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Ohio State football team has 47 players honored as Scholar-Athletes

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jerry Emig; COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Academic All-American Jordan Fuller, 4-time honoree Kevin Woidke lead academic achievers

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – First-team Academic All-American Jordan Fuller, a marketing major from Old Tappan, N.J., and Kevin Woidke, a two-year letterman from Cleveland whose on field efforts have recently earned him a scholarship, lead nearly half a roster of Ohio State football Buckeyes – 47 in all – who have earned OSU Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2018-19 academic calendar.

 

A total of 674 student-athletes – those with 3.00 or better grade point averages for the year – were honored in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union this evening during the department’s 52nd annual scholar-athlete banquet.

 

Fuller, who carries a 3.81 overall grade point average and is majoring in marketing, is an OSU Scholar-Athlete for a third time. His impressive academic credentials include being named a Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar, Academic all-Big Ten (twice) and second-team Academic All-American in 2017 when he was a sophomore.

 

He tied for the team lead in tackles last season with 81 and he was second to Jerome Baker in 2017. Fuller enters his senior season with the Buckeyes with a team-high 162 career tackles.

 

Woidke earns the distinction of being the only football player this spring who is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. He has played in every game the past two seasons when the Buckeyes captured back-to-back Big Ten titles and won Cotton and Rose bowl games.

 

Three-time scholar-athlete honorees include: Drue Chrisman, Gavin Cupp, Brock Davin, Luke Farrell, Jake Hausmann, Dre’mont Jones, Bryan Kristan, Liam McCullough and C.J. Saunders.

 

Jones, a first-team All-American this past season who has graduated with his degree in sociology, led a corps of 21 players who were also named to the Academic All-Big Ten team last fall.

 

A total of 12 true freshmen earned OSU Scholar-Athlete accolades.

 

2018-19 Football Scholar-Athletes

*Indicates 2018 Academic All-Big Ten honoree (must be a sophomore academically); class indicates current academic standing

§  Fr. WR Kamryn Babb – management & industry exploring

§  Fr. QB Matthew Baldwin – business administration

§  Fr. SAF Ryan Batsch – exploring majors

§  Fr. K Jack Cappabianca – management & industry exploring

§  Jr. P Drue Chrisman* – consumer and family financial services

§  Gr. QB Chris Chugunov* – sport management

§  So. DL Aaron Cox* – Science & technology exploration

§  Jr. OL Gavin Cupp* – Human development & family science

§  Jr. TE Brock Davin* – finance

§  So. SAF Kevin Dever* – Finance

§  Jr. DL Noah Donald – Industrial and systems engineering

§  Fr. SAF Luke Donovan – Business

§  Jr. SAF Owen Fankhauser – Human development & family science

§  Jr. TE Luke Farrell* – Health promotion, nutrition & exercise science

§  Fr. DE Tyler Friday – Management & industry exploring

§  Jr. SAF Jordan Fuller* – marketing

§  Fr. LB Dallas Gant – Management & industry exploring

§  Fr. H-B Jaelen Gill – Communications

§  Fr. DL Zaid Hamdan – Science & technology exploration

§  So. K Blake Haubeil* – Communications

§  Jr. TE Jake Hausmann* – Communications

§  Sr. LB Justin Hilliard – Marketing

§  Jr. LB Logan Hittle* – Sport industry

§  Fr. OL Jack Jamieson – Management & industry exploring

§  Fr. RB Xavier Johnson – Management & industry exploring

§  Gr. DT Dre’mont Jones* – Sociology

§  Fr. LB Cade Kacherski – Finance

§  Sr. K Bryan Kristan* – Finance

§  Fr. OL Chris Kuhn – Mathematics

§  Jr. LS Liam McCullough* – Finance

§  Fr. LS Roen McCullough – Finance

§  Jr. RB Amari McMahon* – Biology

§  Jr. P Jake Metzer* – Electrical and computer engineering

§  Fr. LB Teradja Mitchell – Management & industry exploring

§  Fr. OL Nicholas Petit-Frere – Operations management

§  Jr. LS Bradley Robinson* – Human development & family science

§  So. RB Mitch Rossi* – Sport industry

§  Fr. TE Jeremy Ruckert – Exploring majors

§  Sr. WR C.J. Saunders* – Accounting

§  Fr. LB Ben Schmiesing – Business

§  Fr. DE Tyreke Smith – Science & technology exploration

§  Fr. RB Master Teague – Exploring majors

§  Fr. DT Taron Vincent – Management & industry exploring

§  So. LB Pete Werner* – Exploring majors

§  Fr. DT Alex Williams – Fashion &and retail studies

§  So. CB Marcus Williamson* – History

§  Sr. OL Kevin Woidke* – Real estate and urban analysis

 

#GoBucks

 

THE PEOPLE. THE TRADITION. THE EXCELLENCE.

 

88th Annual Ohio State Football Clinic set for April 11-13

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jerry Emig; COURTESY OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Chris Spielman, Steve Specht, Ted Ginn Sr. and Ted Ginn Jr. to be honored

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 88th annual Ohio State football clinic will take place Thursday, April 11 through Saturday, April 13 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and will culminate at the LifeSports Spring Game, presented by Nationwide, at noon Saturday in Ohio Stadium.

 

New Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and upwards of a dozen speakers will present on various aspects of football coaching as featured speakers. Day will speak Friday at 12:10 p.m. on how to organize a game plan.

 

All five of Ohio State’s newest assistant coaches will also present at the clinic:

 

§  Quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator Mike Yurcich will address QB footwork and drills, and the intermediate passing game, Thursday at 6:10 p.m.

§  Co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will also present Thursday at 6:10 p.m. He’ll address Ohio State’s defensive philosophy and goals.

§  Special team’s coordinator and assistant secondary coach Matt Barnes will speak on coaching fundamentals through special teams at 11:35 a.m. Friday.

§  Co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach Jeff Hafley will speak on defensive back techniques, Friday at 1:40 p.m.

§  Linebacker’s coach Al Washington will address defeating blocks, the art of confrontation, at 2:15 p.m. Friday.

 

Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa are also among the featured speakers that include Boston College head coach Steve Addazio, Wittenberg coach Joe Fincham, and leadership expert Tim Kight, from Focus 3.

 

Honorees include three-time high school state champion coach Steve Specht, from St. Xavier, and Ted Ginn Sr., who has produced 19 NFL players as head coach at Glenville. They will each receive “Ohio’s Finest” awards Thursday evening for the high school level.

 

Buckeye great Ted Ginn Jr., who has caught 379 passes for 5,281 yards and 31 touchdowns through 12 NFL seasons so far, will be honored Thursday with the collegiate “Ohio’s Finest” award.

 

And Chris Spielman, Ohio State’s two-time consensus All-American and Lombardi Award winner who went on to star for 12 years in the NFL, will receive the “Ohio’s Finest” award for an NFL player on Friday.

 

The coaching clinic kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, with a series of speakers and awards. The clinic will continue Friday morning with an Ohio State practice session and then additional lectures and honors, beginning at noon. Registered clinic attendees also get a ticket to the spring game.

 

Coaches can sign up for the clinic at the following link: http://go.osu.edu/FBCoachesClinic19.

 

Spring Game Tickets

Tickets for the spring game are available at http://go.osu.edu/19FBSpringGameTix. General admission prices are $5, plus there will be a limited number of $15 reserved club seats. Applicable service charges may apply.

 

Tickets can also be purchased in person at the OSU Athletics Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS (select option 3).  Group tickets – $4 for groups of 50 or more – are available by calling the Group Sales Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select Option 2). Fans requiring wheelchair accessible seating are encouraged to purchase accessible seats in advance.

 

Children under the age of 6 are free in the general admission areas only (everyone in club seating areas will be required to have a ticket). Current OSU students get in free with a valid OSU ID.

 

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THE PEOPLE. THE TRADITION. THE EXCELLENCE.

