Thursday, July 30, 2009

EYES ON THE BUCKS

BUCKEYES BAG FLORIDA ATHLETE — James Louis (5-11, 180), a multi-talented athlete from Delray Beach, Florida (Atlantic H.S.) has given his verbal commitment to the Buckeyes over the likes of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss.

Louis, who is rated as a four star wide receiver by Scout.com, hauled in 56 receptions as a junior at Atlantic for 1,128 yards. As a cornerback, he intercepted 10 passes in 2008.

Louis is the 10th player in the 2010 class for OSU.

PRYOR TAKING UP GOLF — OSU quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, has become "addicted" to playing golf, according to Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel.

"(Pryor's) gotten this sudden urge to take up golf," Tressel said. "He's addicted to golfing."

Tressel stated that playing golf can help Pryor become a better quarterback, because of the mental game it takes to play the sport.

"If you don't forget the last shot, you are not going to have a very fun day. Same thing with playing quarterback. You have to have a short memory, but you have to learn. If I went out and golfed, I wouldn't know why I hit it in the woods. So you have to know why what happened, happened or why you did what you did. And then you have to focus on the next moment and the only way to develop that is through experience.

"So if he can develop perfection in his feet and the ability to move on from one moment to the next, that would be great."

Tressel said that Pryor can drive a golf ball 350 yards. Whoa!

BALLARD ON MACKEY LIST — Ohio State senior Jake Ballard has been placed on the 2009 John Mackey Award "watch list" for the nation's best collegiate tight end.

Ballard has recorded 20 receptions for 227 yards and three touchdowns in his career at OSU.

The winner of the award will be announced on December 10.

NO PUNISHMENT FOR BERRY — Buckeyes incoming freshman, Jaamal Berry, will not be suspended by the team for his June arrest in Florida for possession of marijuana.

Berry's charges were reduced to a misdemeanor, meaning more than likely he will not serve any jail time.