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State of the rivalry: Quarterback 

February, 18, 2013
The writers at WolverineNation and BuckeyeNation put their heads together to break down the rivals' 2013 classes. They'll give readers a position-by-position look at who coaches Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer brought in and, ultimately, which class edged out the other. It's too early to say what will happen through 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 2013 class: 5 things to know 

December, 19, 2012
There’s still plenty of time left for Ohio State to land some heavy hitters in the recruiting class of 2013.

There are 48 days, to be exact, as the Buckeyes diligently work on what they hope is a top five class in the country.

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Scott Fink for ESPN.comFive-star cornerback Eli Woodard leads a deep, talented secondary class for Ohio State.
There are some things we know about the class of 2013 and certain things we don’t. Here’s what recruiting writers and fans alike have figured out about Urban Meyer’s second class as the head man for Ohio State:

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Ohio State 2013: Needs versus wants 

December, 18, 2012
It’s the dead period in college football recruiting, which means coaches can still call players once a week, but they can not make on- or off-campus contact with non mid-year enrollees.

With that said, the Buckeyes can probably take four or five more players in the Class of 2013 depending on medical hardships, players transferring or leaving early for the NFL draft.

Here’s a position by position look at what the Buckeyes want vs. what they need.

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One Ohio State commit ended his career the best way possible, while another finished in heartbreak. Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) won a state title. J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider), who is on the mend with a torn ACL and meniscus, lost in double overtime.

Bosa recorded four sacks and added three tackles for loss in a 41-25 Class 7A championship win over Tallahassee Lincoln. Lincoln, incidentally, was led defensively by Buckeyes target and Florida commit James Hearns.

The game was rarely in doubt as the Raiders overcame a six-point deficit and built a 21-6 lead after the first quarter.

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Two OSU pledges still alive in playoffs 

December, 10, 2012
Two Ohio State pledges that go to a school with the Raiders nickname headed into high playoff action over the weekend, both lived another week.

Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) brought his Raiders in as underdogs against Manatee -- the nation’s No. 1 team in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings -- and walked away a 35-18 winner in a Florida 7A semifinal playoff game.

They'll play Tallahassee Lincoln next week in a state final. Lincoln happens to be the team of Buckeyes target James Hearns, a Florida pledge.

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How Ohio State commits fared 

December, 3, 2012
Jayme Thompson’s statistics weren’t that impressive on paper, but it can be argued the Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic safety is the reason the Fighting Irish beat Trotwood-Madison 16-12 in the Division II state championship.

His tackle on a fourth-and-2 call in the second quarter set up Central Catholic for a touchdown to make it a 14-point contest.

He was also part of a defense that held the Rams to 227 yards total offense.

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2013 class ready to join solidified Bucks 

November, 26, 2012
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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How Ohio State pledges fared 

November, 26, 2012
Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs) might not have gotten the result he wanted, but the ESPN 150 running back left his mark on Missouri high school football.

In the Class 3 state championship game, Elliott scored 3 touchdowns and had a tournament-record 419 all-purpose yards in a 35-22 loss to Maryville.

He finished his career with 100 touchdowns.

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Weekend Rewind: Ohio State 

November, 26, 2012
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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Star recruits psyched for OSU-Michigan 

November, 21, 2012
Trey JohnsonZach Perry/Intersport ESPN 150 linebacker Trey Johnson, an Auburn pledge, is among a parade of big-time recruits who will be attending the Michigan-Ohio State game on Saturday.
The laundry list of players scheduled to visit The Horseshoe this weekend is a virtual who’s who among the top recruits in the nation.

In fact, it would have been even stronger if some individuals weren’t still in their respective high school playoffs.

Still, with names such as ESPN 150 linebackers Daniel McMillian and Trey Johnson, and wide receiver James Quick scheduled to make official visits, it’s an impressive collection.

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Division II will be where it’s at in Ohio this weekend as far as Ohio State commits are concerned.

Darron Lee (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany), Cam Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood) and Jayme Thompson (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) each reached the state semifinals with their teams. Lee and Burrows will square off in one semifinal on Friday night, and Thompson is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff against Aurora in the other.

