Guiton To Visit, Then Commit

Admitting that his head has been spinning with how quickly things have materialized, three-star Texas quarterback Kenneth Guiton will take an official visit to Ohio State this weekend. Once on campus, the Buckeyes will gain verbal commitment No. 25 for their class of 2009.

Kenneth Guiton was feeling under the weather on Wednesday, so he stayed home from school that day.

But while he was out buying some medicine, he received a miracle cure that had him abruptly changing his plans and headed to his high school of Houston Eisenhower. The Ohio State Buckeyes were on hand to visit him.

"I got a call from a friend that Ohio State was there to see me," Guiton told BuckeyeSports.com. "I thought he was lying. He could've said some smaller schools and I would've believed him. He was like, ‘I knew you weren't going to believe me,' so he let somebody else get on the phone and they swore up and down that they were Ohio State. Then my dad called me and told me that Ohio State was there to see me and I came up.

"I was stunned. I was sick all Wednesday and when I got the call I was out getting something. I had to get up to the school to make sure it was true."

The following afternoon around 4 p.m., Guiton was at basketball practice when his father got a phone call from the OSU coaching staff extending him a scholarship offer. When Guiton got home from practice, he spent the majority of the evening talking to OSU recruiting coordinator John Peterson and football operations assistant Nick Siciliano, who is assisting at the quarterback position.

Later that evening, he then spoke with OSU head coach Jim Tressel for about 10 minutes.

"He was just getting to know me, asking me questions about my favorite teams, who I grew up liking and what my best attributes are," he said. "My favorite school growing up was (Texas), and I told him that and we had to laugh because Ohio State just lost to them in the Fiesta Bowl. Now I have a new favorite."

The 6-2 1/2, 172-pound Guiton then arranged an official visit to Columbus. He will arrive on campus Saturday morning and depart Sunday evening. Although he plans on doing so, Guiton said he has not yet officially accepted the scholarship offer pending his visit.

"I will when I get down there," he said. "I just want to see campus life, see what it's like down there. I know it's Ohio State. I know it's their town. I know they've got a lot of people behind them, a lot of tradition."

Guiton admitted that a certain amount of luck was involved in the process. The Buckeyes have two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster for next season in Terrelle Pryor and Joe Bauserman, but they have been looking to bring in another in this recruiting class. After chasing both Tajh Boyd and then Austin Boucher, the Buckeyes found themselves a few days from signing day with no quarterback in the class.

Then they found Guiton, a three-star athlete as ranked by Scout.com who is pegged as the No. 53 quarterback in the country. Had OSU not intervened, Guiton said he was primarily looking at Prairie View A&M University, Wyoming and the University of Houston.

Now, he is glad for the opportunity to be a Buckeye and take third-string snaps next season behind Pryor and Bauserman.

"I will be playing quarterback and I'm coming in taking third-string snaps," he said. "I'm going to come in and try to get big, get ready for the college level and all the beatings I'm going to have to take. I'll come in with a positive attitude, work hard and try to move up that ladder."

Although he has not committed yet, Guiton said there is nothing that will change his mind about the Buckeyes.

Asked if there was any chance he would get to OSU and change his mind, Guiton said, "No sir, I don't think so. Not at all."

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