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Ohio State signed four-star TE Luke Farrell.

This year's tight end draft class is thin, but wait a few seasons. For the 2016 recruiting cycle, five landed in the Top-125 on Rivals--four within the Top-100. Farrell's not among those five, hitting the charts at No. 225. The 6-foot-6, 244-pounder doesn't necessarily have blinding top-end speed, with ESPN's scouting department viewing him as more of a short-to-intermediate pass catcher who can occasionally sneak downfield. The outlet believes that his biggest strength will come in blocking. Ohio State HC Urban Meyer recently indicated that he's opposed to redshirts in general unless they're absolutely necessary, meaning Farrell could see the field early in his career.
Feb 6 - 2:02 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said, "I'm going to make sure we're pushing our [2016 recruits] out there; let them go play."

Said Meyer, "I don't want to redshirt. It's not our plan. We don't recruit and say let's sit them down for a while. We want to play them immediately." He indicated that at least part of this thirst to start the baby Buckeyes is due to the fact that multiple underclassman starters declared for the draft in January. While ESPN 300's No. 3 overall recruit, Nick Bosa, is currently rehabbing from a knee injury, LB Keandre Jones (28), RB Demario McCall (38) and DE Jonathan Cooper (57) (among others) could all see early run. Back to Meyer's hatred of redshirts, though. "If they're around for five years, something happened or they're not good enough or they were beat out," he said.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 6 - 12:51 PM

Ohio State signed four-star TE Jake Hausmann.

Hausmann committed to Ohio State last January after drawing significant interest from Notre Dame, Florida State and Georgia. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder has said, "I think that right now, my strengths are being a complete tight end. I work hard and I think I have good technique." He indicated that after he struggled to free himself from the line as a freshman and sophomore at Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, a vigorous attack of the weight room helped him to alleviate those issues. Hausmann should have the opportunity to battle for a backup tight end role behind Marcus Bough heading into the 2016 campaign.
Feb 5 - 10:04 PM

Ohio State DE Joey Bosa said that he "want[s] to resemble his game after [former Penn State LB Tamba Hali]."

"When I watch him, he's just so vicious with his hands," Bosa said. "I see [DL] coach [Larry] Johnson in him so much that I'd like to resemble my game after him." Johnson coached both Hali at Penn and Bosa at Ohio State, so that's the natural link. Unlike Hali--who was drafted by the Chiefs with the 20th pick in 2006--the 6-foot-5, 278-pound Bosa's in the conversation to be drafted by the Titans at No. 1 and, at the worst, should be a Top-5 selection.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 9:52 PM

Ohio State signed four-star DB Jordan Fuller.

Fuller was receiving dueling offers from Big Ten titans Ohio State and Michigan. As has been the case during regular season play of late, Ohio State won. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound defender filled a multitude of roles at Old Tappen High, playing receiver, defensive back and wildcat quarterback. While he apparently has the ability to do everything short of fly, the Buckeyes will be installing him at safety. Cleveland.com's Bill Landis has speculated that because of Ohio State's thinner secondary ranks, it's possible that Fuller could play in 2016 rather than take a redshirt.
Feb 5 - 9:37 PM

In an NFL Now interview at Super Bowl 50, Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott said, "The Dallas Cowboys [are my preferred draft destination]. I want to go play behind that great offensive line they have down in Dallas."

Get in line, Zeke. Alabama RB Derrick Henry has also indicated that he would love to be drafted by the Cowboys. Perhaps the biggest obstacle for Elliott's Cowboy dream is their draft position (barring a trade). At No. 4, it's unlikely that they reach for the 6-foot, 225-pound Buckeye, while at No. 34 (third pick in the second round), Elliott may well already be off the board. To whit, NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter's four-round draft has Dallas selecting North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz at four and Henry at 34, with Elliott heading to the Texans with the 22nd pick. Unrelated to this conjecture, Elliott indicated that he's hopeful that he'll be running the 40 in the 4.3's at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 8:50 PM

Ohio State signed four-star RB Antonio Williams.

Williams was once-upon-a-time committed to Big Ten rival Wisconsin, but Ohio State managed to lure him over to the dark side after he visited the campus in October. The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder is a possible 2016 contributor, particularly with Ezekiel Elliott waving bye-bye and heading to the darft. Williams falls into yer classic "more quick than fast" mode. He's also a bulldozer who should carry his fair share of piles over the course of his Buckeye career.
Feb 5 - 8:21 PM

Ohio State signed four-star T Michael Jordan.

