As Ohio State pulls into the home stretch for their 2013 recruiting class, that doesn't mean that Urban Meyer and his staff can't keep an eye towards the class of 2014.
The Buckeyes offered 4-star Florida wide receiver Jacob McCrary back on September 20th. Since then, he's decommitted from Florida State, continued to weigh the Seminoles against other offers including Clemson, Florida, and Notre Dame, while also receiving a slew of new pitches this past weekend.
We caught up with Jacob earlier this week to see where Ohio State stood in the mix and see how the recrutiing process in general was proceeding.
I know that you've got a bunch of schools that have offered you, big weekend for you in particular. Anybody jump out at you in terms of those offers that you received this past weekend (Rutgers, Washington, Louisiana-Lafayette)?
Nobody has really jumped out at me. It's been a blessing receiving the amount of offers I have now, but I really just want to take the whole recruiting process slow and see which program would be the best fit for me. I want to get a great bond with the coaches and just try to see which program is best for me.
Well I know that you got an offer from Ohio State this past fall. Which coach (or coaches) in particular have been recruiting you?
Mark Pantoni and the wide receivers coach, Stan Drayton.
Any thoughts on Ohio State in terms of your interactions with them and the school?
Ohio State is a great program. As you can see, they finished the season 12-0. Even though they're going through something right now, that could be a school I could consider because they can only get better. They have a young quarterback who's very good in Braxton Miller. I feel like that could be a program that could fit the type of player that I am.
Now I know you made some visits this past fall, you checked out Miami. Do you have any plans to visit Ohio State?
Yes, I'm actually going to travel a lot this summer. I'm taking two visits next month to SMU and Clemson for their junior days. I'm very excited about that.
You mentioned you wanted to take the process slowly, let it all simmer for you. Do you have a time table on when you'd like to make your commitment or are you just going to kinda play it by ear?
Right now, what I'm talking with my mom about, is either committing at the the Under Armour All-America Game my senior year, or doing it on signing day so I can sign at school with all my family and friends there. Right now, I'm still debating which one would be the best one for me, but that's kind of when I want to make the decision.
Anything on your plate in terms of what the biggest factors will be in terms of your decision making process?
The bond I have with the coaches and is it a place that I can see as a home away from home. Like I said, a program that fits my needs and somewhere I can go that I can have a breakout season and start as a true freshman. That's something I'd love to happen.
Do you have any particular goals for your senior season?
I would like to make all first-team All-Dade and All-State. Just lead my team to a state championship.
Thanks once again to Jacob for his time.