Seven Buckeyes In Ohio All-Star Classic

OSU signees, including Carrollton linebacker Chad Hoobler, were introduced as participants in the Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic, set for June 19 at Columbus Crew Stadium. Click here for updates on and comments from OSU signees tapped for this game.

Seven future Buckeyes are ticketed to represent Ohio State in the Grange Insurance Ohio All-Star Classic June 19 at Columbus Crew Stadium.

Team members were introduced this morning as part of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association clinic in Columbus.

OSU signees on the South team include Dublin Coffman defensive lineman Alex Barrow, Columbus Independence running back Erik Haw, Carrollton linebacker Chad Hoobler, Xenia offensive lineman Ben Person and Columbus Beechcroft defensive back Sirjo Welch.

Future Buckeyes on the North squad include Hubbard defensive back Shaun Lane and Euclid linebacker Brandon Smith.

A number of these players attended the introductory press conference. Here is a look at several of these players:

* Alex Barrow -- Barrow discussed signing with the Buckeyes.

"It was a real big relief," Barrow said. "The process is finally over."

For Barrow, the all-star game will be a chance to play in his hometown.

"I am looking forward to the game," he said. "It is a real honor to play in it."

* Erik Haw -- Haw met with the media shortly after it was announced that Maurice Clarett had won his lawsuit against the NFL. Presumably, that means Clarett will not return to OSU, leaving one less player to compete against in fall camp for the tailback job.

"I think he made the right decision," Haw said. "I know, for me, I just need to get acclimated to the system. I hope I can get some carries as a freshman. They have some great backs up there already. I need to put in the work."

Haw talked about signing with the Buckeyes.

"It was a roller coaster ride," he said. "There was a lot of excitement in the air. I was just ready to get it all over with and get to work."

During his press conference Wednesday, OSU coach Jim Tressel cited Haw for his personality.

"I'm a real social person," he said. "Communication is the key. I like the camaraderie with my teammates. I think it helps when you're on the field, definitely. You know that person is going to bleed for you and die for you."

* Brandon Smith -- Smith may be the opposite of Haw, saying, "I'm pretty quiet. I don't say much. I just try and play as hard as I can."

Smith revealed he is up to 240 pounds on his 6-3 frame.

"I think my biggest assets are my strength and my speed," he said. "I will try and make whatever contribution I can to help the team. My ultimate goal is just to play."

Smith is training with his school's track team. His events? The shot, the discus and a member of the 4x100 meter dash.

"I know that doesn't add up, but I'm trying to show the quarterbacks and running backs they aren't the only ones who have speed," Smith said.

* Shaun Lane -- The son of former Buckeye Garcia Lane would like a chance to return punts and kicks like his dad.

"Basically, because he played for them, I grew to like them," Lane said. "I had no choice. But it's neat for both him and me."

During his press conference Wednesday, Tressel said he believes Garcia Lane is still the last OSU player to return two punts for touchdowns in the same game.

"My dad and I always clown around about that record," Lane said. "I tell him it will not last too much longer."

* Ben Person -- Person said he and his fellow offensive line signees, Steve Rehring, Kyle Mitchum and Jon Skinner, have built a strong bond.

"Steve and I met during our junior year at Ohio State games," Person said. "I met Jon at games this year. All four of us took our visits together. We spent the weekend together, along with Chad Hoobler. We had a great time and we're all friends. We talk on the phone and on the Internet."

With three jobs open on the offensive line, Person talked about the chance to come in and play as a freshman.

"There are some open spots, but I know realistically there is not a great chance for a freshman on the offensive line to come in and play," he said. "My goal is to come in and make the two-deep."

Person said he weighs 312 now, but would like to report at 295.

"If I can do that, I think I would be solid and feel quick," he said.

* Chad Hoobler -- Tressel intimated that his assistants may decide whether to slot Hoobler at tight end or linebacker after spring football.

"I don't really have a preference," Hoobler said. "Wherever I can get on the field first, that would be fine. It really wouldn't matter."

Hoobler discussed his senior year, where he suffered a fractured fibula (a bone near the ankle).

"I tore some ligaments between my tibia and fibula and I also had a high ankle sprain," Hoobler said. "I missed one game, but I actually went in for one play so they wouldn't score."

Come again? Did he just say he went in for one play on the goal line, despite the injury?

"I made a tackle for like a 5-yard loss so they wouldn't score," he said. "Whatever it takes for the team to win. It's not about myself."

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