 

Buckeyes 2nd half spurt too much for Northwestern

POSTGAME NOTES WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 22 points, 7 rebounds and stayed out of foul trouble for the second straight game

Freshman Duane Washington Jr. was valuable off the bench with 8 points, 5 rebounds in 27:37 of playing time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POSTGAME NOTES

Ohio State 63 (17-9, 7-8 B1G), Northwestern 49 (12-14, 3-12 B1G)

Feb. 20, 2019 Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

 

GAME/SERIES

 Ohio State is 119-46 in the all-time series against Northwestern and 69-15 in Columbus.

 The Buckeyes improve to 113-38 in Value City Arena.

 

TEAM

 Ohio State held the Wildcats to just 20 points in the first half. The last time the Buckeyes held a Big Ten opponent to 20 or fewer points in the first half was against Minnesota (1/20/18), holding the Gophers to just 18.

 The Buckeyes outscored the Wildcats in the paint, 40-22.

 The Ohio State bench outscored the Northwestern bench, 27-19.

 When the Buckeyes lead at the half, the team is 13-3 on the season.

 

CHRIS HOLTMANN

 Chris Holtmann improves to 4-0 when coaching against the Wildcats.

 Holtmann’s record against conference opponents improves to 22-11 at the helm of the Buckeyes.

 

KALEB WESSON

 Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

 The game marked Wesson’s 20th of the season scoring in double figures and fifth scoring 20-plus points.  Wesson’s 22 points in the contest put him at 721 for his career.

 Wesson finished 5-for-5 from the free throw line, reaching 200 made foul shots for his career (204-281).

 

KYLE YOUNG

 Kyle Young went 4-for-5 from the field, scoring eight points for Ohio State. He has made 26 of his last 33 field goal attempts (.788) in the last nine games in which he has played.

 Young grabbed four rebounds and dished two helpers for the Buckeyes.

 

DUANE WASHINGTON JR.

 Duane Washington Jr. scored eight points off the bench for the Buckeyes.

 Washington Jr. grabbed five rebounds, dished two assists and recorded a steal for Ohio State.

Buckeyes Football announces completion of 2019 Recruiting Class

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jerry Emig; COURTESY OSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Signing Day II: Buckeyes Complete Class of 2019

Ohio State will add a total of 18 scholarship players to 2019 roster

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio Head coach Ryan Day announced the completion of Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class on Wednesday as two more players signed National Letters of Intent to further their academic and athletic careers as members of the Buckeyes’ football program.

 

The newest members of the class are a pair of offensive linemen: Dawand Jones from Indianapolis and Enokk Vimahi, a native of Kahuku, Hawaii. Coupled with the 15 players who signed in December, Ohio State’s recruiting class finishes with 17 signees.

 

In January, the Buckeyes also added quarterback Justin Fields, a transfer from the University of Georgia. That brings the total number of newcomers on the 2019 roster to 18. Fields is one of seven newcomers who enrolled for the spring semester. He’s joined by Zach Harrison, Garrett Wilson, Ronnie Hickman, Ryan Jacoby, Noah Potter and Marcus Crowley.

 

In all, the recruiting class of Buckeyes includes four offensive linemen, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, three defensive linemen, two linebackers, two safeties and one athlete. The group is also geographically diverse with players from 10 different states, led by five from Ohio and two from Georgia and Indiana. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, 12 players are either four or five-star prospects.

 

 

2019 OHIO STATE RECRUITING CLASS

Name                           Position            Ht.       Wt.      Hometown / Previous School
Steele Chambers           RB                   6-2       215       Roswell, Ga. / Blessed Trinity Catholic
Marcus Crowley            RB                   6-1       200       Jacksonville, Fla. / Trinity Christian Academy
Tommy Eichenberg      LB                   6-3       225       Cleveland, Ohio / St. Ignatius
Zach Harrison               DE                   6-5       243       Lewis Center, Ohio / Olentangy Orange
Cormontae Hamilton    TE                    6-2       263       Memphis, Tenn. / Whitehaven
Ronnie Hickman           SAF                 6-1       200       Wayne, N.J. / DePaul Catholic
Ryan Jacoby                 OL                   6-5       270       Mentor, Ohio / Mentor
Dwand Jones                OL                   6-8       360       Indianapolis, Ind. / Ben Davis
Jaden McKenzie           DT                   6-3       285       Wake Forest, N.C. / Wake Forest
Harry Miller                  OL                   6-4       310       Buford, Ga. / Buford
Noah Potter                  DE                   6-5       250       Mentor, Ohio / Mentor
Bryson Shaw                SAF                 6-2       175       Potomac, Md. / The Bullis School
Cade Stover                  LB                   6-4       225       Mansfield, Ohio / Lexington

