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Redshirt Freshman Safety Jayme Thompson to Transfer from Ohio State

Just days after playing in the Ohio State spring game, defensive back Jayme Thompson has been granted his release from Ohio State and will transfer to another university. Justin Rowland of Rivals.com reported the news Wednesday, noting that Thompson would be in attendance for Kentucky’s spring game next weekend: Thompson was a 4-star prospect in the class of 2013, ranking as the No. 219 overall player, No. 12 safety and No. 15 prospect from Ohio on the 247Sports composite. He took a redshirt after hurting his ankle last season and made three tackles in Saturday’s spring game, per David Briggs of The Toledo Blade. Jayme’s father, Deon, released the following statement, per Marc Givler of BuckeyeGrove.com, Ohio State’s affiliate on the Rivals network: We would like to thank The Ohio State University for the opportunities that they have given my son, Jayme, and our family. Jayme is leaving the program in good academic standing and we look forward to the next chapter of Jayme’s education and football playing career. According to Givler’s report, Thompson would have to sit out next season (per the NCAA’s transfer rules) unless he applies for a waiver to play immediately because of the timing of this announcement. If that waiver is approved, he would be eligible to play in 2014. Givler also reports that the family is in the process of discussing destinations. If he indeed ends up at Kentucky, though, it would be the latest in a line of…

Ohio State Spring Game 2014: Live Score, Top Performers and Analysis

Welcome, Buckeye Nation, to our live coverage of the Ohio State 2014 spring game. We’ll be bringing you all the action taking place in Columbus Saturday, as Cardale Jones leads the Scarlet squad against J.T. Barrett and the gray team. For full spring game rosters, check out OSU’s official release. We’ll break them down below leading up to the game, which is set for a 1:30 p.m. EDT kickoff and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Thanks for clicking in. Comment below with your own thoughts and questions on OSU’s spring and upcoming 2014-15 campaign. Read more Ohio State Football news on BleacherReport.com

2017 ATH Recruit Darnay Holmes Has NFL Genes, Talks Ohio State Visit

Ohio State welcomed intriguing Class of 2017 prospect Darnay Holmes to campus Wednesday. The Newbury Park High School (Calif.) freshman toured facilities with 7-on-7 teammate Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson Sr., forming a high-profile trio of visitors. Holmes, a 5’11″, 180-pound speedster, also comes from a family filled with football pedigree. His father, Darick Holmes, spent five seasons in the NFL as a running back with Buffalo, Green Bay and Indianapolis. Older brother Darick Holmes Jr., a 2015 running back recruit, committed to Arizona last month. His cousin Desean Holmes is a 4-star 2015 wide receiver with offers from USC, Cal, Oklahoma and UCLA. The trip to Columbus was the latest development in Holmes’ burgeoning collegiate recruitment, as he continues to carve out a name for himself. He doesn’t yet hold an offer from Ohio State but admits the program ranks highly in his eyes for several reasons. “It has a great tradition, good academics and will always be in the national championship hunt,” Holmes said. Though an offer from head coach Urban Meyer didn’t come during his visit, Holmes managed to add another collegiate option Wednesday night. He and Johnson Jr. each received offers from Louisville. His scholarship list also includes Arizona, UCLA, Tennessee and Utah. Holmes visits Clemson on Thursday with the Johnsons, presenting another opportunity to expand his horizons as a young prospect. He departed Columbus with a…

Keyshawn Johnson Jr. Opens Up on Ohio State Visit: ‘It’s a Good Fit for Me’

Keyshawn Johnson Jr. is just a freshman, but a flurry of early scholarship offers have quickly accelerated his recruiting process. The Southern California wide receiver spent Wednesday at Ohio State with his father, former NFL Pro Bowler Keyshawn Johnson Sr. They watched Buckeyes coaches and players go about their business on the practice field and in meetings. It gave Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer an opportunity to showcase his program for the suddenly coveted Mission Viejo High School standout. “I loved the atmosphere,” Johnson Jr. told Bleacher Report. “It’s a good fit for me.” His father also approved. “Urban Meyer is a guy you can trust with your kid,” he said. Johnson Sr., who finished his professional career with 814 receptions for 10,571 yards and 64 touchdowns, played for Super Bowl champions Bill Parcells and Jon Gruden during an 11-year stay in the NFL. His admiration for Meyer was apparent after the visit to Columbus. “Urban Meyer is a kind of guy I could play for,” he said. “If you can’t play for Urban Meyer, Ohio State isn’t for you.” Johnson Jr. didn’t play varsity football last season for the Diablos, though he turned heads at the freshman level and also participates in the 7-on-7 circuit. He was accompanied Wednesday by Darnay Holmes, a fellow California prospect on Team 19, which features Johnson Sr. as a coach. Offers have poured in for Johnson Jr. in recent weeks. Ohio State, Florida State,…

