Meyer won’t mention by Michigan by name

If you noticed on National Signing Day — or any other day — that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer never refers to Michigan by name, there’s a reason for that.

Apparently, there’s even a rule for that.

Though Meyer said his use of “our rivals” or “those guys” is “just something I learned from Coach (Woody) Hayes many, many years” ago when Meyer was a graduate assistant at Ohio State, he also hinted to an in-house rule against using the M-word.

Asked on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday morning what happens if he slips and says “Michigan,” Meyer said “pushups…I pop down and do 10 pushups.”

At his National Signing Day press conference on Wednesday, Meyer didn’t back down from prior comments that the Buckeyes are chasing the SEC, but he acknowledged “those guys” — Michigan — as the main competition. He even acknowledged the Wolverines also having a very good recruiting class and even said that’s good for the Big Ten Conference.

“We have one rival, and that rival has been dictated many, many years ago,” he said. “I’ll make it real clear there’s one rival. There’s one person we’re going after, and that’s our rival. That was dictated many, many years ago. So that’s it.”

Cincinnati announces full 2013 recruiting effort – 22 members in the class

From GoBearcats.com

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football added 22 student-athletes to its roster, including five who enrolled in January 2013 and will participate in spring football, head coach Tommy Tuberville announced Wednesday, the beginning of the NCAA initial signing period for football.

“Our coaches did an outstanding job of catching up,” Tuberville said. “We are bringing guys in who can help the team win. I don’t want to give offers and scholarships out just to give them out. We have immediate needs at starters and backups so there is no better way than doing that than bringing in some junior college players. The players we have signed will be able to help the team in the near future and we are looking forward to getting started this spring.”

One need Tuberville and his staff were able to address was speed.

“I feel good about the qualities for the players we signed,” Tubervile said. “Speed is one of the main ingredients of the class. We felt it was something that needed to improve as a whole. I don’t look at size as much as much speed and quickness of the players.”

DB Darren Doston (Daytona Beach, Fla./Seabreeze/College of the Sequoias), DB Zach Edwards (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown), ATH Javon Harrison (Dayton, Ohio/Huber Hts. Wayne), DL Jerrell Jordan (Alta Vista, Va./Alta Vista/Copiah-Lincoln CC) and OL Kyle Williamson (Madiera, Ohio/Madiera) made up the early enrollees. Edwards, Harrison and Williamson have freshman eligibility while Doston and Jordan enter with junior eligibility and two seasons to play.

The class is comprised of five defensive backs, three tight ends, four defensive linemen, three athletes, two offensive linemen, two running backs, a pair of wide receivers and a quarterback. Seven junior-college players dot the ranks along with 15 high school student-athletes.

Five are Ohio natives with four, Edwards, OL Ben Flick (Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton), LB Rasheen Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio/Northwest) and Williamson coming from the greater Cincinnati area.

TE Travis Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit) is the No. 162 player in the ESPN 300 and he is listed as the nation’s sixth-best tight end and the No. 33 player in the State of Florida.

RB Rodriguez Moore was ranked as the No. 1 junior college running back by 247Sports.com and RB Hosey Williams (Miami, Fla./Southridge/ASA College) was an NJCAA First-Team All-American in 2012. Totaling their individual statistics, the pair combined to rush for 3,687 yards and score 36 touchdowns at the junior college level.

QB Brent Stockstill (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Siegel), a left hander, threw for 2,690 yards and 32 touchdowns while rushing for 653 yards and 10 scores as a senior. His father Rick is the head coach at Middle Tennessee State University and a former All-American QB at Florida State.

DL Terrell Hartsfield (Wake Forest, N.C./Rolesville/Copiah-Lincoln CC) a four-star recruit, was a teammate of Jordan at Copiah-Lincoln CC. The duo combined for 105 tackles and 12.5 sacks as freshmen. They were part of a Wolfpack team that won their first MACJC State Championship since 1985 this past season.

