Signing Day Impact Brian Bobek

Ohio State has just received the fax from the nation's top center, Brian Bobek, and the four-star prospect is set to join the competition for playing time in 2011. Bobek's commitment was not unexpected, and he is the type of player that should mesh well with his teammates.

In a world of football players preening around in designer gear and expensive jewelry, one might expect to see pictures of Ohio State signee Brian Bobek dressed in work boots and hard-hat, carrying a thermos full of hot coffee.

Bobek, 6-foot-3, 278-pounds, is ranked as a four-star prospect by Scout, who also lists him as the number-one center in the nation. He is expected to be the heir-apparent to four-year starter Mike Brewster at Ohio State.

In a world of measurables and numbers, Bobek stands out as a technician and a player who will succeed by simply out-working people, on the field and in the weight room. Offensive line coach Jim Bollman has to be salivating at the prospect of coaching the Palatine (ILL) Fremd star.


Bobek hit the national radar after an amazing performance in San Antonio at the U.S. Army Junior Combine, and it was no surprise he earned an offer to play in the USAAB game following his senior season. Bobek is an extraordinarily strong individual, who's demeanor on the field borders on pure meanness.

He doesn't have the size of Brewster, but will match the former's intensity and desire to be the best. Bobek understand to play with leverage, and the tenacity to play to the echo of the whistle. There is no doubting his ability to grasp the mental part of the game.

"One of the few elite linemen in the country that will enter college with experience under center, Bobek has incredibly quick hands and is able to make his snap and get his hands up before the defensive lineman has a chance to react. Very good feet enables him to stay square on his blocks or reach the second level easily. A smart interior lineman, Bobek can often be seen disengaging from a double team to pick up a delayed blitz." - Scott Kennedy.

Bobek on his future:

"I wanted you to be the first to know I have committed to Ohio State, " Bobek said of his announcement. "I called (assistant coach) Jim Bollman today and told him I wanted to be a Buckeye. I was driving back yesterday from visits to Michigan and Michigan State, and heard of the two linemen committing. I thought to myself that I better get on the ball here, and get this done."

"The nice thing was that Ohio State had e-mailed me yesterday, telling me of the other two commits, and letting me know it had no effect on me at all," he continued. "In fact, they told me that I was the only center they were offering, and they were prepared to wait until I made my decision before recruiting another one. That made me feel so comfortable with them, and let me know how badly they wanted me."

"Ohio State was always the best place for me, but I thought a lot of Purdue and Michigan State," he stated. "I called both of the schools to let them know of my decision, and appreciated them recruiting me. Everything happened so fast, but there's no doubt about my commitment to Ohio State, because I gave them my word."

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