Across The Field: The Corey issue
February, 3, 2013
By Scott Kendrick | ESPN.com
So the Buckeyes' 2013 wide receivers will include Corey Brown, Devin Smith, and now, Corey Smith. No, that won't be confusing at all. Welcome to 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
- Corey Smith, a four-star junior college receiver, became the 23rd member of the OSU class. He turned heads with his speed at Akron Buchtel.
- National signing day is Wednesday, and the running back/athlete situation is still a bit cloudy as Dontre Wilson remains in the picture and committed RB Ezekiel Elliott isn't talking. Corn Elder is making two more visits.
- A late flip or snare isn't out of the question, writes Brad Bournival. Here are his predictions for those who look to be the final five targets in the class.
- Vonn Bell could still get in the class, but Tennessee looks like his leader.
- RecruitingNation had a series on the players who got away, and in Ohio State's case, that might be Kyle Kalis in 2012.
- It looks as if Ryan Timmons will commit elsewhere as well. OLs Dan Skipper and Cameron Hunt are out, too.
- Quarterback J.T. Barrett is already enrolled, and while he's healing from an ACL tear, his leadership ability has drawn raves. He's another player from Texas, a state that Urban Meyer recruits extensively.
- Bournival found out ESPN 150 linebacker pledge Trey Johnson visited Tennessee last weekend, but there's no cause for alarm.
- Getting the blue-chip recruits is great, but Ohio State has had plenty of success with recruits who weren't as highly touted. Austin Ward profiled four on the team: Bradley Roby, Christian Bryant, Jordan Hall and Devin Smith.
- Ohio State will be well represented on the 49ers' roster in the Super Bowl.
- In the 2014 class, OSU targets Drew Barker, Kyle Berger and Parris Campbell Jr. are getting offers from SEC country.
- There will no better place to be on signing day than ESPNU, where 18 of the top recruits will announce their decisions, including Bell. (We'll keep you updated here as well, of course.)
- Expansion and geography will be taken in consideration for the Big Ten divisional setup.
- Phil Steele believes Ohio State will be ranked No. 2 in the AP poll to start the season.
- NCAA athletes can legally pursue TV money, which could be a real game-changer down the line.
- Perhaps this is one reason Ohio State ticket-buyers will be much lighter in the wallet, especially for the big games. (Dispatch)
- Alex Boone has come a long way to become a starter in the Super Bowl. (Dispatch)
- Ted Ginn Jr. is grateful to be sharing his Super Bowl experience with his cancer-stricken father, who coached him and many other Buckeyes at Cleveland Glenville. (Plain Dealer)
- Five ex-Buckeyes who would have been perfect for Urban Meyer's offense. (The-Ozone.net)
- DeShaun Thomas took the Buckeyes on his back as they pulled away to beat Wisconsin.
- The Buckeyes improved to 7-2 in Big Ten play, surviving at Nebraska.
- LaQuinton Ross has a new attitude and additional minutes. (Dispatch)
- Back surgery is ending the rookie season in the NBA for Jared Sullinger. (Dispatch)
The Gang's All Here
- An interesting look at how schools use funds from the NCAA's Student Assistance fund, and whether Ohio State uses it properly. (Land Grant Holy Land)
- Former Buckeyes linebacker Jim Stillwagon was charged in connection to a road-rage incident last fall. (Dispatch)
- A top-10 matchup was contested at Oak Harbor (Ohio) High School in an effort to build interest in OSU wrestling. And the Buckeyes beat Illinois. (Toledo Blade)
Scene and Heard: Top 10 Predictions
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
TBD California Northwestern TBD Indiana State Indiana TBD Jacksonville State Michigan State TBD Appalachian State Michigan TBD Florida Atlantic Nebraska TBD Youngstown State Illinois TBD Northern Iowa Iowa TBD Ohio State Navy TBD Western Michigan Purdue 8:30 AM ET Penn State UCF 9:00 PM ET LSU Wisconsin