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Four downs from open practice

August, 7, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Notes, quotes and observations from Wednesday's rare open practice at Ohio State's training camp.


Even while stoking the hype machine one day earlier by talking about his chances to play right away, coach Urban Meyer called Dontre Wilson "not really a receiver."

The true freshman did a pretty good impression with the assembled media watching on Wednesday, putting on a show as a target in the passing game and making it quite clear why the Buckeyes are clearing room for him in the playbook.

Wilson's speed on the track was well documented when he signed with the program in February, and he is certainly a blur in shoulder pads and a helmet. But it was his willingness to make quick, decisive cuts up field and then pull away from defenders that was perhaps the most impressive part of the practice performance, though his reliable hands certainly stood out, too. Whether beating defenders deep on double-move routes or simply jetting through the secondary after a relatively simple out pattern, Wilson was an absolute handful throughout the morning and finished it by lining up in the slot with the first-team offense in a scrimmage setting.

"Dontre, he’s a special player," senior safety Christian Bryant said. "Right now I feel like he has a lot of attributes he can bring to the team, one of those things being one of those elusive guys out there."


The progress made as a leader has generated the most attention early in camp, but the technical strides as a passer and the pinpoint accuracy Braxton Miller showed in another solid workout are much easier to gauge.

The junior quarterback was sharp from start to finish, fitting throws into tight windows, getting the ball out quickly thanks to improved recognition of the defense and delivering it to receivers with plenty of velocity to spare as the aerial attack continues to show signs of becoming as dangerous as Meyer would like it to be.

Miller's ability to communicate with the rest of the offense and his willingness to correct teammates’ mistakes shouldn't be overlooked, either. But adding to his repertoire in the throwing game could really send his statistics to another level and produce one of the most explosive offenses in Ohio State history.

"Just his whole demeanor, his relationship with the receivers, I don’t want to say nonexistent, but I just didn’t see that," Meyer said. "He really didn’t know what he was doing, and it’s hard to lead -- part of being the leader is setting the standard and leading by example. He wasn’t leading by example, because he really didn’t know what he was doing.

"I just see a much better presence about him."


The matchup hardly seemed fair even before the snap, and it only took a couple seconds for Adolphus Washington to prove it once the play finally started.

The sophomore defensive end was easily the most disruptive force lining up on the line Wednesday morning, and when second-team tackle Kyle Dodson faced off with him in the red zone, Washington made quick work of him and a running back who tried to chip him as he bulled around the left edge for an easy sack.

Washington, too, showed a willingness despite his young age to raise his voice to teammates and offer tips to the freshmen during drills early in the workout, and he appears to be well ahead of pace in both his development as a pass-rusher and potential leader for the linemen -- a group that is replacing all four starters from a year ago.


The rigors of camp make it unusual to escape without injury, and the Buckeyes didn't even make it through four days without some issues popping up.

True freshman defensive back Jayme Thompson left practice to have his ankle examined, and the Toledo Blade confirmed through the his father that the bone was broken and he'll be out for three months. Devan Bogard's return from a season-ending injury last year has apparently been slowed by a knee strain, and the Buckeyes still don't have Corey Linsley back to full speed at center following his foot surgery in the offseason.

But the biggest scare for Ohio State might have been the apparent ankle injury for senior left guard Andrew Norwell, an issue that kept him off the field for the latter stages of the workout and pressed redshirt freshman Pat Elflein into the rotation to replace the veteran. Norwell didn't look to be seriously harmed, but at one of the two positions along with linebacker that Meyer is most worried about the lack of depth, the Buckeyes will obviously err on the side of caution to make sure he's fully ready to go before putting him back on the field again.

Ohio State 2014 Spotlight: S Smith 

May, 21, 2013
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.

Next on the list of safeties is Erick Smith, who comes from a school that has sent 19 athletes on to Ohio State -- with a 20th waiting in the wings -- since 2002.

Vitals: Smith (Cleveland/Glenville) is 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds.

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.

Next on the list of safety is standout Quincy Wilson, who led his school to a Class 3A state championship in Florida.

