June 25, 2011

Bucks offer Pa. standout

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Arguably the most highly anticipated arrival at Ohio State's final senior one-day camp on Saturday was class of 2012 athlete Greg Garmon from Erie (Pa.) McDowell. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect holds offers from the likes of Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia, among others. Garmon had a big day at the camp and shortly after his performance was rewarded with an offer from the Buckeyes.

"It wasn't too surprising," said Garmon of receiving an offer. "I knew sooner or later they were going to offer but it's a nice offer to have. They gave me an offer as an athlete so I would come in and they would see where I fit in on the offense."

Garmon talked to a trio of Ohio State coaches after the camp, including head coach Luke Fickell.

"I talked to coach Fickell, coach Haynes, and the quarterbacks coach (Nick Siciliano)," he said.

Garmon ran a blistering 40 time in the morning and then worked out in the secondary.

"The camp went real good," he explained. "I ended up running a 4.4 in the 40. Instead of playing running back, where I'm being recruited heavily at, I played DB most of the camp and I did pretty good."

With some disagreement among college coaches as to where Garmon will ultimately project, he says he just wants to get out on the field and play.

"I'd like to play whatever position puts me on the field the fastest," he said with a laugh.

It is no secret that Ohio State's out-of-state recruiting efforts have taken a hit with Jim Tressel's resignation but the fact that Garmon made the trip from Erie should at least give fans some hope. Garmon wants to sit and think about the offer but says Ohio State should be among his top choices.

"Since they just offered, I think I have to take some time to get to know their staff," he explained. "At the end of the day, I think they end up in my top five."

One school that Garmon says he has formed a strong bond with is Illinois.

"Me and coach Smith have a good relationship," he said. "We talk here and there and they talk about playing early as a true freshman and I like that a lot."

Garmon says he is in no hurry to make a final decision and is going to wait and see which offers come in.


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