Ohio State's pursuit of Oregon recruit Dontre Wilson, the running back/wide receiver who is visiting this weekend, and other supposed-to-be future Ducks has hardly escaped notice in the Oregon media.
Ohio State’s pursuit of Oregon recruit Dontre Wilson, the running back/wide receiver who is visiting this weekend, and other supposed-to-be future Ducks has hardly escaped notice in the Oregon media.
The Oregonian’s John Canzano cast new Ducks coach Mark Helfrich and his staff as the “Seven Samurai” and Urban Meyer and his staff as a “gang of marauding bandits,” noting that that OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman was also “rushed” to San Diego to visit four-star wide receiver Darren Carrington Jr., another Oregon recruit, when Ducks coach Chip Kelly left for the Philadelphia Eagles. Canzano also noted that while in San Diego, OSU offered scholarships to Oregon commitments, twin basketball/football stars Tyree and Tyrell Robinson.
“Newly hired coach Mark Helfrich dispatched his entire seven-member coaching staff out as one unit, himself included, making group appearances in front of the Ducks spring recruit commitments,” Canzano wrote. “Helfrich did this as the band of maraud..., I mean, Urban Meyer and his Buckeyes staff, descended upon UO's recruiting harvest, salivating like Pavlov's dog.”
“. . . The Ducks recruiting caravan is being called ‘Helfrich and the Magnificent Seven,’ by those following this recruiting business. But we all know that western was based on the original ‘ Seven Samurai,’ so when I think about Helfrich, defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti and Co. on the trail of their recruits today, I think ruthless and skilled protectors who understand that if they don't act with life-and-death urgency, this whole football dynasty could fall apart.”
Reds minor league starter Tony Cingrani ranked sixth on Baseball America’s list of the top 10 left-handed pitching prospects.
BA’s Jonathan Mayo wrote: “Taken in the third round by the Reds in 2011, Cingrani was a senior reliever when he signed out of Rice. He has pitched extremely well as a starter in pro ball, topping the Minors in ERA and finishing second in strikeouts during his first full season. That earned him a brief callup to the big leagues. Cingrani’s fastball and changeup are both above average and are good enough for him to excel out of the bullpen. If his slider can improve, the 2012 California League All-Star will have the chance to be a very good starter.”
Arizona’s Tyler Skaggs topped the list followed by Seattle’s Danny Hultzen and San Diego’s Max Fried.
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson told mlive.com at the Senior Bowl that “several” NFL team including the Detroit Lions want to see what he can do at wide receiver.
"They said they wanna see me catch," Robinson said, after one of the practice sessions "That's what they're all telling me, and that's what I want to show people. I know I can catch. I'm a football player. Just got to show it."
A report in the Pro Football Post indicates that so far he hasn’t been doing that. Russ Lande wrote about Robinson as one “six players who struggled during Wednesday’s Senior Bowl practices.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; #160; Miami University quarterback Zac Dysert was also on that list.
Lande wrote that “Robinson’s natural explosiveness and all-around athleticism was obvious today, but he did little else to impress scouts during this morning’s practice. His routes weren’t crisp and he struggled to get consistent separation out of his breaks. He generally did not display good hands as he fought the ball throughout practice.”
Robinson made a cameo appearance at receiver in Michigan's final three games, when he cycled between wideout, tailback and quarterback after injuring his elbow. He made three catches for 31 yards.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that the Reds are among teams interested in 34-year-old free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba. Torrealba played for three teams last season, batting .227 in 218 plate appearances. Cincinnati already has two catchers, Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan.