Indiana is looking for a postseason breakthrough in Kevin Wilson’s third season with the program, and he has no shortage of returning talent on hand to make a push for a bowl bid. INDIANA HOOSIERS Coach: Kevin Wilson (5-19, two seasons with Hoosiers and overall) 2012 record: 4-8, (2-6 in Big Ten, fifth in the Leaders Division) Key losses: C Will Matte, DT Adam Replogle, DT Larry Black, Jr., CB Antonio Marshall Key returnees: QB Tre Roberson, QB Cameron Coffman, QB Nate Sudfeld, RB Stephen Houston, WR Shane Wynn, WR Kofi Hughes, OL Jason Spriggs, OL Collin Rahrig, DE Ryan Phillis, DE Zach Shaw, CB Brian Williams, S Greg Heban, LB David Cooper Newcomer to watch: The Hoosiers don’t have many holes to fill on defense with eight starters returning, but they were hit hard right up the middle with both tackles up …
Back by semi-popular demand (my editor and a guy down the street said they liked it), we have the second annual Most Intriguing Series previewing the 2013 college football season. This week the series wraps up with the 25 most intriguing non-quarterbacks.
Since defense wins championships, it’s safe to say it will decide the Ohio State Buckeyes’ 2013 season. There are few areas of concern for the offense, even with the suspension of Carlos Hyde for the first three games. The question mark will be the defense. Urban Meyer will be relying on a lot of new players stepping up, many of whom are sophomores. Ohio State only has four starters coming back from last year’s team. You might be worried as a fan if it wasn’t for the sheer amount of talent on that side of the ball. The Buckeyes are loaded with blue-chip prospects who are looking at their first opportunity to start. If those players fulfill their potential, this will be the best defense in the Big Ten. Of those first-time starters, these three players need to have the biggest seasons. DE Noah Spence Although the Buckeyes have four
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Defensive end Trent Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park), a new ESPN 150 member, has narrowed his list of schools to six. The 6-foot-2, 227-pound athlete said that Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State and Vanderbilt are his final six schools. Harris said he chose those six schools because they all have what he is looking for in academics and athletics. “Those schools are standing out because from the ones I have been to they have great football environments,” he said, “and they are all like families and care about the players and have good coaches and produce players to the league.
WINTER PARK, Fla. — Defensive end Trent Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) originally was set to announce his college destination before his spring game on Thursday night, but an offer from Ohio State caused the talented pass-rusher to delay his decision. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound athlete said he just decided to enjoy the process and slow things down. “A lot of schools started coming in and I just wanted to open it up and just make sure I make the right choice for my future and just enjoy the time,” Harris said.
The last Minnesotan to commit to Ohio State is believed to be Eden Prarie defensive tackle Willie Mobley. The year was 2008. Mobley was injured and took a redshirt season before transferring to Orange Coast College and eventually showing up at Arizona. Could 2015 defensive end Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham) be the next Buckeye from the Land of 10,000 Lakes? It’s possible after Ohio State offered the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Cornell on Monday.
John Simon isn’t the most physically impressive defensive end in this draft, but he more than makes up for it with his effort and leadership.
The Ohio State product was a big leader of the program, and had an effective …
ESPN 150 defensive end Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) is about as unassuming a high-profile recruit as one will come across. He doesn’t get tangled up in the vastness of recruiting. He’s not one to openly speak of his achievements. He’s also not one to rush a decision as important as his commitment to the college program of his choice. Go ahead and ask him where he’s going or who he’s favoring and you’ll get an answer you’d swear was stuck on loop.
Don’t expect a jump into the commitment pool from Joe Henderson (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) any time soon. The ESPN Watch List defensive end has been a student of the recruiting game and watched how former teammate Donovan Munger went through the paces before committing to Ohio State in December. With more than 10 offers now and more soon to come, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Henderson will wait things out before finding that perfect fit.
Ohio State is nothing new to ESPN Watch List defensive end Verondtae Wilkinson (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison), but the Buckeyes certainly opened his eyes on Thursday. In town for an unofficial visit, Wilkinson thought he knew the ins and outs of Ohio State. His former teammate Cam Burrows is now a cornerback for the Buckeyes, so it should have been the same old same old right? Wrong. Wilkinson was in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and took in a practice.