We've once again browsed around the Buckeye Bloggers Network to pick the 'Best Of' for the week, and what a busy week it was. Over the last eight days we've had Urban Meyer's first Spring Game, plenty of Ohio State recruiting news from the football and basketball programs - and now made our way through seven rounds of the NFL draft that saw four former Buckeyes drafted and a trio more picked up as undrafted free agents.
Before we get too far along we'll get some housekeeping put of the way. First and foremost a quick shoutout is warrented for a couple of blogging brethren - Chris Holloway and Jeremy Birmingham - who fired up their new Ohio State blog over on the Rivals (Yahoo!) platform for Buckeye Grove, dubbed UnScripted Ohio. We're hoping to rope them into the network, but look forward to plenty of great content from those guys regardless.
We would also be remissed if we failed to mention the ultra-intense, pregame 'circle drill' put on right before the spring game kicked off last Saturday afternoon. For a fan base itching for anything positive out of the football program - what a perfect way to get the day started. If you've yet to see it, we've posted the video below ahead of our BBN links. It's a prime example of Urban Meyer Badassery.
Saturday, April 21st - Ohio Stadium
We were all pretty excited after Saturday's Spring Game that marked the live-version of the Urban Meyer Era - but none quite as excited as Nate over at Our Honor Defend. I'd be willing to bet at least $3 that he spilled his Red Bull at some point while writing his 'Monday Morning Hive Is So Pumped You Guys Don't Even Know'
GOOD F***ING MORNING DEFENDERS! ITS SUCH A GREAT D*** MORNING! ANYONE ELSE STILL JUST COMPLETELY JACKED ABOUT THAT PULSATING CIRCLE MOB OF TESTOSTERONE ON DISPLAY AT THE ONSET OF SPRING GAME?! AHH! [/caps lock] I had to take two Jager-bombs to the face VraBro-style then headbutt a mountain goat just to take the edge off from this weekend. [READ MORE]
The Buckeye Blog did a bang up job with their reaction to the Spring Game with a focus on quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton - as well as head coach Urban Meyer - in their Thoughts on the Spring Game.
After watching the Buckeyes spend the last 11 or so games attempting to pound the ball up the middle (again and again), it was good to see starting quarterback Braxton Miller developing as a passer. Yes, there is still concern regarding some of the decision making which both worked and didn’t work so well. Watching him deliver some impressive passes on the run however, you can see that his passing game has come along way since last season. [READ MORE]
Former Loyola Marymount commit Tobe Okafor has gotten some notice from major programs looking to fill out their next class. The 6'11" senior center decomitted earlier this week after realizing he could contribute at a major program right away in 2012.
The Nigerian native is rated as the best center coming out of the state of Maine. He has a great frame and is very athletic. The teammate of Xavier target James Farr at Maine Central Institute started the year off the bench and worked his way to more playing time. [READ MORE]
Sylvester-Yon Rambo (The MotSaG version, not the First Blood version) gave us some background on Thad's newest commit Amedeo Dela Valle last Sunday, including his high school highlights...
Amedeo Della Valle is a 6’5″ 185 lbs 3 star Shooting Guard from Las Vegas, Nevada via Italy. According to Scouts Amedeo is listed as the 29th best SG in the nation in this years class. Rivals also has him listed a 3 star. Amedeo comes to OSU from National High School powerhouse Findlay Prep where he honed his skills as a 3 point specialist. [READ MORE]
Drew Thurman from The Silver Buller connected up with TSUN blog Maize n Brew to pick his brain on the state of the Michigan football program, Brady Hoke and the recruiting efforts on Friday with his Behind Enemy Lines: Michigan.
If there is one thing that Ohio State fans should learn from the 2013 class that Michigan has thus far put together, I would say it is that Michigan is once again a major recruiting threat both in the Midwest and nationally. That isn't to say Michigan is taking over in recruiting, Ohio State recruits very well and with Meyer on board I don't expect that to stop. I simply mean that it looks like Michigan has reestablished itself as a solid top-10 recruiting program with some of the other national powerhouses. [READ MORE]
And last but not least we at Buckeye House Cal were fortunate once again to hook back up with Ohio State freshman cornerback Tyvis Powell to get his reaction to playing in his first Spring Game in our Tyvis Corner Revisited. As always, he was 'Buckeye Nation First' in everything we discussed. He's definitely the kind of student-athlete we want on in Scarlet and Gray.
Tyvis: “I've waited 10 years for that moment, and it was even better than I thought it was going to be. I wasn't really nervous about it. I was more anxious to get out there and play in front of all the people who believe that I'm good enough to be here. I hope I made them proud.” [READ MORE]