Is OSU Still Recruiting Schofner?

During the month of May, offensive lineman Skyler Schofner was one of the hottest under-the-radar names in Ohio State recruiting. Now with the calendar inching toward August, find out where Schofner stands with the Buckeye coaching staff and what schools he continues to hear from.

It was the middle of May, and Skyler Schofner was suddenly receiving lots of interest from the Ohio State coaching staff.

Now the phone is still ringing two months later for Schofner, but it has not been the Buckeyes on the other side of the line for some time. The offensive tackle prospect from Johnstown (Ohio) Monroe said interest from the Buckeyes has been nearly nonexistent in the past month.

"To tell you the truth, I haven't really talked to them at all," Schofner told "I really don't know what's going to happen. I can't tell you anything because I don't know anything."

Schofner said he last spoke to OSU offensive coordinator and line coach Jim Bollman in June. The conversation centered on whether or not the 6-6, 281-pound Schofner would be attending an OSU camp during the month.

"He said he'd like to see me for camp, and at that time I thought I was going to be able to go but when the time came around I wasn't able to go," Schofner said. "I think I had some family stuff going on, to tell you the truth. I honestly can't remember."

Camp season is often when in-state prospects can earn offers from the Buckeyes by putting on a good performance. Schofner said he is no stranger to the school's camps, pointing out that this is the first one he has missed since he was in seventh grade. As a result, he said he feels a camp appearance this year in itself would not have led to a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.

With OSU's interest in him waning, Schofner said he is disappointed by the situation.

"Yeah, I guess you could say that but there's nothing I can do about that," he said. "Don't get your hopes up. If that doesn't go your way, there's always something else to fall back on."

The waning interest from the Buckeyes has been offset somewhat by a few other schools who are recruiting Schofner with talk of potential offers in the future.

"People who haven't offered that have been talking to me are Colorado, UCLA and West Virginia."

In all, Schofner said he's up to 21 scholarship offers. Asked if he is still hoping for an offer from the Buckeyes, Schofner said, "Yeah, I'm still hoping they will. If they offered, they'd be up there at my top."

Schofner said he does not have a list of top schools. He plans to take visits this fall, but not before then.

Although unranked nationally, Schofner is pegged as the No. 44 prospect in Ohio by This will be his first season at Monroe after having previously played at Washington Court House.

"I'm really excited about this season," he said. "It's a great program and I can tell we're going to have one hell of a team this year. They are a bunch of great competitors and kids. I'm excited about the season."

Despite his situation with the Buckeyes, Schofner said he is still excited by the possibilities at hand when it comes to recruiting.

"I'm very thankful right now for everything I have," he said. "It's a great time in my life and I'm enjoying every minute of it."

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