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Top Recruits Visiting Ohio State Buckeyes’ 2014 Spring Game Weekend

The Ohio State Buckeyes wrap up spring camp Saturday with annual spring game festivities, which begin at 1:30 p.m. ET and are broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. Plenty of attention in the Horseshoe will be focused on the scrimmage, but a big element of the event takes place off the field. Head coach Urban Meyer and his staff are set to welcome several standout members of the 2015 recruiting class, along with younger prospects. Though the goal of a spring game is to iron out details and make in-roads toward solving position battles, the Buckeyes will be busy attempting to secure commitments from potential stars of the future. Here’s a review of recruits expected to be in attendance for Saturday’s action in Columbus, according to Cleveland.com and ElevenWarriors.com. Begin Slideshow

Ohio State Football: Ranking the Hardest Games of the 2014 Schedule

Ohio State hasn’t lost a regular-season game since November of 2011, when Luke Fickell’s Buckeyes capped a miserable year with a 40-34 loss to the Michigan Wolverines. Since then, Urban Meyer has guided the Buckeyes through two regular seasons unscathed. Some, like Michael Rosenberg of SI.com, claim that the Buckeyes’ historic win streak came as a result of weak competition. Whether that’s true or not, the same won’t be said about Ohio State’s 2014 slate. While no one will confuse the Buckeyes’ upcoming schedule for a typical SEC gauntlet, an upgraded nonconference slate will give Ohio State’s reputation a major boost. The Buckeyes will play a number of talented teams that either boast a unique offensive attack, a dominant defense or have revenge on the mind. Here’s a ranking of Ohio State’s hardest games of the 2014 season. 5. Aug. 30 vs. Navy (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore) Last year: 9-4 Simply put, Navy isn’t a fun team to play. The triple-option attack is one of the most difficult offenses to defend and the Midshipmen—who ranked No. 2 with 325 rushing yards per game in 2013—execute it better than any team in the country. Navy’s blocking schemes will effectively eliminate any size advantage for the Buckeyes defense. If Ohio State is out of position—something that happened regularly last season—the Midshipmen will move the ball at will and keep the Buckeyes offense off the field. That’s the formula…

Ohio State Football: Ranking the Hardest Games of the 2014 Schedule

Ohio State hasn’t lost a regular-season game since November of 2011, when Luke Fickell’s Buckeyes capped a miserable year with a 40-34 loss to the Michigan Wolverines. Since then, Urban Meyer has guided the Buckeyes through two regular seasons unscathed. Some, like Michael Rosenberg of SI.com, claim that the Buckeyes’ historic win streak came as a result of weak competition. Whether that’s true or not, the same won’t be said about Ohio State’s 2014 slate. While no one will confuse the Buckeyes’ upcoming schedule for a typical SEC gauntlet, an upgraded nonconference slate will give Ohio State’s reputation a major boost. The Buckeyes will play a number of talented teams that either boast a unique offensive attack, a dominant defense or have revenge on the mind. Here’s a ranking of Ohio State’s hardest games of the 2014 season. 5. Aug. 30 vs. Navy (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore) Last year: 9-4 Simply put, Navy isn’t a fun team to play. The triple-option attack is one of the most difficult offenses to defend and the Midshipmen—who ranked No. 2 with 325 rushing yards per game in 2013—execute it better than any team in the country. Navy’s blocking schemes will effectively eliminate any size advantage for the Buckeyes defense. If Ohio State is out of position—something that happened regularly last season—the Midshipmen will move the ball at will and keep the Buckeyes offense off the field. That’s the formula…

Ohio State Football: What We Learned from Buckeyes’ 2014 Pro Day

Seventeen former Buckeyes worked out at Ohio State’s annual pro day on Friday—16 from the 2013 team and one, linebacker Etienne Sabino, who left the program in 2012. The main attractions were a quartet of players with the potential, in varying magnitudes, to be selected in the first round: linebacker Ryan Shazier, running back Carlos Hyde, cornerback Bradley Roby and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort. None of those players worked out in full on Friday. For some, it was a matter of injury; for others, a matter of choice. Either way, it put a damper on what would have otherwise been a more important day of drills. Still, from the little bit we did see out of Ohio State’s best prospects, some important lessons were learned. The same goes for a few of the lesser known commodities, the ones less likely to be selected in the first few rounds, or at all, in the NFL draft. Here are some takeaways: Ryan Shazier is Ridiculous Shazier tweaked a hamstring before the NFL Scouting Combine and was not able to run the 40-yard dash. On Friday, he re-tweaked the hamstring in the process of running the 40-yard dash. The time he posted was ridiculous nonetheless. Unofficially, Shazier clocked in with a time of 4.36 seconds, per Mike Huguenin of NFL.com. Results such as these tend to get worse once deemed official, but as it stands it would have been (by far) the fastest among linebackers and fourth best among all players at the combine. When he was able to…

