Across The Field: A five-star move
July, 15, 2012
By Scott Kendrick | ESPN.com
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. First up, the BuckeyeNation Week in Review:
- It was a good recruiting week, even with no commitments. Cornerback recruit Eli Woodard picked up a fifth star and Ohio State's class moved up to No. 5 in the rankings.
- The Opening is where the recruits turned some heads and even (gasp) made friends with some Wolverines.
- There were other angles at The Opening, too.
- The best athlete at the camp (according to the SPARQ stats) was linebacker Mike Mitchell, who lists the Buckeyes as a favorite.
- Assistant coach Zach Smith's #BuckeyeNationProblems tag on Twitter gains more momentum, Austin Ward writes.
- Ward also examined the running back depth chart , and Brad Bournival talked to Bri'onte Dunn's high school coach to see where the freshman fits in.
- There's a new depth chart out, too, minus Storm Klein.
- Defensive line recruit Tracy Sprinkle is getting in plenty of footwork drills by playing hoops.
- Our schedule series continues with a look ahead at the toughest game yet, the first road game of the season at Michigan State. Earlier, we looked at the UAB and Cal games.
- Bournival caught up with former Buckeyes ace Dave Burba, who is coaching in the low minors in Pasco, Wash.
- The Pac-12/Big Ten scheduling model fell apart, which begs the question: Can we get Tennessee and Georgia back on the schedule?
- The national awards watch lists are coming out, and there are Buckeyes in the running for the Maxwell (Miller), Mackey (Stoneburner), Groza (Basil), Outland (Hankins), Nagurski (Simon, Hankins) and Bednarik (Simon, Hankins).
- Ohio State is getting a transfer from Purdue, and three seniors will represent OSU at Big Ten media days.
- On the recrutiing trail, a top 2014 linebacker will be at Friday Night Lights on July 27, two 2013 recruits are busy recruiting others, a Texas cornerback got an offer, as did a QB who is already committed. And the well-built son of a former NFL lineman liked his unofficial visit.
- Aaron Craft might be the best point guard in the Big Ten, and he's already the best academically.
- Former defensive coordinator Jim Heacock was 'relieved' that Urban Meyer didn't ask him to stay on. He needed the break. (Dispatch)
- Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg ranked the Big Ten coaching jobs, and guess who is No. 1? (ESPN.com)
- Freshman Taylor Decker could be in the starting lineup at tackle very quickly. (theozone.net)
- Decker is also among 12 league newcomers to watch from BTN's Tom Dienhart. (BTN)
- Urban Meyer's appeal on the recruiting trail continues to grow. (Dayton Daily News)
- Meyer has had plenty of great quarterbacks to coach. Buckeye Empire caught up with his first, Bowling Green alum Josh Harris. (Buckeye Empire)
- No, Meyer has never had a 1,000-yard rusher. But is that really important? (Eleven Warriors)
- Program alums Jon Diebler, David Lighty and Dallas Lauderdale are each playing in the NBA summer league. (Lantern)
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