Floyd To Trim List

The Buckeyes already have a handful of verbal commitments at the wideout position, but they remain high on the list for Minnesota WR Michael Floyd. Find out when he plans to trim his list and how his summer has gone.

Apparently, the fact that Michael Floyd had to take part in a basketball tournament this weekend even took him by surprise.

After having planned to take in the University of Florida this past weekend for an unofficial visit, the wide receiver out of St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall had to scuttle those plans to take part in the tournament. As it turns out, the tournament did not even take place during the dates he had originally thought.

It runs from Sunday through Thursday, not Friday through Sunday as he originally thought.

The fact that he is playing in a basketball tournament rather than going on an unofficial football visit is a reflection as to where his focus is right now: Namely, not on the recruiting process.

"(I'm) just kind of taking it easy right now," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I'm not really worried about it right now. I'm just trying to kind of move it aside right now and just focus on the team and not have everything just focused on me."

But as a 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver who boasts offers from the likes of Ohio State, Florida and Michigan, that is not an easy task. As the season progresses, Floyd said he understands he will receive more and more pressure the longer his recruitment plays out.

To counter that, he said he plans to become more selective with who he speaks to about his recruitment.

Before he gets there, though, Floyd has to figure out which schools will make the final cut. When he returns from his basketball tournament, Floyd said he will sit down with his parents and start coming up with a final list of teams.

One school likely to feature on that list is OSU.

"I really like them," he said. "I like their class that's coming in right now. They seem like real cool guys."

Floyd said he receives frequent text messages from Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater offensive lineman Michael Brewster and Cincinnati LaSalle wideout DeVier Posey. While he could not specifically remember the last time he had contact with the OSU coaching staff – "They text and stuff like that," he said – Floyd said he had heard from both Brewster and Posey on Sunday.

"They're just kind of laid-back guys, kind of like, ‘What's up? What's going on?' Stuff like that," he said. "They're not trying to force anything."

The fact that the duo remains in contact with Floyd is helping the Buckeyes' cause, he said.

"Yeah, I think being comfortable where I am is definitely the most important thing," he said. "Having good people around is actually a good thing, that's how I look at it."

While he is playing basketball right now, Floyd said the sport will also help him get ready for his senior season – but football remains his primary love.

"(Basketball) helps me with my quickness, I think, and my endurance because I stay in the game for a long time," he said. "Just being able to practice and stuff like that, that's good."

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