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07:42 AM ET 01.28 | Let the Signing Day games begin. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has secured the final official visit from five-star defensive end Malik McDowell of Southfield, Mich., who will visit Columbus the weekend of Jan. 31. Rated by Rivals.com the No. 2 defensive end and the No. 26 overall player in the 2014 recruiting class, McDowell has been one of Ohio State's top remaining targets. McDowell has also officially visited Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State and LSU. The Buckeyes, who will have McDowell's final official visit before signing day, already have 22 oral commitments in their recruiting class, but adding McDowell could put Ohio State in the running for the 2014 recruiting crown in Rivals' team rankings. Ohio State already has the No. 2 overall class according to Rivals, behind only Alabama.

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January 28, 2014  07:55 AM ET

And we got a spot for you too dude. You will start right out of the gate.

Go Bucks

January 28, 2014  08:53 AM ET

If the Buck's get this kid they will have a pair of the best D-Ends in College football with Bosa on one side and this kid on the other.

January 28, 2014  09:02 AM ET

it will be hard to catch Bama's monster class.

January 28, 2014  09:02 AM ET

LSU lock

January 28, 2014  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

it will be hard to catch Bama's monster class.

I'd hope so, after all Alabama is on pace to sign almost 10 more guys than they have scholarships... If you cheat you better win

January 28, 2014  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I'd hope so, after all Alabama is on pace to sign almost 10 more guys than they have scholarships... If you cheat you better win

I think you have Bama confused with Tennessee. They're the ones trying to sign 40 kids.

January 28, 2014  09:11 AM ET

If we get this kid from under the noses of Mich and MSU it will be quite a coup. There will yet be some surprises before signing day is here.

January 28, 2014  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think you have Bama confused with Tennessee. They're the ones trying to sign 40 kids.

I think the point trying to be made was that Bama is losing 16 players from last year (85-16=69), but is signing 27 players (max). This gives 69+27=96 scholly players. 85-96=11 over the legal limit. My guess is Bama will suddenly have around 11 players either 1. get suspended for violation of team rules (ie: not playing well enough to keep scholly) or 2. get a career-ending injury (ie: too "injured" to play at Bama, but still able to compete elsewhere).


But still, 40 is an impressive number!

January 28, 2014  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think you have Bama confused with Tennessee. They're the ones trying to sign 40 kids.

Rivals has the Vols signing class at 33 and rated #4 among FBS schools. Does not Tennessee have room for all, given the available roster slots and rules (exceeding 25 by assigning unfilled carryover slots, etc)?

January 28, 2014  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think you have Bama confused with Tennessee. They're the ones trying to sign 40 kids.

And they will play 13 on defense, and at the same time, too....


Sorry, but you set me up so well, VFH! ;-)

January 28, 2014  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

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I'm having the urge for a couple of these right about now... But no patios are open in my neck of the woods. <sigh>

January 28, 2014  09:48 AM ET

At Alabama, it's roster management. Any othe place t's called "discipline" and "getting rid of bad people".

Meyer is more dirty than Coach Saban could ever hope to be, but try convincing some of the Ohio State fans of that.

When an Ohio state fan acts like an expert on how many Alabama can sign, just laugh and nod at them.

January 28, 2014  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I'm having the urge for a couple of these right about now... But no patios are open in my neck of the woods. <sigh>

You need a patio to drink?

January 28, 2014  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Rivals has the Vols signing class at 33 and rated #4 among FBS schools. Does not Tennessee have room for all, given the available roster slots and rules (exceeding 25 by assigning unfilled carryover slots, etc)?

The SEC doesn't enforce any oversigning rules... teams just release current players from their scholarships. This is how the SEC stays "Dominant". They get to cut 4 and 5 star guys that don't live up to their hype and sign a hand full of 3 stars that eventually will, all without having to worry about scholarship numbers... It is criminal, they basically just kick kids out of their school, burning that year and the next year's eligibility...

January 28, 2014  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

And they will play 13 on defense, and at the same time, too....Sorry, but you set me up so well, VFH! ;-)

as long as I get credited on the stat sheet for the assist

January 28, 2014  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

At Alabama, it's roster management. Any othe place t's called "discipline" and "getting rid of bad people".Meyer is more dirty than Coach Saban could ever hope to be, but try convincing some of the Ohio State fans of that.When an Ohio state fan acts like an expert on how many Alabama can sign, just laugh and nod at them.

Getting rid of bad people? They have 10 guys right now that are on the current roster that will be cut by the fall... so Saban is just banking on having 10 bad guys? Or are these guys already in trouble? Please enlighten us....

January 28, 2014  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I think the point trying to be made was that Bama is losing 16 players from last year (85-16=69), but is signing 27 players (max). This gives 69+27=96 scholly players. 85-96=11 over the legal limit. My guess is Bama will suddenly have around 11 players either 1. get suspended for violation of team rules (ie: not playing well enough to keep scholly) or 2. get a career-ending injury (ie: too "injured" to play at Bama, but still able to compete elsewhere).But still, 40 is an impressive number!

Is 85 the correct starting number? Did they actually have 85 on-scholly at the end of the season?

Some may have had career-ending injuries, or lost their academic standing during the season, I don't know the answer but need to confirm 85 is accurate for your calculation's starting point.

January 28, 2014  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

as long as I get credited on the stat sheet for the assist

I will make sure it is "Dooley" (duly) noted.

January 28, 2014  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Is 85 the correct starting number? Did they actually have 85 on-scholly at the end of the season? Some may have had career-ending injuries, or lost their academic standing during the season, I don't know the answer but need to confirm 85 is accurate for your calculation's starting point.

Given, this is from an OSU blog, but it is a reputable one... here are their calculations on Alabama's current scholarship numbers....http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2014/01/32791/career-ending-injur ies

 
January 28, 2014  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I will make sure it is "Dooley" (duly) noted.

GR is bringing it today!

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