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An AFC team pro personnel director said Ohio State C Billy Price " Has a lot of edge" and "might hit 40 on the bench."

The pro personnel director also mentioned he love's Price's (6'4/315) "toughness" and "grit" and expects him to have a great combine. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compares Price to LeCharles Bentley and projects him to be selected in the second round. Zierlein is also excited about his athleticism saying, "Price's power and leverage give him a huge advantage over most centers in this draft." He believes Price is an "early starter with Pro Bowl potential."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 8:28 PM

Rivals National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell calls Ohio State five-star T signee Nicholas Petit-Frere the best fit of the tackle signings in the Big Ten.

To be fair, a talent like Petit-Frere (6'6/272) would be a perfect fit for everyone; he's considered one of -- if not the -- best offensive lineman in the class. It is fair to point out how well he fits with the Buckeyes, however, because of the type of offense Urban Meyer runs. "Petit-Frere has as high a ceiling as any offensive lineman in this class and will be an elite left tackle down the line," Farrell writes. "He's a guy who can also get out to the second level in Ohio State’s offense." There's a real chance we'll see him play early, but the Buckeyes may be tempted to let him get stronger and not burn a redshirt season.
Source: Rivals
Feb 19 - 6:05 PM

Rivals analyst Nick Krueger lists Ohio State with the best defensive tackle haul in the 2018 recruiting class.

Penn state comes in second, and LSU in third. Ohio State had one of the best recruiting classes in the country sing on over the winter, and defensive tackle was a position they particularly loaded up, bringing in players like Taron Vincent, Antwuan Jackson, and Tommy Togiai. "Jackson was the highest-ranked defensive tackle and the third overall player in junior college in 2018," Krueger writes. "Vincent is capable of lining up anywhere on the defensive line and hits like a ton of bricks. Ohio State also did well to pull Togiai (Portland, Oregon) from a region of the country that usually keeps its big talent close by." Don't be surprised if a couple of these players make an impact in 2018 for the Buckeyes.
Source: Rivals
Feb 17 - 5:18 PM

Pro Football Focus has Ohio State CB Denzel Ward with the fifth highest playmaking grade from draft-eligible cornerbacks in 2018.

The grade measures the ability to make interceptions and passes defended divided by the times the cornerback is targeted. In this case, Ward either intercepted or broke up a pass 24.6 percent of the time, or just about one of every four attempts. That's an impressive total, especially considering teams often wouldn't target the corner at all. Ward is projected to be one of the first cornerbacks to come off the board, possibly in the top ten.
Feb 17 - 5:07 PM

Ohio State awarded a combined $3.4 million in raises to members of its coaching staff.

The biggest movers up the salary board for the Buckeyes were DC Greg Schiano (raise of $800,000, from $700,000 to $1.5 million) and OC Ryan Day (raise of $600,000, from $400,000 to $1 million). Six other members of the staff additionally received raises off their 2017 salaries. In one other bit of salary news in Columbus, incoming new coaches Alex Grinch and Taver Johnson will draw $800,000 and $345,000 in 2018, respectively.
Feb 14 - 7:06 PM

Football Scoop is reporting that Ohio State has hired Temple DC Taver Johnson to be their new defensive backs coach.

Johnson already is listed in Ohio State's online employee directory, although it doesn't specify what his role is. Johnson would take over for Kerry Coombs, who left the Buckeyes to join Mike Vrabel's staff with the Tennessee Titans. Johnson spent one year with Temple, and spent the previous three seasons coaching defensive backs at Purdue.
Feb 12 - 4:46 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah wants to see which cornerback separates from the pack during the NFL Scouting Combine.

Jeremiah writes that the cornerbacks have the most at stake curing the combine most years, and this is no exception. HE also writes that the expectation is that Denzel Ward from Ohio State will blow everyone away, but because he could measure at 5-foot-9, that could cause concerns. "In addition, speed is absolutely imperative at cornerback, so the 40-yard dash is huge for that group," Jeremiah writes. "I've been told Ward is going to put on a show with his speed, but I'm also anxious to see how fast guys like Louisville's Jaire Alexander and UCF's Mike Hughes run." We are as well.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 3:16 PM

Lance Zierlein spoke to one NFC scout who believes Ohio State T Jamarco Jones is "safer" than Notre Dame T Mike McGlinchey.

