July 24, 2009

Ohio State made big impression on Koyack

Football players from across the nation are getting ready to put the pads on again as another fall season quickly approaches on the map and with that high school players are trying to sneak in a last couple of trips before turning their attention to fall practice. Oil City (Pa.) tight end Ben Koyack promises to be one of the top players in the class of 2011 and the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder made a trip to Columbus in the last week with his parents and his coach to check out the Ohio State program again.

"It went really well and I got to see pretty much every part of the campus that I needed to see if I ever went there," Koyack said. "My parents were really impressed with the academic facilities and that was their big concern. (Ohio State) impressed my parents so that was a pretty big deal."

Koyack already has a ton of offers and can't even remember all of the ones that he has to date. No written offers can be extended to the rising junior for another six weeks or so but he already has verbal offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Florida, UNC, NC State, Pittsburgh, WVU and Virginia Tech to name a few.

The early week trip was not Koyack's first to the capital city of Ohio but it was a good chance for him to get his parents more familiar with one of the programs that has been showing a lot of interest in their son.

"I was already pretty comfortable with the campus and the staff and everything," Koyack said. "To my parents education is the No. 1 for them and they just want to make sure that whatever school I am going to have a good academic program and Ohio State did a great job of impressing them and they impressed me as well."

Koyack has also had the chance to spend some time at Penn State as well and marveled about how the two programs are very similar from everything down to the facilities, people and overall support that are given to athletes to help them achieve their goals.

With education being a top priority to Ben and his parents what else will tip the scales down the line when Koyack is ready to make a decision?

"The thing that would be best for me is how I would be used in an offense," Koyack said. "I wouldn't want to go somewhere and have to wait three or four years to play and then not even be like a contributing factor. I just want to be able to contribute wherever I go."

The Buckeyes have not had many tight ends recently that have put up gaudy numbers in the stat books. Is that a concern to Koyack?

"I talked with coach Jim Tressel and he said the way the offense is going that when they have a tight end that is more mobile they can split me out and if I am open they will throw me the ball," Koyack said. "If I am open and they don't throw me the ball then it is a quarterback mistake and such. He said they can't make any promises but if I come in and be athletic enough I can be used like a slot receiver as well as a tight end."

Koyack still has plenty of time to determine which programs will work the best for him in only entering his junior season in the Keystone State. Koyack will get another chance to see the Buckeyes up close and personal in September when he visits Columbus to take in the Ohio State/USC game.

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