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Sunday, April 7, 2013
OSU offer a 'dream come true' for OLB

By Brad Bournival

Brutus Buckeye’s pain could be Ohio State’s gain.

At least when it comes to outside linebacker Chase Winovich (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) and the Buckeyes.

Ohio State offered the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Winovich on Saturday during an unofficial visit.

While the highlight of the trip was the offer, seeing Brutus decleated by Buckeyes linebacker David Perkins during a scrimmage ranked up there as well.

“As soon as the Buckeye got slammed, that was probably the best part of the trip,” Winovich said. “I was laughing.

“In all seriousness, the way everything was run impressed me. You can tell they’re going to be competing for a national championship sometime in the near future. The way the program is run, I don’t know that there’s another program like that in the country. Everyone is on top of everything. They really know what they’re doing.”

Ohio State’s offer meant just a little more to Winovich for a number of reasons.

Living just 18 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, the junior has grown up with the Buckeyes.

They’re the team he watches Saturday and the one he wears around town, as well.

“It means so much to get one offer,” Winovich said. “I’m very blessed to get opportunities to get offers and even interest from schools like Ohio State.

“It’s really deep. I told Coach [Luke] Fickell after I got offered that it was a dream come true. It doesn’t necessarily mean I’m going to go there, but I grew up watching Ohio State and wearing Ohio State hoodies and shirts. It’s almost as if all the hard work is starting to pay off. I have that little taste of success and where I want to be, but I have so much farther to go.”

Winovich’s next step is an unofficial visit to Penn State on Saturday, though he said he plans on returning to Columbus, Ohio, within the next few months, be it at a camp or on another unofficial visit.

The junior currently has offers from Akron, Boston College, Bowling Green, Florida State, Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Toledo and West Virginia.

Last season, he led the Jaguars in every defensive category, logging 69 tackles, nine sacks, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries