Birm's take from last week:
Yesterday, another outlet reported that Buckeye commitment Justin Hilliard was in fact starting to "look around" — specifically at Iowa — in part because of Ohio State's continued pursuit of Cleveland Benedictine's Jerome Baker. The logic, as reported, was that since Hilliard (listed as the nation's top inside linebacker by Rivals.com) and Baker (listed as the fifth-ranked outside linebacker) could potentially play the same position in college, Hilliard would look elsewhere. I reached out to a few sources at Ohio State for their opinion on those rumors, and what they're feeling with respect to Hilliard in general.
"First of all," the source said. "Some people just need to create rumors because it's their job. Justin Hilliard knows how important he is to the class and his family knows. Yes, we want Baker but we want him and Justin at different spots: Baker is a SAM and Hilliard is a Will or a Mike, but they are not going to play the same position."
I continued on with Hilliard queries, namely if there was concern about his recent visit to Iowa.
"You never want a player to visit somewhere else," the source continued. "Justin's the guy in our class. He's a player who we feel very confident about signing in February, but we're always going to keep recruiting him because we know other schools aren't going to let up."