Prior Left It On The Field In Columbus

One hot name on the lips of many after Ohio State's camp Friday was that of offensive tackle John Prior of Portsmouth, Ohio. The prospect turned in good showing, but what did the coaches tell him about a possible offer? BuckeyeSports.com has the latest from Prior.

By all accounts, Portsmouth, Ohio, offensive tackle John Prior was one of the most impressive players at the Ohio State senior advanced camp Friday afternoon.

So it wasn't much of a surprise that when reached for comment Friday night after the drive back down to the Ohio River city that Prior was satisfied with the day of work he had put in during his time in the Buckeye State's capital.

"In my opinion I think it went pretty good," Prior said. "I think I impressed a lot of people. I wanted to go up there and be pretty flush on fundamentals and running and stuff like that. I didn't want to seem like I was out of shape and stuff like that, and I was able to go up there and do that.

"I was pleased. I was pretty impressed with myself. I left it all out there."

Whether or not that effort will be enough for the unrated prospect to receive a coveted offer from the Buckeyes remains to be seen. To that end, Prior said that he was the subject of kind words from offensive line coach Jim Bollman.

"They said I did pretty good," he said. "I'm one of those guys that likes to know how I did, so I definitely asked him and he told me I did pretty good and impressed a lot of coaches."

When it comes to offensive linemen, Ohio State already has verbal commitments from four-star prospects in Corey Linsley of Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman and Jack Mewhort from Toledo St. John's. In addition, OSU will welcome in Michigan transfer Justin Boren in time for the 2009 season.

The Buckeyes also have extended offers to five-star offensive line prospects Chris Watt of Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West and Marcus Hall of Cleveland Glenville.

In a class rapidly filling up, Prior figures to be right along the border of receiving an offer or not, but he expects to know in a short period of time.

"They said that they have a big meeting tomorrow and they're going to go and evaluate the people that they were impressed with and kind of see where they're sitting at, and then they'll get back to me," Prior said. "They said that if not tomorrow then the next day at the latest."

Prior also took the time to converse with some of his fellow class of 2009 prospects, including linemen Hall and Ryan Spiker of Dresden Tri-Valley.

"I talked to a lot of the big names that have been running around on the Internet and stuff like that," he said. "I was in the group most of the day so all of us got along and talked."

The 6-6, 280-pounder boasts 13 offers, a group that includes Florida State, West Virginia, Indiana and Louisville among others, and expects to visit Florida State in about two weeks.


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