Ohio State Buckeyes: Under Armour Game 2013

Cal commit Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) has become one of the top offensive line targets for a number of schools across the country. The four-star prospect recently returned home from the Under Armour All-America Game in Florida -- the first leg of an action-packed January -- and is focused on evaluating his options with less than a month to go until national signing day.

Team Highlight wins Under Armour Game

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Cooper Bateman threw a touchdown pass to help Team Highlight beat Team Nitro, 16-3, in Friday's Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Johnson's brute style a boon to OSU 

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It took Ohio State a little more than a month to flip the switch.

Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) headed into The Horseshoe to watch the Buckeyes’ 26-21 win over Michigan on an official visit Nov. 24.

He announced his commitment at the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday and plugged a hole the Buckeyes have been trying to fill for more than seven months.

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LB Trey Johnson chooses Ohio State

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For months, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and his staff have made the No. 2 inside linebacker prospect in the country a recruiting priority.

Their patience paid off tonight when Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) committed to Ohio State during the Under Armour All-America Game, live on ESPN.

Johnson chose Ohio State over Florida and Tennessee.

A longtime Auburn Tigers commitment, Johnson happened to be returning from his official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 25 when Auburn fired coach Gene Chizik. That time on the Columbus, Ohio, campus helped the No. 2 inside linebacker get a better feel for the Buckeyes.

“When I took a visit up there it was different,” said Johnson, a starter in the UA Game. “I kind of like the feel up there, the depth chart. And there are many factors that make it a good fit there.”

The addition of Johnson gives Ohio State 20 commitments, nine of those being members of the ESPN 150, and boosts what is already the No. 4 recruiting class in the ESPN rankings.

Johnson, who made 140 tackles, three sacks, and one interception as a senior, is the first linebacker commitment for the Buckeyes in the 2013 class. They are still working to add linebacker and ESPN 150 prospect Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian Academy), and are in the mix for another standout in the Peach State, Under Armour All-American safety Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland).

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

Marshall's game should translate well 

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Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) has it. That’s why his high school coach Troy Everhart has no fear the ESPN 150 athlete will see his star pupil’s game translate to college football quite well.

A former recruiting coordinator, Everhart knew about Marshall long before Marshall knew about him.


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Under Armour Spotlight: Jalin Marshall 

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If Vonn Bell doesn’t know how Ohio State commits feel about the Buckeyes by the end of the week, the ESPN 150 safety simply wasn’t listening.

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Zach Perry/intersportOhio State commit Jalin Marshall is one of five Ohio State commits at the Under Armour All-America game.
It started with Cam Burrows bending his ear and is continuing with Jalin Marshall speaking scarlet and gray to Bell. Marshall is also all over ESPN 150 linebacker Trey Johnson as he prepares for Friday’s Under Armour All-America Game as one of five Ohio State commits to play in the sixth annual contest.

Incidentally, Marshall will be in Bell’s ear again Jan. 11 when the two take an official visit to Ohio State as well.

Being the mouthpiece has always been a part of Marshall’s game since he gave his pledge to Ohio State on Jan. 30. He continued to hit the recruiting ranks after Oct. 19 when he accepted his Under Armour jersey.

Marshall will head to Columbus as an athlete and the Buckeyes plan to utilize him in the slot as well as many other positions. It’s a role the ESPN 150 senior -- ranked 78th overall -- has embraced.

Given the fact he rushed for rushed for 1,421 yards, passed for 765 yards and scored 25 total touchdowns -- an average of 218.6 yards and 2.5 scores per game -- shows how strong Marshall was in Middletown’s run-heavy offense last season. His 4.42-second 40-yard dash time will fit well in Urban Meyer’s spread, as well as his attitude to learn as he goes.


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Under Armour Game TV: Media Day

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ESPN RecruitingNation's Jeremy Crabtree talks with Cooper Bateman, Ryan Green and Shaq Wiggins at the Under Armour All-America Game's media session at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

#UAGame Live: Wednesday's action

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Join ESPN RecruitingNation's crew of reporters following all the action and news from the second day of practice at the Under Armour All-America Game. You can watch all of the action on ESPNU starting at 3 p.m. ET. Make sure to tweet us your questions with #UAGame and we'll answer them throughout the week leading up to gameday.

UA Game: Trey Johnson Interview

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Phil Murphy talks to uncommitted inside linebacker Trey Johnson after the second day of practice at the Under Armour All-America Game. Johnson will announce his college decision at 5 p.m. ET Jan. 5 on ESPN. It's down to Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee.

#UAGame practice: Day 2 notebook 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There were several standouts at Tuesday's Day 2 practice for the Under Armour All-America Game (5 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN). Two players -- one for Team Nitro, the other for Team Highlight -- said they are closing in on their college decisions and will make their announcements Friday. Meanwhile, the nation's No. 1 player left the field at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports with an injury.

Folston closing in on decision

Four-star athlete Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) is set to make his college decision Friday. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound ESPN 150 will chose between Notre Dame, Florida State and Oregon.

Folston has been a standout defensive back during the first two days of practice, but he's being recruited by all three of his final schools to play running back.

He said he likes the familiar feeling he gets from Notre Dame and Oregon.

"It's just a home feeling, the fans around there are great fans. The community is all involved in football. It's just a nice town and a home feeling environment. With Oregon, it's pretty much the same as Notre Dame. They are two different schools but I call it 'the village,' just everybody in that place comes together and helps support the team."

Florida State is the only school Folston is considering from his home state, but he insists distance won't be a factor in his decision.


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Under Armour Game TV: Practice report

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ESPN RecruitingNation's Jeremy Crabtree and Derek Tyson bring you the latest news and notes from the second day of Under Armour All-America Game practice at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports. Join them for a live webcast at 3:15 p.m. ET before TV coverage kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Max Redfield reveals final trio 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The verdict is in for Max Redfield. We’ll learn his decision on Friday on ESPN's 5 p.m. ET telecast of the Under Armour All-America Game.


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Buckeyes, Tide or Vols for DB Vonn Bell 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Not much has changed in the last few months regarding the recruitment of ESPN 150 defensive back Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland). The 6-foot, 190-pound safety has never mentioned leaders or a concrete decision date, and with the final recruiting weeks on the horizon, his stance remains the same.


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