Dual-Threat QB Enjoyed Visit

Current Ohio State starting quarterback Braxton Miller is from the Dayton area and now the Buckeyes coaching staff is back in that part of the state again trying to get a similar talent in Kettering Alter's Malik Zaire. The quarterback was at Ohio State this past weekend to watch the Wisconsin game. Get the full story inside.

The Ohio State coaching staff hopes the Dayton area will produce another dual-threat quarterback similar to current starter Braxton Miller as the program offered Kettering Alter signal caller Malik Zaire.

A 6-1, 190-pound junior, Zaire currently boasts offers from Cincinnati, Wisconsin and OSU and was in town to see the Buckeyes host the Badgers.

"It was a great experience and I enjoyed the atmosphere a lot," Zaire told BSB. "I got to see a lot of what the team does when they're down and in a crucial game, and it was really nice to see. I enjoyed it a lot."

Given Zaire is a dual-threat quarterback, the comparisons to the Buckeyes' current starter are only natural. And with Miller coming up with the game-winning touchdown pass with 20 seconds remaining, the 2013 target was pleased to see the way Ohio State used its quarterback.

"He plays a lot like he did in high school," Zaire said of Miller. "He used his legs and his arms to make big plays happen, and that's what he did in this game. I thought Ohio State used their offense well by surrounding him with what he is comfortable with.

"In high school, he ran the spread a lot, and it was nice to see them put him in a situation where he could make big plays. I can see a lot of myself in him and I can also see a lot of differences. It was nice to see Ohio State use him to his strengths."

Zaire said Wisconsin and Ohio State would be two of the top schools he's interested in because both have formally offered him, but the quarterback isn't to the point yet where he's comfortable naming his top schools.

But he did acknowledge he had a good time watching two schools he's very interested in face off against one another.

"I got a good look at how each team responds when they're down and how they respond when they're up," Zaire said. "Both teams never quit. Wisconsin did a good job of making it happen at the end, but Braxton just made a good play at the end of the game. That's what he was recruited for."

Zaire was on the sideline as the teams warmed up and was able to converse with Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell and quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano.

"It was a good conversation because I have very good relationships with both coaches," he said. "It was a good time talking to them, and they asked me how everything was going. I wished them luck on the game, and they looked pretty focused on the game."

Being an in-state recruit, Zaire said it meant a lot that Ohio State offered him early in the process, adding that players who grow up in Ohio with a serious passion for football typically dream about landing an offer from the Buckeyes.

Zaire, however, is still hoping to accumulate more offers and is planning to visit Notre Dame, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Kentucky in the future.

"I don't have top schools yet," he said. "I am keeping my options open and I am just looking for a school that will give me the opportunity to be the best player I can be, and we'll see from there. By the end of the season, I'll probably have a top list."

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