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Babb Bits: Post-Signing Day Thoughts
February 8, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "The Terrelle Pryor saga continues, and many people feel as if the amount of attention has grown to ludicrous proportions. But is that Pryor's fault? Charles Babb gives an answer, plus talks recruiting rankings in this version of Babb Bits..."


"...When asked about the ranking of his recruiting class, Tressel shrugged. He said he had a conversation a few days back with All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis about how the class stacks up. Laurinaitis pointed out he and fellow All-American Malcolm Jenkins were 'two-star' (out of five) recruits out of high school.

'How much stock do you put in that?' Tressel asked rhetorically. 'I think we have good guys. I don't care how many stars they have.'

When posed a hypothetical question about the importance of a quarterback in this recruiting class, Tressel generalized.

'In a perfect world?' Tressel pondered. 'Let's make it a perfect world. Let's get a quarterback in this class and our plan would be further along.'..."
Source: The Morning Journal

Recruiting rankings don't guarantee football success
February 7, 2008 Source: USA Today - "College football fans sometimes pay as much attention to their teams' recruiting rankings as they do to the Bowl Championship Series standings. A good ranking in February is no guarantee that a team will contend for national titles or big-time bowl berths over the next four or five seasons, and recruiting analysts know they engage in an inexact science..."

Bringing in the best

The teams in the final USA TODAY Top 25 Coaches' poll and the average ranking of each school's class by recruiting services Scout.com and Rivals.com from 2002 to 2006 and their overall average. Because many schools redshirt freshmen, the window was increased to five years.

Final 2007 Rank, college
2. Southern California
8. Oklahoma
3. Georgia
16. Florida
1. LSU
10. Texas
19. Michigan
12. Tennessee
4. Ohio State
14t. Auburn
25. Penn State
23. Texas Tech
13. Arizona State
9. Virginia Tech
22. Clemson
24. Oregon
18. Illinois
21. Wisconsin
11. Boston College
5. Missouri
6. West Virginia
7. Kansas
14t. BYU
17. Hawaii
20. Cincinnati

National Signing Day 2008

Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel talks to the media during a news conference announcing Ohio State's 2008 football signees.Jim Tressel National Signing Day Press Conference
February 6, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "..."A fine blend of size, speed, talents and needs highlight this group of 19 young men with great character," Tressel said. The class includes nine players from Ohio, four from Florida and one each from Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Texas. There are eight offensive (3 OL, 3 WR, 1 RB, 1 TE) and 10 defensive players (5 DL, 3 DB, 2 LB), plus one specialist..."

Ohio State Football 2008 Signees

Diverse class fills variety of needs
February 7, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Highly ranked group includes blockers, receivers, defenders ..."

Tressel Talks About 2008 Class, One Remaining Target
February 6, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "We have our story from today's National Signing Day press conference at Ohio State. Plus, we have an audio link of Jim Tressel's comments on the 2008 class as well as interviews with assistant coaches and more. This is a must-listen. Click this free link for the story and much more..."
Introducing The Ohio State Football Recruiting Class Of 2008

Listen to the audioOhio State's National Signing Day Press Conference
February 6, 2008 Source: PressBoxProductions.net - "Listen to special one hour, 40 minute audio webcast of Tresselís signing day press conference. The file includes Tressel comments, interviews with assistants, comments from Brewster and Shugarts and much more..."

Tom Lemming's Recruiting Class Rankings 2008
February 6, 2008 Source: CSTV.com - "4. Ohio State: If they get No. 1 ranked Terrelle Pryor, it will be tough to keep them away from the No. 1 spot. Of all the classes out there, they have the strongest top eight players..."
Rivals 2008 Team Ranking
Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings

The-Ozone Signing Day Note and Quotebook
February 6, 2008 Source: The Ozone - "...Early Arrivals: Shugarts and Brewster are already enrolled at OSU and working out in the OSU conditioning program, and according to Jim Tressel, several more members of the class will enroll in March in order to take part in spring practice sessions and the spring game. Expected to enroll in March are linebacker Etienne Sabino, wide receiver Jake Stoneburner and offensive lineman Mike Adams....During the highlight film session, Willie Mobley was shown making a tackle in the backfield of a player wearing, of all things, a winged helmet. 'He's used to chasing after helmets like that,' quipped Tressel drawing a snicker from those in the room...Strike Up the Band: OSU Head Coach Jim Tressel said something new usually pops up every recruiting season. This year it occurred during his in-school visit to tight end Nic DiLillo at Madison High School. 'There are firsts every year,' said Tressel. 'It's the first school I was every in that when we came on our school visit they had the marching band march down the hallway playing Hang on Sloopy. The folks at Madison are excited that Nic is a Buckeye,' Tressel said with a smile..." (more)
Hazell Hits the Jackpot in Recruiting Class

