Linsley Ready To Get Started

He committed months ago, but National Signing Day gave Corey Linsley the chance to officially become a Buckeye. Speaking with that same day, the offensive lineman talked about the excitement over his future and where he might play at Ohio State.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For Corey Linsley, the dream has become a reality.

At 7:30 a.m. on National Signing Day, Linsley signed his name to his national letter of intent and faxed it to the Ohio State coaching staff. After that, the four-star offensive lineman from Boardman could officially breathe a sigh of relief after issuing his verbal commitment to the Buckeyes in late April.

"It feels great," Linsley told on signing day. "It's like the ultimate relief, finally being officially a Buckeye. I just can't wait until June, get down there in the summer and start working out, start the dream."

Linsley sat in a darkened teacher's break room wearing a Boardman polo shirt. After signing in the morning, his press conference was slated for 12:30 p.m. but he was allowed to miss some extra class time to meet with BSB for an exclusive interview.

As one member of OSU's class of 25, Linsley said he is excited to be a part of what ranks as the nation's top recruiting class.

"It feels a little larger than life, that a group of guys from Ohio and some others, that our group could be the turning point to get Ohio State back to the national championship," he said. "We have the No. 1 recruiting class, and it feels larger than life. It is just great to be a part of something that is bigger than ourselves."

Describing it as a dream come true, Linsley said he knew did not know this group could be something special when he first committed.

"I didn't know it would be ranked or anything like that," he said. "I don't pay attention to that stuff too much, but I knew we had a great group of guys and a lot of good athletes and a lot of good kids in general."

Although he is listed as the nation's No. 8 offensive guard, Linsley could possibly project to the other side of the ball in college. He was primarily recruited by OSU defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Jim Heacock, who is apparently battling with offensive line coach Jim Bollman for the right to have Linsley line up in his position group.

"Bolls said he wants me to play guard because of my height and everything," he said. "They are also talking about defense a little bit. Coach Heacock likes my defense and was talking about when I get down there they'll see how things play out."

Given a choice between the two, Linsley said he has no preference. He said he had a standout season on offense as a junior but then played better on defense as a senior.

His goals for his arrival at OSU are modest: get used to the system and find ways to contribute.

"As a freshman you can't expect to play too much," he said. "Expect yourself to make an impact is what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to show something to the coaches that I'm there to work and I'm there to perform and do my best on either side of the ball and let things play out.

"I just want to play. I think I'm pretty even on either side of the ball."

Next season, Linsley will be joined by fellow Spartan J.T. Moore, who is a verbal member of OSU's class of 2010. When Linsley filled out his paperwork, Moore was there to observe and dream.

"He told me he can't wait until next year," Linsley said. "It's getting him all pumped up and ready to play. He's excited to be a Buckeye and he's taking pictures and everything. He can't wait until next year."

Thankfully for him, Linsley does not have to wait another year before getting that chance. Signing day was the final step needed to make everything official.

"It's like a dream come true," he said. "I love playing football and it's awesome to keep playing the game. I want to keep playing as long as I can."

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