"Sunshine State" Buckeye

Jim Tressel and his Buckeyes have had a strong history of recruiting success in Florida, but they may have landed their biggest out of state prize in recent memory when Central Florida's top prep player, Mike Brewster, issued a verbal commitment to sign with Ohio State on National Letter of Intent Day.

Michael Brewster, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive lineman from Edgewater High in Orlando, Fla., is one of the most highly recruited players in the entire nation.

Before issuing a commitment to Ohio State he was considering offers from schools like Florida, USC, LSU and Georgia.

The original timetable for Brewster's commitment was sometime this fall, and he had even scheduled official visits to see some of his top schools, but a magical evening at dinner with some of the coaches and some of the recruits families provided the perfect opportunity to publicly announce his decision to play for the Buckeyes for the next four or five years.

"I just love everything about the college in general," Brewster said of his reasoning behind this weekend's pledge. "I just think that by making my commitment now, that I will be able to really help secure a great class for Ohio State. I have already been talking to some guys, but now that it is official it will be easier for them to buy in to that."

Fellow commitment Jacob Stoneburner (Stoney), who was at a similar dinner when Mike Adams pulled the trigger, was on hand yet again to witness Brewster make his decision.

"It was pretty magical," Stoneburner informed about Brewster's decision. "It was a whole lot like Adams. He told the coaches and the families that he wanted to be a part of the Buckeyes for the next four or five years."

Brewster has made some strong connections with many of the coaches on the Ohio State coaching staff, but he feels a special connection with offensive line coach Jim Bollman.

"I have a real close connection with him," Brewster informed of his relationship with Coach Bollman. "It is not every coach that would have had tears running down his face when I decided to play for their team"

"I also have a great relationship with Coach (Jim) Tressel. When I said I was going to play for the Buckeyes he jumped out of his chair and gave me a big bear hug."

People have been buzzing about the atmosphere at the Spring Game where the Buckeyes scrimmaged in front of a capacity crowd that numbered over 75,000. Brewster echoed others comments about the special aura that enveloped the campus on Saturday.

"It is the greatest place to play ball at," Brewster said of the atmosphere. "It is not every spring game where there are going to be that many fans going crazy for you. I mean the fans are already asking for my autograph, and I have not really done anything yet for the team."

Brewster, who was recently rated as the No. 26 player in the Nation by Scout.com, has been one of the more outgoing players in recruiting circles, and his role as lead recruiter for the 2008 Ohio State class will be geared up even more now that he has made his intentions official.

"The original "Fab Four" included myself, J.B. Shugarts, Mike Adams and Kyle Long, and we now basically have most of it coming together," Brewster began. "Now you have to throw in a guy like Josh Jenkins and we have the potential of a really special offensive line class."

"I have already been talking to some guys today. We need to land a guy like a Terrelle Pryor or Andrew Sweat. I think that we are going to have a really special class. I think that we may already have six Top 100 commitments in the class already."

"We are going to build a dynasty."

Brewster added Scout.com All-Combine First Team honors after impressing the Scouts at the U.S. Army Junior Combine that was held in San Antonio in early January.

Brewster wanted to acknowledge all of the schools and coaches that had been recruiting him up to this point, as he is grateful for all of the relationships he has been able to make throughout the entire recruiting process.

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