Included in that group was quarterback/defensive back Nick Prochak, an intriguing prospect from Spartanburg, S.C.
Prochak (6-4, 206, 4.6) played in a game Friday, then drove eight hours during the night to make it to Columbus for the 3:30 p.m. game against Illinois. He and his family members then turned around and were back home so he could attend his team's playoff practice on Sunday afternoon.
"They really have not had a chance to talk to me," Prochak said of Ohio State. "I am just kind of getting my name out there now. The coach who recruits South Carolina, Jim Bollman, saw how interested I am in Ohio State and they now have a highlight film."
Prochak attended a Nike Camp in Georgia last spring. He left that camp with a label of being a "sleeper" prospect in South Carolina. To date, he has an offer from Furman (the top-ranked team in Division I-AA) and is also hearing from the likes of Clemson, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Maryland and Duke.
As a senior, Prochak has helped lead Spartanburg to an 8-3 record. He has 1,400 yards passing and just under 400 yards rushing. He has accounted for 19 total touchdowns.
"They have not played me as much on defense," Prochak said. "On offense, I would say I am a dual threat quarterback. In our offense, we run the ball a lot. We also run a lot of play action. I end up running the ball as much as our backs do. I think I can do it all. We probably do not drop back and pass as much as some teams do."
Prochak spent part of his childhood in Ohio, so he is well acquainted with the Buckeyes.
"I definitely liked the atmosphere there on Saturday," he said. "I was raised in Cleveland and I was raised as a Buckeye fan. It was a nice experience to get to go to my first game there. It was an incredible experience. My family makes a point to watch them when they are on television.
"It was interesting to be on the sideline before the game and see the guys we see on TV every week. We were fascinated with the different traditions like the Skull Session and the band.
"I did talk to Coach Bollman and I got to meet Coach Tressel. That was about it. I was glad I had an opportunity to go and see that game. It was a great experience."
Prochak, who was recently selected for the North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine all-star game, plans to make unofficial visits to Clemson and South Carolina in the weeks ahead. His hometown is about 70 miles northeast of Clemson and 90 miles north of Columbia.
Prochak holds a 3.9 GPA and scored a 23 on the ACT and an 1180 on the SAT.