February 12, 2010

Bucks offer another in-state lineman

The Buckeyes have been making quick work of getting offers out to more than a handful of in-state players and on Friday morning the Bucks made a big one to Elyria (Ohio) defensive lineman Chase Farris. The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder already held offers from Indiana, Duke, Toledo and Buffalo but the Ohio State offer was possibly just a little bit more special to the Ohioan.

"He is very excited about the offer," Elyria head coach Steve Hamilton said. "He has always wanted to attend The Ohio State University so he was just amazed when he heard the news."

Farris is no secret on the recruiting trail with big boys like Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois all showing increased interest in the big lineman. Upon offering Farris where did the Bucks envision the lineman fitting in within the scheme of things?

"He is going to fit in wherever they need him at," Hamilton said. "Right now I think they like him at defensive end but ultimately they are going to find a spot for him and go with it."

Hamilton has had some talent come his way before sending one of his 2010 players to Bowling Green but Farris has his own skill set and Hamilton knows that whoever lands him will be getting one heck of a player.

"The kid is 6-foot-6, 265-pounds and he has got long arms and has the big butt," Hamilton said. "He runs about a 4.9 (40-yard dash) and he just has great lateral movement and just moves very, very fluid."

The Buckeyes have more traditionally gotten their out-of-state offers sent out at this point of the season and then wait to evaluate kids at their camps in the spring. That has changed a little bit with Ohio State already in double figures within the borders of Ohio. Will Chase make the camp circuit and how will that affect the timetable that he may be under when it comes to making a decision on where to play college football?

"He is interested in the camp circuit but I also think he wants to kind of narrow down his decision very quick," Hamilton said. "This has obviously made it pretty special."

Ohio State currently sits at two commits for the class of 2011 with a pair of defensive linemen in Kenny Hayes (Toledo Whitmer) and Steve Miller (Canton McKinley). It sounds as if the Buckeyes may be the team to beat at this point for Farris.

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