Ohio State Football: TE Jeff Heuerman Out for Spring with Injury

One of the most underrated players on Ohio State’s offense, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, had successful surgery on the foot he sprained last week, which will keep him in a boot and on the sideline for the remaining portion of spring practice. Head coach Urban Meyer confirmed the news Tuesday evening, per Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors: Heuerman finished last season third on the team with 26 receptions and 466 receiving yards. All six of his 50-yard receiving games came in the second half of the season, starting with a career-high 116 yards on five catches against Purdue Nov. 2. The absence of the senior tight end might affect the rest of the team more than Heuerman himself. Having been through this now multiple times, Heuerman doesn’t need the reps as much as the younger players on the roster need a leader. Here’s what Doug Lesmerises of the Columbus Dispatch wrote before spring practice when he listed Heuerman as one of five Buckeyes “on the spot”: With quarterback Braxton Miller and receiver Evan Spencer sidelined, the only senior starters on offense who will be out there for the first day of practice are Heuerman and receiver Devin Smith. Heuerman may never catch a ton of passes, but he has the build and skills to be a high-round NFL pick with a strong senior season. First, he’ll have to rally the troops. Leadership was a major topic for Urban Meyer last year. If players like Heuerman and Smith on offense and Michael Bennett, Doran Grant and…

Ohio State Football: How OSU Can Recover from Losing 4-Star TE Chris Clark

Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting efforts took a hit Sunday afternoon when 4-star tight end Chris Clark committed to North Carolina. Clark, a 6’6″, 247-pound pass-catcher out of Avon, Conn., made the announcement via his Twitter account. Rated the No. 3 tight end and the No. 126 prospect overall, Clark was one of the most pursued recruits in the country. After hauling in 39 receptions for 417 yards and six touchdowns during his junior season, Clark earned offers from programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame and South Carolina. The Buckeyes, though, were considered the favorite, according to the recruiting experts at 247Sports. So where does Ohio State go now? Finding the right player is imperative for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. Ohio State didn’t sign a tight end in its 2014 class, and with Jeff Heuerman on the brink of his final season, there’s a big need for one this year. The Buckeyes already have offers out to a pair of top 10 tight ends, both of whom reside in the SEC footprint. The first went out to Garrett Williams last May. The 6’4″, 220-pound prospect out of Orlando, Fla., is rated a 4-star recruit, but Meyer and the Buckeyes’ coaching staff would need to work some serious magic to sway Williams from Florida State. Last month, Ohio State sent out an offer to another 4-star prospect in Jackson Harris. The Columbia, Tenn., native has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami,…

4-Star RB Larry Scott Ready for Ohio State Visit, Talks ‘Bama and Michigan State

Running back Larry Scott emerged as one of Ohio’s top prospects during a dominant junior campaign at Hubbard High School. Days away from an unofficial visit to Ohio State, the 4-star recruit expressed enthusiasm about his growing rapport with some of the most respected programs in college football. Scott, a punishing 6’0″, 205-pound rusher, is receiving mounting interest as his recruitment heats up. The list of options has expanded with offers from Pittsburgh, Alabama, Ohio State and Auburn since February. “It’s very exciting,” Scott said. “I’m trying to stay humble and work hard for next season.” Expectations are high this year after he gained 1,600 yards for the second straight season. Scott, rated the nation’s No. 11 running back recruit in 247Sports’ composite rankings, scored 21 rushing touchdowns in 2013, as Hubbard won 13 games and advanced to the state quarterfinals. While assessing his latest offers, Scott seems most intrigued by Alabama and Ohio State. He is delighted to hear from Nick Saban and will travel to Columbus this weekend. The Buckeyes extended an offer earlier this month. Scott says he keeps in contact with co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner and will take advantage of an opportunity to explore the campus. “I’ve been to Ohio State twice,” Scott said. “I’m looking forward to touring everything. (I) really want to check things out.” He was in attendance for the OSU’s victory over…

