Just about every serious football fan knows that if you want to have a powerful offense, it starts up front with the offensive line. The Buckeyes landed a decent haul of offensive lineman in 2014, and are well on their way to repeating those efforts in 2015.
With Grant Schmidt, and Kevin Feder already verbally committed, Ohio State is still looking to bring in a few more linemen to add depth to the roster over the next few seasons.
Prospects such as Matthew Burrell and Drew Richmond might be on the top of some Buckeye fans dream list, but Urban Meyer, Ed Warinner, and the Ohio State coaching staff know you need to keep options open on the recruiting trail, as nothing is set in stone until you receive a fax on National Signing Day.
One offensive tackle the staff is still keeping a close eye on is Branden Bowen. The massive 6'7, and 330 pound Utah native visited Columbus during the summer, and had a great time checking out the facilities, and meeting with Buckeye coaches.
With the football season in full force, Meyer, and company have had their hands full with not just getting the Buckeyes ready for action, but also recruits taking visits to campus.
After having to change his visit plans around a bit, Branden will finally make it back to Columbus this weekend for the Buckeyes match-up against the Fighting Illini of Illinois on Saturday,
"I am excited to witness the game, and get a feel for the game day atmosphere at the Ohio State University." Bowen, a three-star recruit told Land-Grant Holy Land.
Branden, who's personal trainer is John Madsen, a former Utah player under Coach Meyer, was offered a scholarship by Ohio State just days after he gave his home state Utah Utes a verbal commitment. Even though he's committed, the OSU staff stay in touch with him throughout the week.
"I'm in contact with the coaches daily, whether it be messages asking how I'm doing, or telling me a little bit more about Ohio State."
Programs such as Utah, Boise State, BYU, Colorado, Oregon State, and Washington State might have offered scholarships before OSU, but the Buckeyes definitely have his attention, and could be in the mix to possibly flip his commitment if things go well on his trip.
"They are one of my top schools. I don't really have any schools that are sticking out. I am still considering any schools that would like to give me the opportunity to play college football, and further my education" said Branden.
"I am still looking to fully commit before December because of the fact I will be an early enrollee, and graduate on January 14th. To be honest, my commitment will be based on how I feel about the programs at the time, on top of how my experience on my second visit to Ohio State was."
Get a taste of what Bowen could potentially add to the Elite '15 with these highlights, courtesy of the crew at Hudl: