Stock Rising: Ohio U Junior Day lives up to billing; BC enters picture

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Solon OL Austin Stock will take JJHuddle readers through the recruiting process this spring, summer and fall.

Ohio University Junior Day, Boston College trip, Harvard visit…things are heating up for Solon junior OL Austin Stock who continues today to take us on his recruiting ride. Needless to say, Ohio U was impressive…What happened? What’s next?


Its Sunday (2/27) morning, 7 a.m., and my family and I are on our way to Athens, Ohio for a junior day at Ohio University. I have been in contact with OU since the end of the Football season and have only grown closer to the university since then. Walking out of the car after a three and a half hour drive isn’t too bad when you’re greeted by 60 degree weather and a great group of football players and coaches from around the Midwest. But I was not the only one on a junior day for the Solon Comets; my teammates Aaron Penn (FB/DE/LB) and Vince Hill (DL/OL) went to Kent State for their junior day and Tres Barksdale (WR/SS) went to Wisconsin,. 

Comparing College visits with my teammates Tre, Vince, Aaron,  Nathan Hoff (DL/OL), Cory Stuart (WR/SS), Ryan Schwenke (RB/SS/LS), Alex Knight (K/P), and Patrick Kramer (QB) is both exciting for all of us as well as educational to see how each college compares from the athletic and academic aspects. I hope to share some of their thoughts and what they learned during the recruiting process in these blogs as well.

As far as the OU junior day the campus was great (oldest university in Ohio). Once we got signed in and situated I met with the DL Coach, Coach Germano. After speaking with him he introduced me to the OL Coach, Coach Lightner. They said they had looked at films and still had more to go through, but said that I looked pretty good, which was very awesome to hear.

After everyone checked in, my group headed to the stadium and visited the players locker room which still had the original lockers. Coach Germano, who led our group of players and families, told us that they are renovating the locker room and adding new lockers, new flat panel TVs and making it more spacious then it currently is. He also spoke to us about the endowment for a brand new indoor sports facility, which was exciting to hear since this class of 2012 would be the first to see both the renovated locker rooms and indoor facility. Then we took a tour of the training areas and weight room

As we moved along upstairs we saw a highlight film of the team. After the film the group walked through their recently new hall of legends area. This showed which OU players made it to the NFL/CFL, which were All-Americans, which were captains, and honored OU’s bowl winning teams. I thought this is very cool because it shows the tradition they have at OU and that’s another big part that I want to see in a college.

After that we headed to a room in which we got to hear from OU head coach Frank Solich and have him talk to us about what they look for in their student-athletes. He emphasized school academics a lot, which is also a very good thing because the student part always comes first. Then we heard more about the academic parts of the school and their standards.

We then moved over onto a bus to take a tour of the campus and college town of Athens.

At the end of the tour I caught up to Coach Germano and Coach Lightner and exchanged numbers and emails to stay in touch.
It was my first junior day and afterwards I concluded that it’s important to try and see yourself at that school and try to ask questions and exchange numbers because you want the junior day to last more than that day. Sending the coaches a thank you letter lets them know you’re interested.

Speaking of interest, this past week I set up two more visits: Boston College and Harvard in April. Looking forward to those.

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