Jones' draft process has not kicked off yet after he did not attend the East-West Shrine game despite accepting an invitation. Our own Josh Norris would have rated him as one of the better prospects at the event. Back to the referenced NFL scout, who said "Ohio State's scheme doesn't give you as many pro-style looks as Notre Dame, but I think he'll fit in well as a pro." Jones has two years of starting experience at left tackle. McGlinchey might feel more comfortable on the right side.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 10:19 AM

Ohio State HC called Ohio State four-star 2018 TE signing Jeremy Ruckert possibly the best tight end recruit he's ever seen or recruited.

Meyer's exact quote: "I think Jeremy Ruckert might be the best tight end prospect that I've ever seen and recruited. His skill set is ridiculous." Meyer has had more than his share of talented tight ends, so this is high praise. Scout.com's Chris Hummer believes Ruckert can make an immediate impact for the Buckeyes in 2018. "Ruckert is an elite combination of size (6-foot-6, 238 pounds), route-running acumen and pass-catching ability," he writes. "With Marcus Baugh graduating, there's an immediate need for Ruckert in the two-deep."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 11 - 5:47 PM

SB Nation's Bill Connelly has Ohio State ranked at the top of his S&P+ rankings for the 2018 season.

Alabama comes in second, Clemson third, and Washington rounds out the top four. Funnily enough, these are the same four teams that were in the 2016 college football playoff. If you're curious who ranks last on the analytic ranking, UTEP comes in at 130. The S&P measures things like dynamic plays, efficiency in finishing drives and field position, among other variables.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 11 - 3:55 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell called Ohio State five-star T signee Nicholas Petit-Frere the "best get" of National Signing Day.

Petit-Frere (6'6/272) signed with the Buckeyes on Wednesday, with OSU fending off competition from Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Notre Dame. Farrell writes that his upside makes him the best tackle prospect in the country and "it's not even close." He views Petit-Frere as a potential first-round selection for the NFL in the future and predicts that the Tampa native will outperform fellow five-star T Jackson Carman, an OSU target who signed with Clemson in December.
Source: Rivals
Feb 8 - 1:23 PM

Ohio State uncommitted signed four-star OLB Javontae Jean-Baptiste.

Baptiste (6'5/215) picks the Buckeyes over Nebraska, Texas A&M and Boston College, but had offers from several other "big-name" schools. He'll likely be an edge-rusher, and his size and 4.78 speed could make him tough to handle off the edge. He ranks in ESPN's top 300, and 16th overall at the outside linebacker position by 247 Sports in their composite rankings.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 7 - 1:24 PM

Ohio State signed uncommitted five-star 2018 T Nicholas Petit-Frere.

Petit-Frere (6'6/272) was the top remaining offensive line prospect in the 2018 class. He opted for the Buckeyes over Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Notre Dame. On the 247Sports composite board, he slots in at No. 7 overall. Petit-Frere might not have the playing weight to make an immediate impact, making him a potential redshirt candidate for 2018.
Feb 7 - 12:19 PM

Ohio State DC Greg Schiano has decided to stay with the Buckeyes rather than take a job with the Patriots, according to Bruce Feldman.

It has been a whirlwind in the coaching profession over the last 24 hours. Schiano seemed destined for the Patriots with both Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia leaving, forcing some to conclude that Schiano might become the head coach in waiting. Now that McDaniels is staying, that title might no longer be on the table. Schiano is currently closing during National Signing Day.
Feb 7 - 10:57 AM

Ohio State AD Gene Smith called the salaries of Alabama HC Nick Saban and Texas A&M HC Jimbo Fisher "ridiculous."

Ridiculous as the salaries might be -- Fisher received a guaranteed 10-year, $75 million contract from Texas A&M this winter, while Saban's deal works out to $8.1 million annually -- Ohio State can't really throw stones on this front. Buckeyes HC Urban Meyer drew a salary of $6.4 million for 2017, the fourth-highest draw for an FBS coach. Only Saban, Clemson's Dabo Swinney, and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh made more.
Source: The Lantern
Feb 6 - 1:42 PM


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