It's an exciting time for any prospect preparing to make a college visit. When the team you're visiting also happens to be playing football against your father's alma mater, it's even a little more exciting than usual.
Bucknuts spoke with Luke Harangody, the 6-8 power forward from Merrillville, In. on Wednesday evening, and that's exactly the situation Harangody is in.
Originally, Harangody was going to visit Ohio State unofficially on October 30th; however, with the Indiana Hoosiers coming into town this weekend, he pushed that up a week.
Harangody's father, Dave, played for the Hoosiers' football team as a tight end back in the 70's, and will be making the trip with Luke.
This will be the fourth visit for Harangody, who has already seen Notre Dame, Purdue, and Illinois.
"They were great visits," Harangody told Bucknuts. "They each were great to check out."
Knowing only a little about the school, but a lot about the coaches, Harangody is anxious to see Ohio State in person.
"I don't know too much about it in all honesty," Harangody explained. "I love the coaching staff already, but I'm really excited to get to see Ohio State and learn more about the school."
Last season, as only a sophomore, Harangody was averaging 21 points and 15 rebounds a game when a stress fracture in his back sat him down for the season.
Frustrated and slowed down, he is just now getting back to where he wants to be.
"I'm finally 100 percent now, but I'm not yet completely back to normal," Harangody added. "I still haven't got back to where I once was by way of conditioning and just feeling comfortable."
The injury has not stopped most of those schools from recruiting him. He already has scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Purdue, Northwestern, and Ohio State.
Although nearly a five-hour drive from home, the distance does not bother Harangody from considering the Buckeyes.
"Not really, I just want to stay in the Midwest for school, I'm not really too concerned about where," Harangody said.
Harangody realizes that any of the Big Ten schools he attended, it would be pretty easy for his family to make the trip to watch him play.
This weekend, Harangody won't be the only top prospect visiting Columbus as Cleveland star David Lighty, a 6-5 wing from Vila Angela-St. Joseph will also be making an unofficial visit to Ohio State.
Rated the 10th-best power forward in the country, Harangody is a hard-nosed
throwback that would fit in well in the Big Ten Conference. He hopes to make a
decision at the end of his high school season, if not before.