Ohio State freshman safety Jayme Thompson will be out three months after breaking his ankle in practice today.
His father told the Toledo Blade that Thompson will have screws inserted into his ankle in surgery Thursday morning.
Thompson, a talented …
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Nothing really says as much about a rivalry as a good villain. Every narrative, whether someone wants to admit it or not, has one. There’s a white hat, a black hat, all of those cliched things. With Michigan and Ohio State, there is plenty to go around. Here’s a look at the top five Michigan villains for the Buckeyes, most of whom had a hand in critical wins in the last game of the regular season. 1. Bo Schembechler, Coach: Much like Woody Hayes on the Ohio State side (and maybe Jim Tressel) there is no surprise Schembechler is tops on this list.
Minkah Fitzpatrick (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) is one of the top DBs in the 2015 class, with offers from the likes of Penn State and Ohio State, but he’s also an absolute pig. Just ask his coach. Or, better yet, ask Minkah. “Oh yeah,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m a pig. Definitely.” That’s not to say the 183-pound prospect stuffs his face with waffles and pancakes at the breakfast table. (Sometimes, he skips the meal altogether so he can catch a few extra Zs.
For most college football recruits, announcing a top 12 doesn’t attract a ton of views. For someone like ESPN 150 safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), a top 12 is news that many programs have anticipated for months. That’s because Adams, a 6-foot, 199-pound, four-star defensive back, has been quite vocal about his high school football team’s expectations and teammates but very tight-lipped about his recruiting. Many have speculated his interest, but he’s rarely confirmed or denied any reports.
With spring in the books for more than a month, the long march through the offseason and back to football is only beginning. But BuckeyeNation is going to keep doing its part to speed up the journey — or at least make it more interesting. This week, that means a bunch of countdown lists, picking up today with a look at a handful of incoming freshmen who could contribute right away for Ohio State. Ranking potential impact freshmen 1. DB Vonn Bell: The Buckeyes don’t exactly need a safety to come in and play extensively right off the bat thanks to the veteran presence of senior starters C.
Quips go to Pitt. That is the expression in Western Pennsylvania. The elite prospects from talent-rich Aliquippa (Pa.) High almost exclusively go to nearby Pittsburgh to star for the Panthers. Jonathan Baldwin, Tommie Campbell and Darrelle Revis are all NFL players who came through Aliquippa and then Pitt. So four-star athlete and ESPN 150 member Dravon Henry feels the pressure to stay close to home. In fact, Henry is related to Revis and former NFL lineman Sean Gilbert, who also went the route of Aliquippa to Pitt.
Defensive back Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) can choose any school he would like. From the SEC to the Big Ten, Peppers is coveted by most top programs across the country. He is still mulling through the information in front of him, but according to his coach, Chris Partridge, there are four schools currently sticking out. “I think what he has right now as his top schools are Stanford, Ohio State, Michigan and LSU,” Partridge said.
With John Fulton and Deion Belue set to graduate after the 2013 season, the University of Alabama needs to bring in some cornerbacks in the 2014 recruiting cycle to maintain depth. In fact, the Crimson Tide only have three underclassmen cornerbacks already on campus. Good news came Tuesday evening as one of the more coveted prospects in the Southeast made the call to join the defending National Champions. “I am really excited about being part of the Crimson Tide,” Kalvaraz Bessent said.
INDIANAPOLIS — While closing in on a dozen offers, Darius West (Lima, Ohio/Lima Central Catholic) will not be satisfied until he lands an offer from three of the Midwest’s biggest programs. The Watch List defensive back has interest from Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State, but he is still in the works of landing an offer from each of the schools. West, who stands 5-foot-10, weighs 183 pounds and can play either corner or safety, was high on Michigan during the summer, but the contact with the Wolverines fell off for several months, causing some hurt feelings on West’s part.
Before he works on strategy and game plans with his staff, before he breaks down any film, schools his players in technique or checks in with the strength staff on their progress, coach Urban Meyer has one critical task that everything else hinges on. Meyer has to get great players to Columbus first.