Tshumbi Johnson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) totaled 6,468 yards passing for 57 touchdowns and 2,111 yards rushing for 41 TDs as a prep. Immokalee was the 2012 Class 5A State Runner-up, Region 3 Champions and District 5A-12 Champions with Johnson earned Associated Press Honorable Mention Class 5A All-State honors.

The Bearcats are scheduled to begin spring ball on March 5, 2013 with the 15-practice session closing out on April 13.

Fans interested in purchasing 2013 football season tickets can visit CATSTIX.com or call 1-877-CATS-TIX to make deposits. Please note this is for new season ticket accounts only. Existing season ticket renewals for 2012 customers will go out in February.

Ezekiel Elliott confirms he’s a Buckeye

Three months ago, Ezekiel Elliott verbally committed to Ohio State. The 4-star running back from Missouri had wavered lately, and the Buckeyes picking up additional running backs had reportedly rubbed him the wrong way.

Apparently not enough. Elliott just signed his Letter Of Intent to Ohio State, becoming the 24th pick to do so today.

Scout.com has given Ohio State the #1 ranking for the 2013 class.

Signing Day’s best name

The madness of National Signing Day can be, well, maddening.

But here’s something worth smiling about.

A prospect named Dee Liner has signed with Alabama, his home-state school.

Dee Liner, fittingly, is a D-lineman.

Kent State releases list of 2013 recruits

Here’s the list of new Golden Flashes, courtesy of KentStateSports.com

JONTEY “JUICE” BYRD
5-11• 280 LBS • DT • DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. • MAINLAND
Notables: First team All-State in 6A and a first team All-Area selection … Team won conference championship and regional championship … Named to Sentinel’s 2013 Central Florida Super 60 Also played basketball, baseball and track & field.
Stats: Recorded 95 tackles and 13 sacks as a senior. ..Totaled 27 tackles for loss as a nose tackle…He also rushed for 100 yards and six touchdowns in his senior year and was used often in short yardage situations … Finished with seven sacks and 105 tackles as a junior.

WAYNE SCOTT
6-3 • 320 LBS • OL • DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. • MAINLAND

ELCEE REFUGE
5-11 • 210 LBS • LB/CB • NEW ORLEANS, LA. • EDNA KARR
Notables: Was a three-time member of the all-district team…Earned All-Metro honors…Team captain…He helped Edna Karr to three state title game appearances and a state championship in 2012…Was a three-year starter…Expected to play linebacker of cornerback.
Stats: Made 270 career tackles and 13 career interceptions.

KEVIN BOURNE
5-10 • 180 LBS • SAFETY • NEWARK, OHIO • NEWARK CATHOLIC
Notables: Named Division VI Ohio Defensive Player of the Year and All-Ohio First Team…Earned Central District Player of the Year honors… Advocate Defensive Player of the Year…Newark Catholic finished as state runner-up…Also played running back, kick returner and long snapper… Team captain… Father played football at Baldwin-Wallace…a sprinter on track & field team and member of Newark Catholic’s district champion basketball team.
Stats: Intercepted five passes, returning two for touchdowns…recovered three fumbles, returning a pair for touchdowns…Led team in tackles…Scored 26 total touchdowns…Tied OHSAA record with a 108-yard interception return for touchdown…Scored a record 11 consecutive touchdowns for Newark Catholic.

KENTRELL TAYLOR
6-0 • 230 LBS • LINEBACKER/FULLBACK • CANTON, OHIO • MASSILLON WASHINGTON
Notables: Helped the Tigers advance to the Division I Regional final… Earned All-Ohio Special Mention and was named to All-Northeast Inland District and All-Stark County Teams. ..Team captain…Has already been a part of a win at Dix Stadium, when Massillon defeated Canton McKinley in the playoffs this past November.
Stats: In the first five weeks of 2012 season, Taylor ran for six touchdowns and 220 yards on 38 carries… Made 97 tackles as a linebacker and had hand in six turnovers, including an interception returned 93 yards for a touchdown…Had eight tackles for loss in 2012 and three sacks…Made 13 tackles in Regional final against Toledo Whitmer.