Here’s how the 17 Ohio State commits fared over the weekend in high school action:

J.T. Barrett: Rider (Texas) quarterback is out for season with knee injury. His team beat Dunbar 44-26 in bi-district round of Class 4A Division II playoffs.

Marcus Baugh: John W. North (Calif.) tight end season finished.

Joey Bosa: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle held Miami Beach to one touchdown in 42-7 Class 7A opening round victory.

Cam Burrows: Trotwood-Madison cornerback recorded six tackles in 42-14 Division II, Region 8 win over Cincinnati Turpin.

Ezekiel Elliott: John Burroughs (Mo.) and its running back advanced to a third consecutive Class 3 title game with 28-6 win over Monett. Elliott rushed for 233 yards and scored three touchdowns to bring career total to 97 scores.

Tim Gardner: Lawrence Central (Ind.) offensive tackle helped Bears rush for 305 yards in 28-15 Class 5A semifinal win over Center Grove.

Michael Hill: Pendleton (S.C.) defensive tackle season finished.

Taivon Jacobs: Suitland (Md.) wide receiver caught 7 passes for 88 yards and scored touchdown in 41-6 Maryland 4A South regional final loss to Wise.

Darron Lee: New Albany safety sealed 32-30 Division II, Region 7 win over Marion-Franklin with interception in waning moments. He also scored two touchdowns from quarterback position and returned punt for another score.

Tyquan Lewis: Tarboro (N.C.) defensive end/linebacker watched Vikings jump out to 30-point lead as team beat Northeastern 52-24 in third round of 2A playoffs.

Evan Lisle: Centerville (Ohio) offensive tackle season finished.

Jalin Marshall: Middletown (Ohio) athlete season finished.

Billy Price: Austintown Fitch (Ohio) defensive tackle season finished.

Tracy Sprinkle: Elyria (Ohio) defensive tackle season finished.

Jayme Thompson: Toledo Central Catholic safety held Michigan commit Ross Douglas to 26 yards receiving and 16 yards rushing, intercepted pass for touchdown and recorded sack in 42-14 Division II, Region 6 final win over Avon. Douglas finished with 69 yards rushing, but 53 came in fourth quarter with Thompson on bench.

Johnny Townsend: Orlando (Fla.) Boone punter season finished.

Eli Woodard: Eastern (N.J.) cornerback caught 8-yard touchdown pass on offense to lead team to a 41-38 win over River North in Group 5 postseason opener.

The recruiting week that was/will be 

November, 15, 2012

There is more than just an outright Big Ten Leaders Division title at stake this weekend for Ohio State (10-0, 6-0) when the Buckeyes take on Legends leader Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1) on Saturday.

The game also provides a chance to impress some big names, as ESPN Watch List juniors Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike), Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) and Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) are planning on making trips to Camp Randall Stadium to take in the game.

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How Ohio State pledges fared 

November, 12, 2012
Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs).

Enough said really.

The 6-foot, 205-pound running back scored his 92nd, 93rd and 94th career touchdowns to lead the Bombers to another Class 3A state semifinal. This time it came in a 24-0 win over Park Hills Central as Elliott rushed for 177 yards and the aforementioned three scores.

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Buckeyes loaded with ESPN 300 commits 

November, 7, 2012
Seven Ohio State commits are featured in the updated ESPN 150, while there are 11 overall in the ESPN 300.

The list is led by five-star cornerback Eli Woodard (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern) at No. 6 -- up one from the spot he held the last time the list was updated -- but it’s also becoming harder and harder to ignore running back Ezekiel Elliott (St. Louis/John Burroughs).

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How Ohio State pledges fared 

November, 5, 2012
Johnny Townsend (Orlando, Fla./Boone) is more than just a punter. While his 58-yard boot turned into a muffed punt that Boone recovered inside the 10, the Ohio State commit also recorded a sack and five tackles from his safety position. It led to a playoff-clinching 35-7 win over Cypress Creek.

Here’s how the other 16 Buckeyes commits fared over the weekend:

J.T. Barrett: Rider (Texas) quarterback is out for season with torn ACL and meniscus. Team still beat Denton 40-7.

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Saban vs. Meyer
Trevor Matich discusses the coaching matchup in the Allstate Sugar Bowl between Alabama's Nick Saban and Ohio State's Urban Meyer.


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