March 31, 2010

Changes ahead for Traylor?

Ohio State's recent run on defensive ends has played a role on the ever changing recruiting board and some players that were seen as close to getting offers have had to make changes. One player that is looking to make a change is Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge athlete Austin Traylor.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder already holds 14 offers from throughout the region but an Ohio State offer has been elusive so far for the central Ohio product. That doesn't mean that the Buckeyes are gone and forgotten about however.

"I stay in touch with them and they have told me that since they haven't offered that they haven't forgotten about me," Traylor said. "They have some commits at my position and that is why they haven't offered me. But I have moved from their defensive end board to where they are now recruiting me as a tight end."

Ohio State already has defensive line commits from Steve Miller[db], [db]Kenny Hayes and Antonio Underwood and Chase Farris to date. At this point there are no tight end commits in the class for Ohio State and tight end is a position of need for the Buckeyes in the upcoming seasons. Conventional wisdom would dictate that there is room for two in the class of 2011.

How did Traylor find out about the potential of changing positions in the eyes of the Ohio State coaching staff and lead recruiter Paul Haynes?

"They talked to my coach on that," Traylor said. "They said that they still wanted me to come to some spring things and practices. That pretty much happened right after they picked up all of those commits."

Traylor plans on attending the Ohio State spring game and will try to see how many other events his schedule will allow him to make. Is tight end a position that Traylor would consider playing at the next level however?

"It doesn't matter to me about the position," Traylor said. "What they are recruiting me at doesn't affect me."

But the hectic pace of recruiting has been exciting for Traylor who holds offers from the likes of Wisconsin, WVU, Michigan State, NC State, Cincinnati and Boston College to name a few.

"I am excited to just see what keeps happening and who else offers me," Traylor said.

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