Porter Lists Buckeyes In Top 5

Pahokee (Fla.) wide receiver Tamarcus Porter is keeping Ohio State on his radar for now. He says the Buckeyes are in his top five and plans on taking a visit to Columbus following the season. We recently spoke with Porter who revealed the latest developments in his recruiting process.

Wide receiver Tamarcus "T.J." Porter from Pahokee, Fla. boasts an impressive list of scholarship offers and says he will most likely take an official visit to Ohio State at some point.

"Yes, probably after the season I'll probably take a visit up there," Porter said.

Porter (6-1, 185, 4.5) had modest receiving statistics of 11 catches for 122 yards as a junior in 2004. He added over 400 return yards and scored two touchdowns. Defensively, he had 50 tackles and six interceptions.

This year, Porter has taken his offensive game up a notch.

"I'm having a pretty good season," he said. "I have 30 catches for over 400 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense, I think I have over 40 tackles, four interceptions, two recovered fumbles and two forced fumbles."

Porter says he is strongly considering Ohio State. He says there's more than just an outside chance that he ends up at OSU.

"They would probably be in the top five," he said of the Buckeyes. "I also like Boston College, Iowa, Florida, Pittsburgh and Maryland."

Porter also has scholarship offers from such schools as: Mississippi, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

As of now he's only taken two official visits: Boston College and Pittsburgh.

Porter says he will likely visit Ohio State in December or January.

"Yeah, probably during basketball time," he said.

Porter is not very familiar with Columbus, but he says he is looking forward to seeing what the city and campus has to offer.

"I don't know too much about Columbus," he said. "I just know Ohio State is a pretty good school. If I visit up there, I'm pretty much just interested in how the coaches and the players interact with each other. And if it's a family environment or whatnot. I just want to see how it is up there. How the city is. What's going on in the city."

Porter is being recruited to OSU by wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell.

"Coach Hazell is a real good guy. I've talked to him a lot," Porter said. "That's the only coach I've spoken with. We talk probably once every two weeks. He just says he likes my athletic ability on my film and he thinks I produce on both sides of the ball and I have what it takes to play at that level."

Porter says he does not care whether he plays receiver or defensive back at the next level (although it's likely to be the former).

"No sir, it doesn't matter," he said. "Whichever one will get me on the field the faster."

Porter's high school team is a defending state champion in Florida and have things rolling once again.

"We're doing pretty good this year," Porter said. "We're 7-1 right now."

Porter is not in a hurry to make a decision. He could be one of those players that will wait all the way until signing day, or at least fairly close.

"Yeah, probably after the season – when I get done taking all my visits," Porter said.

Porter says his academics are in line.

"I guess I'm qualified," he said. "I got an 18 on the ACT, 980 on the old SAT and I have a 3.2 GPA."

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