February 16, 2010

Bucks waste no time offering Bobek

No position of need will be watched closer than that of the offensive line for the Buckeyes in the recruiting class of 2011. With Ohio State only landing one player (to date) in 2010 it will create a lot of opportunity for players in the following class and one player that could benefit is Brian Bobek out of Palatine (Ill.).

The 6-foot-2, 278-pound center made a weekend trip to Purdue on Saturday and Ohio State on Sunday and Bobek's visit to Columbus (Ohio) paid off with the Buckeyes making their feelings known for the strong (430 pound bench max, 540 squat max) offensive lineman.

"My father got an email from coach Jim Bollman earlier (Tuesday) that said for me to call him when things were convenient for me," Bobek said. "When I got home from school I called him and he really just got straight to the point telling me that I would be getting a letter in the next few days for an offer."

Bobek admits that he grew up as a fan of the Big Ten and that certainly doesn't hurt Ohio State's chances. What was it about his visit that set Ohio State apart from other schools to date?

"I was very impressed with the coaches and I think they are just great people," Bobek said. "I know that my parents feel the same way and we have very similar values. As far as the program itself I have always been impressed with Ohio State because they are tops in the country every year."

Living in the Chicago (Ill.) suburbs hasn't turned Bobek off to the weather that falls upon Columbus during this time of the year even though he did joke that they had sun up around his parts while Columbus was dealing with yet another day of blowing snow.

Bobek had a chance to check out all facets of the Ohio State campus while he was in town with an official and an unofficial tour guide during his trip.

"I got to see most of the campus because I got a tour of the facilities from Dick Tressel and I got a tour from my next door neighbor of the entire campus," Bobek said. "So I got to see it all."

Ohio State's offensive line depth is not something that is being lost on line candidates and with four seniors graduating after this season (Bryant Browning, Connor Smith, Josh Kerr[db] and [db]Andy Miller) the selling pitch for linemen will revolve around that opportunity.

"Coach Bollman showed me their whole offensive line situation and he basically said that they are going to need guys in this next year, in my class," Bobek said. "He said that gave me a huge advantage."

The Buckeyes seem to be in a good spot with Bobek who currently holds an offer from Ball State at this point. Other schools have been showing interest as well and Purdue could get on board with an offer after Bobek's Saturday visit but it seems that the Bucks are out ahead.

"I would like to take a few more visits and just make sure it is the absolute right place for me," Bobek said. "I think right now that I would like to make up my mind fairly quickly."

But Bobek has no intentions of dragging things out too far in the process but also doesn't want to scare any other schools off just yet after a great visit to the Ohio State campus.

"I would like to give other schools a chance and I don't want to shut them out right away," Bobek said.

But the door could be closing soon as the Buckeyes appear to be the team to beat for Bobek's services.


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