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Ohio State redshirt freshman WR Torrance Gibson has been suspended for the 2016 season due to a violation of the student code of conduct.

While football program and university tend to at least outwardly see eye-to-eye on most suspensions, thus is not the case with Gibson's. HC Urban Meyer is at odds with the decision, saying, "It was not from the football program or the athletic department. I disagree with it." No word as of yet as to what the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder might have done to incur the wrath of the university. Gibson -- a former quarterback who is converting to wide receiver -- drew praise this summer for his pure athleticism. Meyer said during the offseason that he "[doesn't] see a ceiling." While Gibson wasn't likely to put up monster stats immediately simply due to his rawness at the position, his suspension swipes an athletic chess piece off the Buckeye board.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 29 - 12:18 PM

Alabama and Ohio State hold Rivals' No. 1 and No. 2 recruiting classes for 2017, respectively.

"It’s hard to blame anybody that has lost count of how many times Alabama has won the team rankings title (five times since 2010 for those keeping track)," wrote Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman, "and the Crimson Tide is in great position to do it again this year." Alabama has reeled in commitments from four five-star recruits and 13 of the four-star species. As for Ohio State, they hold pledges from four five-star prospects and 11 four-stars. Friedman notes that if HC Urban Meyer's collection of baby Buckeyes nets him a No. 1 recruiting class on Rivals after National Signing Day, it would mark the first time he has ever secured that belt.
Source: Rivals
Aug 27 - 9:01 PM

Ohio State senior OW Dontre Wilson (foot) vowed to be ready to play in the season-opener against Bowling Green.

Wilson was hobbled by a foot sprain last season and ultimately appeared in just four games. He has been waylaid by foot injuries in each of the past two seasons. The 5-foot-10, 174-pounder is hoping that 2016 will be more of a charmed season. "I feel like I needed to show people that I haven’t gone anywhere. They’ve got me here; I’m still going to bring something to the table every game, and that it’s finally time," said Wilson. In his most productive season (2014), he rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries while catching 22 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns over the course of nine games. There is still talent here, albeit talent that has yet to truly surface. Back in October of 2014, ESPN's Todd McShay called Williams a "Percy Harvin-type player."
Aug 27 - 3:57 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell named Ohio State five-star 2017 verbal WR commit Trevon Grimes one of the Buckeyes' 10 best receiving commitments in the Rivals era.

Grimes just committed to the Buckeyes on Monday. Farrell wrote that the 6-foot-4, 196-pounder's showing at the Miami Rivals Camp Series event earlier this summer "reminded me of the talented receivers I saw in the great 2008 receiver class." That class included current NFL stars Julio Jones and A.J. Green. "[Grimes] showed off speed and gained separation," Farrell noted, "he made everything look effortless and he combined size and strength to fight for any balls up for grabs." The recruiting analyst added that Grimes has dealt with a few nagging injuries this offseason, meaning he might not have even been showing off his top gear. Scary. He ranks as Rivals No. 7 overall prospect for 2017.
Source: Rivals
Aug 25 - 2:09 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer called junior RB Curtis Samuel his "No. 1 playmaker."

The versatile Samuel has seen reps as both a wideout and running back during August camp. Meyer is looking to trot him out for around 40 or 50 plays per contest during the coming season. With Ezekiel Elliott out of the picture and redshirt freshman RB Mike Weber still learning the ropes, 2016 should find the 5-foot-11, 196-pound Samuel receiving his largest offensive load to date. Last season, he rushed for 132 yards (7.8 YPC) while catching 22 passes for 298 yards. He should serve as a welcome veteran presence for this young, reloading Buckeye squad during the 2016 campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 1:20 PM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from five-star 2017 WR Trevon Grimes.

Surprise surprise. Grimes was initially going to make his verbal pledge on August 26, but decided to crash the party a little early and commit to the Buckeyes at the same time as fellow five-star wideout Tyjon Lindsey. For his part, the 6-foot-4, 196-pound Grimes impressed during the spring camp circuit, with Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell noting that he could be a future "superstar put[ting] it all together." Grimes ranks as the outlet's No. 7 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Aug 22 - 12:48 PM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from five-star 2017 WR Tyjon Lindsey.

If you read the tea leaves, this was a relatively easy commitment to see building. Lindsey recently called his unofficial visit to Ohio State "perfect" due to his comfort level on campus. And five-star QB Tate Martell -- a former teammate -- is already committed to the Buckeye cause, giving them something of a natural edge for the 5-foot-9, 175-pounder's pledge. Lindsey ranks as Rivals' No. 29 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. The Buckeyes also earned a commitment from fellow five-star WR Trevon Grimes on Monday, making this a banner day for HC Urban Meyer's now-monstrous 2017 recruiting class.
Aug 22 - 12:34 PM

Ohio State RB coach Tony Alford said that redshirt freshman RB Mike Weber is "not even the same kid [as he was in 2015]."

