Person Building Strong Bond With Classmates

Xenia, Ohio, offensive lineman Ben Person has already built a strong rapport with his fellow OSU signees on the offensive line. Click this link for more on this standout prospect.

Ben Person isn't at Ohio State yet, but he has already been branded as a leader.

Person, listed at 6-4, 300 pounds on OSU's signing day press release, has been instrumental in building bonds between himself and his fellow offensive line recruits, they say. The Xenia, Ohio, product has already become close with fellow OL signees Steve Rehring, Kyle Mitchum and Jon Skinner.

"Steve and I met during our junior year at Ohio State games," Person said. "I met Jon during one of the games this year at Ohio State. Then, for our official visit, all four of us were together. We spent the whole weekend together, along with Chad Hoobler. It was a great time. We're all good friends and we talk on the phone as much as we can."

Person could project as either a guard or a tackle at Ohio State. This three-year starter blocked at over 80 percent efficiency and did not allow a sack as a senior. He started at left tackle the last two years.

"There are open spots at Ohio State, but I know realistically there is not a great chance for a freshman on the offensive line to come in and play," Person said. "My goal is to come in and make the two-deep. (Offensive coordinator Jim) Bollman said if I'm going to play, I'll be in the rotation.

"If they're going to redshirt me, then I'll be a redshirt. "I want to come in in great shape. I'm playing basketball now. After that's done, I'll hit the weight room. Right now, I'm actually about 312 pounds. I'd like to be 295. I'm a lot quicker at 295. If I'm at 295, I'll be solid and I'll feel quick.

Person was ranked as the state's third-best prospect by Ohio High. Also ranked as the nation's 17th-best offensive lineman by The Insiders. Ranked as the nation's 35th-best offensive lineman by SuperPrep and the country's eighth-best offensive guard by's Tom Lemming.

He committed to Ohio State March 14.

"I have always loved the Buckeyes," he said. "I knew what I wanted to do. I've never been a huge football fan and watched a lot of it on TV. But I've loved playing football. I didn't watch it on TV that much until I was in the eighth grade. I went up to Ohio State and I met Coach Tressel and the atmosphere there was just right. Every time I was up there, it just felt like I wanted to be a Buckeye. When the time came, that's where I wanted to be.

"It was a great relief to finally sign my letter of intent. I am finally and officially a Buckeye. I can't wait to get to Columbus."

But first, Person will be one of seven future Buckeyes playing in the Ohio All-Star Classic June 19 at Columbus Crew Stadium.

"There will be a bunch of guys here who are headed to Ohio State, five or six of us," said Person, who is also ticketed to play in the Big 33 Football Classic July 24. "It should be a great time. These will be my future teammates. We'll get to jell and come into camp together. That will make the camp easier, I think."

Person holds a 3.5 GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT.

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