Oh, Baby!

Maybe Urban Meyer heard that Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh recruited an eighth grader. Maybe it’s just in Meyer’s nature to leave no stone unturned.

In any case, rumor has it that the Ohio State head man is pursuing a local 3-month-old.

Urban

“Dear Jack,
You may consider me a little hasty in asking you to consider which college to attend, but we want to get an early start on beginning the tradition at The Ohio State University. We will look for you to make your collegiate debut in 2033 — you will need to gain a little weight, but our strength staff will take care of that!
Go Bucks!
Sincerely,
Urban Meyer
Head Football Coach”

Jack definitely needs to gain a little weight, but speed shouldn’t be a concern. According to the letter Jack first sent Urban (which was what prompted the above response), Jack’s 40-yard dash time is, “However fast Mommy is driving me in the car.”

We all start somewhere, right?

Jack is an adorable future defensive back, so keep an eye out for him.

And Jack’s Dad, Nick is on Twitter. A huge thanks to him for sending me a copy of Urban’s letter.

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Who Should Wear the “C?”

Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson told Columbus Business First that the organization now knows who it will name the next CBJ captain.

To see how Davidson described the player who will wear the “C,” click here.

And don’t forget to weigh in on who you would name!

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NFF Supports Delany On Year Of Readiness

The National Football Foundation has put out a statement regarding Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany’s position that freshman athletes should be ineligible for competition.

“The National Football Foundation is extremely supportive of Jim Delany and the Big Ten’s efforts to strengthen the balance between athletics and academics,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Promoting the scholar-athlete ideal remains the centerpiece of the NFF’s mission, and anything that can aid in giving young people the opportunity to have meaningful experiences as both students and athletes must be discussed at the national level. I strongly encourage everyone to read Commissioner Delany’s letter in full.”

The 12-page Delany Letter can be read at the provided link.

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VIDEO: Russell Turns Pro

Here are highlights of the press conference in which D’Angelo Russell announced he’s turning pro, featuring Russell, OSU head coach Thad Matta and Russell’s dad, Antonio.

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Depth At QB Not New for Meyer

Urban Meyer made a great point in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution today. He brought up the fact that he’s had depth at quarterback before.

In 2008, junior Tim Tebow was under center the bulk of the time for the Florida Gators, but backing him up were two quality signal callers in redshirt freshman John Brantley and sophomore Cam Newton.

Tebow obviously just signed with the Eagles. Newton is a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Panthers. And former 5-star recruit Brantley had a star-crossed collegiate career, but generated at least enoCardale Jones during OSU Spring Game 4-12-14ugh interest to sign with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent.

The obvious difference between that situation and what coach Meyer has this year at Ohio State is that every Buckeye quarterback has established himself. Braxton Miller is a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year. Cardale Jones is 3-0 as a starter with one of those wins coming in the National Championship game. JT Barrett was named as a Heisman Trophy candidate before an injury ended his season last year.

Still, it must be reassuring to OSU fans that Meyer has some valuable experience to help guide his decision-making…Almost as reassuring as the end result of that 2008 season: a 24-14 win over Oklahoma in the BCS title game.

Read more from the AJC here. Article includes Meyer’s philosophy of when he will offer a recruit, how often he’s been asked by recruits about Aaron Hernandez, and he names a player he thinks is a future Buckeye captain. Oh, and there’s a photo of Raekwon McMillan lifting a log that’s on fire?

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Ohio State Football Visits the White House

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Buckeye Spring Game Extras

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer had Cardale Jones and Stephen Collier cap off OSU warmups by squaring off in the famous circle drill.

Also, in a race at halftime of the Ohio State spring game, Buckeye Ezekiel Elliott bested a field that included Braxton Miller, Jalin Marshall and a group of OSU students.

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