“The Scarlet and Gray are one of the most successful teams in college football and have put together quite a run of form over the first 18 seasons of this century. While it’s hard to call any one program College Football U, based on these numbers, Ohio State is certainly in the conversation.”
- Patrick Murphy, 247sports.com
Fans of college football love to boast about their teams ability to get guys into the NFL. Some schools are known for being very good at getting specific positions into the league, whether it be at linebacker, defensive back, quarterback, etc. Ohio State has gotten more than its fair share of players into the NFL over the last two decades, and while they don’t claim to be “DBU” or “Linebacker U” like some programs out there, they may very well own those titles — and more.
In a few recent posts from Pick Six Previews, named the most accurate Power Five preview for the last six years, they took a look at players taken in the NFL Draft at certain positions since 2000 and the schools that produced the most players at those positions. It was no shocker to see Ohio State listed toward the top of a few of these lists.
When it came to defensive backs, the Buckeyes were at the very top of the list, with 28 DBs drafted since 2000, ahead of Virginia Tech (24), Alabama (22) and LSU (22). When it comes to defensive backs, they aren’t just getting a large amount of guys into the league, but guys that are taken in the early rounds as well, as Ohio State has had a DB taken in the first round of four of the last five NFL drafts. Notable OSU DB’s include Malcolm Jenkins, Bradley Roby, Marshon Lattimore and Denzel Ward.
Ohio State is also at the top of the list when it comes to producing linebackers, where they are tied with Georgia at 19, ahead of USC (17) and Alabama (16). The Buckeyes have churned out big name LB’s among the likes of A.J. Hawk, James Laurinaitis, Ryan Shazier and Raekwon McMillan.
What may be a bit surprising is how high the Buckeyes are in terms of getting wide receivers to the NFL, especially as they are not usually a pass-first offense. However, OSU ranks second with 17 receivers drafted behind only LSU (18). Notable names include Santonio Holmes, Ted Ginn Jr., Brian Hartline and Michael Thomas.
“As the roster currently stands, the Buckeyes have one available scholarship for the 2019 class after signing a three-member class in November. That trio, featuring point guard DJ Carton and forwards Alonzo Gaffney and E.J. Liddell, is rated as the No. 10 class in the nation.”
- Adam Jardy, The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State men's basketball finished up an abysmal month of January, and has now won each of its last three games to improve to 6-6 in the Big Ten and 16-7 overall. The Buckeyes have another very winnable game ahead of them when they take on Illinois, before embarking on an extremely tough stretch of four ranked opponents in five games. While this Ohio State team is still very young and continuing to learn the ropes of the college game, there are reinforcements on the way for next season.
While Carton, Gaffney and Liddell are the centerpieces of the 2019 class, and the reason the Buckeyes have their first top-10 recruiting class in seemingly forever, they still have one remaining scholarship for next year. That potential final piece could be four-star shooting guard Lester Quinones, who this weekend listed Ohio State among his final seven schools. The 6-foot-5 Quinones is the 64th overall recruit in the 2019 class and the No. 6 shooting guard.
The 2020 class, currently with no commitments, got a potential addition as well this week, with forward Che Evans listing the Buckeyes among his final six schools. Evans, a four-star prospect out of Maryland, is the No. 147 recruit in the nation and 30th overall small forward. Evans made an unofficial visit to OSU in October of last year, leaving with a scholarship offer.
“Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Indiana keeps losing, Ohio State and Illinois each has won three straight and only three games separate the bottom six teams in the conference. The Big Ten isn’t going to get 10 teams in the NCAA Tournament, as has been widely speculated, but the depth of the league continues to impress.”
- Adam Jardy, The Columbus Dispatch
It has been a wild season of Big Ten basketball this season, with no clear favorite as to who will come away with the conference title. With a couple big upsets in last night’s games, there has been another shakeup in the Big Ten power rankings, with Michigan State coming out on top.
After losing three straight games, and Joshua Langford going down with a season ending injury, the Spartans have somehow found a way to rally, defeating a pair of NCAA Tournament teams in Minnesota and Wisconsin by an average of 11 points. Following behind MSU is Michigan, who moves up a spot from a week ago despite losing to Penn State on the road. Iowa comes in at No. 3, with Maryland up next ahead of Purdue after the Terrapins outscored the Boilermakers 40-18 in the second half to secure the upset on Tuesday night.
Ohio State comes in at the middle of the road, No. 7. The Buckeyes are 6-6 in conference play after starting off 2-0, and have done most of their damage by beating up on the struggling teams in the Big Ten. They don’t have many bad losses outside the defeat at the hands of Rutgers, a team they have since beaten, however they are 0-5 against Big Ten teams ranked higher than them in the KenPom national rankings.
No. 2 Ohio State (9-2, 5-2) fell to No. 1 Penn State (11-0, 7-0) in front of a capacity St. John Arena crowd in their last meet, losing 28-9 to the Nittany Lions. The Buckeyes got three bout victories by Malik Heinselman, Micah Jordan and Myles Martin. OSU will wrap up its Big Ten dual slate this weekend with a road match at Purdue on Friday and their last home contest of the season on Sunday against Nebraska.
Three Buckeyes were named to the Big Ten Preseason Watch list on Wednesday afternoon. Juniors Dominic Canzone and Connor Pohl as well as sophomore Dillon Dingler received the preseason honor for an Ohio State team picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten. The Bucks will begin the 2019 season at the Snowbird Classic Friday against Seton Hall in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Ohio State swept two competitions in Virginia last weekend against the College of William and Mary and University of Richmond. They topped Richmond 77-55 on Saturday before taking down William and Mary 101-77.5 on Sunday. The Buckeyes will now head to Wheaton, Illinois to take on Wheaton University as they continue to prep for North Regionals.
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