"[Weber's] demeanor is different," Alford said, "his approach to the game as far as X’s and O’s, his learning and desire to learn, his approach to how he takes care of his body has changed." The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder is coming in hot as the expected starter for 2016 after taking a redshirt last season following a torn meniscus prior to the start of the campaign. Alford broached the possibility of -- at least initially -- some kind of a committee with the versatile Curtis Samuel until Weber has completely found his feet.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 1:11 PM

Ohio State sophomore edge rusher Darius Slade will miss the remainder of the season due to a ruptured Achilles.

The Buckeyes were thin at the position last year, so younger players were expected to step up this season. Slade could have been one of those. Sam Hubbard is likely the team's top pass rusher, with linebacker Raekwon McMillan serving as the top overall defender. Ohio State's passing attack suffered last year, but the defense consistently kept them in games. The defense will need to reload in order to stay on top of the Big 10.
Aug 15 - 8:54 AM

Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy pegged Ohio State four-star 2017 verbal CB commit Shaun Wade as one potential flippable recruit to watch.

Cassidy put the chances of Wade actually officially de-committing at 51%. He names Florida and Alabama as the biggest looming threats to the Buckeyes as they try to keep the 6-foot-2, 175-pound corner in the fold. Cassidy isn't alone here -- Scout.com's Greg Power has also noted the potential for a commitment flip. And Wade, himself, probably didn't help Urban Meyer's confidence when he said near the end of June that he is considering not only Florida and Alabama, but also Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and UCLA.
Source: Rivals
Aug 7 - 7:29 PM

Ohio State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 QB Emory Jones.

Jones was also flirting with Tennessee -- he made a pair of unofficial visits to the Volunteers during the offseason before he made the pledge to Ohio State. Scout.com's analysis team notes that the 6-foot-4, 179-pounder is "an athletic quarterback who can hurt defenses with his legs," but "prefers to sit in the pocket and use his arm." They are keen on his "live arm," ability to roll through passing progressions and his touch on deep balls. The outlet ranks Jones as the No. 66 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. He stands as Ohio State's second commitment in that far-off class.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 29 - 2:38 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer indicated that redshirt sophomore WR Noah Brown (leg) will start if healthy.

Brown broke his leg last August. The injury ultimately forced him to sit out the 2015 season. During the spring practice, he began to ease back into football activity by running routes and working on his change of direction. The 6-foot-2, 222-pounder has a huge opportunity this coming season (assuming he can stay healthy), as Ohio State lost multiple key cogs on offense to the draft during the offseason. How quickly it might take Brown to return to 100% remains to be seen. Earlier this week, former Ole Miss/current Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell -- who suffered a devastating leg injury in 2014 -- said that he played the 2015 season on "one leg" and that it took time for his confidence to return. Brown's injury wasn't considered a potential career-ender like Treadwell's, but it might take him a little while to ramp his efforts to the max nonetheless.
Jul 28 - 3:30 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein advises readers to "look for big things" from Ohio State redshirt sophomore WR Noah Brown (leg) this season.

Per Zierlein, "many" around the Buckeyes program "expected big things from Brown" before he was lost for the season due to a broken leg last August. "This year, Brown is back and is expected to be the top target for J.T. Barrett," he wrote. "Brown has very good size and is known for having a voracious appetite in the film room." The 6-foot-2, 222-pounder is hopeful he'll be healed in time to play in the opener against Bowling Green on September 3.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 27 - 4:38 PM

Ohio State redshirt junior QB J.T. Barrett said that former QB Cardale Jones "deserved to start" last season.

"Cardale at the time was playing better than me," Barrett said at Big Ten Media Days. That tumultuous 2015 season is in the rear-view mirror and HC Urban Meyer is excited for the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder to be The Man in 2016. "I see him going back to being J.T. like he was in the middle of his freshman year," he said. "He's going to have a great fall." In his breakout redshirt freshman campaign in 2014, Barrett threw for 2,834 yards (64.6% completions) with a 34/10 TD/INT ratio. He also rushed for 938 yards (5.5 YPC) and 11 touchdowns.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 27 - 2:13 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2017 WR Tyjon Lindsey said that his unofficial visit to Ohio State last weekend was "perfect."

Ohio State impressed the 5-foot-9, 175-pounder during his camp visit, leading him to say that he "felt at home" with the Buckeyes. Recruits are somewhat naturally prone to gushing coming off of any visit -- rare is the player who says "it just didn't do much for me" -- but Ohio State should be considered a legitimate threat for Lindsey's commitment. A prime factor here is the prior commitment of five-star QB Tate Martell. Lindsey and Martell are tight friends, to the point where the former stayed with the latter's family in Las Vegas back when he attended Las Vegas Bishop Gorman. Nebraska is another strong contender, here, as Lindsey has built up a relationship with WR coach Keith Williams.
Source: Rivals
Jul 27 - 1:39 PM


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