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Michael Chung (5:35 pm)

Cameron Burrows is ranked by many as the number one player in Ohio and was recently listed as the 21st best recruit on the ESPN 150 ( not that they are the most accurate).  He was the first to commit to OSU the 2013 class that will likely number between 18-20 people total.  With thirteen spots already committed, Ohio State has more than 50% of their class filled out.  At 6’ 2” Burrows will be a very tall cornerback with the ability to match up with any type of receiver.  Because cornerback is the thinnest position on the roster, Burrows was a "must get" by Urban Meyer and the staff. He took some of his time to answer a few questions.

After your commitment, everyone thought there would be a Trotwood-Madison pipeline but Bam Bradley did not become a Buckeye and Michael McCray committed to TSUN. I know McCray did not receive an offer but why do you think Bam Bradley didn't commit?

CB: I don’t think his heart was at OSU; he wanted to be with his brother at Pitt.

Sports journalists wrote that Jim Tressel did not have a good relationship with people at Trotwood-Madison, hence, little action compared to Cleveland Glenville.  Is that true? Why did so few people at T-M receive attention from OSU under Tressel?

CB: I don’t think it is true. I was one of the first offers but I don’t think Tressel had anything against Trotwood.  We have a lot of talent here that I believe will receive offers from Ohio State. There is a DE,  a couple of young guys in the 2014 class, and another DT that could receive future offers.


 
 
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Michael Chung (2:45 pm)

The Sporting News is in the media again.  After running a controversial story titled “From champs to chomped: How Urban Meyer broke Florida football” essentially claiming that Urban Meyer was not a good coach and will be bad for the Buckeyes. Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee fired back defending his coach calling the Sporting News (and Sports Illustrated) “bad journalism.” Our very own Drew Thurman, said the same thing.

The Sporting News was not happy.  President and publisher of the Sporting News Jeff Price told the Lantern that he stands by the story.  Price states, “There were no corrections, clarifications nor retractions with regard to” Hayes’ story on Meyer.” 

Who is right?  Is the Sporting News’ story 100% truthful and Gee is just blowing off steam or does Ohio State’s President, who Time Magazine ranked in 2009 as the nation’s top University President, know more about journalism than bow ties?

Kyle Dodson was mentioned in the original Hayes piece, which Price will not retract.  I asked Kyle Dodson the inside scoop on what really happened in regards to the Sporting News allegations specifically dealing with him.

The article by Matt Hayes specifically mentions you and that Urban Meyer “bumped” into you during a recruiting dead time, is this true?

KD: Not true all. It is a complete lie and I have no idea where they got this lie.


 
 
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Michigan commits Taco Charlton and Shane Morris.
Drew Thurman (9:26 am)

Like the Buckeyes, the B1G is off to a hot start on the 2013 recruiting front. We thought it would be smart to spend some time catching up with where the rest of the conference stands, starting with the school atop the rankings - Michigan. Zach Travis of Maize n Brew was nice enough to answer a few questions to give a much more in depth look at what is going on with Hoke and the Wolverines.

What should Buckeye fans know about Michigan's 2013 class? What are your feelings about the class thus far? 

If there is one thing that Ohio State fans should learn from the 2013 class that Michigan has thus far put together, I would say it is that Michigan is once again a major recruiting threat both in the Midwest and nationally.  That isn't to say Michigan is taking over in recruiting, Ohio State recruits very well and with Meyer on board I don't expect that to stop.  I simply mean that it looks like Michigan has reestablished itself as a solid top-10 recruiting program with some of the other national powerhouses.  If Hoke and his staff can continue to coach these kids up, the sky is the limit for Michigan in the coming years.

As for the class itself, I am very happy with it, but it would take a lot of nit-picking to feel otherwise.  To have a blue-chip quarterback, arguably the best collection of offensive lineman of any 2013 class, and a rapidly filling list of defensive playmakers, leaves little doubt that this class will end up in the top-5 nationally.  If Michigan can reel in a few of its remaining high priority targets it is hard to see this class not being in strong contention for the number one spot on most scouting services.  So yeah, I'm pretty stoked.

Which position groups do you think are the most important to fill in this class? How has the staff addressed those needs?

There are plenty of roster holes that are still being addressed after the Rich Rodriguez years (something I'm not touching with a ten-foot pole).  First and foremost is quarterback, and Michigan seems to have hit a home run with the commitment of Shane Morris.  Morris is not only the highest regarded player in the class, but he has been an active recruiter as well.  Hoke and his staff have done a marvelous job with this class, but Morris deserves a great deal of praise as well for the way he has networked with other recruits and consistently sold the school on numerous unofficial visits.


