Ohio State: Why Urban Meyer cares about being No. 1 in recruiting; Buckeyes beat Indiana for 10th Big Ten win
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Having the No. 1 recruiting class matters to Urban Meyer
National Signing Day is in exactly one week. The Buckeyes currently sit at No. 1 in the 247Sports composite team rankings, slightly ahead of Georgia. Ohio State’s class is going to be great no matter if the Buckeyes finish No. 1 or No. 2 in the final rankings. But Urban Meyer would like to claim that top spot.
Land of 10’s Austin Ward explained why the No. 1 recruiting ranking matters to Meyer. If they’re determining a winner, Meyer wants it to be the Buckeyes.
“Well, I mean, I hear people say it’s not important,” Meyer said on signing day in 2014. “I disagree. As long as you’re keeping score we’re going to try to win.”
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Buckeyes beat Indiana to get to 10-1 in Big Ten play
No. 17 Ohio State cruised to an 71-56 win over Indiana on Tuesday night at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus. The Buckeyes had a 15-point lead at halftime and maintained a safe distance throughout the second half. Chris Holtmann’s team is now 19-5 overall and 10-1 in the Big Ten, trailing Purdue by just a half-game for first place.
— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) January 31, 2018
Jae’Sean Tate had a team-best 16 points as four Buckeyes scored in double figures. Kaleb Wesson had 14 points and was perfect from the field hitting all 7 of his shots, while Keita Bates-Diop had 13 points and 13 rebounds and C.J. Jackson scored 10. Here’s a full box score.
Recruiting experts weigh in on Rasheed Walker’s decision
Rasheed Walker is one of the top commits who will announce his college choice next Wednesday. The 4-star tackle is choosing between the Buckeyes and their Big Ten East foe, Penn State. Which way is Walker leaning? Land of 10 recruiting experts Ryan Donnelly and Tyler Donohue — who cover the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions, respectively — broke down his decision process.
Ohio State announces date of spring game
Ohio State’s spring game is set on the schedule. The Buckeyes will host their annual team scrimmage on Saturday, April 14. The time has not yet been set, but it follow the 11 a.m. Ohio State-Michigan lacrosse game at Ohio Stadium.
Tom Brady jokingly takes shot at Ohio State while discussing Mike Vrabel
Leading up to Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, Tom Brady is spending a lot of time surrounded by reporters this week. Brady was asked for his thoughts on his former Patriots teammate Mike Vrabel, who was recently hired as coach of the Tennessee Titans. While praising him, the Michigan man took a small swipe at Ohio State, Vrabel’s alma mater.
“Unfortunately he picked a terrible college to go to, but not everybody can get into Michigan, so I understand why he had to go to Ohio State,” Brady said.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) January 30, 2018
Brady and New England face Philadelphia on Sunday at 6:30 ET in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Eagles have former Buckeyes standout Malcolm Jenkins in their secondary.
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