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Massillon duo ready for OSU football

9/9/2012

Massillon, Ohio, has always been a football crazy town, but nothing prepared Washington High juniors Nathaniel Devers and Marcus Whitfield for what they saw Saturday.

On unofficial visits to Ohio State for the Buckeyes’ 31-16 win over the University of Central Florida, the duo walked away wowed after their first trip to The Horseshoe.

“That place is wild,” Whitfield said. “It was nuts. I walked down through that tunnel and looked around and the student section was packed. Everything was packed.”

Devers, an offensive guard for the Tigers, echoed that statement and was amazed by the atmosphere before, during and after the game.

“It was cool. It was pretty exciting,” Devers said. “They showed how dedicated they were. It was raining before the game and the game was still sold out. It turned out to be a beautiful day.”

The experience meant even more to Whitfield, whose grandfather was a captain for the Buckeyes in the 1960s.

With interest from the Buckeyes and Toledo, Whitfield wouldn’t jump into a commitment if offered, but the wide receiver hinted Ohio State would have the inside track on him.

“I talked to every coach but Coach [Urban] Meyer,” he said. “We talked about my game Friday and how the season was going. I know Coach [Mike] Vrabel kept telling me to keep doing a good job and keep it going.

“I’m hoping to see an offer from them. It would be great. Honestly, I’d like to go to Ohio State if they offered. I don’t know if I’d commit on the spot because I’m a junior, but it would mean a lot.”

Devers has an offer from Toledo and interest from Cincinnati, Kent State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and the Buckeyes. He also hinted that the Buckeyes’ offer would go a long way.

“[Ohio State Director of Player Personnel] Mark Pantoni said they’d wait four or five games to review all the linemen,” Devers said. “It would be pretty sweet being my first [Big Ten] offer. It’d be great if that was the first one.”