Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Florida Gators [Print without images]

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
ESPN 300 ATH Timmons gets new offer

By Dave Hooker

Patience is paying off for Ryan Timmons as big-time scholarship offers keep coming in.

Ohio State offered the ESPN 300 athlete during a visit to Timmons' school on Tuesday. Timmons has long expressed interest in the Buckeyes, but coaches there had yet to extend a scholarship offer. Timmons said head coach Urban Meyer explained the situation and that there were no hard feelings about the delay.

"He said he's not a guy that's going to offer a guy and take it away," the athlete prospect from Frankfort (Ky.) Franklin County said.

The Ohio State offer came two days after Florida offered the 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect. Former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips visited Timmons on Monday. He is now the receivers coach at Florida.

Timmons said he spoke with Florida head coach Will Muschamp on Sunday. That's when he received the scholarship offer from the Gators. Muschamp said he was impressed by Timmons' speed and footwork.

"That's what he said he liked about me," the No. 249 prospect in the nation said. "He thought I was a really good player and that's why he offered."

Timmons has a major decision to make. With only one official visit left to take, he'll have to decide whether to go to Gainesville or Columbus. Timmons has been to Ohio State before but has said he wants to take his mother to any school he's strongly considering.

“It’s good,” Timmons told BuckeyeNation's Brad Bournival. “For sure, this makes the decision a little harder on me.

“The offer means a lot for my school and myself. It definitely changes things.”

As a senior, Timmons carried the ball 72 times for 1,225 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. He also had 29 receptions for 965 yards and 15 more scores and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.

Timmons said he will decide where he will take his final official visit this weekend. He'll then take the official visit on Feb. 1 and commit on Feb. 5. He is also considering Kentucky. He took an official visit there on Jan. 18 and spoke glowingly about first-year head coach Mark Stoops.