Terrelle Pryor is 6-6, 225 pounds, runs a 4.4 40, ran for 1,901 yards 36 touchdowns and threw for 1,790 yards and 23 scores while leading Jeannette High in Pennsylvania to a 16-0 record and a state title, and he also played a little defense. Unlike Young when he first went to Texas, Pryor has a polished throwing arm to go along with his speed and quickness
VideoThe Waiting Game
February 6, 2008 Source: CSTV.com - "#1 overall recruit Terrelle Pryor gives an exclusive interview with CSTV's Adam Zucker and explains why he is waiting on committing."

The four programs in the hunt for the star of the 2008 recruiting class
February 7, 2008 Source: CollegeFootballNews.com - "Who needs superstar QB prospect Terrelle Pryor? Michigan, absolutely. Penn State, definitely. Oregon, sure, and Ohio State, sort of. Pete Fiutak takes a look at the teams playing the waiting game, and what Pryor would mean to them...."

Penn State's push for the nation's top football recruit keeps offers on hold
February 7, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "...'They've been hitting my father hard. They visited my father more than anybody,' Pryor said of Penn State. 'They've been to my dad's house so many times it's unbelievable. Tom Bradley knows the town probably the same as my dad does now. My dad is in love with him.'..."
Ohio State is Pryor's likely destination, Bill Livingston says
February 7, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "...It is hard to believe any cutting-edge, multi-threat quarterback who is serious about his pro prospects, absent a fondness for isolation, silos and passing Amish buggies on two-lane roads on the way in and out of State College, Pa., would willingly attend Penn State..."

National Signing Day 2008

The following young men, listed below, are expected to sign 'National Letters of Intent' today (February 6, 2008) committing to play their college football at Ohio State. In addition, the Buckeyes may sign an additional one or two players, who have not yet announced their college of choice.

 A checkmark, shown at the left, will be added to each recruit's profile when their letter of intent has been received by OSU.

Updated 11:40AM 2/6/08
Orhian Johnson of Gulfport FL has announced today he will attend Ohio State! He had not previously committed to any school.

Updated 9:52AM 2/6/08
All of the athletes who had previously orally committed to OSU have signed their letters of intent!

UpdatedTerrelle Pryor, the nation's #1 recruit, will not sign today. He has said he will visit Penn State and then decide between PSU, Michigan and Ohio State. At a press conference in his high school gymnasium today, Pryor said: "Me and my dad had a little battle of differences. He had a different mind and I had a different mind. He likes a couple schools. Not the school I was thinking."

Jeannette's Pryor won't sign today February 6, 2008 Source: Pittsburg Tribune-Review

VideoNSD Exclusive: Pryor speaks with AMP February 6, 2008 Source: Rivals.com

National Signing Day 2008
Mike AdamsOT 6-7 305 5.3Dublin OH
From Scout.com: Adams is one of the top pass blockers in the country. He has exceptional technique. Once Adams fills out his body with more muscle mass in college he will be an elite lineman. Adams has very good feet and is athletic for his size. Needs to work on his lower base to be a more powerful run blocker. Strengths: Feet, Pass Protection, Size

From Rivals: VideoMike Adams Highlights  
Michael BrewsterOL6-6 300 5.1Orlando FL
From Scout.com: He is a dominating drive blocker that once he locks up on you itís all over. Brewster has super leg drive and is overpowering at the point of attack. Equally impressive is the way he blocks on the move when pulling and trapping. Brewster shows excellent quickness for a big man and is tough even when he gets to the second level. You also have to love Brewsterís motor as he plays until the whistle blows. He is always moving and attacking. Strengths: Aggresiveness/Tenacity, Drive Blocking Skills, Nasty Streak

From Rivals: VideoMichael Brewster Highlights  
Devier PoseyWR 6-3 190  Cincinnati OH
From Scout.com: Posey is a physical and powerful runner with the ball in his hands. He rarely goes down on the initial contact and does a nice job of breaking tackles. Posey can get behind a secondary and be a deep threat and he can also dominate the middle of the field. He has good hands, size and speed. He runs good routes, and can also change directions in space. Strengths: Hands and Concentration, Running Ability, Size

