After a drought that lasted throughout the football season, Gareon Conley broke the ice on verbal commitments to the Buckeyes on Friday. Will more come this week? This is Across The Field, a regular feature on BuckeyeNation where we point you to noteworthy Buckeyes coverage here and elsewhere. Think something should be included? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. First, as always, our week in review:
BuckeyeNation Week in Review
This is a major recruiting weekend for the Buckeyes, and perhaps the biggest target is Mike Mitchell, an ESPN 150 linebacker from Plano, Texas.
But they couldn't get OL David Dawson of Detroit, a former Michigan commitment, to cross the border this weekend.
No, the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry never really takes a day off.
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller ranks among the top quarterbacks in college football, according to ESPN Insider Brock Huard.
Miller didn't get a Heisman invitation, but he did win the Silver Football Award as the best player in the Big Ten.
So how many players will the Buckeyes take in this class? That's a moving target, Brad Bournival writes.
ESPN 150 RB David Williams has Ohio State in his final three.
But the Buckeyes lost out on OL Jimmy Byrne, a junior from Cleveland St. Ignatius who picked Notre Dame.
Junior college linebacker Tommy Sanders was another player scheduled to come this weekend.
A 2015 quarterback from Canton McKinley already has an Ohio State offer.
A sophomore defensive tackle from North Carolina has an OSU offer as well.
Jonathan Haden is planning a visit to Columbus soon.
Ohio State still leads for WR Shelton Gibson, but he's taking visits.
OSU president E. Gordon Gee's logic on the bowl ban is flawed, writes Adam Rittenberg.
Some Big Ten officials are hinting that the league wants to get to 16 teams.
Oregon is in the mix for former Auburn LB commit Trey Johnson, who also has an Ohio State offer.
Bournival answered five big recruiting questions (send yours in the Horseshoe Pit forum).
And if you're not an Insider yet and can't read all of our recruiting news, it's half price right now for the next six months at $9.99. And recruiting news isn't the only benefit, too.
Ohio State renamed a street in honor of the undefeated season. (Plain Dealer)
A photo gallery from the celebration. (OSU)
Ohio State lost a villain with Bret Bielema's departure to the SEC, writes Doug Lesmerises. (Plain Dealer)
They gained one of their greats, as the school hired Eddie George in a fund-raising, ambassador-type role. (Dispatch)
John Cooper was named to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. (The problem was just getting there, right?) (Dispatch)
Twelve reasons why Ohio State went 12-0. (Toledo Blade)
History will be kind to the 2012 Buckeyes, writes Rob Oller. (Dispatch)
A Lebanon, Ohio, QB committed to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on. (Land Grant Holy Land)
And Mike Vrabel needs to remember he doesn't wear a helmet on the sidelines anymore. (Twitter)
The Buckeyes showed a lot of balance in a home win over Long Beach State.
Ohio State's defense needs to improve. (Dispatch)
Within Bob Hunter's Friday column is an update on Greg Oden, who is taking this season off to heal. (Dispatch)
Ohio State's bench production is evolving. (Eleven Warriors)
And LaQuinton Ross is becoming a go-to player. (Lantern)