Enokk Vimahi              OL                   6-4       270       Kahuku, Hawaii / Kahuku
Jameson Williams         WR                  6-2       170       St. Louis, Mo. / Cardinal Ritter College Prep
Garrett Wilson              WR                  6-1       180       Austin, Texas / Lake Travis
Craig Young                 ATH                 6-4       200       Fort Wayne, Ind. / Wayne

Steele Chambers | RB | 6-2, 215 | Roswell, Ga. / Blessed Trinity Catholic
Rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports and among the top 20 athletes nationwide … a three-year starter for head coach Tim McFarlin … ran for 244 yards and three TDs while also throwing a touchdown pass to help Blessed Trinity Catholic advance to the Georgia 4A state title game … in the title game, ran for 98 yards and added five tackles on defense as Blessed Trinity won its second straight championship … over 1,500 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior … Georgia’s Region 7AAAA Player of the Year in 2017 for the state champion Titans … exceptional athlete who stood out as both a linebacker and running back … All-Georgia honoree as an athlete from the Atlanta Journal Constitution … Georgia Athletic Coaches Association all-state selection as a linebacker … rushed for 1,486 yards (6.9 yards per carry) as a sophomore and 1,301 as a junior … scored the go-ahead touchdown in the 2017 state title game … on defense, totaled 70 tackles (37 solo), six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks … parents are Stacy and Eric Chambers.

Marcus Crowley | RB | 6-1, 200 | Jacksonville, Fla. / Trinity Christian Academy
Enrolled in winter 2019 semester classes at Ohio State … the four-star prospect by Rivals and a top 100-ranked player in the state of Florida … named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Florida in 2018 … rushed for 258 yards in a 34-7 win over Bolles School in the Region 1-5A finals … scored on runs of 60, 39 and 90 yards … was a MAxPrep/USA Football National Player of the Week nominee … had five 200-yard rushing games during his senior season … ran for over 2,000 yards and averaged better than 10 yards a carry and 150 yards per game over his senior season … plays for the same program that produced current Buckeye Shaun Wade and Tyreke Johnson … ran for 1,210 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior … parents are Shelly and Michael Wright.

Tommy Eichenberg | LB | 6-3, 225 | Cleveland, Ohio / St. Ignatius
A four-star recruit according to 247Sports.com who is a consensus top-10 ranked player in the state of Ohio … one of the top-20 ranked linebacker prospects by all of the major recruiting services … a first-team All-Ohio selection as a senior by the Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association … moved from outside to middle linebacker early in the 2018 season and finished with 126 total tackles (80 solo, 46 assists), eight sacks, 23 tackles-for-loss and five pass breakups … also had seven quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and an interception … St. Ignatius started 0-2 but finished 8-1 and made the state playoffs with Eichenberg at middle linebacker … included in those eight wins was a 21-7 win over eventual state champion St. Edward … led the team with 81 tackles and 7.5 sacks as a junior … is a state qualifier for the St. Ignatius track and field team in the shot put … finished eighth at the state championship meet last spring … parents are Heather and Gregg Eichenberg.

 

*Justin Fields | QB | 6-3, 225 | Kennesaw, Ga. / Harrison
Transferred to Ohio State and joined the football program in January of 2019 … played in 12 of 14 games as a true freshman for Georgia in 2018 and was named to the Coaches Freshman All-SEC Team … completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four TDs … also had four rushing touchdowns … was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 19 after passing for 121 yards, rushing for 100 and accounting for three touchdowns in a 66-27 win over UMass … a five-star prospect by every major scouting service from Harrison High School under head coach Matt Dickmann … rated as the No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2018 … the nation’s top-ranked dual threat QB prospect … awarded MVP of the 2017 Elite 11 Quarterback Competition … totaled 4,187 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns, 2,096 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns in two years as a starter for Harrison … awarded 2018 Mr. Georgia Football by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta … named the 2017 Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and the Associated Press, in addition to being named First-Team All-State by both publications … also played shortstop and second base for the Harrison varsity baseball team and was a highly-touted baseball prospect with MLB draft potential. *Signed a National Letter of Intent with Georgia in 2018