From Rivals: VideoDeVier Posey Highlights  
Etienne Sabino LB6-3230 4.6Miami FL
From Scout.com: Sabino has very good size and is a very physical player. Sabino is at his best when things come his way. He sheds blockers well and knows how to fight through traffic and make the play. Sabino is a sound tackler and a big hitter at times. He attacks with aggression and takes good angles. Sabino does move well laterally and has the ability to chase things down. Strengths: Aggressiveness, Shedding Ability, Size

From Rivals: VideoEtienne Sabino Highlights  
J.B. ShugartsOL6-7295 5.15 Klein TX
From Scout.com: Shugarts has a great frame and will only continue to get bigger and better. A very athletic player who has played tight end and tackle. He is clearly a tackle at the next level. Outstanding footwork in space, gets to the second and third levels quickly. Plays the game with passion and grit. Finishes his blocks. Once he is focused on one position in college his upside is tremendous. Strengths: Arm Length, Feet, Toughness

From Rivals: VideoJ.B. Shugarts Highlights   
Jake StoneburnerWR 6-5 225 4.54Dublin OH
From Scout.com: Stoneburner has excellent size and speed and shows the ability to make the big catch. Stoneburner is great in the air, showing excellent body control, concentration and field awareness. He has surprisingly good speed for a big receiver and can certainly run away from the pack. Stoneburner can beat you deep or take the short and make a big play. He can be very elusive and make you miss or he can run with power. Strengths: Body Control, Size, Speed

From Rivals: VideoJake Stoneburner Highlights  
Andrew SweatLB6-2225 4.55 Washington PA
From Scout.com: Sweat is a speedy and athletic linebacker. He runs exceptionally well in pursuit, showing good reaction time, instincts and explosiveness. Sweat is agile, smart, physical and tough. He fills the holes nicely as well but does have some trouble shedding blockers at the point of attack. When heís free to roam and stalk Sweat shows just how active he can be from his linebacker position and is everywhere on the football field. Strengths: Agility, Athleticism, Speed

From Rivals: VideoAndrew Sweat Highlights  
Lamaar ThomasWR5-11 180 4.40 Fort Washington MD
From Scout.com: Thomas is a shifty back that can cut on a dime. He shows very good vision and a good burst once heís sees daylight. Thomas just has excellent acceleration. He is quick and shows excellent elusiveness, especially in the open field. Thomas can run between the tackles but is better suited to run wide because of his good speed and vision. He is also a good receiver out of the backfield. Strengths: Change-of-Direction, Elusiveness, Vision

From Rivals: VideoLamaar Thomas Highlights  
Keith WellsDE6-5225 4.8 Gainesville GA
From Scout.com: Wells is one of the more intruiging prospects in the class with the way his body type has completely changed over the last year and he could project at a few positions on defense. Wells can be physical at the line of scrimmage as a defensive end to stand up his blocker or he can be quick enough to simply get around him. He has good use of his hands, though shedding is a problem at times. A high motor player and shows a high pain threshold. Strengths: Explosion, Hand Quickness, Lateral Range

From Rivals: VideoKeith Wells Highlights  
Garrett GoebelDT6-4 270 5.00 Lombard IL
From Scout.com: Goebel has a good first step and uses his hands very well. He does a nice job of stuff the run and getting penetration. Goebel is overpowering at the point of attack and shows good speed and quickness for a big man in the trenches. He also shows good discipline and patience and the ability to read a play and then react. Goebel has a great frame, long arms, and good footwork and looks like he would make a very good offensive tackle prospect as well. Strengths: Quickness off Ball, Size, Strength

From Rivals: VideoGarrett Goebel Highlights  
Willie MobleyDE6-2265 4.85 Eden Prairie MN
From Scout.com: Mobley Eden Prairie to 14-0 mark and a Class 5A title as a junior. Named All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and First-Team All-State. Mobley had 74 tackles, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

From Rivals: VideoWillie Mobley Highlights  
Nathan WilliamsLB6-5 245 4.66 Washington Court House OH
From Scout.com: A linebacker by trade, Williams will play with his hand down at the next level. He is destined for defensive end, but could potentially grown into a defensive tackle. A very explosive athlete who makes plays consistently behind the line of scrimmage. Very quick first step and is outstanding in pursuit. Williams is a very strong athlete who should only continue to get bigger, stronger and faster. Strengths: Backside Pursuit, Explosion, Strength

