Schofner Takes In OSU Game

Ohio State hosted a number of recruits from across the country for the USC game during the weekend, and Skyler Schofner was one of them. Find out the latest on the relationship between the Buckeyes and the four-star offensive tackle in this update.

In the on-again, off-again relationship between Ohio State and Skyler Schofner, the weekend initially appeared to be a positive one. The Buckeyes have shown some interest in the four-star offensive tackle from Sunbury (Ohio) Big Walnut but have not extended a scholarship offer.

After no contact for some time, the OSU coaches got in touch with the 6-6, 281-pound Schofner during the week prior to the USC game and invited him to take in the game as a recruit.

Needless to say, Schofner said he was surprised by the invitation – and a little confused.

"You know what? Ohio State is weird," he said. "They like to do their own thing. They will be on you for a while all hard and heavy and then they just drop you. It's like they talk to me, then it will be quiet for a while, then they'll start talking to me again.

"I was really excited to get to go to the game yesterday, but I'm not going to get my hopes up. They like to talk to me and then quit talking to me so I never know what to expect from them."

The Buckeyes first entered the picture for Schofner during the month of May but then communication quickly dwindled between the two parties.

Schofner said he has not expressed that feeling of frustration to the OSU coaches.

"If they don't want me, that's their loss, I guess," he said. "I know how I play, I know how I feel about things. Yeah, I've grown up a Buckeye fan my whole live but whatever happens, happens."

Schofner was one of a few dozen recruits on hand for the USC game. He spent time catching up with five-star offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson, the nation's No. 1 overall prospect.

"We know each other from camp," he said. "I'm sure he has a lot of stress. He told me he narrowed it down. He's just taking his trips and then he's done."

While he was impressed by the environment in Ohio Stadium, it appears there is not much chance that he will end up playing college football for the Buckeyes. That does not mean Schofner does not have many options, however.

Among the 22 scholarship offers Schofner holds, he lists Wisconsin, Kentucky, Cincinnati, North Carolina, South Carolina, Purdue and West Virginia among his favorites. All have offered, and he is looking to take trips to see the Badgers, Wildcats and Bearcats as well as a few others.

Once he takes a few visits, Schofner said he might be able to start thinking about making a final decision.

"At this point right now I haven't seen enough for me to make a decision," he said. "Here soon I'm going to a few other places and checking some places out and take time from there to see what happens." ranks Schofner as the No. 35 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 44 prospect in Ohio according to its preseason rankings.

Should an OSU offer eventually arrive, the timing could be key.

"If I was to get offered and I was committed somewhere else, I'd probably say, ‘Sorry, you had your chance. I committed myself to somewhere else and I'm not going to drop that offer because Ohio State just offered me now,' " Schofner said. "I'm going to do whatever makes me happy. Whatever happens, hopefully it's the right thing. I'm excited to see what happens."

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