Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Watch List OT finally visiting Ohio State
By Brad Bournival
Back on Oct. 28, ESPN Watch List offensive tackle Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) was excited about his offer from the Buckeyes. It was the sixth offer from a BCS school and it set the dominoes in place for what has become an incredible offseason for the junior.
Nelson, who now counts 25 such offers, tried to get to The Horseshoe for the Ohio State-Michigan game last fall, but high school playoffs got in the way and he had to scratch the trip.
No worries for the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Nelson, as he will finally make his way to Columbus, Ohio, for an unofficial visit March 28-29.
“I’m expecting to see some of the best facilities in the nation and an awesome campus,” Nelson said. “I want to be able to talk and meet all the coaches and some of the players. I want to discover the curriculum and get a feel for the on-campus atmosphere.”
It’s all about getting a feel for the university and for the intangibles each school brings, according to Nelson. He also wants to slow down the process a bit in what has been a crazy four-plus months.
“I definitely played really well my junior season,” he said. “My tape speaks for itself. I expected to get some offers, but not 25. It’s an honor to have these offers. I’m really humbled.”
When asked what he’s most looking forward to during his visit, Nelson didn’t hesitate.
“It’s definitely the stadium, just seeing the turf and that big ‘O’ in the middle of the field,” he said. “It’s going to be nice. With every school you learn something new. I’m looking forward to that.”
While Ohio State already has Watch List tackle Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) and tackle Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) in the 2014 recruiting class, the Buckeyes are expected to take anywhere from four to six offensive linemen this year, so there’s plenty of room for Nelson.