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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Notebook: Super Bowls and superlatives

By Brad Bournival

What’s a notebook on Super Bowl week without some sort of mention regarding Ohio State?

Actually, Buckeyes fans should stand up and smile as they are well represented in Super Bowl XLVII with Donte Whitner, Ted Ginn Jr., Alex Boone and Larry Grant all playing for the San Francisco 49ers.

With four former Ohio State standouts in the game, the Buckeyes have more players in this year’s Super Bowl than any Southeastern Conference team and as many as Oregon and Miami (Fla.).

Another day, another top five: This one from out of Maryland in defensive end Jesse Aniebonam (Olney, Md./Good Counsel).

The 6-4, 230-pound defensive end wants to have the entire recruiting process over by the fall, so he broke down a top five. Not surprisingly, the Buckeyes are there.

So are Maryland, Notre Dame, Michigan and Clemson, with Auburn hanging just off the edge.

Ezekiel Elliot
Ezekiel Elliott still seems likely to sign with the Buckeyes on Wednesday.
Aniebonam finished his junior season with 46 tackles and 3 sacks.

Don’t be surprised: Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon) might pull his official visit to Ohio State this weekend. With Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College) now in the fold and James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) their likely main target, the Oregon commit -- who doesn’t have a Buckeyes offer -- might look elsewhere to visit this weekend.

Easy E: Everybody has an opinion and BuckeyeNation does as well. While Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs) isn’t taking media interviews and won’t be available until signing day, we think he’ll still be a Buckeye.

The argument is his parents starred at Missouri and it’s his home state, but the ESPN 150 running back was one of the strongest Ohio State pledges before his trip to the Tigers. If he was going to give his decommitment, it likely would have already happened.

International flavor: Michigan and Ohio State will be represented at Tuesday’s International Bowl in Austin, Texas. Scheduled to play are Buckeyes pledge Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and Michigan commits David Dawson(Detroit/Cass Tech), Jourdan Lewis (Detroit/Cass Tech), Ben Gedeon (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) and Khalid Hill (Detroit/East English Village).

Wednesday rumble: The Buckeyes' coaching staff was out in full force again Wednesday with trips to see Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth), Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids), Shaquille Davidson (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney), Jalen Hurd (Hendersonville, Tenn./Beech), Alex Bars (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell), the Detroit King trio of Jalen Embry, Carl Fuller and Avonte Maddux along with the Detroit Cass Tech bunch, just to name a few spots.