Sunday, February 10, 2013
Across The Field: Talk of the town
By Scott Kendrick
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.
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