Ohio State football: Kilbourne long snapper accepts scholarship offer

By The Columbus Dispatch  • 
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Liam McCullough started long-snapping in fifth grade just because his pee-wee team needed the service. Now, look where it has taken him.

McCullough was offered a scholarship months ago by Ohio State, and yesterday he committed to be part of the 2015 recruiting class.

“The atmosphere in Ohio Stadium is one of the best, if not the best, in the country, the education you are getting from Ohio State is phenomenal,” said McCullough, of Worthington Kilbourne. “You are family to each and every coach and player on the team.

“And to be part of the Ohio State football team, you are looked up to as a player, no matter whether you’re from 15 hours away or 15 minutes away like myself.”

McCullough, who also was offered by Michigan State, Wisconsin and Kentucky, took part in the OSU summer specialists camp yesterday before joining his parents for a meeting with coach Urban Meyer.

After the meeting, he talked things over with his parents again, he said, then walked back in and told Meyer and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs he had picked Ohio State.

“I wanted to be 100 percent sure, with no regrets — I wanted to pick a school where, if football was taken away, it would still be the place for me,” said McCullough, who plans to be a pre-med major with an interest in neurobiology and brain surgery.

McCullough is believed to be just the second player offered a scholarship before enrolling by Ohio State for long-snapping, joining Bryce Haynes who will be a junior in the fall.

McCullough, the No. 1 snapper at Kilbourne from his freshman season on, also has excelled at the Chris Rubio long-snapping camps the past couple of years.

“I was eventually ranked No. 2 in the country, and the recruiting took over from there,” McCullough said.

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