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Thursday, January 10, 2013
OSU official visit weekend is jam-packed

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State will be busy this weekend as it welcomes some top recruits for official visits.

The Buckeyes will welcome in the likes of Vonn Bell, Ryan Timmons, Cornelius Elder, Shelton Gibson, Marcus Baugh, Christopher Worley, Jalin Marshall, Corey Smith and Joey Bosa.

Joey Bosa
Commit Joey Bosa will take his official visit this weekend and hope to lure some uncommitteds to join the fold.
Some top-flight juniors will be on campus on unofficial visits as well.

What they can expect is something of a whirlwind weekend they’ll likely never forget as official visits don’t leave an incredible amount of downtime.

While virtually everyone with a Twitter account talks about the food and not being able to eat for a week afterwards, they also go on about how wiped out they are come Monday morning.

That’s done on purpose as the Buckeyes brass want to cram in as much as they can before the recruits leave on Sunday afternoon.

Their thinking is if they leave no stone unturned, it’s hard to say no.

The big official visit weekend in December came complete with meetings and a video package shown on the scoreboard

There was also a tour of the campus, training facilities and everything else Ohio State’s coaching staff could think of.

Oh, it also started with a pep rally Friday at St. John’s Arena celebrating the Buckeyes’ 12-0 season along with a men’s basketball game on Saturday.

While there won’t be any pep rally this weekend to celebrate 12-0, it is sure to be part of Ohio State’s pitch with a handful of ESPN 300 athletes in town and one very big ESPN 150 safety in Bell.

As for a men’s basketball game, that’s on the schedule as well.

Recruits will head to Value City Arena for the Buckeyes game against Michigan. The Wolverines just happen to be ranked No. 2 in the nation and the 1:30 p.m. tip will be televised by CBS. The fact they will be there covering the game live gives the recruits just a little bit more atmosphere.

And as just about every recruit that walks onto campus will tell you, the atmosphere on campus -- be it a game or anything else -- is usually a big selling point in earning a commitment.