- Stephen Collier accounted for 5 TDs tonight 3 passing, 2 rushing.
- Terry McLaurin finished with 8 catches for 238 yards and 3 TDs.
- Damon Webb accounted for a 26 yard TD pass from Jayru Campbell.
- Eric Glover-Williams went for 24 carries on 155 yards and 2 TDs, also tossed for a TD tonight.
- From what I've read, Malik Hooker was shut down tonight by Jordan Whitehead, a 2015 DB recruit. Whitehead holds an OSU offer and camped at FNL.
It’s been a busy week on the recruiting trail for Ohio State head coach Thad Matta and his assistants.
With one commit and a couple new offers, the Buckeyes are already making major inroads with its 2015 recruiting class.
The 2014 class is almost filled, but Ohio State is targeting two big men who are still uncommitted. One has an official visit scheduled in Texas this weekend, while the other had some interesting thoughts to share regarding his recruitment.
Plus, there is a new member of the basketball support staff.
More on the Mickey Mitchell Commitment
In case you missed it, Texas native Mickey Mitchell – the brother of Buckeye linebacker Mike Mitchell – committed to the Buckeyes last week.
Now that the fervor surrounding his commitment has settled down, it’s worth wondering how Mickey Mitchell fits in with the 2015-16 roster.
Mitchell is entering his junior year of high school and we’ve only seen the mere foundation of what he’s capable of. Since his injury, he’s been working on his jump shot mechanics – as if his game isn’t resourceful enough.
It’s too early to predict where he fits in exactly, but we’ll give it a shot. In his freshman year, the Buckeyes will be loaded with young talent. Barring any transfers or walk on players under scholarship, Amedeo Della Valle will be the only senior on the roster.
Welcome to another edition of the Ohio State football recruiting notebook. There was some pretty big news that came from this week and we're here to tell you all about it in this week's notebook.
Canton (OH) McKinley athlete Eric Glover-Williams committed to Ohio State, becoming the first member of Urban Meyer's 2015 recruiting class. We'll have more on the super junior's commitment later in the buzz.
Unfortunately, some bad news dropped earlier this week. One of Ohio State's top 2014 commits will miss the entire 2013 football season due to an injury. We will talk more about this later in the notebook.
Many of Ohio State's commits and top targets are kicking off their high school seasons today. We'll give you the full report after the jump.
There was also a player who the Buckeyes offered that committed to another school last week. We'll tell you who and where they're headed.
Finally, we'll take a look in the the future of Ohio State recruiting.
Join us after the jump to look at the past, present, and future of Ohio State football recruiting.
Could Ohio State add another New York product this winter? Plus we speak with LB Anthony McKee and much more.
With football season officially underway, you would be led to believe head coach Urban Meyer and the rest of his staff will shift their focus from recruiting to the regular season. However, recruiting is a game played all year round.
The original estimation of open spots in the 2014 class was 22, but with the departure of defensive back Najee Murray for Kent State, coupled with defensive back Adam Griffin and tight end Blake Thomas suffering career ending injuries, it's possible OSU pushes for 23.
The current class stands at 17, with athlete Curtis Samuels being the Buckeyes' most recent pledge. With players such as linebacker Raekwon McMillan, athlete Marshon Lattimore, offensive lineman Chad Mavety, and defensive lineman Thomas Holley still undecided, this class could be among the best to ever sign with Ohio State.
Massillon's "Black Swarm" defense leads way in win over Perry (friday night ohio)
MASSILLON Much has been made of Massillon’s offensive capabilities. The Tigers boast a massive line and a deep pool of skill players.
Yet, somewhat quietly, they’ve also put together a defense that has a chance to be pretty good as well.
And Thursday night, it was that defense that helped set the tone for Massillon as it opened the season with a 35-7 win over neighboring rival Perry in front of a large crowd inside Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
“We just read our guards, followed our keys and made plays,” said Tiger junior linebacker Danny Robinson, whose 23-yard fumble return for a touchdown gave Massillon an 8-0 lead — following the two-point conversion — it would never relinquish.
Fair warning was given on Thursday night to those teams who game-plan for Benedictine this year, figuring they can stop Jerome Baker and thus control the Bengals' offense. The warning?
Benedictine has a whole lot more for teams to worry about on offense than its all-everything junior running back whose lists of college suitors is a Who's Who list of big-time programs.
Baker ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns, and also caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Brian Schoeffler on Thursday in a 45-13 season-opening win at Bearcat Stadium in Bedford.
But the supporting cast of Schoeffler, change-of-pace scatback Dontez Rash and versatile Justin Layne were also integral parts of Benedictine's lopsided victory.
NEW CASTLE — Talk about a whirlwind year.
