Khaliel Rodgers Will Visit Ohio State This Month, Mitch Trubisky Updates Status
Despite the recent de-commitments of two highly coveted recruits over the past week, Ohio State is still rolling on the recruiting trail and will be receiving a visit from 4-star offensive guard Khaliel Rodgers (Elkton, MD) this month.
The nation's No. 102 overall prospect and No. 2 ranked player at his position, according to Rivals.com, has compiled an impressive list of offers that includes several power conference programs like West Virginia, Purdue and UCLA and one from the Buckeyes.
"Right now I have 14 offers and my next visit is Ohio State in May," Rodgers told Marc Givler of Rivals.com on Thursday. "I don't have a date on that visit yet but I'll have one soon. It will be in May for sure."
Rodgers has not made an unofficial visit to Columbus yet and wants to take the opportunity to meet Ohio State's coaching staff as well as get an overall feel of the campus. The Eastern Christian Military standout is in constant contact with the Buckeye coaches and Rodgers is high on Ohio State at the moment.
"It's definitely high," Rodgers said. "They are coming down (to the school) this week to see me. My main recruiter from Ohio State is coach (Ed) Warinner. He's a great guy and I'll finally get to meet him in person this week."
Some schools look at the 6'3", 300-pounder as a center, but the Buckeyes like him at his natural position of guard. Rodgers is also committed to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
The Buckeyes are firmly in the mix for Rodgers' services; however, the Maryland native does not have any favorites at this stage of his recruitment and it is unlikely his recruitment will come to a close soon.
"I thought I compared pretty well to the rest of the quarterbacks," Trubisky said after the event. "Some of the best came out here and 23 of the athletes that came here have scholarships so it's just good to come out here and compare yourself against everyone else."
The Mentor High School signal-caller has an offer from the Buckeyes and Ohio State's quarterbacks coach Tom Herman stopped by to see Trubisky throw in person for the first time last week.
"I talked to Coach Herman and everything went great," Trubisky said. "He said he's going to talk it over with coach (Urban) Meyer and see what their situation is on scholarships and if they're going to take another quarterback."
Ohio State already has a verbal commitment from the nation's No. 134 overall prospect and No. 6 rated dual-threat quarterback J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, TX), but Trubisky is not worrying about whether or not there is room for him in the Buckeyes' 2013 recruiting class right now.
"I'm just going to keep working on my game for my high school team and just go from there," Trubisky said.
Trubisky does not have a favorite school yet, but he recently picked offers from North Carolina and Tennessee and revealed some of the schools he is interested in.
Will Ohio State take a second quarterback in their 2013 recruiting class?
"I haven't really listed anyone at the top yet but I like Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio State and North Carolina," Trubisky explained. "It's really humbling to get offers from all over the country. I have to evaluate the schools and see what's best for me and my family but it's exciting to get those offers."
Trubisky's next step in the recruiting process is unknown at this time, but it is safe to say the Buckeyes will be keeping close tabs on the in-state prospect.
Zach Dirlam is the Lead Editor of the College Basketball section as well as Big Ten columnist for the FOX Sports/MSN/YardBarker affiliate website Sports at Work. Check out his blog, Dirlam’s Dirty Dugout Sports Blog, which features this story, along with other articles and video reports on major sports.
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