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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
Kirk Herbstreit's Gameplan Breakdown
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Purdue Indiana 12:00 PM ET Michigan 6 Ohio State 3:30 PM ET 10 Michigan State Penn State 3:30 PM ET 18 Minnesota 14 Wisconsin 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Maryland