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Ohio State, Meyer mine Michigan again for football talent

While Michigan football practices in Florida, a Michigan high school football player became an Ohio State verbal commit.

The former is a new development, but the latter isn’t  as rare as one might expect.

The Ohio State band performs Script Ohio at Michigan Stadium
The Ohio State band performs Script Ohio at Michigan Stadium

Three-star athlete prospect Antjuan Simmons of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School could be the fifth player from the Great Lakes State to sign with the Buckeyes since Urban Meyer took over as head coach of the Buckeyes in late 2011.  Continue reading Ohio State, Meyer mine Michigan again for football talent

Ohio State had a huge day on the recruiting trail

There haven’t been many days like Monday in Ohio State recruiting.

Urban Meyer’s class jumped from No. 5 in the nation and second in the Big Ten (behind Michigan) to the top of both by adding a trio of four-star recruits from out of state. Ohio State entrance

First came a pledge from Binjimen Victor, a big receiving target from Florida who will suit up for the Buckeyes this fall.

Next was a double-dose of good news as quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. and linebacker Keandre Jones both dropped Maryland, their home-state school, in favor of becoming Buckeyes.

Read more: Ohio State raids Marylands recruiting class for two top prospects | FOX Sports

More thoughts on the Ohio State QBs and offense

Another week has come and gone in Big Ten football, and my how things are getting interesting now.

This weekend we get something that was hard to foresee a couple of weeks ago, and that is a conference game between two ranked teams that are neither Ohio State or Michigan State.  Continue reading More thoughts on the Ohio State QBs and offense

Requiem for Urban Meyer’s read option

This Week in Big Ten Football looks first at Ohio State’s offense under Urban Meyer, whose scheme might have just evolved beyond its name.

Thursday on his weekly radio show, Urban Meyer declared the read option dead in his current version of the Ohio State offense. OK, that’s a bit dramatic, but we had to get your attention somehow.

What he actually said: “When you hear spread option, it cracks me up when I hear that. We don’t run really an option very much at all and it’s more of a pro-style from a spread set. So it’s a much different offense than what it was years ago.”

While that made headlines, it’s news a long time coming.  Continue reading Requiem for Urban Meyer’s read option

This Week In Big Ten Football looks at QB battle fallouts

Big Ten football could be said to have come back to Earth in week one, although there weren’t too many upsets around the league. If anyone was overly disappointed in the league’s weekend as a whole, their expectations were probably too high.

Only two teams unexpectedly won (Northwestern) or lost (Penn State), although it will be interesting to see what happens next for those teams (I’d say BYU-Nebraska was a tossup entering the day).   Continue reading This Week In Big Ten Football looks at QB battle fallouts

Playing two quarterbacks has merit for Ohio State

Could playing two quarterbacks regularly this season work for Ohio State?

Maybe the best answer at this point is, “Why not?”

Initially I doubted we would see it (barring injury), but a lot of the rhetoric seems to be pointing in that direction. Well, the chatter from the coaches, at least, as Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Ed Warinner both talked up some of the potential positives of using both J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones rather than picking one with which to sink or swim. That comes a couple of weeks after Barrett and Jones both expressed some misgivings about a two-quarterback system, though one got the impression from both they would go along with whatever they were asked to do.

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and daughter at media day
Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and daughter at media day

The quarterbacks both made good points, too, as far as being able to get in a rhythm and play through mistakes. I certainly think that is valid. Does it trump the possibility of getting more of the good than the bad out of each of them, though? I don’t think we can answer that definitively.

And while I don’t think they should play both simply as a way to avoid hurting feelings, I am starting to see how it could work.

The bottom line is hardly anything that has happened before compares to this situation. Almost no quarterback battle includes two players who have actually performed well and won on the big stage. What Meyer and Warinner and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck are making isn’t an educated guess like it is when trying to choose between two guys who have only done it in practice, which is a poor substitute for games, and that is great for piece of mind if not for drawing distinctions between the two. Continue reading Playing two quarterbacks has merit for Ohio State