Across The Field: Mint juniors
July, 21, 2013
By Scott Kendrick | ESPN.com
Between the release of the ESPN Junior 300, a rivalry-themed week of coverage and plenty of recruiting news, there's no shortage of stories to review. This is Across The Field, a regular feature on BuckeyeNation where we point you to noteworthy Buckeyes coverage here and elsewhere. Think something should be included? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BuckeyeNation Week in Review
BuckeyeNation Week in Review
- We unveiled the first ESPN Junior 300, ranking the top prospects in the rising junior class.
- Ohio State targets are all over the list, and Brad Bournival picked out the top 10 on the Buckeyes' list.
- The No. 1 prospect in 2015 is Minnesota DE Jashon Cornell, who has an Ohio State offer.
- The No. 7 prospect has Ohio State in his top five.
- Canton McKinley's Eric Glover-Williams is No. 29 overall and has a who's who list of offers, writes Jared Shanker.
- Cincinnati St. Xavier's Justin Hilliard is piling up the offers as well.
- Florida coach Will Muschamp fired back at Urban Meyer and Ohio State.
- We shared some topics with our friends at WolverineNation for some rivalry-themed stories. Austin Ward and WolverineNation's Michael Rothstein went back and forth about which players they'd hypothetically trade between Ohio State and Michigan.
- Michigan makes recruiting Ohio as much a priority as Ohio State does, and the Buckeyes have to play some defense in the state.
- On the other side, Detroit's Cass Tech has become a big recruiting battleground, writes Tom VanHaaren.
- The battles are already evident in 2015.
- The Friday Night Lights camp is this Friday, open to the public at The Horseshoe. So who's coming?
- Ward highlighted Ohio State's strengths and weaknesses and counted down five heroes for the Buckeyes in the history of the rivalry. Rothstein provided the villains. They also counted down the top moments for Ohio State and Michigan.
- Bournival gave a status report on the needs for the 2014 class.
- Ohio State still pursued QB Brandon Harris, but as expected, he picked LSU. But it's not the end of the world, Bournival writes.
- The spotlight is on Stephen Collier, who almost certainly will be the lone QB in the class now.
- Marcelys Jones, the Buckeyes' first commit in the 2014 class, visited Alabama this week with some teammates for a camp. But don't read much into that, says his high school coach, Cleveland Glenville's Ted Ginn Sr.
- Long Beach Poly athlete JuJu Smith, the No. 60 recruit in the class, is planning to make an official visit to Ohio State.
- In this week's mailbag, Bournival was asked if there's another off-the-radar prospect like Dontre Wilson in this class who could end up a Buckeye.
- With the Big 33 game no longer featuring Ohio, another game is being created that pits Ohio prospects against that state up north.
- More awards watch lists were released with Ohio State prospects recognized: the Davey O'Brien (Braxton Miller), the Biletnikoff (Philly Brown, Devin Smith), Lombardi (Ryan Shazier, Andrew Norwell), Butkus (Shazier), Doak Walker (Carlos Hyde) and Walter Camp (Miller, Bradley Roby).
- Incoming freshman tight end Marcus Baugh was charged with underage drinking.
- Football Outsiders' Brian Fremeau ranked Ohio State's title hopes.
- The Gator Bowl and Music City Bowl will share a Big Ten bid starting in 2014.
- And check out Mitch Sherman's intriguing, indepth look at the recruiting process through the eyes of four 2013 recruits, one of whom is the Buckeyes' Trey Johnson, who switched from Auburn to Ohio State.
- So how did Kenny Guiton hurt his hand? He cracked a bone when it got caught between two pieces of furniture while moving, writes Bob Hunter. (Dispatch)
- A look at how Braxton Miller scrambles, and how he can get better. (Plain Dealer)
- Phil Steele puts Miller's Heisman odds at 6-1.
- QB pledge Stephen Collier knows the expectations on him will be huge. (Plain Dealer)
- Urban Meyer gives out three times as many scholarship offers as Jim Tressel. (Eleven Warriors)
- Is this the beginning of a new 10-Year War? (Athlon)
- It could be the beginning of a new cold war with Florida. (Eleven Warriors)
- Former Buckeyes WR Brian Hartline isn't a typical pro athlete -- he's opened two businesses in the Columbus suburbs, writes Rob Oller. (Dispatch)
- Those who spend will be champions. (Lansing State Journal)
- Paul Biancardi answers the question of who will be the next player to commit to an already stellar basketball recruiting class for 2014.
- B1G recruits also are showing well at the Nike Global Challenge.
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