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One freak play has Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) itching to get back on the field this season.

That the chance of that happening is very slim is hard to take for the Ohio State pledge and his high school coach, Chuck Kyle.

Berger confirmed a tear of the ACL in his left knee on Tuesday. Kyle added that it’s one of the toughest things to comprehend for both he and the standout ESPN 300 outside linebacker.

This month is very important for Ohio State, as the staff is set to host its senior advanced camp on Sunday. Hundreds of prospects will be in attendance, including several top targets. Here are five storylines to watch this week:


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It’s a job interview, but for whom?

While official visits are important in landing pledges, summer camps on university campuses are almost as vital in the recruiting scene.

The summer months are a quiet period for coaches, and that means face-to-face contact can only be made on a campus.

Ohio State will have a number of camps, but the big ones on June 9, June 21 and July 26 will likely produce commitments. That is if those three dates pan out like in years past.


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Some recruits worry about depth charts when looking at prospective schools. Too much competition can scare some players away.


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Under Jim Tressel, it was hard not to trip over a Tarblooder.

Ohio State’s lineup was loaded with Glenville products under the former Buckeyes coach as he tried to keep a budding pipeline strong. During his stay, Tressel managed to get 16 Tarblooders to sign national letters of intent.

He had his hits with players such Troy Smith, Ted Ginn Jr. and Donte Whitner. He had his misses with Jonathan Newsome, Shawntell Rowell and Freddie Lenix.

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AP Photo/Tony DejakTed Ginn Sr.'s Cleveland Glenville program has churned out a slew of FBS prospects, many of whom have become Buckeyes.
But the one thing that remained strong was the connection Tressel and the Buckeyes had with the Tarblooders program.

When Urban Meyer took over, the two-time national champion made sure that direct line to Columbus stayed strong.

While Cardale Jones and De’Van Bogard technically weren’t initially recruited by Meyer, they did sign with the recruiting class of 2012 so they became his.

The Class of 2013 saw Christopher Worley sign with Ohio State, while 2014 already has Marcelys Jones as a commitment.

Quick math shows 20 Glenville athletes either signed or committed to the Buckeyes since 2002 and four under Meyer.

If there was any doubt as to the importance of Glenville under Meyer, he has squashed that notion early.

“Let’s put it this way,” Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr. said. “If he needed blood, that blood would come from Glenville.

“The business is the business. If you’re working at Ford Motor Co. on eight-cylinder motors, you can’t have anything different because the motor won’t work. Why change the blueprint if the style works?”

That’s exactly what Meyer thinks, and he might not be done as Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith have already been offered. Both juniors could be budding stars at the next level.

The Glenville mystique

What makes Glenville so important to college coaches is more than just the name. It’s almost hard to keep up with how many athletes Ginn has sent on to the next level. What’s not hard to see is why they’ve reached the college ranks.

“They’re stacked from the first guy to the last guy with talent,” St. Ignatius safety Dameon Willis Jr. said. “Every guy on that team has talent. Everyone comes in different shapes and sizes, but they all bring great skill and talent to the table.

“That’s what makes them appealing. You really have to prep and beat them with fundamentals. You might not be as athletic, but you have to stick with it as much as you can.”

Worley says the Tarblooders, with sophomores like Matthew Draper and Milen Golden, are ready to take the next step.

“We have young guys coming up as well,” Worley said. “It’s like a machine. Coach Meyer is the type of coach and recruiter that if you show skill, he’ll go after you. The Glenville kids fit right into the Ohio State scheme.”

What Meyer means

It’s not just Glenville that attracts Meyer. Meyer attracts Glenville, too.

When Meyer took the job, he made it a point to seek out the school. That went a long way with the Tarblooders.

“That means everything,” Ginn said. “Most of the kids from this area grow up with the dream of going to Ohio State.

“It means a lot, but the kids know what Ohio State means to them. For him to want them and for the kids to know what that means is important. Urban Meyer and Jim Tressel are different only in the fact they have different names.

“When you talk about how are they different, I don’t see a difference in either one of them. They’re the head coach at Ohio State, and you have to have a certain mindset to be there. When you’re the right fit for the school, it works.”


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Throughout the next few months, BuckeyeNation will look further into those juniors offered by Ohio State. We’ll give as much detail as we can and go behind the scenes to see why these Class of 2014 standouts are so attractive to the Buckeyes. First on the list is outside linebacker Sam Hubbard, who is actively recruiting the Class of 2014 for the Buckeyes.

Vitals: Hubbard (Cincinnati/Moeller) is 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds.

Status: He committed to Ohio State on April 5.


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When reached via text message, Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) didn’t have much to say about his offer from Ohio State.

Then again, the exclamation point said plenty.


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Athlete Marshon Lattimore (Cleveland/Glenville) indicated in a text message that he will be on the Ohio State campus Saturday and is bringing his mother, father and uncle along with him.


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Thad Matta, Urban MeyerIcon SMI, AP PhotoThe success of Thad Matta and Urban Meyer go hand in hand at Ohio State.
Winning is good business, especially when it comes to Ohio State and recruiting.

While many of the top athletes in the Class of 2014 have pointed to the Buckeyes being the only undefeated football team in Division I as a reason to look at the university, it goes beyond the gridiron.

In fact, it can rest on the hardwood as well, as the Ohio State men’s basketball team won the Big Ten Tournament for the third time in four years. In doing so, the Buckeyes locked up a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.

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Throughout the next few months, BuckeyeNation will look further into those juniors offered by Ohio State. We’ll give as much detail as we can and go behind the scenes to see why these class of 2014 standouts are so attractive to the Buckeyes. First on the list of inside linebackers is Raekwon McMillan, who is no stranger to the Buckeyes as he’s been on several unofficial visits.

Vitals: McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) is 6-foot-2 and 234 pounds.


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Assessing the 2014 linebackers 

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After signing two ESPN 150 linebackers in four-star seniors Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) and Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) and adding three-star Christopher Worley (Cleveland/Glenville), Ohio State certainly isn’t showing signs of letting up.


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BuckeyeNation signing day recap

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We can almost put a bow on the 2013 recruiting class -- punter Johnny Townsend has not signed his letter of intent and is apparently having second thoughts -- and it was one of the best recruiting classes in school history.

The Buckeyes signed 24 players and finished third in the ESPN class rankings behind SEC powers Alabama and Florida, with 19 of the 24 signees at four stars or more.

Here's a recap of how the day unfolded. Follow the live blog after the jump.

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Ohio State has tapped into the Cleveland Glenville pipeline twice in the last month, could there be a third?

The Buckeyes offered yet another Tarblooder and this one came in an up-and-coming safety with five offers from Division-I programs.


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One wild Ohio State recruiting week 

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Ohio State’s linebacker situation regarding the class of 2013 is no longer an issue. The defensive backfield received a nice pickup as well from the class of 2014.

When outside linebacker Christopher Worley gave his yes to the school on Friday during an official visit, and cornerback Damon Webb did the same Sunday on an unofficial one, many questions were answered.

Vonn Bell didn’t walk away with a commitment, but the news coming out of Columbus, Ohio wasn’t bad as the ESPN 150 safety really liked his visit and has the Buckeyes still in the mix.

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Questions answered regarding Ohio State 

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Ohio State’s big recruiting weekend began with Christopher Worley (Cleveland/Glenville) literally stepping on campus and committing to the Buckeyes.

It ended with Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) becoming the second commitment from the class of 2014.

What it did more than anything, however, was answer some lingering questions.


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