Wide receiver David Ausberry of Leemore (Calif). has been getting plenty of attention at camps and from the media early in the recruiting process. A likely top 100 player nationally, Ausberry has scholarship offers from USC, UCLA, Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan, and several others.
Ausberry (6-4, 215, 4.45) fits the big receiver mold of a player like Mike Williams. He caught 35 passes for 850 yards last season, during which his team went 7-5 and made the playoffs . He currently lists USC and Ohio State as his favorites, along with Michigan, Georgia and Nebraska.
"Both USC and Ohio State are tied as my No. 1 schools," Ausberry told Scout.com's Allen Wallace. "Michigan and Georgia are right behind them. I also like Nebraska, and me and my mom are looking to get out there for an official visit during the season when they play either Wake Forest or Pittsburgh. I also might try and go there for an unofficial visit this summer, but that's not for sure yet," he said.
These days, one wouldn't expect Ohio State to beat out USC for a blue-chip California player like Ausberry, but Ausberry has roots and family in Columbus. USC will be tough for anyone to beat, but Ausberry plans to come back to Columbus for camp at Ohio State this summer.
"I am going to try," he said. "I left when I was one, but I have been back since I was 10. I have just been to USC (so far)."
Ausberry said that the difference in climate between California and Ohio wouldn't be a factor in his decision.
"The weather won't be a problem," he said.
Ausberry, who also participates in basketball and track, is being recruited for Ohio State by Luke Fickell.
"Everyone is recruiting me as a WR," Ausberry said.
What are his strengths as a player?
"I would say my size and strength," he said.
Ausberry seems to have a clear idea of who his favorites are, but a decision from the blue-chip receiver is not expected any time soon.
"I want take my time and pick my school," he said.