Stevens talks about OSU Trip

Lexington junior lineman Marc Stevens was one of several juniors that attended Ohio State's practice on Saturday. Stevens, who is being recruited by Louisville and Michigan as well as the Buckeyes, talked about his visit to Ohio State and gave his thoughts on how his recruiting is progressing. Stevens is projected to be one of the top offensive linemen in Ohio in 2007.

Lexington, Ohio lineman Marc Stevens was one of several juniors who attended practice at Ohio State on Saturday. Stevens, 6' 6" and 295 pounds, is also being recruited by Michigan and Louisville, as well as the Buckeyes.

Stevens was joined at practice by Lexington head coach B. J. Payne. He talked about his views on his day at Ohio State.

"We had a great time at practice," Stevens said. "They're getting ready to play for the national championship and you could feel the excitement in the air. I watched the O-linemen mostly. I know coach Bollman pretty well and I think he's a great guy and a great offensive line coach. I could see myself playing for him, if given the opportunity. I learned a lot today watching those guys work"

This was not the first trip to Ohio State for Stevens. He talked about his previous visits to Ohio State and a few other schools.

"I attended the Ohio State game against Bowling Green," Stevens explained. "The atmosphere is always super at OSU. I also went to Michigan for the Ball State game. The only other school I visited was Louisville for the West Virginia game. Those three schools would be my favorites at this time."

Lexington head coach B. J. Payne spoke about Stevens' strengths as a player.

"He's a big kid with great feet," Payne noted. "Marc has room to add more weight to his frame. He played tackle for us, but he's probably going to play guard at the next level. He can pull and trap exceptionally, and his pass protection is very good. He's developed a nasty attitude over the past year and he was a true leader for us."

Payne coached current Illinois offensive tackle Ryan Palmer at GlenOak high school, and he compared the two at the same stage of their careers.

"Marc Stevens is a better player than Ryan Palmer was at the same point," Payne said. "Marc is a better run blocker by far, and they're about even in pass protection. Marc is a hard working kid and he wants to get better. I think he will."

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