February 3, 2011

Bucks offer Minnesota junior

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One of Ohio State's biggest needs in the 2012 class is going to be the offensive tackle position. The Buckeyes have already secured a commitment from in-state stud Kyle Kalis and with the 2011 class in the books today, the staff is moving quickly on trying to fill that need. The latest prospect to receive a verbal offer is massive Blue Earth (Minn.) product Jonah Pirsig. The 6-foot-9, 300-pounder got wind of the news on Wednesday morning.

"It's pretty cool given how good of a team that they've had," said Pirsig, of his latest offer. "I'm honored to get (an offer) from them because they say they don't give many offers early and it's pretty exciting."

Pirsig had sent film to the OSU staff but to this point has not had any contact with any of the coaches. Because of that, the offer caught the big tackle off guard.

"I actually didn't even know they were interested until Monday of this week," Pirsig explained. "Then I came into school this morning and my coach tells me that they were going to offer me a scholarship so it's pretty crazy."

The Buckeyes are just the latest Big Ten school to offer Pirsig a scholarship as Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin had all extended verbal offers recently.

As a Minnesota native, Pirsig grew up following the Golden Gophers but with offers starting to pour in, he is keeping an open mind when it comes to the recruiting process.

"Now, I don't really have a favorite," Pirsig explained. "If I had a favorite I would probably be committed there but it's kind of hard to choose right now."

Recently Pirsig took in a junior day at Iowa and came away impressed with the experience.

"It was good," he said. "My family and I got to talk to coach (Kirk) Ferentz by ourselves so that was nice."

Over the next few weeks, Pirsig will be busy as he hits the road and checks out three more Big Ten schools.

"I'm going to the Minnesota junior day on the 20th to see the campus and Wisconsin on the 19th, and then Michigan State on the 26th," Pirsig said.

While Pirsig doesn't have anything officially planned when it comes to visiting Ohio State, he does hope he will be able to make it to Columbus (Ohio) sooner rather than later.

"I will maybe go to Ohio State in the spring and I'll probably camp there over the summer," he explained. "It's quite a bit away from where I'm at but my Grandpa likes to go on trips like that so he might want to take me down there or maybe fly there with me."

As Pirsig continues to visit more schools, he will be carefully evaluating what each school brings to the table.

"Definitely the football (program)," he explained, when asked what factors he will be considering. "I'll have to see what college life is about and what the rest of the town is like and definitely academics as well."


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