The 72nd annual Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Classic was played in Massillon, Ohio, on Saturday. Taking the field at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium for the final time as a high school football player, Massillon Washington offensive tackle Thayer Munford reminded everyone in attendance of what his next step in life will be.
The 2017 Ohio State signee put up the O-H-I-O when he was introduced before the All-Star game kicked off.
“I had that planned already,” Munford told Scout after the game. “I already had it planned.”
While the No. 207 overall prospect in the 2017 recruiting class may be a true freshman in the fall with no experience on a college gridiron, Munford is eager to get on the Ohio State campus.
“I can’t wait. I can’t wait,” he said. “Even though they’re going to own me still, I can’t wait. You get to experience the grown-man aspect. I just can’t wait to get down there.”
With the four-star prospect still a few months away from officially becoming a Buckeye, the Ohio State coaches have a simple message for him in the interim.
“Just keep grinding,” Munford said. “Like I said before at my signing day, I’ve got to keep grinding. I’ve got to keep grinding. That’s what I’ve been doing right now, and nothing has changed.”
That wasn’t the only thing the 22nd-ranked offensive tackle in the 2017 cycle talked about at signing day, though. Munford also noted that his top priority is to better his grades, which are going very well right now.
“I just heard back from the academics at Ohio State and they said I finally got accepted there,” Munford said. “That’s why I can’t wait (to get to OSU).”
Munford, the top player in the state of Ohio at his position, confirmed with Scout that there is a chance he could redshirt the 2017 season to ensure his studies are in order.
“(Ohio State) told me that if they really need me at tackle or any other position, they’re going to keep me in practice,” he explained. “But if they really don’t need me, they’ll redshirt me for a little bit to come out of practice and focus on my grades and stuff. Keep those up.”
Regardless of when Munford plays his first game for the Scarlet and Gray, Ohio State is getting a player who is all business on the football field and a down-to-earth guy when he’s off it.
“I won’t stop. I won’t stop,” the 6-6, 325-pounder said. “I’ll be friendly. But as soon as game time comes up, I’m just focused. I’m a cool person to be around – don’t be shy, don’t be shy. I might be big and scary but look, I’m a nice person.”
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