Robiskie Verbals To Ohio State

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, standout Brian Robiskie verbaled to Ohio State today, picking the Buckeyes over Miami (Fla.). Robiskie becomes OSU's 17th verbal commitment.

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, wide receiver Brian Robiskie called Ohio State today and committed, one day after finishing an official visit to OSU.

Chagrin Falls coach Mark Iammarino confirmed the verbal via telephone this afternoon.

"Brian had a really great visit to Ohio State," Iammarino said. "He told me last night he was going to verbal. He is excited about getting down there and excited about (receivers coach Darrell) Hazell."

Robiskie (6-4, 190) said Sunday his decision was down to Ohio State and Miami (Fla.).

But OSU had only gone to Robiskie with a scholarship offer in the last two weeks.

"All along, (OSU assistant) Mel Tucker told me that a spot might be opening and to not count them out," Iammarino said. "Then, they came in about two weeks ago. Mel contacted me and then Coach Tressel did.

"Brian did go down to Miami and he had a good visit. He was always going to visit Miami. When Ohio State came in, he was excited and he went down there and had a good visit.

"Florida also came in late with the new staff. It originally looked like it would just be between Miami and Stanford, but that changed when Ohio State came in."

Robiskie, son of Browns interim head coach Terry 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. He also had three interceptions on defense.

Robiskie caught 9 TDs in only 7 games as a sophomore and caught 50 balls for 743 yards as a junior. He is ranked as the No. 33 senior in Ohio by Ohio High.

Robiskie becomes the 17th commitment in an OSU class expected to number between 18 and 20.

At the same time, New York Newsday reported today that North Babylon, N.Y., RB Jason Gwaltney would honor his previous commitment to West Virginia. That newspaper reported that Gwaltney, a national top-100 player, did, in fact, visit WVU this past weekend, something he denied in an interview with

OSU was still tracking a pair of defensive linemen, who will announce in the next two days:

* Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary defensive end Lawrence Wilson, who was deciding between OSU, Notre Dame and Florida.

* Eden Prairie, Minn., defensive tackle Walker Ashley, who was still considering USC, OSU, Minnesota and Penn State.

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