Klein Next In Line?

The Buckeyes have one verbal commitment for their class of 2009, but they might not be far from a second. After a big victory Friday night, find out what Klein had to say about his interest in the Buckeyes and when he might get around to issuing a verbal commitment of his own.

The Buckeyes have one verbal commitment for their class of 2009, but it might only be a matter of time until they get their second.

With Louisville (Ky.) Trinity linebacker Jordan Whiting, a 6-1, 227-pound prospect, already in the fold, the pressure appears to be on for Whiting's friend, Storm Klein.

A 6-3, 220-pound product of Newark (Ohio) Licking Valley who has long been viewed as an OSU lean, Klein seems to know where he wants to go to college.

"Me and Jordan, I met him at an Ohio State camp," Klein told BuckeyeSports.com. "Ever since then, he's come over, he's stayed the night a couple of times. He's a cool kid. We've been talking.

"He talks to me about (committing) all the time. He's like, ‘When you doing it?' I just tell him to relax, because I'm coming."

Klein has not yet verbaled to the OSU coaching staff, nor does he have an immediate timetable to do so. For now, his focus is on his junior season.

In the Panthers' third game of the season, Klein made his presence felt both on offense and on defense. As a tailback, he carried the ball 11 times for 66 yards and 1 touchdown. On defense, Klein lined up as a middle linebacker in Licking Valley's 3-4 defense and recorded 4.5 tackles and batted down one pass while spending most of his time in pass coverage.

He took part in every play of the first half and was not taken out of the game for any reason until midway through the third quarter when the game was well in hand. Late in the game, Klein even punted once for 34 yards.

When asked if there were any other positions he could play, Klein said, "I'd like to play quarterback. I'll bet I could play quarterback if coach put me in there."

Still, Klein said he has no preference as to where he would like to play. The OSU coaching staff, in return, is trying to solve the same issue.

"They go back and forth with that," he said. "(Running backs) coach Doc (Tressel), he wants me to play running back. Fickell obviously wants me to be a linebacker and Coach Heacock, they go back and forth just laughing.

"I'd be the placekicker for them if they'd want me to."

With that, Klein reiterated the fact that it does not appear to be a question of if he will commit to the Buckeyes, but rather when.

"It's just a matter of time before I do it," he said. "I could do it 10 minutes or I could do it in 10 weeks. Coach is big on me focusing on the season, and I'm trying to just stay focused on that and kind of weigh it out and see how it goes."

"I'm just kind of taking my time and letting it develop and talking things over with my family. All of us have been Buckeye fans. I guess it's just a matter of time before I do it."

Klein has one other offer from the University of Akron, but said Notre Dame and Penn State have been in touch as well.


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