December 28, 2007

Mewhort makes up his mind

As the class of 2008 is still coming together the class of 2009 is starting to take shape with the Buckeyes picking up another big recruit in Toledo (Ohio) offensive lineman Jack Mewhort. The 6-foot-6, 285-pounder picked the Buckeyes over offers from the likes of Michigan State, Northwestern, Bowling Green and hometown Toledo.

"I did commit just about an hour ago," Mewhort said. "I talked to both Doc (Tressel) and he put me on the phone with Jim (Tressel)."

Toledo has not always been good to the Buckeyes for recruiting with many players opting to head north or to other schools but the decision was an easy one for the Toledo St. John's high school star.

"I have always grown up an Ohio State fan and the facilities are second to none," Mewhort said. "All of my family is in Ohio and I didn't want to leave the state."

Another factor that played a major role is Mewhort's sister who is going to school down the road at Wittenberg.

"That was definitely part of my decision because I am very close with her," Mewhort said.

Mewhort was recruited by Doc Tressel and Jim Bollman and Friday was not about talking about positions but more about the congratulation process of joining the Ohio State recruiting class.

"We really didn't talk much about a position today they were just kind of congratulating me and telling me that I have to keep working hard so we haven't really gotten down to specifics yet but I am sure we will," Mewhort said. "I think I am probably going to play inside because they have that great class of tackles coming in."

The changing landscape of college recruiting has many players turning from recruit to recruiter after a commitment is made. Does Mewhort see himself taking on the role of someone like Michael Brewster and spearheading the efforts?

"I haven't (talked with Brewster) but we are family friends with the Stoneburners," Mewhort said. "My dad talks to (Jake's Dad) a lot and my mom was college friends with (Jake's mom). I think my mom and Mrs. Stoneburner have been talking a lot but I haven't talked with the 2008 class."

"Just when I see these guys like J.B. Shugarts, Mike Brewster, Mike Adams and Josh Jenkins and that these guys even considered going to Ohio State just to be thought of with them is amazing to me," Mewhort said. "Just growing up I never thought this would happen to me and going to the same school as these guys is just really cool."

Mewhort admitted that it was hard not to jump right on his offer when the Buckeyes extended a scholarship to the 3.4 student.

"The day I got (the offer) I was telling my dad and my coach why wait," Mewhort said. "They told me it would be the proper thing to just wait a little while so I waited and I figured a week was long enough so that is when I figured I would do it."

The newest Buckeye hasn't had a chance to talk with many of the top players from around the state but is close with another player who is on the Ohio State radar.

"The only person I really know and have talked to in this class is Adam Homan," Mewhort said. "I haven't really talked with really anyone else. Maybe as I get in touch with more guys I could (end up playing recruiter). For now I see myself as being more casual."

Mewhort didn't want to get into specifics about what is going on with his good friend but admits that he has talked recruiting with the Coldwater (Ohio) star.

"I actually just talked to Adam today but I have a pretty good idea of what is going on with him," Mewhort said. "I called him right after I committed and I talked to him about it."

Mewhort can now focus on his offseason workouts and getting ready for a big senior season for Toledo St. John's.

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