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St. Clairsville OL Haydn Lewis verbals to Ohio

On his Twitter account, St. Clairsville offensive lineman Haydn Lewis announced he has committed to Ohio. The 6-4, 260-pounder also held offers from Air Force, Eastern Michigan and Marshall. Get the latest on all Bobcat recruiting at BobcatAttack!

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Bedford WR Cameron Odom goes with Ohio

Per his Twitter account, Bedford High School wide receiver has given a verbal commitment to Ohio. The 6-2, 170-pounder also had offers from Ball St. and Central Michigan. In a run-heavy offense, Odom had 500 receiving yards last season. He's coached at Bedford by former Bobcat Sean Williams. Follow BobcatAttack for the latest in Ohio Football recruiting!

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Ohio University commit, Bedford WR Cameron Odom gives Bobcats smarts, toughness  (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Video Highlights  (Hudl.com)

Brecksville S Tyler Tupa chooses Ohio

Brecksville-Broadview Heights WR/S announced on his Instagram account that he will be a Bobcat. The 6-1, 185-pounder also had offers from Kent St. and Bowling Green. Tupa played on both sides of the ball last year earning Clevelend.com All-Star honors as a wide received with 71 catches, 1,131 yards and 19 touchdowns. He is expected to be slotted at safety for Ohio. Get the latest on Bobcat football recruiting at BobcatAttack!

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Brecksville junior football player Tyler Tupa verbally commits to play for Ohio University  (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Video Highlights  (Hudl.com)

Defense beats Offense in Spring Game

Yazdani misses field goal as time expires

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ATHENS - Coach Frank Solich hoped to create competition in Ohio's annual spring Green and White game by putting into play a scoring system to pit the offense against the defense. He got it on Saturday with a game that came down to the final play.

The defense ran on to the field in celebration as it came away a 25-20 winner when Josiah Yazdani's 46-yard field goal clanked off the right upright.

Neither side held anything back. Jovon Johnson delivered a big hit on Jordan Reid in the game's second series, players from each team were called for offsetting personal fouls in the first half and the defense called a timeout before the final play to try to ice Yazdani.

With the game tied at 20, Yazdani connected from 29 yards out after the timeout... <Read More>

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Ohio adds Florida WR/CB Langston Provitt to 2015 class

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Ohio has added Venice (FL) High School WR/CB Langston Provitt to its 2015 recruiting class. A 3-sport star at Venice, he rushed 72 times for 413 yards and scored a team-high 12 rushing touchdowns in the regular season. Provitt also caught a team-high 27 passes for 404 yards and two more scores. He returned kicks and punts, including a 98-yarder for a score, and made 35 tackles as a defensive back.

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Provitt a player for all seasons  (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

Ohio signs 24 players to football class

Bobcats target defensive backfield

ATHENS - The Ohio football signing day class of 2015 finished Wednesday at 24 players, and one of the first to sign in the morning was the biggest surprise.

The Bobcats got a letter of intent from safety Deontai Williams (6-1, 185 pounds) from Jacksonville, Florida. He was expected to sign with Georgia after previously being committed to Florida.

A high school teammate of fellow safety signee Javon Hagan (6-0, 207), Williams was rated four stars by ESPN and three stars by 247Sports, Scout and Rivals. Though there is no confirmation, some publications speculated academic issues could have been a factor in his change of mind.

"He was over at Javon’s home when we were there on a home visit," Ohio coach Frank Solich said. "We had a chance to... <Read More>

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BobcatAttack.com Football Recruiting Page  (BobcatAttack.com)
BobcatAttack.com Football Recruiting Forum  (BobcatAttack.com)
Bobcats shock fans on signing day  (The Post)
@OhioFootball Welcomes 24 Newcomers on National Signing Day  (Ohio Bobcats.com)
Bobcats land 24 players, and a surprise on National Signing Day  (Athens Messenger)
Born to be Bobcats  (Athens Messenger)
Trinity Christian's haul sends 15 players to college, 12 to FBS schools  (Florida Times-Union)
Meet the future Ohio Bobcats: Ohio football's 2015 football recruiting class  (HustleBelt.com)
Colerain student-athletes decide where to play college sports  (WLWT.com)
Boardman’s Croutch Ohio-bound  (WYTV.com)
From Cards to Bobcats  (TriStateFootball.com)

Ohio adds another Colerain Cardinal in CB Jeff Christian Jr.

