February 17, 2011
Bucks add another OL to 2011
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Ohio State's offensive line numbers moving forward have been a cause for concern to many despite bringing in four scholarship linemen in the class of 2011. But as everyone has seen in the past the nature of the position leads to physical attrition throughout the season and Ohio State is always on the lookout for talented players to learn under offensive line coach Jim Bollman.
On Thursday morning we learned that help is on the way however with Aurora (Ill.) offensive tackle Graham Glasgow and his decision to take a preferred walk-on role with the Buckeyes over other such offers from schools like Michigan and Minnesota after getting confirmation by Marmion Academy head coach Dan Thorpe.
For quite some time it didn't seem as if Glasgow felt that his future would be as a football player however and another sport dominated his interests.
"He was in basketball la-la land and thought he was going to be a basketball player," Thorpe said of his big lineman. "That does show his athleticism however and he has great hands and had the ability to pass the ball. But at 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, that is just not a basketball body. Last March the light went on for him that football was his future."
Glasgow did play football throughout his high school career but his senior year was where he apparently decided to turn up the heat on the sport.
"His upside is tremendous," Thorpe said. "He was just very raw at first but he is getting better every day. Last year was the first year that he started (lifting weights according to a football regiment)."
All three schools on Graham's list has unique upsides but ultimately what was it that put Ohio State over the top?
"Graham did his homework," Thorpe added. "He saw the numbers on the offensive line at Ohio State and the number of offensive linemen was not there at Ohio State the way they were at the other schools. Plus he really got along with coach Jim Bollman. Graham enjoyed his personality and felt he could really respond to his coaching. I also think it didn't hurt that Ohio State is one of the top programs in the country and has been in the BCS."
Coach Thorpe has sent a player to Ohio State before when he was coaching in Ohio and David Patterson signed in the class of 2003.
The former basketball player in essence becomes the fifth member of the Ohio State line class for 2011 and is the only player who definitely projects to play on the outside of the line. The Buckeyes will have to deal with some depth issues at the tackle position to start the 2011 season with a suspension to Mike Adams set to start at the beginning of the season. The Buckeyes will have the benefit however of Marcus Hall coming off of his redshirt season and rejoining the mix for the Buckeyes.
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