Hoobler discusses official visit

OSU commitment Chad Hoobler was in Columbus for his official visit this weekend and enjoyed the trip very much. We have some thoughts from him on the trip.

Carrollton High School standout Chad Hoobler was at Ohio State for his only official visit this weekend. A trip to the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café was the first order of business for this Carroll County product who learned the art of blocking at his school from former Buckeye Kirk Lowdermilk.

"We went to the Buckeye Café and that's where I met my host," Hoobler said. "I had Bobby Carpenter. He's awesome. He was a real cool guy, I liked him a lot."

Hoobler hung out with guys like A.J. Hawk, Nick Mangold, R.J. Coleman, Doug Datish and some other players on Friday night.

On Saturday, Hoobler's day consisted of an morning tour of the business school and then a trip to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to watch practice. While at the WHAC, strength coach Allan Johnson talked to the recruits about strength and conditioning. Later in the day, Hoobler took a tour of the stadium and the press box where Jim Tressel addressed the recruits, and then they watched a highlight film on the scoreboard. Dinner with the recruits and all of the hosts ended the formal part of the evening on Saturday.

"I got to see a little bit more of the campus this time from driving around and it was awesome," Hoobler said.

The 6-4, 235 pound tight end prospect hung out for most of his visit with some of the other recruits there like Ben Person, Steve Rehring and Jon Skinner who were also already committed.

"Kyle Mitchum was with us so we talked to him a lot," Hoobler said. "He's a nice guy."

I asked him if they tried to get Mitchum to come on board?

"Yeah," said Hoobler, "and it looks pretty good from what he says. I was with him the whole time. I liked all those guys a lot."

Nobody committed on their visit that he knew of. Shaun Lane, Antonio Pittman and Izzy Butah were some of the other recruits Hoobler met on the visit.

"It was pretty exciting to see what I get to do next year," Hoobler said. "It was really exciting. Watching practice really made me want to play."

Of course, Hoobler spent some time with Bill Conley on Saturday, and they talked about where he'll play next year.

"I'm going to come in as a tight end," said Hoobler, who spoke with Ryan Hamby and Louis Irizarry on his visit. "They said there's always that chance that I'll play on the other side of the ball but I'm going to come in as a tight end. I guess we will see what happens from there."

In all, Hoobler said he really enjoyed his visit. He had to miss a basketball game on Friday night in order to make the visit but he said it was well worth it.

"It was just great, really awesome," he said. "I had a fun time and all of the guys were really nice."

His ankle is completely healed now, and he's the starting center on the school's hoop team that improved to 2-0 over the weekend without him. He's only played in the one game this season thus far and he scored 6 points and had 7 rebounds in that contest.

"I had a dunk," said Hoobler. "It was the first one at our school since 1986."

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