckert is living proof that it is not likely that a TE will put up 700-1000 yards. He was the most talented pass-catching TE we have ever had. However, it is pretty rare to see a TE produce that type of result and Ruckert may not have had an eye popping stat line, but he made some huge plays in big games that helped with his exposure. The Clemson win comes immediately to mind. Plus his blocking improved and he became a 3rd round pick, pretty darn good huh? We also put guys in the League like Farrell, Heureman and Vannett.

    Point is that while we might not be tight end U (that would probably be ND even if we don't want to hear it), we are still an attractive option and that is bearing out results with guys like Thurman and Lockwood (both highly rated TEs) committing to us. More weapons the better and I am very excited to see how Thurman develops in particular, kid has a ton of upside.
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  10. pnuts34

    pnuts34 Drunk off of wolverine tears Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    I like the fact that OSU makes TEs more complete, so they can be competent in both catching and blocking. That is a big reason why a number of OSU guys have long NFL careers, maybe they don't have the Gonzalez, Newsome, Sharp, Gronk HOF type careers. But they're guys who will always find a roster because teams can count on them to catch AND block.

    And I'd say that I may have Miami as TEU, IMO, but I digress. Lol. Many highly rated guys who hit the league are so good at catching that they become more like a big WR. But their blocking falls off. Now the best can do both but there's only a few of those and they go to no one school nowadays. OSU can offer a great education and an ability to be complete TE that will entice NFL scouts, even with only having 300yds or less.
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  11. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  12. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Kyle Young/Cade Stover man crush. Stomp!

    Hahaha that little dude #23 was like "wait a minute that's not fair"
  13. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    The 2023 Freaks List: 50 of the freakiest college football recruits
    By ANDREW IVINS Aug 23, 8:31 AM


    No. 33: Jelani Thurman, TE (Ohio State commit)

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Another tight end, but Jelani Thurman might actually be the biggest freak of the bunch. A walking mismatch at 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, Thurman has quite the pedigree as he is the son of former NFL linebacker Odell Thurman and former WNBA player Kara Braxton. A few weeks ago, Thurman won a local amuter dunk contest in Michigan with a 360 slam in the middle of a street. Impressive, but not exactly surprising seeing as how Thurman is being recruited by some low-level Division 1 basketball programs. When it comes to football, Thurman is a potential slot weapon who can stretch the field. He dominated 1-on-1s at Under Armour’s Future 50 event and made plays on both sides of the ball as a junior at Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes.

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  14. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU Senior Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Must have missed he is the son of Odell Thurman. Pretty cool, but also feeling old hearing that.
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  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Q: When did you first know that Jelani was going to be a big-time college prospect?

    Daniel Williams: When Jelani walked in the building. I just thought, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I had watched him when he was 12 and coming up in little league. But when he walked through the building as a 10th grader, he was 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds. Those physical gifts, I was like, ‘I know this kid is going to be something.’ Then we put on pads and he was doing everything he needed to do.

    Q: How is he best utilized as a tight end? I know you split him out wide sometimes. How do you get the most out of his skillset because he seems so versatile?

    Williams: We put him in all different situations so we can create mismatches. We want to put him in a situation where we can get a mismatch and stretch out other defenses.

    Q: It seems like Jelani is such a red zone target for you guys. He’s caught so many touchdowns with what seems like ease so far this season. What makes him such a dynamic playmaker down there?

    Williams: His catch radius. Down there in that red, he’s a problem because he’s such a mismatch. A lot of times, we run the ball so well that they forget about him. He’s athletic and big enough to rebound the ball by himself on a jump ball. He just does so much.

    Q: It seems when he posts on social media, every other post or so, it has something to do with Spider-Man. Do you have any idea where that love of Spider-Man came from?

    Williams: I picked up on it when (I saw) his Spider-Man suit while he was playing seven-on-seven. It came out of the blue to me. But he loves it and we’re embracing it. That’s kind of what he does. That’s his thing.

    Q: Moving to Ohio State, from what you’ve gathered from him, why do you think he ended up choosing the Buckeyes?

    Williams: He wanted to play for one of the best teams in the country. He wanted to go somewhere where he knows he’s going to get an opportunity to go to the next level. Coach Wilson did a great job with him. It’s not too many times your position coach is also the offensive coordinator going through the recruiting process. He learned a lot of different things and I think that they came in and separated themselves from everybody.

    Q: From your perspective, what is he going to end up bringing to the Buckeyes at the next level? What is Ohio State getting in Jelani?

    Williams: They’re getting a very unique player. He’s 6-6. He’s long with a giant wingspan, and he can do so much. Of course, he’ll get up there and put weight on him, and he’ll be able to help play long in the run game. He’ll be a mismatch problem against linebackers. Not many kids can do what he can do at that size. He’s 6-6, 230 right now with so much room to grow, even in his route running.
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