- Alabama offered DeShone Kizer
- Virginia Tech offered Nyles Morgan
- Wake Forest offered Sherrod Pittman
- Florida State offered Mikel Horton, Tony Brown & Shai McKenzie
- Tennessee offered Jalen Brown & Dylan Thompson
- Ole Miss offered Tony James
- Kentucky, West Virginia & Clemson offered Isaiah Ford
- Cincinnati offered Tinashe Bere
- Washington offered Tyler Luatua
- Colorado State offered Dallis Todd
- Clemson & Southern Miss offered Saeed Blacknall
- Georgia Tech offered Darius West
- D'Andre Payne rated 91 by 247Sports
- Orlando Brown rated 87 by 247Sports
- Orlando Brown @ZEUS__78 Top 7: Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa
Scout $ - Two SEC Offers for Henderson '14 OH LB Joseph Henderson
- By The Bank.....Offered by Arkansas & Mississippi. Would like to visit Tennessee, Michigan State, Indiana & Ohio State in the Spring. Says Ohio State is showing a lot of interest right now & would love an offer.
Scout $ - NLA 7on7: Jalen Brown '14 AZ ATH Jalen Brown
- By Lazarev....Up to 24 offers with most recent being Wisconsin & West Virginia. No standouts, but says Arizona is recruiting him the hardest. Will be visiting UCLA & USC soon and also wants to visit Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan, Alabama, Ole Miss & Mississippi State.
Lorenzo Carter Breakdown
Another weekend has passed us, and the Ohio State coaching staff continues to keep busy as they head into spring practice.
In a little bit of basketball recruiting news, Ohio State visited with '14 shooting guard Jaquan Lyle, who has an offer from the Buckeyes and head coach Thad Matta. Many believe that the 2014 class could be Matta's best in recent memory, which mirrors the situation with coach Meyer and the football team. Lyle is a 6'5", 195-pound shooting guard from Evansville, Indiana. He is ranked 15th in the country per the 247Composite Rating. Lyle is the No. 2 recruit in Indiana and is the No. 3 hooting Guard in the nation, holding 18 total offers.
While football spring practice is upon us, head coach Urban Meyer isn't just focusing on preparing his team to make a title run. Meyer has the coaching staff working around the clock to keep up with the best recruiting classes in the country, and in his year and a half at Ohio State, Meyer has done just that. After finishing in the top three in the 2013 recruiting class, the Buckeyes hope to surpass even that, with the class of 2014.
Another offer went out this past Friday, to '14 S Kendall Gant from the state of Florida. Gant actually received lots of attention this weekend, picking up offers from Alabama, Ohio State and Louisville to add to the previous two from South Florida and Kentucky. The 6'2", 185-pounder recently stated that he would like to play in the SEC, which doesn't do Ohio State any real favors.
Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes reeled in players from all over the country in the 2013 recruiting class, putting together one of the finest recruiting classes in the land. This gave Buckeye nation a reason to be excited about this upcoming season, and it created optimism for the future of the program.
In order to consistently compete for conference and national titles, however, the Buckeyes have to reel in top-notch players on a consistent basis. And there's no greater place to search for such talent than in the land of the SEC, which each of the last eight national-championship-winning teams call "home."
So, without further ado, here are all of the prospects from SEC territory that Ohio State has sent scholarship offers to in the 2014 class, listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Urban Meyer has built an impressive reputation for himself as one of the best recruiters in all of college football. He didn’t disappoint in his first full recruiting cycle with the Ohio State Buckeyes, bringing in one of the best recruiting classes in the nation. One member of that impressive class, cornerback Eli Apple, should pay dividends for the Buckeyes as early as next fall.
Generally, corner is the easiest spot for freshmen to step in and start right away because they are athletically gifted enough to play in man coverage. That gives defensive coordinators to get a premier athlete out on the field, but forces them to scale back coverages as they young defensive back learns to play football. Ohio State will not have to worry about that with Apple.
The New Jersey native brings that top-shelf athleticism to the position, but he is so much more than just a great athlete. Apple has shown great instincts and anticipation in his game, allowing him to do more than just fall back on his physical ability. He stepped onto campus as an early enrollee with a football maturity beyond his years and the combination of athleticism and awareness will allow him to play in just about any defensive scheme the Buckeyes can come up with.
It's only appropriate we continue our series focusing on the future of Ohio State football the week we profile the forthcoming Buckeyes o-line in general. But even as March Madness begins to permeate throughout the collective focus of even the less than most basketball-focused sports fans of central Ohio, it's hard not to keep one eye on what's to come football-wise.
We've previously looked at everything from defensive linemen to quarterbacks-turned-wide receivers, but now, in the latest edition of Bucks to the Future, we profile one of the impact big uglies to be. Evan Lisle isn't completely your ordinary high-profile offensive lineman, but depending on who you listen to, the not-out-of-the-realm-of-possibilities low-to-mid-high-ceiling of another Mike Adams (on the field, Mr. Cynicism) isn't exactly a bad thing.
An undefeated inaugural season has ratcheted up expectations for the Buckeyes. How the answers to these questions pan out will determine whether or not they can live up to those expectations.
On Tuesday, spring practice begins for the 2013 Buckeye football team, kicking off a boatload of spring football activities. Per the university, Ohio State will begin their earliest documented start for spring football in school history after a 103 day layover since beating Michigan, 26-21, and completing just the sixth unbeaten regular season in school history.
Ohio State will practice Tuesday and Thursday this week and then then off until March 19th, due to the university's spring break. One of the more interesting bullet points to come from the university is that Jamie Wood, who left the team in October indicating he was done playing football, will attempt to return from his second surgery.
Starting on March 5th logistically also means that the Buckeyes will be be more than halfway through spring ball before the date they started practices last year (March 28th, 2012). Ohio State's 2013 spring game in Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium will represent the earliest spring game in school history, besting the previous mark of April 19th.
Virginia defensive end Da'Shawn Hand is being chased by almost every big school in the nation, and he will take a visit to Ann Arbor to see Michigan the weekend of March 16th.
Fresh off a strong recruiting class in 2013, Brady Hoke and the Michigan Wolverines are back at it, and will host defensive end Da'Shawn Hand on the weekend of March 16. Hand is the top recruit in the 2014 recruiting class according to all the major services, and the 6'5, 240-pound Woodbridge (Va.) High School will be in Ann Arbor to take in spring practice.
Hand is special because of his size and speed combo. At 6'5 and 250 pounds, he has excellent length and the frame to add a lot of good weight. Hand could potentially play at 280 pounds. Playing at 280 pounds as a 4-3 defensive end isn't all that out of the ordinary, but being able to do so with the incredible quickness makes Hand quite rare indeed.
Hand has taken unofficial visits with a number of the top college football programs in the nation, including Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and Alabama, among others. He already has a huge list of scholarship offers, but Michigan, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina are currently considered the leaders for his services.
During his junior season this past fall, he racked up 78 tackles, 40 tackles for a loss, and 16 sacks. He has since been selected to participate in the Under Armour All-American Game, as well as the Army All-American Game.
Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier looking for some help: Buckeyes' spring football defensive preview (cleveland)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ryan Shazier needs to leave some time for intros on the first day of Ohio State's spring football practice Tuesday.
“Hey, I'm Ryan, second-leading tackler in the Big Ten last year, first-team All-Big Ten, should be an All-American candidate in the fall as a junior. Who … are you?”
While Shazier obviously knows his teammates, he doesn't know much about playing with them, as he'll be the only returning starter among the front seven from the Buckeyes' 12-0 team from 2012.