TYSON REINKE
6-3 • 260 LBS • DEFENSIVE TACKLE • EDEN PRARIE, MINN. • EDEN PRARIE
Notables: Two-time all-state selection in Minnesota … Also a two time all-conference (Lake) and All-Metro (Twin Cities) selection … Helped Eden Prairie to state championships in his junior and senior seasons and a runner-up finish as a freshman … Eden Prarie earned a No. 15 national ranking by USA Today…A four-year letterwinner in football…Also participated in track & field in the shot put and discus.

NATHAN STROCK
6-3 • 200 LBS • QUARTERBACK • ZANESVILLE, OHIO • TRI-VALLEY
Notables: First team all-state selection as a junior and senior and a three-year all-conference selection … Named Eastern District Player of the Year and Region II Player of the year … Led Tri-Valley to conference championships as a junior and senior, including an undefeated season in his senior year.
Stats: Threw for more than 7,000 passing yards and rushed for another 1,700 in his career … Threw for 34 touchdowns and just four interceptions as a junior, then followed with 25 touchdowns and three interceptions as a senior … Also a two-time all-league selection in baseball … Was 10-0 as a starting pitcher in his freshman year when he posted a 0.43 ERA.

DARIUS REDMOND
6-1 • 205 LBS • LINEBACKER • MIAMI, FLA. • NORTHWESTERN

TERENCE WAUGH
6-3 • 225 LBS • DEFENSIVE END • ATLANTA, GA. • HENRY COUNTY

DUSTY MOORE
6-1 • 200 LBS • LINEBACKER • STOCKBRIDGE, GA. • HERITAGE
Notables: A two-time all-region and all-state selection at inside linebacker … Helped Heritage to a regional championship … A four-time Scholar Athlete owning a 3.0 GPA or higher … Plans to study sports administration … Father Derrick Moore played for the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers from 1992-95 and set the NAIA single-season rushing record in 1991 while playing for Northeastern State University.
Stats: Recorded 103 tackles, three sacks and 27 tackles for losses as a senior … Finished junior year with 103 tackles, including 10 for losses…Also scored a touchdown in his junior year.

CHRIS OVERTON
5-10 • 160 LBS • WIDE RECEIVER • RICHMOND HTS., OHIO • GLENVILLE

RYAN SEIBERT
6-4 • 200 LBS • LINEBACKER • COLUMBUS, OHIO • OLENTANGY LIBERTY
Notables: Special mention All-Ohio Capital Conference … Helped Olentangy Liberty to OCC championship in junior and senior years … Also played basketball in his freshman and sophomore years.
Stats: Recorded 77 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in his junior season.

BROCK MACAULAY
6-7 • 240 LBS • TIGHT END • BIG PRAIRIE, OHIO • WEST HOLMES
Notables: First-team All-Ohio Cardinal Conference, first-team Eastern District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio … Helped West Holmes to the OCC championship and a regional runner-up finish … A four-year letterman and starter on the West Holmes basketball team … Plans to study pre-med … Parents Ted and Wendy Macaulay are both Kent State graduates.

DEMETRIUS MONDAY
5-11 • 185 LBS • CORNERBACK • DOUGLASVILLE, GA. • PEBBLEBROOK
Notables: First team all-region … Plans to study Criminal Justice … Earned Player of the Week honors for offense, defense and special teams…Also competed in baseball and track & field at Pebblebrook.
Stats: Recorded 62 tackles, 12 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal … Also returned two punts for scores and rushed for two touchdowns.

RYAN MALONE
6-2 • 225 LBS • TIGHT END • NEW ORLEANS, LA. • ST. PAUL’S
Notables: Second team all-state selection by both coaches and writers…Earned first team all-district honors in junior and senior seasons…Team captain…Helped St. Paul’s to a conference title…Father, Terry, played football at Holy Cross and currently serves as tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints.
Stats: Made 30 catches for 300 yards and seven receiving touchdowns…Ran for seven touchdowns and 350 yards on 50 carries.

