This story was updated with the correct information on the site of the celebration.
Ohio State's national championship football team is being honored at the Ohio Statehouse today. Based on the school's Twitter account, the team has already arrived.
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There might be four Ohio State players participating in next week's NFL Scouting Combine, but only one is expected to be a first-round pick. Well, at least according to Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN.
In his latest mock draft, Kiper predicts that Buckeyes wide receiver Devin Smith will get selected 18th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Here's what Kiper has to say:
"I don't need to pile on here, so I'll just say this: Everybody knows this is an area where the Chiefs need to upgrade. You can say all you want about Alex Smith's ability to deliver the ball down the field, but he's going to be the QB in 2015; the Chiefs know they can win with him, and they need to give him another weapon. Devin Smith is a guy that probably wasn't utilized as much as he would have been in some other offenses, but he was an often dynamic deep threat for the Buckeyes -- a player who has a knack for the big catch, especially when he has to fight for the ball."To read more or comment...
This is starting to become a trend. Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell has once again been named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week and the Freshman of the Week.
That comes hot of Russell's triple-double against Rutgers on Sunday. In Ohio State's 79-60 win, Russell had 23 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. On Wednsday in a loss to Purdue, Russell had 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Russell also doubled up on Big Ten awards for the week of Jan. 26. He's been named the conference's top freshman six times, including the last four weeks in a row.To read more or comment...
Detroit Cass Tech High School football coach Thomas Wilcher criticized Ohio State's failure to disclose that running backs coach Stan Drayton was leaving for the NFL's Chicago Bears as it recruited star running back Mike Weber in a radio interview Friday.
Wilcher told Matt Dery of Detroit Sports 105.1 that the tactics were "a black eye on the university" because the Buckeyes are "getting young men under false pretense."
Considered the first- or second-best player in the state, Weber de-committed from Michigan after the firing of coach Brady Hoke and committed to OSU after the Big Ten Championship game. But Weber wavered between the two schools until just after noon on National Signing Day Wednesday. Wilcher played in the same Michigan backfield with new coach Jim Harbaugh.
The announcement that Drayton had reached an agreement to work for the Bears came Thursday.To read more or comment...
Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash could sit back after a national championship season and congratulate himself.
He was brought in to upgrade the OSU pass defense and the results in his first year were dramatic. In 2013, the Buckeyes' defense ranked 112th in the nation in passing yards allowed (268.0) and 84th in passing efficiency allowed (133.99). In 2014, OSU improved to 29th in yards allowed (201.1) and 13th in efficiency (108.17). In the categories of touchdowns and interceptions, the improvement went from 31 and 16, respectively, in 12 games in 2013 to 17 and 25 in 15 games in 2014.
A former defensive coordinator at Arkansas and Wisconsin with 18 years in the college ranks, Ash said Wednesday he was taking notes and reflecting on the season so he could make himself better.To read more or comment...
Wondering what it is like to recruit for Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer?
On National Signing Day Wednesday, OSU assistants shared stories, although to a man all said they had nothing to compare to what former offensive coordinator Tom Herman experienced last year.
During the height of an unusual snowstorm in January, 2014, Herman found himself stuck in a rental car for 19 hours driving 50 miles from Marietta, Ga., to the Atlanta airport to catch a plane to Dallas-Fort Worth. So he ditched the car and walked part of the remaining four miles, falling at least five times in the first two, before catching a ride at a gas station about a mile or two away. Herman documented the journey on Twitter.To read more or comment...
Despite what looks like a treasure chest of riches at the quarterback position next season, Ohio State added two more to the fold Wednesday on National Signing Day.
Faxing in national letters-of-intent were two four-star recruits who are dual-threat quarterbacks -- Torrance Gibson of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage and Joe Burrow of The Plains in Athens, Ohio's Mr. Football in 2014.
They will join a host of Heisman Trophy candidates in Braxton Miller, rehabbing after surgery to his throwing shoulder, J.T. Barrett, rehabbing a fractured ankle suffered on Nov. 29, and Cardale Jones, who went 3-0 against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon to lead the Buckeyes to the national championship.
New quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck knows why that didn't deter Gibson and Burrow. Beck pointed to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's success with quarterbacks like Alex Smith at Utah, Tim Tebow and Chris Leak at Florida and Josh Harris at Bowling Green even before he arrived in Columbus.To read more or comment...
Ohio State football oach Urban Meyer won his first battle with new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on National Signing Day Wednesday, keeping Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber from flipping to the Wolverines.
Weber, 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds, is a four-star prospect who committed to Michigan in August, then decommitted as UM dumped coach Brady Hoke. Weber switched his pledge to the Buckeyes after the Big Ten Championship game.
But UM hired former San Francisco 49ers coach Harbaugh on Dec. 29 and the Wolverines turned up the heat on Weber.
