Rehring Excited About Chance For Early Start

Massive offensive tackle prospect Steve Rehring, a product of West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West, has already enrolled at OSU and is looking forward to participating in spring drills. Click here for more on his story.

On signing day, OSU had enrolled freshmen Todd Boeckman, Marcus Freeman and Steve Rehring on hand to meet with the media.

It was easy to pick out which one was Rehring, a 6-8, 315-pound offensive tackle prospect.

Rehring fulfilled his graduation requirements in December and enrolled at Ohio State in January. He will participate in spring football in April. He noted the camaraderie he and his fellow offensive line recruits have built.

"Ben Person probably calls us all once a week," Rehring said. "He's probably the leader of the group. We all had our official visit together in December. We all got along on our visit. I know Ben called Kyle (Mitchum) once a week before he committed to check in and see how he was. Ben was probably the biggest part of that. I imagine this spring, they'll come down to watch practice and hang out.

"Everybody has a good personality. We wanted to get to know each other. The offensive line is all about working together, so it's important that we all get along."

Rehring is a gigantic offensive tackle prospect from the same school that sent defensive lineman Brandon Maupin to Ohio State a year ago. He was offered at the summer camp and accepted on June 27, picking the Buckeyes over Michigan, Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois, N.C. State and Virginia. He is eager to get on the field with the Buckeyes this spring.

"There's a couple of reasons why I did it," Rehring said. "I want to get a head start in academics before football goes full-go and get a head start in football. The opportunity to make myself better in football was too good to pass up."

OSU coach Jim Tressel was pleased with his four offensive line signees and particularly so with Rehring, who will get his feet wet in a few weeks.

"We feel real good about the guys we got up front," Tressel said. "Steve Rehring has a chance to be in here and have a head start. There is no question I think he'll do a good job."

Lakota West coach Larry Cox believes Rehring has an idea of what he would like to accomplish.

"Steve's got a plan and he's going to follow it," Cox said. "He's had this plan for a while. When he was a sophomore, he was going to OSU to play tackle. That's what he was going to do. I asked him to give me his ultimate list of goals. He wouldn't tell, so I finally drug it out of him. He said, ‘People probably tell you this all the time, but I want to play pro football.'

"He's got a pretty good school to help him get there. There's a lot of things that have to happen, but at the same time, it's good to have long-range goals."

He was rated as the 41st-best prospect in Ohio by Ohio High. He graduated with a 2.6 GPA and scored a 21 on the ACT.

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