We do love the idea of Michael Jordan (basketball species) playing tackle for the Buckeyes in 2016, but no, this one isn't that one. The 6-foot-6, 309-pounder hailing from Canton, Michigan, drew predictable interest from the Wolverines, but signed with Ohio State after visiting in early December. ESPN 300 (where he ranks 146th) sees him as having the frame to stick at tackle, noting that he already has great strength and physical tools. He remains raw on a technical level and could serve as an interesting developmental project for HC Urban Meyer.
Feb 5 - 7:03 PM

The NCAA football rules committee will discuss changing the role of the replay official and targeting calls.

Targeting will be one topic on the table when the committee meets in Orlando next Tuesday. In the proposed change, replay officials would be given more authority to review potential targeting incidents that are missed by the on-field officials. This seems at least somewhat vague in how it would be executed in actuality, but the same could have been said to Thomas Edison during his quest to invent the light bulb.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 4 - 10:00 PM

In his most recent mock ESPN draft analyst, Todd McShay has the Jets selecting Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott with the 20th selection.

Somewhere around the 20th pick is where most experts see Elliott being drafted, with NFL Media's Chad Reuter, Lance Zierlein and Bucky Brooks all predicting that the Texans will take him with the 22nd pick in their most recent mock-ups. As for McShay, the longtime draft insider called the 6-foot, 225-pound Ohio State product the best run-blocker he's ever studied. Of note, the lone dissenter in regards to Elliott-to-the-Texans on NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah booked Elliott to the Giants at No. 10. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler did likewise in a late January mock draft.
Feb 4 - 9:19 PM

Ohio State five-star DE Nick Bosa (knee) said of his recovery, "I’m about two months in (rehab) and I feel great."

"There’s really no more pain and my quad is pretty much back to full size after all of the atrophy. So I’m feeling great," said Bosa. "I’m starting to run next week and I’m definitely planning on being ready for camp." He suffered a torn ACL during the autumn of his senior season at St. Thomas Aquinas. The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder might to be ready to suit up come August camp, but there's no guarantee of that at this point.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 4 - 4:27 PM

Ohio State S Vonn Bell can be an immediate starter in the NFL, according to Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay.

Bell "displays great instincts and range in coverage." according to McShay, who mentions Bell played in all 42 games since 2013. Specifically, McShay mocks Bell to the Chiefs after calling him NFL-ready. The junior declared early for the draft and fits an "all-around" type of player.
Source: ESPN
Feb 3 - 10:15 AM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer indicated that while he follows the recruiting practices of Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh, he has no plans to emulate them at this time.

Meyer told ESPN.com, "No, no I don't think we'll do that" when asked whether he would make a practice of recruiting sleepovers ala Jim Harbaugh. That might not be in the cards, but he's keeping an eye on his competition nonetheless. "You can't be caught five years behind, and if something is out there, and I'm not going to name any schools, but there are some really good, creative ways of recruiting." He went on to say that he's "not talking about the craziness," but rather actual things that could be implemented by normal football coaches. Whatever Meyer's doing, it's working. He should finish National Signing Day with a Top-3 class unless things go wonky.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 2 - 9:43 PM

Ohio State TE Nick Vannett "was one of the week’s big winners" at the Senior Bowl, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Already graded as the top senior at the position, there’s a belief Vannett could end up as the first tight end selected in the draft," Pauline wrote. "Hunter Henry of Arkansas will battle for the top spot, but his blocking pales in comparison to Vannett in that regard. Teams feel Vannett is the most complete player at the position and will be off the board before the second round is completed." ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay posited that Vannett is "a more dangerous pass-catching weapon than some might have thought entering [Senior Bowl] week." To rain on the parade, Rotoworld's Josh Norris noted that Vannett failed to use his frame to box out smaller defenders in practice, a bad habit that may have contributed to his poor collegiate numbers.
Feb 2 - 7:41 PM

ESPN's Matt Bowen heard Ohio State WR Braxton Miller being compared to Percy Harvin at the Senior Bowl.

"We are talking about a dynamic player," Bowen wrote. "But Miller has a much bigger pro frame and plays with a noticeable toughness on the field. This isn't a 'gadget' guy in the playbook. Nah, he's a true football player." The analyst also believes Miller brings with him inherent roster flexibility options. "Given his experience playing quarterback in college, smart organizations will use Miller as a No. 3 quarterback on the gameday roster, design specific schemes for him on two-point opportunities (QB-designed runs) and get him the ball in a variety of ways," he wrote. If Miller tests well at the combine, Bowen thinks he'll get a second-round grade.
Feb 2 - 5:02 PM


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