As much as Ohio State has blanketed the nation with scholarship offers in the third recruiting cycle under coach Urban Meyer, the Buckeyes have been precise in their efforts toward landing a quarterback with the 2014 class.

As much as Ohio State has blanketed the nation with scholarship offers in the third recruiting cycle under coach Urban Meyer, the Buckeyes have been precise in their efforts toward landing a quarterback with the 2014 class.

No. 1 on their board for months has been DeShaun Watson of Gainesville, Ga., though he has committed to Clemson. The Buckeyes had made no committable offer to another QB until this week, then suddenly went fishing with a net.

In the past few days, they have offered Kyle Allen of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Brandon Harris of Bossier City, La.; and Zack Darlington of Apopka, Fla. Indications are that Watson will stick with his commitment to Clemson.

"I think they felt like they had a reasonable shot at flipping Watson, that until they felt otherwise, he was their guy," recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts said.

The coaches clearly have other players in mind, starting with Allen. They have been interested in him since he put on a stellar performance of passing accuracy during the OSU summer camp last year. He is rated No. 4 among pro-style quarterbacks by Darlington and Harris are considered dual-threat quarterbacks and carry three-star ratings.

Former Blue Jackets forward Dan Fritsche purchased the Grill on 21st in Newark, changed its name to the Club 49 (after his uniform number) and will have a grand opening of the restaurant today at 1671 N. 21st St.

Fritsche, 27, retired from hockey after three seasons in Switzerland. The Parma native was a second-round draft pick of Columbus in 2003, played 256 games with the Blue Jackets, the New York Rangers and Minnesota but hasn't played in the NHL since 2009.

An NFL scout who requested anonymity attributed Ohio State tackle Reid Fragel's slide in the draft to an ankle injury he suffered two days before the Senior Bowl. Fragel was projected as a fourth- or fifth-round pick but slid to Cincinnati in the seventh round.

The scout believes Fragel is "a steal" by the Bengals that late in the draft and added that he would never would have lasted that long if teams had been able to see him play against that top competition.

Fragel's future in Cincinnati would be brighter if the Bengals hadn't re-signed Andre Smith, but this will give him a chance to develop. Fragel was moved from tight end to tackle last season and had a bumpy transition early in the season, but his improvement was considered one of the keys to Ohio State's 12-0 season.

Robbie Rogers' training session with the Los Angeles Galaxy set off a flurry of reports about whether the former Crew player is returning to Major League Soccer and where he might end up if he did.

The Crew traded his rights to Chicago after he returned from Leeds in the English Premier League, so speculation would seem silly - if Rogers hadn't trained with Los Angeles. His agent, Shaun Higgins, told The Dispatch in an email that he merely trained with the Galaxy while he was visiting family in town.

But Chicago coach Frank Klopas told that the Fire expects the Galaxy to try to acquire the midfielder. Seattle coach Sigi Schmid also expressed interest in Rogers; the two were together in Columbus.

In a news conference before the playoffs, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella ripped media reports that suggested his relationship with Marian Gaborik had frayed before the team traded the forward to the Blue Jackets.

"I just think as you saw after the (trade) deadline, I thought it just changed our team a little bit," Tortorella said, as reported by the New York Daily News. "And I know you guys will turn it around and say that we didn't like Gabby, and all you guys talk about the relationship I have with him. Gabby was a hell of a player, and we miss him in all situations. He almost helped a team (the Blue Jackets) get in. So it isn't that way.

"We ended up getting three or four players that solidified our core, so don't give me any (expletive) about Gabby as far as our relationship and all that. Because it's wrong and it's unfair to both of us."

Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell told the New York Post to prepare to be underwhelmed when Johnathan Hankins shows up for the first day of New York Giants minicamp next week. The Ohio State defensive tackle was a second-round draft pick of the Giants.

"No, you're not going to be real impressed," Fickell said. "He's going to have a gigantic smile on his face, he's going to be happy-go-lucky, but his body is not going to impress everybody. … Like abs, everybody's got 'em, some are just covered up. His are covered up."

That body may be one reason Hankins fell to the second round, but the Giants wanted a jumbo-sized tackle who can consume opposing running games. Fickell acknowledged the negatives but said how much the Giants are going to like him.

"He is not a jokester, but he's always got a smile, he is a warm kid, would sit there and talk football with you and watch film for hours," Fickell said. "He is just one of those kids, you just love him to death, one of those kids you say 'Do you ever have a bad day?' He's a joy to be around."

Bob Hunter is a sports columnist for The Dispatch.