"Yes, he got his offer from Ohio State," Greg Spitler said. "He got it this morning."
OSU head coach Jim Tressel was among several OSU coaches who spent time talking with Spitler this morning. Linebackers coach Luke Fickell was also on the call with the 6-2, 225-pound Spitler, who attended OSU's game with Michigan Saturday.
According to his dad, Spitler is probably leaning toward Ohio State. He will make an official visit to Columbus over the weekend of Dec. 10. But he will first make a promised official visit to Wisconsin Dec. 3.
"Well, he did promise to visit Wisconsin," Greg Spitler said. "He is going to follow through with that visit. We are likely going to take his official to Ohio State on the weekend of the 10th."
Spitler is ranked as Ohio's 20th-best senior prospect by Ohio High magazine. As a senior, he earned first-team All-Southwest District honors and was also the Division III district defensive player of the year. He tallied 135 tackles and two interceptions for Bellbrook's 7-3 team.
Here's what will be written about Spitler in the January 2005 edition of Ohio High:
"Year-round, I am talking to high school coaches," wrote Ohio High recruiting editor Duane Long. "Some long time associates are ready for the question even before I ask it. They know that sometime during the conversation I am going to ask what player or players impressed you this year. This year, I have not heard any players named more than Austin Spitler.
"Spitler had a fine senior year at linebacker for one of the best small school programs in Ohio. I think that has had an impact on his recruiting, and I think there is a question about his size. He is a middle linebacker all the way but is built more like an outside linebacker. Spitler runs really well; he ran a 4.72-second 40-yard time at the Nike camp on a sore ankle and ran a 4.6 at school. He plays smart and with intensity. Spitler is great in the weight room, benching 225 21 times and put up 29 reps of 185 at Nike. He had a 320 max last year. Spitler averaged 12 tackles a game this season. Wisconsin has offered."