It was mid-March before Posey's senior season at Cincinnati LaSalle, and the five-star wide receiver prospect had just taken an unofficial visit to check out the Buckeyes. While on campus, he mingled with fellow recruits Michael Brewster and Jacob Stoneburner and decided that he would issue a commitment to the program.
The decision came while on the drive home, and Posey asked his mother to pull over at the Jeffersonville exit for some impromptu outlet shopping.
"We were right at the exit and I was like, ‘Mom, pull over. I've got to go to the Nike outlet,' " Posey, now preparing for his junior season, said Tuesday. "She was like, ‘Why? You're not getting anything.' I was like, ‘You're not going to buy me a hat for me committing?'
"Then we sat down in the car outside the mall for a while and we talked. I said I wanted to call Coach Tressel and let him know I wanted to be a Buckeye. "
Last season, Posey became OSU's No. 1 receiver as a sophomore and led the team with 60 catches for 828 yards and eight touchdowns. He still has the hat he purchased that afternoon, but it no longer fits him.
"It's in my house right now," he said. "It got small. I was like, ‘It was a one size fits all hat,' so I'm a little confused."
Reverse! Thursday's practice saw the defensive backs and wide receivers engage in a little role reversal.
The two position groups frequently go through one-on-one drills, but that day's practice had the positions swap their customary sides of the line of scrimmage. For Devon Torrence, who began his OSU career as a wide receiver before converting to cornerback as a sophomore, it was a return to home.
"I loved that (drill)," he said. "That was so much fun. I wish I could get back over there. I'm waiting for Coach Tress to give me the call to go back over there and play some receiver. It's always fun when you get out there and besides all the attention and focus in practice to have some fun."
Posey enjoyed the drill so much, he successfully lobbied head coach Jim Tressel to let him take part in one final rep.
Torrence came up with a catch against Ricky Crawford, who threw the cornerback to the ground by grabbing his neck during the tackle. Torrence yelled at him to get the ball, to which wideout Taurian Washington replied, "Now you see how we feel!" while another chimed in, "Don't act like you haven't done that a couple times!"
Torrence also got open while being defended by wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher by faking to his left and then cutting to his right. Torrence made the catch, but Sanzenbacher had the final word.
"You always say, ‘Oh, we've got a safety over there," Sanzenbacher said with a laugh.
The main benefit of the drill, cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson said, was to break up the monotony of camp for at least one period.
"It keeps you from falling in the rut of practice, practice, practice," he said. "Those guys have fun with it. I was just making sure they didn't get hurt more than anything. That's something that coach likes to do, just mix it up and keep the spring going."
A Familiar Face – This spring, the Buckeye linebackers are getting some extra advice from a former teammate in Marcus Freeman. After spending five years in Columbus, Freeman bounced around for a year in the NFL before an enlarged heart forced him into early retirement.
Freeman did not stay out of work for long, however, as he has accepted a position as a graduate assistant for OSU. Not only does he provide another voice for players to listen to, but it comes from an athlete several current members of the roster played with.
"They know he knows what he's doing," linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said of Freeman. "It's more where sometimes they don't want to ask a coach: ‘He said something to me and I don't really know what that means.' They feel comfortable going to him. It's been a good thing so far, meeting-wise and guys having someone to bounce some questions off of."
Now a senior, Ross Homan was a sophomore after taking a medical redshirt when Freeman was a senior. Although he admitted to it being a "weird feeling" to see Freeman on the sidelines, Homan said the position group is already seeing the benefits.
"Marcus is a great role model," Homan said. "Two years ago I was playing with him. He knows our system through and through. It's another coach on the sideline I can ask questions of. It's going to be huge for our linebackers and our defense having him on the sidelines."
For senior Brian Rolle, Freeman's presence reminds him of a family member.
"I call him Will Rolle," Rolle said. "He's just like my older brother. He does a great job. If you're in there talking he'll be like, ‘Shut up man,' and I'll be like, ‘You're not my brother, man.'
"It's great to have a past guy here."