December 12, 2008

Nicely still shopping?

Perhaps the state of Ohio's best high school quarterback could soon be back on the market.

Willoughby (OH) South High School three-star quarterback Patrick Nicely, who is currently committed to Bowling Green, could be back on the recruiting scene after second guessing his commitment to the Falcons following the dismissal of head coach Gregg Brandon after six years of service.

"I have talked to the school and I said that I would give them the respect to get a new coach and I have to meet the coach and see what kind of guy he is before I make my ultimate decision," Nicely said of staying committed to Bowling Green. "Personally I cant see myself going to a whole new offense and program that is going to be put in there. I just don't think that's the right fit for me."

Previously very excited about the prospect of playing for the Falcons, it has been a strain on Nicely in terms Brandon's firing, which has left Bowling Green's program in a state of uncertainty.

"It is definitely mentally tough on you. I thought I had the perfect school and I committed and made all these plans with school and things of that nature," Nicely said. "It definitely toys with your heart, but it has made me mentally tough for oncoming recruiting."

With Nicely most likely getting back on team's recruiting board, the quarterback admitted having very fond feelings for the Buckeyes. Having grown up in Ohio, Nicely said he has always dreamed on putting on the Scarlet and Gray on Saturday afternoons.

"Ohio State is Ohio State. I would appreciate any second they would spend on me. I would really enjoy the opportunity to be a Buckeye," Nicely said. "But if those things don't happen, I am happy where I am and what I can accomplish in the Mid-American Conference."

While happiness in the MAC is certainly nothing to frown upon - practically the entire conference is after him, including offers from Akron, Central Michigan, and Kent State - but the Buckeyes will always draw heavy attention for Nicely.

But if the quarterback were to hear from Ohio State, he undoubtedly wouldn't turn away.

Nicely had previously heard from cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson on a few different occasions, but the talk died down ever since the Buckeyes landed highly-touted recruit Terrell Pryor last season.

"If they came in late, that would definitely give me some options here to think about. I would definitely go visit and weight my options very deeply," Nicely said. "I haven't been hearing from them as of now, but there is always a possibility."

Nicely said he has plenty to be happy about in terms of his current situation with all the attention coming from the MAC, however, and is confident he can achieve all of his goals playing in that conference.

"The MAC is a quarterback conference. They put out quarterbacks into the NFL often, so it is definitely a conference where quarterbacks thrive and succeed," Nicely said. "It is nice that I can be in a place where I can put up some numbers that could take me where I want to go."

If Bowling Green doesn't work out, Nicely has a few options he has already started to think about.

"Well, Cincinnati is getting into the mix now and definitely Akron because it has many things to offer like the new stadium and the great passing offense," Nicely said. "I really think I could put up some deadly numbers there (Akron)."

Ari Wasserman is a staff writer for He can be reached at [email protected].

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