Centerville OL next on OSU wish list?

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Centerville senior Benny McGowan is one of Ohio’s Top 5 OL prospects for 2012.

The Ohio State staff would like to sign five outstanding offensive
line prospects for their 2012 recruiting class and are off to a
great start towards that end. Jim Tressel has commitments from two very good prospects in Kyle
Kalis (St. Edward) and Jacoby Boren (Pickerington Central). Centerville’s Benny
McGowan could be next.


The Ohio State staff would like to sign five outstanding offensive
line prospects for their 2012 recruiting class and are off to a
great start towards that end.

Jim Tressel has commitments from two very good prospects in Kyle
Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) and Jacoby Boren (Pickerington,
Ohio/Central). Kalis is one of the country’s top tackle prospects and
Boren is the No. 1 center/guard
prospect in the state of Ohio.

Tressel and his staff have offered scholarships
to a number of super out-of-state offensive linemen, but they are also
continuing to evaluate a number of Ohioans. One of those is Centerville’s Benny
McGowan, and McGowan is definitely a candidate for an offer.

McGowan attended the Buckeyes’ junior day on Sunday.

“It went well,” McGowan said. “I really liked the football center. I
thought it was really cool. We got a tour of it and then we went to
the (Ohio State-Indiana) basketball game.”

While he was at the Woody Hayes Facility, McGowan met a number of the
Ohio State coaches and came away knowing there is plenty of mutual
interest.

“I talked to coach (Jim) Bollman,” McGowan said. “I met a lot of the
coaches, but I sat down and talked with coach Bollman. He told me he
liked my film and will be staying in touch. They are talking about
guard or center.”

The 6-foot-4 and 290-pound McGowan played left guard during his
junior season and was a key cog in Centerville’s fine running game as
the Elks finished with a 9-3 record.

McGowan, who attended Notre Dame’s junior day on Saturday, has scholarship offers from Cincinnati,
Bowling Green, Ohio University and Toledo. McGowan is also hearing from
Michigan, Northwestern and a number of other Big Ten schools.

McGowan worked out at the NIKE Combine in Massillon last month and
had a SPARQ rating of 100.53, the first time in the history of the NIKE
Combines that an offensive lineman has broken the 100 mark barrier.

Bill Kurelic’s Comment: I was very impressed with McGowan
when I saw him workout at the NIKE Combine, and I like him on tape. I
think he and Kyle Dodson (Cleveland Heights)
are the two Ohioans most likely to land a scholarship offer from the
Buckeyes.

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