Buckeyes Check In On 2010 OL Prospect

Two high-profile members of the Ohio State coaching made an early December swing through the northwest corner of the state. One of their stops was at Whitehouse Anthony Wayne to get information on offensive lineman Andrew Donnal. Find out how the trip went and what the Buckeyes are saying about Donnal in this update.

In 12 years spent as a head coach at Whitehouse (Ohio) Anthony Wayne, Craig Smith had never experienced a day like Dec. 3.

On that date, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel and his brother and assistant coach Dick stopped in and made an appearance at the home of the Generals. The purpose of the visit was to check on 2010 offensive line prospect Andrew Donnal, but the visit created a buzz throughout the school.

"We've got a punter right now at Maryland and we've had some other Mid-American Conference schools take players, but this is the first one we've had Coach Tressel come and show some interest in," Smith told BuckeyeSports.com. "It's our first player at Ohio State's level."

The Tressel brothers stopped by as part of a swing through northwest Ohio that saw them visit Division II state champs Sylvania Southview as well as Toledo schools Rogers, St. John's and Central Catholic.

Although Smith said he knew the visit was coming, the same could not be said for the Anthony Wayne student body at large.

"We kind of kept it quiet, and then once he got here word traveled quick," he said. "Word got out quick that he was here, and he could not have been classier or nicer to everyone. He was mostly just with us getting information and there were a lot of people coming up and saying hi to him. It was just a quick visit is all it was."

While there, the Tressel brothers picked up film on Donnal, who played both left tackle and tight end for the Generals this season. A 6-7, 260-pound prospect, Donnal was timed at 4.91 seconds in the 40-yard dash while at an OSU camp last summer.

Also a member of his school's basketball and track and field teams, Donnal possesses the frame to continue growing.

"He'll keep growing and filling out," Smith said. "He's a really good prospect. He's a very, very athletic offensive lineman, which they like a lot."

He remained on OSU's radar throughout his junior season, taking trips to Columbus to see the Buckeyes host both Minnesota and Penn State.

"He was really excited to go down there," Smith said. "He's a life-long Buckeye fan, so it was a great experience for him. He came back and was really excited about his visit to Columbus and watching the game and being around that kind of environment."

Donnal currently holds three scholarship offers, but the Buckeyes are not among them.

"Iowa, Stanford and Maryland have all offered," Smith said. "They're all coming around. I would expect this to continue this winter with more and more interest with different schools and so forth."

Whether the Buckeyes will eventually extend a scholarship offer remains to be seen.

"Right now he's on their recruiting radar for an offensive lineman," Smith said. "They just came by and got some film and introduced themselves to me. We'll see what they think of him when they start evaluating him and so forth."

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