Mealer Enjoys Spring Game Experience

Wauseon's Elliott Mealer is still caught in the middle of an Ohio State-Michigan tug of war. Mealer has an offer from Michigan in his hip pocket, while his favorite team, Ohio State, keeps telling him to be patient. How long will Mealer wait on the Buckeyes to come through with an offer? Bill Greene has more on the Mealer situation.

Elliott Mealer was one of many high school stars that attended the Ohio State spring game. The Wauseon star has a scholarship offer from Michigan and is hoping Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes will step up to the plate and extend an offer. Mealer talked about where he is at this point in his recruitment.

"Right now Michigan is still a clear number one," Mealer exclaimed. "I did not receive an offer from Ohio State today. I understand what Ohio State is going through. They have limited scholarships available and they've offered five linemen already. They want to see where they stand with the out of state kids."

Mealer stated that Lloyd Carr and the Wolverines are not necessarily pressuring him for a decision, but they have made it clear how badly they want him.

"Michigan is kind of saying when I'm ready then they're ready," he said. "They keep telling me that they want me and they'd like to see me become a part of their program. I grew up with Ohio State posters on my wall and loved the Buckeyes. It's kind of hard to see myself playing there but I really like their coaching staff and that might be the right place for me."

What about the spring game? Did it have any effect in Mealer's thinking?

"Overall it was a very good day today," Mealer noted. "It was good to see a game day experience again and see the players and the band. I liked meeting with the coaches again. I spoke with most of the staff today. It went well."

Mealer discussed his conversation with head coach Jim Tressel.

"We went to the team picnic after the game," he continued. "There were so many people there that I didn't get a chance to speak to coach Tressel. Coach Bollman told me to make sure I talked to him so I called him on the way home. We had a good conversation. Coach Tressel told me flat out that he wants me at Ohio State. He said the offensive line recruiting is kind of complicated right now. I think they want to take four and they have five offers out now. Coach Tressel said to call him tomorrow when I was at home and we would both have more time to talk. I'm definitely going to do that and I'm anxious to talk with him."

How long is Mealer prepared to wait before accepting an offer?

"Ohio State wants me to be patient and I think I will be," Mealer explained. "I am enjoying the recruiting process and I think it's a lot of fun, but it would be nice to get it over with. I'm sure it will feel good to know where I'll be going to college. It might be nice to get it over with and just relax and get ready for my senior year."

Elliott Mealer is a thoughtful, intelligent and articulate young man. He will be an asset, on and off the field, to any school that's fortunate enough to secure his services. will continue to monitor this situation.

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