Estopinan Reflects On OSU Official Visit

South Miami High linebacker Javier Estopinan discusses his official visit to Ohio State.

South Miami, Fla., linebacker Javier Estopinan made his second official visit of the season to Ohio State this weekend. He had seen N.C. State last weekend.

"I was hosted by Louis Irizarry," Estopinan said. "He is a real cool guy."

Estopinan and his parents enjoyed the trip, complete with a small winter storm -- something they don't normally see in south Florida.

"The visit went real well," Estopinan said. "It a place I could see myself. Really, I could see myself at all four schools. To tell you the truth, they are all tied right now."

Estopinan (6-3, 230, 4.65) is not close to a decision. He will see Florida Jan. 9 and Florida State Jan. 16. Should Miami (Fla.) make an offer and welcome him for a visit, that could factor as well.

But for one weekend, Estopinan left the warm climate of Florida behind to see how the other half lives.

"The weather really didn't bother me," he said. "I think I mostly enjoyed the students and the players and seeing that closeness between the players and the coaches.

"(Defensive coordinator Mark) Dantonio and (linebackers coach Mark) Snyder have been recruiting me. Coach Snyder is a cool guy. He's a character."

Visiting the campus was not a new event for Estopinan, who said, "I have been coming to wrestling camp there since I was 7."

Sure enough, Estopinan won a heavyweight state wrestling title last year with a perfect 45-0 record. As a junior, he has 110 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions. This past year, he had 112 stops and 23 tackles-for-loss an an LB.

Some schools are looking at him as a possible defensive end prospect, but he said, "I like middle linebacker the best because you can control the whole defense from there."

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