Tanner's in Arizona

"I'm going to visit Arizona later today," said Ron Tanner, who has family in the state. "And Arizona State on Friday. They're both up-and-coming programs. They're heading in the right direction and both have great coaches." What about the distance from Ohio? "Well, I have family in-state, so that's a benefit. "I also like the weather (in Arizona). It's warm all year round. It's a great..."

Ron Tanner, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound four-star safety from Eastmoor Academy in Columbus, Ohio, is currently in Arizona visiting some family. While in the Grand Canyon state he plans on stopping by Arizona State and Arizona.

"I'm going to visit Arizona later today (June 10)," Tanner said. "And Arizona State on Friday.

"They're both up-and-coming programs," he said. "They're heading in the right direction and both have great coaches."

What about the distance from home? "Well, I have family in-state, so that's a benefit," he said. "I also like the weather (in Arizona). It's warm all year round. It's a great environment."

Another West Coast school that Tanner is considering is Stanford, but he's never been to Palo Alto. "It I visit them, it's probably gonna have to be an official," he said. "I don't think I'll make it out there this summer.

"I like the program and how they've been winning," he said. "I really like how they play. They work hard and are a hard-nosed team. I've also met Toby Gerhart and I'm a big fan of his."

Tanner, ranked as the No. 7 safety in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader but favors Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan State, Stanford, Arizona and Arizona State. All of his favorites have offered as well as Vanderbilt, Wyoming, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State, Cincinnati and several others.

Growing up he says he followed Ohio State and says he has high hopes for the Buckeyes in 2010. "I think they'll have a good season," he said. "They've got a lot of good players coming back and they should do well. I think that Miami game at the beginning is going to be a huge test. That's a big game and it could make the whole season."

He says the Buckeyes and Northwestern are recruiting him the hardest.

"I love the academics," he said about Northwestern. "That's the main sell for me about them. I also think the coaches have pretty good job security. They're going to bowl games now and are always over .500 (winning percentage). They're trying to fight for the Big Ten."

Tanner has visited both Ohio State and Northwestern and he's also been to Michigan State as well.

"They're another program that is on-the-rise," he said about the Spartans. "They've been recruiting really well and this years class should be highly ranked.

"I also feel comfortable there," he said. "I like the coaches and the campus a lot."

On June 17, Tanner will be visiting Vanderbilt.

He says he has no timeframe for making a decision. "I'm going with the flow," he said.

"The number one thing for me is academics," he said. "I also want an opportunity to play and play for coaches that prepare me well and help me get better on and off the field. I want a system that suits me and where I'll fit in."

Tanner says he's also being heavily recruited by Alabama, Miami and LSU, although none of those have offered yet.

He plans on majoring in either business or going pre-law. Tanner reports a 3.8 core GPA and 21 ACT, which he is retaking on June 12.

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