Bellbrook’s Longo becomes Ohio State commit No. 24

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Bellbrook OL Sam Longo

Bellbrook offensive lineman Sam Longo became Ohio State’s 24th verbal commitment in the 2009 recruiting class.

“I
committed to Ohio State,” Longo said Monday. “I did it for all
the right reasons. The people at Ohio State are great. They treat you
great. It's always been my dream to play for Ohio State.”


Bellbrook offensive lineman Sam Longo became Ohio State’s 24th verbal commitment in the 2009 recruiting class.

“I committed to Ohio State,” Longo said Monday. “I did it for all the right reasons. The people at Ohio State are great. They treat you great. It's always been my dream to play for Ohio State.”

Longo had been a recruit “on the bubble” heading into the summertime. The coaching staff had not determined to that point whether or not Longo warranted an offer. It was his performance at the Ohio State football camp in June that finally earned him the scholarship he wanted the most. It was a camp that Longo almost was not able to attend but he squeezed a half a day into his itinerary at the last minute.

After receiving the offer from Ohio State, Longo described it as “a dream come true.” He might have committed to that dream sooner, but his dad asked him to make sure he was making a logical decision; not an emotional one.

With his two final schools being Penn State and Ohio State, Longo said, “There were a lot of thoughts going through my head. It was a rough nine days. I had to do a lot of thinking; sitting down and thinking, ‘what’s best for me?’ I realized that I didn’t want to miss out on Ohio State and I didn’t want to wait around anymore. (The coaching staff) had told me that it was me or (offensive lineman) Chris Watt, the kid from Illinois. Whoever took it first, the spot would close up.”

For much of the month of June, Longo and his dad traveled the country, visiting campuses from California to Florida and seemingly everywhere in between. The big offensive lineman received the Ohio State scholarship offer while he was in Raleigh, preparing to visit North Carolina State. When he received a call from offensive coordinator Jim Bollman that caused the trip to be cut short. Longo explained why.

“I knew that, after Ohio State offered me the other two schools (Virginia Tech and Virginia) probably wouldn’t be in it,” said Longo, who is on ESPN’s 150 Watch List. “And I was so worn down from the visits that I just couldn’t do it anymore.”

Now Longo is ready to prep for his senior season and feels like a weight is off his shoulders.

“Now I can just concentrate on winning a championship,” Longo said. “That’s really great. As soon as I committed to Coach Tressel and Coach Bollman, the weight was gone.”

Longo has played both guard and tackle for Bellbrook, but isn't sure which position he will play for the Buckeyes.

Coach (Jim) Bollman doesn't want to put me in one category,” Longo said. “He thinks I can play all three positions, tackle, guard or center. I prefer tackle, but I'm open to anything.”

Longo's father Gene Longo played linebacker for the Buckeyes and graduated from Ohio State in 1984.

Longo joins two other offensive linemen in this class, Jack Mewhort of Toledo St John’s and Boardman (Ohio) big man Corey Linsley . The Buckeyes are still courting two other offensive linemen: Marcus Hall from Cleveland Glenville and Chris Watt of Glen Ellyn (Illinois) Glenbard West.

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