Kief Knows Ohio State Offer Big

With word Ohio State was interested in offering him a scholarship, Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle receiver Derek Kief knew his recruiting journey was about to go down a different path. FOXSportsNEXT.com caught up with Kief about his newest offers.

Don't be alarmed if Derek Kief keeps a level head about the recruiting process that took a new turn last week.

Kief, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound wide receiver from Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle high school is just getting use to all the attention pointed his way.

"I pretty surprised by everything," said Kief. "Coming into high school I wasn't even sure I was going to play football. I was always a basketball player, but as time went on I saw my talent was in football. I never thought I would be big-time or anything, but I guess all of this is just a blessing."

Those blessings continued last week as Kief picked up an offer from Ohio State.

"Ohio State offered me and I'm staying in contact with them," said Kief. "I also received an offer from Boston College and Ohio University.

"I've been talking with (assistant) Coach (Kerry) Coombs and wide receivers coach Zach Smith from Ohio State," explained Kief. "Coach Coombs was asking me a lot of stuff and then told me that Coach (Urban) Meyer wanted me to call him.

"So I called him and he said they really like me and wants to get me up on campus so he can talk with my family. He also said they are going to offer me a scholarship but wants my family to come up so he can talk with them about the whole process and everything."

The invitation to visit was an easy one for Kief to agree to.

"I was planning to visit Ohio State in the spring," said Kief. "My family is really excited as they are pretty big Ohio State fans. They also know an offer from Ohio State is a big offer and are excited for me."

Where do the Buckeyes sit on Kief's growing list?

"Right now Ohio State is really high on my list," said Kief. "I still have a long way to go with the process, but I've always liked Ohio State a lot. I still need to visit other places and see what offers come in before narrowing it down."

While overshadowed by the Ohio State offer, Kief has also seen the strength Boston College has in the Cincinnati area.

"I don't know much about Boston College," admitted Kief. "However, I know it's a really good school and a lot of kids from the Greater Catholic League have gone there over the years."

Kief is also hoping to surprise many with a drastic change in his physical abilities soon.

"I still have a lot of pounds I can put on my body," said Kief. "I've never really lifted a lot until this year and have only been using my natural abilities. So I'm hoping the lifting will pay off and I'll be able to take my game up another level."

As one of Ohio's top prospects, Kief is sure to gather more attention in the coming months. FOXSportsNEXT.com will continue to follow the latest news on the Ohio receiver.


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