October 2, 2011

McWilson checks out Ohio State

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One of the top junior safeties in the state of Ohio is Youngstown Cardinal Mooney product Marcus McWilson. The 6-foot, 195-pound prospect made the two and a half hour drive to Columbus on Saturday to watch the Ohio State/Michigan State game and he came away impressed by the atmosphere at Ohio Stadium.

"I thought they were both really good teams," said McWilson. "It was a fun game to watch. Someone told me that it looked like Ohio State's offense could use some work but they are getting some of their players back next week so that should help. The freshman quarterback, Braxton Miller, I think he's good but I think that last game was more just inexperienced type of things."

McWilson was able to speak with many of the Ohio State coaches before the game and caught up with his main recruiter.

"I talked to most of the coaches while I was down there,"he said. "I talked to most of the coaches that I already knew like coach (Nick) Siciliano. He's a nice guy, I like him. They were just nice and showing their hospitality and everything and making sure we were having a good time. They talked to us about school and stuff and were asking us about colleges, like where we wanted to go and just getting a feel for our interest in (Ohio State)."

McWilson is firmly on Ohio State's radar as well as pretty much all of the top programs in the Big Ten.

"I've been getting a lot of letters from all over," he explained. "I'm getting a lot from Wisconsin and Penn State. I've been hearing from Ohio State and I got a lot (of mail) from Michigan."

Nebraska is another school showing heavy interest in McWilson. The hard-hitting safety was invited to the Cornhusker's Big Ten home opener but says he won't be able to make it due to his high school schedule.

"My Mom and I are trying to get to a game next week," he explained. "We can't go too far though. Nebraska wanted us to come out (for the Ohio State game) but we have a game on Friday so we can't go all the way out there. It's definitely a game that we would want to see but we just can't make it."

McWilson and his Cardinal Mooney team currently sit at 3-2 despite a brutal schedule and if the season were to end today, the Cardinals would be in the playoffs. Still, McWilson understands that they need to finish strong to solidify that position.

"We really need to improve on just about everything," McWilson said. "We especially need to improve on special teams because they are really important."


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