North-South Media Day; Schoenhoft Update

Nine soon-to-be Ohio State football players were out on the field in Crew Stadium today to meet with media members before Saturday's Ohio All-Star classic. We were there to check in with the players, including quarterback Rob Schoenhoft, who discussed his current and future situation. Click the link for more.

The longest running high school all-star game in the country - the Grange Insurance Ohio North-South Classic - will take place Saturday at Columbus Crew Stadium at 7 p.m.

This marks the 60th year of the event. Sixty-eight of Ohio's best football players will be on display, including eight members of Ohio State's 2005 recruiting class.

The future Buckeyes include, from the South squad: Andre Amos, Rob Schoenhoft, Austin Spitler and Todd Denlinger. And from the North squad: Freddie Lenix, Jamario O'Neal, Alex Boone and Lawrence Wilson.

At Media Day on Monday, we caught up with Schoenhoft for an update (we will also have updates on the other future OSU players later in the week). Schoenhoft will be the starting quarterback for the South and hopes to rack up big passing numbers, along with a win.

"We're going to throw a little with me, and then Dante (Love) the really quick quarterback from Withrow down in Cincinnati, he's going to do some option and run a little bit," Schoenhoft said. "He's also going to throw the ball around, but he's a little quicker than me… a lot quicker than me actually.

"But I'm just looking to get out there and have fun, move the ball and win the game. It's neat to see all the guys that you heard about through the Internet and through locally and then you actually get to play with them and throw with them."

Schoenhoft finds it hard to believe that he will begin his college career in less than two months.

"It's kind of scary to tell you the truth," he said. "High school has flown by the past four years. It seems like I just came in freshman year walking through the halls at St. X. But, it's a great opportunity for me and it's a great honor to go to Ohio State and have a chance to learn from the guys like Troy (Smith) and Justin (Zwick) and Todd (Boeckman). It's going to be fun."

Schoenhoft checked in Monday at 6-5 ½ and a svelte 232 pounds.

"I've lost about eight pounds, 10 pounds," he said. "Just been working out a lot - I think that's a good weight for me."

In addition to keeping his weight down, Schoenhoft has been working on improving a few specific quarterback skills.

"I've really been working on my feet a lot," he said. "That's something I've really been focusing on. Also want to work on my vision, my mobility and just my drops. I've got the arm strength and getting my body with it is one of the big things I've been working on. I'm just trying to soak it all in and work on my total game as a quarterback."

Schoenhoft knows he will be joining an OSU team that will likely be ranked in the preseason top 10.

"It's going to be great," he said. "Reminds me of my freshman year going into St. X, we were favored to win state. We're going to be in the top 10, or top five, and will be one of the favorites to win a national championship. You've got to take it one game at a time, but it's going to be fun to get to know all the guys and be the practice dummy for them and try my hardest and try to make them the best. I want to work hard and help them in practice, the defense."

Barring a serious rash of injuries, Schoenhoft knows he will redshirt in 2005. He looks forward to working with OSU's quarterbacks and learning as much as he can.

"They are special quarterbacks," Schoenhoft said. "Justin and Troy are amazing talents and it's going to be fun watching them battle it out. Hopefully I can contribute just by trying as hard as I can."

* To purchase tickets for the North-South game call Crew Stadium at 614-447-CREW. Tickets are $10 each.

Karl Johnson of Dublin Scioto will coach the South and Brian Cross of Canton McKinley will coach the North.
Fox Sports Net will broadcast this year's game on a delayed basis.

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