Guiton Looking To Make His Mark

Few Ohio State fans had heard the name Kenneth Guiton until suddenly the Buckeyes had issued him a scholarship offer. Now a little more than a week away from joining the Buckeyes for the summer, Guiton reflects on the circumstances that led him to Columbus.

Kenneth Guiton feels like the luckiest member of Ohio State's class of 2010. There are good reasons for this.

After throwing for 1,846 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior at Houston Eisenhower, the three-star quarterback prospect realized that he had put himself in a tough position. Guiton had waited too long to pick a college, and as a result the likes of Kansas, Iowa State, Rice and Houston no longer had scholarship offers out to him.

Then suddenly, in the final week before National Signing Day, Ohio State came calling. Now Guiton finds himself a little more than a week away from starting his college career as a Buckeye.

"It feels like I'm finally here now," he told "I'm going to be where I always dreamed of being. It just feels different, like I'm not supposed to be here but I was blessed to be to this spot."

Guiton moves in June 20 but is unsure of who he will be rooming with. High school ended during the first week of June, and the time in between has been filled with weight lifting and last-minute preparations for the start of his college career.

The fact that he is a part of the class at all owes some debt to Tajh Boyd, a five-star quarterback from Virginia who selected Clemson over the Buckeyes and others on Jan. 27. Still desiring a quarterback for its class, the OSU coaches quickly scrambled to find someone who fit their criteria and was not already off the board. In addition, Ohio product Austin Boucher spurned OSU's advances, instead sticking with his commitment to Miami (Ohio).

Boyd's name then quickly rose to the top of their list, and what followed was a whirlwind week that saw Boyd land an OSU scholarship offer, take an official visit to campus and then issue a verbal commitment just three days before signing day.

On signing day, assistant quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano said Guiton had been on OSU's radar for some time, although quarterbacks coach Joe Daniels admitted that the approach of the coaching staff helped back the Buckeyes into a corner.

It all adds up to a player that the coaches spoke about while using terms such as "upside" and "potential."

"Being the last one picked up, I feel that I've got something to prove and show that I can play on this level and show that I wasn't just picked up because no one else committed," Guiton said.

Marlon Taplin needs no convincing of Guiton's abilities. The former offensive coordinator at Eisenhower worked with Guiton for the first three years of his prep career before taking the head coaching job across town at Booker T. Washington.

"He manages the game," Taplin said. "I can compare him to Kobe Bryant. You don't have to do much coaching when you've got a kid like Kenny Guiton out there. I missed Kenny this past year. When I was there with Kenny and I got to the school at 6 o'clock, he was there at 5:45 watching film, breaking down film. He knew the offensive scheme, what the defenses were trying to do.

"I can safely say I don't know if I'm going to be able to ever coach another kid like that in my lifetime."

When he arrives on campus, Guiton will immediately assume the role of third-string quarterback behind starter Terrelle Pryor and backup Joe Bauserman. He has asked for the No. 4 but said he has been told he will likely wind up donning No. 13.

In addition to getting to know his teammates as quickly as possible, Guiton said he is hoping to make a different sooner rather than later.

"I'm going into the season thinking I can make a difference," he said. "I really want to make a difference on the field. No one wants to sit back and watch. I know Terrelle Pryor is the starter and I know I have to wait my turn, but for now I'm working just as hard as anyone else to get on the field."

The Buckeyes have not discussed the option of playing at any position other than quarterback with him, Guiton said. He describes himself as more of a drop-back passer than a scrambler.

Now, his hope is to make good on a situation Guiton said he feels blessed to be a part of.

"After a while, people say God always comes through for people who are good and I feel like I have a good personality," he said. "I'm never rude to people and I feel like God really came through for me and came through in a big way. That was the biggest offer that I had and I feel like God really blessed me.

"I think I deserved it, and I'll never forget how this process went and how much I loved it."

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