Laurinaitis To Check Out OSU Before Deciding

One of Ohio State's visitors next weekend will be linebacker James Laurinaitis of Plymouth, Minnesota. Laurinaitis previously made a commitment to Minnesota, but he wants to check out OSU to make sure he made the right choice. Duane Long caught up with him to find out more.

After his team fell in the state finals to Minnetonka, James Laurinaitis (6-2, 230, 4.7) of Wayzata Senior High School in Plymouth, Minnesota is now focusing on finalizing his college choice. Laurinaitis originally committed to Minnesota but has decided to check out Ohio State.

"I will be down next weekend," he said. "I will visit Minnesota after Ohio State. I was going to Minnesota this weekend but they wanted to have me in after my Ohio State visit."

Notre Dame was also on Laurinaitis' list, but the firing of Tyrone Willingham changed things.

"I was going to Notre Dame, but with the coaching change I won't be going," Laurinaitis said. "Looks like just these two for visits."

Laurinaitis, who is the son of ex-pro wrestler "Animal" of the tag team "The Road Warriors" a.k.a. "The Legion of Doom," said he actually may be making a final choice shortly after his Ohio State trip.

"I may not wait until the Minnesota visit to make my decision," he said. "I am going to follow my heart and not over-analyze it."

Laurinaitis is not going to be deterred by the linebackers that OSU currently has.

"I like having those guys there," he said. "In fact, it is a plus. They could teach me a lot."

James is also excited to see a particular Ohio State attraction among recruits that has become popular.

"I am real excited to get out there and see that stadium," he said.

Laurinaitis prefers to play defense, and he prefers middle linebacker. He had an impressive 165 tackles through his first 12 games this year.

"I feel most comfortable in the middle," he said. "I play defense so I can hit people."

Speaking of hitting people, Laurinaitis' choice of winter sport picks up right where football left off.

"We are No. 2 in the state in hockey," he said. "I am captain."

Laurinaitis is ranked as Minnesota's No. 7 overall prospect by As a junior, he had 128 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and four interceptions.

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