Zach Harrison | DE | 6-5, 243 | Lewis Center, Ohio / Olentangy Orange
Enrolled in winter 2019 semester classes at Ohio State … the consensus top-ranked player in the state of Ohio and a top-five prospect nationally … the nation’s No. 1 defensive end by all the major scouting services … earned a five-star designation by 247Sports.com, Scout.com and Rivals … a superb athlete who has been clocked at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash and he’s also run a 10.7 100 meters and a 21.5 200 meters … first team All-Ohio by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and the Delaware County Defensive Player of the Year … had 14 tackles-for-loss and seven sacks in just seven games as a senior … will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 … invited to The Opening in 2017 and 2018 … named a finalist for the All-American Bowl Man of the Year … parents are Tracey and Jimmie Harrison.

Cormontae Hamilton | TE | 6-2, 263 | Memphis, Tenn. / Whitehaven
A three-star prospect and the No. 22 player in the state of Tennessee by 247Sports … the nation’s No. 22-ranked tight end by Rivals … member of The Commercial Appeal’s All-Metro team as a junior in 2017 … helped Whitehaven, under head coach Rodney Saulsberry, reach the Class 6A semifinals in 2017 … averaged better than 20 yards per reception … 2018 preseason 6A all-state selection and led Whitehaven to the state finals … hauled in 18 passes for 278 and five touchdowns as a senior for the 11-4 Tigers … mother is Nikki Gilmore.

Ronnie Hickman | SAF | 6-1, 200 | Wayne, N.J. / DePaul Catholic
Enrolled in winter 2019 semester classes at Ohio State … New Jersey’s third-ranked recruit overall by 247Sports.com and is a top 150 prospect nationally … checks in with a No. 9 ranking as an athlete according to 247Sports … plays on both sides of the ball for DePaul Catholic, lining up at wide receiver and safety … an injury cut his senior season short, but not before he totaled 609 receiving yards and nine TDs on 26 catches … recorded 19 tackles and five pass breakups … caught 44 passes for 809 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior while also contributing 44 tackles, two interceptions and nine PBU on defense … had 945 all-purpose yards in 2017 … finished his career with 1,418 yards receiving on 70 receptions and 22 touchdowns … is the third New Jersey native to sign with the Buckeyes in the last two classes, joining Javontae Jean-Baptise and Tyler Friday from last year’s class … is nicknamed “The Rocket” … helped DePaul Catholic win New Jersey’s Non Public Group III state title as a junior in 2017 … played for head coach John McKenna … also played lacrosse from DePaul Catholic … parents are Hanifah Crawley and Ronnie Hickman Sr.

Ryan Jacoby | OL | 6-5, 270 | Mentor, Ohio / Mentor
Enrolled in winter 2019 semester classes at Ohio State … Four-star prospect according to 247Sports who is Ohio’s No. 8-ranked player … was the second member of the 2019 class to give his verbal commitment … first-team All-Ohio as a junior and senior playing left tackle for Mentor, the 2017 Division I state runner-up … the Cardinals were 13-2 and averaged 41.2 points per game on their way to the state finals in 2017 … Mentor was 11-2 in 2018 and once again featured one of the state’s highest scoring offenses, averaging 36.9 points per game … a finalist for the Tony Fisher Award … coached by Steve Trivisonno … was a member of Mentor’s wrestling team as a freshman and sophomore … parents are Lisa and Michael Jacoby.