From Rivals: VideoNathan Williams Highlights  
Travis HowardDB6-1185 4.43 Miami FL
From Bucknuts.com: Howard is one of the top cornerback prospects in the state of Florida. Made close to 60 tackles and had two interceptions during his junior season. CB No. 10; No. 133 Overall Prospect

From Rivals: VideoTravis Howard Highlights  
Nic DiLilloTE6-5225 4.85 Madison OH
From Scout.com: DiLillo has a great frame; we could see him easily adding 30-pounds in college. His ball skills are exceptional for a high school tight end. He shows a knack and desire for going up in the air and coming down with everything throw his way. He has perfected the fine art of breaking away from press coverage. Often times at the high school level a strong backer or end can slow a tight end up by grabbing him at the line of scrimmage, not him. Strengths: Ability To Beat Jams, Blocking Ability, Hands and Concentration

From Rivals: VideoNic DiLillo Highlights  
Shawntel RowellDT6-4325 5.6Cleveland OH
Rowell, another in a long line of Cleveland Glenville players to attend OSU, said: "I am going to be a defensive tackle. That is the position I want to play in college. I know some people told me offense, but I want to play defensive tackle and that is where OSU told me I would play."

From Rivals: VideoShawntel Rowell Highlights  
Jermil MartinFB6-1230 4.6 Cleveland OH
From Scout.com: Cleveland Glenville's Martin, joins his teammate Rowell at OSU. Martin, who rushed for over 500 yards as a senior, spoke about where Ohio State plans to play him. "They told me I will be playing both fullback and tailback. I'm not sure which one I will start out at when I actually get there. My position isn't that important to me. I just want to thank Ted Ginn for all he has done for me as a coach, and as a mentor," Martin said. With the departure of three scholarship fullbacks the need was there for a fullback in the class of 2008.

From Rivals.com: VideoJermil Martin Highlights  
Zach DomiconeS/LB6-3215 4.47Xenia OH
From Bucknuts.com: Under-the-radar prospect who emerged late on the recruiting scene but has drawn offers from big time programs. Played quarterback for Beavercreek but projects as a safety. Second team all-conference pick after accounting for more than 1100 all-purpose yards as a junior.

From Rivals: VideoZach Domicone Highlights  
Ben BuchananK 6-0 185  Westerville OH
From Scout.com: As a junior, Buchanan earned All-Conference honors after booting field goals from 54, 47, 44, 40, 33 and 29 yards and was perfect on all of his extra point attempts. 80 percent of his kickoffs (24/30) were booted out of the end zone. As a punter, he also earned All-Conference honors after averaging 41 yards per punt (15 punts inside the 20) with a long of 65 yards. He is the #4 ranked kicker in the nation.

From Rivals: VideoBen Buchanan Highlights  
Orhian JohnsonAth6-4195 4.55Gulfport FL
From Scout.com: Johnson is an athletic QB with a big arm. Johnson has the ability to throw all the passes. Make no mistake about it, his arm strength is impressive. He can also throw with touch when needed. Johnson just needs to work on his accuracy. Johnson is also deadly in the pocket, where he displays great quickness. Johnson can evade the initial rush and buy time. He also shows poise and good field vision in trying to locate secondary receivers. Strengths: Arm Strength, Size, Technique

From Rivals.com: VideoOrhian Johnson In Action  

Bucknuts Mag Special: Divine Intervention
February 6, 2008 Source: Bucknuts.com - "Offensive lineman Michael Brewster of Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater has been nothing less than the catalyst of this year's recruiting class. But how did he wind up looking at the Buckeyes in the first place? Check it out in this special free sample of Bucknuts The Magazine..."

National Signing DaySports networks line up for signing day
February 5, 2008 Source: Akron Beacon Journal - "...In recent years, the NFL has evolved into a 24/7 fascination for American sports fans. From speculation about the draft to the draft itself to minicamp, training camp and so on, football is king. Slowly but surely, however, college football has crept closer. It will steal some of the spotlight Wednesday on National Signing Day, which for all practical purposes is NCAA football's version of the draft. High school seniors will step farther into celebrity's glare and the media will be right there to document every moment of it, depending on the player's status. Despite being on the air for less than three years, ESPNU, the sports behemoth's network devoted to collegiate and some high school sports - is leading the way with its signing-day coverage. When you have a network whose calling card is the collegiate realm, it only makes sense to delve into recruiting..."

