Bemoll Discusses Tressel In-Home Visit

Mission Viejo, Calif., offensive lineman Kevin Bemoll welcomed OSU coach Jim Tressel into his home Sunday for an in-home visit. Bemoll and teammate and fellow OSU verbal Ryan Williams have reached the CIF Division II semifinals with their team. Click here for more.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel made a whirlwind trip to California Sunday to check on two of his verbal commitments – Mission Viejo offensive lineman Kevin Bemoll and defensive end Ryan Williams.

The players met with Tressel two days after their team pulled off a landmark win over rival Newhall Hart, 50-20, to advance to the CIF Division II semifinals. The win avenged a loss to Hart in last year's Division II championship game. Bemoll helped lead the blocking as teammate Chad Moline rushed for 236 yards.

"That was huge," Bemoll said. "We think we're going all the way."

Mission Viejo will tackle Upland in a semifinal this weekend.

"It's exciting," Bemoll said. "We're just trying to focus on our high school season right now. We'll look at what we're going to do with Ohio State and think about that when our season is over. We've worked real hard to get to this point."

Bemoll (6-6, 310, 5.0) verbaled to Ohio State last summer shortly after his teammate Williams did. He and Williams were on hand Nov. 20 as the Buckeyes defeated Michigan 37-21.

"We had a blast," Bemoll said. "It's kind of hard for me to explain it. We're not used to that. We go to the USC games and there is no comparison to a game in the Big Ten. I had never seen one there before. Ryan had. It's just so cool."

Bemoll made an unofficial visit to OSU during the summer around the time of his verbal.

"But this was different," he said. "School was in session and you could see all the kids. We were only there for 24 hours, but we were there to see after the game and the fans were insane. I went out there with Ryan and we hung out with his buddy (Miami Trace junior quarterback) Miles Schlichter.

"We went to a high school game (Worthington Kilbourne-Hilliard Davidson) after the game was over. We just had a blast."

When asked if he plans to make any visits anywhere else, Bemoll said, "No, I'm done." (He and Williams are due to make their official visit to OSU over the weekend of Jan. 8.)

According to Bemoll, Tressel jetted out to Los Angeles Sunday just to do his in-home visits with he and Williams.

"He came out to California for the day," Bemoll said. "Ryan's dad picked him up at the airport. He came over and spent some time with my family. Then he visited Ryan's family and was taking the red-eye flight back home."

Bemoll discussed Tressel's visit.

"It was real neat," he said. "It was nothing all that new for me, but it was just for my family to see what Ohio State has to offer. He talked to my parents and grandparents. They were excited to get to meet him and ask him questions about Ohio State."

Bemoll holds a 2.8 GPA and scored a 960 on the SAT. He plans to retake the test.


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