Spaight Recaps Ohio State Official

Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College linebacker Martrell Spaight made an official visit to Ohio State over the weekend, and he spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about the experience.

The move to junior college football is paying huge dividends for Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College linebacker Martrell Spaight, who originally signed to play at Division II Southern Arkansas out of high school but opted for the junior college route to get to a higher division.

He is looking at official visits to Rutgers and Kansas State in the next two weeks, but this past weekend brought him to one of the most historic rivalries in the nation when he visited Ohio State for the game with Michigan.

"They said the only thing holding me back (from an offer) is I have to finish up in the classroom," Spaight said.

While that will take a few more weeks, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Spaight got away from academics for a few days to make the visit to Columbus with his mom. And when they arrived on campus Friday, it was straight business.

"We talked to the academics (personnel) and they asked me about my major and then he told me what I had to go through with my business major," Spaight said. "We toured the school after that. After we toured the school, we went out and grabbed something to eat."

On Saturday, Spaight had an early breakfast and then attended the linebacker meetings before attending a pep rally.

From there it was onto the game, which included time in the locker room, and then dinner at Eddie George's restaurant.

"After that, we went out with our hosts," said Spaight, who was hosted by Joshua Perry. "I talked to a lot of the players and everyone was saying the program is based off how basically everyone is a family."

Prior to meeting with the coaching staff Sunday, Spaight spent time with Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee during breakfast.

"He said they take pride in the school," Spaight said. "He was telling us if they don't feel the players are going to be able to graduate, he's not going to let Urban Meyer bring them to the school. That's what he told us."

In talking to Gee, Spaight said he was able to better understand the role academics play at Ohio State.

"You do learn a lot about the whole college," Spaight said. "He told us what he expects from the college and he expects from the students. It was a pretty big deal."

The visiting concluded with a meeting with Meyer.

"I can tell coach Meyer has a real good sense of humor, but at the same time he's a real intense guy who will go about his business," Spaight said. "He will have a fun time, but at the same time everything is a business. He's a real cool guy. He's a great coach. I can tell. You can tell the type of players they have …they all play together as a family and a unit and they came out 12-0."

Spaight will officially visit Rutgers for its Thursday night game against Louisville and is set to visit Kansas State the weekend of Dec. 7-9. He is also contemplating a trip to either West Virginia or South Florida for the following weekend and will make his decision shortly thereafter.

Spaight plans to enroll in January and will have three seasons to play two.

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