OSU not out for Byrne, but ND wowed


Jimmy Byrne (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) said Notre Dame set the bar high after his unofficial visit last week. This week, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive tackle said he’s not sure how Ohio State can equal the experience of what the Fighting Irish gave him, but he’s not ruling out the Buckeyes.

“I don’t know exactly how they would [equal it],” Byrne said. “I do think Coach [Ed] Warinner is a great coach as well.

“Right now it’s real tight with Ohio State. I’d like to see the game day atmosphere. It’s just hard with the schedule right now.”

That is the one problem Ohio State has as St. Ignatius’ remaining regular season games all fall on Saturday. The other thing swinging in the favor of the Irish was actual one-on-one time with coaches and the ability to see the entire campus.

“It’s hard with Saturday games the rest of the season,” Byrne said. “Hopefully I can get down there Dec. 1. After the season, I’ll check it out. I’d like to get a visit in. I got to see some of the campus there when I was at camp, but not the whole thing.”

Byrne, who is on the 2014 ESPN Watch List, indicated for now it’s a two-horse race and that he wants the decision to be made after the season, but he’s not sure what the distinguishing factor will be.