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ESPN ranks Ohio State's recruiting class No. 1 for 2017.

Obligatory "really early" caveat, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the Buckeyes finished up with the No. 1 class after National Signing Day next February, either. HC Urban Meyer does not have a five-star commitment on the books yet, but he does have an impressive 12 four-star prospects committed to the cause. 10 make the ESPN 300 cut. Leading the charge is Shaun Wade, who ranks as the outlet's No. 13 overall recruit, No. 1 at corner
May 21 - 9:01 PM

Ohio State junior OLB Raekwon McMillan slots in at No. 18 on Mel Kiper's Big Board.

"McMillan was quietly one of the best players and leaders on [Ohio State's outstanding 2015 defense], after seeing plenty of action as a true freshman," Kiper wrote. "He is excellent in pursuit and doesn't miss tackles." A top-15 recruit out of high school, McMillan has had the NFL's attention since he was in high school.
Source: ESPN.com
May 20 - 9:24 PM

Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson said the team has worked with junior DE Sam Hubbard to improve his strength to the point where he could play on the interior.

"That's the goal: to get him stronger to play inside, play on tackles," he said. "That's what he's working on." It's an incredible statement when you consider the context. Hubbard, recruited as a tight end or linebacker by some other schools, began his collegiate career as a safety. He was moved to the second level for a bit as a linebacker before shifting to defensive end. Now, the Buckeyes intend to bulk this athletic freak up enough to rush from up the middle. Where do they find these kids?
May 18 - 5:22 PM

Pro Football Focus' Josh Liskiewitz is not concerned about Ohio State redshirt senior Pat Elflein's transition to center, writing that the prospect "should not only be one of the top centers in the country this year but also one of the most-coveted interior line prospects in next year’s draft."

Eflein is moving from right guard, where he spent the past two seasons. PFF ranked him no worse than No. 12 among guards each of the past two years in run blocking. OSU's line shuffling comes on the heels of losing tackles Taylor Decker and Chase Farris and center Jacoby Boren. Eflein has made 42 consecutive starts and will now be asked to make line calls.
May 17 - 5:41 PM

Ohio State CB signee Kareem Felder will not enroll at the university this fall.

Ohio State did not release a reason as to why Felder won't be enrolling, but cleveland.com's Ari Wasserman heard back in February that at least one member of the 2016 recruiting class would not meet academic requirements at the university. That might or might be Felder, but regardless, he won't be suiting up for Ohio State this autumn. He could conceivably spend the coming season in prep school and try to re-enroll in the spring. Rivals graded the 5-foot-10, 161-pounder as a three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle.
May 15 - 1:01 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman T Grant Schmidt will transfer.

No word as of yet where might Schmidt might transfer. If the 6-foot-6, 285-pounder opts to stay at the FBS level, he will be forced to sit out a year per NCAA rules. Schmidt was a member of the 2015 recruiting class and hails from the football mecca of South Dakota. Rivals ranked the four-star recruit as the 20th best tackle in the 2015 class.
May 15 - 12:17 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer indicated that one of his goals this season is to teach redshirt freshman WR Torrance Gibson how to harness his immense athletic ability.

"[Gibson]'s got a 35-inch vertical jump, and we're going to teach him how to use that thing. He's a very good young man. He's trying really hard," Meyer said. As to the "trying really hard" part of Meyer's comment, the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder is still learning the ropes at receiver. He moved from quarterback to wideout last summer. Redshirt junior QB J.T. Barrett sees occasional confidence issues, but also noted that "[s]ome days he's hot and he's catching everything."
May 14 - 7:40 PM

ESPN's Austin Ward referred to Ohio State redshirt freshman WR Torrance Gibson as "freakishly athletic."

