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Ohio State vs. Nebraska: It's More Than Meets the Eye

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 29:  Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to get around the tackle of Denicos Allen #28 of the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 17-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Tim LangevinFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2016

Ohio State battles Nebraska Week 6 in a B1G showdown. But off the field, the Buckeyes find themselves in a war against Louisville for a Class of 2013 prize prospect.

That's the wacky world of college football recruiting. 

It sounds crazy, but Braxton Miller will be auditioning his quarterbacking skills before recruiting target James Quick, one of the nation's top receiver prospects from Trinity High School (Louisville, KY).

And one can bet that this undeclared 4-star will be paying close attention to the passing game.

The 6'1", 180-pounder with blazing 4.41 speed will be making an unofficial visit to the Horseshoe Saturday. Quick plans to make an official visit to Ohio State Nov. 23.

He visited Louisville Sept. 15 and watched QB Teddy Bridgewater defeat North Carolina in a thriller, 39-34.

Quick must have enjoyed what he witnessed as Bridgewater completed 23-of-28 passes for 279 yards and three TDs. On the season, Bridgewater has completed 100-of-137 passes for 1,134 yards and eight TDs.

Miller has produced similar numbers through five games, completing 76-of-121 throws for 933 yards and eight scores. 

Louisville is 5-0 and ranked No. 18 in the country, while Ohio State is 5-0 and ranked No. 17 in B/R's Top 25 Poll.

 

According to the  Louisville Courier-Journal, the senior has narrowed down his top five schools of interest to Louisville, Ohio State, Oregon, Kentucky and Tennessee, in that order.

Quick plans to visit all five schools before making a decision in January.

Quick is having a monster season with 51 catches for 862 yards and eight TDs. Trinity is 6-0 and the top ranked high school in the country.

In Friday night's 34-7 victory over arch-rival St. Xavier (Louisville), Quick snagged eight catches for 144 yards, including a 75-yard TD reception. 

His junior year, he posted big numbers with 82 receptions for 1,434 yards and 21 TDs.

Quick is the complete package. He has great hands, breakneck speed, runs elegant pass routes and is difficult to tackle after the catch.

Two other target prospects that will be in attendance Saturday are OT Dorian Johnson and safety Vonn Bell. Both are sought-after 4-star recruits.

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