"I was offered by Ohio State today," McDougald said. "Ohio State has been in contact with me and today coach [Luke] Fickell stopped by the school. We just said hello briefly and he told my coach to have me give him a call later. They originally wanted me to attend senior camp on June 20th. When I called coach Fickell he told me I needed to call coach [Jim] Tressel today. When I got ahold of coach Tressel he told me they want me to be a Buckeye. He said they were mailing a written offer to me and he was offering me a scholarship. I'm pretty excited about the offer."
McDougald, 6-foot-1 and 190-pounds, has been to a Buckeye practice and also attended a junior day this past winter.
"Coach Tressel said they are recruiting me as a safety," McDougald stated. "I've spoken to coach Tressel twice in the past when I've been to Ohio State. I grew up rooting for the Buckeyes. I remember playing basketball on campus on a Saturday when Ohio State played Penn State. Ted Ginn returned a punt for a touchdown and the stadium just went crazy. I remember saying right then that one day I would be a Buckeye. Now I have that chance."
McDougald, also a runningback in high school, has quietly put together an impressive scholarship list.
"I have offers from Louisville, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Iowa, Boston College, Kansas, Cincinnati and a few others," he admitted. "The Ohio State offer is great. It's one of the top schools in the country. I'm not ready to name a favorite list or anything, but this offer sure puts a lot of pressure on me now. They didn't give me any time pressure or anything. I might wait and take a few visits this fall. I'm not sure right now. I just want to make sure I'm making the right decision. I know Jake Stoneburner and Mike Adams real well. I have a lot to think about right now."