Ohio State notebook: Florida State unable to steal OSU recruit
Chris Worley was walking down a hall at Cleveland Glenville High School a couple of weeks ago when Florida State assistant coach Sal Sunseri approached him unexpectedly.
“He looked at me, my body stature, and said, ‘You’re a freak of nature,’ ” Worley recalled. “My coach, (Ted) Ginn, told him, ‘No, he’s committed to Ohio State.’ ”
Undeterred, Worley said, Sunseri did his homework, “then came back to the school like two days later and said, ‘We have a full scholarship for you.’ He put me on the phone with (Florida State coach) Jimbo Fisher, trying to get me to take the (official) visit.”
Worley, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound defensive back who could grow into a linebacker by the time his college career is over, signed with Ohio State on Wednesday. He was in town yesterday to help promote the Ohio North-South all-star doubleheader in Dayton on April 27.He did not take the trip to Florida State, but that last-ditch effort was an example of the intensity of recruiting these days. It was much like the way Ohio State stayed on several eventual members of its 2013 class, even if they had committed to other schools.
“You’re going to hear stories about it’s a feeding frenzy out there. It is,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “And sometimes you’ll hear people say, ‘You offer committed players.’ Let me make this real clear: Everybody does that. And it’s not wrong, OK?
“The young person has the right to go to any school he likes. If one school is better than the other, fits his personality. If something is going on illegally, that’s a whole different animal. But … the 17- or 18-year-old man has a right to go to any school he wants.”
Seven for the combine
The NFL scouting combine released the list of players who have been invited to the event in Indianapolis this month, and seven Buckeyes made the cut.Among them was defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who left after his junior season, along with six departing seniors: defensive lineman John Simon, offensive tackle Reid Fragel, linebackers Zach Boren and Etienne Sabino, tight end Jake Stoneburner and defensive end Nathan Williams.
Line help needed
This is expected to be a decent year for offensive line prospects in Ohio, which might help Ohio State in its next recruiting class.“On offense, the one area that we didn’t close well enough is the offensive line,” Meyer said.
The Buckeyes signed just two: Evan Lisle of Centerville and Tim Gardner of Lawrence, Ind.