Floyd To Check Out Ohio State

When Ohio State hosts Minnesota on Saturday for Homecoming, it will also be playing host to one of the nation's top prospects. Five-star defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd will be making an official visit to check out the Buckeyes this weekend, and BuckeyeSports.com has the latest on the eve of his trip.

Ohio State will host five-star defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd on an official visit this weekend, his head coach confirmed.

Ron Cohen told BuckeyeSports.com that the 6-2, 311-pound athlete from Philadelphia (Pa.) George Washington will make his third official visit of the season when he watches the Buckeyes host Minnesota.

"We've been talking and Ohio State is certainly a good football program and he decided he would like to go up there and look at it," the head coach told BuckeyeSports.com.

Floyd was initially planning on officially visiting South Carolina this weekend, Cohen said, but decided to see OSU instead because he has already taken two unofficial visits to see the Gamecocks.

The Buckeyes have been involved with Floyd for some time, Cohen said, but their interest in him has picked up in recent weeks. As of now, OSU is in Floyd's top five, Cohen said. He also holds offers from Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Penn State, USC and Michigan, among others. In all, Cohen estimated Floyd's offer list at around 60.

While on the trip to Columbus, Cohen said Floyd will be looking at a few key factors.

"First, the feel of a family," the coach said. "That's important to him because we preach that here at Washington. He's used to that. Certainly the classrooms. Education is the most important thing. Then when it comes down to football, the coaching and the defensive line coach is very important, what type of technique they teach and where they look at him playing."

Scout ranks Floyd as the No. 4 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 37 prospect overall. The Buckeyes have verbal commitments from two 2010 defensive ends in Darryl Baldwin and J.T. Moore and have a need at tackle.

As Cohen pointed out, however, that hardly separates them from the rest of the country.

"You've got to remember it's a selling tool for all of them," he said. "Everybody needs defensive tackles. I'm used to that. I've been around a long time."

He plans to announce his college choice while playing in the U.S. Army All-American game set for Jan. 9, 2010, although Cohen said those plans could always change.

"That's his goal right now, but being a young man he can change at any time," he said.

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