Ohio State landed their 21st commitment to the 2012 recruiting class Tuesday, with the confirmation…
O'Connor Lands Buckeye Offer
Joey O'Connor took an official visit to Ohio State this weekend looking for a Buckeye offer, and he left Columbus with exactly that. O'Connor, 6-foot-4, 285-pounds, is an Under Armour All-America, and a former Penn State commit. He de-committed from the Nittany Lions shortly after the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke, and is in the process of finding the right school. "I was offered by Ohio State today, and I'm excited to have it," O'Connor stated Sunday evening. "Everything went really good this weekend, and it was great to get out there and see the campus. My purpose was to get to know the guys and meet the coaching staff, and everybody was great. I really liked Coach (Urban) Meyer a lot, and also enjoyed meeting (offensive line coach) Ed Warriner." "I did not commit to Ohio State," he added. "I have a lot to think about, and right now I'm going to sit down with my family and try to figure everything out. Brian Bobek was my host and he was a great guy to be around. I have to say Ohio State is the type of program I want to be around. Their goal is to win national championships, and it should be with everything they have. It's easy to see why they are one of the top programs in America." With just two weeks remaining before National Signing Day, O'Connor knows he is closing in on the time to make his final decision on which school he will attend. "I don't have anything set up next weekend, but I do have a visit set to California on January 28th," he admitted. "When I left Ohio State today I told them I needed to go home and discuss things with my family, and they respected that. I will sit down with my family and my high school coaches, and talk through it. Coach Meyer is a family-oriented guy, so he respected the fact that I wanted to discuss things with my family. I have a lot of wheels turning now, and I have a lot to think about." Scout's take: Even though O'Connor did not commit to Ohio State during the visit, the Buckeyes are in a great position to land this offensive lineman. It's conceivable that the trip to Cal might not come off, and he could be committed to Ohio State in the near future. With the commitment Sunday of Taylor Decker, adding O'Connor would strengthen the Buckeye offensive line, and that was certainly Meyer's top priority in filling this class.
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