A Scarlet And Gray Weekend

Notre Dame is still a slight leader for five-star wide receiver Michael Floyd, but the Buckeyes will have two chances to make up some ground this weekend. Get the latest on Floyd and his recruitment process here on BuckeyeSports.com.

The next two days could have a distinct scarlet and gray tint for Michael Floyd.

The five-star wide receiver prospect from St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall has listed the Buckeyes as one of his top schools for some time now. While Notre Dame continues to hold a slight lead for his services, Ohio State will have two separate cracks at him this weekend.

First, OSU wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell will be in attendance for his school's game Friday night. Then, Saturday night, Floyd will be taking an unofficial visit to Minnesota – also one of his top schools – to see the Golden Gophers host the Buckeyes in a prime-time matchup.

"I'm kind of excited about that," Floyd told BuckeyeSports.com of Hazell's visit.

However, the 6-3, 200-pound prospect said he does not change his approach when he knows someone is in the crowd to see him.

"I feel when people say somebody's in the crowd, a coach or something is in the crowd, they get their minds up and they mess up," he said. "I don't really worry about who's in the crowd. If I make a mistake, I'm going to go back out there on the next series and I'm going to try the same thing. I'm going to go out there and I'm not going to worry about whether he sees me or anything like that.

"They already know what I'm capable of doing."

Floyd, who keeps in touch with either Hazell or OSU running backs coach Dick Tressel each week, has a handful of official visits set up. He will be at Notre Dame Oct. 20, but he might have a date in mind for an official visit to Columbus.

"Maybe Nov. 2 for Ohio State's Wisconsin game, but I don't know yet," he said.

In addition to Notre Dame and OSU, Floyd said he will likely take official visits to Florida and Minnesota when his season ends.

When on an official visit, Floyd is hoping to "just get more information about the school and see how I feel there and stuff like that."

The recruiting process has largely taken a back seat for Floyd, however, as he focuses on his team. Entering Friday night's game, Cretin-Derham is 4-0.

But as he tries to pick out a school, Floyd said he remains indebted to his teammates for helping him to get this far.

"In Minnesota I tell people I don't want to talk about just myself because it's not about myself, it's about the team," he said. "I wouldn't be in the position that I am right now without my team.

"I never knew it would get to the point that it is. I'm worried about playing football; I'm not really worried about other stuff. It's one of my biggest decisions to this point of my life right now. Thinking about college, it's really important to me. I take it seriously at some times but I try to relax."


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