Across The Field: Talk of the town
February, 10, 2013
By Scott Kendrick | ESPN.com
There are 24 new Buckeyes from 11 different states, and a consensus top-three recruiting class. And the basketball team will try to bounce back against No. 1 Indiana on Sunday. In short, a huge week in BuckeyeNation. 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 email@example.com.
BuckeyeNation Week in Review
- Urban Meyer is still the closer.
- Introducing RecruitingNation's No. 3 ranked recruiting class.
- It's the best OSU class since ESPN started its rankings.
- Ohio State and that school up north were the definite class of the Big Ten in this recruiting cycle.
- The secondary, with the addition of Vonn Bell on signing day, could be incredible.
- The defensive line isn't too shabby, either.
- New Buckeyes WR-RB Dontre Wilson is the latest to get the Percy Harvin comparison, writes Austin Ward. (And maybe the closest comparison to the former Gators star.)
- There were some tense moments, but the Buckeyes held on to Ezekiel Elliott.
- They did lose two players who were verbally committed -- WR Taivon Jacobs and punter Johnny Townsend, who flipped to his favorite team growing up, Florida, after a late offer came in. (And despite rumors to the contrary, his family said he did have a commitable Ohio State offer. If he had signed, the Buckeyes had until August to get one spot to get to the 82-scholarship limit.) Townsend committed to the Buckeyes on the day BuckeyeNation launched last June.
- A look back at our live blog from signing day.
- ESPNU's RecruitingNation breaks down two big winners on signing day (spoiler: Ohio State is one).
- Jalin Marshall showed at the Under Armour game that his transition to receiver is going well so far.
- New Buckeyes safety Jayme Thompson did a TweetChat with Brad Bournival and BuckeyeNation readers.
- Recruiting never takes a break. It's on to 2014 with a big junior weekend in Columbus. Here are Brad Bournival's top five for the Buckeyes in 2014.
- The top 10 recruiting schools since ESPN began ranking players in 2006.
- Urban Meyer has the reputation, but Luke Fickell also showed why he's one of the country's top recruiters.
- Kerry Coombs added a job title as special-teams coordinator.
- A look at the top five and bottom five recruiting moments from the 2013 cycle.
- The Buckeyes' class did lack depth at offensive line. That will be a definite focus for 2014.
- An Illinois defensive end received an offer, as did a junior-college OT.
- Meyer and Brady Hoke agree that unlimited correspondence is not a positive development in recruiting.
- The new playoff committee will have between 14 and 20 members.
- Meyer doesn't think most Big Ten schools do a good enough job in recruiting. (Plain Dealer)
- More night games? Meyer thinks that would help. (Dispatch)
- Johnny Townsend set the record straight in his own words. (TheOzone.net)
- Florida State did its best to try to flip LB Christopher Worley from the Buckeyes, writes Tim May. (Dispatch)
- The recruiting process was trying on Ezekiel Elliott and his family. (Dispatch)
- Meyer's recruiting secret? He listens, writes Rob Oller. (Dispatch)
- He and Tom Herman are messin' with Texas. (Land Grant Holy Land)
- OL Joey O'Connor's new college home will be Colorado State, much closer to home. (Coloradoan.com)
- Ohio State and Michigan belong in the same division, writes Doug Lesmerises. (Plain Dealer)
- Is this possible? Michigan signee Reon Dawson says he'll be a Buckeye "until I die." (Detroit Free Press)
- Seven former Buckeyes were invited to the NFL scouting combine. (Lantern)
- Eleven Warriors had a lengthy Q&A with Michigan AD Dave Brandon about the Big Ten's future.
- Tim Hardaway Jr.'s hot streak kept the Buckeyes from a season sweep in an epic OT battle at Michigan.
- Today, No. 1 Indiana is in Columbus to cap a huge week.
- Where was Deshaun Thomas at the end of the Michigan game? (Dispatch)
- But despite the loss, the Buckeyes showed a lot of progress, writes Bob Hunter. (Dispatch)
- Aaron Craft is a Bob Cousy award finalist. (OSU)
The Gang's All Here
- The school made a subtle change to its logos. (Plain Dealer)
- Tickets for the spring football scrimmage in Cincinnati go on sale March 1. (Dispatch)
- The women's basketball team had a big double-overtime win. (OSU)
- The Buckeyes hockey team is on en epic road trip this weekend to Fairbanks, Alaska, after a big weekend series against Notre Dame. (Lantern)
- The women's gymnastics team had one of the best meets all season but fell just short against No. 3 Michigan. (OSU)
Braxton Miller, Ohio State Begin Spring Drills
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35