June 1, 2008

Georgia corner gets OSU offer

A school can never have too many big cover corners, and that is the exact philosophy that Ohio State is taking, as the Buckeyes have expressed interest in Locust Grove (Ga.) Luella defensive back Roderick Sweeting.

The 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back picked up an offer from Ohio State earlier this month, but has an offer list that will keep him weighing his options. Nevertheless, Sweeting will take extra consideration in Ohio State.

"I am really interested in them," Sweeting said.

Also on Sweeting's current offer list consists of Auburn, Tennessee, Clemson, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland, and Mississippi State - a list extensive enough to keep Sweeting pondering as to who would make the top of his list.

"I am up in the air with everything," Sweeting said. "I don't have a favorite…. (Ohio State) would be at the top of my list, if I were to have a list…. I am looking for good coaches, a good environment, and some place that will just feel like home. I just want good people to be around and people who do the right things."

Recruiting Sweeting is Ohio State safeties coach Paul Haynes. It isn't hard to see why the Buckeyes are interested in Sweeting, as he showed great versatility as a junior at Luella.

Sweeting made 58 tackles in his junior year while coming down with an interception in addition to his dazzling play on offense as the quarterback, where he ran for six scores and threw for another.

Sweeting has yet to visit Ohio State, but did say he plans on taking an official visit to Columbus in the future.

"I've been in contact with coach Haynes," Sweeting said. "He was just taking about getting me on campus to see everything and the weight room and stuff…. (Paul Haynes) wants me to come on an official visit."

Despite having a long offer list, Sweeting said he plans on waiting until signing day before making his decision, in turn giving him plenty of time to assess all of his options.

Ohio State has been recruiting him at his desired position, cornerback. Though he has found most of his success on the defensive side of the ball, Sweeting said he is open to playing an position that his future team would need him at.

"I play anything if they need me, but I prefer defense," Sweeting said. "I really like laying defense because I get to hit people hard and get some tackles."

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