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Ohio State four-star 2017 CB Shaun Wade continues to consider five schools outside of the Buckeyes.

"[I'm considering] Florida, Notre Dame, Alabama, Virginia Tech and probably UCLA," said Wade, before adding, "but that’s it for now." He will definitely be making official visits to Ohio State and Notre Dame, with other potential officials yet to be determined. Scout.com's Greg Powers is of the opinion that the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder could flip on his Ohio State commitment, while Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy cautions the Buckeye faithful that Alabama is a legitimate threat, here.
Source: Rivals
Jun 25 - 8:31 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compared Ohio State five-star 2017 OL Wyatt Davis to former Arkansas OL Denver Kirkland.

"The new Buckeyes commit may not be quite as big, but does have very good size and strength and is a little further along technically and a little more agile," Haubert wrote. "Like the former Razorback whose better fit was at guard but was also able to play tackle when needed, Davis can bring some similar versatility to the Buckeyes’ OL unit." The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder is Ohio State's third commitment along the offensive line for the 2017 cycle, joining Josh Meyers and Jake Moretti.
Jun 25 - 6:10 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert wrote that Ohio State five-star 2017 OL Wyatt Davis "needs to watch pad level, but displays good balance and is agile enough to mirror."

"[Davis] has a nice blend of height and bulk and has worked to improve physically some and it’s good to see a prospect working to better himself," Haubert noted. "He can be a tough player who looks to compete to the whistle and try and finish blocks." The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder could play either guard or tackle at Ohio State, but Haubert is of the mind that guard might be his best fit. Of the Buckeyes' 14 commitments to date, a whopping 11 of them make it onto the ESPN 300.
Jun 25 - 2:19 PM

Five-star 2017 OL Wyatt Davis committed to Ohio State.

This one is somewhat unexpected, both in timing and location. Davis indicated earlier in June that he was simply hoping to lock down five finalists for his commitment by the end of the month. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder was wooed over to Urban Meyer's side by a visit to Columbus several weeks ago. Ohio State wasn't considered a front-runner prior to that trip. This Buckeye recruiting class is shaping up beautifully. Davis was their 14th commitment for the cycle and, already, their third five-star commitment by Rivals standards. Davis ranks as the outlet's No. 1 guard and No. 18 overall prospect.
Source: Rivals
Jun 25 - 12:32 PM

Four-star 2017 OL Wyatt Davis visited Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State last week.

Davis is hoping to narrow his list of finalists down to five by the end of the month. He spoke highly of all three of the schools he visited last week. In regards to Notre Dame, the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder said, "It’s the best of both worlds, every game is on national television and at the same time that degree is something that has major value." As for his other two visits, he came away blinded by coaches Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer, saying that he was "[blown] away" by Harbaugh's personality (he was surprised that Harbaugh proved approachable) and that while he wasn't "starstruck" by Meyer when he finally met him, "it was on that level." Given the glowing reports, it wouldn't be a surprise if all three of these schools land as finalists for his commitment. Alabama -- whom he visited earlier this offseason -- is also a strong contender to make that final group.
Source: Rivals
Jun 22 - 2:20 PM

In April, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer announced that defensive tackle Donovan Munger was forced to retire due to blood clots.

"We talked, had several conversations about it," DL coach Larry Johnson said. "It's tough. You put your whole life into playing this game of football and you love it so much and then it gets taken away from you. It's a tough thing to kind of swallow, but I think he understands this is best for him. He'll still be a part of us, be a part of our unit and a guy that we can talk to but I think now it gives us a chance to move on in his life and do a great job in the classroom." Munger will get a medical waiver for his scholarship, which allows the Buckeyes to free up an additional 2017 scholarship.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 18 - 12:58 PM

Scout.com's Greg Powers believes that Ohio State four-star 2017 CB Shaun Wade is one of the most likely recruits to flip on his commitment.

Powers sees Alabama as the most likely program to turn Wade from his pledge. A few factors in their favor (beyond the obvious benefits of playing football for the Tide) -- Wade was born in Alabama before moving to Florida as a child and he still has family in the state, with his mom being a big fan of the depending champs. While Alabama should certainly be able to make a push here, the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder has told Buckeye coaches that he remains 100% committed to the program.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 16 - 3:40 PM

Regarding Ohio State true freshman DE Nick Bosa, defensive line coach Larry Johnson said: "The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree."

