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NFL Media draft analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Ohio State S Malik Hooker is "a pure centerfielder with speed, athleticism, ball skills and tackling ability."

"That's why Hooker is a hot commodity in the scouting circles as an Ed Reed-like safety with a penchant for delivering big plays between the hashes," Brooks noted. "He finished the regular season with seven interceptions, including three pick-sixes, while exhibiting terrific range and anticipation as a deep middle defender." The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has top-10 talent for the draft. Bucky Brooks' partner-in-crime on the Move the Sticks podcast, Daniel Jeremiah, wrote near the end of November that Hooker "has the best ball skills of any defensive back in the country."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 3:36 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman notes that Ohio State five-star 2017 verbal DE commit Chase Young "has developed into a versatile defensive end who can rush the passer and make plays in the open field."

"The Ohio State commit has outstanding athleticism," Friedman writes, "and his speed and balance make it hard for big offensive linemen to stay in front of him." The analyst had questions about the 6-foot-5, 226-pounder's prowess against the run, but Young has managed to eliminate some of those concerns during his senior season at DeMatha High (Maryland). After lurking in the Top-50 on Rivals for much of this past fall, the outlet has slotted Young into their final rankings as their No. 8 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jan 16 - 8:40 PM

ESPN's Heather Dinich reports that Ohio State AD Gene Smith will join the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Smith will replace Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez on the committee. Alvarez's term just expired. Ditto for Bobby Johnson and Condoleezza Rice, though replacements for Johnson and Rice have not yet been named. Expect their successors to be tabbed before January comes to a close. Committee chair Kirby Hocutt's term has also come to an end, though he could potentially be extended.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 13 - 7:47 PM

Four-star 2017 WR Jaylen Harris committed to Ohio State.

The 6-foot-5 receiver from Cleveland Heights picked the Buckeyes over Alabama, Michigan State, Tennessee and Penn State. Harris ran a 4.52-second 40-yard dash during a June 2015 camp at Ohio State. Harris is the No. 14 wide receiver in the 2017 class. His blend of size, strength and athleticism is going to play on the outside of Ohio State's spread offense.
Jan 13 - 2:50 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compared Ohio State five-star 2017 verbal CB commit Jeffrey Okudah to a young Jalen Ramsey.

"This a high bar to set," Haubert admits, before going on to cite Okudah's "length, athleticism and versatility" as Ramsey-esque at this stage of development. "The talented defender brings the frame of a LB prospect with the speed and athleticism of a defensive back," Haubert writes. Ohio State received the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder's commitment during the Army All-American Bowl this past weekend. On the ESPN 300, he slots in at No. 8, making him the highest Buckeye commit on the list. Ohio State has 15 ESPN 300 names committed to their cause as we enter the home stretch of the 2017 cycle.
Jan 12 - 5:22 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Marshon Lattimore declared for the NFL Draft.

Lattimore tied for second on the team with four interceptions and was named first-team all-Conference this past season. Lattimore (6-foot, 192 pounds) is one of the top cornerback prospects in the class and a projected first-round pick. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah says Lattimore is the best cornerback he's studied this season. Lattimore follows CB Gareon Conley, S Malik Hooker, LB Raekwon McMillan, WR Noah Brown and OW Curtis Samuel as Buckeyes who have declared for the Draft early so far this offseason.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 11 - 2:26 PM

Ohio State junior TE Marcus Baugh will return for his final season of collegiate eligibility in 2017.

Entering the 2016 campaign, Baugh had just posted just three catches for 34 yards and a touchdown through his first two seasons with the Buckeyes. The 6-foot-5, 258-pound junior was far more integrated in the offense this time around, as he finished out the past season working to a 24-269-2 receiving line. With both Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown moving on to the NFL, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Baugh match or surpass his 2016 numbers next season.
Source: Land of 10
Jan 10 - 6:45 PM

Ohio State hired former Indiana HC Kevin Wilson to serve as offensive coordinator.

This hiring was initially reported by SB Nation's Brian Fox on January 3, but the deal has been slow to come together officially. Wilson is now listed on Ohio State's website as a member of the team's personnel, though, and it doesn't figure to be long until he is formally introduced in a press conference. He stepped down from Indiana at the end of this past regular season due to what AD Fred Glass called "philosophical differences." Wilson has experience as an offensive coordinator, having previously served at that post with Oklahoma during the mid-2000's.
Jan 10 - 3:45 PM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from five-star 2017 JUCO CB Kendall Sheffield.

