Telfort Still Looking at Ohio State

The Ohio State Buckeyes have been extremely successful lately in recruiting the state of Florida. The Buckeyes are hoping to continue that success by adding Miami Gulliver star Frankie Telfort to the commit list. What are the chances of landing Telfort? Bill Greene has more on this star prospect.

Once again, Ohio State is hoping to add another Florida star to their impressive list of 2009 commitments. Miami Gulliver star linebacker Frankie Telfort is drawing interest, and scholarship offers, from across the country. Telfort has offers from the likes of USC, Florida, Auburn, Tennessee and Florida State, as well as Ohio State and many others.

"Recruiting is going great for me and I have over 30 offers right now," Telfort said. "I get letters every day from all over the country and it seems like a lot of schools are very interested. It's pretty overwhelming to receive all this attention, to be honest with you. To hear from schools like USC, Florida and Ohio State is pretty awesome."

Telfort, 6-0 and 200 pounds, combines great speed [4.41] with a strong ability to get to the football, to become one of the top defensive recruits in the country. He could play either linebacker or safety at the next level.

"I'm not sure where I'll play in college, really," he stated. "It will either be as a strong safety or an outside linebacker. That's what the schools are telling me. I know Florida State is recruiting me as a linebacker. It looks like teams will start me out at one spot and see how it goes. If they need to switch me later, that's what will happen. It doesn't matter to me. I just want to play. I went to the camp in Florida and worked at both spots. I ran a 4.41 at that camp and that is my best time. My strength on the football field is my ability to play the game the right way. My speed and my intelligence on the field work to my advantage. I will study film every day to see what I did wrong and then I try to work on that and not let that happen again. I look at my weaknesses first and try to perfect them."

Telfort isn't ready to narrow his list or name a favorite school, but he did mention a few schools that are recruiting him.

"I have a few unofficial visits set up and that should help clarify things a lot," Telfort admitted. "I'm going next week on a bus tour with (Miami businessman) Brett Goetz that should give me a chance to see a lot of schools in a short period of time. We are going to visit Florida, Florida State, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. I should be able to narrow things down after that. I'm hoping to schedule my five visits later this summer. I want to focus on my season and take my officials after the season ends."

Telfort was supposed to visit Ohio State with Goetz and a contingent of Florida players in April, but he couldn't make it. He still considers Ohio State as a school that's very much in the running for his services.

"Ohio State came and visited my school in the spring," he said. "They were at my school a couple times to see me practice. I got to know coach (Luke) Fickell and coach (Paul) Haynes pretty well. They are good guys and they like the way I play football. The distance would not be a factor for me at all. I know they have a lot of Florida guys on the roster and they're still recruiting some of my friends from down here, like Jaamal Berry. I'm definitely interested in Ohio State and I'm considering taking an official visit in the fall. I wanted to go with the other Florida guys last spring, but I couldn't get that done at the time."

Telfort is also the epitome of the true student-athlete. The academic reputation of a school will certainly effect his decision.

"I want to get into pre-med and major in pharmacy, so a university that has a strong pharmacy school will appeal to me," Telfort said emphatically. "I take my studies very seriously and I always place education first. My parents drilled that into me at an early age and that's just the type of person I am. I'm just looking for the right fit, both from an academic standpoint and from the football point of view. That's why I'm proud of the offers from Stanford and Notre Dame. I also want to know that the head coach will probably be there for my entire four years. I don't want to go to a program and see the coaching staff jump ship and leave me having to deal with a new coaching staff. Stability in a program means a lot to me. I want to announce my decision on ESPN right before signing day. I'm playing in the Under Armour all star game in January and I will make my decision public around that time."

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