Born to Be a Buckeye

Jacob Stoneburner got a once in a lifetime opportunity when his child hood favorite, the Ohio State Buckeyes, offered him a scholarship. Today he ended his recruitment by committing to the coaches in person at the school.

Jacob Stoneburner, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound receiver from Coffman High in Ohio ended his recruitment today when he announced his decision to sign with Ohio State on National Letter of Intent Day in February, 2008.

"You caught me," Stoneburner began. "I just committed. I just drove up there with my family and we talked to Coach (Jim) Tressel and (Darrell) Hazell."

"Coach Tressel was really happy. He jumped right up to shake my hand. He was excited to be landing his second Central Ohio commitment of the year. Coach Hazell was also really excited. He said he is happy to be getting a playmaker like me."

"I was born to be a Buckeye."

Stoneburner admits that it all kind of fell in to place for him after the Buckeyes extended him a scholarship.

"Five is my lucky number, so it made sense that I would become commitment number five," he explained. "I always grew up wearing number five in all the sports I played. I wear 85 now, but five has always been my lucky number. It just worked out perfectly that I would be making my commitment now. It was just the right time."

There has been a lot of talk about what position the "Buckeye State" standout will play after arriving on campus in the fall of 2008.

"They told me that they see me filling a similar role to what Gonzo (Anthony Gonzalez) played," Stoneburner informed. "They say that they want me to play in the slot and be able to go over the middle of the field or a guy who can go out and get the out pattern."

"If I grow to be 250-260 pounds, then they will use me as a tight end. They will flex me out and let me do some things in the passing game."

Stoneburner said that he was born to be a Buckeye, but he is also appreciative of all the other schools and coaches that he has formed a relationship with.

"I am very appreciative of all of the phenomenal schools and coaches that have been recruiting me," Stoneburner acknowledged. "There were many coaches and programs that treated me very nicely, like Coach Johnson at Iowa."

"Ohio State was close to home, and it was where I always wanted to play. The prestige of the program and the location factored in very heavily."

As a junior, Stoneburner hauled in 63 passes for 948 yards and eight touchdowns.

His outstanding performance at the U.S. Army Junior Combine was recognized when the recruiting experts selected him as a second team member of the All-Combine Team.

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