Ohio State's recruiting class continues to grow into a monstrous entity. They have a strong chance to finish either first or second in the rankings after National Signing Day, with Alabama likely the only other realistic combatant for the No. 1 slot. And hey, speaking of Bama, the 5-foot-11, 183-pound Sheffield was actually in the Tide fold for two seasons before he opted to bounce down to Blinn College this past season. Sheffield ranks as the No. 4 overall JUCO recruit for 2017 by the ESPN JC 50. He opted for OSU over Texas A&M, with USC and TCU also drawing his eye for a time.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 10 - 3:06 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt notes that Ohio State five-star 2017 verbal DE commit Chase Young has improved in his run-stopping prowess.

While Young is listed at a relatively light 226 pounds, he indicated during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practice week that his weight is now closer to 250 pounds. Wrote Helmholdt of the 6-foot-5 defensive end, "Young showed he can handle the point of attack and set the edge as well as using his speed and agility to pressure the quarterback." He opted for OSU over the likes of Maryland, Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, USC and Virginia Tech. Rivals ranks him as their No. 50 overall prospect in the 2017 class, but Scout.com is even higher on him, slotting him in at a lofty No. 28.
Source: Rivals
Jan 10 - 2:41 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman WR K.J. Hill will be the team’s leading returning receiver in 2017.

Hill caught 18 balls for 262 yards in his first collegiate campaign this fall after redshirting in 2015. That's good enough to be the Buckeyes' top-returning receiver because both OW Curtis Samuel and wide receiver Noah Brown declared for the NFL early. Coming out of high school, the 6-foot, 200-pound Hill was ranked as the No. 153 prospect on the ESPN 300.
Jan 9 - 4:02 PM

Ohio State five-star 2017 verbal QB commit Tate Martell confirmed that he'll enroll at the school.

Martell will be in Columbus this week -- if he isn't already -- to enroll early. The five-star recruit was named the USA Today Offensive Player of the Year this past season. ESPN's Tom Luginbill has called the 5-foot-10, 192-pound Martell a "perfect match" for Ohio State's offensive scheme and "the ideal shotgun spread QB." Martell has a quick-as-a-whip delivery and Johnny Manziel's on-field creativity. Martell went 43-0 as a prep starter at Bishop Gorman. He's the No. 2 dual-threat QB in the class, per the 247Sports composite rankings.
Jan 9 - 3:27 PM

Ohio State junior RB/WR Curtis Samuel is joining the 2017 NFL Draft.

We absolutely love Samuel's game. He has shown playmaking skills as both a runner and a receiver, creating yards other skill position players can't. He was Ohio State's offense for a good portion of the season. He is the type of player that those outside of the NFL crave for, but at times some teams struggle with these types who lack a clear position. Is he Dexter McCluster or C.J. Prosise, or something else? Teams might even debate Samuel versus Christian McCaffrey.
Jan 9 - 10:38 AM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore WR Noah Brown declared for the NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pounder snagged 32 balls for 402 yards and seven scores on 12.6 yards per reception this season. Don't fret if you can't remember much of his production. That's because most of it came in Ohio State's win at Oklahoma in September (five catches for 72 yards and four touchdowns). Brown, the No. 9 receiver in the Class of 2014, is seen as a Day 2 prospect by Walter Football. While short on production and refinement, Brown is blessed with a strong frame, foot quickness and enough speed to get deep. Tools like that will only fall down the board so far. Ohio State previously lost defensive stars Malik Hooker, Gareon Conley and Raekwon McMillan to early declaration.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 8 - 11:57 AM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from five-star CB Jeffrey Okudah.

Already boasting one of the best recruiting classes in the country, Ohio State received yet another feather in their metaphorical cap with Okudah's commitment at the Army All-American Bowl on Saturday. ESPN 300 slides the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder into their master list at a lofty No. 9. While the Buckeyes have a stellar 16 ESPN 300 names in their 2017 stable, Okudah is their first in the Top-10. Tom Luginbill has comped him to Jabrill Peppers. ESPN 300's scouting department notes that Okudah has "[s]ideline-to-sideline range and pursues the run with direct angles and a very high motor."
Jan 7 - 3:46 PM


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