“It seemed like
was the best place for me to fit in,” Chillicothe senior Basil said. “It seemed like the
best place to spend the next four or five years of my life.
The Buckeyes went into the 2010 recruiting season looking to add a kicker and a punter to the roster. They had their sites set on Drew Basil (Chillicothe, Ohio) for the kicking end of things and Bret Hagerup (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) as their punting target.
In the end they landed Basil while Hagerup went to Michigan.
Though Basil handled both the kicking and punting duties for most of his high school career, he is being counted on as a kicker for the Buckeyes.
During his freshman year at Chillicothe Basil was solely a kicker. He made 3 of 7 field goal attempts with his long coming from 32 yards. Basil connected on 32 of 34 extra points.
His sophomore season Basil was 5 of 5 on field goals with a long of 38 yards. He made 24 of 26 extra points. Basil added the punting duties to his resume in his second year of high school and punted 47 times, averaging 33.6 yards per boot.
Basil had a big junior season making 8 of 12 field goals with a long of 50 yards. He made 35 of 37 extra points and averaged 40.2 yards per punt.
In his final year, Chillicothe struggled to a 1-9 record and Basil did not get as many chances. But he made 7 of 11 field goals with a long of 47 yards. Basil made all 13 of his extra point attempts. He averaged 62.1 yards per kickoff on his 22 kickoffs with 15 touchbacks. Basil punted 56 times and averaged 38 yards per boot.
Basil had scholarship offers from Ohio State, Cincinnati, Purdue, Kentucky and Air Force by the middle of the summer. He and his parents visited OSU on July 2 and Basil committed to the Buckeyes.
“It seemed like Ohio State was the best place for me to fit in,” Basil said. “It seemed like the best place to spend the next four or five years of my life. Ohio State just seems like the right place.”
Basil is anxious to get started on his Buckeye career. He graduated from Chillicothe on Jan. 22 and plans to enroll at Ohio State at the end of March and begin class spring quarter.
“I’m really excited to get up there,” Basil said. “I’m ready to get started.”
Basil plans to challenge Devin Barclay for the Buckeyes’ kicking job next season, but if he is not able to beat out Barclay, he hopes to be his replacement the following season. Basil also feels he can be a there as a back-up to the Buckeyes likely punter, Ben Buchanan.