July 10, 2008

Bucks still in it for Telfort?

The name of Frankie Telfort appeared and disappeared from the eyes and minds of most Ohio State recruiting observers almost in the same instant. There is no denying how talented the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder is and the Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep star is ranked as the No. 58 player in the country by Rivals.com and is the No. 6 outside linebacker but the Buckeyes couldn't be looking at another linebacker, could they?

The four star prospect has more than 30 offers from a who's-who of the college football elite and despite being out for part of his junior season has not seen any lack of interest. A torn ligament in his thumb that resulted in the insertion of a pin has healed and now the standout is back to action getting ready for his senior campaign.

"Yeah, I am doing well but we are doing summer workouts right now so I have been kind of dreading those," Telfort said. "But overall I am doing well."

But Telfort knows the alternative to not participating in summer workouts was a worse option and his happy to be back out with his team. In six games as a junior Telfort racked up 66 tackles, four forced fumbles and recovered two fumbles.

The ferocious hitter is much more soft spoken in the interview setting and admits that at this point he really doesn't have a finite blueprint of where his recruitment is going to take him.

"Everything is just there pretty much," Telfort said. "I am just kind of taking it slowly and take a few visits this next week through six schools in about four days. Basically I will narrow it down and see what I can get for a top ten later in the summer."

Telfort will be along with many other top south Florida prospects (including Jaamal Berry and Vladimir Emilien) to tour schools like Tennessee, Florida, Auburn and South Carolina among others.

After picking up an Ohio State offer relatively early in the process where do the Buckeyes stand at this point?

"I am still looking at them because I am looking at everyone," Telfort said. "I just kind of want to weigh the pros and cons of each school and pick which school fits best for me."

With commits from Dorian Bell, Jordan Whiting and Storm Klein there can't be that much more room for another linebacker in this class?

"(Ohio State has) talked to me as a both a linebacker and a safety," Telfort said. "I have been talking with (coach Paul Haynes)."

Ohio State's presence has been strong in Florida over the past couple of years. Add to that the lineage of great linebackers that have played in Columbus over the years and it makes for an enticing offer. With class of 2008 linebacker Etienne Sabino coming from nearby Miami (Fla.) Dr. Krop high school, does something like that give the Buckeyes a little something extra?

"A little bit," Telfort said. "(He) is another person from Miami (Fla.) and someone that I can relate to and be comfortable with it and in Ohio State."

Another star from the same part of the state wants to take a visit to Ohio State later in the summer if possible and if Miami (Fla.) Palmetto running back Jaamal Berry heads north to check things out then Telfort could be in tow.

"If Jamaal goes (to visit) then I will do my best to visit too," Telfort said. "I have to talk to my mom about it first and see if she is cool with it."

If you listen to what Telfort said in an earlier interview about what means a lot to him you would have to think that Ohio State has more than a fighting chance of getting an official visit down the line.

"Tradition will be big with me," Telfort said in a June interview with Rivals.com. "I also have to know the coach will be there for me. I want to pick a school that has a good foundation and stability."

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