The Buckeyes have gotten back in on Chagrin Falls, Ohio, wide receiver Brian Robiskie, the son of Cleveland Browns interim head coach Terry Robiskie. According to Chagrin Falls coach Mark Iammarino, OSU head coach Jim Tressel and defensive backs coach Mel Tucker stopped by the school Monday to invite Robiskie for the visit.
At the same time, it appears that Indianapolis Franklin Central wide receiver/defensive back Donald Washington may also be getting a late look. Washington was originally scheduled to visit OSU Jan. 7, but that visit was canceled.
The 6-4, 190-pound Robiskie visited Miami (Fla.) last weekend.
"Brian has been offered by (Ohio State)," Chagrin Falls head coach Mark Iammarino said in an e-mail to Bucknuts staff member Duane Long. "He visited Miami (Fla.) this past weekend and will visit OSU this weekend and then make a decision."
Robiskie had 38 catches for 643 yards (16.9 average) and 10 touchdowns during the regular season for Chagrin Falls. His team finished the year 9-3 after a loss to eventual state champion Youngstown Mooney in the second round of the Division IV playoffs.
Robiskie caught 9 TDs in only 7 games as a sophomore and caught 50 balls for 743 yards as a junior.
Bucknuts.com staff member Gary Housteau spoke with Robiskie after school today.
Robiskie said he was first told of an impending offer from his coach and then he received an e-mail from Coach Tucker telling him they indeed are extending him an offer. Coach Tressel called him later that evening and confirmed the offer and invited him on an official visit.
Robiskie said that they've been honest with him throughout the process and he said they've kept in touch and he's appreciated that.
"Sure it can't hurt to take a visit to a school that I have a lot of interest in," Robiskie said.
Miami (Fla.) is the only offer or only big offer he is considering right now and he said he enjoyed his visit there. And he said just recently Florida is trying to become involved and he's interested in what they have to say.
He said his dad's situation with Cleveland has no bearing on his decision because his home could change tomorrow or a year or two from now.
"I'm going to go where I'm most comfortable," he said.
He also sees the wide receiver position as being a good situation for him at Ohio State.
Finally, Robiskie was asked if there is any real chance that he could have a LOI from Ohio State in front of him ready to sign a week from now:
"Yeah there's a chance, there's a real possibility if I feel comfortabable when I go down there," Robiskie said. "I've been down there a couple of times already so it will be nice to see another side of it."
So is he happy to get an offer from Ohio State at this late in the game?
"Sure I'm glad. I'm glad that there's another option and I'm glad it's from a school that I have a lot of interest in," he said. "I live in Ohio and it's an offer that I had been hoping would come," he said.
An Indiana Gem?
Washington (6-2, 185, 4.45) made visits to Indiana Jan. 7 and Illinois Jan. 21.
Franklin Central finished their season 6-4. Washington had 45 catches for 800 yards and 10 TDs. He also had four picks (2 for TDs) and 2 fumble recoveries. Washington reports a 3.2 GPA and a 19 ACT.
As a junior, Washington recorded over 40 receptions for 800 yards and 13 touchdowns while playing the entire season with a broken foot. Prior to that, he became the first sophomore in Indiana High School history to win the state long jump.
Franklin Central coach Lance Scheib, who played wide receiver at Purdue from 1985-88, confirmed that OSU was back in on Washington.
"They came back in on him this past weekend," Scheib said. "I know Donald is real excited about making a visit there this weekend.
"It is really down to Indiana, Illinois and Ohio State. The only other place he might even consider is Nebraska. But I think he's always had the incredible dream to play at Ohio State and it is starting to finally materialize for him."
Scheib said OSU is looking at Washington primarily as a safety prospect.
"They like him on either side of the ball, but probably the most as a DB," he said. "He would probably project there as a safety."