Across The Field: Spring game countdown
April, 7, 2013
By Scott Kendrick | ESPN.com
Six days before the spring game, it's a huge recruiting weekend on campus, and the list of commits continues to grow. 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. First, as always, our week in review:
BuckeyeNation Week in Review
- Outside linebacker Sam Hubbard was committed to Notre Dame for lacrosse, but that all changed when Ohio State showed football interest. The Cincinnati Moeller standout became the sixth player to commit to Ohio State for its 2014 class.
- Hubbard in a word: Versatile. He is one of many top recruits in Columbus this weekend.
- Hubbard played in the defensive backfield last season at Moeller. That's where the 2013 Buckeyes will be deepest, and they'll to play to that strength, writes Austin Ward.
- They're pretty deep along the offensive front, too, writes ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett. And that's made spring practice a little different this year for Ed Warinner, whose biggest task is to figure out who will be the right tackle.
- Bennett spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Columbus and made some spring observations about the Buckeyes.
- Braxton Miller has a new haircut but isn't getting a big head, Bennett writes. He's learning to become a better scrambler instead of just a great runner, Ward writes.
- And Miller took a shot in practice, something he wasn't too happy about.
- Ohio State's staff has six quarterbacks in its sights, even if none of them have an offer quite yet.
- Brad Bournival also took a look at five receivers the Buckeyes are targeting.
- QB Darius Wade of Middletown loved what he saw at Ohio State practice, as did ESPN Watch List DE Verondtae Wilkinson of Trotwood-Madison and safety Mike Edwards of Cincinnati Winton Woods.
- It's looking like a familar battle on the trail for RB Jonathan Hilliman: Ohio State vs. Michigan.
- Miller heads Travis Haney's "All-Heavy Lifting" team, meaning he has s huge load to carry.
- Ohio State made some inroads at Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth School in the last recruiting cycle with athlete "Corn" Elder, and now the coaching staff has its eyes on a talented 2015 cornerback from the school.
- The Buckeyes also made an offer to a player from a state that's a pipeline for another OSU: Oklahoma State.
- If you're around on Thursdays at 2 p.m, don't miss Austin Ward's hour-long chat in ESPN SportsNation. He covered a lot of topics last week.
- Another staple is Bournival's mailbag every Friday. Send him your questions and he'll answer as many of them as he can.
- Offensive lineman Antonio Underwood, the second-team left guard, tore his ACL. (Plain Dealer)
- Tight end Jeff Heuerman pulled off an elaborate April Fool's joke on position coach Tim Hinton. (Plain Dealer)
- The Eleven Warriors April Fool's submission is worth a chuckle. Especially the illustration.
- Readers chime in on Braxton Miller's hair. (Plain Dealer)
- The Buckeyes are "not worthy" of national championship talk yet, Urban Meyer says. (Lantern)
- A look at the diamond formation that Ohio State is tinkering with. (Eleven Warriors)
- Ticket info and more for the spring game next Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati. (Dispatch)
- And it wasn't a great day to be Brutus on student appreciation day at practice Saturday. (Twitter)
- Deshaun Thomas almost left for the NBA last season, and believes he's ready now.
- The Buckeyes still have enough left to recruit and return, however.
- On his way out, a classy move by Thomas lauding fellow OSU athletes in a letter to the editor. (Lantern)
- LaQuinton Ross turned the corner and looks to be the go-to scorer next season. (Lantern)
- The sophomore class' development turned around the season, writes Bob Baptist. (Dispatch)
- And yeah, it's awkward that the School Up North made the Final Four. (Lantern)
The Gang's All Here
- The men's tennis team got its 164th consecutive home match victory against a visiting team, the longest current streak in any Division I team sport. It's been more than 10 years since a home loss. (Dispatch)
- Michael Hartfield broke a 77-year-old school record in the long jump that was set by Jesse Owens. (OSU)
- A top girls basketball prospect in a couple of years has a familiar name. (Land Grant Holy Land)
- Alex Trebek knows where the "The" goes. (Land Grant Holy Land)
- And anybody who has ever known OSU campus life knows that tow trucks are ubiquitous. President E. Gordon Gee found that out the hard way this week. (Dispatch)
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