It’s been a while since our friend Kevin Dearth has graced our pages with a new wallpaper for your desktop or laptop… or to sneak onto the tablet of the office Wolverine. Luckily, though, he’s got a couple of things today to fix that situation… and something more in the works.
First up, a look back and forward at this year’s newest members of the Ohio State Family:
Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. The men’s basketball team seems to be finding its way, the women’s team is still in the wilderness and the football team had a very successful Letter of Intent Signing Day. Grab whatever beverage that you prefer, or need, and let’s proceed.
The findings by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), might offer a new strategy for inhibiting tumor growth by developing agents that reverse this hypoxia-related pathway.
The study focuses on how cancer cells use the amino acid glutamine, the most common amino acid found free in the bloodstream. Under normal oxygen levels, healthy cells use glutamine largely to produce energy, with a small amount diverted to make fatty acids and lipids.
So, we had a big day on Wednesday, eh? Twenty-three new members of the Buckeye Family. Honestly, I didn’t follow the entire process too closely, but did pay attention at the end. Your milage and sorting may vary, but here’s how I interpreted the signees “positions”. Read More
The Buckeyes had a pretty big day this past Wednesday on National Signing Day and we wanted to get everyone’s thoughts about the class. Jeremiah joins us from MOTSAG this week with his two-cents, as well as the gang from 95.5 The GAME, Matt Finkes, Arch Madness, and Adam Sabie.
Which recruit the Buckeyes got signed was the biggest surprise to you and why?
Which recruit do you have a feeling will come in and have an immediate impact? Read More
You’re either reading this from home on a “ice day”, or from work after having dug yourself out of yet another mid-week snow storm. Stupid freaking groundhog… At any rate, here’s today’s soundtrack… for reasons that will hopefully soon be evident.
What would “second Christmas” be for college football fans without at least one present under the tree?
With much of the Ohio State 2014 Class wrapped up well before mid-January, the only speculation today was on what color windbreaker Coach Meyer would wear during the afternoon press conference.
Sure, there were other things that could have changed the perspective, but none more exciting than a last minute addition of a top ranked student athlete… and one that was believe to have been a “lock” for Sparty for a while.
New Jersey defensive end Darius Slade was expected to sign with Michigan State today, but informed the folks in East Lansing that he wanted to visit Columbus before making a final decision. He had initially verballed to Nebraska, but “flipped” to Michigan State earlier this year.
The 6’5″, 235 pound senior from Montclair high school also held offers from Miami, West Virginia, and Penn State; it’s believed that his relationship with former Nittany Lion Larry Johnson solidified his commitment to Ohio State.
While “only” a three star by most recruiting services, Slade’s ability to get to the quarterback is undeniable- after the jump, you can see some of the 37 sacks he amassed over the past two seasons, as well as his ability to pressure an offensive gameplan: Read More
Welcome to “Second Christmas” for college football fans… the day when programs accept written commitments from the nation’s best high school players to join their families.
It’s another place where “bragging rights” come to play as well, as every University wants to bring in the top ranked class by the assessment of Rivals, Scout, 247, or ESPN. National Letter Of Intent Day also brings a lot of excitement, drama, and just a little bit of ridiculousness across the country… let’s hope that Ohio State has little to none of those last two today, though.
We’ll be updating the Buckeye list as the day goes on, and will also bring you our thoughts on what each athlete brings to the Scarlet and Gray. We’ll also keep you informed on news and notes from the WHAC, and you can look forward to our annual NLOID Podcast on Thursday.
If you’re a real “recruit-nik”, please drop by our friends at Men of the Scarlet and Gray; they’ll be livechatting all morning, and always have great coffee and pastries.
As always, it’s a GREAT DAY to be a Buckeye!
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It may be a holiday weekend, but it doesn’t mean that Coach Meyer isn’t still hard at work.
This morning, Columbus Bishop Ready offensive lineman Brady Taylor completed a switch that many had seen coming for a while now, changing his verbal commitment from Virginia Tech to Ohio State after a weekend visit with the staff.
The 6’5″ offensive tackle gave his pledge to the Hokies over Michigan State, Wisconsin, Kentucky and others, but was recently offered by the hometown Buckeyes and had an escalated courtship that concluded this morning. Taylor was initially intending to take another visit to Blacksburg, but has decided against that given today’s announcement
Taylor becomes the 22nd member of the 2014 recruiting class, and its fifth offensive lineman; it is believed that they’ve now “filled” this position for the class.
Over at the hudl site, you can see young Mr. Taylor in action… in my opinion, he will benefit from a year or two in the program and under Coach Warriner and Marotti’s tutelage.
Welcome to the Buckeye Family, Mr. Taylor… glad to have you at home!
As a part of today’s Army All-American festivities, Ohio State’s defense received a verbal commitment from one of the top defensive backs in the country and a stand out in the state of Ohio.
Cleveland Glenville’s Erick Smith joined a long line of Tarblooders to don the scarlet and gray after a week where he excelled against some of the nation’s best athletes as a part of Army AA practices and scrimmages
Smith, a 6’1″, 185 pound safety led his Tarblooders team to the State Championship this year, and is described as a big hitter with solid hands who can play either the strong or free safety slots. At Glenville, he played on both sides of the ball and is a nifty runner with the ball in his hands.
Ranked as a “four star” prospect by most recruiting services, Smith held offers from Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Illinois, and West Virginia.
His announcement today was not without some drama/excitement, depending on your perspective. Rumors had swirled all week regarding several of the Glenville All Stars choosing a different path; first it was Kentucky, and then there were reports that Smith wanted to postpone making a selection on Saturday so that he could take additional visits to Michigan and Michigan State.
This went against thoughts that he and Marshon Lattimore has been a “package deal” who’d wanted to announce at the Army Game for quite some time (Lattimore will announce in the fourth quarter). So, even though the Buckeyes were the recipient of his verbal commitment today, don’t be surprised if this process draws out until NLOID. It’s the “Glenville Way”, and fans should just take rumors and reports with a grain of salt until ink is on paper in the WHAC.
When Smith reports to Columbus, he brings a skill set that the Ohio State secondary has been looking for all season; he may be a great replacement for fellow Tarblood Alumni Christian Bryant. You can see why in the highlights from the State Title game after the jump: Read More