Welcome to Part VII of this 10-part series.
As previously stated, I will continue to repost the opening few paragraphs from Part I in all ten segments in the event that a new reader who may have missed a previous segment begins to follow along so if you've been following from the beginning, please bear with me and thanks!
First off, let me say this article is not for die-hard Ohio State fans. I suspect you will know the players I highlight.
Instead, I wrote this in response to my recent preview article about the OSU/USC football matchup in Columbus this fall. A lot has been made by non-OSU fans of how USC will be reloaded as usual, and thus, many of these people believe that Ohio State will have zero chance of beating the Trojans.
Pretty much everyone who isn't a Buckeye fan seems to believe this, but the problem is, they are overlooking the fact that USC lost far more than OSU and OSU reloads just as well as USC.
They are also making a generalization about how good or how not-so-good the Buckeyes will be based on Ohio State's big-stage losses, starting with Florida in the 2006 BCS title game and culminating with their lop-sided loss in Los Angeles last September.
They are also focusing on the players OSU is losing and aren't looking at the players who are here and ready to start, including a several key guys from the last two highly-regarded recruiting classes, and that's where I come in.
To help educate those doom-and-gloom prognosticators who make those type of general statements about the Buckeyes 2009 season outlook, I've decided to create a 10-part series to spotlight 10 players who will make a name for themselves nationally and step in for Ohio State to sufficiently fill the holes left by the likes of Beanie Wells, James Laurinaitus, Malcolm Jenkins, Marcus Freeman, Alex Boone, Brian Robiskie, etc.
Obviously, no Buckeye fan, player, or coach will deny that losing Beanie Wells is a big deal—but remember, Terrelle Pryor is an amazing dual-threat quarterback who will carry the load more often in 2009 if needed.
But he's not the only potential game-breaking play maker that will see action for the Buckeyes. The Bucks have plenty of them on both sides of the ball and now, the series resumes.
No. 4—DeVier Posey
WR (6'3", 190-lbs.)
Coming out of high school in 2008, DeVier Posey was rated a five-star recruit by Rivals.com.
He was listed as the No. 3 wide receiver (behind only Alabama's Julio Jones and Georgia's AJ Green) and the 21st overall prospect in the nation.
While starring at Cincinnati's La Salle HS, DeVier amassed over 2000 all-purpose yards combined and scored 16 touchdowns during is junior and senior seasons.
During his HS career, Posey was a jack-of-all-trades, playing quarterback, defensive back, punt and kick returner, but it was as a wide receiver that he truly made his mark.
He was named first-team all-GCL-South, all-Cincinnati, all-Southwest Ohio, and all-Ohio.
Currently, Posey is listed as the No. 2 starting wide receiver for the Buckeyes along side Dane Sanzenbacher, although many consider Sanzenbacher more of a possession receiver and Posey more of a big-play threat.
In 2008 he caught 16 balls for 117 yards and one touchdown as the fourth or fifth man on the totum pole.
With the departure of Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline to the NFL, and with Ray Small in the OSU doghouse, Posey will be sure to garner much more attention from quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
He has enormous potential and is one of the fastest and biggest game-breaking threats that Ohio State will put on the field this season.
If he comes even close to the expectations many have of him based on his potential, Posey will be Pryor's go-to-guy and an 800-1000 yard season could be well within his sights.
Previous installments in this series:
Sudden Impact Countdown Part I: Brandon Saine
Sudden Impact Countdown Part II: Boom Herron
Sudden Impact Countdown Part III: Justin Boren
Sudden Impact Countdown Part IV: Etienne Sabino
Sudden Impact Countdown Part V: Michael Brewster
Sudden Impact Countdown Part VI: Thaddeus Gibson
Part VIII: Coming soon!