 

Dawand Jones | OL | 6-8, 360 | Indianapolis, Ind / Ben Davis
A four-star prospect by ESPN … earned three stars by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … consensus top-15 rated player – regardless of position – in the state of Indiana … a talented two-sport athlete who also excels on the basketball court … is currently averaging 17.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game and had several Division I offers … played at Ben Davis for head coaches Mike Kirschner and Jason Simmons … in his first year as a starter in 2017, helped Ben Davis to an undefeated 6A state championship … Ben Davis averaged 47.3 points per game and scored 50 or more points six times … a Indiana Football Coaches Association Top 50 team selection as a senior … 6A All-State selection in 2017 as a junior … paved the way for an offense that averaged 28.5 points per game … is the son of Deanna Jones.

 

Jaden McKenzie | DT | 6-3, 285 | Wake Forest, N.C. / Wake Forest
A three-star prospect who has been a key contributor in helping Wake Forest High School win three consecutive 4A state championships … rated as the No. 48 defensive tackle prospect in the nation and the No. 32 player in North Carolina by 247Sports … recorded 71 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a senior … selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, an annual all-star game between players from North Carolina and South Carolina … finished his high school career on a 45-game winning streak … four-year varsity letterwinner … as a junior, compiled 97 tackles, 23 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks … totaled 28.5 sacks over his final three seasons … originally from New Orleans … mother is Quandra McKenzie.

Harry Miller | OL | 6-4, 310 | Buford, Ga. / Buford
Four-star prospect who is the nation’s No. 2-ranked center according to 247Sports.com … a five-star recruit by MaxPreps … No. 37-rated prospect overall according to 247Sports.com … a versatile player who played guard, tackle and center for Buford High School and head coach John Ford … Buford was 10-3 in Miller’s senior season and reached the Class AAAAA quarterfinals … with Miller paving the way, Buford averaged 41.6 points per game in 2018 and scored 50 or more points four times … helped Buford finished 11-2 as a junior in 2017 while advancing to the Class 5A state semifinals … participated in Nike’s The Opening last June and was named the camp’s most valuable offensive lineman … a straight-A student and likely class valedictorian … a finalist for the All-American Bowl Man of the Year Award … has made numerous mission trips to Nicaragua … parents are Kristina and Sean Miller.

Noah Potter | DE | 6-5, 250 | Mentor, Ohio / Mentor
Enrolled in winter 2019 semester classes at Ohio State … Ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 6 player in Ohio by 247Sports … earned All-Ohio honors for head coach Steve Trivisonno at Mentor as both a junior and senior … 49 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss and five sacks and 30 QB hurries as a senior for a defense that allowed just 13.3 points per game  … anchored a defense that led the Cardinals to the Division I state championship game in 2017 … had 68 tackles, 32 quarterback hurries, 10 sacks and eight tackles-for-loss … led the greater Cleveland area with over 25 tackles for loss as a senior … his older brother, Micah, was a member of the Ohio State men’s basketball team in 2016-17 and 2017-18 … parents are Ronda and Tim Potter.

Bryson Shaw | SAF | 6-2, 175 | Potomac, Md. / The Bullis School
Three-star prospect and the No. 9 player in the state of Maryland according to 247Sports … a do-it-all safety/wide receiver as well as a standout lacrosse player for The Bullis School … has also seen time as a running back and wide receiver … named the team’s most valuable player and the Defensive player of the Year in the Interstate Athletic Conference as a senior … as a junior, caught five touchdown passes, had a TD run and also returned a kickoff and fumble for scores … on defense, totaled 30 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles … parents are Jill and Bryn Shaw.

Cade Stover | LB | 6-4, 225 | Mansfield, Ohio / Lexington
The fourth-ranked player in Ohio and the No. 130 overall prospect according to 247Sports … named Ohio’s Mr. Football by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and the Gatorade Player of the Year … the eighth-ranked linebacker nationally and a semifinalist for the High School Butkus Award honoring the nation’s top prep linebacker … selected as Ohio’s Division III Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and a first-team all-state selection after recording 163 tackles and four interceptions during the regular season … added 1,477 yards and 17 touchdowns as a running back … Ohio Cardinal Conference Defensive Player of the Year … as a sophomore in 2016 for head coach Taylor Gerhardt, Stover made 190 tackles (14.6 per game) as Lexington made the regional finals … during his junior season in 2017, Stover was a first team All-Ohio pick as a hybrid linebacker/safety … a great all-around athlete, Stover earned second team All-Ohio honors on the basketball court as a junior in leading Lexington to the OHSAA Final Four in Columbus … has set the school’s all-time scoring record in basketball … parents are Chelsi and Trevor Stover.

