While the players were enjoying a few days off for finals, the staff was still chugging, welcoming three top recruits to town this weekend.
Tackle Marcus Hall of Glenville, receiver Marlon Brown of Memphis and quarterback Tajh Boyd of Hampton, Virginia were all in Columbus to visit as they ponder whether or not to add their names to the stacked '09 class.
Hall, at 6-5/290 is rated as one of the top tackles in the nation and one of Ohio's top players and though the Buckeyes have owned Glenville for the better part of this decade, he still has visits lined up with Tennessee, Miami, Illinois and LSU. Still, hearing him say his visit to Columbus was a 10 has to be music to your ears. The thought of him lining up next to Shugarts, Adams and Brewster gives me hope that the mythical beast known as a dominant Buckeye offensive line will soon return. (Highlights)
Brown, Rivals' 9th-ranked wide receiver is large (6-5/205) and talented enough to make a difference the day he sets foot on whatever campus is lucky enough to land him. The Buckeyes are currently in the running with four SEC schools and wooing the Memphis star away from home will be difficult, but the prospect of catching balls from Pryor can only help. And with rumors circulating about an early Hartline departure, immediate playing time should be available. (Highlights)
With the recent success of Troy Smith and Pryor, dual-threat quarterbacks could very well be the future of Buckeye football under Jim Tressel. Boyd, one of the top dual-threat guys in the nation, was originally a Tennessee commit, but Ohio State appears to in good position right now in a pack that features Oregon, Penn State, Boston College and both Virginia and Virginia Tech. (Highlights)
Fiesta Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday for the general public. Seats run $155 and can be purchased starting at 9:00AM by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS. With the economy putting a dent into many fans' travel plans, this could be your best opportunity to get BCS bowl tickets since the system was established. I have fears of the crowd being very Texas-oriented, so do your part if you can.
The Dispatch's Tim May had a great feature on Todd Boeckman Sunday if you missed it. Once gain, I would just like to tip my hat to the guy for showing more class than most would have and putting the team before himself. He'll be taken care of in Columbus if he sticks around town.