Vitals: Wilson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School) is 6-foot-1 and 197 pounds.

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Ohio State’s defense is based on speed, and the Buckeyes will go anywhere to find it.

And that includes Oklahoma, a state Ohio State rarely recruits.

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C.J. Reavis (Chester, Va./Thomas Dale) got a sneak peak at The Horseshoe seven and half months ago when he participated in Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp.

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Spring practice begins today at Ohio State, but the Buckeyes never stop recruiting.

On Feb. 6, Urban Meyer and Co. landed the third-ranked class in the nation after a 2012 recruiting campaign that put Ohio State sixth.

There are certain things we know about the Buckeyes as they fine-tune their lineup and other things that need addressed.

Here are five things we know about the future as they turn the recruiting calendar completely to 2014:

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State of the Rivalry: Defensive backs 

February, 28, 2013
The writers at WolverineNation and BuckeyeNation put their heads together to break down the rivals' 2013 classes. Position by position, they’ll give you a look at who Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer brought in and, ultimately, which class edged out the other. It’s too early to say what will happen over the next few seasons, and we won’t make any promises except that Hoke and Meyer are going to put talent on the field.

Ohio State got: The Buckeyes were praised nationally for their wide receiver/athlete, linebacker and defensive line positions, but there’s no doubt the defensive backfield is the headliner of the 2013 recruiting class. From ESPN 150 cornerbacks Eli Apple (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern) and Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) to other ESPN 150 defensive backs such as Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) and Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland), Ohio State is loaded in the secondary. The fact ESPN 300 safety Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) is the fifth-best DB on the list shows just how strong the unit is. Add three-star safety Darron Lee (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany), who is ranked 22nd at his position, and Ohio State’s strength will come in air defense for the next four to five years.

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Best OSU recruiting week ever? Possibly 

February, 11, 2013
On the heels of an incredible national signing day, Ohio State had an equally good junior day on Sunday when offensive tackle Kyle Trout gave his commitment to the Buckeyes just ahead of defensive end Lawrence Marshall and speedy running back Parris Campbell Jr.

But it wasn’t all about commitments as big targets from 2014 -- Jamarco Jones -- and 2015 -- Damien Harris -- spoke well of their visits, too.

Friday saw a list of juniors ready to visit Ohio State this weekend, though a late change of plans kept Myles Autry and Nick Chubb from visiting Columbus, Ohio. By the way, offensive linemen will be the focus of the Buckeyes in this recruiting class.

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Meyer closes out a winner of a class 

February, 7, 2013
During Urban Meyer’s news conference detailing the 2013 Ohio State recruiting class on Wednesday, the two-time national champion talked about delivering hits.

Meyer should have been talking about shutting things down, because the way he closed out the class is the very reason he has the reputation as a recruiting closer.

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BuckeyeNation signing day recap

February, 6, 2013

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's success is secondary 

February, 6, 2013
When Urban Meyer’s teams find success -- and by success we mean national championship achievement -- it usually comes with a blanket.

The two-time national champion breeds defensive backs built to play at the next level, and the proof is in his resume.

Ohio State’s vaunted offense came into the national championship game against Florida and gained 82 yards, 47 through the air.

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Jayme Thompson TweetChat 

February, 5, 2013
The query went out on BuckeyeNation’s official Twitter account @ESPNBuckeyes.

If you could ask ESPN 300 safety Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) -- an Ohio State commitment – anything at all, what would you say?

The responses came back with a variety of questions for the soon-to-be Buckeyes defensive back.

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Mailbag: Concern over finishing 2013 

January, 29, 2013
It’s time to dip into the BuckeyeNation recruiting mailbag and answer some of your questions.

We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter at @bbournival, e-mail at bradbournival.espn@gmail.com or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

@dmost: Is there any impact on existing recruits helping to land additional top-tier recruits who are on the fence?

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Questions answered regarding Ohio State 

January, 14, 2013
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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Did Ohio State Cheap Out On Championship Rings?
ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell discusses Ohio State's decision to spend less than the maximum allowed on rings for its players.