Youngstown Boardman offensive lineman Corey Linsley has committed to Ohio State over scholarship offers from Stanford, Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami of Florida and over a dozen others.
Linsley becomes OSU commitment No. 13 for a class that will number at least 21 on national signing day.
On Sunday night Youngstown Boardman offensive lineman Corey Linsley told Bucknuts.com he might commit to Ohio State sometime this week. It did not take Linsley long to pull the trigger.
“I'm a Buckeye,” Linsley said moments ago.
Linsley is one of three offensive linemen from the Buckeye State to hold a scholarship offer from Ohio State. Jack Mewhort from Toledo St. John's committed to the Buckeyes in December while Marcus Hall from Cleveland Glenville says the Bucks are at the top of his list.
With the addition of Linsley the Bucks are poised for a clean sweep.
The 6-foot-4 and 275-pound Linsley is an outstanding talent who has continued to rake in the scholarship offers.
Linsley committed to Ohio State over scholarship offers from Stanford, Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami of Florida and over a dozen others.
The decision was not a hard one for Linsley.
“Ohio State was my No. 1 choice from the beginning,” he said. “It swayed from time to time as to how heavily, but for the most part, being from Ohio, Ohio State was my dream school.”
Linsley visited Ohio State, Stanford, Illinois and Pitt before selecting the Buckeyes. Because of a busy track schedule he did not visit the many other schools that had also offered.
Buckeye coaches Jim Bollman and Jim Heacock were at Linsley's school on Friday and the wheels were set in motion for Linsley to commit to OSU.
“I sat down with my coach and rated all the schools I was considering,” Linsley said. “By committing to Ohio State there wasn't a single bad consequence that could come out of it.”
Linsley then gave Jim Tressel the good news this afternoon.
“He was thrilled and congratulated me,” Linsley said. “Then he handed the phone to coach Bollman. They both really appreciated me committing. I guess the best way to describe it was that they were excited.”
Linsley has been a starter at offensive tackle the past two seasons, but will probably move to guard for the Buckeyes.
“Coach Bollman said I'm an inside guy,” Linsley said. “But he hasn't said which one. He's leaning to guard because I haven't snapped before. So I'm guessing I'll play guard.”
Linsley has no plans to graduate early.
“I'll graduate on time,” he said. “My mom and dad any everyone feel strongly about finishing out my senior year.”
WIth his decision now made, Linsley can concentrate on the remainder of his high school track season. He is an outstanding shot thrower with a personal best of 58-feet-5 inches.
Linsley is also an outstanding student. He has a 3.3 GPA and scored a 25 on the ACT.