March 1, 2012

Buckeyes after New England OL

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Ohio State got a big commitment from four-star offensive tackle Evan Lisle on Tuesday evening but the Buckeyes certainly aren't done at the tackle position in the 2013 class. One of the major targets at the position is Everett (Mass.) four-star prospect John Montelus. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound prospect is one of the fastest rising prospects in the nation right now as he has accumulated more than a dozen offers from some of the nation's top programs. The Buckeyes came through with an offer last week.

"Ohio State offered me on February 23rd," explained Montelus. "I called Mike Vrabel and I talked to a couple of the other coaches but I don't remember all of their names but (Vrabel) told me that they were going to offer me. When they told me they offered me, I was real excited."

The Buckeyes hit the jackpot in Massachusetts in the 2012 class, landing four-star prospects Camren Williams and Armani Reeves. Montelus says he has been talking to Reeves over facebook.

"We never really played them but I talked to Armani over facebook and he told me everything about the coaching staff (at Ohio State) and that the coaches are real nice and everything," he said.

Montelus holds some big offers from the likes of Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, and West Virginia, among others but says he hasn't begun to narrow his list at this time.

"No (no favorites right now)," he said. "I'll probably come up with a top seven or top five list by the end of the summer but I don't know yet."

Most of Montelus' offers have come in the last few weeks as the athletic tackle has started to blow up nationally. The spike in offers has been an exciting experience for Montelus.

"It's real exciting because I haven't played football for that long," he said. "I recently just started playing football. My freshman year my friends told me to stop playing basketball and everything and they brought me to the weight room. I didn't play much my freshman year and my sophomore year I started at left tackle and after that I just fell in love with the game. Before that I mostly just played basketball but I was just a pretty laid back kid."

At the moment Montelus says that academics have been keeping him busy but he hopes to make a few unofficial visits at some point during the spring.

"Right now it's hard for me because I have to take night classes for my SAT," he explained. "That has made it hard for me to make plans and stuff because I really can't miss that. In April I plan to go to Florida and I'm probably going to visit Ohio State too."

So what will the big tackle be looking for when he does start to take some unofficial visits?

"A cool coaching staff basically," he said. "That and a great academic support."

Montelus is the No. 214 ranked player in the nation by


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