Before the spring, not too many people had heard of Maumee (Oh.) linebacker Brad Goatley. After Goatley had a chance to get out and do the camp circuit this summer, his name is well known around the Midwest.
"Brad attended the OSU camp and did very well," said Brad's father Mel. "Jim Tressel welcomed him upon arrival and told Brad that he had heard a lot of good things about him and that the Buckeyes would be watching him closely. Coach Fickell commented, "Where did this kid come from, who is he?"
Brad measured in at 6-2, 230 at OSU camp and ran a 4.70 40 and a 4.4 40, and that was on a bum ankle.
"Brad sprained his ankle at the Indiana Camp he attended earlier in the camp circuit, and with the lack of rest it had turned into tendonitis by the time they got to Columbus," his father said. "Brad's best camp was Kentucky, where ran a 4.66 40 and a 4.2 shuttle."
Goatley attended Indiana, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Bowling Green, Kentucky and Ohio State camps.
"Brad loved Kentucky and Ohio State," his father said. "He liked Indiana as well, and the Hoosiers want him back on July 31st for another senior day."
Goatley's showing at OSU caught the attention of the Buckeye coaching staff, and they have kept it up since then.
"Since the camp at OSU, the Buckeyes have been actively recruiting Brad through the mail," his father said. "Coach Fickell gave him an open invitation to attend some games this year. The Buckeyes want to watch his first few games this season and go from there."
If the Buckeyes offer, Brad Goatley may be a player who would think hard about accepting.
"Brad was very impressed with Ohio State and the coaching staff," his father said. "They made him feel at home and being an Ohio kid he fell in love with the place."