- Clemson offered Dallis Todd & Tyler Luatua
- Tennessee offered Rahshaun Smith
- Denzel Ware decommits from Florida State
- @Derek11W Dontre Wilson's coach has informed me to expect a 9 pm central time announcement tomorrow for his star athlete. #Buckeyes #Ducks #Texas
ESPN $ - 4-star WR Clark talks Florida visit '13 FL WR James Clark
- Enjoyed his Florida visit and they should be in the top 3 he announces tomorrow. College decision is scheduled for 9am on Wednesday (NSD).
ESPN $ - After UT trip, decision soon for Wilson '13 TX RB Dontre Wilson
- Texas visit is over and he is ready to make a decision sooner than later (maybe tomorrow) according to his father.
ESPN $ - Ohio State offers big juco OT for 2014 '14 JUCO OT Chad Mavety
- Says Ohio State is a big offer & it motivates him to live up to the hype. Was a third-team All-Northeast Football Conference selection last season.
Scout $ - Bell's phone still ringing '13 GA DB Vonn Bell
- Vonn says he has talked to all three coaching staffs this weekend. Hasn't made up his mind yet, but will have a decision by Wednesday morning. Says his relationship with the coaching staff is the biggest factor in his decision.
BuckeyeNation Week in Review
- Corey Smith, a four-star junior college receiver, became the 23rd member of the OSU class. He turned heads with his speed at Akron Buchtel.
- National signing day is Wednesday, and the running back/athlete situation is still a bit cloudy as Dontre Wilson remains in the picture and committed RB Ezekiel Elliott isn't talking. Corn Elder is making two more visits.
- A late flip or snare isn't out of the question, writes Brad Bournival. Here are his predictions for those who look to be the final five targets in the class.
- Vonn Bell could still get in the class, but Tennessee looks like his leader.
- RecruitingNation had a series on the players who got away, and in Ohio State's case, that might be Kyle Kalis in 2012.
- It looks as if Ryan Timmons will commit elsewhere as well. OLs Dan Skipper and Cameron Hunt are out, too.
- Quarterback J.T. Barrett is already enrolled, and while he's healing from an ACL tear, his leadership ability has drawn raves. He's another player from Texas, a state that Urban Meyer recruits extensively.
- Bournival found out ESPN 150 linebacker pledge Trey Johnson visited Tennessee last weekend, but there's no cause for alarm.
- Getting the blue-chip recruits is great, but Ohio State has had plenty of success with recruits who weren't as highly touted. Austin Ward profiled four on the team: Bradley Roby, Christian Bryant, Jordan Hall and Devin Smith.
- Ohio State will be well represented on the 49ers' roster in the Super Bowl.
- In the 2014 class, OSU targets Drew Barker, Kyle Berger and Parris Campbell Jr. are getting offers from SEC country.
- There will no better place to be on signing day than ESPNU, where 18 of the top recruits will announce their decisions, including Bell. (We'll keep you updated here as well, of course.)
- Expansion and geography will be taken in consideration for the Big Ten divisional setup.
- Phil Steele believes Ohio State will be ranked No. 2 in the AP poll to start the season.
- NCAA athletes can legally pursue TV money, which could be a real game-changer down the line.
- Perhaps this is one reason Ohio State ticket-buyers will be much lighter in the wallet, especially for the big games. (Dispatch)
- Alex Boone has come a long way to become a starter in the Super Bowl. (Dispatch)
- Ted Ginn Jr. is grateful to be sharing his Super Bowl experience with his cancer-stricken father, who coached him and many other Buckeyes at Cleveland Glenville. (Plain Dealer)
- Five ex-Buckeyes who would have been perfect for Urban Meyer's offense. (The-Ozone.net)
- DeShaun Thomas took the Buckeyes on his back as they pulled away to beat Wisconsin.
- The Buckeyes improved to 7-2 in Big Ten play, surviving at Nebraska.
- LaQuinton Ross has a new attitude and additional minutes. (Dispatch)
- Back surgery is ending the rookie season in the NBA for Jared Sullinger. (Dispatch)
The Gang's All Here
- An interesting look at how schools use funds from the NCAA's Student Assistance fund, and whether Ohio State uses it properly. (Land Grant Holy Land)
- Former Buckeyes linebacker Jim Stillwagon was charged in connection to a road-rage incident last fall. (Dispatch)
- A top-10 matchup was contested at Oak Harbor (Ohio) High School in an effort to build interest in OSU wrestling. And the Buckeyes beat Illinois. (Toledo Blade)
Jayme Thompson grew up a product of his basketball-mad environment.
In Washington, where he lived with his mother through the eighth grade, Thompson said he played "all day, every day." So did most of his friends, who hoped to be the next hoops stars in a city overflowing with them. This season, five D.C.-area schools have appeared in ESPN's top 25 prep basketball poll.
"You see the football fields those guys play on in the D.C. area, it's really bad," said Thompson, who became a standout guard for his middle school basketball team. "Nobody really cares. But the basketball gyms for the top programs are great. I was always playing."
Then he moved to Ohio.
Today, the Central Catholic senior is among the nation’s top football recruits — a result nudged in part by the changing culture around him.
While the South’s growing monopoly of elite high school football prospects threatens the long-term viability of the Big Ten, Ohio remains a striking holdout to the trend. A state where football is the religion that transcends denomination remains the last one in the conference’s traditional geographic footprint to produce Division I recruits at a per-capita rate above the national average.
With 23 new recruits already committed to play for Ohio State next season and a couple more who might join the team on national signing day, the future of Ohio State football is looking as bright as ever.
Urban Meyer hit the recruiting trail hard in preparation for a successful run with the Buckeyes. His team’s 12-0 season in 2012 laid the ground work, but it’s Meyer’s track record that has some of the nation’s best high school players ready to take on the Big Ten next season.
Meyer did a terrific job recruiting prospects from all over the country. Ohio State secured commitments from 13 players from outside Ohio, including cornerback Eli Apple (96 rating from 247Sports) and 4-star linebackers Trey Johnson and Mike Mitchell.
While not every new commit will see much action on Saturdays next season, this class will be a solid foundation on which the Buckeyes can build. We’ll take a look at this year’s recruiting class, position by position.
It’s no surprise that Urban Meyer is all over the signing day news ticker, but he may do more harm than good for this 2013 Ohio State recruiting class.
Meyer is making moves to shore up his newest class, going for his targeted recruits while making time to talk to “commits” at other schools.
That practice may backfire for Meyer, though, because his recruits are not sticking around if they don’t continue to get attention.
Two commits have already been in the news for potentially flipping their decision from Ohio State. Whether it’s true or not, the situation in Columbus is one to watch heading into signing day.
Here's the latest news out of Buckeye land.
We soldier on with yet another installment of Bucks to the Future, the fourth overall in our series profiling the best Ohio State Buckeyes of tomorrow. Today's focus comes in the form of consensus 4-star signal caller, J.T. Barrett. Barrett was thought to be talented enough to potentially see action (well, in garbage time at the least) this coming fall, until one play changed everything his senior year. But even though the Wichita Falls, Texas product is unlikely to see the gridiron during the 2013 calendar year, that doesn't mean his impact with the team isn't already being felt.