It has been an interesting recruiting process for Madison, Ohio, tight end Nic DiLillo. But that process is now over as DiLillo has committed to Ohio State. After visiting the Buckeyes Monday, DiLillo drove home and called Jim Tressel and told him that he will sign with Ohio State on national signing day. DiLillo had previously been committed to Clemson then Pitt.
During the spring Madison, Ohio, tight end Nic DiLillo thought he was headed to Clemson. Then he changed his mind and committed to Pitt earlier this summer. Now DiLillo is headed where he always really wanted to go, Ohio State, as the recruiting process has finally come to an end for one of the top prospects in the state of Ohio.
“I'm a Buckeye,” DiLillo said. “I just called coach Tressel and committed. He was excited. He said it's a great day for the Buckeye family and good day for the DiLillo family.”
DiLillo drove down to Ohio State this morning with his parents. When he arrived just before noon he found several Buckeye coaches waiting for him including Jim Bollman and John Peterson.
“They showed me around,” DiLillo said. “They showed me the dorms, around campus, the stadium and the Woody Hayes Facility.”
At that point it was time for the DiLillo's to meet with Jim Tressel.
“We talked with coach Tressel for about an hour and a half,” DiLillo said. “And I met a couple players like Chris Wells.”
When asked why he decided to become a Buckeye, the answer was easy for DiLillo.
“What Ohio kid doesn't want to play for Ohio State,” he said. “Ohio State was always my dream school.”
Many OSU fans feel the Buckeyes don't throw to the tight end enough, but that doesn't worry DiLillo.
“Everyone thinks Michigan throws to the tight end so much,” DiLillo said. “But I looked it up. Michigan tight ends caught two more passes than Ohio State's tight ends last season.”
While DiLillo pretty much knew even before he left for Ohio State this morning that he wanted to be a Buckeye, he did not commit while actually in Columbus.
“We left around 7:00 or so, then I called coach Tressel and committed when we were almost home,” DiLillo said.
And with that call came a very happy ending to the recruiting process for Nic DiLillo.
The 6-5 and 225-pound DiLillo is an outstanding receiving threat. He caught 46 passes for 580 yards during his junior season. DiLillo averaged 12.6 yards per reception and scored four times. DiLillo, who was an all-state selection, is a talented all-around athlete who has been a varsity starter on the Madison basketball team since his freshman year. He has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 19 on the ACT.
It is a great year for tight end prospects in the state of Ohio. Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder star Kyle Rudolph committed to Notre Dame, Brandon Moore from Trotwood-Madison and Kevin Koger from Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer committed to Michigan. And now the Buckeyes have one of the Top 15 overall prospects in the state of Ohio in DiLillo.