National Signing Day: Projected Ohio State signees, commitments, live updates

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

With National Signing Day finally here, Ohio State football has a chance to finish with the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.

Most of that work was done in the Dec. 20-22 early signing period, when the Buckeyes signed 21 players. It could have been even higher, but Ohio State suffered December defections from 5-star defensive end Brenton Cox, 4-star safety Jaiden Woodbey and 4-star quarterback Emory Jones. The Buckeyes also missed out on in-state 5-star tackle Jackson Carman, who signed with Clemson.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is not one to accept disappointment, though, and his work on the recruiting trail since those losses has been extraordinary. Since January, the Buckeyes have landed 4-star defensive end Tyreke Smith, 4-star defensive end Tyler Friday and 3-star wide receiver Chris Olave. They’re also positioned to land 5-star tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere and 4-star defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste on National Signing Day.

Stay here for live updates, as this post will be updated throughout the early signing period.

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UPDATE, 11:40 a.m.: Javontae Jean-Baptiste, a 4-star defensive lineman from Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic, has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Buckeyes.

UPDATE, 10:44 a.m.: Nicholas Petit-Frere, a 5-star tackle from Tampa (Fla.) Barkeley, has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Buckeyes.

UPDATE, 10:43 a.m.: Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has spurned the New England Patriots to remain with the Buckeyes.

UPDATE, 10:17 a.m.: Chris Olave, Ohio State’s other unsigned commit, has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Buckeyes.

UPDATE, 10:10 a.m: Tyler Friday has officially signed with Ohio State, per the Ohio State football Twitter account.

UPDATE, 10 a.m: Walker and Jean-Baptiste are both expected to decide around 12 p.m at their respective high schools, per sources.

UPDATE, 7:55 a.m.: Due to a school delay, Rasheed Walker has pushed back his announcement to 12 p.m from its previously scheduled 11 a.m time slot. Jean-Baptiste’s high school, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic, has been closed due to inclement weather and there is no word yet as to how his announcement may be effected.


Projected Ohio State signees on National Signing Day

Here are all of Ohio State’s projected players in the Class of 2018. Those whose signed in December are noted with an asterisk.

  • Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep 5-star T Nicholas Petit-Frere
  • Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 5-star DT Taron Vincent*
  • Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian 5-star S Tyreke Johnson*
  • Westerville (Ohio) South 5-star RB Jaelen Gill*
  • Cleveland Heights (Ohio) 4-star DE Tyreke Smith
  • Lindenhurst (N.Y.) 4-star TE Jeremy Ruckert*
  • Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan 4-star ILB Teradja Mitchell*
  • Pocatello (Idaho) Highland 4-star DT Tommy Togiai*
  • Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall 4-star C Matthew Jones*
  • Owasso (Okla.) 4-star SAF Josh Proctor*
  • St. Louis Christian Brothers 4-star WR Kamryn Babb*
  • Seffner (Fla.) Armwood 4-star RB Brian Snead*
  • Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep 4-star DE Tyler Friday
  • Franklin (Tenn.) 4-star T Max Wray*
  • Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne 4-star WR L’Christian “Blue” Smith*
  • Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s Jesuit 4-star OLB Dallas Gant*
  • Dinwiddie (Va.) County 4-star ILB K’Vaughan Pope*
  • Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic 4-star DE Javontae Jean-Baptiste
  • Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman 4-star RB Master Teague*
  • Brenham (Texas) Blinn College 4-star DT Antwuan Jackson*
  • Orlando (Fla.) Jones 4-star CB Sevyn Banks*
  • Austin (Texas) Lake Travis 4-star QB Matthew Baldwin*
  • San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills 3-star WR Chris Olave
  • Pickerington (Ohio) North 3-star DE Alex Williams*
  • New Castle (Pa.) 3-star CB Marcus Hooker*

Commitment times for Ohio State targets on National Signing Day

  • Javontae Jean-Baptiste will commit at 8 a.m.
  • Nicholas Petit-Frere at 10 a.m. on ESPNU.
  • Rasheed Walker at 12 p.m.

UPDATE, 7:55 a.m.: Due to a school delay, Rasheed Walker has pushed back his announcement to 12 p.m from its previously scheduled 11 a.m time slot. Jean-Baptiste’s high school, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic, has been closed due to inclement weather and there is no word yet as to how his announcement may be effected.

UPDATE, 10:00 a.m: Walker and Jean-Baptiste are both expected to decide around 12 p.m at their respective high schools, per sources.

UPDATE, 10:10 a.m: Tyler Friday has officially signed with Ohio State, per the Ohio State football Twitter account.

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Tennessee’s Rick Barnes irritated with his team, ‘curious’ about foul disparity

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

Coach Rick Barnes was clearly agitated Saturday night, disappointed by Tennessee’s shot selection at key stages and his marquee players’ inability to rise to the occasion.

