Sweat Nearing Decision?

In the aftermath of an unofficial visit to Columbus to take in Ohio State's spring game April 21, the Washington (Pa.) Trinity linebacker said that he pretty much knew where he was headed. Then this past week, rumors have swirled that Sweat was set to announce a final decision today.

Now it appears that coaches attempting to lure Sweat to commit to their program will have at least one more person to impress -- his mother.

"My mom, who hasn't been on any of the trips that I've taken, I'm going to spend the next couple of weeks taking her to different colleges and stuff," Sweat said. "She's a motherly type. She's a protective mom and I think she'll know who's BSing me and who isn't and just to look to see where she thinks I can be. I mean, she's my mom. She knows me better than anyone else, as well as my dad.

"My dad's been on a lot of the trips but she really hasn't. I guess (this is) just to see what she thinks about the colleges."

Sweat has visited OSU and Penn State more than a half-dozen times each – although he has visited Pitt the most because of its proximity to his home – but he will be taking another trip to Columbus very soon.

Tomorrow, actually. Sweat sent a text message to OSU linebackers coach Luke Fickell and spoke with quarterbacks coach Joe Daniels Thursday to set up a trip back to Columbus so his mother could see the school.

"I just texted Coach Fickell and was like, ‘Hey, can I bring my mom up?' and he's like, ‘Oh, sure,' " Sweat said. "I guess they set up a couple of things for my mom to see and all that.

"(Then Coach Daniels) just wanted to confirm that I was coming up and wanted to know what I wanted my mom to see and everything, so I guess they've got a day planned out."

Sweat has been visited twice this month by OSU head coach Jim Tressel, and the most recent visit by a Buckeye coach was when Fickell visited him a week or two ago, Sweat said. The linebackers coach stuck around and watched Sweat's afternoon baseball game. On Thursday night, Sweat fielded phone calls from Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis and Florida head coach Urban Meyer.

As a junior, Sweat had 165 tackles – 13 for loss – and 4 sacks and 2 interceptions. He was named first-team Class AAA all-state by The Associated Press for his efforts, and Scout.com lists him as a four-star prospect.

After he checks out OSU on Saturday, Sweat said he plans to sit down with his parents that night to more firmly discuss what he should get out of a college. He will have another meeting with his coach and parents in a week or two when coaches stop making visits to his school, then he will announce a decision sometime in June.

Sweat declined to list his top schools, but added that new offers from North Carolina State and Stanford intrigued him because of their academic programs. The 6-3, 230-pound linebacker plans to major in business and finance, then go into law school "so I can take over my dad's law firm," he said.

He is being recruited by some of the Buckeyes' high-profile verbal commitments for 2008 including J.B. Shugarts, who leaves him frequent messages on his MySpace page, and Michael Brewster.

"They obviously want me at Ohio State, but I think they know what's best for me is best for me," Sweat said. "They're pressing Ohio State, but if I don't pick Ohio State we'll still be good buds. They want what's best for me."

So is he still carrying over the idea from a few weeks ago that he might already know where he wants to go?

"There's still schools that are out ahead of everyone and I think that could be true, but there's a lot of schools that have just come in and offered recently that I want to go check out," he said. "I guess I'm just wanting to be 100 percent sure with my decision before I announce it."

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