As an Ohio State fan, there are obviously a lot of players to be excited about in this year's recruiting class. But one to be particularly excited about is defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock from Piqua, OH.
Pitcock is a monster of a football player who goes 6-foot-4, 300 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.71 seconds.
"I've added about 10 pounds since the end of the season - I work out a lot," Pitcock said. "I was clocked at 4.71 once, that's my best time."
Is it true that Pitcock was the fastest player on Piqua's state playoff team last year?
"I was one of the fastest. Our kicker was probably the fastest."
OK, so Pitcock was the fastest one over a $1.40. And now his track coaches want him to do something very rare for a 300-pounder... maybe unprecedented.
"They want me to run the 100 and do the 4x100 relay this year... In the past, I've just thrown (discus and shot)."
On the gridiron, Pitcock is coming off a year in which he was named first-team All-Ohio and second-team All-American by USA Today. He had 86 tackles and 15 sacks, despite constant double teams, and was ranked as one of the top five D-tackles in the nation and among the top 75 players overall.
Off the field, Pitcock has a reputation for being a reserved, no-nonsense young man - which he is for the most part. An conversation with him yields several short and direct answers. But every once in a while, Pitcock allows his sense of humor to shine through.
"I warned (Justin) Zwick that I'm coming after him," Pitcock said of playing on opposite teams for the Ohio North-South All-Star game (JZ: North; QP: South). "Most of the (OSU signees) are on the other team, so we have to show them something."
Pitcock took his time choosing a college. He didn't commit to the Buckeyes until Jan. 28, picking them over Notre Dame and Penn State.
"One week, it just hit me. Ohio State felt like the right place."
The big lineman enjoyed the recruiting process for a while, but it did begin to wear on him.
"I liked it a little bit at the beginning, but towards the end it got a little annoying with all the phone calls."
Pitcock was recruited to OSU by defensive coordinator Mark Dantonio and D-line coach Jim Heacock. "Coach (Jim) Tressel called me about once a month as well... I think they have a great coaching staff."
Pitcock took his official visit on Nov. 30, the week after the Michigan win, and was hosted by fellow defensive tackle Tim Anderson.
"I like Tim. He told me it's a lot of hard work, but I'll enjoy it."
It's been written that Pitcock isn't a football fan and never watches the sport on TV. Any truth to that?
"I didn't grow up a fan, I don't have a favorite NFL team or anything, but I've started watching it a lot more... I caught a few Ohio State games this year."
When did Pitcock first know that he might be a college football player one day?
"After my sophomore year when Ohio State offered me a scholarship... They were the first school to offer me."
Given that OSU had been with him from the beginning and that he was a lifelong Ohio resident, did Pitcock kind of always think he'd end up a Buckeye?
"Yeah, in the beginning I thought so, but I wanted to make sure of my decision."
Pitcock was asked what it meant to him to be coming in with such a highly-regarded recruiting class.
"It's important because it means we're going to be going up against great players every day. We can make each other work harder and make each other better."
The way it looks right now, you can pretty much bank on Pitcock playing as a true freshman. The Buckeyes have a solid defensive line coming back, but really don't have anybody with Pitcock's size, except for redshirt freshman tackle Marcus Green.
Anderson and converted end Kenny Peterson are the likely starters at tackle with David Thompson and Green serving as the backups. Starting end Darrion Scott, who's recovering from a shoulder injury, also played several snaps inside last year. But with Pitcock in the mix, Scott could stay on the outside.
So what does Pitcock think about cracking the two-deep right away?
"That would be a plus, but I'm not expecting anything. I think I'm capable of getting on the two-deep."
Pitcock benches 355 pounds and has yet to begin OSU's strength and conditioning program.
"I'm still working out on Piqua's program."
When he's not working out, the big D-tackle enjoys riding dirt bikes, fishing and playing video games.
He is also a very intelligent young man who carries a 3.5 GPA and plans to major in engineering at OSU.
And despite his quiet demeanor, Pitcock can't hide back his excitement about his upcoming transition to college.
"I'm very excited. It's going to be a totally different experience - the whole tempo of college life is different... I'm looking forward to a lot of things: football, being out on my own, living in the dorms, everything."
In the meantime, let's just hope he takes it easy on Zwick in the North-South game. We don't need Pitcock blowing up quarterbacks just yet.