Free-wheeling Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell made the most of his one play in the spring game spotlight today. In the aftermath of his interception of -- and subsequent sideline collision with -- quarterback Cardale Jones, he handed Jones the ball, put his arm around the QB and faked like he was taking a selfie to the delight of the crowd of 99,391.
Free-wheeling Ohio State safety Tyvis Powell made the most of his one play in the spring game spotlight today.
In the aftermath of his interception of -- and subsequent sideline collision with -- quarterback Cardale Jones, he handed Jones the ball, put his arm around the QB and faked like he was taking a selfie to the delight of the crowd of 99,391. Powell explained why, and he said it started when he noticed tight end Nick Vannett rolling out on a wheel route.
"I'm looking at Nick the whole time, and I see that he didn't engage with anybody and I'm thinking, 'He's going out for a route,'" Powell said. "So I'm looking at Cardale, he's looking at Nick, and I say to myself, 'I know he knows that I know what he's doing.' But he threw it anyway.
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"So I felt disrespected when he threw it anyway," Powell joked. "So I had to show him why I'm dad and he's son. So I picked it off. That's exactly how it happened. That's how it went down."
Powell, known for keeping the balls from the interceptions which sealed the win at Michigan in 2013 and ended the victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl national semifinal last season, didn't keep the one yesterday.
>>Video: Tyvis Powell jokes around
"I tried to give him the ball," Powell said. "I took the (fake) selfie with him and everything. ... He dropped the ball. He's ungrateful."
Of course it was all in jest, and it is what has come to be expected from the affable Powell.
"The value of a guy like Tyvis," linebacker Joshua Perry said, smiling as he pondered the question. "I think it's good that he keeps us loose. Tyvis Powell: great player, clown, all that. That's all I have to say. Love Tyvis. Interesting guy."
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New commits for 2016, 2017
The Buckeyes picked up a commitment for the 2016 recruiting class and the 2017 class, and in the case of the former, it proved patience paid for the prospect.
Jack Wohlabaugh, an offensive lineman from Cuyahoga Falls (Walsh Jesuit), Ohio, was determined to earn a scholarship offer from the reigning national champions, and when it finally came yesterday morning, he wasted no time in becoming the 11th commitment to the 2016 class.
"Proud to say I have been offered and have officially committed to THE Ohio State Buckeyes," Wohlabaugh tweeted.
He is a son of Dave Wohlabaugh, who played eight years in the NFL with the New Eng?land Patriots, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams. Jack Wohlabaugh, 6 feet 3 and 280 pounds but with what is considered by recruiting analysts to be outstanding quickness and skill, is a consensus three-star prospect.
Meanwhile, Westerville South defensive back Marcus Williamson tweeted a little later that he became the second pledge to the 2017 OSU class.
"Can't wait to be a Buckeye ... Officially committed to THE Ohio State University!!" said Williamson, who bears a four-star rating from rivals.com.
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Smith makes mark
With Vonn Bell and Powell back at the safeties, it will be hard for Erick Smith to crack the starting lineup. But the sophomore from Cleveland Glenville impressed as a special-teams player last year and is doing his best to get in the mix on defense.
In yesterday's spring game, he intercepted two Stephen Collier passes.
"He's a hard-hitting, Glenville-type player," senior linebacker Joshua Perry said. "He takes some of those shots. He might make 'em. He might not. But you'll feel it one way or another.
"He's grown a lot in terms of his knowledge. That's what he struggled with a lot last year. He's got all the tools. I'm excited to see how he develops."
>> Scarlet vs. Gray spring game stats, via Ohio State (.pdf format)
Another Smith shines
Corey Smith had six catches for 174 yards and caught both of Cardale Jones' touchdown passes. It was a hopeful sign for the senior, but ability has never been the question about Smith.
"Consistency is his issue," offensive coordinator Ed Warinner said. "He has some talent. Today, he showed his talent. He's trying to figure out what he needs to be to be consistent, because when he does show up and have it all locked in, he's really good."