Linebacker Freddie Lenix of Cleveland Glenville was offered a scholarship by Ohio State recently.
"They offered me last week when they came in," Lenix said.
Lenix thought the offer was coming, but nothing is a sure bet in the world of recruiting.
"I really can't say that I was expecting it because I didn't know what they were going to do," he said. "They just kept telling me to be patient. So, I kind of figured it was coming, but then again, I had my doubts about it. When they offered me, it was a good thing because it will give me the chance to represent my state."
Lenix is not in a hurry to make a decision.
"I'm just going to go on all my visits and keep my options open and just narrow it down," he said. "But that will be one of my strong decisions."
Lenix visited Wisconsin this weekend.
"It was cool," he said. "It was a nice campus. Nice people to talk to."
He will visit Iowa next week, then Michigan State and will take his official visit to OSU sometime in January.
Lenix has been on OSU's campus more times than he can remember.
"I go to just about every home game," he said. "All the ones I can make."
Lenix helped lead the Tarblooders to the Division I state semifinals this season. He said he and his Glenville teammates relished the underdog role.
"Making it to the final four was good because nobody in our school history had done that," he said. "Then, it was even better because we were a Cleveland public school. A lot of people kept thinking we couldn't do it. First round when we played Austintown-Fitch, they said it would be a cakewalk for Austintown, and all the other teams after that. But, as we went farther and farther, it was good that we were still in, showing people that just because we don't have all that high-tech stuff like all them private schools and stuff, we can go just as far as them."
Lenix says that Ohio State is not at the top of his list right now. But that list is subject to change.
"It goes Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio State right now," he said. "But it will change once I get on Ohio State's campus and get to really see what the whole coaching staff is about, and the other players, besides the players that came from (Glenville)."
Lenix needs to improve his ACT score, but is confident that won't be a problem.
"I've only taken the ACT once and I scored a 15, but I'm working on that," he said. "I'm getting ready to take it again. My grades are good. Right now, I've got a 3.2."