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Thursday, March 21, 2013
2015 lineman earns Ohio State offer

By Brad Bournival

With depth an issue after this season on the offensive line, Ohio State has reached out to the Class of 2015 in a big way.

The Buckeyes already have offered scholarships to 24 linemen in the Class of 2014 and are now targeting sophomores.

The latest came when Ohio State offered 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive tackle Drew Richmond (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School).

Richmond joins Mitch Hyatt (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) as tackles offered by Ohio State from the sophomore ranks.

It’s an offer that Richmond, who is a bit of an Ohio State football history buff, doesn’t take lightly.

“It really does mean a lot,” Richmond said. “It’s a dream come true for me. I remember watching Troy Smith and all of them playing for Ohio State and I was like, ‘Man, I wish that was me.’ This offer shows dreams really do come true.”

Last season, Richmond helped the Owls to a 10-3 mark as University lost 31-14 in the Division II-AA state final to Ensworth.

The Owls passed for 2,935 yards and 35 touchdowns and rushed for 1,315 yards and 28 more scores with the help of Richmond. The team averaged 5.7 yards per play last season and averaged 36.0 points per game.

Richmond currently has offers from Alabama, Florida State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

He’s already checked in with Alabama, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt on unofficial visits, but is really looking forward to his trip to Columbus, Ohio, when he competes in the Buckeyes’ Friday Night Lights Camp on July 26.

“My ultimate goal is the NFL; if I get satisfied, it won’t happen,” Richmond said. “I talked to Coach [Tim] Hinton. He told me the camp is one of the most hyped things in college football. It’s going to be electric. I really hope that’s what it turns out to be.”