ERIC CHURCH
5-9 • 170 LBS • CORNERBACK • PENNSAUKEN, N.J. • TIMBER CREEK
Notables: An all-area, all-conference and all-Group III selection … Helped Timber Creek to back-to-back state and conference championships in 2011 and 2012 … Also an all-conference selection in basketball and an academic all-state selection … Plans to study sports administration
Stats: Recorded a combined 106 tackles, four interceptions 16 pass break-ups, four forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and three rushing touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons.

JAKE MCVAY
5-11 • 180 LBS • SAFETY • AURORA, OHIO • AURORA
Notables: Earned all-conference honors…named to the all-district second team…Played offense and defense…Helped Aurora to conference and regional championships…Earned Aurora’s Defensive Back of the Year…Was high school teammates with Anthony Melchiori…Father, Jake played at Mount Union…Mother, Shannon attended Kent State…Was an all-conference shortstop on Aurora’s baseball team
Stats: Made 75 tackles and four interceptions…Recovered a fumble and scored a defensive touchdown…Ran for 850 yards and 16 touchdowns on 99 carries…Had 268 receiving yards and four touchdown catches…Averaged 27.1 yards on kick returns.

ROMAN CLAY
5-11 • 210 LBS • RUNNING BACK • LANCASTER, PA. • LANCASTER CATHOLIC
Notables: First-team selection all-state by Pennsylvania Sports Writers’ Association in junior and senior seasons…earned all-state honors for two years from Pennsylvania Football News and Eastern Pennsylvania Football…Helped Lancaster Catholic to PIAA state championship (AA) in 2011…Crusaders went 36-5 in his three varsity seasons making three district playoff appearances.
Stats: rushed for a Lancaster-Lebanon League-record 2,497 yards and scored 31 touchdowns as a senior… rushed for 1,900 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior… 5,940 career rushing yards are the third most in league history.

NICK HOLLEY
6-0 • 175 LBS • ATHLETE • TOLEDO, OHIO • WHITMER

KRIS WHITE
6-2 • 210 LBS • WIDE RECEIVER • CLERMONT,FLA. • SOUTH LAKE
Notables: Team captain at South Lake. ..played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and linebacker…First player to join the Golden Flashes after graduating high school a semester early…White began classes at Kent State in January and will be the only one in the group to play this spring season. …His father, George is from Ohio.
Stats: Threw for 1,334 yards, 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions as a sophomore.

Dambrot’s son picks Akron for soccer

National Signing Day has become a national holiday due to football.

But it signals the start of the signing period in other fall sports, too, and the nationally-known Akron soccer program has signed a familiar name.

Robby Dambrot, son of Akron basketball coach Keith Dambrot, will join new coach Jared Embick’s program next fall.

“I wanted it to be Robby’s decision,” Keith Dambrot said. “I stayed out of it. I told him I’d answer any question he had, but I wanted him to make the right choice. I think he wanted to go to Akron, but it wasn’t easy.”

Robby Dambrot originally committed to High Point and ended up visiting several other schools. He attends Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School but played soccer at International Academy last fall, and over time came to think Akron was the best fit.

“I know he got better at the Academy, and I know that Jared thinks he will be a fit,” Dambrot said. “It’s a good thing. You want your kids to be happy, and all along I think he wanted to go to his hometown school, where his sister goes to school and his grandmother was a professor and where he’s really grown up. For him to have a chance in such a great soccer program, I’m just proud and excited.”

Can Meyer’s big score help Matta, too?

Five-star linebacker Mike Mitchell of Plano, Texas has signed with Ohio State.

Might his brother, Mickey be next — for basketball?

Thad Matta, Ohio State’s basketball coach, hopes so.

Mickey Mitchell is Scout.com’s No. 4 basketball prospect in the class of 2015. He plays at Prestonwod Christian High School with Julius Randle, a premium recruit in the class of 2013.