4-Star RB Larry Scott Ready for Ohio State Visit, Talks ‘Bama and Michigan State

Running back Larry Scott emerged as one of Ohio’s top prospects during a dominant junior campaign at Hubbard High School. Days away from an unofficial visit to Ohio State, the 4-star recruit expressed enthusiasm about his growing rapport with some of the most respected programs in college football. Scott, a punishing 6’0″, 205-pound rusher, is receiving mounting interest as his recruitment heats up. The list of options has expanded with offers from Pittsburgh, Alabama, Ohio State and Auburn since February. “It’s very exciting,” Scott said. “I’m trying to stay humble and work hard for next season.” Expectations are high this year after he gained 1,600 yards for the second straight season. Scott, rated the nation’s No. 11 running back recruit in 247Sports’ composite rankings, scored 21 rushing touchdowns in 2013, as Hubbard won 13 games and advanced to the state quarterfinals. While assessing his latest offers, Scott seems most intrigued by Alabama and Ohio State. He is delighted to hear from Nick Saban and will travel to Columbus this weekend. The Buckeyes extended an offer earlier this month. Scott says he keeps in contact with co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner and will take advantage of an opportunity to explore the campus. “I’ve been to Ohio State twice,” Scott said. “I’m looking forward to touring everything. (I) really want to check things out.” He was in attendance for the OSU’s victory over…

Ohio State Football: How OSU Can Recover from Losing 4-Star TE Chris Clark

Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting efforts took a hit Sunday afternoon when 4-star tight end Chris Clark committed to North Carolina. Clark, a 6’6″, 247-pound pass-catcher out of Avon, Conn., made the announcement via his Twitter account. Rated the No. 3 tight end and the No. 126 prospect overall, Clark was one of the most pursued recruits in the country. After hauling in 39 receptions for 417 yards and six touchdowns during his junior season, Clark earned offers from programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame and South Carolina. The Buckeyes, though, were considered the favorite, according to the recruiting experts at 247Sports. So where does Ohio State go now? Finding the right player is imperative for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. Ohio State didn’t sign a tight end in its 2014 class, and with Jeff Heuerman on the brink of his final season, there’s a big need for one this year. The Buckeyes already have offers out to a pair of top 10 tight ends, both of whom reside in the SEC footprint. The first went out to Garrett Williams last May. The 6’4″, 220-pound prospect out of Orlando, Fla., is rated a 4-star recruit, but Meyer and the Buckeyes’ coaching staff would need to work some serious magic to sway Williams from Florida State, which currently leads for his services. Last month, Ohio State sent out an offer to another 4-star prospect in Jackson Harris. The Columbia, Tenn., native has offers from…

Ohio State’s Aaron Craft Sets Big Ten Career Steals Record

With four steals Sunday against Michigan State, Ohio State senior Aaron Craft became the Big Ten Conference’s all-time leader in career steals with 328, per the official Twitter account for Big Ten men’s basketball. Craft broke the record of 324 previously set by Illinois’ Bruce Douglas in 1986. Standing 6’2″, Craft matches great footwork with exceptional anticipation to pester opposing teams. Those qualities allowed Craft to break into the Buckeyes’ rotation as a freshman, despite lacking polish on the offensive end. Since arriving on campus in 2010, Craft has averaged at least two steals and led Ohio State in the category every season. His highest total to date came during his sophomore year, when Craft set the Buckeyes’ single-season record with 98 thefts and was named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year. Craft has occupied a position on the Big Ten All-Defensive Team since entering the conference, and he also set Ohio State’s career record for steals midway through his junior campaign. Craft’s highest single-game swipe total sits at seven, which he did once as a freshman versus Iowa and once as a senior against American University. This season, Craft has recorded at least three steals on 16 different occasions, including Sunday’s record-breaking performance on Senior Day. As the tone-setter for a team that has reached the Sweet 16, Final Four and Elite Eight in his respective three seasons, Craft will aim to lead his school on another run through the…

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