 
 
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The lights will be on October 6th against Nebraska
Dave Thurman and Ken Kohl (9:16 am)

Night Games:  Get ready to stay up late as Ohio State will be playing three night games in 2012.  The Department of Athletics has announced that the Buckeyes will appear on prime time television a trio of times in the month of October:

October 6 – Ohio State will host Nebraska at 8 p.m. in a game that will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The game will be Ohio State’s Homecoming and it will be the Cornhusker’s first visit to Columbus since playing at Ohio Stadium in 1956.

October 13 – Ohio State’s road game at Indiana in Memorial Stadium will be at 8 p.m. on the Big Ten Network. I wonder if the late night will keep OSU fan's from overtaking the stadium as usual. 

October 27 – Ohio State’s game against Penn State in State College will be a 6 p.m. start with either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 broadcasting the contest.

Although night games are good in the sense of attracting a national audience I hate them, because it means nervously waiting all day for kickoff.  Oh well, the B1G didn't ask my opinion!


 
 
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Ken Kohl (3:15 pm)

Believe it or not, there are other things going on at The Ohio State University besides football and basketball. In our feature, Campus Spotlight, we will periodically catch you up with what is happening with those sports and activities.

We have a few items where we’ll aim the Campus Spotlight this week. We have men’s lacrosse, women’s golf, men’s tennis, fencing, women’s gymnastics, baseball and women’s rowing. 

Among this week’s highlights; the men’s lacrosse team sets the tone for the Spring Game with a 14-4 thrashing of Air Force, the women‘s golf team plays well and easily wins the Lady Buckeye Invitational, the men’s tennis team won yet another Big 10 Conference title, the fencing team qualifies 3 members for the 2012 Olympics, women’s gymnastics clean up on Coach of the Year honors, the baseball team wins another game and the #6 ranked women’s rowing team crew won 12 of 14 races on Saturday. Grab your beverage of choice (depending on time of day) and let’s get started. For all the detailed accounts, you can look here.


 
 
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Is time running out for the Buckeyes to land Green?
Michael Chung (8:34 am)

Internet sites have blown up recently about Derrick Green.  At one time, recruiting experts considered Green a virtual lock to Ohio State, but recently reports have surfaced that OSU no longer leads. Instead, Clemson has been reported as Green's new leader with other reports claiming he has an interest in Michigan as well. Derrick took some time to talk to me to set the record straight. 

Internet sites have recently reported that Clemson is your new leader, is that true?

DG: Not true. I do not have a leader at this time. Everyone is equal. 

Which school or schools will you visit next?

DG: I will visit Oklahoma State and Oklahoma


 
 
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Drew Thurman (11:57 am)

Buckeye Nation was expecting fireworks on the recruiting trail following the Spring Game, and Meyer and company have delivered. After reeling in linebacker Alex Anzalone on Saturday, today DE Joey Bosa and LB/DE Lewis Neal went to Twitter to announce that they too were coming to Columbus.

Bosa, who announced first, is one of the top rated defensive ends in the country. He picked the Buckeyes over offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Wisconsin, Michigan, Boston College, Notre Dame and Iowa. Originally he seemed destined to end up in SEC country before making a Midwest tour and stopping in to see Urban Meyer. He hit it off with him and the rest of the coaching staff, and decided to return to Columbus for the Spring Game, which apparently sealed the deal.

Neal also was in attendance on Saturday, and made it clear while leaving that he could soon be picking Ohio State. It didn't take long for that to come to fruition. He chose the Buckeyes over Clemson, North Carolina, Maryland, NC State, and Tennessee. While Neal has primarily played DE in high school, he will likely move back and play outside linebacker for the Buckeyes, much like fellow North Carolina native Jamal Marcus.

These two young men bring the total count in the 2013 class to 13, and become the seventh and eighth players to commit in April. They also go to further prove the dominance Meyer will have on the national recruiting scene from this point on. So far in 2013 the Buckeyes has landed players from California, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri and North Carolina. It's only April too! Welcome to Buckeye Nation Joey and Lewis! Film after the break...


