RECRUITING: Ohio State commit keeping options open

Lakewood, Ohio OL Alex Boone is committed to Ohio State, but that won't stop him from checking out Oklahoma.

ALEX BOONE, OL, 6'8, 300, 5.1, LAKEWOOD ST. EDWARDS, OHIO:

Alex Boone is the prototype offensive tackle that every college program in the country is looking for.

Coming out of the very athletic high school program of St. Ed's, Boone has been a three-year starter at both offensive tackle spots.

"I am primarily a right offensive tackle, but I dislocated my left elbow last season and moved over to the left side," said Boone. "I only missed a week and I was back in the line up. I think the thrill of playing on the edge and the fact that if you get beat the rusher he will get to your quarterback makes the position more competitive. You have to play on edge and have a feeling of competitiveness to play offensive tackle in today's football."

Boone can bench 320 pounds and squats 505 even though he doesn't like to do the exercise, and he has 25-inch vertical jump.

Last summer Boone attended the Ohio State summer camp and Michigan Nike Camp, and this spring he has already been to the NIKE camp at Ohio State.

"I hope to visit Oklahoma and Texas this summer," said Boone. "I wish I had more time on my hands, but I don't. I would like to see USC, Florida State and Tennessee, but I don't know if I can work that out."

Boone has already received eight offers and he still has some 20 schools that he is looking at.

"I am still looking at Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, USC, LSU, Florida State and Florida among other schools," said Boone.

"I have a strong interest in OU and I am very excited that they offered. I hope to get out to Oklahoma as soon as I can to see their program because I am very interested. I am committed to Ohio State, but I still plan on taking all five of my visits. Despite being committed to Ohio State, I want to keep my options open."

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