Sanchez Reflects On Ohio State Unofficial Visit

We just spoke with Mission Viejo, Calif., quarterback Mark Sanchez regarding his two-day unofficial visit to Ohio State. Sanchez, one of the nation's top quarterback prospects, spent a second discussing the visit and where his college choices stand before jetting off to the next stop. Click here for all the details.

Mark Sanchez, one of the nation's top quarterback prospects, wrapped up an unofficial visit to Ohio State just a short while ago.

Sanchez (6-4, 211, 4.7), a product of Mission Viejo, Calif., came away from the visit impressed with Ohio State.

"We spent two days here in Ohio," Sanchez told "The coaching staff is real personable. They were just so accommodating and so hospitable. It was amazing. Everybody on the staff seemed to complement each other. They were such a tight-knit group."

When asked to discuss the visit, Sanchez said, "You really couldn't ask for anything more. The stadium was really neat. I don't know what else you would want for a college environment. The campus was gorgeous. Everything was nice."

OSU assistant coach Luke Fickell served as a tour guide, Sanchez said.

"He took us around and showed us the ropes," Sanchez said. "He was really nice."

Sanchez made those comments as he and his father, Nick, were headed to Port Columbus to fly to Chicago. From there, they were due to drive to Notre Dame for another unofficial visit.

Regarding his top choices, Sanchez said Ohio State "is now most definitely at the very top of the list. USC, Texas and Notre Dame would also be up there. But I still want to get around and look at some other schools. I want to keep it open."

Nebraska was also high on Sanchez's list, but the ‘Huskers recently got a verbal commitment from Harrison Beck.

Other schools believed to be in the mix are Florida, Michigan, Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford. All have offered.

Sanchez noted that sophomores Justin Zwick and Troy Smith will battle for the starting job this fall.

"The way things are it looks like there might be a good opportunity for a quarterback in this class," he said.

Sanchez plays for Elite 11 quarterback guru Bob Johnson at Mission Viejo. As a junior, he completed 143 of 191 passes (74.8 percent) for 2,460 yards with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He helped Mission Viejo to a 13-1 mark. The Diablos actually won their first 13 games before falling to Hart 25-7 in the CIF Southern Section Division II finals.

"I love to make audibles and break down the defense," Sanchez told previously. "I've been well-coached (Bob and Bret Johnson) and I read well. I also get out of the pocket well and can throw on the run and scramble too. I need to work on my footwork and speed and on my consistency."

Sanchez, who boasts a 3.66 GPA, is also a teammate of OSU commitment Ryan Williams, a defensive end who has relatives in Washington C.H., Ohio.

"I know if I go there, Ryan would be there as well," Sanchez said.

There is a chance the Buckeyes could also land another player from Mission Viejo: Offensive lineman Kevin Bemoll (6-5, 295, 5.1) is due in for an unofficial visit in July. He already has offers from the likes of Florida, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Arizona, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington.

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