Cincinnati Colerain High School cornerback Jeff Christian Jr. committed to Ohio after a weekend visit. The 5-10, 175-pounder had originally committed to Purdue and held offers from most every school in the MAC. Christian joins Colerain teammates Demetrius Colbert and Mayne Williams as commitments to Ohio's 2015 recruiting class.

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2015 Ohio football recruiting: CB Jeff Christian Jr. commits to Bobcats  (HustleBelt.com)
Video Highlights  (Hudl.com)
Colerain CB Jeff Christian commits to Ohio University  (Cincinnati Enquirer)

California JUCO OL Joe Anderson joins Ohio

El Camino Community College offensive lineman Joe Anderson visited Ohio over the weekend and decided to join the Bobcats. The 6-6, 330-pounder starts classes Tuesday. He'll have 4 years to complete 3 years of eligibility. Anderson played his high school football for Mira Costa High School in Torrance, CA.

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Colerain LB Demetrius Colbert switches to Ohio

Cincinnati Colerain linebacker Demetrius Colbert committed to Ohio after visiting this weekend. The 6-foot, 235-pounder had originally committed to Eastern Michigan. Rated 3 stars by ESPN.com and Scout.com, Colbert was the Greater Miami Conference defensive player of the year. He had 67 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three sacks and four forced fumbles while being named first-team all-state and all-district.

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Bobcats get verbal from Nordonia HS WR Alex Alders

According to his Twitter account, Nordonia High School wide receiver Alex Alders has committed to Ohio. The 6-2, 205-pounder had 58 catches and 81 tackles in helping lead the Knights to a Division II State Runner-up Title. Rated a 3-star recruit by Scout.com, Alders had originally committed to play baseball for Central Michigan.

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Time to jumpstart Alders' recruitment  (Scout.com)
How Nordonia football overcame the loss of LB/WR Alex Alders to defeat Mayfield (video)  (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Junior Year Highlights  (YouTube)
Nordonia WR/DB Alex Alders verbally commits to play Division I football for Ohio University  (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Glenville DL Sam McKnight commits to Ohio

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has reported that Cleveland Glenville High School defensive lineman Sam McKnight has given a verbal commitment to Ohio. The 6-1, 242-pounder chose the Bobcats over offers from Akron, Buffalo, BG, Georgia Tech and Toledo.

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Glenville senior defensive lineman Sam McKnight commits to Ohio University (video)  (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Junior Year Highlights  (YouTube)

Cincinnati Princeton WR Elijah Ball commits to Ohio

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Cincinnati Princeton wide receiver Elijah Ball announced his commitment to the Bobcats on his Twitter account. The 6-1, 185-pounder went with the Bobcats over offers from Cincinnati, UConn, Western Michigan, Akron, Kent State, Bowling Green, Temple and Eastern Michigan.

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Princeton WR Elijah Ball verbally commits to Ohio University  (Cincinnati Enquirer)
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Given a 2nd chance, Yazdani comes through

Bobcats score final 24 points to win Battle of the Bricks

OXFORD – Second chances do not always come around, but Josiah Yazdani made the most of his.

After missing less than two minutes earlier from 42 yards, Yazdani kicked a game-winning 28-yard field goal as time expired to rally the Bobcats from a 21-point deficit and to a 24-21 victory against rival Miami on Tuesday night at Yager Stadium.

It was the third game-winning field goal of the year for Yazdani, with the Bobcats beginning and ending the regular season on go-ahead kicks as the clock ran out. It makes Ohio (6-6, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) bowl eligible for the fifth straight year and the eighth time overall under coach Frank Solich and gives the Bobcats their eighth win in the last nine meetings against the RedHawks.

“I think a team... <Read More>

Fumble halts Ohio's chance at game-tying drive

Bobcats fall to 1st-place Huskies 21-14

ATHENS – Replay reversed a fumble call and ended Ohio’s attempted drive for a touchdown to tie the game, and the Bobcats fell 21-14 to Northern Illinois in single-digit wind chill temperatures Tuesday night at Peden Stadium.

The loss leaves the Bobcats (5-6, 3-4 Mid-American Conference) still one win short of bowl eligibility and keeps the Huskies (9-2, 6-1 MAC) in position to win the MAC West.