“I don’t know where (Mickey) is going to go, but I know he hears from Ohio State,” their father, Ken Mitchell, said this week. “He’s not ready to decide, but I know he’s heard from (Matta). And his big brother and Urban Meyer have talked to him about it, too.”

The Mitchell Brothers have good genes. Ken had brief professional careers in both baseball and football and now works training young athletes. He’s done very well in his own house. Mike is 6’4, 225 and was timed at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash last summer. Mickey is 6’6, 195 and has been highly recruited since he was in middle school.

“Mike has always been a gifted basketball player,” Ken Mitchell said. “For a while, I thought that would be his sport.

“Mickey has really taken off with (basketball). It will be interesting to see where he goes with it. The other day I saw my ninth-grader (McKinley) jump up flat-footed and tomahawk dunk it like he was in the NBA, so they like basketball.”

And Buckeye fans would like to see them all, together, in Columbus a few years from now.

2013 recruiting class for OU

Listed below is the list of new signees for the Ohio Bobcats so far.

Tune in to the live press conference at 5pm today for more details.

NAME POS HT WT HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
Leon Alexander S 6-2 190 Detroit, Mich. Martin Luther King  Watch
Tarell Basham DL 6-4 240 Rocky Mount, Va. Franklin County  Watch
Cedric Brown WR 6-1 185 Martinsburg, W. Va. Martinsburg  Watch
Dorian Brown RB 5-11 195 Pittsburgh, Pa. Baldwin  Watch
Jarid Brown CB 6-0 185 Huntington, Md. Archbishop Carroll  Watch
Brendan Cope WR 6-3 185 Warren, Ohio Howland  Watch
Tyree Graves DL 6-3 230 Clearwater, Fla. Pinellas Park  Watch
Tate Leavitt OL 6-6 300 Thornville, Ohio Sheridan  Watch
Zach Murdock OL 6-4 285 Dublin, Ohio Dublin Coffman  Watch
Troy Mangen TE 6-5 237 Union, Ohio Northmont  Watch
Cameron McLeod DE 6-3 285 McLain, Miss. Greene County  Watch
Mason Morgan TE 6-5 230 Cincinnati, Ohio Sycamore  Watch
Quentin Poling LB 6-0 215 Spencerville, Ohio Elida  Watch
Tony Porter DL 6-0 280 Lawrenceville, Ga. Peachtree  Watch
Corey Quallen S 6-2 205 Mason, Ohio Mason  Watch
Casey Sayles DL 6-3 260 Omaha, Neb. Omaha North  Watch
Trent Smart DE 6-3 240 Wilmington, Ohio Clinton Massie  Watch
Dyquan Stewart DB 5-9 175 Stafford, Va. Mountain View  Watch
Watson Tautuiaki DL 6-2 290 Sacramento, Calif. Elk Grove  Watch
Durrell Wood OL 6-3 325 Columbus, Ohio Groveport Madison  Watch
Justin Wyatt WR 6-1 185 Lawrenceville, Ga. Collins  Watch
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Bowling Green releases complete list of 2013 recruiting class

24 new student-athletes were named to the Bowling Green State University football family by head coach Dave Clawson today.

