- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Ohio State is taking advantage of the new reaches of the Big Ten footprint.
The Buckeyes offered another East Coast product Thursday, sending out a scholarship to Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph athlete Kiy Hester. Assistant coach Ed Warriner, who recruits New Jersey for Ohio State, was in the school Thursday. Urban Meyer and the staff made several stops to St. Joseph and New Jersey since December.
“They came in and been to my school a lot the last month. Urban Meyer came in, but I couldn’t talk to them or see them [due to NCAA rules],” the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Watch List prospect said. “The coaches said they were impressed with me and liked me but were still waiting to see my film.”
Once Ohio State saw the film, Warriner was back in the school today and let Hester’s coach know the Buckeyes are offering.
The Buckeyes could be the odds-on favorite to land Hester, too.
“They’re definitely going to be at the top of my list,” he said. “They were my dream school growing up. Definitely one of my favorites right now.”
Hester said the Buckeyes are not his No. 1 as he has not ranked any schools yet, but the Buckeyes are toward the top along with Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Michigan State and Vanderbilt. The Commodores have not offered, but Hester believes that will come soon.
Hester said he became a big fan of Ohio State at an early age.
“I used to watch them all the time,” he said. “I fell in love with their tradition and players. They were my favorite team growing up, even in basketball, too.”
No visit dates have been set, and Hester does not anticipate making any until at least the spring. He would like to visit Miami and Ohio State, though.
Ohio State offered Hester as a safety.
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