Just 12 months ago, Malik Hooker was an unknown junior suiting up in a New Castle High football uniform for the first time. Today, his unlikely, meteoric rise finds him, not only as one of the state’s premier prospects, but perhaps one of the top in the nation.
Hooker woke up following last football season to find schools like Pitt, Michigan and Penn State and Ohio State beating down his door. He brought the intense recruiting process to an end in July when he gave a verbal commitment to play for the Buckeyes and coach Urban Meyer.
The Detroit News' top players, Nos. 3 through 20 (detroit news)
3. Damon Webb
5-11, 190, defensive back / receiver
Detroit Cass Tech
Ranked as one of the top 10 defensive backs in the country, Webb “is looking forward to leading Cass Tech back to Ford Field,” said coach Thomas Wilcher. Webb has been selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and has committed to Ohio State.
4. Lawrence Marshall
6-4, 230, defensive end
Marshall hasn’t received the attention his new teammate has but won’t be overshadowed by Malik McDowell. “I’m bigger, stronger and faster than I was last year,” Marshall said. Marshall is known for his aggressive play and his ability to rush the quarterback. He committed to Michigan.
Despite returning only two starters on offense, the defending Division III state champion St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish picked up right where they left off last season with a 63-0 victory over the visiting Garfield Golden Rams on Thursday night at Green Street Stadium.
After forcing a three-and-out on the first drive, Garfield punted to senior running back and Ohio State University commit Parris Campbell who put on a series of jukes to take the punt back 52 yards for a touchdown, putting the Irish ahead 7-0 before the offense even stepped on the field.
Speed continued to be the name of the game for the Irish on both sides of the ball.
“I think that’s been the name of our game for the last few years,” Fighting Irish coach Dan Boarman said. “That’s something we’ve been identified with.”
The Irish defense consistently swarmed the Rams at the line of scrimmage, giving them little room to run on handoffs. The Rams were held to only 97 yards of total offense, being outgained 430-97.
MotSaG Chat with Malik Jefferson (men of the scarlet and gray)
The Ohio State University is known as having some of the best linebackers in the country year in and year out. We have a huge hole to fill at linebacker and Urban is targeting a very talent linebacker named Malik Jefferson. Jefferson is by all accounts one of the top if not the best linebacker in the country. I had a chance to chat with the 6″3 215lb lb from Mesquite, Texas. Jefferson runs a 4.5 40 yard dash and is continuing to grow and has a chance to be a special player who could wind up in Columbus.
The commitment of Curtis Samuel and the placement of Ohio State in our class rankings have been hot topics on Twitter lately, so let’s hit them head on.
First, let’s talk about Samuel, who we have as the nation’s No. 51 wide receiver. Camps and combines are a supplement to film study. They can enhance a prospect’s worth, give cause for concern or, in many instances, confirm what we already thought. We’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to position rankings, the difference between No. 23 and No. 50 can be negligible. Once you get past the top five-to-seven guys, it’s debatable.
Defending champion Erasmus Hall hungry to repeat (brooklyn daily)
Erasmus Hall isn’t planning on taking any bows for its championship run as the football team begins its title defense.
Last season’s undefeated Public School Athletic League city champions understand their triumph at Yankee Stadium over Tottenville is behind them, but they want to feel that adulation again. And they know that getting back there will only be harder now with teams wanting to beat them even more than before.
“We are trying to get back to that feeling,” senior safety Darin Peart said. “We still have that feeling. Since we have that target on our back we just stay more humble. We want everybody coming to us. We are going to show them what we want.”
Penn State, Ohio State among favorites for 4-star DT recruit Thomas Holley, Rivals.com says (penn live)
Penn State is on the radar for defensive tackles Derrick Nnadi and Thomas Holley, both of whom are slowly narrowing their list of prospective schools.
Nnadi and Holley rank as the Nos. 2 and 3 defensive tackles in the country, respectively. Nnadi is a four-star prospect from Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes and Holley a four-star from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Abraham Lincoln.
OSU’s 2014 class already among best (buckeye dispatch)
Ohio State opens its 2013 season ranked No. 2 in the country.
The Buckeyes are also near the top in another important measuring stick — recruiting rankings.
Although the football season lasts for four or five months, the recruiting battle is waged over 365 days. In living rooms as well as football fields, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and his coaching staff are flourishing, if still chasing Nick Saban and Alabama.
“Without question, (OSU is) one of the best in the country,” Bucknuts.com recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic said. “We have them rated No. 2 in the country behind only Alabama. They have a lot of high-level depth — not too many five-star guys right now, but a lot of guys who are right on the cusp of being five-star guys. There are probably close to a dozen guys of that caliber in that class.”