“It’s certainly a disappointing loss for our players,” Ohio coach Frank Solich said. “I feel badly for them. I thought they prepared hard for this football game. I thought they played hard. Obviously we needed to do things a little bit better all the way across the board.”

Landon Smith caught a pass from Derrius Vick for 10 yards to the Northern... <Read More>

Healthier Bobcats rout Bulls, 37-14

Ohio defense holds Buffalo to 134 yards, 7 first downs

ATHENS – As healthy as it has been all year, Ohio rolled to a 37-14 victory against Buffalo on a rainy Wednesday night at Peden Stadium.

Ohio (5-5, 3-3 Mid-American Conference) limited Buffalo to 134 yards of offense and seven first downs, and took advantage of four turnovers and a bad snap to run away from the struggling Bulls (3-6, 1-4 MAC).

A.J. Ouellete, finally back to 100 percent health, rushed 29 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Derrius Vick, making his first start since an injury against Eastern Illinois, added 44 yards rushing for the Bobcats, who gained 233 yards on the ground.

The Bobcats led 27-0 late in the third quarter and might have shut out Buffalo if not for two turnovers of their own – a fumble... <Read More>

Davis, Franklin lead Western Michigan past Ohio

Vick's return not nearly enough to spark Bobcats

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Derrius Vick returned from injury and gave Ohio a spark offensively in the second half but it was not nearly enough as Western Michigan ran away with a 42-21 victory against the Bobcats on Saturday at Waldo Stadium.

JD Sprague started at quarterback, but Vick, who was the starter until an injury but practiced all week, took over after Sprague got hurt and was ineffective. With Ohio playing from behind, Ohio was forced to throw a lot, and Vick went 18 of 31 for 246 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Sprague was just 2-of-5 passing for 38 yards and led the Bobcats to only two first downs on five possessions. By then, Ohio was down 21-7.

Even so, the Bobcats (4-5, 2-3 Mid-American Conference) actually had the early... <Read More>

Johnson's fumble return sets up Yazdani's game-wining FG

Bobcats beat Zips for the 8th straight time

ATHENS – Jovon Johnson’s fumble recovery set up Josiah Yazdani’s game-winning 22-yard field goal with 1:55 remaining and Ohio defeated Akron for the eighth straight time, 23-20, on Saturday at Peden Stadium.

With the game tied at 20, Devin Bass forced the fumble by Andrew Pratt near midfield, and after picking it up, Johnson returned it 24 yards to the Akron 21-yard line.

"The first thing was to get the ball,” Johnson said. “I tried to pick it up the first time and bobbled it, so I fell and then I got back up and picked it up again. When I got up I didn't see anything but white, and I thought it was the opposite team, so I cut back, and, from there, I just tried to get into the end zone.”

The Bobcats (4-4, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) were... <Read More>

Bowling Green rides Ohio penalties to easy win

Bobcats flagged 16 times for 153 yards

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ATHENS – Ohio dominated many of the statistics coach Frank Solich thought would get the Bobcats a win, but penalties and a handful of big plays for Bowling Green led it to a relatively comfortable 31-13 victory Saturday on the Bobcats’ homecoming at Peden Stadium.

The struggling Bobcats offense racked up 513 yards on a school-record 110 plays and held the high-powered Falcons offense was limited to 355 yards. Ohio had more first downs, 29-19, and had nearly double the possession time of Bowling Green. Yet it was not nearly enough to overcome 16 penalties for 153 yards.

“You can’t finish drives off and put points on the board when you are heavily penalized, and you’re also if you’re heavily penalized form the defensive standpoint, you allow... <Read More>

Bobcats dominated by Chips' defense, Rawls, Davis

Central Michigan tops Ohio, 28-10

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Thomas Rawls and Titus Davis combined for more than 400 yards of offense to more than double Ohio’s team production as Central Michigan rolled to a 28-10 victory Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Playing without starting quarterback Derrius Vick and running back A.J. Ouellette, the Bobcats (3-3, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) got nothing going on offense and were limited to 187 yards and eight first downs. Meanwhile, the senior pair for the Chippewas did plenty. Rawls ran for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries, and Davis caught 10 passes, including two for scores, for 181 yards.

Ohio was limited to just 24 yards and two first downs in the first half and trailed 14-3, and it could have been worse had the... <Read More>

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