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Friday, June 21, 2013
Columbus mayor makes pitch to 4-star DT

By Jared Shanker

The mayor of Columbus, Ohio, had a message for four-star defensive tackle Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ky./John Hardin): He better be back at Ohio State soon.

The No. 2 prospect in Kentucky visited the Buckeyes on Thursday, and he had an opportunity to meet mayor Michael B. Coleman.

“It was cool. He said, 'You better come or I’ll hunt you down,' ” Elam joked. “Then he looked at his bodyguards.”

The Buckeyes made quite an impression on the 6-foot-6, 350-pound interior lineman, who has the Buckeyes in his top five along with Alabama, Kentucky, Louisville and Notre Dame.

Elam had an opportunity to see several aspects of the Ohio State campus.

“I toured the facilities and met the basketball coach [Thad Matta] and got to build relationships with the players and coaches,” Elam said.

Notre Dame, which offered earlier this month, will host Elam for a visit on June 24.