USAAAB: Bobek Representing Buckeyes

Palatine Fremd (Ill.) four-star center Brian Bobek is going up against a fellow Ohio State commitment in practice this week and he's also working on recruiting a fellow offensive lineman.

Much of Brian Bobek's first day at the U.S. Army All American Bowl was spent blocking the nation's top defensive tackle, Tim Jernigan. So much for an adjustment period, right?

Bobek is the nation's top center though, and he held his own today and showed why he was such a sought after prospect.

"It's a lot different than what I'm used to, that's for sure," he said following the afternoon practice. "Guys are much faster and a lot stronger. It's definitely fun to get a feel for what competition you'll be going against for the next few years."

An Ohio State commitment, Bobek has gotten to go against a fellow Buckeye commit in defensive tackle Michael Bennett. He also has gotten to block alongside Cleveland Glenville guard Aundrey Walker, who has an Ohio State offer, and who Bobek is working on recruiting.

"We went on our official visits on the same week and I got to know him a little bit. I've been working on him a decent amount."

As for his battles with Bennett, Bobek said, "It's pretty cool. He hits hard. I remember one play, we butted heads, and I felt it. He's going to be good."

He will not be an early enrollee, but Bobek says he nonetheless, expects to compete for a spot fairly early in his Buckeye career.

"The way it looks right now is, Mike Brewster will be a senior. He'll clearly be the starter when I'm a freshman, but after that it's open. The guy they have next is a converted guard, so they'll look to see if I can replace him as a center and he'll be a guard."

Although he will still be in San Antonio when the Buckeyes play their bowl game, he will have an eye on what they do. Even without the successful season they've had, Bobek is still confident he made the right choice.

"It was the people there. Everyone there is great. The way they recruit guys, they're all the same character. That's the main reason I went there. The more I get to know people there, the more I feel confident that I made the right decision because the better people seem when I get to know them."

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