2013 BGSU Recruiting Class

Name Pos. Ht. Wgt. Hometown (High School) (Previous School)
Aaron Banks DB 6-2 200 Chicago, Ill. (Simeon)
Clark Clancy OL 6-4 270 Troy, Mich. (Avondale)
Fred Coppet RB 5-9 180 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Joe Davidson P 6-7 200 Findlay, Ohio (Findlay)
Gehrig Dieter + WR 6-3 205 South Bend, Ind. (Washington) (SMU)
Brandon English RB 5-9 186 Orlando, Fla. (Evans)
Hunter Folkertsma TE 6-6 240 Grand Rapids, Mich. (Forest Hills Central)
Isaiah Gourdine DB 6-2 195 Farmington, Mich. (Farmington)
Patric Hannon LB 6-0 225 South Euclid, Ohio (Brush)
Eric Harrell RB 5-9 200 Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips)
Darius Holiday DT 6-5 260 Miramar, Fla. (American Heritage)
Ryan Hunter OL 6-5 315 North Bay, Ontario (Canisius)
Logan Larson TE 6-4 255 Springfield, Ill. (Pleasant Plains)
Marcus Levy RB 5-11 200 Fort Pierce, Fla. (Fort Pierce Central)
Nate Locke LB 6-1 220 Canton, Ohio (Massillon Jackson)
Tim McAuliffe OL 6-2 275 Lemont, Ill. (Lemont)
Ronnie Moore WR 5-10 165 Sanford, Fla. (Seminole)
Omar Pierre-Louis DB 6-1 190 Loxahatchee, Fla. (Seminole Ridge)
Teo Redding WR 6-2 170 Warren, Mich. (Michigan Collegiate)
Mike Rogers WR 6-1 185 Fort Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Luers)
Paul Senn + LB 6-1 215 Norco, Calif. (Norco) (Riverside CC)
Jason Shepherd DE 6-1 245 Loxahatchee, Fla. (Seminole Ridge)
Shannon Smith DT 6-1 290 Chicago, Ill. (Marist)
Austin Valdez QB 6-1 210 Sylvania, Ohio (Sylvania Southview)
+ Enrolled this Spring

The latest class of 2013 players for UC

From GoBearcats.com

Time Signee Pos. Ht. Wt. Video Hometown / School
Enrolled Darren Doston DB 6-2 195 Watch Highlight Video Daytona Beach, Fla./Seabreeze/College of the Sequoas
Enrolled Zach Edwards DB 5-11 175 Watch Highlight Video Middletown, Ohio/Middletown
Enrolled Javon Harrison ATH 6-1 190 Watch Highlight Video Dayton, Ohio/Huber Hts. Wayne
Enrolled Jerrell Jordan DL 6-3 245 Watch Highlight Video Alta Vista, Va./Alta Vista/Copiah-Lincoln CC
Enrolled Kyle Williamson OL 6-5 265 Watch Highlight Video Madeira, Ohio/Madeira
7:31 a.m. Mark Barr WR 6-1 171 Watch Highlight Video Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
8:00 a.m. Ben Flick OL 6-6 260 Watch Highlight Video Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton
8:02 a.m. Aaron Brown DB 5-11 180 Watch Highlight Video Miami, Fla./Northwestern
8:45 a.m. Mark Wilson DL 6-3 215 Watch Highlight Video Hampton, Va./Phoebus
9:15 a.m. Johnny Holton WR 6-3 190 Watch Highlight Video Miami, Fla./Coral Gables/College of DuPage
10:30 a.m. Tshumbi Johnson ATH 5-11 180 Watch Highlight Video Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee
10:40 a.m. Brent Stockstill QB 6-0 190 Watch Highlight Video Murfreesboro, Tenn./Siegel
11:10 a.m. Terrrell Hartsfield DL 6-4 245 Watch Highlight Video Wake Forest, N.C./Rolesville/Copiah-Lincoln CC
12:00 p.m. Mike Tyson DB 6-2 190 Watch Highlight Video Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor/Hargrave Military Academy
12:00 p.m. Howard Wilder DB 6-0 185 Watch Highlight Video Sea Pleasant, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/Pierce College
1:10 p.m. Tyler Cogswell TE/ATH 6-4 225 Watch Highlight Video Plantation, Fla./American Heritage
1:12 p.m. Korey Cunningham TE/DE 6-5 225 Watch Highlight Video Montevallo, Ala./Montevallo
1:15 p.m. Travis Johnson TE 6-4 225 Watch Highlight Video Tampa, Fla./Jesuit
1:20 p.m. Hosey Williams RB 5-11 205 Watch Highlight Video Miami, Fla./Southridge/ASA
1:25 p.m. Chris Burton TE 6-4 245 Watch Highlight Video Danville, Va./George Washington