The Buckeyes will be hosting a big official visitor this weekend. Four-star safety Shawn Oatis of Chino (Calif.) High School will be making the trip to check out Ohio State this weekend.
"I was at Notre Dame last weekend," he said. "I'll be in Columbus this weekend."
He came away extremely happy with what he saw in South Bend.
"Notre Dame was a great visit. It felt very comfortable to me there," he said.
What will it take for Ohio State to move in front of the Fighting Irish?
"It has to feel right to me," Oatis said. "It has to feel comfortable. There are so many things that all these schools have in common - weight rooms, facilities. The coaches and the players, that's what's different. I just have to feel like I fit in."
Right now, the only other trip Oatis seems sure to take is UCLA.
"I don't know if I'm going to Oregon," Oatis said. "I am going to UCLA. I don't have a date. My mom is setting that up."
It's not too common for a West Coast player to not give much attention to the local schools. Oatis talked about his thoughts on moving out of state.
"Getting away can be a real nice growth experience," he said. "With Ohio State and Notre Dame, I just always liked those programs."
What else caused him to become attracted to OSU?
"They came in pretty early," Oatis said. "Ohio State was my second offer. Arizona was first."
Often times, a school from the Midwest might not offer a California player as early as Ohio State offered Oatis. But Oatis provided a possible explanation for why that may be - his connection with Mission Viejo High School, which has two players committed to Ohio State.
"Maybe they found out about me from Mission Viejo," he said. "I go down there to work out in the off-season. Maybe they found out about me from those guys."
Oatis has played primarily safety, but he has a big frame. What would he think about possibly moving to another position, like linebacker?
"If I can get on the field quicker, I will play linebacker," he said. "Really makes no difference to me."
Look for a decision to come before December for Oatis.
"Maybe a month or so," he said. "I don't see myself taking all five (visits)."
Shawn Oatis is rated as the No. 9 safety in America by scout.com and is the No. 23 overall player in the Scout.com West Top 100. He boasts a 4.1 GPA with a 960 SAT.
Oatis had three touchdowns in his team's last week, a victory that raised the squad's mark to 5-1.