 
 
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Dave Thurman (9:57 pm)

Urban Meyer's big day Saturday involved more than an impressive outing from the offenses in the Scarlet and Gray Game.  In addition, he and the coaching staff hosted a bunch of big name high school players, and secured a verbal from linebacker Alex Anzalone (Reading, Pa./Wyomissing).  The 6'3", 220 lb. Anzalone is ranked as a four-star prospect by 247Sports, Scout and Rivals, and becomes the eleventh member of the class of 2013.  He could wind up playing at any of the three linebacker positions at Ohio State.  You can check out his film after the break.

Earlier in the day, Thad Matta received a hoops commitment from Amedeo Della Valle.  The 6'4" 185-pound shooting guard from Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep committed to the Buckeyes, over offers from Arizona, Gonzaga and Texas A&M.


 
 
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Urban watched over every aspect of the game
Dave Thurman (8:52 pm)

Well that was fun.  On a wet, bitterly cold Saturday that felt more like November than April, over 81,000 fans showed up to welcome the Urban era.  And we were not disappointed!  The Scarlet defeated the Gray 20-14, but as usual, the score in a scrimmage like this was unimportant in the big scope of things. However, many very important things took place in the Shoe today, and a number of them jumped out at me from my seat about 20 rows from the field.  Here are a few of the items and players that stood out to me:

1) Urban is a very hands on coach.  Standing directly behind the offense all day with a whistle in his mouth, Urban was right in the middle of the action.  Actually, before the game even began, he had the players circled at midfield, getting them keyed up.  I loved the fact that he wore shorts on a day when the wind chill was in the mid 30's.  Urban is THE man, and there is no doubt that he is running the show in Columbus.  I also enjoyed the segment of the game when he had Drew Basil attempt one field goal after another, moving him back a few yards each time, all the while standing about a yard behind the action.  This is a hands on coach that will inspire his players, in my opinion. 

2) Braxton looks comfortable in the spread...and Guiton's got game too.  Miller played the whole game for the Scarlet and wound up 24-31 for 258 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.  He couldn't really use his legs, because he was considered down as soon as he was touched.  But he was sharp on his passes, hitting lots of short throws, including more slants than I have seen at OSU in a long time.  Meanwhile, Guiton showed that he is no slouch, finishing 16-24 for 185 yards with one touchdown and one interception.  He also rushed for a score, while guiding the Gray the entire day.  What did seem bizzare was the fact that Cardele Jones never left the sideline, although he appeared to be healthy.  I'm not sure what was up with that.


 
 
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Dave Thurman and Ken Kohl (1:00 pm)

Once again we are joining with the Buckeye Blogger Network - this time to preview the Spring Game, with each blog taking a different position.  Besides us, the BBN consists of  Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Our Honor Defend,The Buckeye Battle Cry, Buckeye House Call, the Buckeye Blog, and Fox Sports Ohio. Special thanks to Grant Edgell of Buckeye House Call for the cool graphic.

We are taking on the position of linebacker, which I think will be one of the most important for Buckeye success in 2012.  Along with the other bloggers we are answering three simple questions:

1) What will be most different this year than last?

Dave: Let's hope that the answer is everything, because last year was pretty bad.  In fact in 40 years of watching OSU football I'm not sure if I can remember a worse performance from a linebacking crew than in 2011.  Andrew Sweat, who used up his eligibility, had his moments but lacked the kind of speed fans are used to seeing.  The other two starters from last year are back, in Etienne Sabino and Storm Klein. Sabino has the skills, but must quit overrunning plays and become more dependable as a tackler.  I think the light goes on for him this year as a senior.  I am not as sold on Klein, a small school superstar who has not shown he has what it takes to be a big-time Buckeye linebacker.  Everyone is excited to see Ryan Shazier, with a year of experience under his belt.  I think he will be a star this season, with more size and a better understanding of the defense.  But what I think will really be different in 2012 is the additional athletic ability brought to the table by Curtis Grant and Connor Crowell.  This may be the most improved position group on the team.


Ken: I think the most different aspect of LB play in 2012, compared to last year, will be improved speed and aggressiveness of their play. Uncertainty begets indecision, which begets slowness in reaction time. The 2011 season was marked by uncertainty as new players and new coaches, for the most part, tried to stabilize the season. This year brings certainty to the team in terms of purpose and somewhat in experience. The two LB’s returning with most game experience are Etienne Sabino (6’3” 237) and Ryan Shazier (6‘2“ 226). While penciled-in starter Storm Klein (6’3” 242) is recovering from assorted afflictions, Curtis Grant (6’3” 235) is ably filling in and making plays this Spring.