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States of strength: Texas RBs 

May, 15, 2014
When it comes to running backs, the state of Texas is loaded. Ten running backs represent the Lone Star State in the ESPN 300. Of those 10, five are committed. A total of seven running backs in the state have reported FBS commitments.

ESPN 300 RBs from the state:

No. 50 Ronald Jones II: Ranked the nation’s No. 3 running back, Jones is an explosive, game-changing back who -- as scary as it might sound -- will only get better. Jones committed to Oklahoma State on April 6 and finished his junior season with more than 2,400 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns.

Georgia quick to offer Watch List RB 

February, 16, 2013
Many high school prospects are evaluated for months or even years before a college program extends a scholarship offer. Highlights from sophomore seasons are compared to those of junior seasons to see progression and potential. Players who make a name for themselves as juniors are visited as seniors to gauge their possible impact at the next level. And then there are prospects like Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) for whom the entire process takes three or maybe four days.

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Buckeyes fourth in Way-Too-Early Top 25

January, 8, 2013

There are still seven months before the start of the 2013 season, and the teams and their order figure to change frequently, but it's never too early to take a look at the Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2013.

And with three national championships in the past four years, there's no reason to change the team that's on top. Ohio State, with a schedule that's conducive for another unbeaten run, is ranked No. 4.

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Brown, Curtis pocket OSU offers 

December, 3, 2012
There must be something about Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe High School that the Buckeyes like. Maybe it's the scenery.

Just days after offering 2013 offensive tackle Kenny Lacy, the Buckeyes were at it again, but this time it was two offers to Class of 2014 prospects.

The Buckeyes offered wide receiver Jalen Brown, who led the Pride to a Division I state runner-up finish, and offensive guard teammate Natrell Curtis.

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Jake McCrary humbled by OSU offer 

September, 21, 2012
First and foremost, Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Reef) is committed to the Florida State Seminoles.

But that doesn’t mean the junior wide receiver wasn’t thrilled when he picked up an offer from Ohio State.

“It means a lot,” McCrary said. “Ohio State is a great school. They have a great tradition and great academics.

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Jake McCrary picks up OSU offer 

September, 20, 2012
Urban Meyer looks like he wants to try and pry another top-flight recruit from his old stomping ground.

Ohio State, along with Boise State, has offered Florida State commit Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Reef), and for good reason.

Ranked the No. 4 player in the Miami-Dade County top 25 by the Miami Herald, the 6-foot, 183-pound wide receiver is one of the top recruits in the class of 2014.

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Ohio State has offered 2014 wide receiver Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), but that might not be the only athlete from the school the Buckeyes go after.

Andrews’ teammate Kyle Allen was in camp at Ohio State on June 23 and the junior quarterback left a lasting impression.

While no offer came, Allen was pulled aside afterward to do a few more drills.

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Rivalry intrigues DB Simmons 

June, 21, 2012
With every offer, Brandon Simmons (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview) seems to work that much harder during a practice or training session. The 2014 safety is nearing 20 offers, and more are expected as the summer progresses.

From a recruiting standpoint, no day seemed to make Simmons smile like Tuesday. It was then when the 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back received news that he picked up four offers in one day. In addition to Arizona and Boise State, Simmons learned of offers from Michigan and Ohio State.

“They came to my school during spring ball and offered me, but I didn’t know about them then,” Simmons said. “It kind of blew my mind. I look at myself as a good player, but I don’t really brag about myself. To see all these offers come, it made me feel pretty good.”

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Ohio State Quarterback Competition
Marty Smith discusses the competition among Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller to be Ohio State's starting quarterback.