December 15, 2008
Mewhort can't ask for more
The rave reviews continue to pour in for Ohio State's big recruiting weekend. While three big time uncommitted recruits grabbed most of the headlines there were still 16 current commits that made the trip to Columbus (Ohio) to check out where they all plan to spend the next three to five years of their lives.
Toledo (Ohio) center Jack Mewhort has made several trips to Columbus before but this one was the best of the bunch.
"It was awesome and I couldn't have asked for anything more," Mewhort said. "The hotel was great and all the other guys are just great all-around guys and I am glad that all these guys are in my class and I wouldn't have it any other way."
How do the Buckeyes outdo several previous visits that all rated off of the chart?
"The hosts really take you everywhere," Mewhort said. "J.B. Shugarts was my host and he really showed me around campus. I saw his dorm and I saw how everything works like on an everyday basis so that was really cool to see. I saw all the little things basically and that was cool to see."
The most memorable part of the trip didn't take place on campus and Mewhort was yet another one in a long list of commits and recruits to admit that Saturday night's dinner will be long remembered.
"I think going out to the Mongolian BBQ with all the guys was awesome because we were all together and it just was cool to see us all in a public setting," Mewhort said. "People were coming up and people were screaming O-H-I-O and it was a lot of fun. I think that was the most fun part of the trip."
Of course everyone already knows where Mewhort is going to school, he committed to the Buckeyes just shy of a year ago and the water cooler discussion is about where the three uncommitted players, Tajh Boyd, Marlon Brown and Marcus Hall, might end up. Mewhort had plenty of time to spend with one of the big targets during the visit weekend.
"I was with Tajh and his brother Tim a lot during my visit," Mewhort said. "They are both great guys and I really enjoyed hanging out with them. I think he and his family really enjoyed the visit so I think that is a positive. I am glad that I got to meet him even if he doesn't go to Ohio State. I know he is a great kid and a great player and I hope he does well wherever he picks."
So that takes care of the quarterback but what about the last receiver prospect on the board? Brown came to Columbus on his own dime and that meant a lot to the current commits.
"Just the fact that he came out and it wasn't paid for but he still went out and ate with us, that was really cool," Mewhort said. "I think it shows that he is really interested and I hope he ends up in the class."
Ohio State's current class of 24 is one of the nation's top class but if the Buckeyes can land these three players (and there are a couple more out there as well) what would that mean to this class?
"All three of those guys would just make the class," Mewhort said. "They are all three blue-chip guys and if they were to all join the class it would be incredible."
The last highlight of the trip was getting to see Ohio State's bowl practice. It was a glimpse of what is less than a year away and even though watching and participating are worlds apart it still gave the future Buckeyes a taste of what to expect.
"It was really cool to see practice," Mewhort said. "They are getting ready for one of the biggest games that any of these guys have ever played. It is cool to see how the freshmen reacted, how the coaches interacted with the players. It was interesting to see everything in an urgent setting and it was really fast paced and cool to see."
The choice of music going on during the practice was amusing however.
"It was really funny because they were in team action and going full-go and I think Celine Dion came over the speakers so it was pretty funny," Mewhort said.
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