Corey Linsley, the 6-foot-4, 285pound three-star offensive guard from Boardman, Ohio, says he has 18 scholarship offers, but one school continues to stand out above the rest - Ohio State.
"I'm an Ohio kid and that's the place to be when you're growing up," he said. "Everyone from Ohio wants to go there. Columbus is a great city."
Linsley attended a junior day there already and says the Buckeyes are about two and half hours from his house. "I love the team atmosphere that coach Jim Tressel produces there," he said. "I love how they are all about team and working together. I like all the coaches and their style."
He says his mom would like him to be a Buckeye. "My dad isn't really biased towards a school, but my mom wants me to go to Ohio State," he said. "I have cousins in Columbus and she wouldn't worry so much. It would be like a home away from home."
Ohio State still leads solidly over Illinois, Pittsburgh, Stanford and Notre Dame and all but the Irish have offered. "They are really the only school that I'm looking at that hasn't offered yet," he said. "It's like a combo of Ohio State and Stanford at Notre Dame. They have great tradition like Ohio State and great academics like Stanford. I talk to their coaches a lot and they asked me to send them some film. I'm in the process of doing that now and getting it out to them soon."
Stanford is another school that Linsley has already visited that he's seriously considering. "I'm extremely interested in them, but they are a little far," he admitted. "I wouldn't have anyone out there and I'd be totally out on my own.
"I love it out in Palo Alto," he said. "It was a blast. I was there with my dad and brother and they had a great time too. The people there are really open and welcoming. That's the only school I've been to without an indoor practice facility. That seems strange to me, but they don't need one because the weather is always so good. The campus is beautiful there and it's just an amazing place. I love how laid back it is."
Linsley admits he's especially excited to see how Stanford and Notre Dame fare in 2008. "They are both up-and-coming programs and I'm really excited to see how they both do," he said. "Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh is doing a great job and they are building something really special there."
Although Linsley says he doesn't plan to make an early decision, he admits it might be difficult. "It's gonna be tough not to commit, especially because I like Ohio State so much," he said. "But I don't plan to do it early. I want to wait until December or just before the new year."
He says he may possibly attend the Under Armour Scout.com camp on May 17 in Cincinnati. He already attended a junior day at Pittsburgh and visited Illinois unofficially as well.
"The best thing about Pittsburgh is the coaches," he said. "The were all very personable and were some of the best coaches I've ever met. The took time with me one-on-one and showed me a lot of interest.
"The Illinois coaches were great too and they actually reminded me a lot of my high school coaches," he said. "They breed toughness down there and I like that. They are getting new facilities too and will be building a whole new weight room which I think will be one of the largest in the country."
Linsley also throws the shot (57-7) and plans to participate in both sports in college. "Stanford and Ohio State have both already told me I could throw shot too," he said.
"My best strength is my intensity coming off the ball," he said. "I'm quick off the line and I'm also real intense.
"I want to work on my pass blocking and try to get faster and improve my footwork," he said.
Linsley says he can bench an astonishing 415 pounds and squat 585. He has a 25-inch vertical jump and runs a 5.2 forty.
He reports a 3.3 core GPA, an 1800 SAT and a 25 ACT.