Georgia beat Tennessee 73-62 Saturday afternoon in Stegeman Coliseum. The No. 18-ranked Vols were unable to rise to the occasion against the fired-up underdogs of Athens.

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“This time of year you’ve got to get good play from your key guys,” Barnes said, lamenting Grant Williams’ season-low five points on 1-of-8 shooting.

Williams has been getting treatment for back and hip injuries, but Barnes indicated his star player’s performance was not related to any physical ailments.

Barnes was also irritated by Tennessee’s reluctance to work for a better shot after closing to 51-49 with 7:27 left on a Kyle Alexander tip-in.

The Vols missed their next four shots — three of them potential go-ahead 3-point attempts — before James Daniel turned the ball over by stepping on the baseline with 5:46 left.

The Bulldogs responded with an 8-2 run, essentially putting the game away.

“We had it down to two (points) and took three straight threes, and you could argue they were open but that’s not what you need,” Barnes said. “They just outplayed us from there on. We didn’t do anything well the last five minutes.”

Barnes was not happy with the free-throw disparity, either, as Georgia was 27-of-38 from the free-throw line and Tennessee was just 10-of-15.

The Vols were whistled for 27 fouls, while Georgia had 15 fouls.

“I’m curious to see the tape,” Barnes said, “because we were trying to drive the ball, too.”

Tennessee has lost two of three games for only the second time this season.

The Vols will be trying to avoid the types of finishes it has had Barnes’ first two campaigns. Tennessee was 3-7 in the last 10 games of the past two seasons.

“If the guys we are counting on don’t step up and play,” Barnes said, “we’ll be in these kinds of games.”

Next Up

Tennessee returns to action at 9 p.m. on Wednesday against Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena and then travel to play at Ole Miss at 1 p.m. next Saturday.

Did you know

The Vols have lost five straight in Athens, having not won there since 2011 when Tony Jones was filling in for a suspended Bruce Pearl as head coach.

 

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Kentucky basketball: Devin Booker wins NBA 3-point contest

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 4:33 PM

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Former Kentucky player and current Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker scored a record 28 points to win the NBA 3-point contest at All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

Booker beat out fellow finalists Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 21-year-old shooting guard is in his third season with the Suns. Booker is shooting a career-best 38.3 percent from behind the arc this season.

Booker was the 13th overall pick in the 2015 draft after spending one year at Kentucky.

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Texas Tech G Keenan Evans exits Baylor game with apparent foot injury

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 4:19 PM

Texas Tech senior guard Keenan Evans left the Red Raiders’ road contest vs. Baylor on Saturday with an apparent foot injury and is doubtful to return, according FOX34’s Cassie Carlson.

Evans, who is averaging 18.7 points per game for Texas Tech this season, was seen limping out of the game in the first half.

If the injury is serious enough to sideline Evans for upcoming games, it would be a major loss for the Red Raiders as they seek to claim the Big 12 regular season title. Evans is coming off a 26-point outing in Texas Tech’s victory over No. 23 Oklahoma last Tuesday. He recorded a season-high 38 points vs. Texas on Jan. 31.

Texas Tech carried a 42-40 lead over Baylor nearing the midway point of the second half on Saturday. The Bears are looking to extend a four-game win streak, which included an upset of Kansas one week ago.

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What Bill Self said after Kansas’ bullish win over West Virginia

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 4:17 PM

No. 13 Kansas polished off a thriller Saturday night with a 77-69 win over No. 20 West Virginia.

Udoka Azubuike led the Jayhawks in scoring with 21 points — including a 7-of-10 performance from the free throw line.

Daxter Miles Jr. paced the Mountaineers with 22 points — 18 coming on six 3-pointers.

Kansas is now 21-6 overall and 10-4 in Big 12 play while WVU dropped to 19-8 and 8-6 respectively.

Here’s what Bill Self had to say after the Jayhawks’ comeback victory — their second over West Virginia of the season:

 

On Daxter Miles Jr.’s play for WVU…

“He just went nuts. We couldn’t guard him. That’s not what we thought the biggest concern would be down the stretch.”

On the comeback effort…

“We got to the free throw line, obviously. We didn’t rebound it great, but we did a good enough job to claw our way back in.”

On the free throw disparity…

“I’ve never seen that before…one thing that we try to do against them is drive it downhill because they pressure out. One thing they did tonight was shoot a lot of threes. I’d have to watch the tape…but I hated how the game ended. Both teams played their butts off.”

On Udoka Azubuike’s play and free throw shooting…

“I thought he was great. I thought he played terrific. He played with energy and stayed out of foul trouble for the most part.”

“Rick Barry still doesn’t come to mind when he shoots (free throws). But he’s working hard. His technique is better…he’s made a lot of positive strides.”

On what the win means for Kansas…

“It keeps us in a position to play for something. It was big for our guy’s confidence. It was big for our fans to experience an atmosphere like this…but if we don’t take care of business Monday night, it doesn’t mean anything.”

 

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