Ohio State Buckeyes: Buckeyes-Wolverines visits 2012

Top DB Gareon Conley decommits 

November, 27, 2012
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Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), the No. 9 cornerback in the 2013 class, has decommitted from Michigan. Conley had been contemplating taking visits to other schools, which goes against Michigan's no-visit policy for its commitments.

The ESPN 150 prospect took a visit to Ohio State unofficially on Saturday when the Buckeyes took on the Wolverines and has decided to decommit.

"Coach [Greg] Mattison was at my school today and we told him [I was decommitting]," said Conley, the No. 2 player in Ohio. "I felt like I did it too early and didn't wait to see what else would come. I like Michigan, but I like other schools too, and I want to visit them."

LB Trey Johnson decommits from Auburn 

November, 27, 2012
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Two days after the announcement that Auburn had fired head coach Gene Chizik, the Tigers have lost their second commitment in the 2013 class. According to Central Gwinnett head coach Todd Wofford, ESPN 150 linebacker Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) is reopening his recruitment.

"Trey is going to decommit from Auburn today," Wofford said. "Trey wants to be fair to himself and to the teams that he has interest in. He isn't going to address Auburn until they name a coach."

Johnson took his first official visit over the weekend to Ohio State. Upon his return, he did not want to discussion the situation at Auburn.

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LB Spaight enjoys OSU, ready for Rutgers 

November, 27, 2012
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Fresh off a productive trip to Ohio State, junior college outside linebacker Martrell Spaight (Coffeyville, Kan./Coffeyville Community College) is preparing for an official visit to Rutgers on Wednesday.

He’s only hoping the Rutgers trip will be just as memorable as the trip to Columbus, Ohio, was. Spaight was on hand to watch the Buckeyes defeat Michigan, 26-21, and finish the regular season 12-0. He was one of 105,899 in attendance.

“It was a great trip. I enjoyed the Division I atmosphere,” said Spaight, the reigning Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Year. “I’m getting a feel for the speed [of the game] and things like that.”

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Top recruiting storylines from 'The Game' 

November, 27, 2012
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James Quick AP Photo/Joe ImelOhio State might be the leader for Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) senior wide receiver James Quick, an ESPN 150 player.
There were no new commitments following Ohio State’s 26-21 win over Michigan on Saturday, but there were recruits being swayed as much as the flag poles atop The Horseshoe.

After combing over more than 20 storylines from the top-notch recruits attending the game, BuckeyeNation has come up with a top five:

1. Visit brings Ohio State closer for Quick: James Quick almost got caught up in the excitement. Then, he thought better of committing to Ohio State during his official visit. “I had a few times where I thought it was the place for me,” the ESPN 150 receiver from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity said as he and his family drove home on Monday. “But I have to look at other places to make sure I’m making the right decision for me.” Quick is rated the No. 10 receiver in the country and No. 98 prospect overall. “It was fun,” the four-star prospect said of the Columbus visit. “I enjoyed myself." -- Dave Hooker

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Urban Meyer pushing for Clifton Garrett 

November, 26, 2012
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Standing on the sideline before the game, ESPN Watch List inside linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfeld, Ill./Plainfield South) was watching Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier warm up when the Michigan players came out onto the field. Shazier had some comments for the Wolverines, which even fired Garrett up.

"The Michigan players started coming out and as soon as that happened Shazier got in Denard Robinson's face," Garrett said. "That was getting me all pumped up.
"Watching that game, I was thinking, 'I just want to go out and play.' "

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Weekend Rewind: East 

November, 26, 2012
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The weather at Ohio State was a bit startling for defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, who is expected to be one of the prospects in the nation for the 2014 class.

"It was very cold!!!" the junior defensive end from Woodbridge (Va.) stated to ESPN via text message on Sunday after watching the Buckeyes beat Michigan 26-21 on Saturday. "... but the stadium was nice."

The temperature at game time for Hand's visit was in the mid-30s. When asked what else stood out about the visit, Hand stated, "A lot of die-hard fans [and] great tradition."

