As Ohio State’s big official visit weekend comes to a close – and a recruiting dead period begins – it seems the Buckeyes have made a splash with 3-star Riverside (Mo.) Park Hill South defensive lineman Etinosa Reuben.
“It was great,” Reuben told Lettermen Row of the trip, his first to Columbus. “It exceeded my expectations.”
It was the third straight weekend with an official visit for the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Reuben, who – though he’s listed as the country’s 27th-best strongside defensive end by the 247Sports.com composite rankings – will likely turn into a Dremont Jones-type of defensive tackle were he to pick Ohio State. He was accompanied on the visit by both of his parents, and the family came away impressed by Ohio State’s plan for his future.
“My parents liked the how they’re prepared for life after football with internships,” Reuben, referencing Ohio State’s Real Life Wednesday program, said. “A degree from Ohio State holds real weight.”
Though academics is a major part of Reuben’s decision, on the field success is also important and Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and defensive line coach Larry Johnson made a big impact on Reuben.
“The plan that Coach Johnson has for me,” he replied when asked what stood out the most on his visit. “He cares about his players and has a plan for all of them.
“Coach Meyer was more laid back than I thought he’d be. I enjoyed the time I spent with him.”
As mentioned, this was Etinosa’s first visit to Ohio State and third official visit. Georgia and Wisconsin each had a shot to host him in early June, and these visits are going to go a long way toward his ultimate decision. There’s a reason he’s taking them now rather than waiting until the football season: he wants to make a college decision relatively soon, though he declined to name any leaders in his recruitment.
“I want to decide before my senior year,” Reuben said when asked why he opted for summer official visits. “It’s going to come down to relationships and life after college.”