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Hackenberg, Olsen earn UA Game starts

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Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster

OSU wraps up great recruiting week 

December, 10, 2012
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After going over two months without a commitment, Ohio State landed some two big names in big ways last week to highlight a very busy seven days of recruiting as the Buckeyes look to close out the 2013 class strong.

Gareon Conley
Courtesy Conley FamilyGareon Conley was part of a big recruiting weekend for Ohio State.
When Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) and Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) gave their pledge to Ohio State Friday and Sunday, respectively, it marked a huge day for the Buckeyes, who now have eight ESPN 150 athletes in their recruiting class.

Conley brings raw talent to the mix and is an incredible asset to an already strong secondary in the class.

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One of the most sought-after seniors in the country is closing in on an announcement.

Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley), the No. 2 receiver nationally, will likely decide his future before a school break for the holidays, Central Valley coach Mark Lyons said. Lyons said the announcement could come Dec. 19, Dec. 20 or Dec. 21.

Foster has taken official visits to Alabama and Pittsburgh, which was his most recent visit. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver is down to the Tide and Panthers.

Ohio State visited Foster's high school last week but the Buckeyes are not a factor in Foster's recruitment at this point.

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Pittsburgh fans can breathe a sigh of relief. ESPN 150 receiver Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley) will take an official visit to Pitt.

Less than a week after tweeting he was ready to make a decision following his official visit to Alabama, Foster announced via his Twitter account @DROBFoster_4 he will visit Pitt later this month.

“My official visit to PITT on the 16th,” he wrote.

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It was not an average Thursday for Mark Lyons. When you coach ESPN 150 receiver Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley), there are hardly any quiet days, but Nov. 1 was wilder than others.

The No. 2 receiver and No. 23 player nationally, Foster tweeted he was ready to make a decision. He just came off an official visit to Alabama and tweeted his father likes the Crimson Tide while his mother would prefer to see him at Pittsburgh.

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 2

November, 2, 2012
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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits Insider leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit).

Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using#BlueChipBattles or vote for which player should hold the No. 1 spot on Facebook.
One ESPN Watch List tight end will wait until the Michigan game to see Ohio State play, while another is taking in this weekend’s contest against Illinois.

Ethan Wolf (Minster, Ohio/Minster) plans to see the Buckeyes play the Wolverines on Nov. 24, but Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) is slated to see Ohio State take on the Illini.

That Blazevich should be here this weekend is a big deal, as he already has 19 Division I offers on his plate. The list includes Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.

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#BlueChip Battles: Oct. 26

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Pitt doesn't want WR Robert Foster to leave the Keystone State and USC hopes to keep CB Max Redfield in Cali. The local programs' bid to keep those two stars in-state highlights this week's #BlueChipBattles Insider.

#BlueChipBattles is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to voice your opinion on our list or to view other fans' reactions as the commitments begin to roll in. Get recruiting updates on the players above as well as the nation's other top football prospects here: @RecruitingESPN.

Ohio State in some #BlueChipBattles

October, 5, 2012
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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day.

The Buckeyes, of course, are in several battles to complete their class. One of the big ones is for wide receiver Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley). It might be hard to get him out of Pittsburgh, however.

Read more about the #BlueChipBattles Insider for the 2013 signing classes.
ESPN 300 wide receiver Tony Stevens decommitted from Florida State on Wednesday. Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy) wiped Ohio State from his top three last week.

To say the least the 2013 recruiting class for the Buckeyes has gotten interesting since the last time we visited the wide receiver spot. With that in mind, here’s a look at the top five seniors -- in order -- at the position in terms of where Ohio State might stand.

Tony Stevens
Corey Long/ESPN.comWR Tony Stevens becomes a strong possibility for OSU with his decommitment from FSU.
1. Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans): Ranked 22nd at his position and 173rd overall, Stevens becomes the frontrunner in the class. He announced a top five of Ohio State, Georgia, Louisville, USF and USC on his official Twitter account. Future Seminole Levonte Whitfield (Orlando, Fla./Jones) went to his official Twitter account to say he thinks Stevens will be a Buckeye, adding, “That’s where I would go if I was him.”

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Wide receivers headline OSU visitors 

September, 13, 2012
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Thaddeus SnodgrassTom Hauck for ESPN.com2014 WR Thaddeus Snodgrass is among a handful of receivers slated to visit this weekend.
Call the Ohio State-Cal game the weekend of the wide receivers in term of unofficial visits.

Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) is hoping the third time is the charm as he was derailed the two previous weeks in terms of unofficial visits.

He has got company, however, as Dominique Booth (Indianapolis/Pike) and Zach Yousey (Columbus, Ohio/Harvest Preparatory) have plans to find their way to The Horseshoe.

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Ohio State’s game with Central Florida has the eye of the junior class.

Keeping an eye extra close on the game will be wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield), quarterback Joey Duckworth (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville), offensive guard Nathaniel Devers (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), safety Darius West (Lima, Ohio/Central Catholic), offensive tackle Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) and wide receiver Marcus Whitfield (Massillon, Ohio/Washington), as they have scheduled unofficial visits.

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Ohio State’s 2013 recruiting class is drawing to a close – especially with offensive tackle Tim Gardner committing over the weekend – which means the Buckeyes will have to go over every list with the utmost scrutiny.

The remaining offers they have might go to a wide receiver – if not two – a linebacker – if not two – and maybe a defensive back.

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Ohio State landed its first wide receiver of the 2013 recruiting class in 5-foot-10, 165-pound Taivon Jacobs (Forestville, Md./Suitland), a good fit as a speed receiver (4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash). He also shows ability on special teams, as his 10-minute highlight video shows him scoring just about every way imaginable.

With Jacobs and athlete Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown), who will most likely switch to wide receiver, in the fold, the Buckeyes might snap up one more 2013 prospect at the position. A look at three other potential wide receivers for this class:

1. Robert Foster (Monaca, Pa./Central Valley): At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Foster could become a go-to receiver almost immediately. Ranked No. 23 in the ESPN 150, he has interest in the Buckeyes.

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