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Joey Duckworth will take unofficial to OSU

Ohio State has clout, especially when it comes to drawing big name quarterbacks for unofficial visits.

Joey Duckworth (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville) will make his way to Columbus this weekend to watch Ohio State play the University of Central Florida in a noon kickoff.

“It’s Ohio State, I’m expecting a fun game and a great atmosphere,” Duckworth said. “I’ve been there before when I was little, but never like this. I’m sure it will be fun.”

Duckworth caught the attention of the Buckeyes at an Ohio State camp in June and then came into his own at the Friday Night Lights camp on July 27.

A pocket passer with offers from Bowling Green, Buffalo and Toledo, Duckworth is drawing interest from NC State, Ohio State and Penn State.

Duckworth becomes the second high-profile quarterback in the class of 2014 to visit the Buckeyes after Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Conner) took in the season opener against Miami (Ohio) last weekend.

While Duckworth doesn’t have an offer from the Buckeyes, one might be coming as Ohio State has told junior quarterbacks they will evaluate the position near the midseason point.

After taking over for Chad Neff as a sophomore, Duckworth finished his 2011 campaign by throwing for 874 yards and passing for seven touchdowns. Under his tutelage, the Leopards were 4-1 last season.