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Local standout enjoys Ohio State visit

A Westerville (OH) native made the short trek to campus on Friday.

Kaden Saunders

While spending time with family and friends during the Easter weekend, you probably didn’t have the opportunity to keep up with some of the latest happenings surrounding Ohio State football recruiting.

Don’t worry! Land-Grant Holy Land is here to fix that for you.

Local standout enjoys visit

This spring the Ohio State coaching staff have been hard at work not just getting the 2019 Buckeyes ready for the upcoming season, but also playing host to a long list of talented high school prospects.

On Friday morning that trend kept moving forward as one of the top 2022 recruits in the Columbus area made the short trip to campus to get more familiar with the Buckeyes.

“My visit went really well. OSU really grew on me just for the first time visiting,” Westerville South athlete Kaden Saunders stated to Land-Grant Holy Land.

“Things that stood out the most were the facilities and how nice they were, how the coaches took care of their players and the Real Life Wednesday program is awesome.”

Not only did Saunders, who accounted for nearly 500 yards of total offense as a freshman for the Wildcats, have a chance to check out the facilities during his time on the OSU campus, he also had the chance to break bread with numerous members of the Buckeyes coaching staff.

“I got to meet with Coach Hartline for a while and he really made me feel comfortable. He knows what he’s doing and he loves teaching and he loves the game you can tell. Coach Hafley really made me feel welcomed. He wants to see me as a DB and we really bonded well. Coach Washington was the first coach on staff that I met, he took the time out of his day to come to my school on Thursday and it really made me feel wanted and showed me how much they are interested in me.”

Although he’s yet to lock in an offer from the Buckeyes, Michigan State, Penn State, and West Virginia have handed the 5-foot-10, 155-pounder an early chance to continue his playing days at their universities. Rooting for Ohio State since he was a kid, an offer from his childhood favorite wouldn’t be something he’d take very lightly.

“It would mean a lot to me growing up an OSU fan.”

Quick Hits

  • Ohio State offered three-star class of 2020 offensive tackle Noah Nelson a scholarship on Friday. The Buckeyes join the likes of Michigan, Oklahoma, UCLA, and Washington in the hunt for the 6-foot-8, 295-pound Arizona native.
  • Class of 2020 four-star power forward Justin Lewis of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (MD) announced his top 10 via his Twitter page. Making the cut: Ohio State, UConn, Maryland, Tennessee, Marquette, Purdue, Seton Hall, UCF, Virginia Tech and West Virginia