There's good news and bad news for Buckeye fans regarding Brian Brohm.
The all-everything quarterback from Trinity (Ky.) High School says that Ohio State is definitely in the running for his services, but that the Buckeyes are not currently among his leaders.
"It's early, but right now my top five or six probably are: Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Georgia and Miami," Brohm said. "But I like Ohio State too. I am definitely looking at Ohio State."
Brohm, widely considered the No. 1 quarterback in the nation, had a monster junior season in 2002. He completed 226 of 335 passes for 3,777 yards, 47 touchdowns and just one interception. Trinity won its second consecutive state championship and in the title game (a 59-56 victory over Louisville Male) Brohm stole the show with a 19 of 25, 552-yard, seven TD performance.
As a sophomore, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Brohm completed 174 of 273 passes for 3,082 yards, 39 TDs and five INTs.
Truth be told, every year there are many high school quarterbacks around the country that put up big passing yards with a lot of touchdowns. But there aren't many that throw 47 TDs with just one pick. That is simply unheard of.
Brohm, who is surprisingly humble for someone who's already donned the cover of Sports Illustrated, credits his coaches and teammates for that ridiculous 47-1 ratio.
"It's all because of our offensive design and the players around me," Brohm said. "We have a lot of check downs and there is someone open every play. I just have to execute."
Brohm's high school coach explained Trinity's pro-style offense in greater detail.
"It's a multiple formation, multiple personnel attack," Bob Beatty said. "We do a lot of different things and you have to have a special kind of quarterback to run it as successfully as we have the last two years. We involve a lot of kids. It is not uncommon for us to use 35, or 37 different formations by halftime. Five wide, four wide, three wides-two backs, double tight-one back, no backs, you name it."
Brohm has not visited Ohio State's campus and has not spoken with any of OSU's coaches face-to-face, or over the phone (he has just received letters from OSU).
Ohio State quarterbacks/wide receivers coach Joe Daniels visited Trinity last September to get a close look at Brohm, but no recruiting inroads were made.
Due to one of Beatty's team rules, Daniels was not permitted to speak with Brohm or Beatty since it was game-day.
"That's just one of our rules," Beatty said. "The day of the game, our players should be concerned with Trinity, not where they're going to be going to college. But I'm sure Brian will have a chance to speak with Ohio State's coaches in the near future. I know he's interested in them."
Brohm has spoken with several of the schools that are recruiting him and hopes to speak with Ohio State soon.
"I haven't talked with them yet, but it's still early in the game. Some schools have made contact with me, but a lot haven't," Brohm said.
It seems like the schools that have are further along in the recruitment of Brohm. Any chance that the Buckeyes are losing ground since they have yet to speak with him personally?
"No, I don't think so at all. They definitely have a chance if they want me," Brohm said.
Brohm said he watched Ohio State's 31-24 double-overtime victory over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl and came away impressed.
"It was a great game. I wasn't really pulling for anyone, but it was a great game to watch. Ohio State opened some eyes that night," Brohm said.
Fans should not expect Brohm to make an early verbal commitment, but he does not want to wait too long to make his decision.
"I won't decide real early, but I'm not sure if I want to wait all the way to signing day. I'd like to think I'll know before that," Brohm said.
The strong-armed quarterback has football in his bloodstream. His father Oscar and two brothers - Greg and Jeff - played football at Louisville. Jeff Brohm went on to have a six-year career in the NFL as a quarterback.
Ironically, Brian Brohm did not begin his gridiron career as a quarterback. He played offensive line in middle school.
"Yeah, they played me at tackle in seventh and eighth grade," he said. "I was pretty big for my age, I weighed 165-pounds, but I knew I'd play quarterback in high school."
Beatty took the job at Trinity when Brohm was entering his freshman year. The coach was tempted to start him on the varsity right away, but decided to bring him along slowly.
"I knew that Brian was a special talent and was eventually going to be our quarterback, but we kept him on the freshman level that first year," Beatty said. "I think that was good for him. He wasn't rushed into things and exploded the next year."
Brohm said it was sometime during that sophomore year when he knew that college football - and maybe the NFL - was in his future.
"Yeah, that is when it hit me that I might have a career in football. I've always loved the sport, but it probably wasn't until my sophomore year that I really starting thinking about it in those terms," Brohm said.
Brohm is going to take things easy this summer. The only camp he is going to is a 7-on-7 camp with some of his Trinity teammates.
"I won't be going to Ohio State's camp, but I'm planning on going up there for an official, or unofficial visit sometime this year," Brohm said.
Keep your fingers crossed Buckeye fans.