Ohio State Football: Ranking the Buckeyes’ Top 10 Recruiting Targets for 2015

College football’s 2015 recruiting cycle is in full swing, and Urban Meyer has Ohio State sitting pretty with some of the country’s top prospects. The Buckeyes, fresh off signing the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class, are gunning for the top class in 2015. To do that, Meyer will need commitments from a number of his top targets. So who’s at the top of Ohio State’s recruiting wish list? That can’t be determined with a simple glance at the recruiting ranks. Ohio State needs to fill positions of need, secure the top in-state prospects and cherry-pick from the talent-rich states in the SEC footprint. Recruiting battles with rivals are also important, because losing a top-rated recruit hurts, but losing him to a conference nemesis is worse. Here’s a ranking of Ohio State’s top 10 recruiting targets for 2015. All recruit rankings, stats and information per 247Sports. Begin Slideshow

Ohio State Football: What We Learned from Buckeyes’ 2014 Pro Day

Seventeen former Buckeyes worked out at Ohio State’s annual pro day on Friday—16 from the 2013 team and one, linebacker Etienne Sabino, who left the program in 2012. The main attractions were a quartet of players with the potential, in varying magnitudes, to be selected in the first round: linebacker Ryan Shazier, running back Carlos Hyde, cornerback Bradley Roby and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort. None of those players worked out in full on Friday. For some, it was a matter of injury—for others, a matter of choice. Either way, it put a damper on what would have otherwise been a more important day of drills. Still, from the little bit we did see out of Ohio State’s best prospects, some important lessons were learned. The same goes for a few of the lesser known commodities, the ones less likely to be selected in the first few rounds, or at all, in the NFL draft. Here are some takeaways: Ryan Shazier is Ridiculous Shazier tweaked a hamstring before the NFL Scouting Combine and was not able to run the 40-yard dash. On Friday, he re-tweaked the hamstring in the process of running the 40-yard dash. The time he posted was ridiculous nonetheless. Unofficially, Shazier clocked in with a time of 4.36 seconds, per Mike Huguenin of NFL.com. Results such as these tend to get worse once deemed official, but as it stands it would have been (by far) the fastest among linebackers and fourth best among all players at the combine. When he was…

Ohio State Football: 2014 Signees Who Likely Won’t See Field Until Junior Season

Ohio State’s 2013 season didn’t end as planned, but the Buckeyes reloaded on the recruiting trail by pulling in the No. 3 class in college football. Along with last year’s class, rated No. 2 in the nation, this haul makes for a bright future for OSU. However, it also ensures that some of the talented newcomers will lose the early battle for playing time in Columbus. Click on for a list of talented members of the 2014 Ohio State recruiting class who might not make a significant on-field appearance for a few seasons. Note: All player and team recruiting rankings based on 247Sports composite ratings. Begin Slideshow

Ohio State Football: 2014 Signees Who Likely Won’t See Field Until Junior Season

Ohio State’s 2013 season didn’t end as planned, but the Buckeyes reloaded on the recruiting trail by pulling in the No. 3 class in college football. Along with last year’s class, rated No. 2 in the nation, this haul makes for a bright future for OSU. However, it also ensures that some of the talented newcomers will lose the early battle for playing time in Columbus. Click on for a list of talented members of the 2014 Ohio State recruiting class who might not make a significant on-field appearance for a few seasons. Note: All player and team recruiting rankings based on 247Sports composite ratings. Begin Slideshow

Ohio State Football: Power Ranking OSU’s 5 Best Classes of the BCS Era

John Cooper. Jim Tressel. Urban Meyer. During the BCS era, Ohio State has had a trio of outstanding recruiters lead the program. All three brought in talent that elevated the Buckeyes on the field, helping Ohio State win conference and national championships. Which recruiting class was best? Of course, ranking the success of a recruiting class isn’t a science, but using on-the-field results provides an outstanding measuring stick. With that in mind, here are Ohio State’s five best recruiting classes of the BCS era. Begin Slideshow

Ohio State Football: Power Ranking OSU’s 5 Best Classes of the BCS Era

John Cooper. Jim Tressel. Urban Meyer. During the BCS era, Ohio State has had a trio of outstanding recruiters lead the program. All three brought in talent that elevated the Buckeyes on the field, helping Ohio State win conference and national championships. Which recruiting class was best? Of course, ranking the success of a recruiting class isn’t a science, but using on-the-field results provides an outstanding measuring stick. With that in mind, here are Ohio State’s five best recruiting classes of the BCS era. Begin Slideshow

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