"You know that what he has that is in there," Johnson said. "I've had a chance to work with Nicky at camps, I've spent some time with him, talked to him, we've really engaged. I think he has a chance to be a special player." Bosa is currently recovering from ACL surgery. Johnson believes he'll be ready for the start of camp on Aug. 7. "He is so far ahead right now with his knee, it's ridiculous," Johnson said. "I think the doctor is even surprised by how far ahead he is. So now the thing is kind of slow him down, get him in here in June, don't push him too fast and the idea is to get him to camp in August healthy and see where it goes from there."
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 15 - 6:50 PM

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said: "I love Torrance Gibson" and "I don't see a ceiling [on his potential]."

"I love his talent," Meyer said. "I love the fact he did well academically. I think his future, I use this comment sometimes, I don't see a ceiling. I would love to use him as a quarterback-slash, because he's that good of an athlete." The 6-foot-4, 195-pound redshirt freshman would likely be playing quarterback anywhere else but may become a OW/receiver with a twist, like a bigger (presumably less speedy) Percy Harvin who can throw. Gibson boasts a 35-inch vertical jump. ESPN's Austin Ward calls Gibson "freakishly athletic" and Bleacher Report's Ben Axelrod says he "looks like college football's next superstar."
Jun 13 - 7:20 PM

A Big Ten defensive coach said that he sees shades of Jalin Marshall and Ezekiel Elliott in Ohio State junior RB Curtis Samuel.

"Every time we watched [Samuel] on film, I thought he was a really good player who sure seemed to make a lot of plays," the coach said. While he didn't offer any specifics in his comparison of Samuel to Elliott, he noted that Samuel's versatility is reminiscent to that of Marshall. Last season, the 5-foot-11, 196-pounder contributed through his running (17 carries for 132 yards, 7.8 YPC), receiving (22 catches for 298 yards) and return prowess (nine kick returns for 207 yards).
Jun 11 - 7:20 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore S Malik Hooker recorded a game-high 10 tackles and returned of his two interceptions 82 yards for a touchdown in the spring game.

"I'm very comfortable," Hooker said. "I'm going into my third year here, taken a lot of tips and stuff from all the older safeties and players that have been here before me. I'm very comfortable out there." Eleven Warriors says Hooker "had a sensational spring" and pegs him as a favorite to win one of Ohio State’s starting safeties jobs in fall camp. Said DC Greg Schiano of the situation: "I think Malik Hooker and Damon Webb have performed the best."
Jun 10 - 7:53 PM

Dave Biddle of 247Sports reports Ohio State redshirt freshman DL Devon Hamilton exited spring "locked in as Michael Hill's backup at the 1-technique" after being "the biggest pleasant surprise of spring."

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Hamilton, a natural DT who has the versatility to play DE, went off for three sacks in the spring game at the Horseshoe. "Urban Meyer mentioned [Hamilton a] couple weeks ago as guy having a good spring," Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises wrote in a tweet during the game.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 10 - 7:21 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer described freshman QB Dwayne Haskins as "the best quarterback at his age I've ever seen."

After the conclusion of spring practice, Meyer said, "Although he’s very young and his skill set is really good, his film is really good. I’m hoping he gets right in the middle of that thing." J.T. Barrett's job isn't in jeopardy, but the 6-foot-2, 188-pound Haskins could push redshirt freshman Joey Burrow for backup duties. Sophomore QB Stephen Collier was listed at third on the depth chart before he underwent a knee surgery that will keep him out for the entirety of the 2016 season.
Jun 4 - 8:16 PM

Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises wonders if Ohio State junior LB Dante Booker can be the next James Laurinaitis.

Lesmerises premise is a bit contrived. The question he is attempting to answer is this: Will the linebacker transition this year be as smooth as it was in 2006, when Laurinaitis helped replace the departing A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter and Anthony Schlegel? The Buckeyes must replace Joshua Perry and Darron Lee this fall. Booker, Ohio's Mr. Football in 2014 and ranked as the No. 54 recruit in his class, was a special teamer as a freshman and a backup to Perry last year. Expect Booker to open up in Perry's old gig at weak-side linebacker.
Jun 3 - 7:35 PM

Ohio State four-star 2017 CB Shaun Wade said that his mom is a "big Crimson Tide fan."

Wade remains committed to Ohio State, but will be releasing a list of his other top four programs before he begins his senior season at Trinity Christian Academy. According to Wade, Alabama will be on that list. "My family could come see me play a lot [in Tuscaloosa]," Wade said." My grandma could see me. My great grandma could see me." The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder moved from Alabama to Florida when he was eight years old. He has made enough noise about other programs that the Buckeyes have talked with him about the strength of his commitment. "To be honest, they have expressed that," Wade said, "but I have told them that I am 100 percent and this is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, so I still want to visit other schools if I can."
Source: SEC Country
May 31 - 5:21 PM


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