There is a Storm Brewing

Licking Valley [Ohio] sophomore Storm Klein has already established himself as one of the top prospects in the class of 2009. Klein has been on the Ohio State radar for over a year and it appears that recruiters from across the country have caught on. He was a regular at most Ohio State home games last season. Is Ohio State in the drivers seat to land this fine athlete?

Looking for an early look at the top prospects in the sophomore class in Ohio? Look no further than Newark Licking Valley's Storm Klein. Klein burst onto the scene by rushing for over 1,200 yards as a freshman. He followed that up by rushing for over 1,800 yards and scored 28 touchdowns during his sophomore campaign. Now the 6' 3" 215 pound Klein has reached the radar of recruiters across the country.

"It's really starting to pick up," Klein reported. "I'm hearing from Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Penn State, Florida and Ohio State."

Klein was a regular visitor at most Ohio State home games this past season, as well as the spring game, and it's no secret the Buckeyes are exploiting their home court advantage.

"I had a great time at the spring game," he said. "I talked with coach [Jim] Tressel and that was great. He asked how things were going and how I'm doing in school. They invited me to every home game last year and I went to every game but one. I love Ohio State because of their tradition. My whole family loves the Buckeyes and that's all I remember since I was a little kid. I'm kind of getting used to going there but it's still nice though."

The Buckeye staff has continued to show interest even though they are heavily involved with high school juniors at this time.

"They stay in touch pretty regularly," Klein said of the Ohio State staff. "At the spring game coach [Greg] Gillum asked me if I was coming to camp again. I've been there the past two summers. Coach [Jim] Bollman and coach [Jim] Heacock said they will be stopping by the school sometime soon."

Klein has not made a firm decision on his summer schedule as of yet, but is considering many different options.

"I'm really not sure about my summer schedule right now," Klein noted. "I might be going on the Ted Ginn bus tour. I also might go on some one-day trips to Florida, Michigan and Ohio State. I'm interested in a lot of schools right now. I would say Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Texas and USC are high on my list right now."

Klein stars at Licking Valley on both sides of the football and he's not sure which position he'll play in college. He is a standout linebacker as well as a bruising tailback.

"I'd probably say I'd be a linebacker in college but that's still a long way away," Klein revealed. "Wherever I could help out my team and contribute is what I want. Coach Heacock told me at the Michigan game that the coaches were trying to decide where to play me. He said he wants me at linebacker but it's too soon to tell."

Klein has followed the Buckeyes recruiting efforts in 2007 and is impressed with the commitments they've landed so far. He has socialized with many of the Buckeye recruits at the Ohio State home games.

"I've seen Mike Adams and those guys around a lot," Klein explained. "It would be cool to play with them because we're all Ohio guys. I talk with both Devon and DeVoe Torrence on line. Devon said he's hopeful we can all play together at Ohio State some day. I have to say that Ohio State is feeling more and more like home with every visit."

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