"Too young to be stressing like this," Weber wrote on his Twitter account, @mikeweber25, on Jan. 26.
Meyer said on his call-in show on 97.1 The Fan Wednesday afternoon that he and running backs/assistant head coach for offense Stan Drayton were on the phone with Weber past midnight.To read more or comment...
Heading into National Signing Day on Wednesday, Ohio State already had one of the best recruiting classes in the nation. The Buckeyes got a bump from the late commitments of wide receiver K.J. Hill and offensive tackle Isaiah Prince.
Their commitments, and Ohio State not losing anyone previously committed, vaulted the Buckeyes' class to 27 players. It also bumped them up in overall rankings nationally.
Before Wednesday, 247Sports composite rankings listed Ohio State has the No. 7 class in the country. After the additions of Hill and Prince, Ohio State's class moved up to No. 6 in the country.To read more or comment...
10:58 a.m. update: According to various reports online, Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber is staying with his commitment to Ohio State. At least one person is happy:
Congrats and welcome to the unit to my new little brother @mikeweber25 Welcome to Buckeye Nation. Everybody go give my man a follow ⭕️
10:54 a.m. update: Weber is "still making up his mind," according to reports online. This will be the Buckeyes recruiting storyline to follow for the rest of the day.To read more or comment...
Ohio State added another surprised entrant to the 2015 recruiting class. Offensive lineman Isaiah Prince of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland.
247Sports rates Prince as the seventh best offensive tackle in the country and No. 105 player overall. Prince picked Ohio State over Alabama and Maryland. He initially committed to Alabama on Jan. 16.
He becomes the sixth offensive lineman to commit to Ohio State in this year's class.
“He’s fresh off his Maryland visit. Of course, like most teenagers, when he got back from Alabama, he was gung ho about that. When he got back from Ohio State, he really loved them," Prince's head coach Tom Green told the Baltimore Sun earlier this week. "When he got back from Maryland, he really loved them. He’s 17, and they’re all are good programs and have a lot to offer."To read more or comment...
One of the biggest questions for Ohio State on National Signing Day was whether or not quarterback Torrance Gibson would hold to his commitment with the Buckeyes.
Some thought Gibson might flip his commitment considering Ohio State's incredible depth at quarterback and the commitment of quarterback Joe Burrow in this year's class.
Despite a last minute push from Miami and LSU, Gibson stuck with his commitment to the Buckeyes, faxing in his letter of intent today.
Gibson is regarded by 247Sports as a four-star player and the 12th-best athlete prospect in the nation. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. product was recruited to Ohio State by former offensive coordinator Tom Herman and wide receivers coach Zach Smith.To read more or comment...
When offensive guard Matthew Burrell sent in his letter of intent to Ohio State on National Signing Day, it came with a request. The Schmoney dance.
"Master P must be vined doing the Schmoney as soon as my letter arrives!!" @HeaftyLefty wrote on his fax cover page lol
What is the Schmoney dance? Here's Mike Wallace of the Miami Dolphins doing it (at least we think this is it).To read more or comment...
Ohio State scored a surprise recruit on National Signing Day in wide receiver K.J. Hill. He was expected to stay with his commitment to Arkansas but switched today.
Hill was recruited by Ohio State wide receiver coach Zach Smith and defensive coordinator Chris Ash. If the latter seems odd, it shouldn't. Ash is a former coach with the Razorbacks and has deep roots in the state's recruiting.
Hill, regarded as the top player in Arkansas, is a four-star wide receiver at 6-foot and 188 pounds. According to 247Sports, Hill is rated as the 17th best wide receiver in the nation and 153rd best player overall. A season ago at North Little Rock High School had 58 receptions for 1,023 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also ran the ball for 386 yards and 11 more scores.
He becomes the 26th player in the Buckeyes' 2015 class.To read more or comment...
On National Signing Day, Denzel Ward of Nordonia is now officially an Ohio State Buckeye. Shortly after the 7 a.m. window opened to fax a letter of intent, Ward's came through in Columbus.
The Nordonia cornerback is one of just two commits from Summit and Stark counties in Ohio State's class this season.
Ward is rated by 247Sports as the No. 26 cornerback and No. 261 overall player in the 2015 class. He's been commmitted to Ohio State since August, but also had offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Indiana and Kentucky.To read more or comment...
Canton-McKinley's Eric Glover-Williams is not only fast on the football field, but he's fast on the fax machine as well.
On National Signing Day, the acclaimed athlete was the first player to fax in his letter of intent to Ohio State. Glover-Williams was one of Ohio State's first commitments in the 2015 class. According to 247Sports, Glover-Williams is the 12th best cornerback prospect in the nation.
In addition to the Buckeyes, Glover-Williams held offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Illinois and Kentucky. That list likely would have been much larger had he not committed to Ohio State in August of 2013.To read more or comment...