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11-2, 1st in Big Ten - East
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9hTodd McShay

NFL draft buzz: Malik Hooker likely a top pick

League sources don't seem to think that Malik Hooker is a top five pick, but Todd McShay feels confident that he will be taken somewhere between Nos. 6 and 13.

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It should not come as a surprise that Alabama leads the list of national title contenders heading into the 2017 college football season. However, some of the teams that are right on their tail may come as more of a surprise.

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Miami locking down local kids en route to top ranking (2:42)
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First 2018 class rankings: Ohio State

The Buckeyes haven't finished outside the top seven of the ranking in the last seven years, and another strong class is in the works.

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When was the last time two players from Idaho made the ESPN 300? Before today, the answer was never. Defensive tackle Tommy Togiai of Pocatello Highland and Washington quarterback commit Colson Yankoff became the first duo from Idaho to crack the top 300 ranking. Togiai, who lists Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, TCU, USC and Washington as his top teams, is the No. 52 player overall. Yankoff, who committed to UDub in March, is the 82nd ranked player.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

There are currently 25 total ESPN 300 commitments in the Big Ten, all coming from Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Maryland. Penn State has the most with eight ESPN 300 commitments followed by Ohio State with seven, Michigan with five, Nebraska holding four and Maryland with one.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

The Big Ten has 25 ESPN 300 commitments from 13 different states in the 2018 class. The most commitments in the conference, surprisingly, come from Georgia, with five commitments hailing from the Peach State. There are only 15 ESPN 300 Georgia prospects committed, so the Big Ten holds 33 percent of the commitments in the state, including two of the top five prospects. Pennsylvania is represented with four commitments, Florida and California with three and Virginia with two. The conference has been very successful recently with casting a wide geographic net in recruiting and it shows by these numbers.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State has five commitments ranked in the top 150 of the 2018 ESPN 300 rankings. Over the past three recruiting classes, including 2018, the Buckeyes have had 26 commitments ranked within the top 150 in their class. The next closest in the conference over the same period of time is Michigan with 17 commitments ranked in the top 150, followed by Penn State with 13

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OSU considered WR and LB U

The Buckeyes have had 21 players drafted in the past decade who played either WR or LB, including Braxton Miller and Darron Lee in 2016.

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Day will be the third quarterbacks coach J.T. Barrett has had during his career at Ohio State. The two appear to have quickly developed a strong relationship after a productive spring camp working together.

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Comparing Malik Hooker again to Ed Reed, Greg Schiano called the Ohio State safety an "exciting pick" for an NFL team even coming off an injury. Hooker seems like a lock for the first round, and after starting for just one season, his best football is likely still ahead of him.

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Several of the highest-rated NFL draft prospects from Ohio State are defensive players. S Malik Hooker and CB Marshon Lattimore are the top targets, according to Scouts. Inc.

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