Future Bucks Shine at Under Armour Game

By Derek Young on January 4, 2013 at 8:40p

Trey Johnson dons an Ohio State hat, signaling his choice to play football for the Buckeyes

Team Highlight (black) defeated Team Nitro (white), 16-3, in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game tonight in St. Petersburg, but the score was of secondary concern as several future Buckeyes (as well as one or two potential future Buckeyes) showed up with big games.

Better yet, Urban Meyer reeled in another big fish with the halftime commitment of top-three inside linebacker Trey Johnson.

Johnson, previously an Auburn commit, chose Ohio State, saying he felt at home during his official visit to Columbus. He should vie for immediate playing time in a thin Buckeye linebacker corps.

Middletown's Jalin Marshall, a wide receiver for all of five days now, electrified the crowd with a 44-yard reception from Georgia pledge Brice Ramsey in the first quarter, proving he may have what it takes to be a weapon in Meyer's offense.

Burrows and Marshall shined at the Under Armour Game

Fellow Ohio State commit Joey Bosa was a force all night for Nitro's defensive line, starting and repeatedly beating his man on the edge before finally breaking through for a sack late in the game. Bosa also just missed out on a pick-six when he read a screen pass perfectly.

Cornerback Gareon Conley of Massillon, a late flip from Michigan to Ohio State, likewise earned the start and contributed several tackles from his boundary position. His coverage skills looked more than adequate, and his ability to tackle in the open field is solid.

Also in action were future Buckeyes Cam Burrows in the secondary and Marcus Baugh at tight end. Targets Dontre Wilson, an Oregon commit who may be looking elsewhere due to Chip Kelly moving on to the NFL, and safety Vonn Bell also left their mark on the field.

Burrows, Ohio State's first commitment in this class, seemed to perform well in run support during his time on the field and although Baugh didn't receive a lot of looks from his quarterbacks, he showed all week how formidable of a weapon he will soon be for Urban Meyer's Buckeyes. The Buckeyes are getting a great tight end in Baugh.

Help coming at linebacker for Ohio StateFor Trey Johnson, it was all about the "O"

Wilson showed off the quicks that attracted the Oregon staff, but with Chip Kelly leaving, he's in play again with Ohio State as a top contender for his services. This will be one to watch in the next three weeks.

Bell will be in Columbus next weekend for his official visit and the five-star defensive back did not disappoint. Bell caused a lot of havoc in the secondary, and made it very difficult for the opposing quarterbacks to develop any sort of passing attack downfield.

Ohio State will look to wrap up his recruitment before he leaves campus.

The night will go down as a success for Ohio State, both in terms of what they have and what they gained.



popeurban's picture

Thank you for the video, I missed his announcement.

aznchipmunk's picture

THE Ohio State ................................
Slightly better than Pryor's.  I still give him a C+ for trying.

Go Bucks! Roll-Tide!

jaxbuckeye's picture

I think we can cut him some slack for the pressure of the moment.  When they asked why he chose tOSU, he articulated it very well.  Seems like a very educated young man.

741's picture

Hold up, this Chip Kelly to the Browns thing is nowhere close to being a done deal, is it? #disaster #factoryofsadness

Unky Buck's picture

It's been reported on NFL.com that the Browns have hired him. I haven't seen anything official yet but it sounds like it is a done deal.

If you jiggle your monitor, does that make a jiggly gif?

Toilrt Paper's picture

Announcement could come as early as today Saturday 1/5

741's picture

Not so fast, my friend(s).

d1145fresh's picture

The best moment for the Buckeyes' future might be how bad Shane-o-Morris looked

jaxbuckeye's picture

Agreed.  I know you have to give the QBs a break based on a week of practice.  Defense is always way ahead of offense.  But I was not impressed.  He looks like someone that our stacked defense can tee off on!

ATLBuckeye09's picture

Yeah Morris looked horrible. Vonn Bell alsmot had a Pic Six on him too. I said don't worry Vonn you're going to get your INT's against him when you come to tOSU! I feel Bell commiting to tOSU over Bama!

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987

zbd's picture

Great get by Urban Meyer. Linebacker was the biggest need along with WR. Tomorrow will be another big day. Mike Mitchell would be fantastic.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Just saw Bell is bringing his entire family to Columbus for his visit.  Gotta be good news. 

ATLBuckeye09's picture

NICE!!!! I'm down in Atlanta and UFM & tOSU are being talked about big time by the HS kids down here. I keep saying Bell is coming to tOSU even though all the so-called experts at Rivals & ESPN say he is leaning towards Bama. That's BS!

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987

tampa buckeye's picture

If they get bell you are looking at one scary secondary. He was all over the field tonight.

FROMTHE18's picture

i know last year was the start of the Urban Era...but I feel 2013 is the real true new beginning for Buckeye Football...Urban's getting his guys in now and I think we will see a new, meaner mentality from our boys on saturdays from here on out...lets do this

ATLBuckeye09's picture

Welcome to The Buckeye Nation Mr. Johnson!

Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987

Brutus' Left Nut's picture

What's with all these PC answers.  I want to hear: 
Q: "Why did you choose tOSU?"
A: "Florida got blown out by a Big East school, Penn State is in shambles, Tennesse hasn't been relevant since Peyton and Urban is gonna be hoisting multiple titles.  O-H!"

zbd's picture

He forgot to say "university".  Hope he remembers the defensive schemes better.

poop's picture

Seems like a good family. Love this commitment and hopefully we get some good ones later today at the AA game. We're rolling!