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)
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State