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer has also referred to Gibson as a freak, so there you have it. Ward broached the idea of Gibson possibly seeing some work as a Wildcat quarterback. He initially joined the Buckeyes as a gunslinger before transitioning to receiver last August. During Ohio State's spring game, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound redshirt freshman caught six passes for 50 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He remains raw as a receiver for obvious reasons, but has the ability to make noise in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
May 13 - 8:28 PM

Ohio State redshirt senior Pat Elflein elected to move to C for his final season with the Buckeyes.

Elflein, who is one of the best guards in the country, made this decision in January or February, but Ryan Kelly's mid-first round selection didn't hurt. "Just having the ball in your hand, the stance is a little different, but I feel like it’s going great," Elflein said. The leader of the Buckeyes' line worked with Corey Linsley, the Packers starting center, earlier this offseason. It is early, but Elflein projects as a top 32 selection.
May 13 - 10:48 AM

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett is the best Big Ten passer against the blitz, according to ESPN.

Barrett completed 66.7 percent of his passes against the blitz last season, second to Kevin Hogan in Power 5 conferences. Perhaps most notable, Barrett only turned the ball over once when blitzed. The quarterback position is all his this season, and Barrett does his best work in the short to intermediate areas. He is efficient and effective inside the Buckeyes' offense.
Source: ESPN
May 11 - 11:26 AM

Ohio State junior DE Sam Hubbard will replace Joey Bosa at left defensive end.

The Buckeyes will downgrade, but not by much. Like his friend Joey, Hubbard is no friend to quarterbacks. As a rotation end last year, PFF charted Hubbard with a +14.4 grade on 346 snaps. He logged seven sacks, six quarterback hits and nine hurries on 186 rushes and also graded well against the run.
May 10 - 3:31 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer says senior RB Bri'onte Dunn and redshirt freshman Mike Weber are "neck and neck" to replace Ezekiel Elliott.

"Dunn has the seniority edge but missed some time this spring and sat out the spring game with a minor injury," wrote ESPN's Brian Bennett. The top recruit Weber "showed off some serious skills in the spring game," per Bennett, but Dunn of course holds the seniority edge. "Many people expected [Weber] to run away with the job this spring because of his talent, but that hasn't been the case, at least according to the coaches' comments," Bennett wrote.
Source: ESPN.com
May 9 - 10:04 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman QB Joe Burrow is the favorite to back up J.T Barrett.

Burrow displaced Stephen Collier as the No. 2 even before the latter underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL. For now, heralded true frosh Dwayne Haskins is probably Burrow's biggest competition for backup duties heading into the summer.
Source: ESPN.com
May 9 - 9:04 PM

In a poll of six CBS writers, Ohio State HC Urban Meyer ranked as the outlet's No. 2 coach in the FBS.

No surprise, but Alabama HC Nick Saban landed the No. 1 spot in the poll. As for Meyer, Tom Fornelli wrote, "Just look at how many players the Buckeyes had selected in last week's NFL Draft and realize that, despite losing all that talent, the Buckeyes will head into 2016 as the favorite to win the Big Ten and a definite contender for Meyer's fourth national title." A sign of just how dominant the Buckeyes have been under Meyer: When they lost to Michigan State last season, it was the first time Ohio State had lost a regular season conference game under the coach's watchful eye.
Source: CBS Sports
May 9 - 5:12 PM

Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis wrote that despite a middling spring game, Ohio State redshirt junior QB J.T. Barrett "remains in the upper echelon of Heisman candidates heading into 2016."

Playing in front of 100,000-plus during Ohio State's spring game, Barrett completed 13-of-22 passes for 102 yards and no touchdowns. He also took a pair of sacks. There is no reason to read too much into spring results, though, and Ellis notes that while the Buckeyes lost a ton of offense talent to the draft -- including RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Michael Thomas and TE Nick Varrett -- "receivers like Terry McLaurin, Torrance Gibson and Parris Campbell showed out in the spring game." Unlike last season, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Barrett has the benefit of a free path to the starting job, which theoretically should help in terms of offensive stability.
May 9 - 2:13 PM


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