 

Enokk Vimahi | OL | 6-4, 270 | Kahuku, Hawaii / Kahuku
Rated the nation’s No. 7 guard and No. 124 overall player by 247Spots.com … a four-star prospect by every major recruiting service and the No. 2-ranked player in the state of Hawaii … has the versatility to play either guard or tackle in college … on the postseason circuit, played in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl and Polynesian Hall of Fame Bowl … participated in The Opening last summer in Dallas … Kahuku’s football program has produced 17 players who have gone on to play in the National Football League … The Red Raiders played in three consecutive state championship games between 2015 and 2017 … Kahuku averaged nearly 300 total yards and 30 points per game during Vimahi’s senior season … he blocked for three different running backs that totaled 300 yards or more … is the son of Lori and David Vimahi … he has an older brother, Aliki, who signed with Utah in 2017.

 

Jameson Williams | WR | 6-2, 170 | St. Louis, Mo. / Cardinal Ritter College Prep
Rated as a four-star prospect and a Top 150 player overall by 247Sports.com’s composite rankings … the No. 2-rated prospect in Missouri by 247Sports and No. 3 by Rivals … helped Cardinal Ritter College Prep reach the Class 3 state championship game this past fall … caught 68 passes for 1,626 yards and 22 touchdowns … had eight 100-yard games, including a 257-yard effort with five TDs … scored at least one touchdown in 11 of 14 games … selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 3 in Orlando … caught 36 passes for 1,062 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior while also returning three kicks for TDs … a track star who holds the state record in the 300-meter hurdles, a mark previously set by former Buckeye great Ezekiel Elliott … won two state track and field titles last spring … parents are Tianna and James Williams.

Garrett Wilson | WR | 6-1, 180 | Austin, Texas / Lake Travis
Enrolled in winter 2019 semester classes at Ohio State … A five-star prospect according to 247Sports.com and a top-15 ranked recruit – regardless of position – nationally … caught two touchdown passes in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … was also named the All-American Bowl Man of the Year for his excellence in community service, education and athletic distinction … participated in Nike’s The Opening last June and was named to the All-Tournament team … played for head coach Hank Carter at Lake Travis High School … despite missing action in the middle of his senior season due to injury, had 1,151 yards receiving and 19 touchdowns … with Wilson and current Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin teaming up, Lake Travis went 13-3 in 2017 and played in its third consecutive Class 6A Division I state final … Wilson’s junior year stats were off the charts: 98 catches for 1,774 yards while accounting for 32 total touchdowns … his career numbers included 204 receptions for 3,359 yards and 55 total touchdowns … selected as the 2017-18 Central Texas High School Athlete of the Year by The Statesman … Texas’ No. 1-ranked recruit on the The Stateman’s Fabulous 55 list … a three-sport athlete at Lake Travis who earned Division I scholarship offers as a basketball player … averaged 21 points per game for the Cavaliers to earn first team All-Central Texas honors … is the son of Kenny and Candace Wilson … Kenny played basketball at Davidson, scoring 1,573 career points to rank seventh on the school’s all-time list.

Craig Young | ATH | 6-4, 200 | Fort Wayne, Ind. / Wayne
Consensus three-star prospect … a standout on both sides of the ball for Wayne High School and head coach Derrick Moore … ranked as the No. 9 player in the state of Indiana … caught 35 passes for 700 yards and 12 touchdowns during his senior season … as a junior, he had over 600 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns while also contributing 27 tackles, three interceptions and 1.5 sacks on defense as an outside linebacker … two-time member of the WANE-TV Fab 15 … a three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and runs track … averaged 17.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a junior on the basketball court … won the sectional 100-meter (10.7 seconds) and 200-meter (22.43) sprints during his junior season … parents are Antoinette and Shabaka Young.


