Dublin Nearing A Decision

Walter Dublin, a defensive end from Sarasota, Fla., will make an official visit to Ohio State this weekend. Dublin has narrowed his list down to four schools and will likely decide sometime this month. We caught up with him for the latest.

Sarasota, Fla. defensive end Walter Dublin will make an official visit to Ohio State this weekend.

Dublin (6-3, 235, 4.6) has previously visited Iowa and Minnesota.

"I'm looking forward to coming up to Ohio," Dublin said. "I'm only taking two more visits: Ohio State and Clemson (Jan. 13). I was going to visit Virginia Tech, but I just told the coaches there that I would not be visiting."

Dublin was also considering Florida at one point.

"They were after me hard for a while, but when I told them that I wanted to go out of state, they backed off," he said.

Dublin is being recruited to OSU by cornerbacks coach Tim Beckman.

"He's a real good guy – he knows his stuff," Dublin said. "He's not high pressure. He's a good guy to talk to."

Dublin, who goes by the nickname of "Scooter," has spoken with OSU head coach Jim Tressel once by telephone, as well as defensive coordinator Jim Heacock. Tressel has not used his in-house visit yet.

Dublin, known for his quick burst off the line of scrimmage, missed five games of his senior season due to a broken ankle. He was unsure of his seasonal statistics.

"I was hoping to come back for the playoffs, but we got knocked out in the first round," Dublin said. "My ankle is back almost 100 percent."

The injury has prevented Dublin from participating in all-star games this winter.

"I was invited to play in the All-American game and the Florida North-South game, but I have to miss both of them."

Dublin will likely not wait until signing day to make his decision. He wants to get it over with by mid-January.

"Probably after I get back from the Clemson visit, I will sit down with my parents and my coach and do it then," he said.

Dublin tuned in for Ohio State's 34-20 win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2.

"They looked pretty good," he said of the Buckeyes. "Ted Ginn and Troy Smith are something else."

Dublin was also impressed with OSU's defense.

"They have great linebackers and they play hard and aggressive and I like that," he said. "They are losing a bunch of guys like (A.J.) Hawk and the defensive end (Mike Kudla) and it looks good. If I went there, it looks like I would have a shot of early playing time if I compete like I always do. If I go there, it looks like there might be an opportunity to do some damage."

Dublin also watched Wednesday's thrilling Rose Bowl, where Vince Young and the Longhorns captured the national championship with a 41-38 upset of USC.

"It was the most incredible game I've ever watched," Dublin said. I was pulling for Texas."

Who knows. Maybe he'll be playing against the Longhorns in Austin on Sept. 9.

Dublin reports a 2.8 GPA and an 1100 SAT.


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