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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Ohio State atmosphere impresses recruits

By Brad Bournival

Visitors -- official and unofficial -- flocked to The Horseshoe on Saturday night to take in the game between Ohio State and Wisconsin.

There was even an unofficial visitor with no college eligibility tweeting and taking pictures all evening -- LeBron James -- as Columbus, Ohio, was the place to be in college football before, during and after the Buckeyes’ 31-24 victory.

Here’s a sampling of quotes, tweets and pictures taken during the big Ohio State win:

“It was insane. BuckeyeNation was turnt up. You can tell they are passionate about their team and the energy was crazy.” -- ESPN 300 wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, who was on an official visit

“It was nice that random fans actually knew who me and Erick [Smith] were down at Ohio State. The atmosphere was great.” -- ESPN 300 athlete Marshon Lattimore, who was there with teammates Erick Smith, an ESPN 300 safety, and offensive guard Marcelys Jones, an Ohio State commit

“The atmosphere in The Shoe is unlike anywhere else, to have so many people so passionate about one thing is truly amazing. The O-H-I-O chant really made me feel like I was part of something bigger than myself, and that was an awesome feeling.” -- Ohio State quarterback pledge Stephen Collier

“The game time atmosphere in The Shoe was great. After the game, we had a quick chat with area recruiting and running back coach Stan Drayton and he introduced us to Coach [Urban] Meyer. That was actually our first time ever attending a college football game, and what a great game it was!” -- 2015 running back Andrew Dowell, who took in the game with twin brother and ESPN 300 wide receiver David Dowell

“Simply crazy. Never experienced anything like it.” -- ESPN 300 offensive guard and Ohio State pledge Demetrius Knox

Stephen Collier taking in the excitement


— Stephen Collier (@Stephen5Collier) September 28, 2013
Jamarco Jones' tweet

The Shoe about to be rocking!!

— Jamarco Jones (@jjones_73) September 28, 2013
Stephen Collier’s mom tweets picture of 2014 class

Watching these '14 boys bond was pretty special.

— Natalie Collier (@BossLadyN) September 29, 2013
Damon Webb tweets picture of 2014 class

2014 recruiting class of The Ohio State University!

— Stephanie Webb (@ProfessorSWebb) September 29, 2013
Mike Weber tweet

The shoe is rocking #gobucks #TheShoe

— Mike Weber (@mikeweber25) September 29, 2013
2015 David Moorman tweet

OSU visit was unreal

— David Moorman (@MoorDaddy) September 29, 2013
LeBron tweets picture of himself at game thru instagram via Twitter

What an amazing atmosphere lastnight in the horseshoe! Great team win to begin conference play!…

— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 29, 2013