I have to admit that I've been anxious all year to see Schlegel out on the field. I don't like (generally) to let myself get excited about a new player, but this is one I've already seen out on the field playing I-A football.
Long before he transferred, I was watching an Air Force game during our championship season. I was (and still am) a Navy fan before my introduction to OSU. As many of you know from your own viewing experiences probably, this kid stood out so much in that game (and quite a few others) that I watched, that later when I heard his name being mentioned as a transfer, I knew exactly who they were talking about. He was a force on the field, and I don't care that it was with Air Force, you could just tell that he's a beast.
Then, all I've heard from players, is that this guy is already extremely impressive in their practices and workouts.
Anyway, the point is that I can't help myself, I can't wait to see if he can anchor our LBs, and really bring that squad together. We all know Hawk has all the tools, then we've got guys like D'Andrea, Carpenter, Kerr, Smith, White, Freeman, Arden -- I mean, the whole crew just seems to have a ton of promise.
It's always hard to believe in addition by subtraction, and then there's the guilt that comes from realizing you're kind of digging on 'good' guys like Reynolds and Pagac, but I'm looking forward to that position next year. And it's a good time for it too, because while our DL is still going to be solid, we're losing 3 NFL quality guys there.