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WR James Quick enjoys OSU visit 

November, 26, 2012
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James Quick almost got caught up in the excitement. Then, he thought better of committing to Ohio State during his official visit there this past weekend.

"I had a few times where I thought it was the place for me," the ESPN 150 receiver from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity said as he and his family drove home on Monday. "But I have to look at other places to make sure I'm making the right decision for me."

Quick, who is rated the No. 10 receiver in the country and No. 98 prospect overall, said he will likely take an official visit to Louisville in December. Then he will take his official visit to Oregon sometime in January. Those schools have long been his three finalists. Ohio State seems to have a slight lead.

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2013 class ready to join solidified Bucks 

November, 26, 2012
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Jayme Thompson, Cam Burrows, Ezekiel Elliot, Eli WoodardTom Hauck for ESPN.comOhio State pledges Jayme Thompson, Cam Burrows, Ezekiel Elliott and Eli Woodard were all in Columbus on Saturday with their fellow friends in the 2013 class.

Ohio State commits sat surrounded by cement on Saturday and all they could talk about was concrete.

What they saw Saturday was a foundation for an Ohio State house they hope will be strong by the time they graduate.

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Weekend Rewind: Ohio State 

November, 26, 2012
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From ESPN 150 players such as Eli Woodard, Cam Burrows, Ezekiel Elliott and Trey Johnson to ESPN 300 Ohio State commits such as J.T. Barrett, Jayme Thompson and Michael Hill, it was a memorable weekend at The Horseshoe on Saturday.

ESPN 300 athletes Shelton Gibson and Donovan Munger joined ESPN Watch List juniors like Raekwon McMillan, Jimmy Byrne, Drew Barker, Kyle Trout, Jamarco Jones and Darius West to sing the praises of their most recent visit to Columbus.

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Coach: Munger enjoys 'on-field' scene 

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For Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) it’s been a rivalry month, so to speak.

An ESPN 300 defensive tackle with several Division I suitors, he took in the Ohio State-Michigan game Saturday.

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Trey Johnson mum on future at Auburn 

November, 25, 2012
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ESPN 150 linebacker Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett), who was at the airport Sunday following an official visit to Ohio State, did not want to discuss the dismissal of Auburn head coach Gene Chizik.

"I do not want to talk about anything specific yet," Johnson said. "I want to wait and see who they bring in and continue to take my visits."

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Watch List WR Josh Malone likes rivalry 

November, 25, 2012
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Even a southern guy like Josh Malone respects the tradition of Ohio State vs. Michigan.

"How much the game means to both schools," the receiver from Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp said in a text message to ESPN on Sunday following his visit to see the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines 26-21 on Saturday.

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Mikel Horton high on Ohio State and U-M 

November, 25, 2012
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Junior running back Mikel Horton (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) is in the process of collecting more offers, but he said his recruitment could come down to the two teams he saw live Saturday.

The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Horton, who already holds an offer from Indiana, took in the Michigan-Ohio State game in The Horseshoe on Saturday.

"It might come down to Ohio State and Michigan as my two choices," Horton said.

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Glenville four give Buckeyes a thumbs-up 

November, 25, 2012
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Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) doesn’t mind being the mouth of the Tarblooders quartet and he was all smiles Sunday when talking about the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The junior offensive tackle joined Ohio State targets Chris Worley (2013), Erick Smith (2014) and Marshon Lattimore (2014) at The Horseshoe on Saturday to watch Ohio State complete a perfect season in a 26-21 win over Michigan.

But unlike trips past, Jones and the Glenville bunch saw a different look to the Buckeyes this time around.

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Buckeyes extend lead for DB Darius West 

November, 25, 2012
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Ohio State was already at the top of the list for 2014 defensive back Darius West (Lima, Ohio/Lima Central Catholic). His visit to Columbus on Saturday only strengthened that lead for the Buckeyes.

"The visit was off the charts and I don't think it can get better than that," West said. "The fans were loud and intense. The players and the coaches were definitely fired up also."

The 5-foot-10, 183-pound West, a member of the ESPN Watch List, does not have an offer from the Buckeyes but that could come sometime during the spring. Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Indiana, Purdue and Toledo have already offered West.

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