Urban Meyer and his merry band of recruiters pillage another state for elite prospect, Mr. Personality is back in Ohio and more

Jeremy Birmingham

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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, and this is your Ohio State Wake-Up Call.


Mr. Steal Your Recruits is back to work

Yawn.

Signing day for the recruiting class of 2017 isn’t even a week behind us yet and Urban Meyer and his band of recruit-stealing scallywags are back at work, pillaging the West Coast yet again for the finest 2018 prospects. This time, it is 4-star DB Jaiden Woodbey, who on Monday picked the Buckeyes instead of USC — where his father played — as well as Nebraska and Oklahoma. For the country’s 32nd-ranked player on the 247Sports charts, it was seemingly an easy decision.

“Ohio State has my majors,” said Woodbey, who wants to focus on business and marketing.  “I can handle the weather and they have a ‘get it done no matter what’ mentality, which my parents and I both like.”

The point here? Ohio State’s recruiting momentum doesn’t seem to be waning.

Woodbey is the third Top 100 player from the 2018 class to commit to the Buckeyes, and none of them are from Ohio. He joins 5-star QB Emory Jones and 4-star TB Brian Snead in the recruiting class, which currently ranks second in the Big Ten behind Penn State.

The Nittany Lions have 10 2018 commitments already. Don’t rest on your laurels, James Franklin. The Buckeyes are coming.

Welcome home, Tyvis

The most personable player in modern Buckeyes history — and a favored son of the great state of Ohio — is returning home.

Former Buckeyes safety Tyvis Powell, who played most of the 2016 NFL season for Seattle before being waived prior to the Seahawks’ wild-card game, was claimed on Monday by the Cleveland Browns.

Powell, a 2012 Ohio State signee of Bedford, in Southeast Cleveland, confirmed the report on his Instagram.

Cleveland Made, Cleveland Paid

A photo posted by Tyvis Powell (@1tyvis) on

Now let’s work on getting Cardale Jones back to Ohio, alright?

Thad Matta channels Jackie Moon

When things aren’t going your way, sometimes you’ve got to switch things up.

Maybe it’s a huge, program-wide transition. And maybe, just maybe, it’s channeling your inner-fictional superstar. That’s the route taken by Thad Matta this week as his basketball team readies itself for the stretch run of the Big Ten basketball schedule and its last effort to garner some NCAA Tournament momentum.

Coach Matta decided that he wanted to “channel” his inner Jackie Moon and add a sign to the locker room ala the movie Semi-Pro #ELE #GoBucks

A photo posted by Ohio State Men’s Basketball (@ohiostatehoops) on

Many folks no longer believe in Matta, but I do. Whatever the reasons for the Buckeyes’ mediocrity since 2014 — and I know Matta is a part of it — I still think he’s the man to turn it around.

I hope he gets that chance.

Freshman lineman winning awards

If you want to earn the respect of your peers at Ohio State, the best way to do that is by busting your butt in the weight room. That’s what early-enrolled freshman Josh Myers has done since arriving on campus on Jan. 9.

“Yes, Josh Myers is competing already,” Meyer said a week ago. “(He) is absolutely killing it in the weight room right now. He’s going to be in the mix.”

Myers is a 6-foot-6, 310-pound lineman out of Miamisburg, Ohio, and the blue-collar work ethic will serve him well with his older teammates — especially if he keeps earning accolades for on-field activities in high school. He was named a first-team All-American by Parade Magazine on Sunday.

From Marc Pendleton of the Dayton Daily News:

That was the latest for Myers. Last Friday he received the Art Teynor award by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. Based on football achievement, character and community service, he received that award from Vikings head coach Steve Channell during the annual weekend coaches’ clinic in Columbus.

On Saturday Myers was named to the Buckeye Blue Chips Team by the Touchdown Club of Columbus, presented by former OSU standouts Bobby Carpenter and Beanie Wells. Previously, Myers was named first team USA Today All-American and USA Today’s Ohio player of the year. Later this month he’ll receive the Anthony Munoz Foundation offensive lineman of the year award at Cincinnati.

I am sure that Billy Price, Jamarco Jones and others are reminding him daily that high school doesn’t mean much anymore. Still, it’s nice to know your work is being recognized.

B1G Happenings

• Eight Big Ten teams in the way too early Top 40 for 2017

• Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh drawing the eyes of Texas

• Wearing black socks is apparently news these days

• The Badgers have scheduled their spring football game

• Lose to your rival? Who cares if you’re still kicking their butt on the recruiting trail

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