 

Young Buckeyes give #8 Spartans a run for their money in 86-77 loss

GAME RECAP NOTES WRITTEN  BY & COURTESY OF OHIO STATE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

 

OHIO STATE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE WITH C.J. JACKSON & KALEB WESSON

64,269 C.J. Jackson OSU guard On his career long cramping issues kept him out of game when team needed him the most 1 5 2019

64,272 Kaleb Wesson OSU center Going up against old Ohio Capital Conference foe in Nick Ward a physical game indeed 1 5 2019

64,275 C.J. Jackson OSU guard The team’s feelings when in the last 5 minutes MSU was pulling away was there still hope to win 1 5 19

64,276 C.J. Jackson OSU guard How close are the Buckeyes to a team of Michigan State’s caliber 1 5 2019

64,277 C.J. Jackson OSU guard Why did the Spartans shoot 76 percent in the 2nd half Was it bad defense or they got good looks 1 5 2019

C.J. Jackson said that he thinks Ohio State is just as good as the Spartans if they can clean up some deficient areas and lapses (megasportsnews.com photo)

OSU POST GAME NOTES

No. 8 Michigan State 86 (13-2, 4-0 B1G), No. 14 Ohio State 77 (12-2, 2-1 B1G) Jan. 5, 2019 Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

GAME/SERIES  The game was officially a sellout with 18,809 spectators filling Value City Arena.  The Buckeyes are 61-18 in sellouts at VCA and 53-15 in sellout games against Big Ten Conference foes. The last sellout at VCA was last season when the Buckeyes hosted Iowa (2/10/18).  The Buckeyes are now 68-57 all-time against the Spartans. When facing Michigan State in Columbus, Ohio State falls to 37-23.

TEAM  When both the Buckeyes and the opponent are ranked in the Associated Press Top-25, Ohio State is 76-77.  In games that they are leading at the half, the Buckeyes are 8-2 on the season.  The Buckeyes turned the ball over just five times. The last time the team recorded five or fewer turnovers was last season at Rutgers (1/14/18) when the team recorded five total turnovers.  The Buckeyes were 9-for-9 from the free throw line in the first half. The team finished 16-for-21 from the line. Michigan State made 30 free throws. The last time an opponent made 25+ free throws was when Purdue made 25 on 31 attempts (1/21/16). The Spartans 37 free throw attempts is the most attempts an opponent has made since Minnesota took 32 last season (12/2/18).

Kaleb Wesson said that the Buckeyes had lapses that hurt them against Michigan State (megasportsnews.com photo)

CHRIS HOLTMANN  Chris Holtmann is now 1-1 when coaching against Michigan State.  Against Big Ten opponents, Holtmann is now 17-4.

KALEB WESSON  Kaleb Wesson netted 25 points for the Buckeyes, his second 20+ point game this season.  Wesson recorded his 1,000th minute in the contest, playing 28 minutes against the Spartans. Wesson has now played 1,023 minutes in his career as a Buckeye.  The sophomore grabbed eight boards, two blocks and had zero turnovers for the Buckeyes.

C.J. JACKSON  C.J. Jackson led Ohio State with five assists in the contest.  With 10 points in the game, Jackson is six points shy of 800 for his career. He has scored in double-figures in 10 games this season.  In his 80th game as a Buckeye, Jackson added five rebounds, four steals and zero turnovers for Ohio State.

KYLE YOUNG  Kyle Young recorded his 100th point of the season in the contest. Young scored eight points for a season total of 106 and career total of 150.  Young went 4-for-4 from the field, grabbed one board, dished two assists and recorded two steals for the Buckeyes.

OHIO STATE SCORING AND INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

24 Andre Wesson 10 points, 4 rebounds

34 Kaleb Wesson 25 points, 8 rebounds

1 Luther Muhammad 12 points

3 C.J. Jackson 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals

32 Keyshawn Woods 4 assists

25 Kyle Young 8 points, 2 assists, 2 steals

4 Duane Washington Jr. 10 points, 4 rebounds

Also playing in the game: 23 Jaedon LeDee, 2 Musa Jallow, 10 Justin Ahrens & 14 Joey Lane.

 

Chris Holtmann says that the Buckeyes are not at the level where they need to be at this time. Still a young team (megasportsnews.com photo)

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