Emilien Updates OSU/U-M Visit Status

The on-again, off-again recruiting saga involving Ohio State and Florida safety Vlad Emilien has taken another twist with the prospect informing BuckeyeSports.com's Bill Greene whether or not he will visit for the school's game Nov. 22 with Michigan. Read on for his decision and the rationale.

At least one possible visitor for Ohio State's Nov. 22 rivalry game with Michigan now has ruled himself out.

Vlad Emilien, a three-star safety from Plantation, Fla., told BuckeyeSports.com's Bill Greene via text message Monday that he will not be in Columbus for the game and will not visit before making his decision.

"I was thinking about what Coach (Paul) Haynes said to me," Emilien said. "He was like the same people and facilities are here, so I thought then I have enough information."

Haynes is Ohio State's safeties coach and one of OSU's Florida recruiters. He visited Emilien at his high school recently.

Emilien is the nation's No. 40 safety recruit. The 6-1, 190-pounder has narrowed down his list to Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Stanford.

He visited Wisconsin and Michigan earlier this football season and has a visit planned for Stanford. He previously saw Ohio State during an unofficial visit the weekend of the Buckeyes' spring game in April.

Emilien, who is rehabbing from a knee injury suffered during the summer, plans to make an announcement at a press conference on his birthday Nov. 25, three days after the OSU-Michigan clash.

The Buckeyes already have commitments from six defensive backs from the class of 2009 in cornerbacks C.J. Barnett, Corey Brown, Justin Green, and Dominic Clarke and safeties Jamie Wood and Bradley McDougald. Wood a four-star prospect and the No. 9 safety in the country while McDougald is a three-star recruit and the No. 45 safety.


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