Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

For an example on Malik Hooker's range and ball skills, check out his first interception vs. Bowling Green. Hooker aligns on the opposite hash, opens his hips (with eyes on the QB) and gets to the bottom of the numbers to over-lap the deep route. Great finish too. High-point the ball and secure the interception. That's a big time play.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Watching tape on Ohio State safety Malik Hooker -- Incredible range in the middle of the field. He can cover a ton of ground. And you can't teach that. Natural ability there to locate the ball and finish. Gets a great jump on QBs. That's vision and route awareness. Still shows his inexperience as a run defender. Angles to the ball and footwork at the point of attack need to improve along with his tackling technique. Wants to chop-down ball carriers too often. There are areas of his game that need to develop, but Hooker's range, ball skills and ability to close the post are rare. He has first-round talent. And a very high ceiling at the position.

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Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Seven schools remain in the mix for Dorian Thompson-Robinson, the nation's No. 4 dual-threat quarterback. Thompson-Robinson released his list of seven finalists via twitter, as Cal, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina and UCLA remain in the hunt to sign the No. 107 overall prospect and No. 2 uncommitted quarterback at this time. It looks like this could come down to a battle between Michigan and UCLA, as the Bruins established themselves early as the program to beat for Thompson-Robinson and his teammate, ESPN 300 tight end Brevin Jordan, while Thompson-Robinson's mother attended Michigan. Cal was not on his initial top-12 list, while Florida State and Oregon are programs to watch and could make a move.

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Harbaugh tries to emulate Ohio State legend (0:48)

ESPN Staff  

When Ohio State kicks off for its annual spring game on April 15, the Buckeyes will have special guest coaches for the scarlet and grey teams: former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz and Nike boss Phil Knight. Urban Meyer served as WRs coach for Holtz at Notre Dame in 1996. (AP Photo/Troy Wayrynen)

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

New Ohio State quarterbacks coach Ryan Day weighs in on his early relationship with J.T. Barrett and "enhancing" the senior before his final year with the program.

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

Batter up! Bat-wielding running backs coach Tony Alford gets in a few cuts on his rushers as part of an early drill that works on ball security, quickness, cutting and toughness all within a few yards -- starting with sophomore Mike Weber.

Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

After a brief pause for spring break, Ohio State is back on the practice field with the pads on at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. This is workout No. 3 for the Buckeyes, and it's when business really picks up in terms of competition for the handful of available starting jobs.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm told that Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin worked out for Bucs assistant wide receivers coach Andrew Weidinger today. The two also had an interview yesterday and Godwin will visit the Bucs in mid April. He ran a 4.42 40 at the combine and posted a 4.00 in the 20-yard shuttle, tied for tops among receivers.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Tom Crean's firing as IU head basketball coach comes six days after ex-football coach Kevin Wilson acknowledged that he, too, had been let go by the Hoosiers, despite AD Fred Glass labeling Wilson's Dec. 1 departure a resignation due to philosophical differences. Wilson, now Ohio State's offensive coordinator, is reportedly receiving about a fifth of the more than $2m left on his multiyear contract.

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Peppers falling out of first-round? (0:56)