Recruiting Class of 2008
Keith Wells
Keith Wells, of Gainesville (GA) Gainesville, one of the country's top defensive end prospects, announced today, February 4, that he has committed to Ohio State. Wells, a 6' 5" 225 lb DE with 4.8 speed in the 40, has a chance to make a significant contribution on the defensive line next season as a true freshman, just as fellow Georgian Cam Heyward did this year. Wells said today, "I've decided to go to Ohio State. I feel like I can be most successful at Ohio State. It's a great all-around school in a great city. Everything just felt right about Ohio State." Wells' decision came down to a choice between three schools: OSU, Notre Dame and Tennesse. The biggest draw Wells had to Ohio State: it's combination of academics and football. "My best all-around school was Ohio State," he said. According to Scout.com, "Wells can be physical at the line of scrimmage as a defensive end to stand up his blocker or he can be quick enough to simply get around him. His strengths are his explosion, hand quickness and lateral range." Wells who had previously committed to Florida State but then de-committed after the academic cheating scandal involving FSU players was made public, had offers from, in addition to Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson and others. Welcome aboard,Keith.

From Rivals: VideoWells picks Ohio State

Recruiting Class of 2008
Mike Adams has been rated the #1 recruit in the Midwest by the Detroit Free Press
February 1, 2008 Source: Detroit Free Press - "Look out U-M -- Ohio State-bound Mike Adams is 308 pounds, but super quick...Adams graduated from high school in December. He'll start at Ohio State in March and take part in spring football. High school coach Mark Crabtree says the 6-foot-7 tackle has great maneuverability..."

Second Chance at Degree an Attractive Option for Former Buckeye Student-Athletes
January 31, 2008 Source: OSU Official Site - "The Ohio State University was recognized by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) for ranking second nationally in the 2006-07 academic year in former student-athletes returning and completing their undergraduate degrees....Ohio State is one of six Big Ten universities to offer its former student-athletes the opportunity to return, with tuition assistance, to finish their higher education after exhausting their athletic eligibility...Since the program was started at Ohio State in 1994, more than 100 former Buckeyes have come back to complete their undergrad coursework..."

Ohio State pulls scholarship offer to DeVoe Torrence
January 30, 2008 Source: Canton Repository - "...Torrence lost his scholarship for off-the-field issues which may include academic problems, sources said. The Repository first reported earlier this month that one of Ohio's top recruits had not scheduled an official visit to Ohio State...Massillon head coach Tom Stacy declined comment earlier this week on Torrence's future. All scholarship offers include character and academic provisions which give schools the right to pull offers if not met..."

Trouble in Massillon: Waiting for the Ax
January 30, 2008 Source: Scene News - "An underage sex ring threatens Massillon's greatest asset: High-school football..."

Ohio State Buckeyes football team will make room for freshmen to play
January 28, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "Ohio State doesn't have many holes on its football roster, but there are always opportunities. Though 39 of 44 players from the two-deep roster will return in 2008, at least some members of Ohio State's highly touted 2008 recruiting class, which becomes official on National Signing Day on Feb. 6, will play right away....It could be a freshman class that should rank in the top five in the country that puts the Buckeyes over the top. Here are the five most likely future Buckeyes to help out in 2008:..."

Terrelle Pryor possesses the running and passing skills that make him the #1 recruit for the Class of 2008...Pryor to be named Parade's top player
January 28, 2008 Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette - "Pryor has been selected Parade magazine's national player of the year for the 2007 season. His selection, and the Parade All-American team, will be announced in Sunday's issue of Parade..."

MARINO, MONTANA .. PRYOR? Why Michigan QB target Terrelle Pryor is so great
January 24, 2008 Source: Detroit Free Press - "...'Not in my lifetime have I seen a player like Terrelle, and I've watched football for 40 years,' said Ray Reitz, his coach at Jeannette High School. 'When you're great, you're great. He could compete at any level.'..."

Race for recruit harder to call
January 20, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "It may be down to OSU or Michigan for QB...Many saw a portent in the U.S. Army All-American game Jan. 5 in San Antonio when Pryor, on his way to winning the game's MVP award, sported an OSU decal on his helmet.
So did eight players in the game who already had committed to Ohio State, including receiver DeVier Posey of Cincinnati. 'Terrelle asked for it," Posey said."He put it on there himself.' But he said Pryor made no promises..."

Ohio State's veteran offense could have a fresh look in 2008
January 16, 2008 Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - "What will Ohio State's offense look like in 2008? How about the 2007 version plus Terrelle Pryor? 'I'm not questioning coaches, but if a coach doesn't build his offense around Terrelle Pryor,' said Pryor's high school quarterbacks coach, Roy Hall, 'he's crazy...Pryor told Rivals.com that he's visiting Michigan this weekend, and along with Ohio State, Oregon, Florida and has also added to LSU to his possible destinations..."

Formidable recruits: Pryor would make OSU class great
January 20, 2008 Source: Toledo Blade - "The 2008 recruiting class at Ohio State looks like a group that could line up right now and give more than a few teams a pretty decent struggle...There's a wealth of strength along the line, speed and athleticism outside, and some ferocious hitters on the defense. The only thing missing is the quarterback. And if the Buckeyes get the guy they are after at that position, they could have something very close to the top class in the land..."

Michigan future hinges on Pryor commitment
January 20, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Without Pryor, Rodriguez's job of competing with OSU is going to be that much harder. Without Pryor, it might take Michigan three or four years to catch up, if it does at all..."

At 6-6 and 225 pounds with 4.4 speed and a good enough arm to scare opponents passing, it's hard to picture a more dominant athlete in the country than Scout.com's No. 1 prospect Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette, Pa.
Scout Finalizes 4 and 5 Stars
January 15, 2008 Source: SuperPrep.com - "Scout.com has finalized our Scout 300, signifying the final rankings for 4-Star and 5-Star position players in the High School Class of 2008. There is a new man sitting atop the heap...At 6-6 and 225 pounds with 4.4 speed and a good enough arm to scare opponents passing, it's hard to picture a more dominant athlete in the country than Scout.com's No. 1 prospect Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette, Pa..."

Pryor likely to pick Michigan or Ohio State
January 19, 2008 Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - "...If it comes down to the anticipated two-school battle between Ohio State and Michigan for Pryor's services, don't give the Wolverines the edge..."

More on Pryor

VideoTerrelle Pryor Gets Visit From Buckeye Coaches But Mum On His Future
Source: WSYX TV Columbus

QB Boeckman welcomes any and all competitorsBoeckman welcomes any and all competitors
January 27, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "Todd Boeckman acknowledges some missteps, but he's not worried about hearing footsteps...'I've always got to go out and prove something,' Boeckman said. 'Even though I started every single game and put up decent numbers, if I'm not getting the job done on the practice field, if somebody is doing better than me, why not let them get a shot?'...He finished first in the Big Ten in passing efficiency and completion percentage. He threw 25 touchdown passes. The media named him first-team All-Big Ten...(# 2 QB Antonio) Henton said he's not worried about competing...'That makes me go harder.'..."

OSU Head Coach Jim Tressel named Ohio coach of the yearTressel easy pick for repeat selection
January 27, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "...'I've been in coaching 31 years in Ohio, 15 in high school and 16 in college, and I've never met a man who has done more for football in this state than Jim Tressel,' said (Lee) Owens, an Ohio State assistant under Earle Bruce. 'Jim is always at high school banquets and fundraisers. He helps out teen boys who have no fathers. He does so many things for people that no one knows about. That's a man with class and dignity.'..."

Class of 2008 Big Ten recruiting overview, part one
January 24, 2008 Source: ESPN.com - "...Class highlights: Arguably one the better offensive lines assembled in the Class of 2008 and maybe in the past few years. Brewster, who also projects at center, Shugarts and Adams sit at No. 2, 3 and 8 on our tackle board, and although their size and tenacity standout right away, it is hard to ignore their ability to work up to the next level..."

Recruits take pride in winning over peers
January 26, 2008 Source: Columbus Dispatch - "...incoming players have played a huge role in helping recruit their peers. Michael Brewster, an offensive lineman from Orlando, Fla., has been so active in helping the coaches recruit that the 2008 class has been called the 'Brew Crew.'..."

2008 OSU Commits

Scout.com: National 100 Rankings 2008 & Position Rankings 2008

Rivals.com: Rivals100 2008 & Rankings by Position 2008

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