Skull Session: Ohio State’s class of 2023 wants to be the Buckeyes, the Jets should have picked Justin Fields in 2021 and The Predator returns Sunday

Welcome to the Friday skull session.

Zed Key is a treasure that must be protected at all costs.

It’s very interesting to see Ki celebrate with his teammates. I like the culture Chris Holtmann is building with Bucks this year – it looks fun!

Let’s have a good Friday, shall we?

become pokey. The class of 2023 Ohio State added its 20th signing Thursday as four-star Jayden Bonsu signed to a National Letter of Intent to become the Buckeye despite rumors he might be moving elsewhere.

Before Bonsu’s addition to the class becomes official, Ryan Day spoke with the media on Wednesday to break down the class of 2023 and what each prospect brings to Ohio State’s table. Among the many questions and answers, Day noted how each of the program’s signees wanted to be Buckeyes and all “did it for the right reasons.”

I found Day’s recruits’ reasons for choosing the Buckeyes noteworthy, with Ohio State’s head coach saying they recognized “the opportunity is here” and what the program could offer them. Its causes included, but were not limited to, these five factors:

  1. Ohio Development (#DevelopedHere)

  2. Educational opportunities

  3. Chance to win a national championship every year

  4. Culture and relationships

  5. Columbus City

Notice how there is no mention of the name, image, and example. While there is likely to be that, I don’t necessarily blame Day for not claiming it as a factor in why 2023 recruits selected Ohio State.

It became clear that most of the prospects who chose to be Buckeye weren’t there just for the money, per se, as Miami (Florida), Oregon, and other programs (quack quack) seemed to have donors with deeper pockets that may have led to more lucrative NIL opportunities. Anywhere else. Heck, even Washington has bigger NIL deals lined up for four-star quarterback Lincoln Kienholz than Ohio State did, which Kienholz demonstrates in the video below. However, he chose to play with Day and Corey Dennis because of their development record and a more direct path to the NFL from Columbus than Seattle.

Referring to today’s five factors, Kienholz likely picked Ohio State for No. 1, No. 3, and No. 4 options. Those three factors mattered more than money to his Pierre, South Dakota, native. However, that hasn’t been the case for every other 2023 prospect, and it won’t be the case going forward, which means the Buckeyes will need to have their boosters ready to back up Truck Brinks when necessary.

As I said in the Skull session on Thursday, the ups and downs in 2023 didn’t worry me because the chapter was already established and slated to become the Buckeyes. However, I would be more concerned in the future if Ohio State continued sniffing out top talent due to a lack of money in the NIL Bank.

That, unless Ohio State wins a national championship this season, reaffirms the Buckeyes as one of the best teams in college football and makes the Five Factors even stronger as Day continues to build its program in the five years and beyond.

What could it have been. On April 29, 2021, Ohio State fans collectively groaned when the New York Jets selected BYU quarterback Zack Wilson as the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in place of Justin Fields.

At the time, it looked like a general manager trying to be the smartest person stand in the room for New York general manager Joe Douglas, which he was. This has since been proven by the way Wilson and Fields played through nearly two full seasons in the NFL, with the former being benched by the Jets midseason – and likely with no future in the Big Apple – while the latter It is breaking records amid the breakout year.

With those findings in mind, ESPN’s Jordan Reed and Matt Miller corrected the Jets’ mistake when they redrafted the top 15 picks from the 2021 NFL Draft, sending the former Ohio State quarterback Reid to the JETS with the No. 2 pick instead of the No. 11 to the Da Beers.

2. New York Jets

Original Pick: Zach Wilson, QB – New Pick: Justin Fields, QB

Reed: The Jets get a chance to pick them up here. Fields just crossed the 1,000-yard mark as a Chicago rusher, but imagine him with this rookie rookie and on Mike LaFleur’s offense that keeps the quarterback on schedule with plenty of easy throws. He still has a lot to prove as a passer-by, but his evolution could lead to great things. Having him below center would change the trajectory of this team with an exciting dual threat that marshals the attack.

Wilson’s time with the Jets was complicated. He has thrown 15 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions in 21 career starts, and was suspended last month before returning in Week 15 due to an injury to Mike White. He has only completed 55.4% of his passes over the past two seasons.

Editor’s note: Wilson played Thursday Night Football against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He went 9 of 18 with an interception before being sued to Chris Striveler.

Of course, the butterfly effect is at play here with Wilson and Fields. If Fields was around for the Jets last season, they likely wouldn’t have been in a position to draft Garrett Wilson in 2022, completely changing their current roster. But, for the sake of having more fun, let’s say Garrett Wilson is still on the planes with fields in this scenario. I mean, can you imagine? It will be endless fun.

Shame on the Jets for not making the easy call. I hope they think about what could have been the rest of the time.

Predator Returns. It feels like never since I wrote in the Skull Session for Chase Young to return to practice this year after tearing his ACL in November 2021. But now, finally, the former Ohio State defensive end will be fit for the Washington Chiefs against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.

This news from the leaders is a very early Christmas present, as it’s been a long road back to work for The Predator, who made 70 tackles for loss, 13 tackles for loss, 16 quarterback hits, and nine sacks through his first 24 games. Professional while also collecting NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl honors in 2020.

Sooner or later—I hope sooner—Young will look like his old self on the football field again, something both Ohio State and Washington State fans will be very eager to see. And in case you forgot how dominant Young was as Buckeye, here are some clips that might trigger the ol’ memory:

Got vacation plans? Ladies and gentlemen, I knew there was something Marvin Harrison Jr. could never catch: Santa Claus. I also learned a lot about Harrison’s holiday traditions and CJ Stroud’s.

Hear what kind of plans Ohio State’s WR1 and QB1 have this Christmas as they hold a mini mic and answer questions from the Big Ten Network. It’s a great treat:


The next time I write to you all will be after the weekend. Have fun, be safe wherever it ends, and let’s get ready for Georgia Week, which starts on Monday.

Bring the bulldog.

Ohio vs. the World.

song of the day. “Mac Returns” by Mark Morrison.

cut to the chase. Scientists reveal secrets of frog transparency… NFL’s “Sunday Ticket” heads to YouTube early next season… “Top Gun” and “Black Panther” are shortlisted for Oscars… Cold temperatures may lead to A strange scene at Christmas … A man from Idaho decorates his beard with 710 dolls in the Guinness Book of Records.


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