Tomlinson Talks Buckeyes, Summer Visits

The Ohio State coaching staff extended a flurry of scholarship offers during the month of May, and one of them found its way to Laken Tomlinson. Find out the Windy City native's thoughts on the Buckeyes, where he hopes to visit this summer and what position OSU is recruiting him to play.

On May 29, Ohio State officially entered the running for Laken Tomlinson.

Listed as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, the 6-5, 285 pound athlete from Chicago (Ill.) Lane Technical was at the tail end of enjoying a hectic month of May when a scholarship offer arrived from the Buckeyes.

Now up to somewhere around 20 offers, Tomlinson said the offer from OSU left an impression.

"Oh man, it was crazy," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "It was such an experience. Ohio State is a very good college. I've been talking to them for a few months, and to me they are a wonderful college."

Tomlinson said he had a feeling the offer was coming thanks to his conversations with OSU running backs coach Dick Tressel.

"The coach, he told me there were three other guys in the mix," Tomlinson said. "He said they were talking at great length and that I had a great chance for an offer."

Tressel and Tomlinson talk on a daily basis, Tomlinson said. The same goes for a number of the other schools recruiting him.

The offer from the Buckeyes caught Tomlinson's eye enough to push them up his list, but Tomlinson said he does not have a complete list of top schools just yet.

"There's a lot of colleges, so I don't really have a top or a top five, per se, but Ohio State is definitely high on my radar," he said. "I'm looking at them fairly and judging them fairly just like any other college. I'm keeping my decision humble and I'll judge each college fairly. In a school, I'm looking for a comfortable environment, a place where there is great competition in football and also have a great degree."

Tomlinson, who said he is planning to study pre-med in college, earned all-city and all-conference honors a season ago. This summer, his goal is to build on last year's success.

"I'm definitely working hard in the weight room, coming out every day and keeping a positive attitude," he said. "I come out every day and do my best, stay positive and have a great season and hopefully a championship."

The question is where Tomlinson will play at the next level. Scout ranks him as the No. 66 offensive tackle in the country, but schools are recruiting him to play a few different positions.

"A bunch of schools are recruiting me for wherever, whether it's offensive guard, I think a couple see me as a center and some as defensive tackle," he said. "I play on both sides of the ball. I have no preference for which side of the ball, as long as I play."

The Buckeyes are recruiting him as a defensive tackle, Tomlinson said.

In order to try and come up with a list of top schools, the plan is to try and get out to see as many schools this summer as possible on unofficial visits. The locations of some of those schools remain up for debate.

"Definitely Ohio State," he said of his summer trip plans. "I'm going to have to go down there. There's more schools. I'm heading down to Duke, Purdue, Wisconsin, a lot of schools."

In addition to those four schools, Tomlinson said he holds offers from Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, Michigan State, New Mexico and Arizona, among others.

After a month that saw a number of coaches make their way to his high school, Tomlinson said he is enjoying the relative quiet that has come with the month of June.

"Attention is good, but I can't say I miss the attention," he said. "The attention is nice and everything, but if they want to see me they can see me. If they don't want to, then they don't. If they think I can be a good player on their team, I would appreciate that.

"I really try to keep a positive mind. It's kind of overwhelming, but I have to stay on a positive note. I have to be calm and not let it get to my head."


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