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Ohio State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 CB Amir Riep.

Michigan State and Alabama were technically in the mix for Riep's commitment, too, but Ohio State was considered the front-runner to nab the Cincinnati native's pledge. They did not drop the ball. The 6-foot, 180-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 236 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle, but Scout.com is considerably higher on him, placing him into their rankings at No. 91. They like his instincts and anticipation, noting that Riep "[d]oes a good job of using the sideline as an extra defender."
Source: Scout.com
Jul 23 - 6:47 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Ferguson agrees with former Ohio State QB Stanley Jackson's comparison of Ohio State redshirt junior QB J.T. Barrett to former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

"Both Barrett and Taylor are true dual-threat guys," Jackson told BTN.com. "Like Taylor, Barrett can throw really well, maybe even better, and both can run the ball. When you watch each of them play, you will see that they get rid of it quickly and distribute the ball really well." Barrett is a bit bigger than Taylor, now with the Buffalo Bills, but both of their games, note Ferguson, are predicated on "speed and accuracy on the run to hurt defenses." Ferguson concluded: "There's no denying [Barrett's] production and pro potential as a dual-threat passer."
Source: BTN
Jul 22 - 5:43 PM

Ohio State RB coach Tony Alford indicated that redshirt freshman RB Mike Weber showed improvements in his offensive awareness over the spring.

"[Weber] definitely has grown up a bunch. He had a good spring, a physical player which we thought he was," Alford said, "but he really started gravitating to starting to learn this offense the way you'd like him too." With the dismissal of fellow back Bri'onte Dunn on Monday night, former four-star Weber is now in a golden position to take on a starting role in 2016. It could also provide an opportunity for freshman Antonio Williams (ESPN 300's No. 148 prospect for 2016). Curtis Samuel -- who has played both running back and receiver with the Buckeyes -- should receive his fair share of touches, too, both as a back and a receiver. This looks to be Weber's show, though, assuming he can handle the increased responsibility and workload.
Jul 19 - 12:37 PM

Ohio State dismissed senior RB Bri'onte Dunn.

The Buckeyes did not release any information regarding the specifics of Dunn's dismissal, merely calling his boot the result of a "violation of team rules." Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Dunn had an altercation with his girlfriend over the weekend. That ultimately resulted in a civil protection order being filed against the 6-foot-1, 214-pounder, but it is unknown whether this alleged incident is a direct cause for Dunn's dismissal. He finishes his Ohio State career having rushed for 196 yards over three seasons. His exit opens the door wide for redshirt freshman Mike Weber to potentially take on a starting role in August camp.
Jul 19 - 12:20 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that "there's no issue as far as I'm concerned" in regards to Mike McQueary's deposition claiming that DC Greg Schiano observed an incident involving Jerry Sandusky at Penn State.

According to court files from McQueary's deposition that have been unsealed, Schiano -- who served on Penn State's staff from 1990-1995 -- told assistant Tom Bradley (now of UCLA) that he witnessed a disturbing encounter between Sandusky and a young boy in the showers. Both Bradley and Schiano have issued statements denying McQueary's recollection. "I’ve known Greg for 20-some years. I have as much respect for Greg Schiano as I do any person — not just any coach, any person," Meyer said. "We had the chat and he told me everything that happened. He stands by his statement and we stand by his statement."
Jul 14 - 3:17 PM

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said he plans to get junior RB Curtis Samuel "on the field for 40 or 50 plays" this season.

Samuel averaged 7.8 yards per carry last year on only 17 attempts last year, buried behind a guy now working in the Dallas Metro area named Ezekiel Elliott. He chipped in 289 receiving yards, showing off his explosive chops. In fact, Samuel has scored eight times the past two seasons despite only receiving 98 offensive touches. As a prep track star, Samuel ran a 6.44 second 55-meter dash back in 2013. "The days of Curtis Samuel playing 10 plays are over," Meyer said this spring. Here, here.
Source: ESPN
Jul 13 - 5:54 PM

Ohio State DC Greg Schiano denied seeing any incidents of abuse by former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Court documents unsealed on Tuesday paint a damning picture (if accurate) of just how much knowledge other coaches -- including then-HC Joe Paterno -- had of Sandusky's crimes over the years. Schiano enters the story during his stint on the Nittany Lions' staff from 1990-1995. He worked with current UCLA DC Tom Bradley at the time and in deposition, former Penn assistant Mike McQueary said that Bradley told him that Schiano "had come into his office white as a ghost and said he just saw Jerry doing something to a boy in the shower." ESPN's Adam Schefter relayed Schiano's response to the story on Twitter, with the Ohio State defensive coordinator saying, "I never saw any abuse, nor had reason to suspect any abuse, during my time at Penn State." Bradley has since released a statement denying the information in McQueary's deposition.
Jul 12 - 3:24 PM

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said redshirt junior WR James Clark had a great spring and did good work on deep balls.

"James Clark is having his best spring," Meyer said in April. Arguably the fastest player currently on the Ohio State roster, Clark runs a 6.76 60-meter dash during this past indoor season for Ohio State (10th-best among all NCAA football players). The speedster hasn't recorded a single catch in his career, but we'd expect that to change this fall.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 10 - 1:59 PM

Pro Football Focus' Josh Liskiewitz expects Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett's game to be scrambling-based this fall.

The reality of last season is that Barrett torched Rutgers through the air and then limped to a PFF passing grade of just -0.5 over the final four games. "While Ohio State fans are hoping to see Barrett return to the form that allowed him to post 34 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions in 2014, the reality is his offense returns just one skill player (WR/RB/H-Back Curtis Samuel) with more than 80 pass reps in a season," Liskiewitz wrote. "Expect Barrett to rely heavily on his feet in order to move the chains." An incredible +30.8 of Barrett's +32.7 overall career PFF grade has come on the ground.
Jul 9 - 2:29 PM

Ohio State four-star 2017 RB J.K. Dobbins recorded a 40-yard dash of 4.45 seconds at The Opening.

Dobbins also notched an impressive 43.1-inch vertical jump during athletic testing in Beaverton. Former Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott was on-hand to congratulate the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder for his feats of skill. Dobbins' numbers on both the 40-yard dash and vertical were actually better than those Zeke posted at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. In Indianapolis, Elliott ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.47 seconds and recorded a vertical jump of 32.5 inches.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 8 - 3:39 PM

Ohio State has hired former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips as a quality control assistant.

Phillips previously served as the Browns WR coach after being let go by Florida for appearing in a photo with a recruit during a "dead period." Phillips' main role will likely focus on recruitment, and it is easy to presume he's already on the road working for the Buckeyes.
Jun 30 - 8:54 AM

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


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