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Friday, January 4, 2013
Ten OSU pledges highlight weekend events

By Brad Bournival

If fans don’t know about many of the Ohio State commitments in the recruiting class of 2013, it might be a good idea to watch some of the all-star games this weekend as nine pledges will be in action with a 10th getting recognized as well.

The sixth annual Under Armour All-America Game leads things off Friday with some of the biggest names, as defensive tackle Joey Bosa (70 tackles, 9 sacks), cornerback Cam Burrows (39 tackles, 14 pass breakups, fumble recovery), athlete Jalin Marshall (2,186 total yards, 25 Tds) and two-way star Gareon Conley (1,096 receiving yards, 16 Tds, 25 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, interception) headline the event.

Also joining the four ESPN 150 seniors will be ESPN 300 tight end Marcus Baugh (38 catches, 610 yards, 4 Tds). Baugh showed up big for the Buckeyes on Wednesday when he won the American Family Insurance Skills Challenge at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports for offensive and defensive linemen.

There’s more, as five Ohio State commits find themselves on the roster for Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl, though ESPN 300 defensive tackle Michael Hill won’t play due to a hand injury.

Still, ESPN 150 seniors like five-star cornerback Eli Apple -- formerly Eli Woodard -- running back Ezekiel Elliott (3,022 all-purpose yards, 50 Tds) and offensive tackle Evan Lisle, who helped Centerville (Ohio) average 316.9 yards per game, will more than fill in.

Johnny Townsend, who is the ninth-ranked punter in the nation according to ESPN, rounds out the list. Townsend averaged 44.6 yards per punt this season.

Don’t be surprised to see Elliott in the secondary as well as coaches have been putting him there all week in practice.