And on the seventh day, Buckeye Nation recovered from a Cinco de Mayo used to wash away the late-week drama otherwise known as The Recruiting Trail. No?
Over the last seven days we've had two linebackers from the class of 2013 de-commit from our beloved program and one Kentucky man go from sex-offender to fan to friend and back to sex-offender (WTF?) in just fourteen days. Next stop for our resident inspirational quoter Charles Eric Waugh: likely a jail cell.
We also have a couple former Buckeyes playing prominent roles in this year's NBA Playoffs and seven more headed into the NFL ranks - three of which weren't even drafted last weekend. Where to begin.....
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Last weekend's NFL draft didn't give us the 'usual' Ohio State performance with early-draft picks coming fast and often. Instead the first Buckeye taken was OT Mike Adams taken 56th overall (Pittsburgh) after seeing his draft stock fall following a positive drug test at the NFL combine. Next to be taken was WR DeVier Posey 68th overall by the Houston Texans, followed by Boom Herron 191st overall, in the in the next to last round, by the Cincinnati Bengals. But it was the final Buckeye drafted that raised the most eyebrows.no comments
Plenty to catch up on around The Ohio State University sporting landscape, so let's get this show on the road in case you missed anything from what turned out to be a fairly eventful week for the Buckeyes - as well as those who support stalk them. We bring you news, notes, voices, snippets and links from around Buckeye Nation - twenty of them to be exact.
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- Second linebacker in a week de-commits from Ohio State, this time it was Alex Anzalone - the 4-Star from Wyomissing, PA.
- Urban Weaponry - Class of 2013 Update brought us video highlights of the first twelve to commit to Meyer and the Buckeyes.
- Jaamal Berry to plead guilty in a case that will now be settled outside of court dating back to his assault of a man back in October.
- Former Buckeye Dominic Clarke signs on with Illinois State to continue his college career after being released from scholarship in January.
- Ohio State loses Lewis Neal, 3-Star linebacker out of Wilson, NC, who de-committed on Tuesday.
- DeVier Posey - A Career Pictorial looks back at DeVier's Ohio State career in photos now that he's been drafted by the Houston Texans.
- Tim Tebow comments on Ohio State (video) from a conference held in Columbus.
- Boom Herron - A Career Pictorial looks back at Boom's Ohio State career in photos now that he's been drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Less than two weeks after attending the Ohio State spring game, prior to committing to the program the same evening, 4-Star linebacker Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, PA) has de-committed from The Ohio State University. Anzalone is the second linebacker from Urban Meyer's class of 2013 to de-commit in the last four days, following the same change of mind made by Lewis Neal on Tuesday.
Just 24 hours ago Ohio State's student newspaper The Lantern broke a story on convicted sex offender Charles Eric Waugh and his contact with current Ohio State players, as well as recruits and commits - including Anzalone.
He was the 12th commitment of the class, doing so the same day as 4-Star defensive end Joey Bosa.
The loss of Anzalone and Neal have left a serious need at linebacker for the 2013 class, one Urban Meyer will certainly address in the coming weeks.
Since taking over at Ohio State back in November, Urban Meyer and his staff have been relentless on the recruiting front. They've pulled in talent for the 2013, twelve thus far, from as far east as New Jersey, south to Florida and Texas, and as close to the Pacific ocean as Riverside, California. They've drawn one in from Missouri, another from neighboring Pennsylvania and the other half dozen from right here in Ohio - including 5-Star Trotwood-Madison cornerback Cam Burrows.
We've heard all the names and seen the announcements come in seemingly one after another. Woodard. Burrows. Lisle. Baugh. Barrett. We even saw one de-commit on Tuesday (Neal), which brought us to the current number of twelve. But we don't always go out of our way to find video, game tape and highlights of these kids Meyer wanted so badly. We'll try and give a quick recap here, adding in a highlight video of each along the way. Heeeeeeeeere we go...no comments
After three continuations allowed by the court, former Ohio State running back Jaamal Berry will plead guilty from his early morning October assault of a male Columbus State student in the Arena District of downtown Columbus, Ohio in a case that will now be settled outside of court.
Berry's punishment will come in the form of one year probation in the state of Ohio, the payment of court costs and to complete an unannounced amount of hours of community service.
Robert Tobias, assistant prosecuter assigned to the case, said he was told by Berry's defense attorney that Jaamal desired to transfer away from The Ohio State University. William Meeks, Berry's attorney, has said that he is still in good standing with the university as a student but is unsure if he's currently enrolled in classes.no comments
Back on January 15th Ohio State reserve cornerback Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell were released from their scholarships by head coach Urban Meyer in the first loud move made after Meyer took over the program. Today Clarke signed on to play for Illinois State of the Missouri Valley Conference where he will likely see plenty of playing time.
Clarke had a couple of run-ins with the law, most recently on January 7th when he was pulled over for running a stop sign and found to be over the legal alcohol limit.
Head coach Urban Meyer addressed the situation a few days before releasing Clarke from his scholarship:
"What we'll never do is say we're going to make an example out of a kid. That's not going to happen. However, (Clarke) broke a team rule. I'm still getting the information. I'm very, very disappointed because some things were covered in the team meeting. They'll be dealt with very swiftly and sternly at the appropriate time."
The 'appropriate time' turned out to be January 15th when Clarke was released from his scholarship.
Illinois State coach Brock Spack on the Clarke pick up:
"Dominic is a gifted athlete and started a few games last year as a cornerback at Ohio State. He is a defensive back by trade, but he could be a slot receiver, a running back and a kick returner as well, so he is a guy with possibilities with the ball in his hand for us."
You can find ISU's official announcement of the transfer here.
Lewis Neal, the 28th ranked linebacker in the nation for the 2013 class (Scout), has de-commited from Ohio State just a week after making his initial commitment to Urban Meyer and the program.
Over the weekend Neal was found on Twitter discussing other schools, leading Ohio State fans to wonder just how commited he was. Two specific posts shined a glaring light on what was happening inside the mind of Neal just hours after receiving a new offer from LSU on Monday. First, this random message at 6:20pm Eastern on Monday evening:
Then, just six minutes later, 2013 Ohio State commit Najee Murray reached out to Neal, and his response told us all we needed to know...no comments